The purse for this evening’s seventh race from Charles Town might just be $30,000.
But make no mistake: a solid group of runners is scheduled to face the starter in this handicap event.
Local stalwart Lucy’s Bob Boy is the tepid 3-1 favorite in the field of nine (including one coupled entry), as well as the 121-pound highweight. The West Virginia-bred, Sandra Dono trainee, who’s earned over $920,000 in his terrific career, may have the class edge on the field; but he hasn’t thrived at tonight’s nine-furlong distance and most recently ran fourth against similar company back in May. Arnaldo Bocachica will ride.
Did we say similar company?
In fact, all three rivals who beat him that day are scheduled to run this evening, as is another who ran then.
Twenty Hawks, who pressed Lucy’s Bob Boy into defeat and rolled to a 1 1/4 length victory, is back and is 5-1 in the morning line. The eight-year-old California-bred, who’s won 12 of 66 career starts and earned $337,666, hasn’t won in two subsequent tries. Jose Montano will ride for trainer Ronney Brown.
One More Time, the runner-up in that May race, is part of a coupled entry (with Comeonletsplay) that is lined at 6-1. The West Virginia-bred three-year-old snapped a seven-race losing streak last out in allowance company. He’s won three of 12 starts but has finished second or third seven additional times. Luis Rivera will ride for trainer John Casey. His entrymate, Comeonletsplay, has won three straight against allowance rivals.
May show horse Little Big Sime was a 38-1 outsider that day, when he rallied from seventh to earn a check, and he isn’t getting much respect today, with a 20-1 morning line. He’s finished no better than fourth in three races since that May event and will have Katie Crews in the irons.
The field includes a pair of Jerry Robb trainees: three-time stake winner Joint Custody (4-1), most recently seventh against allowance foes; and Fred High (15-1), sporting just one win since upsetting the 2013 West Virginia Breeders Classic. Also on the roster are Tucker’s Point (7-2), the Kieron Magee trainee who seemed to like Charles Town just fine in his lone start there, winning an allowance race by 11; and speedy Warrioroftheroses (9-2), away since May following two tough outings in graded company.
Post time for the seventh is 9:58 p.m.