Stanford a Front-Running Winner of $1.25 Charles Town Classic

Stanford a Front-Running Winner of $1.25 Charles Town Classic

Category : News - Sun 24/04/2016 - 21:40 EDT

On Saturday at Charles Town, the featured race was the eighth running of the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic. The Grade 2 event went to Stanford who completed the mile and an eighth in 1:50.55.

Stanford, ridden by Javier Castellano, broke alertly and seized the early pace. Under pressure from the consistent Page McKenney, he rolled through modest early fractions of :24.75, :48.86 and opened up a one-length advantage at the top of the stretch. He drew off to win by two-lengths. Page McKenney hit the board for the 24th consecutive time and finished second while Donworth, the favorite, had to settle for third after looming boldly and then fading.

Stanford joins millionaire club with win

Stanford, a four-year-old son of Malibu Moon, was purchased for $550,000 as a two-year-old and is owned in partnership by breeding powerhouses Stonestreet Stables and Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. He has improved his record to four wins from eleven starts and has bankrolled over $1.1 million in career earnings. The Charles Town Classic (G2) was his first graded stakes victory and first win of the year.

No plans for next start announced

He was coming out of a narrow defeat in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) which had been his second consecutive runner-up effort since returning off of a six-month layoff. He had been entered in the Kentucky Derby (G1) as a sophomore but was withdrawn days before the race. No definitive plans have been announced for his next start but the Met Mile (G1), which will be run at Belmont Park in June, may be under consideration. 

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