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Charles Town Classic


What the Nation is saying about the Charles Town Classic...

Happy Easter everyone! In this week's report I will discuss some special offspring, the return of a classy sprinter, a classic of a race, and my latest thoughts on the Kentucky Derby!Read More
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  • https://www.facebook.com/john.karczewski.39 · This is the year in general. The older male dirt division is awesome, that Santa Anita Hcp was one of the best non BC fields in awhile. The older filly division is stellar once again. The Champ Wise Dan is still doing his thing, "The Titan of the Turf". Judy the Beauty may pick up right where Groupie Doll left off in the filly sprint division. And Cali Chrome and Untappable could end up being something unforgettable. Top to bottom 2014 is looking like an exciting year · 9 hours ago ·
  • TomHarrison · I like CC & Wicked Strong. Both have a hood chance. I agree that post position will have a lot to do with my decision. · 48 minutes ago ·
Imperative scores the major upset over Game On Dude in the Charles Town Classic. Read More
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  • Roses4U · Hey Matt it's nice you're trying to keep my fellow Minnesotans' post up but I have to ask...did you play any exactas in pool one? · 14 hours ago ·
  • John M.Toothman · Kent Desormeaux showed the world that he is still that Hall of Fame rider. "What a horse (Imperative) and what ride". Hopefully Kent will find a 2014 Kentucky Derby mount---he has all the talent and drive to win his fourth Derby. · 14 hours ago ·
Track is absolutely playing to speed tonight.
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  • CauseForConcern · re: Game On Dude. If you're going to take a defeat, for the connections it must be a fuzzy feeling when you are still rewarded with $300K for 2nd place. · 1 day ago ·
  • Mary Z. · They were there for the million. Maybe they are writing a nice letter of recomendation to send to an organ grinder. · 1 day ago ·
It’s no wonder that Game On Dude has been installed as the 4-5 favorite against six challengers in Saturday night’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic.Read More
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  • Sullivan · Maybe you have access to what Baffert says to Smith. In the San Antonio, I assume he told him to gun foe the lead, seeing as he took several jocks off the horse when they didn't. After being burned out that way, I assume he said be close to the lead. The question this time is how much respect does he have for Moreno. If the horse opens up 6 lengths on the second time around, it will be VERY hard to catch him. · 2 days ago ·
  • tmallios1 · Unless they think they are much the best,gun him or do this or that are instructions rarely given. With a horse like the Dude. I would bet my bottom Dollar that the instructions are the same every time Smith rides him. That would be>>> Let him break clean,after 10 jumps its in your hands what to do. Like in the San Antonio,Smith was content to sit off of Bejarano. When Beja saw that he tried to grab a hold of his horse and back it down. Then the cat and mouse game continued. Smitty seeing this sent for the lead. Bejarano because of his sour taste for being tossed from the horse went again. ERGO the speed duel that knocked them both out. In the big Cap,they were a little more aggressive out of the gate,there was not a speed horse in the race.Why play games and be caught wide. Same with California Chrome.The only reason he went to the front the race prior was that there was no speed. On Saturday , i would be shocked if Baffs did not feel he is tons the best. Why kill your horsein the process.If someone is hell bent on the lead. Give it to them,when the heat gets to much for the other horse. Then you turn it up even more. · 2 days ago ·
Southern Equine Stable’s multiple graded stakes-placed Moreno worked a half-mile in :49.60 through the snow early Tuesday morning with jockey Joel Rosario up for trainer Eric Guillot in preparation for Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2) at 1 1/8 miles.Read More
Will the fourth time be the charm for Clubhouse Ride as he takes on Game On Dude again in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup? Owner Rick Seidner, of Six-S Racing, shares his thoughts.Read More
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  • jmac500 · I think Liaison and Yomybato will make Game on Dude work and Oilisblackgoold will pick up the peices. · 291 days ago ·
  • jasen.mangrum · He was getting to him pretty good in the short stretch at CT. A little more distance & longer stretch...I really think he has a legitimate shot to turn the tables. · 291 days ago ·
It looked like the big favorite was in danger, but Game On Dude dug in gamely to hold off his challengers by one-half length at the wire of the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic.Read More
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  • likin sparks · OTG, I like Ghost Zapper as much as the next guy but if he was subjected to the frequency of GOD's races I think his outcome would have been much different. Anyways GOD has surpassed GZ's winnings by over a million dollars maybe to you that's pocket change but to me it's sheet load more and something tells me he's not finished yet. It all depends on how you look at it... · 362 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · on a bull ring, the straightaways (check out Fairplex for example) are so short, even the presser types have a very hard time catching the controlling speed. At Hastings wire to wire horse win in the Summer with such repetitiveness it is crazy, just for that reason. · 362 days ago ·
Tonight at Charles Town Races, Caixa Eletronica will be in search of the biggest payday in his long career in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic.Read More
