Las Vegas, NV - Hollywood Casino at Charles Town in Charles Town, West Virginia will be the scene of the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks on Saturday, September 20. Three year old fillies will be featured as they go seven furlongs on Charles Town's main track for a purse of $500,000.
A field of 10 plus two Alternate Entries will line up in the Charles Town Oaks - race 11 on Charles Town's Saturday schedule. Post time is 10:30 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all 12 entries for this Grade 3 stakes - none of which has participated in a race on this track.
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Miss Behaviour - has been very competitive in her 10 race career - four wins, four seconds and a third place finish. She is coming off three straight runner-up finishes - the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes last time out, behind Sweet Reason in the Grade 1 Test Stakes August 2 and the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes June 29. This after a win in the listed Miss Preakness Stakes in May, a third in the minor Stormy Blues Stakes in April and a her only off-the-board finish - a fifth in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess in November. She won three straight to start her career as well - the best being the Grade 2 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park in September. Jevian Toledo gets the call aboard the 5-2 morning line favorite from post 2 Saturday as she tries to snap her streak of seconds while racing under the lights for the first time.
Size - Bill Mott trained filly has five career starts and had been impressive in all before an ugly ninth last time out in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga August 16. This after three wins and a second place finish in her first four starts. She posted a win at 13-1 odds in her graded stakes debut - over Ria Antonia the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks June 28 after a second in her stakes debut - the minor Jersey Girl Stakes at Belmont Park in May and a two race win streak to start her career. Size will be looking for a strong rebound performance this weekend with Junior Alvarado guiding the 7-2 second choice and 123 pound highweight from gate 9.
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Aqua Regia - Thomas Albertini trained filly has nine starts with two wins, two seconds and three third place finishes. She made her stakes debut and finished fifth in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park June 28 and was third in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks last time out August 9. She had a win in an Allowance June 5, a second in a similar race May 2 and a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming in March before stepping up. She certainly didn't look out of place last time out. Jose Lezcano will be in charge of getting Aqua Regia to the next level Saturday - from post 10.
Saintly Joan - has 11 career starts for trainer Patrick McBurney with three wins including an Allowance Optional Claiming March 29 and the minor Little Silver Stakes June 14, a second which came last time out in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks August 9 and one third place finish - in the minor Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood Park November 16. Two starts back was a distant ninth in the minor Desert Vixen Stakes July 19. She has placed in just three of her last eight starts and enters in typically inconsistent form. Angel Serpa gets the call from post 7.
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Nesso - has nine career starts with two wins and four second place finishes and has placed in three of four starts this year. Last time out was a fourth in the minor Indiana Grand Stakes July 23 after a pair of seconds - the minor Cash Run Stakes July 5 and the minor Suncoast Stakes to go along with a nice win in the minor Gasperilla Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in January. Nesso has two graded stakes starts - a fourth in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes in November and a tenth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She will try to place in graded stakes company for the first time with Abdiel Jaen from gate 3.
Executive Allure - impressive Darwin Branch trained filly is coming off a good second in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen Stakes August 23 after three straight wins including the $125,000 minor Passing Mood Stakes in July and the minor Fanfreluche Stakes in October - all results at Woodbine. She has three wins and a second in just five career starts and looks to threaten the field once again in her first dirt start with JD Acosta in the irons from gate 4.
Stormy Novel - John Servis trainee is coming off a nice win in the minor Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth Park July 20 which followed a fifth in the minor Jostle Stakes and a respectable second behind Miss Behaviour in the Miss Preakness Stakes. Before that was a sixth in her only graded stakes start to date - in the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park in March. Stormy Novel has eight career starts with three wins and two second place finishes and leaves from the rail with Kendrick Carmouche in the saddle.
Honey's Ryan - has six career starts for trainer Kenneth Marshall with four wins and a third place finish. She enters off an Allowance score at Thistletown July 25 which followed a disappointing seventh in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks July 5 and a three race win streak - including the minor E.L. Gaylord Memorial at Remington Park in October and an Allowance score at Thistletown May 28 - after seven months away. She looks to break through in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday in good form with Abel Castellano aboard from post 5.
Pixie Dust - has six career starts for trainer James Lawrence with two wins, two seconds and a third place finish. She is coming off a respectable second in the minor Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial at Charles Town September 6 which followed a disappointing sixth in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks July 5 and a third in her stakes debut - the minor New Start Stakes at Penn National June 14. Pixie Dust recorded a win in an Allowance at Charles Town May 27, a second in a similar race at Penn National May 2 and a maiden score at first asking April 1 at Charles Town. Travis Dunkelberger rides from post 6.
Kiss to Remember - Thomas Amoss trainee makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a pair of runner-up finishes - last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming August 29 and in then minor Indiana Grand Stakes July 23. Before that was an Allowance Optional Claiming score, an eighth in the minor Inaugural Stakes in May and a nice win in the minor Battle of New Orleans Stakes in February. Kiss to Remember now has three wins, two seconds and a third place finish in eight career starts and departs from gate 8 with Paco Lopez in the reins.
Discreetly Elusive - Alternate Entry - Todd Pletcher trained filly has eight career starts with two wins, four seconds and a third place finish. She may make her graded stakes debut Saturday off a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming August 17 and a third in her only stakes action to date - the minor Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth Park July 20. Javier Castellano will get the call from post 11.
Sky Crew - Alternate Entry ahs six career starts for trainer Jeremiah Englehart with a win, three seconds and a third place finish. She may make her stakes debut Saturday off a Maiden Claiming score in her sixth career start and an eighth in a MSW in July. Jacob Radosevich will get the mount from the outside post assuming Sky Crew does indeed race.
2014 Charles Town Oaks Entries & Odds
Race 11 on Charles Town's Saturday card with a Post Time of 10:30 PM.
|1||Stormy Novel||K. Carmouche||J. Servis|
|2||Miss Behaviour||J. Toledo||P. Schoenthal|
|3||Nesso||A. Jaen||S. Hernandez, Jr.|
|4||Executive Allure||J. Acosta||D. Banach|
|5||Honey's Ryan||A. Castellano, Jr.||B. Delong|
|6||Pixie Dust||T. Dunkelberger||J. Lawrence, II|
|7||Saintly Joan||A. Serpa||P. McBurney|
|8||Kiss to Remember||P. Lopez||T. Amoss|
|9||Size||J. Alvarado||W. Mott|
|10||Aqua Regia||E. Castro||T. Albertrani|
|11||Discreetly Elusive||J. Castellano||T. Pletcher|
|12||Sky Crew||J. Radosevich||J. Englehart|