West Virginia-bred Late Night Pow Wow ran her record to seven wins from eight starts – all at Charles Town – on Saturday night, winning the $300,000, Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks by a neck under Fredy Peltroche for owner-trainer Javier Contreras. The win was the first in a graded stakes for both Peltroche and Contreras.
Maryland-based Chauncey finished second, with New York-based Sower – the 6-5 favorite ridden by Iran Ortiz Jr. – third in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies. Late Night Pow Wow covered seven furlongs on a fast track in 1:24.37 and paid $21.40 for the upset victory.
The winner is a daughter of the Unbridled's Song stallion Fiber Sonde out of Holy Pow Wow, by Indian Charlie. She was bred in West Virginia by John Mckee.
Peltroche allowed Late Night Pow Wow to settle in behind a trio of battling leaders in the first run down the stretch of the two-turn race. Down the backstretch, Ortiz put Sower on the lead through fractions of :22.97 and :46.78.
Jevian Toledo made a four-wide move aboard Chauncey going into the final turn and took the lead from Sower at the top of the stretch after six furlongs in 1:11.37. Late Night Pow Wow was full of run, however, just behind Sower, but Peltroche waited to make his move, swinging off the rail turning into the stretch and wearing down Chauncey in the final sixteenth of a mile.
Late Night Pow Wow won her debut against West Virginia-breds by 6 1/2 lengths at Charles Town in September 2017, then didn't return until April, drawing off for a seven-length allowance win. The filly then suffered her only career loss, losing by a half-length in her stakes debut April 21. She came back to win three more allowance races in June, July and August (the latter two against open company), then scored by 2 1/2 lengths in the Sylvia Bishop Memorial Stakes Aug. 25 against state-breds.
The filly breezed a best of the morning five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 on a muddy track at Charles Town Sept. 15 in preparation for the Oaks.
“The way she worked, she could have run against anyone,” owner-trainer Contreras said. “I just told him [jockey Fredy Peltroche] to take back and make one run at the right time. Turning for home I got a little nervous when I thought she got stopped a bit. But she's pretty strong. She's the real deal. Everybody has been behind us here. It's been amazing. It's my first graded stakes win. It's a big deal. It might not be like the Derby or anything but it's my Derby.”
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