Charles Town Classic day price plays
- Scythe (12-1), Immortal Eyes Overnight Dash — It’s just a six-horse field, but it’s absolutely loaded with front-end speed. If one of the speeds gets away, it’s likely to be the Jeff Runco-trained Strong Like Bull (5-2). If not, the horse most likely to be running late is Scythe. The Leslie Condon trainee has won three times at the trip, including the WV Dash for Cash Breeders Classic. He may not be good enough in here, but if he is, he’ll have a perfect setup under J. D. Acosta.
- Clubman (12-1) in the Russell Road Stakes — Clubman’s form over the years has been a bit in-and-out, but he seems to be leveling off into more consistent form since switching into the Sanchez-Salomon barn. Last out, he ran a credible fifth against the ultra-speedy Lewisfield in the Not for Love Stakes, and it’s not hard to see him loving the two-turn seven-furlong trip. CT veteran Xavier Perez will ride.
- Devine Mischief (12-1) and Isotope (6-1) in the Dance to Bristol Stakes — Lake Ponchatrain is the deserving favorite in this seven-furlong test, and the CT lover should be tough to beat. But two pricier horses that might be worth a look are Devine Mischief and Isotope. The former didn’t run badly last out, finishing four behind Lake Ponchatrain in the overnight prep, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her taken farther off the pace today under J. D. Acosta. The latter finished second to Lake Ponchatrain in that prep race — but bested that runner a couple races previously in the Thirty Eight Go Go at Laurel, and, making her second straight start on the local strip, can improve.
- Nanoosh (10-1) in the G2 Charles Town Classic — Jorge Navarro has experienced some success at CT and brings last year’s near-miss runner-up War Story back. But that runner hasn’t been quite as sharp this year as last and is parked out in the nine-hole – a tricky spot to win from going three turns here. Of more interest at a more attractive price is Nanoosh, who makes his first start in the Navarro barn here. He ran well enough last out — beaten just a length by Rated R Superstar in the Essex — and is showing two sharp works for Navarro at GP West. Plus, he legs up go-to rider Jaramillo in here.