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Three runners entered the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (G2) April 22 for Loooch Racing and Imaginary Stables, and one got by with a little help from his friends.
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Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have big stakes cards at Charles Town and Laurel Park, a pair of graded stakes at Santa Anita Park, and more.
While there is a bit of a lull as we await the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (G1) on the first Saturday in May, there will be some noteworthy stakes action Saturday.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Charles Town Classic (G2)
Stanford is back for a repeat bid in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (G2).
As a part of the New York Racing Association, Inc.'s announcement of an expanded partnership with FOX Sports that will result in additional live broadcasts, the $1,250,000 Charles Town Classic (G2) will be part of the coverage this season.
A familiar name stands atop the final standings following the completion of the 2016 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge as jockey Javier Castellano claimed the title as top rider in the series for a third consecutive year.
The first five months of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races calendar for 2017 have been set, with 76 days of live racing to be conducted from Jan. 11 through May 20 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
The Nyquist Derby Express remains on track and is rolling full-stream toward the First Saturday in May.
Stanford, who just missed winning the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) in his previous start, got the lion's share of a much bigger pot with a victory in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 23.
Imperative and Page McKenney, second and third, respectively, behind Moreno in last year's Charles Town Classic (gr. II), are among 10 older horses entered in the $1.25 million event April 23 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Undefeated Nyquist galloped at Keeneland April 18 and is expected to work again April 22 at the Lexington track as he prepares for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The champion racemare remains on track for the April 16 Apple Blossom (gr. I), while Whitmore moved closer to his scheduled start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on the same day.
In keeping with tradition, California-based horses again populate the list of nominees for the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), which this year will be run April 23.
The West Virginia Racing Commission Dec. 23 approved the $1.25 million purse for the 2016 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), but the vote wasn't unanimous.
Co-owner Jim Rome said on Twitter Sept. 21 that Shared Belief, who hasn't raced since April, is officially back in training.
Continuing his recovery from a hip fracture at Pegasus Equine Rehabilitation and Training Center in Redmond, Wash., Shared Belief still doesn't have a timetable for a return to racing.
Pennsylvania-bred 5-year-old Page McKenney, who needed 13 starts to break his maiden in claiming company two years ago, has developed into a legitimate competitor in graded stakes.
The 4-year-old Candy Ride gelding is back at his home base of Golden Gate Fields and is expected to be sidelined 60 to 90 days according to Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Charles Town, Hawthorne, Keeneland, Japan, Santa Anita, Woodbine and More. View Slideshow
Mike Smith likely saved multiple grade I winner Shared Belief from additional injury by pulling him up in the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), as diagnostic work revealed a non-displaced fracture of his right hip.
Shared Belief will undergo a nuclear scan April 19, said Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Multiple grade I winner Shared Belief failed to finish April 18 in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), eased by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith as Southern Stables' Moreno took the 1 1/8-mile test at Charles Town.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Charles Town Classic featuring Shared Belief. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Charles Town Classic (gr. II) at Charles Town. read blog
Eight foes will line up to take a shot at Shared Belief, arguably the top older horse in North America, in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Shared Belief, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in his last start, turned in his final workout April 14 in preparation for the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18.
HRTV will provide coverage of the remaining five events in the Penn Gaming Racing Challenge, as well as the West Virginia Breeders' Classics, according to Penn National Racing.
Shared Belief will make his first start outside of California in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18, co-owner Jim Rome said March 25.
Shared Belief, who most recently won the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), and Bayern, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in his last start last November, are among 56 nominees for the April 18 Charles Town Classic.
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) is now on the radar as a next possible start for champion Shared Belief.
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), which has a new purse payout structure, again highlights the stakes schedule at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for 2015.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races officials are leaning toward scheduling the 2015 Charles Town Classic (gr. I) and its supporting program in the afternoon instead of the evening.
With the potential for heavy rain in Maryland May 16, trainer Eric Guillot likes his chances even more in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) with Moreno, a 4-year-old gelding he hopes is sitting on a big year.
Hawthorne, Keeneland, Aqueduct, Australia, Japan, Charles Town Races and More. View Slideshow
Imperative pounced on a softened-up Game On Dude rounding the final turn and proved best in the drive to land a $1 million payday at odds of 26-1 in the Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 19 at Charles Town Races.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Illinois Derby and the Charles Town Classic. Watch Video
On Saturday, Game On Dude returns to Charles Town to seek another victory in the Charles Town Classic (gr. II). Will he win? read blog
His reputation restored with a superb win in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), Game On Dude looks for a repeat victory in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) the night of April 19 at Charles Town Races.
James Arrison's homebred Flattering Bea, a stakes winner locally, will hope for a quick early pace when she faces nine other fillies and mares in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at at Charles Town April 19.
Game On Dude arrived in West Virginia April 15 ahead of his expected start in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 19, when he will bid for a repeat victory in the race.
Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Lea, who was expected to race in the upcoming Charles Town Classic (gr. II), spiked a fever the week of April 7 and will miss a couple weeks of training, according to trainer Bill Mott.
For the fifth consecutive year, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is providing funding to CANTER Mid-Atlantic for the organization's ongoing program and mission to rehabilitate and find homes for former racehorses.
Penn National Gaming announced that HRTV will provide television coverage for the remaining five events in the 2014 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge as well as the West Virginia Breeders' Classics.
Penn National Gaming announced that the Horse Racing Radio Network will become the exclusive radio home for the remaining five events in the 2014 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races concluded its 2013 season the night of Dec. 28 with an average daily all-sources handle of $992,368, less than 1% off its record wagering average set the previous year.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was approved for 220 live racing programs in 2014, but the West Virginia track remains in contract negotiations with horsemen.
The Charles Town board of stewards, track officials, and Equibase have amended the official time for the April 20 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), won by Game on Dude.
In 2012, Book Review swept from eighth place past a game Holiday Soiree to win the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. A year later, those two will rumble again April 20 in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes.
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