WEST VIRGINIA BREEDERS' CLASSIC | PURSE: $450,000 | 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP | 1 1/8 MILES
Lucy's Bob Boy left odds-on pick Russell Road and the rest behind on the final turn en route to an eight-length romp in the $450,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Oct. 20.
Gustavo Larrosa guided 3-1 shot Lucy's Bob Boy, one of only two 3-year-olds in the field, to victory for trainer Sandra Dono and owner Michael Furr. Larrosa has ridden Lucy's Bob Boy to all eight of his career wins.
Lucy's Bob Boy, on a six-race winning streak, ran the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:51.06 over a fast track in his first start beyond seven furlongs. Russell Road, who was seeking his third win in the West Virginia Breeders' Classic, was second by three-quarters of a length over Allegheny Jack.
Robert W. Furr Sr. bred the winner, a son of Flatter out of the Not for Love mare Love for Lucy.
Forwardly placed at the outset from his far outside post in the field of 10, Lucky's Bob Boy pressed Allegheny Jack and Figpenn on a moderate pace of :24.56, :49.10, and 1:14.48, as Russell Road tracked the leaders in the next flight of horses under Luis Perez.
Perez gave Lucy's Bob Boby his cue with three furlongs to run over the Charleston bullring and the chestnut gelding quickly spurted to a clear advantage on the final bend, one that he increased through the lane under a hand ride.
Million dollar earner Russell Road had won 21 of 32 prior starts at Charles Town. the 6-year-old lost for the second time in five starts this year.
Lucy's Bob Boy has made all 10 of his starts at Charles Town and was second in the only two starts he hasn't won. He was coming off a five-length win in a state-bred handicap race for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs Sept. 22. This was his fourth stakes triumph and the winner's share of $225,000 boosted Lucy's Bob Boy's earnings to $396,000.
Carrying 118, the winner received a four-pound allowance under weight-for-age conditions and paid $8.20, $3.40, and $3.20 as the second choice. Russell Road returned $2.60 and $2.20 while rounding out a $20.40 exacta. Allegheny Jack paid $3.60 with Travis Dunkelberger aboard for trainer Chris Grove.
Son of a Bear, Rummy's Command, Fred High, Black Belt, Lively Reparations, Figpenn, and Sea Rescue completed the order.