10/13/2010 2:04PM

Immortal Eyes, Ju Jitsu Jax to clash again in Jefferson County


Two of the last three winners of the $100,000 Charles Town Dash, along with this year’s runner-up, are among a full field of 10 older ultra-short sprint specialists who will contest Friday night’s $50,000 Jefferson County Commission Handicap at Charles Town.

The 4 1/2-furlong Jefferson County attracted 2010 Dash winner Immortal Eyes, 2008 Dash champion Joey P., and Ju Jitsu Jax, who finished just a half-length behind Immortal Eyes when they met in mid-June.

Friday’s card, which serves as a prelude to Saturday night’s West Virginia Breeders’ Classic program, includes two other $50,000 stakes, the Governor’s Cup Handicap and the Municipalities Mayors Handicap. All three stakes are sponsored by the local chapter of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

The 5-year-old Immortal Eyes, based at the Bowie training center in Maryland with trainer Damon Dilodovico, and the 4-year-old Ju Jitsu Jax, trained by Scott Lake, will be meeting for the third time this season in the Jefferson County (race 7). In addition to his half-length win in the Dash, Immortal Eyes repeated that same margin of victory in a no-conditions allowance race going a half-mile at Timonium in late August. Neither horse has raced since then.

Oddly, Immortal Eyes carries two pounds fewer than Ju Jitsu Jax, the 124-pound highweight.

The 8-year-old millionaire Joey P., based at Monmouth Park with trainer Ben Perkins Jr., broke poorly and never contended in his first visit to Charles Town since winning the 2008 Dash in the $75,000 Webb Snyder this past April. He has been off since finishing second against New Jersey-breds in the John J. Reilly on May 29.

Two other extremely sharp horses to fear are Deadly Dealer, who looks for his fifth straight win for Mountaineer-based trainer Scooter Davis, and Elusive Gift, who makes his first start off a $50,000 claim by trainer Richard Vega following a 6 1/4-length win that earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure at Parx Racing.

◗ Lord Kipling, with 3 wins and 2 seconds in 6 starts at the distance, seems best suited to the 1 1/8 miles of the Governor’s Cup (race 5). In contrast, his seven opponents are a collective 4 for 28 going nine furlongs.

The Maryland-based Lord Kipling nosed out Critical Acclaim, who makes his first start off a $20,000 claim by Lake on Friday night, when they met going 1 1/8 miles in May. Lord Kipling was beaten four lengths, however, by another Governor’s Cup opponent, In the Juice, in a nine-furlong race on July 17. In the Juice most recently was fourth as the even-money favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Maryland Million Classic.

The field also includes No Advantage, who is 3 for 6 at Charles Town and was good enough to finish second in the Grade 3 William Schaefer on the Preakness undercard.

◗ The speedy Miss Dolce, disqualified from a win in last month’s Pink Ribbon for drifting out in the stretch, appears formidable breaking from the rail in the seven-furlong Municipalities Mayors for fillies and mares (race 8).

If not for the DQ, the 4-year-old Miss Dolce would be shooting for three wins in a row and four in her five starts since coming to Todd Beattie’s barn.

Her opponents include Sweet Temptress, a seven-length winner in her only previous visit to Charles Town, and Blue Diamond Allie, who until an uncharacteristic clunker in the Pink Ribbon had never been worse than second in six previous races locally.