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Duke of Mischief Wins Charles Town Classic

Duke of Mischief has no problem traveling or trying new racetracks, and the evening of April 16 he found Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to his liking. And he picked the right time to stir up some trouble—in the $1 million Charles Town Classic (gr. III), the first graded stakes in the history of the West Virginia track.

With Joe Bravo riding for trainer David Fawkes, who co-owns the horse with Alex and Joann Lieblong and Marilyn McMaster, Duke of Mischief picked up on horses on the backstretch heading into the third and final turn, took over from Game On Dude approaching the top of the lane, and pulled away to win by 2 1/4 lengths.

The winning time for 1 1/8 miles on a sloppy track was 1:51.13. Game On Dude, alert early from post 10 and tracking front-running Tackleberry throughout, ran strongly to finish second, a head in front of Tizway. Tackleberry held for fourth.

Fractions for the race were :24.35 for the first quarter-mile, :48.62 for a half-mile, 1:13.37 for six furlongs, and 1:37.37 for one mile. Duke of Mischief paid $11.40 to win in what turned out to be a wide-open betting race.

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I loved Duke of Mischief in this spot. I thought he made since. He likes clay based surfaces, sloppy tracks, and the 9 furlong distance, along with the fact that trainer David Fawkes is pretty hot. Just to say David Fawkes was actually on hand, while Baffert, Pletcher, and most of the trainers didn't come out. It was a fun race to be on hand for, races at Charles Town are fun to watch in person especially with great horses and a few winning tickets
That slop record led me to jump all over him with Game On Dude.
I'll sure say one thing about the Charlestown Classic. It was certainly one of the deepest field's I've seen in stakes race for long time that wasn't a Breeders Cup race. As a matter of fact, this field reminded me very much of the same kind of field that you might see in something like the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. It was a great win for the connection's of Duke of Mischief. But I don't believe Sir Duke was the best horse in the race. I believe he just had the best off-track form of any horse in the race. Duke Mischief is now 3 for 4 lifetime in stakes races in which he ran on a sloppy racetrack.

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