North At­lantic seeks re­venge vs. Run­nin’tolu­vya in stakes

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Jim Dun­leavy

The $50,000 A Huevo Stakes at Charles Town on Satur­day night will re­match the top four fin­ish­ers from the $300,000 West Vir­ginia Breed­ers Clas­sic at the same 1 1/8-mile dis­tance.

The West Vir­ginia Breed­ers Clas­sic was bet as a two-horse race with Run­nin’tolu­vya, who was mak­ing his first start be­yond seven fur­longs, the even-money fa­vorite and North At­lantic, who was beaten a nose in the 2017 Clas­sic, the 7-5 sec­ond choice.

Run­nin’tolu­vya was al­lowed to dic­tate the Clas­sic pace while un­der only to­ken pres­sure, first from 38-1 Rocket Road and then from 14-1 Via Leone. When North At­lantic came call­ing on the third turn of the race, Run­nin’tolu­vya had plenty left to turn him back by 2 1/2 lengths.

If the out­come of this race is go­ing to be dif­fer­ent, North At­lantic, who does have speed, will have to test Run­nin’tolu­vya dur­ing the early stages.

Run­nin’tolu­vya was 2 for 5 in 2017 as a 3-year-old, but has upped his game this sea­son and is 7 for 8, with his lone loss com­ing by a neck in his sec­ond start of the year. The son of Fiber Sonde has likely al­ready locked up West Vir­ginia horse of the year for his owner and trainer, Ti­mothy Grams.

Over­all, Run­nin’tolu­vya is 9 for 13 in his ca­reer with earn­ings of $298,526. Twelve of his races have been at Charles Town.

Os­car Flo­res, who has rid­den Run­nin’tolu­vya 11 straight times, will be back aboard.

North At­lantic, a 5-year-old son of Ghostzap­per, was bred and is owned and trained by Jeff Runco. He is 13 for 31 in his ca­reer with earn­ings of $413,120. He lost a heart­breaker a year ago when Char­i­ta­ble An­nu­ity nosed him out in the Clas­sic, but he came back in his next start to score the lone stakes vic­tory of his ca­reer in the A Huevo.

Ar­naldo Bo­cachica, who has all but locked up his first Charles Town rid­ing ti­tle, has rid­den North At­lantic in all of his starts dat­ing back to Oc­to­ber 2016.

Week­end Lib­erty, who is owned and trained by Runco, came from far back to be third in the Clas­sic. Aw­some Faith ran evenly for trainer Jeff Allen to fin­ish fourth.

The field also in­cludes long­shots Lit­tle Big Sime and Siente El Viento.

COADY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Run­nin’tolu­vya wins the West Vir­ginia Breed­ers Clas­sic at Charles Town on Oct. 13.

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