Million-Dollar Charlestown Classic goes off tonight!

Charlestown in board daylight!

If you thought there wasn’t much more big-time Graded  Stakes action left today, after the 3yo’s leave the stage, well guess again.

Somewhere in the 10:30 pm time frame (east coast time) the GIII $1 million Charlestown Classic goes off with 14 of the Handicap Division’s best.

All out on this Charlestown 6f oval, we affectionately call the “Bull-Ring” where they will go 1 1/8 mile!

Some Free PP’s for you to peruse!

So here are those 14 bulls out for some tight-cornering and short-stretch run fun!

At 7/2 is Santa Anita Handicap winner Game on Dude!

At 4/1 is the versatile Tackleberry up from his multiple G/S winning efforts at Gulfstream this year and leading money winner in the handicap division so far this season! 

At 5/1 is another Graded Stakes runner and Florida-fav in Rule!

At 6/1 is Graded Stakes winner Tizway!

At 8/1 are 4 big-time runners in Inherit the Gold, Quindici Man, Duke of Mischief and local fav Researcher who has won this race twice!

At 10/1 is another quartet of fine grade stakes runners in Icabad Crane, the 8yo Awesome Gem out for another run here, 2009 P.A. Derby winner Gone Astray and multiple G/S winner and big-time turf runner from California in Acclamation!

At 12/1 is No Advantage recent GII General George Stakes winner at Laurel Park!

And at 20/1 is Schoolyard Dreams who is late of the 2010 derby and triple crown trails!

Researcher is the reigning 2-time champ here and if there’s a big race to be run at Charlestown he alway seems to find a way to use his home court advantage here and win.

Tackleberry should be there at the end, as always! Awesome Gem almost won this last year and Game on Dude should be game on here, as well! 

But to be honest, anyone in this 14 horse field could win here tonight. The sad part is that some these top-flight 4yo’s and up are going to finish 12th, 13th and 14th here and that just doesn’t sound right to us!

So imagine, Big-time Nascar racing is coming to your local 1/2 mile track or a Packers vs. Steelers super bowl being played at an Arena football venue instead! That’s the feel you should have went pondering this contest’s outcome!  

Charlestown has this blow-out but once a year and it should as much fun as anything else today, so I believe if you go to “espn live horse-racing” they are probably covering this with free 30 minutes of access you can get any day right from your computer or TVG is covering it, as well! It should great fun to watch, check it out!

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“Havre de Grace” wins GI “Apple Blossom” Handicap!

Havre de Grace wins "Apple Blossom Handicap" today!

Today at Oaklawn Park, Havre de Grace won the GI, $500,000, Apple Blossom Handicap, for 4yo & up Fillies and Mares, going 1 1/16 mile!

Coming 2nd by 3/4 length was So. California-invader Switch with Absinthe minded back another 1 3/4 length for the 3rd spot!

So Havre de Grace is now the undisputed leader of the Ladies Handicap division as in consecutive races she has beaten the likes of Blind Luck and now Switch and that’s all the take aways you can glean from this contest!

These two will be at it again in the B/C Ladies Classic at the Downs in Nov.

Well our picks were right on the money here, as well, today and as we warned, your $2 exactas and $1 tri’s paid out $5.40 and $7.10 was nothing to write home about here today! It’s what happens in a no-brainer 5 horse race!

We won’t get rich wagering on these kinds of races!

See race replay below!

“Get Stormy” wins first GI in “Maker Mark” Mile!

"Get Stormy" wins GI "Maker Mark Mile"!

On a grey, damp and rainy day that befit his name at Keeneland today, “Get Stormy” grabbed the early lead here and never let it go to win his first ever GI turf contest in the GI Maker Mark Mile.

Get Stormy covered the mile distance here, over a rain-soaked Keeneland turf course in a bland 1:37.31. Coming 2nd was Working For Hops back 2 1/4 lengths with a tight finish for 3rd where Society’s Chairman edged out the favorite in Court Vision by a neck!

Get Stormy simply stole this race on the front end here today, as no one else seemed eager to tackle this soggy turf today and you can see that in the slow factions run here today!

You can take almost nothing away from this race as the rainy-weather was the big winner here today!

As to our picks, well the first 4 names we gave you to use here filled up all 4 finishing places today. So exactas, tri’s and super payouts were all yours for the taking today as our picks sweepted all the boards clean for you!

So the Maker Mark Mile now has a new champion until they meet again here next year at the Keeneland Spring meet!

See race replay below!