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  • likin sparks · Pletcher's mistake was scratching the 1, the 2 couldn't get the distance and the 6 bounced or showed signs of age. · 364 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · looked goo but simply the wrong style for a bull ring · 364 days ago ·
Game on Dude deservingly won his race, but Clubhouse Ride was also a star and a horse I'll be watching. For now, I hope this horse gets some time off before his next big race. He's got alot in him and needs to get out of that 2nd place rut. Great race.
My likes- GOD, Caixa, and Ron the Greek (no order)
Will versatility prevail in this year's Charles Town Classic, or will Ron the Greek and Game on Dude assert their superiority?Read More
  • Capper · Game on Dude looks too strong. It seems like he's getting better with age. · 366 days ago ·
  • likin sparks · Since the 2009 CT Classic inception horses coming in first or second have returned the following year to win or place except for one 8 yr old Awesome Gem who ended up 6th, just some trivial info. · 366 days ago ·
The nominations for the CT Classic have been posted here... http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbHorsemenAreaDownloadAction.cfm?sn=SN-CT-20130420-515610
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  • likin sparks · I would like to bet Caixa but this is a year later with more speed than last year and the track condition will impede him regardless of how he has done in the past. GOD as a 4yr old came in 2nd on a sloppy track here against some great competition and the final time was 1 second slower the Caixa's win last year, will he be able to duel with GOD, probably not. Watch the closers and longshot Isn't He Clever...Pleasantly Perfect progeny have done well here at CT and in the mud! Here's my main pick $1 Tri - 3,5/3,5/1,6,7 for $6 total · 366 days ago ·
  • likin sparks · Correction I mean't Isn't He Perfect, Isn't He Clever is Smarty Jones lil one, get these two mixed up. ;-) · 366 days ago ·
Clubhouse Ride placed 2nd to Game on Dude in his last 2 starts. This horse is the one to watch. He's due a big win and it just may be this at a nice price.
no doubt im seeing a repeat winner this year. Just like last year addition i think this time instead of the duke, game on dude will over take the lead and have caixa Eletronica over take him and power home
  • likin sparks · I'm really going out on limb here and if my dark horse gets entered I'm thinking he may just throw a wrench into the works. I do like your idea tcglory, both have been training well. · 369 days ago ·
  • BlueGrassBeast · Game On Dude and Book Review are here stabled at Charles Town, arrived yesterday afternoon. They are both getting a few days to familiarize theirselves to the Bullring. · 368 days ago ·
Two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, prepping for a likely run in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 20, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track on a picture-perfect Saturday morning in 48.40, breezing, under jockey Martin Garcia. Read More
In my opinion, there is one “utility player” currently in training today that stands head and shoulders above his peers. The only horse to win a graded stakes race at both six and nine furlongs in 2012 was Caixa Eletronica. Read More
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  • ashley.tamulonis · His Charles Town Classic win shocked me. When handicapping that race, I threw him out because I considered him to be more of a sprinter. Boy was I wrong! · 413 days ago ·
  • Buckpasser · I've always liked this horse. We called them useful horses who raced a long time gave their all no matter what and many times if the circumstances were right could win the big one. Pity is that there are not enough of these guys racing. · 413 days ago ·
The West Virginia Racing Commission has approved the 2013 race shedule for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and in addition Charles Town has increased the CT Classic Grade II purse to 1.5 million in order to attract the competion the winner will now receive 1 million and the left-overs go to the field. The track had noted that it's ultimate goal would be to have the "Classic" upgraded to a Grade I.
Breathtaking shots from this week's Kentucky Derby preps and more!Read More
The biggest night of racing in the history of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is on tap for Saturday when the Charles Town, WV, oval hosts its first ever Grade II event, the $1 million Charles Town Classic. On-site to present live coverage beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET will be TVG, America’s Hors...Read More
  • boxersdaddy · Is Charles town one of those 5f "bullring" type of race courses? I assumed that after watching the 3 turn 9f race last nite. · 735 days ago ·
  • CraigBradshaw · it is a 3/4 mile (6f) dirt race track. · 735 days ago ·
Last-minute entry Caixa Eletronica made good on his trip from New York to win the $1 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races the evening of April 14. Read More

Race Results & Past Performances

View Details04/19/14CT121 1/8 mD04+ MCharles Town Classic-G2ImperativeGame On DudeMoreno1:50.56
View DetailsView Video04/20/13CT121 1/8 mD04+ MCharles Town Classic-G2Game On DudeClubhouse RideRon The Greek 1:52.27
View DetailsView Video04/14/12CT121 1/8 mD04+ MCharles Town Classic-G2Caixa EletronicaDuke Of MischiefMister Marti Gras1:50.28
View DetailsView Video04/16/11CT101 1/8 mD04+ MCharles Town Classic-G3Duke Of MischiefGame On DudeTizway1:51.13
View DetailsView Video04/17/10CT101 1/8 mD03+ MCharles Town ClassicResearcherAwesome GemRedding Colliery1:49.94
View DetailsView Video04/18/09CT101 1/8 mD04+ MCharles Town ClassicResearcherEa Dry Martini1:49.86