08/29/2008 12:00AM

Maryland-breds grab loot at Charles Town


Juveniles had the chance to compete for a total of $250,000 on the evening of Aug. 23 in three new races added to Charles Town's stakes schedule. And Maryland-breds came away with the bulk of the loot.

Sweeping to a 5 1/2-length score in the $100,000 Miss Shenandoah Stakes was the filly Onearmedbandit, the first stakes winner for her sire, No Armistice.

A race later, Essenceofthemoon won the $100,000 Charles Town Juvenile Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths.

Capping the stakes trifecta for Maryland-breds was Letmeaskuaquestion, who won the restricted $50,000 Rachel's Turn Stakes.

Add in a third-place finish by You Rock, who missed second by a nose in the Rachel's Turn, and the four Maryland-bred 2-year-olds collected $157,062.

It came as no surprise that Onearmedbandit ran impressively. The 2-5 favorite in the field of eight, she came into the race undefeated for her owner, longtime Maryland-based trainer Jerry Robb.

Onearmedbandit had won her first three starts - two allowances at Delaware Park and her debut at Laurel Park in April - by an average of four lengths.

In her previous starts, Onearmedbandit set every fraction, but in her stakes debut in the Miss Shenandoah she was outrun early in the 4 1/2-furlong race. But she handled coming off the pace well, and poured it on in the stretch. Her next target is the $150,000 Maryland Million Lassie at Laurel Park on Oct. 4. at seven furlongs.

"I've breezed her three-quarters, and she acts like she can go longer," Robb said.

Robb purchased Onearmedbandit for $13,500 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale, and in four starts she has earned $135,960.

"I liked the look of her," said Robb. "And with her being by No Armistice, I wanted to take a gamble on a new sire. She has turned out to be a great surprise."

No Armistice, a very fast graded-stakes-placed son of Unbridled who stands at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., has two crops of racing age. In his first crop, the 11-year-old stallion has the stakes-placed filly Valin Time. Making her mark as No Armistice's first winner, Valin Time is a full sister to Onearmedbandit. The siblings are out of Court Tour, an unraced daughter of the late Maryland stallion Polish Numbers who was picked out of the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale by Mike Pons of Country Life Farm for client David Daniel.

An owner of a farm in Emporia, Va., Daniel paid $1,000 for Court Tour, who was not in foal at the sale. After producing the No Armistice fillies, Court Tour delivered a Parker's Storm Cat filly in 2007, who is catalogued to this year's Eastern fall yearling sale. Barren for 2008, Court Tour is currently in foal to Virginia stallion One Tuff Oop.

Essenceofthemoon, the first foal of stakes winner Merryland Missy, was bred by a Country Life Farm partnership that owned the mare. Merryland Missy, a daughter of Country Life Farm stallion Citidancer, won the 2004 Maryland Million Distaff and earned $138,670 for the partnership. After producing Essenceofthemoon (by former Country Life stallion Malibu Moon), Merryland Missy was offered for sale at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale in 2006, to dissolve the partnership. She sold for $41,000 in foal to Malibu Moon.

The partnership sold Essenceofthemoon at the same sale. Frank Henson paid $38,000 for the weanling colt and kept him to race after Essenceofthemoon failed to meet his reserve at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

It turned out to be a lucky break for Henson, as Essenceofthemoon has won 4 of his 6 starts, and ran third in the Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park, earning $151,767. His only off-the-board finish came when fifth to Run Away and Hide in the Grade 3 Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs in May in his second start.

A daughter of Maryland Stallion Station stallion Outflanker, Letmeaskuaquestion - bred by David DiPietro and Louis Carrico - got her second win in as many starts, leading throughout the 4 1/2-furlong Rachel's Turn.

The first runner for the stakes-placed Diablo mare Misty Diablo, Letmeaskuaquestion was also sold as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale. Her trainer, John Casey, got her up for the bargain price of $1,000. Owned by Ronald Sigler, she's earned $48,120.