05/09/2007 11:00PM

Two old-timers clash in Costy Caras


Calisthenic and Earth Power, a pair of veteran geldings with 19 wins between them at Charles Town, head a field of eight short sprint specialists in the $50,000 Costy Caras Memorial Stakes.

The 8-year-old Calisthenic, 11 for 22 lifetime at Charles Town , is 4 for 7 at the Caras distance of 4 1/2 furlongs the past two seasons but is moving up in class after primarily facing optional claimers.

Earth Power, 7, is 8 for 23 at Charles Town, but hasn't won since December 2005. He was third in this race last year and second in last fall's 4 1/2-furlong stakes on the West Virginia Breeders' Classic card.

A youngster capable of knocking off the two old-timers is Morning Out, a Steve Klesaris-trained 4-year-old who is 3 for 4 locally, all in allowance competition.