RUSSELL ROAD WINS AGAIN

Mark Russell’s Russell Road ran his record to eight-for-eight in West Virginia-bred stakes with a victory in the $51,100 A Heuvo Stakes at Charles Town Races and Slots on Saturday night.

With Travis Dunkelberger riding for trainer James W. Casey, Russell Road easily won the 1 1/8-mile event by eight lengths over Dancin Baker. Peaceful Bliss finished third. The final time was 1:52.66 on a fast track.

The winner was the heavy favorite at 0.10-1 and forced a minus place pool of more than $20,000.

Russell Road, a 3-year-old gelding by Wheaton out of the Verification mare Roberta Grump, has won seven of nine starts this year for earnings of $476,295. In his previous start, Russell Road won the West Virginia Breeders Classic, which carried a first-place payday of $234,000.

He is a product of the VTA’s Stallion Season Auction from which the season to his sire Wheaton was purchased by Virginia breeder Bobby Lloyd.

Overall, Russell Road has won 12 of 15 starts with a second and a third. He has won 10 stakes.