04/13/2012 6:03PM

Charles Town undercard: Sugar Maple, Webb Snyder, Confucius Say, and more


The 6-year-old mare Magical Feeling had clear sailing when she rallied from sixth to get up by a neck at 27-1 in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel in mid-Feburary. She encountered all kinds of traffic trouble, however, when she tried to duplicate that rally in the Grade 2 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park.

Magical Feeling and rider Roberto Alvarado Jr. will attempt to work out a clean trip from post 7 when she faces eight other fillies and mares in the $200,000 Sugar Maple at seven furlongs (race 11) on Saturday's Charles Town Classic card.

Magical Feeling, whose first of 11 career victories came against $12,500 maiden claimers in 2010 and who was still running in starter allowances as recently as Christmas Eve, has clearly been an overachiever for owner Peter Blum and trainer Allen Iwinski.

“It’s been some deal as far as where we thought she would be and where she ended up,” said Iwinski, who considers Magical Feeling’s fifth-place finish in the Inside Information a toss-out because of the trouble she encountered.

“She was last going down the backside and moved up going to the turn and started picking up horses,” Iwinski said. “A horse outside her trapped her down in between from about the three-eighths pole to just before the sixteenth pole. She was blocked and didn’t have clear running. She kind of pushed the horse outside her right around the sixteenth pole and kicked in, but it was too little, too late.”

The chief rival for Magical Feeling looks like Strike the Moon, who won last year’s Charles Town Oaks and just missed in both the Miss Preakness and the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks. She will be trying to snap a five-race winless streak for trainer Mike Trombetta.

“She’s training well,” Trombetta said. “I think she kind of slipped off her form a little bit, but hopefully she’s getting back on track. She’s run good and in some real competitive races, and I just need her to break through again.”

Also on the undercard:

◗ Defending champion Immortal Eyes, 5 for 6 lifetime at Charles Town, faces seven older sprinters in the $50,000 Webb Snyder at 4 1/2 furlongs. The ninth race also kicks off a $50,000-guaranteed, all-stakes pick four that culminates with the Charles Town Classic.

◗ The millionaire Russell Road, winner of last fall’s $450,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic, will be an odds-on favorite against seven other West Virginia-breds when he makes his first start of 2012 in the $50,000 Confucius Say at seven furlongs (race 8).

◗ Silver Heart, a 7-year-old mare who captured the $225,000 Cavada in October, tops a field of eight West Virginia-bred fillies and mares going seven furlongs in the Original Gold (race 7).

◗ Scooter Davis-trained stablemates Pure Rey, winner of back-to-back races since being claimed for $5,000 in February, and Disco Indy, who has gone 7 for 12 over the past two seasons, figure to vie for favoritism in the $55,000 finals of the Charles Town Starter Tournament at 1 1/16 miles (race 6).