CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: JANUARY 30
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6: $63,898
In the opener on the last Saturday night card of the month at Charles Town, #5 Juba Early (3-1) makes second start of the year and exits maiden special weight company for the first time for owner-breeder-trainer James W. Casey and looks capable of scoring in two-turn maiden $12,500 claimer. #2 In the Gospel (8-5) was second in lone try against maiden claimers and seeks first triumph in 11 tries here for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee. #6 Stringfella (9-2) also exits maiden special weight company for first time in seasonal debut for trainer Ollie Figgins III. #3 Emperor Penguin (4-1) also exits maiden special weight in his seasonal debut for trainer Jeff Runco.
In the lone, three-turn event on the card, #1 Imagoodchatterbug (8-5) makes drop from $10,000 claiming company to this $5,000 claiming event for fillies and mares and looks to regain winning ways from the rail for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 Upsy Daisy Do (4-1) won seasonal debut versus similar going lone here for trainer Michael Sterling and eyes repeat score. #3 Blazing Bourbon (3-1) won two-turn event for claimers here two weeks ago for trainer John Carlisle and looks to stretch out in repeat bid. #4 Pimm And Proper (7-2) was easily second best in three-turn try last out for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and could forge mild upset here.
- Madam Meena takes Laurel Friday featureMadam Meena beat Grade 3 winner Victim of Love in Laurel Park’s feature to lead a big day for trainer Jamie Ness, who won twice and claimed a G2 winner.
In this one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-bred older males, #8 Showtime Cat (1-1) has been second in each of his last three tries and looks to finally shed bridesmaid role in 11th career outing for trainer Tim Grams. #7 Bigairtothethrown (10-1) was solid third in his debut last month for trainer Anthony Lucas and looms a threat here at a generous price. #5 Banner Man (5-1) has been second and third in two tries against maiden claimers and makes the jump into maiden special weight company for Brown. #2 Becoming Smitty (8-1) has been second twice and third twice and seeks diploma in 12th try for trainer Doug Adams.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #3 Rocket Road (2-1) returns from Laurel Park and could be in ideal spot to earn first win since last January for trainer Kristy Gazzier. #2 Righteous Man (7-2) ended the previous campaign with a win for trainer David Walters and seeks repeat score here. #1 Set’em Up Joe (5-2) was fourth in seasonal debut and should benefit from that effort for trainer Tim Grams. #4 The Seven Five (3-1) was fifth in seasonal debut and won two starts back in October for trainer Elizabeth Meehan.
In this intriguing, one-turn, open maiden special weight event for three-year-olds, #6 Reds Image (7-2) makes career debut for trainer James Chapman off a series of sharp workouts and looks ready to graduate at first asking. #2 Moss Boss (5-2) was second last out and has been runner-up three times in five tries and looms a major player here for trainer Ernesto Perez. #3 Swing Your Sword (3-1) returns from Laurel and was third in lone previous local attempt at this level for trainer Anthony Farrior. #4 Golden Answer (4-1) makes career debut for trainer Ronney Brown and could garner his diploma at first asking.
In this one-turn dash for $4,000 claimers, #6 Equus Novus (3-1) makes slight drop in price and gets favorable outside post for trainer Kevin Joy and gets the nod in wide open affair. #4 The Forty Factor (4-5) makes local debut for trainer Stephen Murdock and well-traveled sort is likely odds-on choice here. #2 Delayed Engagement (6-1) is one of two runners entered here for trainer Sherry Kirk. #7 Gattosing (15-1) merits upset chance courtesy of good draw for trainer William Aylor, Jr.
- Lacey Gaudet carrying on family traditionTrainer Eddie Gaudet won the 1991 General George, and now 30 years later, his daughter Lacey Gaudet hopes to annex the G3 Fritchie with Dontletsweetfoolya.
In this two-turn event for $15,000 claiming fillies and mares, #4 Azzurra (5-2) exits allowance and stakes company in recent starts and looks poised to score in this spot for trainer Raimondo Schiano-Dicola. #2 Secret Castle (2-1) also exits allowance company including two wins at the level for trainer Ronney Brown. #5 Eloquent Lady (3-1) makes local debut for trainer Sergio Pradenas following pair of runner-up efforts at Laurel Park. #1 Gandari (5-1) exits allowance company and seeks first tally since July for trainer Sara Kopecki.
In the Saturday finale, #3 Violane (5-1) exits allowance company for this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers for fillies and mares for trainer John McKee and gets the nod in this wide open group. #4 Afandi (3-1) has been second in each of her last four starts and could shed bridesmaid role here for trainer Steve Epley, Jr. #7 Midnight Banker (6-1) makes third local start off a pair of decent efforts for trainer Laura Carson. #9 Bustin Bunny (6-1) has been facing tougher and should benefit from latest outing for trainer Tonya O’Neill.