Charles Town picks and analysis: October 17
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Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
In the opener, a rare, three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Vonda (5-1) looks poised to post a mild upset for trainer Mark Shanley. #1 Call Me Jelly Roll (3-5) returns from Pimlico and gets the rail and looms the odds-on choice in this spot. #3 Castleinthemeadow (6-1) was good second last out and seeks first win in 10 seasonal outings for trainer Victor Espinosa. #4 Dynamic Union (8-1) has been second once and third once in last three outings and could notch first victory in six tries this year for trainer Edwin Tobin.
In the first of two maiden special weight events for two-year-olds, #5 Dynamic Day (2-1) arrives off a good second-place effort against maiden special weight company at Delaware Park for trainer Vernon Greaves. #3 Malibu Circle (5-2) was good second over the strip for trainer Javier Contreras and could graduate here. #6 Moss Boss (10-1) makes his career debut for owner-trainer Ernesto Perez off a quartet of good workouts over the strip. #1 Stay In (15-1) makes local debut and adds Lasix for the first time after good efforts at Colonial Downs and Laurel Park for trainer Susan Cooney.
#7 Lion Lord (1-1) returns from Laurel for this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers and seeks fourth triumph in eight seasonal outings for Gerald Burns. #6 On This Day (9-2) sports solid 1-3-3 slate from nine starts this year and looms the main threat to the favorite here. #2 Schlosser (5-1) already owns two wins from nine starts here this year and could forge mild upset in this spot. #5 Wizard of Odds (15-1) has been a hit-or-miss proposition this year but could revert to winning ways here.
In the second maiden special weight event of the night for juveniles, #9 Juba Did It (3-1) arrives off a trio of sharp works for owner-breeder-trainer and former jockey Kristy Petty and could graduate at first asking. #6 Candy Invasion (5-1) also looms a threat to score in his career debut for owner-breeder-trainer John A. Casey. #8 Stringfella (5-2) was fourth in a well-backed career debut for trainer Ollie Figgins III and owner-breeder Copperville Farm of Dance to Bristol fame. #2 Ponticello (15-1) was eighth in debut effort for Raimondo Schiano-Dicola and exits event won by stakes-placed Pilot In Command.
#8 Lil Linder (5-2) has been knocking on the door for first seasonal score and could get it here for trainer Linda Dohlinger-Stehr in this one-turn dash for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares. #3 Running Prayers (6-1) prevailed last out and looks capable of repeating in this spot for trainer David Wilhelm. Delaware invader #7 Moon Over Victoria (2-1) should make her presence known as the likely choice here. #2 Strong Ties (6-1) showed signs of improvement last out for trainer Mark Shanley.
#7 We Love Nanni (3-1) has been consistent sort all year and should prevail in this one-turn dash for $5,000 filly claimers. #9 Risksrhighpayislow (15-1) was good second last out and could finally notch first seasonal score from 11 tries here for trainer Michael Atkins. #6 Damisela (15-1) arrives from Delaware Park for local debut and could hit the board at a big price here. #5 Country Magic (6-1) seeks to regain 2019 form when she recorded three victories.
#3 Eclipticals Viski (4-1) graduated last out and looks to repeat against winners here in this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares. #1 Hendaya (3-5) has been second and third in two local tries since returning from Laurel and Delaware and looms a major player at a short price for trainer Crystal Pickett. #4 Sunflower Rose (15-1) continues trend of competing at a different track each start and looks for second seasonal score here for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #2 Princess Penelope (10-1) was eighth in seasonal debut and could improve off that effort.
In the Saturday feature, #7 Hobe Sound (7-2) seeks second straight for Pickett in this two-turn starter allowance. #4 Jack Straight (2-1) makes local debut after several good efforts at Laurel and Delaware and looms the favorite in this spot. #5 Start From Scratch (8-1) returns from Mountaineer Park and has won two of last three over this oval for Shanley. #2 Singanothersong (5-1) makes local debut after busy summer traveling and seeks 18th lifetime tally in this spot.
In the Saturday night finale, #3 Sweet Tweet (6-1) improved last out in second start over the strip and could emerge on top here for trainer Donald Blankenship. #5 Sainte Therese (5-1) seeks first seasonal score from 15 tries and could give Jones second winner on the card. #10 Dah Philly (7-2) prevailed last out at Delaware Park and could atone for third-place finish here three starts back. #6 Vintage Gin (4-1) won last out here and could potentially give Atkins his second winner on the card.