Charles Town picks and analysis: July 11

by | Jul 11, 2020 | Breaking, Handicapping, West Virginia, WV Racing

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Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!




 In this one-turn maiden special weight dash for two-year-olds, #2 Da Bozak (7-2 ML) arrives off a pair of ‘bullet’ works over the track after two modest works at Laurel for trainer Crystal Pickett. #3 Just Nod and Smile (6-1) is a Verrazano colt who has worked well from the gate for trainer Greg Viands. Pickett will also send out #4 Frankie Merch (4-1) another Verrazano colt, while Laurel invader #7 Merchant of Hope (8-5) will break from the favorable outside stall for trainer Phil Schoenthal.





#1 Tuition Plan (7-5) exits an allowance race for trainer Anthony Lucas and drops back in for a tag in this spot. #6 Best to be Me (8-5) should definitely make her presence known in this affair for trainer Javier Contreras. Both #4 Mojo Matters (6-1) and #2 Coplanquikzip (5-1) drew between the top two choices and either one could certainly split the top pair for the exacta.





One-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event looks primed for an upset. #3 Brian’s Avenue (7-5) makes his local debut for trainer David Walters after seven starts at Gulfstream Park, while #7 Jimmy Legs (7-2) drops out of maiden $40,000 claimers at Laurel in February after making his debut in the Jamestown Stakes at Colonial Downs last fall. But locals #4 Bret’s Legacy (5-2) for Crystal Pickett and #6 Bondaro (6-1) a Montana-bred trained by Marion Cuttino, arrive lightly raced and both will be prominent in the late stages



In a competitive group of $5,000 claimers for fillies and mares going one turn, #2 Swiss Yodeler (4-1) has been second in each of her last two starts for trainer Ronney Brown and looks poised to break through here. #3 Estate Of Sonde (2-1) makes his second start back following an 11-month layoff for trainer John Carlisle. #4 What You Own (7-2) makes his seasonal debut for trainer Billy Ray Davis and #6 We Love Nanni (3-1) seeks her straight score after prevailing last out for owner-trainer John McKee.



#2 Carpe Amorina (2-1) has been second in each of her last three starts for trainer Ernest Haynes and should graduate in this one-turn maiden special weight event for distaffers. #7 Lanesborough (5-2) has been third and fourth in her last two starts for trainer Javier Contreras since debuting at Gulfstream Park. #8 Mongolian Angel (5-1) drew the favorable outside stall in her career debut for trainer Doug Adams, while #6 Full Faith (6-1) returns off a year layoff for trainer Vernon Greaves



#3 Fancy Concho (2-1) graduated nicely last out for trainer Tim Grams and seeks his second straight while facing winners for the first time. #6 Night Train Wayne (5-1) has been second once and third twice in last three tries against allowance foes for trainer Ed Tobin. #4 Fibertown (9-2) and another Grams trainee #2 He’s One The Line (3-1) will look to rebound from dull effort against winners following triumphant career debut.



#3 Not a Trick (7-5) could be the shortest priced favorite of the night after winning by five lengths last out for trainer Kevin Patterson. #8 Arya Peaceful (9-2) has been second once in three winless outings this year for trainer Anthony Farrior. #9 Truffles And Gold (8-1) has yet to win in four starts this year but draws the favorable outside slot for trainer Keturah Obed-Letts. #6 Barnstorm (10-1) was a sharp second versus $10,000 claimers last out and makes first start for trainer Mark Racconelli.



#10 Awesome Agenda (5-2) looms the tepid favorite for trainer Richard Sillaman but will have to overcome outside draw in this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers. #4 Talent Scout (3-1) makes local debut after starts at a trio of New York tracks for trainer Kieron Magee. #9 Gio Lemon (7-2) has been second in his last three starts and four times in six starts this year for trainer Neil Morris. #3 Cashton Peak (10-1) has been second once, third twice and fourth once in his last four outings for trainer Jeff Allen and benefits from an inside draw.


About The Author

Ted Black

Ted Black, a Maryland native, has covered racing — flat and harness, in West Virginia and in Maryland — since 1987 and is now in his fourth decade on the beat. He is president of the Maryland Racing Media Association. Follow him on twitter @tblacksomds1.

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