07/02/2002 12:00AM

A rematch of veteran sprinters in Dash


Governor's Pride and Wise Dusty, the winner and runner-up in the 2001 Charles Town Dash, meet again in this year's edition of the 4 1/2-furlong stakes on Thursday.

Ten male sprinters, many of whom are front-runners, entered the $100,000 Charles Town Dash, an invitational race.

Last year, Governor's Pride, who is trained by Tim Ritchey, won the Charles Town Dash by 6 3/4 lengths after setting the pace in the slop. The gelding covered the distance in a sizzling 50.40 seconds and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 111.

The concern is that this year Governor's Pride hasn't shown the same spark and is without a win in four starts. His recent works at Delaware Park, however, have been outstanding and include a half-mile in 45.60 seconds on June 26, the fastest of 45 works at the distance.

Jeremy Rose, last year's Eclipse Award-winning apprentice, rides Governor's Pride, who drew post 7.

Wise Dusty, the senior citizen of the field at 11, has run only twice since finishing a clear second in last year's Charles Town Dash. He won both those starts, including a 4 1/2-furlong allowance prep for the Charles Town Dash on May 31.

In six starts at Charles Town, Wise Dusty has four wins and never has finished worse than third.

Wise Dusty is trained by Wayne Bailey, who has two winners from three starters at the meet, and will be ridden by Mark Rosenthal.

Dancing Missile could be the horse to beat. The colt has never competed at 4 1/2 furlongs, but his Beyer Speed Figures are very consistent and he has been running in tougher fields.

Dancing Missile, trained by Dale Romans in Kentucky, finished third as the heavy favorite in a classified allowance race at Churchill Downs in the slop on June 13. He tired that day after showing the way early in the five-furlong race and was beaten a length for the win.

John Luzzi rides Dancing Missile, who drew post 3 and carries top weight of 122 pounds.

Wise Sweep has good connections on his side in trainer Dale Capuano and jockey Travis Dunkelberger. The 6-year-old gelding has won his last two races, both at six furlongs. Wise Sweep also was entered in a race at Mountaineer Park on Tuesday evening.

Five Star Deputy is unbeaten in four starts at Charles Town, but appears to lack the quality of his rivals.

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