VIRGINIANS LOOK TO SCORE IN CHARLES TOWN STAKE

Virginia-breds Aix En Provence (Jim Falk, Sr.) and Autumn Affair (Holy Ridge Farm) look to take on Virginian David A. Ross’s Florida-bred Joyous Music who has been installed the morning line 4-5 favorite in tonight’s $35,000 Mint Mission Handicap sprinting over 4.5 furlongs.

Jim Falk Sr.’s homebred Aix En Provence, ridden by Gustavo Larrosa and trained by Simon Hobson, comes into the race with 2 career win and $71,480 in career earnings. The five-year-old Rock Slide mare, out of Parisiana by Mutakddim, has two thirds and a second in her last three tries at the West Virginia Oval.  Although winless since breaking her maiden and winning an allowance a month apart in the late winter of 2012, Aix En Provence has logged six thirds and two seconds since then. Las out she was third beaten 1 ¾ lengths in a $27,000 allowance going 5.5 furlongs on the dirt.

Alice Overton’s Holly Ridge Farm LLC’s Autumn Affair, by Black Tie Affair (IRE), out of Gold Leaf by Slew o’ Gold, comes in the race at morning line odds of 12-1.  The six-year-old mare, ridden by Jesus Sanchez and trained by Timothy Collins, brings a hefty bankroll of $180,109 in the event.  Her resume includes six wins, seven second and five thirds in 39 lifetime start.

Last out, Autumn Affair was second in the $51,000 My Sister Pearl Stakes at Charles Town losing to Red Hot Diva by a neck.  That race was run over 9 furlongs and Autumn Affair was fourth in the $35,000 Ann Hilton Handicap run over 6.5 furlongs who starts prior to that one and was third in the $50,000 Sadie Hawkins Stakes back in August.

Virginian David A. Ross brings the early favorite into the race with 11 career victories and $248,396 in earnings.  The five-year-old Florida-bred will be ridden Jonathan Joyce for trainer Hugh I. McMahon.  She comes into the feature with a win in an allowance race at Timonium and two seconds at Delaware Park back in the summer.

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