09/18/2016 8:28AM

Covey Trace runs down Mia Torri to win Charles Town Oaks

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Covey Trace, right, with Arnaldo Bocachica aboard, outlasts Mia Torri to win the Charles Town Oaks on Saturday.

Covey Trace ran down pace-setting Mia Torri and held off odds-on favorite Sophia’s Song to win the Grade 3, $350,000 Charles Town Oaks on Saturday night at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

Arnaldo Bocachica rode the winner for trainer William Denzik Jr., who also co-owns Covey Trace with Brook T. Smith Investments. Bocachica, based at Charles Town, is in the midst of a strong season, having won with 28 percent of his 400-plus starters so far this year.
Covey Trace was the distant second choice behind Sophia’s Song, who had a good recent race at Saratoga on her form and is trained by Todd Pletcher; Sophia's Song was ridden by Javier Castellano.

But things were clearly not going as planned from the start Saturday night in the two-turn, seven-furlong Oaks. Sophia’s Song has plenty of speed, but after breaking a touch awkwardly from the outside post in a six-horse field, Sophia’s Song could not keep up with Mia Torri, Castellano electing to drop back to last into the first turn.

Mia Torri went 23.22 and 47.18 as Covey Trace began moving up on the outside and Sophia’s Song gained ground along the rail before the far turn, but even with a quarter-mile left to run, Sophia’s Song still was struggling to close in as Covey Trace came abreast Mia Torri. The pace-setter stayed on solidly, and Sophia’s Song inched closer, but Covey Trace was doing the best work and got up by a neck. Mia Torri won a photo with Sophia’s Song for second.

Covey Trace, by Stevie Wonderboy out of the Yankee Victor mare Anniversary, was bred in Kentucky by Brereton Jones and won her first stakes in her 11th start. She paid $7.40 to win and was timed in 1:26.89 on a fast track.

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