04/18/2015 5:40PM

Russell Road rolls to victory in Confucius Say

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Barbara D. Livingston
Russell Road wins the Confucius Say Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths Saturday at Charles Town.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – Russell Road broke running in the $50,000 Confucius Say Stakes and never was seriously challenged while making his first start since winning the $450,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic last October.

Russell Road, 9, now has won 24 races at Charles Town. In all, he has won 29 of 54 career starts and more than $1.9 million. He is trained by James W. Casey and had the leading rider at Charles Town, Jose Montano, aboard.

Lucy's Bob Boy had raced over the winter and appeared to have a fitness advantage over Russell Road. He was bet down to 3-5 but was outsprinted for the early lead and had to settle for second, 4 1/2 lengths behind the winner.

Russell Road paid $5.60 to win in the six-horse field of West Virginia-breds and covered the seven furlongs in 1:23.96. Lucy's Bob Boy beat In the Fairway by a neck for second.

Its Binn Too Long: Get the Sensation romps

When the second choice Country Momma didn't get away well in the 4 1/2-furlong Its Binn Too Long Stakes, the favored Get the Sensation was left alone on the lead and coasted to an about five-length victory.

Get the Sensation paid $4.00 in the eight-horse field of West Virginia-bred 3-year-old fillies and was timed in 51.29 seconds. A daughter of Not for Love, she now has won three races in a row for trainer Crystal Pickett. Stevia Djuric was aboard.

Nay's Black rallied for second, and Lady Jillet finished third.

Original Gold: A DQ and an injury

The seven-furlong Original Gold Stakes for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares turned into a messy race.

The first-place finisher Kluvyabye went wire to wire at 10-1 but was disqualified to fourth for drifting inward in the run to the first turn, putting Hattie B., Dimples, and Morningisbreaking in tight quarters.

The official order of finish after the disqualification was Morningisbreaking ($19.80), Hattie B., and Dimples.

The disqualification was overshadowed by an injury to Down Town Allen, who was pulled up in distress on the backstretch and vanned back to trainer James A. Casey's barn. She pulled the suspensory ligaments in her left foreleg. She is expected to have surgery next week.

Down Town Allen, a winner of 25 of 41 starts and more than $1 million, is a fan favorite at Charles Town, having won 24 races here. She came into Saturday's race with 14 consecutive wins at Charles Town dating back to 2012.

There was no show wagering on the six-horse race, but Down Town Allen had $49,795 of the $59,530 place pool wagered on her.

Morningisbreaking, who is trained by Cynthia O'Bannon, paid $27.40 to place and Hattie B. paid $19.60. She was ridden by Christian Hiraldo.
Kluvyabye, who crossed the wire 2 1/2 lengths in front, was timed in 1:26.94. Morningisbreaking finished three quarters of a length in front of Hattie B. It was another half-length back to Dimples

Coin Collector: Hear the Chatter comes back sharp

Hear the Chatter, the best 2-year-old to race at Charles Town last year, started off his sophomore season in style by winning the $50,000 Coin Collector by 2 1/2 lengths. The Coin Collector is a 4 1/2-furlong race for West Virginia-bred 3-year-olds.

Hear the Chatter went 5 for 5 at Charles Town last year and 0 for 2 on the road. He concluded his season with a third-place finish in the $100,000 Marylander at Laurel Park in December. His trainer, John A. Casey, said he was injured in that race.

"He came out of that Maryland race with a little hairline fracture," Casey said.

Casey gave Hear the Chatter the winter off at his family's Taylor Mountain Farm and Hear the Chatter came back sharp Saturday. He dueled for the early lead with Hero of War before drawing clear on the turn.

Hear the Chatter, a gelded son of Mass Media, paid $2.40 to win in the five-horse field. He was timed in 52.03 seconds and was ridden by Gerald Almodovar.