03/02/2005 12:00AM

Charles Town track report


Sooner Be Dancin' needed nine starts to win her maiden. Since finding her groove, however, Sooner Be Dancin' has been nearly unstoppable.

A 4-year-old filly trained by Flint Stites, Sooner Be Dancin' ($7.60) won her third in a row and fourth in her last five starts when she scored by 2 1/2 lengths in a two-other-than allowance last Saturday night at Charles Town.

Her latest victory came at 1 1/16 miles under jockey Dale Whittaker. Starting with her maiden victory Dec. 16 at Pimlico, Sooner Be Dancin', a daughter of Fred Astaire, has raised her Beyer Figure in each successive start, from a 42 to a 72.

* Trainer Freddie Johnson and owner Wind n' Springs Farm combined for a $114 daily double when a pair of layoff horses, Cope Kid ($36.40) and Indy's Sensation ($5.20), won the first two races on Saturday's card.

* Afternoon Clinic ($75), unable to beat $3,500 starter allowance runners in four tries, stepped up to the $5,000 starter ranks and scored by two lengths in Saturday's third race. It was only the second win in the last 82 starts for trainer Leslie Condon, who claimed Afternoon Clinic for $3,500 in November, and Condon's first winner since Feb. 27, 2004.

* Rover Ridge ($48.20), idle since March 2004 and showing only one slow half-mile workout two months ago at Shenandoah Downs, got up by a neck in a $3,000 claiming race for trainer Paul Bosley.

* The 3-year-old gelding Late Night Lover ($4.20), third in last fall's Maryland Million Nursery, shipped in off a seven-week layoff and took a nonwinners-of-three allowance for trainer Mike Trombetta on Sunday's program. Late Night Lover earned a 73 Beyer.

* Storm Bank ($5.80) continues to be popular at the claiming box. A 7-year-old gelding, Storm Bank was claimed for the fifth time in six starts since October, this time by Wallace C. Neilson, out of a four-length win for $5,000 on Feb. 23.