Charles Town picks and analysis: October 31

by | Oct 31, 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 opening race on the Halloween night program, #6 The Creep (4-5) looms the logical hunch play in the opener exiting a local allowance for trainer Crystal Pickett after making his first 27 starts on the West Coast. #3 Burnin Ring O Fire (4-1) is former stakes winner for trainer Ollie Figgins III seeking first win in 10 starts this year. #5 Charitable Hero (15-1) is winless in first eight starts this year but could get a piece of this as longshot. #2 Eagle Pride (7-2) gives Pickett a chance to run one-two here.



#3 I’moverthemoon (8-5) should complete a chalky daily double by taking this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers for trainer Anthony Rideout II. #1 Deputy James (9-2) may have found the right spot to notch first win in seven seasonal outings for trainer Janice Groves. #6 Deputy Bee (6-1) graduated three starts back for trainer Kristy Gazzier and could prevail here with duplicate effort. #4 Winter Is Here (3-1) could atone for previous outing in this spot.



In this one-turn dash for $10,000 claimers, #7 My Time in Court (4-1) has been knocking on the door against claimers after graduating in maiden special weight event last year. #1 Bold Valor (7-2) already owns three wins in 10 starts this year for trainer Ronney Brown including prior allowance score. #4 Black Candy (9-2) merits an upset chance for trainer Kevin Patterson. #3 Windsors for It (7-5) exits allowance company but has been idle since July for trainer James W. Casey and looms the choice despite the brief respite.



In this solid, two-turn allowance for state-bred older runners, #6 Opera Nite (5-2) was eighth in WV Breeders Classic last out and is still in search of first win in six starts this year for trainer Jeff Runco. #7 Triple Bad (6-1) was good third in Onion Juice last out and could be primed for an upset in this spot. #3 Fear The Turtle (9-2) returns from Monmouth claimer to seek first seasonal score here for trainer David Walters. #4 William and Mary (3-1) is multi-stakes winner seeking to regain lost form for trainer James W. Casey.

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



In this one-turn maiden special weight dash for fillies and mares, #1 Whoa Black Betty (3-1) rallied from far back to finish second at this level in local debut for trainer Mike E. Butts and should graduate in this spot. #9 Ashara (2-1) makes local debut for trainer Carl Doran following good runner-up effort at Laurel last out. #2 Moon Me Again (10-1) was good third in debut last out for trainer Abdul Williams and rates genuine upset chance in this spot. Ohio invader #8 Discreet Energy (15-1) gets favorable outside draw for local debut and could threaten despite seven-month layoff.



In the $50,000 West Virginia Futurity for two-year-olds of both genders contesting the two-turn distance of seven furlongs, #4 Youthinkthatsfunny (7-2) captured the Vincent Moscarelli Memorial last out for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and seeks second straight stakes score here. #5 Shutupn’kissme (9-2) was sharp second in WV Triple Crown Nutrition BC last out and filly gives McKee chance to run one-two in first try against boys. #1 Juba Did It (5-2) won at first asking on 10/17 and merits respect in stakes debut for owner-breeder-trainer and former jockey Kristy Petty. #6 Just Gets Better (5-1) graduated smartly last Saturday night in fifth try and gives Petty outside chance to run one-two here.

Check out our other handicapping here!



In this two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #5 Lovely Lady Lexi (7-2) has won last two starts against claimers and makes local debut here for trainer Kieron Magee. #6 Peaceful Child (9-2) has won three of seven this year including Mountaineer Park allowance last out for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #3 Power Forward (5-1) has also won three of seven starts for Runco including August allowance at Mountaineer Park last out. #4 She Gives Me Fits (2-1) defeated claimers last out for Runco and looms the tepid favorite in this spot.



In the Saturday night finale, #5 Develin’ Rose (5-1) won last out for trainer Javier Contreras and could repeat here. #9 Ellie Bear (6-1) has been second twice and third twice in five tries this year and gives Contreras chance to run one-two in this spot. #8 City Princess (8-1) won two starts back for trainer Stacey Viands and could atone for sixth-place effort last out. #7 Queen of Anything (8-1) scored last out for trainer Ronney Brown and looks capable of repeating 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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