10/07/2004 11:00PM

'Delight' steps up to try stakes


Trainer Ernest Haynes made what has turned out to be one of the best claims of the 2004 season at Charles Town when he paid $10,000 to acquire Trumpets Delight in mid-March.

Since being taken out of a nonwinners-of-two-lifetime sprint race, the 4-year-old Trumpets Delight has gone on to win three races, including two allowances going long.

Sunday, Trumpets Delight gets a shot to become a stakes winner in the $50,000 Governor's Cup Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race for older horses at Charles Town.

Trumpets Delight breaks from the rail in the three-turn race under jockey Travis Dunkelberger. He is coupled with Catlett Comet, an 8-year-old that Haynes claimed for $15,000 in June.

Cherokee's Boy is the 123-pound highweight and probable favorite if he runs, but he was cross-entered in Saturday's $200,000 Maryland Million Classic at Pimlico.

If Cherokee's Boy is scratched, Last Intention would inherit the role of favorite. A 5-year-old owned by Michael Gill, Last Intention won last fall's Hail Emperor at Laurel Park. He will be making his second start off a long layoff after winning a 6 1/2-furlong allowance sprint two weeks ago.

Last Intention is coupled with Longlivethestar, a 5-year-old sprinter who is 2 for 2 at Charles Town. He makes his first start for Gill and trainer Anthony Adamo after being claimed for $40,000 in mid-September at Philadelphia Park.

Zavalla Dandy returns to Charles Town after a one-race experiment facing high-priced claimers at Belmont Park. In his previous two races in West Virginia, Zavalla Dandy won twice for his new trainer, Kevin Joy, earning back-to-back Beyer Speed Figures of 104 and 92 in sprints.