Researcher delivers title defense in Charles Town Classic
Researcher was sent off the near 4-1 third pick and rewarded his supporters with payouts of $9.80, $4.40 and $3.80. Awesome Gem (Awesome Again) put in a strong rally but could never get to the winner, returning $5.20 and $3 at 4-1 for overtaking Redding Colliery by three parts of a length on the line. Redding Colliery was worth $5.20 at 7-1, and the exotics totaled $64.80 (exacta) and $515.60 (trifecta).
Indian Dance (Indian Charlie) completed the 9-4-10-7 superfecta that gave back $3,571.20 and was followed under the wire by 3-1 favorite Understatement, Acting Zippy, Gone Astray, Encaustic (Broad Brush), No Advantage (Posse) and Fiddlers Afleet. Enriched (High Brite), Tizway (Tiznow) and Wicked B. Havior (Unbridled's Song) didn't draw in from the also-eligible list.
The $600,000 winner's share of this one boosted Researcher's earnings to $1,400,129 to go along with his 26-13-6-2 career mark. Ten of those wins have now come at Charles Town, including back-to-back victories in the 2008-2009 H.B.P.A. Governor's Cup H. as well as his two Charles Town Classics. The bay gelding also scored in the 2008 runnings of the Queen's County H. (G3) and Mountaineer Mile H. and owns runner-up efforts in those two events from last year.
Researcher is out of the Apalachee mare Wild Magnolia and comes from the family of 1970 champion two-year-old colt Hoist the Flag (Tom Rolfe).
One race prior to the Charles Town Classic, PINKARELLA (Malibu Moon) posted a dominating 6 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Sugar Maple S. for trainer Doug O'Neill. Grabbing the lead soon after the start, the bay four-year-old established fractions of :23 3/5, :46 3/5 and 1:10 3/5 before stopping the clock in 1:23 1/5 under jockey Travis Dunkelberger.
Owned by Flintridge Stable and STD Racing Stable, Pinkarella was making her Charles Town debut in this spot having raced exclusively in California and Florida during her short career. The filly, third in last year's Santa Paula S. (G3) at Santa Anita, entered here off a well-beaten fifth in the Inside Information S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park. She improved her record to 8-4-0-1, $235,800.
Also on Charles Town's Saturday evening card, RUSSELL ROAD (Wheaton) captured the $50,000 Springtime H. by 3 1/4 lengths, JU JITSU JAX (Tiger Ridge) eked out a head score in the $75,000 Webb Snyder S. and COMEDERO (Posse) triumphed by nine lengths in the $100,000 Blue and Gold S.
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