06/17/2014 10:33AM

Jerardi: Down Town Allen’s star continues to shine at Charles Town

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Down Town Allen has raced 38 times, with 22 wins, all but one at Charles Town.

Charles Town has always fallen hard for its local stars, from Jiva Coolit, Cortan, Onion Juice, and Confucius Say to Researcher, Russell Road, and Lucy’s Bob Boy. Give Down Town Allen a prominent place on the list.

The 7-year-old mare won her 18th stakes race Saturday night at Charles Town with her fourth consecutive win in the Fancy Buckles. She made her debut June 20, 2009. She has raced 38 times, with 22 wins, all but one at Charles Town. In fact, the West Virginia-bred has raced away from her home track just four times: a stakes win, a third, and a rare off-the-board performance at Mountaineer and a seventh-place stakes finish at Penn National.

If Down Town Allen had not run in that August 2013 race at Mountaineer, where she finished eighth, she would be working on an 11-race winning streak. During the run, she has won at 4 1/2 furlongs, 6 1/2 furlongs, seven furlongs, and 1 1/8 miles, the only start in her career beyond seven furlongs.

Down Town Allen is fast – really fast. She has been more than one length behind at the first call in just two of 37 main-track races. Owned, bred, and trained by John Casey and ridden by Matthew McGowan in all but five of her races, Down Town Allen has won $872,667 by being consistent year after year.

Down Town Allen started nine times as a 2-year-old in 2009 and seven times as a 3-year-old. She made eight starts in 2011, six in 2012, five last year, and three so far in 2014. And she does not just win, she wins clear. Only four of those 22 wins were decided by less than a length.

Servis high on Res Judicata

John Servis liked Res Judicata’s potential so much last year that he took the horse to Florida and ran him in the Swale Stakes. It did not work out well then, but after being gelded late last year, the son of Smarty Jones ran two really strong races, including a Nov. 9 win in a Laurel stakes.

Servis gave the horse the winter off and brought him back June 9 at Parx. The horse blew away a second-level allowance race for Pennsylvania-breds, winning by five lengths and earning a career-best 102 Beyer Speed Figure.

Res Judicata is out of Mohonour, a mare Pat Chapman owns and decided to breed to her 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. Kendrick Carmouche, the dominant rider at Parx in recent years, has been riding the horse since he recaptured his 2-year-old form last summer.

Big night for Jump Start

Jump Start and Smarty Jones both stand at Northview Stallion Station in Peach Bottom, Pa. Just five days after Res Judicata won for Smarty Jones at Parx, sons of Jump Start ran one-two in the $50,000 Danzig at Penn National.

Bump Start won it at 14-1. Johnny Jump Up was second at 17-1. Jump Start, a son of A.P. Indy, stands for $10,000. He was the top sire by stakes winners in the Mid-Atlantic in 2012 and 2013. In 2011, he was the top sire by earnings outside of Kentucky. He has been represented by graded stakes winners Rail Trip, Prayer for Relief, and Pants On Fire.

A second $50,000 stakes at Penn was won by Raging Smoke, trained by Bernie Houghton, who is having a terrific year with 28 percent winners. Houghton and his parents run Sylmar Farm, the birthplace of Pennsylvania-bred star Princess of Sylmar.

Delaware Handicap contender

Last Saturday’s Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park was the local prep for the Grade 1, $750,000 Delaware Handicap on July 12. This year’s race was won by Florida shipper Gamay Noir. If Princess of Sylmar comes for the Delaware Handicap, the horses who come back from the Obeah will be longshots.

Obeah won the Delaware Handicap in 1969 and 1970 for Christiana Stables. The mare became even better known 20 years later as the dam of champion Go for Wand, also owned by Christiana.