We have two horse racing cards covered on Saturday. The biggest of which is at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. The beautiful Keeneland has the $750,000 Turf Mile (Gr. 1) on the schedule. I’m taking a pass on that race, but have three other stakes races selected at Keeneland on Saturday.
Elsewhere in the country, there are plenty of other stakes races going on. The next biggest race outside of Keeneland is at Belmont Park with the running of the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (Gr. 1) on the grass. I’m passing on Belmont Park on Saturday, but if you want Keeneland, you can head to our Keeneland page.
Charles Town has the most stakes races on Saturday. You aren’t going to find the biggest racing, but a nine-race stakes card should be fun under the lights in West Virginia. There is a million dollars available in prize money tonight. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for October 9, 2021.
Race 1 – West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Breeders’ Classic Stakes
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Our first selection at Charles Town is the first race on Saturday evening. This is a 6 ½ furlong event in the West Virginia Moscarelli Breeders’ Classic Stakes. Expect Amidships and Run To Daylight to show some willingness in this assignment.
Amidships has finished 2nd and 1st in two career races in his career. He opened his career on September 4 at Charles Town in a $29,700 event and did well. Amidships placed 2nd behind Talking Teddy by a neck. It was a fine debut, but Amidships was open to improvement.
That’s what Amidships did, as he moved up to beat Jungle Beast by 5 ¼ lengths in a $29,700 race. This is a big step up for Amidships, so we’ll see how he handles his stakes debut. This one might be a bit too tough, but expect Amidships to be close at the wire.
Run To Daylight is going a perfect 2 for 2 to begin his career. The gelding opened his career with a 3 ¼ length win over Talking Teddy, and then went stakes racing thereafter. Run To Daylight beat Roll Dem Bones by 5 ¼ lengths in the $75,000 Henry Mercer Memorial Stakes. Impressive.
If Run To Daylight wants to run how he did in those attempts, then a win should be within reach for him. This field is just a touch too weak to compete.
Race 5 – West Virginia Tourism Office Breeders’ Classic Stakes
Post Time: 9:02 p.m. EST
Race 5 is the running of the $75,000 West Virginia Tourism Office Breeders’ Classic Stakes. This 7-furlong event should feature Mady Rose and Door Buster in the stretch.
Mady Rose is a three-time winner and has stakes experience going into Saturday night. He doesn’t have a stakes win, but could be ready to go in this time. In his most recent win, Mady Rose beat Mackenzie’s Music by 1 length for a $31,900 prize two races back.
She’s finished 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 5th in her previous four attempts. After the win, Mady Rose tried a stakes race and didn’t go as well. Mady Rose finished 5th in the $75,000 Sylvia Bishop Memorial Stakes on August 27.
Door Buster is 4 for 10 in her career, and is in good form after a win in that event. She beat C V’s Powerpak by 2 lengths in the $75,000 Sylvia Bishop Memorial. This was after showing 3rd on July 19 in the $100,000 M. Tyson Gilpin Stakes. She looks the best of this field.
Race 8 – West Virginia Breeders’ Classic Stakes
Post Time: 10:32 p.m. EST
Distance:1 ⅛ Miles
The $300,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic Stakes is the feature race at Charles Town on Saturday night. Expect North Atlantic and Muad’dib to have a big chance at going to the winner’s circle in this event.
North Atlantic is 19 for 54 in his career, and has been running in fine form recently. It should be good enough form to put North Atlantic in the mix. He has finished 1st, 1st, 2nd in his last three, and top-3 in four straight assignments.
North Atlantic won back-to-back wins in a $32,000 event by ¾ lengths, and then followed up on July 23 for a half length win in a $35,200 race. It was his most recent performance in the $75,000 Frank Gall Memorial Stakes that gives him a chance in this one.
He placed 2nd behind Muad’dib by a neck in the race. That was closer than expected, with North Atlantic an underdog going into that one. He should be able to give Muad’dib a run for his money again tonight.
Muad’dib is a perfect 7 for 7 in his career. He hasn’t suffered a loss since debuting on February 5. Before the win over North Atlantic, Muad’dib was a 1 ¾ length winner over Brother Corbin for a $30,800 purse, so the jump in class didn’t hurt. This looks like his to lose.