09/20/2008 11:00PM

Stablemates sweep preps for Breeders Classic

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O'Sullivan Farms and trainer George Yetsook have themselves the favorites for the two richest races of the season at Charles Town, thanks to identical 1.75-length scores by stablemates Confucius Say and Julie B in Saturday night's local preps for next month's West Virginia Breeders Classic program.

The remarkable 10-year-old Confucius Say ($3.80), who won back-to-back runnings of the West Virginia Breeders Classic in 2001 and 2002, tuned up for the 1 1/8-mile, $500,000 feature on Oct. 18 by winning the seven-furlong, $51,550 Robert Hilton Memorial.

With Rodney Soodeen subbing for regular rider Larry Reynolds, Confucius Say won comfortably while covering the distance in 1:25.33. Eastern Delite, who defeated Confucius Say in last year's Classic but was later disqualified for testing positive for caffeine, nosed out Three's a Crowd for second.

The 5-year-old Julie B turned the tables on 3-5 favorite Carnival Chrome in the $51,250 Roger Van Hoozer Memorial Stakes by running down the pacesetter and drawing off in the stretch. Carnival Chrome had beaten Julie B the last two times they met, including last fall's West Virginia Cavada, a race now worth $500,000. Julie B won the Cavada two years ago.

Ridden for the first time by Arnaldo Bocachica, Julie B ran the seven furlongs in 1:26.07.