09/19/2015 10:13PM

Walk of Stars scores front-running upset in Pink Ribbon

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Walk of Stars, under Travis Dunkelberger, prevails by a neck over Julie's Jewelry in the Pink Ribbon.

When the 4-year-old filly Walk of Stars came to Charles Town for the first time in April, her career record was just 1 for 10, a maiden win at Timonium in August 2014. She has certainly thrived shipping from Maryland to West Virginia, however.

Walk of Stars improved to 4 for 6 at Charles Town with a front-running victory in the $100,000 Pink Ribbon Stakes for fillies and mares. Under regular rider Travis Dunkelberger, Walk of Stars ($28.80 prevailed by a neck over Kentucky invader Julie’s Jewelry. Flattering Bea was third as the 6-5 favorite in a field of six.

Trained by Mike Trombetta  for owner Larry Johnson, Walk of Stars ran seven furlongs in 1:23.92.

Pants On Fire repeats in Wild and Wonderful

Odds-on favorite Pants On Fire ($3.20) surged in the stretch to overtake early pacesetter Hidden Canyon and Rockinn On Bye to win the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful Stakes for the second straight year.

Ridden by Paco Lopez for trainer Kelly Breen and owners George and Lori Hall, the 7-year-old Pants On Fire got up by a half-length, completing seven furlongs in 1:23.55 for his 11th career win in 35 starts. His $60,000 share of the purse boosted his career bankroll to $1,641,975.

Hidden Canyon held on for second by a head, the 12th time in 13 starts he has been involved in the exacta. Rockinn On Bye, who won his only previous start at Charles Town on Aug. 29, was third at 25-1.

Local favorite Lucy's Bob Boy had his head turned when the gate opened, was carried four wide on the first turn, and faded to last of seven as the 3-1 second choice.

In the other undercard stakes:

Greenway Court ($3.80) held off 6-5 second choice Just Fuhr Real by a length to win the $50,000 It’s Only Money for West Virginia-breds for the third straight year. Ridden by Antonio Lopez for trainer James W. Casey, the 6-year-old Greenway Court has now won four straight races since December and is 13 for 25 lifetime.

Stoweshoe ($2.20), a filly challenging males, remained unbeaten in two starts with a 2 1/4-length score in the $50,000 Henry Mercer Memorial for West Virginia-bred 2-year-olds. She ran 4 1/2 furlongs under Arnaldo Bocachica in 52.41 seconds.

Aye a Song ($13.40), making her first start since winning her career debut three months ago, beat 1-5 favorite R C’s Daisyduke by a length in the $50,000 Rachel’s Turn for West Virginia-bred 2-year-old fillies. Christian Hiraldo was aboard for trainer John McKee. The winning time for 4 1/2 furlongs was 51.70 seconds.

Russell Road ($2.80), tuning up for his bid to capture the $450,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic for the fourth time next month, coasted to an easy 4 3/4-length win under Jose Montano  in the $30,000 Roger Ramey Handicap for West Virginia-breds. He ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.98.

Blisstikus ($19.80) rallied to overtake 3-5 favorite Red Hot Diva by three-quarters of a length  in the $30,000 Harry Buch Handicap for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares. Ridden by Xavier Perez for trainer William Campbell, she ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.12.

Bocachica collected his second stakes win on the card with Pocket Gift ($14.60), who scored by 1 1/4 lengths in the Ann Hilton for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs.

The 3-year-old Hear the Chatter ($5.80) held off Prince Windsor by three-quarters of a  length in the $30,000 Dr. Ernest Benner for West Virginia-breds. It was the eighth win in 12 lifetime starts for Hear the Chatter, trained by John Casey and ridden by Gerald Almodovar.