11/04/2006 12:00AM

Two heavy favorites score


The heavy favorites prevailed in both divisions of the Tri-State Futurity at Charles Town, but not without some drama in the second portion of the split stakes.

The 8-1 maiden Virginia Rebel was in front when she lugged in at midstretch, and Eagle Speed ($3.20) overtook her to win by a head under jockey Kendrick Carmouche.

Based at Penn National with trainer Clovis Crane, Eagle Speed, a West Virginia-bred son of Coastal Storm, has now won 3 of 5 starts. He covered seven furlongs in 1:28.94.

In the first division, Dahlgren Hall ($3.60) turned the tables on Fancy Dan when he got position on the rail under Dale Whittaker and scored a wire-to-wire two-length win, timed in 1:27.84.

Fancy Dan defeated Dahlgren Hall by a half-length three weeks earlier in the Vincent Moscarelli on West Virginia Breeders Classics Night. It was the second win in three starts for Dahlgren Hall, a West Virginia-bred son of Mutakddim trained by Jeff Runco.

Each division of the futurity was worth $44,762.