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!
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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!