10/09/2002 11:00PM

Confucius Say may have last laugh


The 16th West Virginia Breeders' Classics takes center stage at Charles Town on Saturday evening. Eight stakes, worth a total of $850,000, are scheduled. The highlight of the card is the $250,000 Classic.

The races in the series are restricted to accredited West Virginia-bred, -sired, or -raised horses.

The 1 1/8-mile Classic for 3-year-olds and up drew a field of eight, including last year's winner, Confucius Say.

The other races on the card are the $150,000 Cavada; $75,000 Triple Crown Nutrition; $75,000 Division of Tourism; $75,000 Lottery; $75,000 United Tote Dash for Cash; $75,000 Onion Juice; and $75,000 Vincent Moscarelli Memorial.

Confucius Say, who is trained by George Yetsook, will be a short-priced and deserving favorite in the Classic. A 4-year-old bred and owned by O'Sullivan Farms, Confucius Say set the pace and won last year's Classic by 4 1/4 lengths under Larry Reynolds. This year, the gelding has kept his form, winning four of seven starts, including the Red Dog Stakes on Aug. 20 at Delaware Park.

Reynolds rides Confucius Say, who drew post 4 and is the likely pacesetter.

Everyone else looks like they are running for second money.

Coolmars and Rebellious Dreamer, the second- and third-place finishers in the Classic last year, are also entered.

The $150,000 Cavada, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares, drew 10 runners, including the winner and runner-up from last year, Longfield Star and Siouxperhoney.

Sweet Annuity, who won a stakes at Charles Town in her last start, is the likely favorite. She finished sixth last year as the Cavada favorite.

If the track is wet, Spanishinquisition, beaten by Sweet Annuity in her last start, is a threat.

The undefeated X Tra Brassy tops a 10-horse field in the $75,000 Triple Crown Nutrition, a 4 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

There is no clear-cut favorite among six 3-year-old fillies in the $75,000 Division of Tourism, a seven-furlong race.

Tori's Thunder and the coupled entry of Adams Tribe and Inthefastlanejerod look like the main contenders in the $75,000 Lottery, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds.

The $75,000 United Tote Dash for Cash, a 4 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up, drew a field of nine. Doubledar Diamond, part of a Bruce Kravets-trained entry with Local Praise, is the horse to beat.

Turbotaxman will be the favorite among nine in the $75,000 Onion Juice, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up.

Longfield Spud looks the best in the $75,000 Vincent Moscarelli Memorial, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-olds.

First post is 7:15 p.m.