07/01/2011 4:39PM

Mountaineer: Night card offers three stakes


The appropriately named Firecracker and Independence Day are among the three $75,000 stakes on tap Sunday evening at Mountaineer Park.

In the Firecracker, Lunar Mist will try to stretch out to a mile on turf for the first time this season. Trained by Eric Reed, the 4-year-old filly last won three starts ago at Santa Anita Park going 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Reed then ran the daughter of Malibu Moon at Keeneland on April  23 in the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway going 5  1/2 furlongs. Lunar Mist suffered from a slow start and then a wide trip in that race and finished seventh, beaten 6  1/2 lengths over the Polytrack after the race was rained off the turf.

In her last out May 29 at Hollywood Park, she again ran an even race in the $73,000 Great Lady M., finishing fifth in the six-furlong turf event. She earned a Beyer Figure of 91, the highest lifetime turf Beyer in the field. Lunar Mist is part of a three-horse Reed-trained entry in the 12-horse field of older fillies and mares. Lunar Mist will be coupled with I’mneverwrongand and Street Gossip. Terry Houghton will ride.

Gimme Credit will be going for his fourth consecutive win in the Independence Day at one mile on turf. Trained by Doug Shanyfelt, Gimme Credit won May 14 at Belmont for then trainer Chad Brown. He was claimed in the mile and a sixteenth turf event and then won next out May 27 when claimed again by N  R  B Racing Stable, this time going one mile on the turf. In his most recent start for his new connections, the 8-year-old gelding won a starter allowance event at Belmont going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Deshawn Parker will ride for the first time.

Eleven older horses will go postward in the Independence Day.
Cash Refund will be trying for his third win of the year in the Dale Baird Memorial. Trained by Steve Margolis, Cash Refund won Jan. 8 at Fair Grounds in an optional claiming event. His most recent win came May 15 at Churchill in an optional race. In his most recent outing, Cash Refund set a quick pace in the Grade  3 Aristides at Churchill before tiring in the stretch to finish last of eight. Parker will ride for the first time. Nine older horses are scheduled to contest the 5  1/2-furlong sprint.

Should Cash Refund fail to fire, Russell Road could pick up the pieces. The West Virginia-bred has won 17 of 27 lifetime races for trainer James Casey, including the Confucius Says April 16 and the It’s Only Money on May 21, both at Charles Town. Travis Dunkelberger retains the mount.