Cali Dream back with own age

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - – Mary Ram­pellini

The 3-year-old filly Cali Dream tan­gled with some of Ohio’s best fil­lies and mares in her most re­cent out­ing. She cuts back in dis­tance from 1 1/8 miles to six fur­longs and comes back to face her own age group in the $75,000 First Lady Stakes for Ohio-bred 3-year-old fil­lies Satur­day at Mahoning Val­ley.

Cali Dream, who runs for the team of Mast Thor­ough­breds and trainer Robert Gorham, was stakes placed over the sum­mer and romped by 13 3/4 lengths in an al­lowance race two starts back, earn­ing a bestin-field Beyer Speed Fig­ure of 72. Off that ef­fort, she jumped into deep wa­ters in the Best of Ohio Distaff, fin­ish­ing fifth. That race was one of sev­eral con­sec­u­tive two-turn starts for Cali Dream, who has one win from six starts at this six­fur­long dis­tance.

Mast and Gorham also have Cut Rates in the First Lady Stakes. She has earned both her vic­to­ries at Mahoning Val­ley and fin­ished sec­ond in a six­fur­long al­lowance there Oct. 28.

The third-place fin­isher from that al­lowance, Con­jur­ing, also re­turns in the First Lady.

She’s My Girl wheels straight back af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the Ohio Debu­tante at Mahoning Val­ley on Nov. 4, beaten 4 1/4 lengths by mul­ti­ple stakes win­ner Leona’s Re­ward. She’s My Girl beat an­other mul­ti­ple stakes win­ner, True Cin­der, by a neck.

The con­sis­tent Shel­towee’s Girl, who has missed the board only once, is mak­ing her stakes de­but off an al­lowance win at this dis­tance Oct. 30 at Mahoning Val­ley.

Blan­co­nia, com­ing off a four-length al­lowance score at This­tle­down, has been first or sec­ond in her last six out­ings. Also in the field are Sprin­kle Time, who fin­ished sec­ond to Blan­co­nia last out, and South­ern Mis­chief, who de­feated Blan­co­nia two starts back.

– Ni­cole Russo

Re­match in the A Huevo

The re­match is on Satur­day night at Charles Town, where Char­i­ta­ble An­nu­ity, North At­lantic, and Week­end Lib­erty meet in the $50,000 A Huevo. The trio were sep­a­rated by a to­tal of two noses last month when fin­ish­ing a re­spec­tive first, sec­ond, and third in the $315,000 West Vir­ginia Breed­ers Clas­sic at Charles Town

“I was right on the wire, and ev­ery­body had a dif­fer­ent win­ner,” said Jim Casey, who trains Char­i­ta­ble An­nu­ity. “That was the clos­est race that I’ve ever seen. He won by, I’d say, a quar­ter inch, and the third horse was back an inch.”

The A Huevo will be run at the same 1 1/8-mile dis­tance, and it, too, is re­stricted to 3-year-olds and up bred in West Vir­ginia. The race drew a full field of 10, plus three also-el­i­gi­bles.

Char­i­ta­ble An­nu­ity is the most ac­com­plished mem­ber of the field with a record of 15 wins from 28 starts for earn­ings of $848,454. He won the West Vir­ginia Breed­ers Clas­sic for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer Oct. 14, and he is a two-time win­ner of the A Huevo.

“This horse re­ally likes a mile and an eighth,” said Casey, who trains Char­i­ta­ble An­nu­ity for Mark E. Rus­sell.

The A Huevo is a three-turn race, and Char­i­ta­ble An­nu­ity will break from the rail un­der lead­ing rider Chris­tian Hi­raldo.

“He comes off of it a lit­tle bit,” Casey said. “He kind of lays back and at the quar­ter pole makes his run.”

Char­i­ta­ble An­nu­ity has the same owner-trainer team as Rus­sell Road, an earner of $2 mil­lion who won three run­nings of the West Vir­ginia Breed­ers Clas­sic. Char­i­ta­ble An­nu­ity is a 5-year-old by Char­i­ta­ble Man.

North At­lantic and Week­end Lib­erty both run for Coles wood Farm and are trained by Jeff Runco. North At­lantic could get a track­ing trip off Rocket Road, Prince of Wind­sor, and Set’em Joe, while a hot pace might ben­e­fit the late-run­ning Week­end Lib­erty.

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