An art collector rehearses in the million-dollar Charles Town Classic; Society Romps In Oaks – Horse Racing News


Art Collector winning the Charles Town Classic under Luis Saez for the second consecutive year

On Friday night, art collector Bruce Lunsford had it easy, picking up his 2021 victory in the $1 million Grade 2 Charles Town Classic in Charles Town, W.Va.

Under Luis Saez, the 5-year-old son of Bernardini coached by Bill Mott went ahead at the start, shook off a pesky Muad’dib on the turn to head home, then retired for a 4 1/4 win length. , covering 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.30. Art Collector has defined all the fractions: : 24.46 for the first quarter mile, : 48.70 for the half, 1: 13.16 for six furlongs and 1: 38.12 for the mile.

Ejected as the 1-2 favorite in the group of eight, Art Collector paid $3 to win and collected $588,055 for the purse winner’s share.

Muad’dib was second under Arnaldo Bocachica, with Mind Control and John Velazquez third. They were followed by Officiating (Javier Castellano), Last Samurai (Jon Court), Jalen Journey (Angel Arroyo), Plot the Dots (Angel Cruz) and Treasure Tove (J. Acosta).

The victory was the 10th in 19 lifetime starts for Art Collector, whose previous progressive victories were in the G2 Blue Grass in 2020 and the G1 Woodward in 2021 (along with the G2 Charles Town Classic). He finished 12th in the G1 Saudi Cup on his 2022 debut in February, then returned with a wire-to-wire win at Saratoga on August 4 in the Alydar Stakes as he prepared for the Charles Town Classic.

Both Lunsford and Mott were in attendance for the Charles Town Classic win.

Company resumes winning ways in Oaks

Society, a Peter E Blum Thoroughbreds filly trained by Steve Asmussen, won the 3rd year Charles Town Oaks by 6 3/4 lengths under Tyler Gaffalione. Sent off as a 7-5 favorite, the Gun Runner filly was winning for the fourth time in five career starts, her only loss being fourth behind Nest at the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks in Saratoga.

She paid $4.80 to win after running through seven furlongs in 1:23.42, winning head-to-head. The fractions were: 23.28, :46.54 and 1:10.60.

Free Like a Girl finished second, with Midnight Stroll third in the group of eight.

The company earned $294,055 from the $500,440 purse.

Charles Town Oaks winner Society and jockey Tyler Gaffalione
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Norma D. Ross