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Charles Town is the leading track out east in the evening. The first race begins at 7:00 p.m. EST in West Virginia. There are nine races on the card worth $740,000. It’s a big night for Charles Town, with nine stakes races on the card. No other track in North America is offering more stakes events than Charles Town on Saturday. We also have some plays at Belmont Park for Saturday afternoon. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for October 10, 2020.
Race 2 – West Virginia Tourism Office Breeders’ Classic Stakes
Post Time: 7:32 p.m. EST
A night of racing in West Virginia will begin for us in Race 2. The West Virginia Tourism Office Breeders’ Classic Stakes will feature a $70,000 purse for 7 furlongs on the dirt. Boundtobebad and Star of Night are the most likely horses to play a role in the stretch in this event. Boundtobebad is 3 for 9 in her career with all nine outings in the top-3. She opened her career with three straight wins from June 14, 2019 to November 2, 2019.
Boundtobebad has gone winless in six straight races since then, but has been involved in the stretch and finished in the top-3. He finished 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd. In his most recent performance, Boundtobebad placed 2nd in a $50,000 event. Not a bad run by Boundtobebad, but too slow for Star of Night.
Star of Night was the winner in that race over Boundtobebad. It was a comfortable win for Star of Night by 5 ¼ lengths.Star of Night had control of that race and won comfortable. She has been one of the most dominant runners in West Virginia in the last year. Star of Night is 4 for 6 in her career and has yet to finish outside of the top-2.
She’s coming off back-to-back wins and looking for a hat-trick on Saturday night. On June 27, Star of Night won by 10 ¾ lengths in a romp over Dubai was Lit. Her next target was Boundtobebad and she took care of her easily as well. Boundtobebad is looking for revenge this evening, but expect Star of Night to cruise again in the Breeders’ Classic Stakes.
Race 4 – Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic Stakes
Post Time: 8:32 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
The next Breeders’ Classic Stakes at Charles Town is the Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic Stakes. It’s another event worth $70,000. This is a half furlong shorter than Race 2. Pilot in Command and Hopping Henry will likely make their presence felt in the stretch in this one. Pilot in Command has finished 3rd, 1st, 3rd in his career, with the lone win on September 5 in a $27,000 event by 3 ¾ lengths over Just Gets Better.
Pilot in Command went stakes racing thereafter and was expected to perform better. He was cut down by Youthinkthatsfunny and Hoping Henry after failing to keep up in a duel with those two horses. If that’s the form that Pilot in Command is going to bring to Saturday night, then he’s unlikely going to the winner’s circle.
Hoping Henry beat Pilot in Command in that event by 3 ½ lengths to win. He was 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Youthinkthatsfunny. Hopping Henry is 2 for 3 in his career and searching for a hat-trick on Saturday. In his debut run on July 4, Hopping Henry placed 2nd behind Natural Attraction by 1 length.
He was able to follow up with improvement on August 15 and September 19. His latest win was the biggest score yet, as Hopping Henry won by 1 ¼ lengths in the $50,000 Henry Mercer Memorial Stakes (Black Type) He was coming off a rather impressive workout on September 8 with a time of 59.80 seconds leading up to that race and it translated on race day. Hopping Henry is likely the most dangerous horse in Race 4.
Race 7 – Cavada Breeders’ Classic Stakes
Post Time: 10:02 p.m. EST
Race 7 is the feature race at Charles Town on Saturday night. We’ll see 7 furlongs of racing on the main track for a $100,000 purse. That’s big prize money for Charles Town. Eight horses are expected to participate in the Cavada Breeders’ Classic Stakes under the light in West Virginia.
See Ya Manana and Bridging the Gap should be involved in the stretch in Race 7. See Ya Manana could pull off a small upset here from the No. 4 post position. She is 9 for 24 in her career and hasn’t been in bad form recently. See Ya Manana has finished in the top-3 in her previous three outings, including a win on August 20 in a $32,000 event by 5 lengths. It wasn’t a bad run by her in the $50,000 Sadie Hawkin Stakes.
She competed gamely, but had to settle for place money. See Ya Manana was 4 ¼ lengths away from a win in that race. She can find some revenge today against Bridging the Gap. Bridging the Gap was the horse that cleared See Ya Manana by 4 ¼ lengths. That was a wire-to-wire win for See Ya Manana and was never in danger of giving up the lead.
Bridging the Gap has been a consistent winner throughout her career. She is 7 for 12 and is coming off a hat-trick with three straight wins. Moving up in class was no problem for her, as she got by See Ya Manana by 4 ¼ lengths in her last outing. She has won 3 of her previous 4 performances and should strike again on Saturday night in the feature event at Charles Town.