CT: THE SKY IS FALLING BACK FOR MORE IN CASEY MEM’L
The Sky Is Falling helped give owner David Raim, trainer Jeff Runco, and rider Arnaldo Bocachica a historic night October 9. The trio won five, seven, and eight races, respectively, on West Virginia Breeders’ Classics night, with The Sky Is Falling providing one of those victories.
In tonight’s $75,000 Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes at Charles Town Races, The Sky Is Falling will try to keep the good times going for her triumvirate of connections. She is the 8-5 morning line favorite in an eight-horse field for the seven-furlong test for two-year-old fillies.
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The Sky Is Falling, a daughter of Cupid that Raim picked up privately, won at first asking going 4 ½ furlongs, but in her follow-up, the 4 ½-furlong Rachel’s Turn, she had no answers for Fancy Her Up. Fancy Her up won by five lengths, with The Sky Is Falling back in fifth, eight lengths in arrears.
The added ground of the 6 ½-furlong Triple Crown Nutrition enabled The Sky Is Falling to turn the tables on that rival, however, as she rallied from fifth to win by 1 ½ lengths.
The speedy Fancy Her Up is back to try her luck again and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line. The John A. Casey-trained Juba filly won two of her first three starts, including the Rachel’s Turn, the only blemish on her resume a poor performance on the turf at Colonial Downs.
In the Triple Crown Nutrition, Fancy Her Up led early and maintained an advantage into the final furlong. She faded late, however, finishing third while five lengths behind the winner. Regular pilot Gerald Almodovar is up.
James W. Casey – the late Eleanor Casey’s husband – has a pair of contenders in this contest.
Sarah’s Warrior won at first asking going seven furlongs, rallying from well back to win going away. She’s 9-2 on the morning line and will have Antonio Lopez in the irons. And My Juba will have Christian Hiraldo up after winning by over five lengths last out to earn her diploma going 4 ½ furlongs. She’s 4-1.
Aim’s Jubilee (15-1), Windsor’s Play (15-1), Cousin Winnie (15-1), and Hessica (20-1) round out the field. The Eleanor Casey Memorial is carded as the seventh of eight races tonight with an estimated post time of 10:02.