11/22/2009 12:00AM

Russell Road remains king of West Virginia


Russell Road reaffirmed his status as the best West Virginia-bred in training by cruising to his fifth straight stakes victory Saturday night at Charles Town.

Five weeks after he dominated older horses in the $450,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic, the 3-year-old Russell Road ($2.20) romped to an eight-length score in the $51,100 A Huevo Stakes for statebreds.

Ridden by Travis Dunkelberger for trainer James W. Casey, Russell Road completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.66 -- slightly more than two seconds faster than his win over an extremely sloppy track in last month's Classic.

Russell Road is now 8 for 8 against West Virginia-bred company and 12 for 15 lifetime.

A gelded son of Wheaton, Russell Road also created a minus place pool in excess of $20,000.There was no show betting.

Dancin Banker, third behind Russell Road and Peaceful Bliss in the Classic, this time finished second, 3 3/4 lengths in front of Peaceful Bliss. Raggedy Andy, winner of the $135,000 Onion Juice last time out, finished fifth in a field of seven, beaten nearly 16 lengths.