04/22/2017 5:09PM

Cool Arrow handles Charles Town, wins Robert Hilton

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Scarlet Emerald paid @20.60 to win in the Down Town Allen at Charles Town on Saturday.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Cool Arrow was racing on a track shorter than a mile for the first time in the $85,000 Robert Hilton Memorial on Saturday, but he handled the Charles Town turns just fine. So did his jockey, Hall of Famer John Velazquez, even though the ride was his first at the West Virginia track since 2012.

"The horse did very well," Velazquez said. "I didn't have to ask for much."

Velazquez settled Cool Arrow just off the tepid favorite Liar's Dice early in the Hilton, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds. He moved up to challenge for the lead three wide and then pulled away to win by 3 1/2 lengths; he was timed in 1:26.29 over the sloppy going.

Liar's Dice set the early pace, but dropped back after being challenged by 9-2 Poseidon's Prize and Cool Arrow. He then re-rallied to come on again for second.

Power Walker, who lagged back early, finished third in the eight-horse field.

Cool Arrow is based in Kentucky with Joe Sharp, who sent him to the barn of local trainer Chris Keller. Cool Arrow is scheduled to head back to Kentucky.

"Joe is a little busy getting Girvin ready for the Derby," Keller said. "We grew up together and he decided to send the horse to me to run."

Cool Arrow is a son of Into Mischief, who is owned by Brad Grady, who also owns Louisiana Derby winner Girvin. Cool Arrow won the $300,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park to conclude his 2-year-old campaign, but had weakened in both of his starts at 3, the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds and the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park. He is now 3 for 7 in his career.

Cool Arrow, Liar's Dice, and High Roller were all sent off at 5-2 in the Hilton. High Roller finished fifth.

Velazquez is now 3 for 7 at Charles Town.

** Shaft of Light scored an easy 4 1/2-length win in the first stakes of the day, the $50,000 Russell Road Stakes for 4-year-olds and up.

Shaft of Light, trained by Jorge Navaro and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, led throughout the seven-furlong sprint and was timed in 1:24.93. He paid $2.60 in the four-horse field.

** Navarro and Gafflione came right back with El Deal in the $35,000 Caixa Eletronica, a 4 1/2-furlong overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up. El Deal went wire to wire to win by a comfortable 7 3/4 lengths.

El Deal paid $3.80 as the second choice behind 3-5 Roman Officer, who missed the start and then just lasted for third. Roman Officer had $172,291 of the $200,166 show pool bet on him.

El Deal cut out blazing fractions of 21.38 and 44.36 en route to a final time of 50.66 seconds over the fast track.

** Scarlet Emerald went to the lead, cut out quick fractions over the muddy and sealed track, then just lasted by a neck over late-running l6-1 Boppin Rocket in the $35,000 Down Town Allen, a 4 1/2-furlong overnight handicap for fillies and mares.

Locally based with trainer Ralph Comi, Scarlet Emerald paid $20.60 and was timed in 52.88 after fractions of 21.72 and 46.01. She is now 5 for 15 in her career. Jockey Wesley Ho was aboard.

** Cuttin Edge Tech looked home-free in the 4 1/2-furlong Coin Collector after she opened up a sizable lead against her five male rivals over the sloppy track, but she ran out of gas nearing the sixteenth pole and crossed the finish line fourth.

Hot Mic and Pistolinmypocket, closest to Cuttin Edge Tech early, overhauled her in late stretch and triggered a $328 exacta as the longest shots on the board.

Hot Mic paid $45.80 to win and defeated 35-1 Pistolinmypocket by a neck. Hot Mic, who was returning on two weeks' rest after a debut maiden victory, was timed over the muddy track in 53.91.

The Coin Collector was open to 3-year-old West Virginia-breds. Pistolinmypocket is trained by Ollie Figgins III and was ridden by Matt McGowan.

Following a stewards' inquiry and a jockey's object, third-place finisher Unrideabull was disqualified for interfering with 2-5 favorite Aaron's Tap after the start and was placed fifth.

Aaron's Tap broke a step slow and then was put in tight quarters after the start by Unrideabull, who ducked inward.

** Moonlit Song improved her record to four wins in six starts with a clear-cut 3-length victory in the $50,000 It's Binn Too Long, a 4 1/2-furlong race for statebred 3-year-old fillies.

Moonlit Song chased front-running Lies and Scandals early, took over on the turn and wasn't challenged in the stretch.

Moonlit Song, owned by the Grams Racing Stable and trained by Timothy Grams, paid $2.80 in the seven-horse field. She was timed in 52.85.

** Spa Creek launched her bid three wide on the final turn of the seven-furlong Original Gold and then surged past 6-5 favorite T Rex Express nearing the wire to score a mild upset.

Spa Creek paid $9.80 in the 10-horse field of West Virginia-bred fillies and mares and won by a half-length. She was timed in 1:27.40.
T Rex Express prompted the early pace outside last year's Original Gold winner, Candy Man's Girl, took over on the final turn, but was outfinished late while holding second by 3 1/4 lengths over third-place finisher Romantic Cork.