A classic Charles Town masterpiece for art collector

Art collector , down but not released last fall and spring, shows this summer why so many people considered him an elite 3-year-old prospect last year.

Last year, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) winner claimed his second consecutive summer victory on August 27 by winning the $ 800,000 Charles Town Classic (G2) in Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The victory follows a triumph in the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse August 6.

Friday night’s race was a two-horse affair from start to finish, with the defending champion Sleeping Eyes Todd setting the pace with fractions of: 23.80,: 47.90 and 1: 12.40 with Art Collector on his heels in the race in three 1 1/8 mile turns. Art Collector shot his head ahead after a 1: 36.56 mile and pulled away from the stubborn leader in the final furrow to gain a length and a half. He stopped the clock in 1: 49.39 under Luis Saez on a fast track.

Internal harassment Rushie finished third and Restricted revenge was fourth. Neither threatened the first two in the stretch.

“When I posed (Art Collector) I knew he had a lot of ability to do it, so it was an amazing feeling. An amazing race,” Saez said.

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“I thought he (Sleepy Eyes Todd) was looking towards the house. He looked to be doing pretty well and that’s why I tried to attack early enough. Art Collector gave me that shot. foot but he was struggling in the stretch. It was just a nice finish. “

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Art Collector wins the Charles Town Classic at Charles Town

Hailing from Bruce Lunsford, Art Collector ($ 4.60) notched the fourth win of his career in stakes, taking his overall record to seven wins in 14 starts. He was handed over to Hall of Fame coach Bill Mott this summer after being conditioned by Kentucky-based Tommy Drury last year and in a wasted effort on his seasonal debut at the age of 4. this spring.

By winning the Classic, Art Collector gave Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott his first win over the West Virginia Oval.

Art Collector missed last September’s Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) with a minor injury before finishing fourth in the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Raised in Kentucky, the son of Bernardini is out of focus Distorted humor Mare Distorted inheritance , which also placed in the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (G1T). The mother produced five foals, three unpublished: Legionnaire, a 2 year old foal by in evil ; an unnamed in evil one year old foal; and one To justify filly gave birth this year.

Video: Charles Town Classic S. (G2)

A race earlier on Friday night, Averill Racing and ATM Racing’s R Adios jersey captured the $ 400,000 from Charles Town Oaks (G3) leading the pack under a heated race from Paco Lopez.

Apprentice Georgina Baxter, perfect in four starts as the race approaches but unavailable since March, has made a strong comeback. Supported at the start of the race of seven stages with fractions of: 22.24 and: 46.27 while continued by Inject and favored Caramel swirl , she rejected a rally Pauline’s pearl into the stretch for a 3 1/4 length win. She was clocked in 1: 24.37, earning $ 12.80.

“When she got home she started to get really tired,” Lopez said. “She was running really hard all the time, this filly. But Georgina, the trainer, said to me, ‘Paco, this filly is ready.'”

R Adios Jersey wins the 2021 Charles Town Oaks
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R Adios Jersey wins Charles Town Oaks at Charles Town

Pauline’s Pearl finished second clear followed by worthy of all in third and Caramel Swirl in fourth.

The Charles Town Oaks was his first win in ranked stakes and his second triumph in stakes after winning the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies at The Bottoms of Tampa Bay this spring.

A 3 year old girl from Adios charlie , R Adios Jersey is out of Montbrook Mare Marion Theater . Bred in Florida by Ocala Stud and J. Michael O’Farrell Jr., she is the sole winner of her dam’s eight foal stakes and is related to four other winners. The mother’s two unreleased foals include a one-year-old foal by Greenpoint Crusader and a filly by The big beast foaled this year.

R Adios Charlie was a $ 12,000 purchase by Averill Racing from sending Ocala Stud to the Ocala Breeders Sale in March 2020 for the 2-year-old in training.

On the betting front, the $ 7,179,783 wagered on Friday night’s Charles Town Classic card set a new single card grip record for the track, breaking the previous mark of $ 5,720,375 set on the 2019 Classic card. .

Video: Charles Town Oaks (G3)

Norma D. Ross