07/20/2001 12:00AM

Owners' Day at Charles Town


Charles Town Races has one of its biggest days of the year Sunday when $160,000 in stakes money is offered as part of the Owners' Day program at the West Virginia track.

The card is sponsored by the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

More than $265,000 in purse money is available from 10 races, including four stakes worth $40,000 each: the Lady Di, the Jefferson County, the Kelly Kip, and the Flags Up.

The 4 1/2-furlong Flags Up, the sixth race, is the first stakes on the program. Wild Fashion, the winner of the $40,000 William Jefferson Clinton Stakes in May, is the likely favorite of the 10-horse field of fillies and mares.

Vanna Go and A Lot of Mary renew their rivalry in the seven-furlong Lady Di for fillies and mares. In May, A Lot of Mary beat Vanna Go by a neck in an allowance race. In their last matchup, on June 9, Vanna Go turned the tables on her rival and won the Almost Heaven Stakes.

Nine entered the 1 1/8-mile Jefferson County for 3-year-olds and older males. Monk's Falcon, Repetition, and Rebellious Dreamer are the main contenders.

Ten-year-old Wise Dusty, looking to make amends for his runner-up finish in the $75,000 Charles Town Dash earlier this month, is the one to beat in the 4 1/2-furlong Kelly Kip for colts and geldings.

Daily Racing Form handicappers Mike Watchmaker and Kenny Peck will conduct two handicapping seminars - one for the public and one for the owners involved in the stakes races.