03/09/2005 1:00AM

Charles Town track report


The 3-year-old filly Yankee Trick, claimed for $10,000 by trainer Jake Secor out of a race she won by 19 1/4 lengths on Feb. 5, returned last Sunday at Charles Town and won almost as easily against higher-class competition.

Going seven furlongs against $15,000 fillies who had never won three races, Yankee Trick ($3) romped by 14 1/4 lengths and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 76. This time, there were no takers at the claiming box.

* The 3-year-old gelding Sea My Halo ($15), a first-time starter for trainer Tony Leach, impressively won his maiden by 11 3/4 lengths going 4 1/2 furlongs with a solid Beyer Figure of 87 on Sunday. Sea My Halo, a Virginia-bred son of Hay Halo out of Sea My Point, was bred and is owned by Donna Hayes.

* Trainer Scott Lloyd had the 6-year-old mare Cells Bells ($23.20) ready for her first start since September last Friday when she won for the first time since October 2003 in a $10,000 claiming race at 4 1/2 furlongs. Cells Bells is now 6 for 11 lifetime in short sprints at Charles Town.

* New trainer Jeff Runco dropped 5-year-old mare Cut Number ($6.60) to a career-low $10,000 claiming level on Sunday for her first start since Dec. 2. Cut Number won by 3 1/4 lengths, and Runco lost her on a claim to Lloyd.

* Shifting Storm, 40-1 against similar company when she was a well-beaten fifth last time out, got a rider shift Sunday, from a 10-pound apprentice to Dale Whittaker, and leveled a field of $3,000 claimers by 11 1/4 lengths at 18-1. Jockey John Luzzi Jr., however, claimed Shifting Storm interfered with Luzzi's mount, Wood Lily, as they dueled for the lead in the run past the finish line the first time around in the seven-furlong race. The stewards agreed and disqualified Shifting Storm to fifth, one spot below Wood Lily.