Duke of Mischief won this 1 1/8 mile, for 4yo & up, $1,000,000, GIII Charlestown Classic Stakes.
Coming 2nd was Game On Dude back 2 1/4 lengths, 3rd to Tizway by a head further behind and your super spot was filled by Tackleberry back another 1 3/4 length.
Researcher who was the 2-time reigning champ here with on the A/E list but never made the field here tonight.
Duke of Mischief took control of this slop-fest down the back stretch of this 1 1/2 lap contest and never gave it up! It seemed none of the 10 entries were dealing comfortably with the conditions here tonight.
Some take aways!
Duke of Mischief jumps up into the” handicap division” top money winners list out of this effort and snaps a long drought of win-less efforts. Don’t know if he’ll do better now in a more conventional setting, but he’ll get the invites out of this effort!
Tackleberry left the confines of the Florida circuit to be here tonight and our guess is he’ll be back in Calder’s next big handicap division’s contest there!
Tizway and Game on Dude both managed board hits here tonight, under these tough conditions, but you can bet your bottom dollar they will find a 2-turn race, over a larger oval more to their liking next trip out!
The wet track, no Researcher in the final field of just ten, turned this race into our standard wagering strategy of grouping favorites into tri’s and supers! Looks like those strategies should have worked out just fine here too!
So the Charles Town “Bull-Ring” had the added disadvantage of a wet track tonight and anyone could have easily won this multi-lap contest! But it was fun to watch the top Handicap Division’s runners have to deal the with a short track race like this one!
Just a little something different to end a full day of Thoroughbred action!
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