Cali Dream back with own age
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.