Champions Reunite in WV Breeders Classic

Three past champions of the West Virginia Breeders Classic are among eight entered in the $250,000 race Saturday night at Charles Town. The 1-1/8-mile Classic is the featured event on the eight-race Breeders Classics XV program scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. Post time for the Classic is 10:15 p.m.

Neil Glasser's Coolmars, the 2000 Classic winner, drew post five in the richest race ever for West Virginia-bred horses. John Casey will saddle 1999 champ Rebellious Dreamer as part of a two-horse entry, while his brother, James M. Casey, will send out 1997 winner Take Aim. But none of the former champions figure to be the race favorite. That role should belong to O'Sullivan Farms' Confucius Say, a 3-year-old gelding who won two stakes races at Charles Town this year and was stakes-placed at three other tracks.

The Classic field, from the rail out, includes: Taylor Mountain Farms' Gamblers' Wish (Justin Kravets, 116); John Casey's You Never Can Tell (Kristy Petty, 122); Take Aim (Mike Pindell, 122); O'Sullivan Farms' Spanishinquisition (Dwayne Grafton, 119); Coolmars (Mark Rosenthal, 122); Rebellious Dreamer (Travis Dunkelberger, 122); Kenneth Brown's Rosemary's Wish (Alcibiades Cortez, 122); and Confucius Say (Larry Reynolds, 122).