11/21/2016 1:06PM

Fabulous Kid, Charitable Annuity will have pace to chase in Swatara

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Tom Keyser
Fabulous Kid will look to end an eight-race winless streak in Wednesday's Swatara Stakes.

The $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap on Wednesday evening at Penn National is supported by a pair of $100,000 races, the Swatara, which offers an unusual matchup, and a competitive edition of the Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies.

The Blue Mountain and the Swatara are the second and third races on a Penn National card that begins at 6:05 p.m. Eastern. The Fabulous Strike (race 4) completes an all-stakes pick three. The entire program will be streamed live on DRF.com.

The two principals in the Swatara, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, are New York-based Fabulous Kid and Charitable Annuity, the leading older distance horse at Charles Town.

Fabulous Kid, trained by David Jacobson, is winless in eight starts this year but was beaten only three-quarters of a length last out following a sharp try in a high-level optional-claiming race at Aqueduct. He will have the riding services of Irad Ortiz Jr.

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Trained by James W. Casey, Charitable Annuity is 12 for 20 and has earned more than $600,000. In his lone start away from Charles Town, he finished third in June at Penn National in the $194,000 Mountainview Handicap.

Charitable Annuity did not race up to expectations two starts back when he finished second over a sloppy track as the 6-5 favorite in the West Virginia Breeders Classic. He rebounded by winning the A Huevo Stakes on Nov. 5.

Antonio Lopez, who has been aboard for all 20 of Charitable Annuity’s races, has the mount on Wednesday. Lopez is third in the Charles Town standings with 89 wins.

He’s Achance, Res Judicata, and Warrioroftheroses all do their best work on the front end and should set the table for both Fabulous Kid and Charitable Annuity.

The Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies is a six-furlong sprint for 2-year-old Pennsylvania-bred fillies. La Vitesse, who recently won a first-level optional-claiming race at Parx Racing by 14 lengths for trainer Scott Lake, is unquestionably the horse to beat but will face several other lopsided winners.

La Vitesse made her first four career starts in California for trainer Doug O’Neill, finishing second in a Del Mar maiden race and then winning at Los Alamitos before being sent to Lake.

Rose Tree, trained by Jonathan Sheppard, won her career debut by 9 1/2 lengths at Delaware Park in mid-October. Peach Alley comes into this race off an eight-length statebred maiden victory at Penn National for trainer Michael Salvaggio Jr.

Trainer Rodrigo Madrigal will send out an entry of Ianthe, who won a Pennsylvania-bred maiden race by 10 3/4 lengths last out, and Item, who is 2 for 2, having won a statebred maiden race at Penn National and the Maryland Million Lassie at Laurel Park.