Voodoo Charm Tries Turf in Thursday Feature

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


            Trainer Gregg Sacco will send Voodoo Charm to the post in Thursday’s feature, a $44,000 allowance/optional claimer set for five furlongs over the turf.  And while the colt will go no matter the weather conditions, the trainer is certainly hoping some rains shift the race over to the main track.

            “He’ll go either way, but I wouldn’t mind if it got rained off the turf,” said Sacco, who conditions Voodoo Charm for Pot O’Gold Stable.  “The turf is an experiment.  Like everything with horses, it’s trial and error.  I think he’ll do well on it, but I know he can run well on the dirt.”

            Run well on the dirt, indeed.  Last season, Voodoo Charm, a New Jersey-bred by Devil His Due, broke his maiden in May, captured an optional claiming allowance in August and then capped his season with a victory in the New Jersey Breeders’ Handicap.  From three starts this year, Voodoo Charm sports a pair of fourth-place finishes and a third, that in his most recent outing on July 20.

            “He ran well in his first start back,” Sacco said.  “I thought he would improve off of that effort, but they were kind of even.  We’ll give the turf a try.”

            As for strategy, “He’ll sit just off the pace, tip out turning for home and hopefully run by his rivals.  At least that’s the plan!”

            With a special 4 p.m. post time for the first of four twilight Thursday cards, the featured fifth race has an estimated post time of 5:48 p.m.