By Horse Racing Nation
Saturday’s Grade 2, $1.2 million Charles Town Classic brings together a field of veteran horses from the older male division. This is a group of runners that has won a total of 51 times from 171 career starts. They may not be the biggest names in racing, but they are certainly horses that know how to find the winner’s circle.
The Classic is run at a mile and an eighth on the six-furlong Charles Town bullring dirt track. To get the nine furlongs, the race starts on the backstretch and goes around three turns.
Since the inaugural running of the Classic in 2009, jockey Javier Castellano has won the race three times, including the last two with Stanford and Imperative. Trainer Todd Pletcher has won the race twice with Caixa Eletronica and Stanford.
With the headliners of the handicap division having run recently in the Dubai World Cup or the Oaklawn Handicap, a field of seven has been assembled with post time for race 11 scheduled for 5:40 pm ET.
Fear the Cowboy [ML 9-2 – Cowboy Cal – Loza Jr./Negron – 29: 9-7-3 – $1,640,869] Fear the Cowboy, who was bred by students at the University of Kentucky, got on a roll at the end of 2017 when he won the Harlan’s Holiday (G3) at Gulfstream, which led him to the Pegasus World Cup (G1) and a fourth-place finish at odds of 74-1. He then shipped out west to get third in the Big ‘Cap (G1) at Santa Anita in March. This Grade 2 fits him well in terms of class and running style. Looks like the right spot.