Charles Town picks and analysis: July 25

by | Jul 25, 2020 | Breaking, Handicapping, West Virginia, WV Racing

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Photo by Allison Janezic.

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

RACE 1

1-7-2-8

In this one-turn maiden special weight event for two-year-old fillies, #1 Flash Town (7-2) was solid second in debut behind well-backed winner and could graduate in this spot. #7 Air Force Pink (8-1) is well-bred first-timer for trainer Javier Contreras and draws favorable outside slot for debut. #2 Shake It Out West (9-2) makes local debut off maiden special weight efforts at Churchill Downs and Indiana Grand and was 7-1 third choice when last in latest. #8 Baytown Emmalee (8-1) has been ninth, sixth then fifth in first three outings and could move up with continued natural progression.

RACE 2

2-3-4-5

#2 Not a Trick (8-5) has won last two for trainer Kevin Patterson and could be in right spot for three-peat effort. #3 Freedom Is Ringing (9-5) was second in the It’s Only Money Stakes two starts back and will be tough to beat here if he can duplicate that effort. #4 Bold Valor (4-1) has won last two tries versus claimers for trainer Ronney Brown and could prevail again here. #5 Morgan County (5-1) was second against allowance company two starts back and figures here with a similar performance.

RACE 3

3-6-7-8

One-turn maiden special weight dash for state-bred two-year-olds features #3 Youthinkthatsfunny (5-2), who showed speed in debut when dueling with 4-5 Hopping Henry before both were overhauled late by 25-1 Natural Attraction. #6 Allen Can Do It (5-1) makes debut for owner-breeder-trainer John A. Casey. #7 Tyry Tyrannosaurus (7-2) also makes debut in this spot. #8 Supercharged (6-1) makes debut for trainer Crystal Pickett.

RACE 4

3-7-5-4

#3 Witchy Windsor (3-1) has been second three times for trainer Tim Collins and could atone here in this one-turn $5,000 claimer for fillies and mares. #7 Dancing Destiny (9-5) draws favorably and should be the solid choice in here. #5 Mary’s Listed Next (6-1) has been busy this year and seeks first win in nine seasonal outings for trainer Keturah Obed-Letts. #4 Queen Bobby (5-1) already owns one win from six outings this year for trainer Anthony Farrior and could surprise here. 

RACE 5

3-7-2-6

#3 Man of the Night (5-2) has been third twice in two starts since returning from the break for owner-trainer Javier Contreras and gets the nod in this one-turn maiden special weight for state-breds. #7 Castle Review (8-1) was fourth in good debut outing earlier this month and tries the boys in this spot. #2 Short Cake’s Man (2-1) was third twice in two outings before the break, while #6 Any Way Now (3-1) regressed off his debut but could atone in this spot.

RACE 6

3-4-5-7

#3 Our Bad Girl (7-2) has been consistent all year for trainer Ronney Brown and should emerge on top in this one-turn dash for state-bred $5,000 claiming fillies and mares. #4 Dimitri’s Romance (9-2) won last out for trainer Tim Shanley and could repeat in this spot. #5 Prime Lime (3-1) was a solid second in return from the break but arrives off another two-month rest. #7 Risksrhighpayislow (8-1) was good second earlier this month for owner-trainer Michael Atkins and has upset chance from favorable outside draw. 

RACE 7

1-8-6-4

#1 Party Rock (4-1) recorded 14th career victory in most recent outing and could add another in this two-turn starter allowance for fillies and mares. #8 Silk Stocking (9-2) already sports four wins in seven tries this year for trainer Ollie Figgins III and was third last out against similar. #6 Alpine Moon (7-2) seeks third straight tally for trainer Jody Caison and prevailed against similar foes last out. #4 Allison K (8-1) exits allowance company last two outings and could forge mild upset here for trainer David Walters. 

RACE 8

9-7-2-3

#9 Love Happy (6-1) has won twice this year and draw favorable outside post for this one-turn dash for $15,000 claiming fillies and mares. #7 Crossbow’s Wildcat (12-1) exits allowance company and could forge a big upset here for owner-trainer Kristy Gazzier. #2 Sweetonthegents (7-2) and #3 At The Half (4-1) also exit allowance events and pair figures prominently for trainer David Walters if he opts to run both.

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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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