Stanford won the Charles Town Classic on Saturday, April 23, 2016, adding another $1.25 million to his piggy bank. The four-year-old colt, who is owned by Stonestreet Stables and various individuals, is being trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano. He broke on top out of the gate and drew away from the pack to victory by three lengths in the historic West Virginia oval at a distance of 1 1/8 of a mile. He paid $9.40 to win and was chosen third out of ten.
For most of the way, Stanford held at least a half-length lead. Page McKenny was on his outside the entire way but could not overtake the Charles Town Classic winner. As they entered the turn for home and McKenny drew near, the son of Malibu Moon felt a little heat in his throat, but with the finesse of Castellano’s urging, they pulled away and did not look back until they were joined by their connections in the winner’s circle.
Out of 11 starts, this was only Stanford’s fourth win. He was purchased as a two-year-old in training for a cool $550,000 at the Barret’s sale. Winstar Farms, out of Kentucky, bred the colt, whose grandsire is Distorted Humor. The only graded stakes victory he has in his name is his win at the Charles Town Classic.
Coming from a layoff last summer, the colt has hit the ground running this year. He has quickly become a millionaire with back-to-back places in graded stakes races.
By Sylvia Harris
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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