Saturday's running of the My Sister Pearl Stakes at Charles Town Races offers a most intriguing field of West Virginia-bred fillies and mares.
Nine of the 10 entries for the 1 1/8-mile race have career earnings in excess of $100,000 as many of the top females at Charles Town square off in what promises to be a competitive race.
Topping the list of entries is Aspenglow, which last month won the $250,000 West Virginia Cavada Breeders' Classic for owner Nancy Terhune. Aspenglow has won 10 of 12 career starts at Charles Town, and will be ridden by top jockey Travis Dunkelberger. Trainer Gary Capuano will also field talented Silver Heart, making for a formidable combined entry.
Leading Charles Town trainer Jeff Runco has also entered a potent 1-2 punch in Stowe White and defending race champion Saxet Heights. Stowe White is coming off a seven-furlong stakes win at Charles Town, while Saxet Heights is winless in five starts since last year's My Sister Pearl despite some impressive performances at Aqueduct and Laurel Park.
Trainer David Walters will send out West Virginia Breeders' Classic Distaff winner Devonspaintedlady, with new jockey Gerald Almodovar taking the reins for regular rider J.D. Acosta (who will ride Stowe White).
Here's a look at the complete field:
$50,000 My Sister Pearl Stakes
Race 8 -- Post time 10:25 p.m.
Fillies & mares, 3&up, 1 1/8 miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Little Shiney, Luis A. Batista, 122, Larry M. Myers
2(a). Stowe White, J.D. Acosta, 120, Jeff C. Runco
3. Natures Annuity, Sylvester Carmouche III, 122, James W. Casey
4(b). Silver Heart, Travis Dunkelberger, 122, Gary Capuano
5. Smile Samantha, Alcibiades C. Cortez, 122, Harry J. Painter
6. Come Here Oonga, Luis Garcia, 122, Mark Shuman
7. My Girl Jules, Carlos L. Castro, 120, Lloyd L. Scott
8(a). Saxet Heights, Xavier Perez, 122, Jeff C. Runco
9. Devonspaintedlady, Gerald Almodovar, 122, David Walters
10(b). Aspenglow, Travis Dunkelberger, 122, Gary Capuano
AE 11 - Badge Bunny, Matt McGowan, 122, Debra J. Ketterman
AE 12 - Turning Lyph, Christopher Ho, 120, Candice M. Smith