Charles Town picks and analysis: August 8

by | Aug 8, 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 the opener, a two-turn event for maiden $12,500 claimers, #1 Thorn of Rose Hill (4-1) seeks to garner her diploma in ninth try following good fourth-place effort last out against similar. #4 I’moverthemoon (7-5) was second against similar last out and looms the odds-on choice for owner-trainer Elex Bowman. #6 Wish In The Castle (3-1) was third in same event that top two picks exited and figures to be right there again for owner-trainer John A. Casey. #2 Eleanor’s Diamond (6-1) gives Casey a chance to have two hit the board in this spot.



In this good allowance affair for fillies that caps the early daily double, #3 The Better One (9-5) has been consistent for John A. Casey all season and looks ready to score at this level. #1 Stowe Angel (6-5) defeated allowance foes in first start back in six months last out and has already won twice in three starts for trainer Jeff Runco and looms the favorite in this spot. #4 Campania (8-1) defeated allowance foes in most recent outing in June for trainer Ollie Figgins III but has been idle since. #5 Angle Of Attack (4-1) has yet to fire in two starts this year for Runco and seeking a return to stakes winning form last fall.



#7 Thank You Girl (5-1) makes local debut following initial try at Churchill Downs and rates an upset chance in this maiden $5,000 claiming event for fillies and mares. #6 I Am Aine (7-2) has faced much tougher at Laurel and also seeks her diploma in local debut. #3 Thunderturtle (9-5) was second two starts back here and figures prominently with a similar effort. #1 Flicker’s Princess (8-1) makes her career debut off a series of modest works for trainer Ronney Brown and could be in the ideal spot to succeed first out.



#2 City Princess (3-1) just missed as the favorite last out and seeks to atone in this spot for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame. #9 Workpansomething (9-2) was good third against similar last out for owner-trainer and former jockey Lenworth Kirlew. #3 Thunderous (4-1) has been fourth in each of her last two starts and has a license to improve here for owner-trainer Javier Contreras of Late Night Pow Wow fame. #7 Bellandola (5-1) exits allowance company and was third two starts back against similar.

How’d we do last week? Check out our picks and analysis here!



#4 Remys Showtime (9-5) makes his career debut for trainer Tim Grams off a series of good works, especially from the gate, and looks poised to graduate at first asking in this one-turn maiden special weight event. #9 Rocket Sound (7-5) was a sharp second in his debut and breaks from favorable outside post as the likely choice. #7 Officer Unbridled (10-1) has shown glimpses of promise in four tries at this level, while #8 Weaving You Behind (15-1) makes his career debut from a favorable spot off a good gate move.



In this lone, three-turn event on the card, #3 Wakes Up Happy (9-2) was good third against similar last out for trainer John McKee. #4 Imagoodchatterbug (9-5) won last out against similar but has been idle since June score.  #7 Lil Sweetheart (4-1) was good second to morning line choice last out for owner-trainer Tim Collins and looms a threat here. #1 A Foolish Smile (9-2) graduated last out for trainer Ollie Figgins III and tries winners here.



#2 China Cat (5-2) has won last two and three of five starts overall and looks likely for three-peat score here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #3 Hay Baby Girl (3-1) seeks fourth straight for Farrior and could give conditioner one-two finish here. #4 Brushing (5-1) arrives from Parx and figures to be tough here. #8 Alpine Moon (4-1) was second last out after winning two straight and could regain winning ways in this spot.



#2 Pimm and Proper (4-1) returns following good outing at Delaware Park last out and rates upset in this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers. #5 Uncut (6-5) won two starts back and looks to rebound from dull outing last out. #8 Barker Lane (7-2) was second against winners last out after graduating two starts back for Farrior. #9 Queen Bobby (10-1) was good fourth last out after graduating two starts back and figures to hit the board in this spot.


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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