03/05/2013 5:03PM

Santa Anita notes: Clubhouse Ride may head to Charles Town Classic

Shigeki Kikkawa
Clubhouse Ride earned $150,000 for his runner-up finish in the Santa Anita Handicap, the richest payday of his 26-race career.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Clubhouse Ride, second to Game On Dude in the Santa Anita Handicap last Saturday, is being considered for the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on April 20, trainer Craig Lewis said on Monday.

Game On Dude is a candidate for the same race.

“Most likely, he’ll chase Game On Dude across the country,” Lewis said.

“It will be a good field. We’ll take a chance.”

Game On Dude won the Big Cap over 1 1/4 miles by a record 7 3/4 lengths. Clubhouse Ride was a clear second in early stretch and held off a late rally from Called to Serve to take second by a nose.

Lewis said that Game On Dude was too tough to catch when allowed to set his own pace.

“When you let a good horse get loose, it’s over,” he said.

Clubhouse Ride, owned by Nikolas Petralia and Six-S Racing Stable, earned $150,000 for the runner-up finish, the richest payday of his 26-race career. A 5-year-old horse, Clubhouse Ride was second to Game On Dude in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 3.

Rider’s suspension stayed

Jockey Cheryl Charlton, who primarily rides Thoroughbreds at Los Alamitos with occasional mounts on the major Southern California Thoroughbred circuit, has been fined $1,000 and placed on probation through March 1, 2014, after testing positive for marijuana, according to a ruling issued by Santa Anita stewards.

Charlton’s license was suspended through March 1, 2014, but the suspension was stayed, provided that Charlton undergoes evaluation by the Winners’ Foundation, which aids people in horse racing with substance abuse issues; submits to drug testing; and “abstains from any mood altering substances,” according to the ruling.

The terms of the probation were part of a stipulated agreement between Charlton, 25, and the California Horse Racing Board.

Charlton had a career-best year in 2012, winning 105 races. Through Sunday, she had 2 wins from 47 mounts this year, but has not ridden since Feb. 17. Last September, Charlton had four wins at Fairplex Park.

** Veteran jockeys Brice Blanc, Victor Espinoza, and David Flores have new agents. Blanc will be represented by Vince DeGregory. Brad Pegram will book mounts on behalf of Flores, while Brian Beach will represent Espinoza.