Sophomore sprinters set for It’s Binn Too Long

If there’s such a thing as equine West Virginia-bred royalty, then surely the pairing of top local stallion Fiber Sonde and the Indian Charlie mare Holy Pow Wow is it.

That duo has produced two of the best runners of recent vintage in the WV-bred ranks, with seven-year-old Muad’dib less than $60,000 from a million in career earnings and the retired Late Night Pow Wow twice a graded stakes winner.

Their little sister Overnight Pow Wow will try to stake a step in the direction of her older siblings this evening at Charles Town when she tries stakes company for the first time in the 4 ½-furlong It’s Binn Too Long for state-bred sophomore fillies. Overnight Pow Wow is 9-2 on the morning line.

Bred by the late John McKee, Overnight Pow Wow is trained by his widow, Cyndy McKee, for her Beau Ridge Farm LLC operation. Overnight Pow Wow has made just two starts, a win and a second. She won easily at first asking over next-out winner Margarita Sunset. But in her follow-up, she was slow into stride, which severely compromised her chances, as Jlodiamond grabbed an early lead and ran up the score in a nearly-seven-length win, with this miss in second.

Reshawn Latchman will ride Overnight Pow Wow, who leaves from the seven-hole. She has recorded two very fast works since her last start, including a half-mile move from the gate in 46 1/5 seconds April 18.

Timothy Locklear’s Jlodiamond will seek her third consecutive win in the It’s Binn Too Long. After running second on debut last November, she blitzed a maiden field by 4 ¾ lengths in her second start. After some time away, she returned running, thrashing Overnight Pow Wow and others by 6 ¾ lengths in 52.28 seconds for 4 ½ furlongs.

Jlodiamond is 9-5 on the morning line and could give trainer Ricardo Rangel his first stakes win, according to Equibase statistics. Alexis Rios-Conde, whose only 2024 win came aboard Jlodiamond, has the return mount.

The only horse to outsprint Jlodiamond to date is Miss Bee Bop, who defeated her by 3 ½ lengths Nov. 2. Trained by Tim Grams for Patricia Becraft, Miss Bee Bop has been first or second in six of seven starts, including three wins. She has made all four of her 2024 starts against older horses.

Regular pilot Christian Hiraldo will do the honors, and the duo will leave from the rail.

Two-time winner Lona Lee (7-2), who bested Miss Bee Bop in two of that rival’s first three starts, and Kristinachrysalis (9-2) are among the other major contenders.

Charles Town’s eight-race card is slated to kick off at 7:00 p.m. with the It’s Binn Too Long the seventh race with a projected post time of 10:02 p.m.