CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: JANUARY 23
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6: $34,784
In the opener, a two-turn event for $4,000 claimers, #2 Charitable Rose (5-2) looks to regain winning ways while facing drought since posting two tallies last January. #1 Meemaw’s Heart (7-5) was solid second last out and is looking to end 21-month skid for trainer Stephen Reggetts. #3 Risksrhighpayislow (5-1) could prevail here at a generous price for trainer Michael Atkins. #5 Procidana (8-1) is looking to regain the form that carried her to two straight victories last fall.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers to cap the early daily double, #2 Astro Rider (3-1) ended his previous campaign on a winning note and seeks second straight here for trainer John Carlisle. #5 G Man (7-2) was sixth in seasonal debut and makes local debut for trainer Rick Sillaman. #7 Southern Saviour (5-2) exits allowance company last two and returns to claimers where he posted latest tally in August. #1 Wallet (8-1) has been second twice in last three and could prevail at a generous price here.
- Newcomers impact Top Midlantic-bred PollWhile the top horses – Knicks Go and Street Lute – remain unchanged in the latest Top Midlantic-bred Poll, newcomers are making their presence felt.
In this one-turn affair for $12,500-$15,000 claiming fillies, #7 Single Mom (3-1) graduated last out in local debut against maiden claimers and gets favorable outside draw here seeking repeat for trainer Tim Grams. #1 La Rufina (4-1) also prevailed last out in first try against maiden claimers after three outings at the maiden special weight level and looms a threat here for trainer Ollie Figgins III. #5 One Smart Cookie (5-1) was fourth in seasonal debut at Laurel Park last out and makes local debut for trainer James Day. #4 Super Wildcat (7-2) graduated against maiden special weight company last out and bypasses allowance foes to go straight into claiming ranks for trainer Laura Carson.
In this rare, three-turn event for maiden $5,000 claimers, #2 Borrowed Angel (2-1) makes local debut after trying tougher at Gulfstream Park and could finally graduate here for owner-trainer James Dean Locklear. #6 Belly Flop (9-5) was solid second in local debut last out and looms the likely favorite in this spot for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Rich Image (15-1) was fifth last out after good second-place effort two starts back and merits respect at a generous price here for trainer Jeff Runco. #7 All Eyes On Me (6-1) has finished fifth and fourth in first two local tries for trainer John Carlisle and could improve again here.
In another two-turn event for $4,000 claimers, #3 Stormy Leo (3-1) has been fifth in each of two local tries for trainer Joan Reynolds since arriving from Canada and can improve on those efforts here. #8 Shaft Of Light (6-5) has been facing much tougher at Parx and makes local debut as the likely favorite for trainer Anthony Farrior. #5 Approvethismessage (5-2) finished third in his local debut last out and gives Farrior a chance to run one-two here. #7 Expect Drama (10-1) has been third, fourth and fifth in three local tries for trainer Kelly Lynn Deiter and rates an upset chance.
In this one-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #9 Our Bad Girl (5-2) exits allowance company and returns to winnable spot for trainer Kevin Patterson. #10 Zircon Zloty (8-1) ended previous campaign with a victory and seeks her second straight here for trainer Kevin Joy. #6 Don’t Spin Me (4-1) exits tough starter event and won two back for owner-trainer Lewis Craig, Jr. #8 Barbsgraylion (5-1) also exits allowance company and won three back at this level for Carlisle.
- Q and A: Trevor McCarthy off to CaliforniaJockey Trevor McCarthy will shift his tack to Southern California later this month, and our Mike Valiante caught up with him.
In this two-two event for starter/optional $10,000 claiming state-bred fillies and mares, #1 Sherwood Lady (3-1) can atone for latest outing and regain winning ways here for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #5 Longstorylucy (5-2) sports 2-2-1 slate last six starts for trainer Ronney Brown and looms a major player in this spot. #4 Tiz Johnnie (2-1) ended her previous campaign on a winning note and seeks second straight as the likely choice here for Runco. #3 Alpine Moon (10-1) merits a upset chance in this spot for trainer Russell Davis.
In the Saturday night finale, a wide open one-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event, #6 Zumwalt (5-1) makes his career debut for owner-trainer Marion Cuttino and rates a genuine upset chance at first asking. #8 U S S Costly (7-2) gets favorable draw for local debut for trainer Justin Godsey and could graduate here. #9 Richie’s B L (10-1) could finally graduate for trainer Tim Collins. #3 More Please (5-2) is another first-timer who could prevail on debut for Farrior.