Charles Town picks and analysis: September 4

by | Sep 5, 2020 | Breaking, Handicapping, West Virginia, WV Racing

Aaron's Tap

Photo by Allison Janezic.

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



In the Saturday opener, likely to be contested several minutes after the 146th Kentucky Derby is made official, #2 Flash Town (6-5 morning line) looks poised to end her bridesmaid status in this one-turn maiden special weight dash for two-year-old fillies after finishing second in each of her three previous outings. Well-bred #4 Guapa Chica (7-5) makes career debut for trainer Anthony Farrior as More Than Ready filly arrives off three sharp works at Laurel. #7 Super Malibu (10-1) makes career debut and Canadian-bred drew favorable outside slot. #5 Super Wildcat (10-1) also makes career debut following several good works over the strip.



#4 City Princess (3-1) seeks second straight score for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame. #5 Paint It Green (8-5) has run well each time in claimers for trainer Kristy Gazzier. #6 Quick Energy (9-2) seeks first seasonal win but has been consistent in six tries so far. #2 Tuition Plan (5-1) returns from Mountaineer allowance and figures in this claiming spot.



In this one-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred two-year-olds, #5 Allen Can Do It (4-1) was sharp second to Hopping Henry in debut in faster of two MSW splits that night and looks poised to graduate here for trainer John A. Casey. #7 Pilot in Command (3-1) finished a fast-closing third as odds-on choice in his debut for trainer Jeff Runco and looms a serious threat here. #2 Social Chic (7-2) was good second in debut and gives Runco chance at one-two finish here. #3 Officer Appeal (6-1) has been second and fourth in two tries and could improve in this spot.



In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #4 Raelyn’s Star (7-2) returns from allowance company at Mountaineer Park and looks formidable in this spot. #7 Indian Fiber (5-1) seeks second straight score for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and rates serious upset chance. #8 Respected (3-1) returns off six-month break and may need this one. #9 Nice Adventure (6-1) graduated last out and seeks second straight tally while facing winners for the first time.

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



In this two-turn maiden special weight for older boys, #2 Native Courage (5-1) tried maiden claimers at Laurel last out and was third versus maiden special weight here prior to that. #3 Balt’more Forever (6-1) makes career debut for trainer Ronney Brown following two nice gate works here. #6 Lookin’ Smart (7-5) makes seasonal and local debut off lone outing at the Meadowlands last fall. #5 Ragtime Cowboy Joe (5-2) was second against maiden claimers last two and makes jump back into maiden special weight company for Runco.



#1 Kentucky Dancer (6-1) seeks second straight for trainer John Carlisle and rates serious upset chance in this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers. #3 Castle Ridge (5-1) also seeks second straight score but has been genuine hit-or-miss type throughout career. #7 Lonely Drifter (1-1) makes seasonal debut but might need a race at short price here. #8 Unique Humor (8-1) has a license to improve for trainer John (Jerry) Robb of Anna’s Bandit and Little Bold John fame.

Who are leading the Top Midlantic trainer and jockey ranks?



#1 Tranquil Blue (5-2) was good second last out and gets the nod in this two-turn event for $15,000 claimers. #2 Castles Trick (6-1) was good second in belated seasonal debut last month and could upset here. #8 Hard Being Me (7-2) exits allowance company and looms a serious contender in this spot. #7 He’s a Gold Digger (8-1) has been second twice and third once in five winless outings this year for Gazzier and should atone for subpar effort last out.



In the Derby Day finale, a two-turn maiden special weight for state-bred older runners, #10 Doctor McCoy (8-5) has been second three times in five career outings for trainer John A. Casey and should graduate in this spot. #8 Short Cake’s Man (5-1) has been third twice in three starts for trainer James W. Casey and rates an upset chance in the finale. #7 Nautical Warrior (3-1) makes career debut for Runco and should be a factor in here. #1 All About Tap (10-1) has been second three times and third once for trainer Wade Sanderson and could prevail at a big price in the finale.


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.

What's Hot


Sign Up Now

Get The Racing Biz in your inbox!

Join our mailing list to get our latest news delivered to your inbox each week! And, by the way, we never sell our lists or share your info with outside parties.

You have Successfully Subscribed!