09/17/2015 10:26AM

Pants On Fire, Lucy’s Bob Boy square off in Wild and Wonderful

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Lucy's Bob Boy, who has won 25 times at Charles Town, will face off against Pants On Fire for the first time in Saturday's Wild and Wonderful Stakes.

Pants On Fire and Lucy’s Bob Boy, winners of the last two runnings of the Wild and Wonderful Stakes, will meet for the first time in the seven-furlong stakes Saturday night at Charles Town.

The Wild and Wonderful and its counterpart for females, the Pink Ribbon, are worth $100,000 apiece. They head nine undercard stakes on a 12-race program topped by the Grade 3, $350,000 Charles Town Oaks. First post is 5 p.m. Eastern.

The 7-year-old Pants On Fire, a 10-time winner with earnings of $1.5 million, earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure for his 2 1/4-length score as the 4-5 favorite in last year’s Wild and Wonderful. His lone win in four starts this season came in March in the Sir Shackleton at Gulfstream Park at the same distance he will race Saturday night.

Lucy’s Bob Boy, 25 for 35 lifetime at Charles Town, has had nearly all his success racing against fellow West Virginia-breds, but he did beat open company by 2 1/4 lengths as the 3-5 favorite in the 2013 Wild and Wonderful. He comes into this year’s race following an easy win a month ago in the seven-furlong Frank Gall Memorial. He can surpass the $1 million mark in earnings with a victory.

Trainer Sandra Dono said this could be a prelude to another try in graded stakes company.

“We wanted to try something different to see how he stacked up against open company in case we wanted to take him and run him elsewhere in a bigger race again,” said Dono. “The horse is doing great, feeling great, and worked well the other day, so this is the time to try it.”

The field also includes Rise Up, who won by nearly 11 lengths last season in his only previous visit to Charles Town and was third in this year’s Grade 3 Texas Mile, and Praetereo, making his first start off a $40,000 claim at Saratoga for trainer Joe Sharp following a near miss Aug. 21.

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Pink Ribbon (race 9)

Flattering Bea, 6 for 9 lifetime at Charles Town, heads six fillies and mares in the seven-furlong Pink Ribbon. She was second in this race last year, finishing a half-length in front of Table Three Ten, who is back in the lineup again.

The 5-year-old Flatteing Bea tuned up by dominating an overnight handicap at seven furlongs Aug. 26. She won the Violet Handicap in March and just missed in the $150,000 Sugar Maple in April.

Trainer Crystal Pickett said seven furlongs appears to be Flattering Bea's best distance, especially at Charles Town.

“This track, she loves seven-eighths," Pickett said. "The other races she’s run in have been three-quarters. If you get in a little trouble, you can recover better going seven-eighths."

The field also includes Checkupfromzneckup, who recorded a career-best 102 Beyer Speed Figure in winning a second-level optional claimer going a mile at Monmouth Park two starts ago, and Medaglia d’Argento, claimed by trainer George Weaver for $62,500 two starts ago at Saratoga.

Other undercard stakes

Race 7: Short-sprint specialist Greenway Court, 11 for 17 going 4 1/2 furlongs locally, seeks to win the $50,000 It’s Only Money for the third straight year.

Race 6: R C’s Daisyduke, a winner of her first two starts by a combined 12 lengths, looks to remain undefeated in the $50,000 Rachel’s Turn for West Virginia-bred 2-year-old fillies going 4 1/2 furlongs.

Race 3: Stoweshoe, who crushed nine fillies as the 3-5 favorite in her career debut, and Imaflashyfellow, a daylight winner in his only previous try against statebreds, are the prime contenders in the Henry Mercer Memorial for West Virginia-bred 2-year-olds going 4 1/2 furlongs.

Race 2: Russell Road, a 9-year-old with 29 lifetime victories and $1.9 million in earnings, looks imposing in a $30,000 overnight handicap for West Virginia-breds at 1 1/16 miles.

Race 8: The 3-year-old Hear the Chatter, a three-time stakes winner, challenges older horses in a $30,000 overnight handicap for West Virginia-breds going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Race 5: Chrome Mine, a neck shy of owning a seven-race winning streak over the past two seasons, will be formidable in a $30,000 overnight handicap for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Race 4: Red Hot Diva, part of the exacta in five of her six starts since last September, stretches out from seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles for a $30,000 overnight handicap for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares.