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Charlton keeps on winning, pilots top Gold Rush qualifier


November 12, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Warren's Heartthrob sets the fastest time from two trials to the Gold Rush Derby—870 yards in :45.479—on November 11, 2011.
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Jockey Cheryl Charlton continued her outstanding run of riding victories, as the young pilot guided Warren’s Hearthrob to victory in the first of two trials to the December 4 Gold Rush Derby.

Charlton won on four Thoroughbreds in as many mounts on November 4 at Los Alamitos and then added a fifth with her only mount on Saturday night, November 5. After narrowly missing a sixth straight win when she finished second by a nose with her lone mount the next night, Charlton was back in the winner’s circle on November 11 after guiding Warren’s Hearthrob to a surging victory by 1¾ lengths in the 870-yard trial. Owned by Rick Pritchard and Keith Craigmyle, the 3-year-old runner covered the 870-yard distance in :45.479. Benjamin Warren, one of the most prolific Thoroughbred breeders in California, bred Warren’s Hearthrob, a Quarter Horse.

Toss Me A Corona finished second while Pathological Liar ran third.

Robert Parra’s Bound To Snow won the second trial by ¾ lengths under jockey Joel Cruz to also qualify to the Gold Rush final in a time of :46.785. Bred by Ed Allred, Bound To Snow paid a whopping $29.60 for the win. Bound To Snow’s sire is Snowbound, who also sired former Gold Rush Derby winner Snowbound Superstar. Another Snowbound runner, this one named Snow Buddy, finished in second place. The morning-line favorite, Royal Gray, scratched out of this trial, as did Hadtobenatural, leaving only four to go to post.

The complete list of qualifiers to the Gold Rush Derby final is as follows: Warren’s Hearthrob (:45.479), Toss Me A Corona (:45.826), Pathological Liar (:45.958), Bound To Snow (:46.785), Snow Buddy (:46.948), Double Kool (:47.150), Standby Guy (47.929) and Snowbound Jeffrey (:48.00).