Charles Town picks and analysis: August 1

by | Aug 1, 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

3-2-1-6

In this two-turn event for filly-mare $5,000 claimers that kicks off the card, #3 Sainte Therese (3-1 ML) arrives off four decent tries for trainer Michael Jones, Jr. and could emerge victorious in this spot. #2 Boom Boom Gone (7-2) won first start back off the layoff and could repeat here. #1 I Am I Will (4-1) won last out but has been idle since that June 4 tally. Florida invader #6 Super Twenty-Five (7-5) looms the solid choice despite outside draw but could be seriously overbet in this spot.

RACE 2

8-7-2-5

#8 No Sugar No Cream (4-1) draws favorable outside post in this one-turn maiden $15,000 claiming event and appears poised for minor upset. #7 Barracuda (9-5) exits maiden special weight company for trainer Jeff Runco and will get ample respect at the windows despite missing two months. Florida invader #2 Nice Adventure (3-1) has been second twice in three starts but makes first start in five months. #5 Celia’s Pride (10-1) was second three starts back against similar and could be a factor here.

RACE 3

4-3-6-5

#4 Destruction (6-1) was third in local debut for trainer Donnie Barr and looks poised for an upset in this one-turn event for $8-10,000 claimers. #3 The Names Billy (9-2) exits allowance company after graduating against maiden special weight foes. Midwest invader #6 Creekmore (8-5) could be odds-on in his local debut for trainer Anthony Farrior. #5 Chuck’s Dream (3-1) will also get plenty of support in his local debut for trainer Kieron Magee.

RACE 4

1-5-7-6

#1 Cantakeitanymore (6-1) draws favorable inside spot for the lone three-turn event on the card and seeks second straight in $5,000 claiming affair. #5 Awesome Fu (5-2) also seeks second straight for trainer Ronney Brown and could be favored by post time. #7 King Mauro (2-1) won last out and sports solid 1-4-1 slate from six starts this year for trainer Ollie Figgins III. #6 Zitarrosa (3-1) exits starter allowance company last two outings and will get plenty of support in this spot.

RACE 5

3-2-6-5

#3 Fender Baby (8-5) was solid second last out for trainer Kevin Patterson and looms the choice in this one-turn allowance/optional $15,000 claiming event for fillies and mares. #2 Lady Rebel (5-1) defeated allowance foes last out but seeks second straight off two-month respite. #6 Mattyice (15-1) tried allowance company last out in first start off the break and has a license to improve here. #5 Honorable Lilly (5-2) was good fourth in allowance in March but makes first start since then here.

RACE 6

7-2-9-1

#7 Dionysus Chalice (2-1) has been fifth in each of last four starts for trainer Joan Reynolds and should improve in this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers. #2 Cent Comm (4-1) has had three good tries since the break and looms a solid contender in this spot. #9 Catonsville (5-1) draws favorably for trainer Yolanda King and figures to earn a piece here. #1 Bungalow (5-2) was good fourth in his return mid-June and could improve off that effort for trainer David Walters.

RACE 7

6-7-5-4

#6 Coach Rube (8-5) has performed well in three outings since the break and looms the solid choice in this one-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares for trainer John A. Casey. #7 Malibu Splash (7-2) has been second in last two for trainer Tim Grams and looms the main threat to the choice thanks to favorable outside draw. #5 Good Karma (9-2) sports two wins and two runner-up efforts in four career tries for trainer Ronney Brown and will be a factor in this event at some point. #4 Gandhi’s Castle has delivered two decent efforts since the break and could improve in this spot.

RACE 8

1-2-10-4

#1 Gio Lemon (8-1) has been second four times and third twice in seven outings this year for trainer Neil Morris and may finally be able to break through in this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers. #2 Negroni Up (9-2) sports one win and two runner-up efforts for trainer Javier Contreras in three starts since Midwest arrival and should be a factor here. #10 Savagery (8-5) was well backed when last versus $15,000 claimers last out and makes serious plunge here for Reynolds. #4 Affix (10-1) has been fourth in last three for trainer Tim Collins and looks capable of completing the superfecta at a decent price.

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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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