CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: FEBRUARY 6
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6: $94,890
In the opener on the first Saturday night card in February, a three-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event, #2 Favor Maker (6-1) makes third attempt this year and seeks to graduate in 13th lifetime outing while drawing inside in local debut. #5 Eloquence (3-5) looms the shortest price on the card while dropping from maiden $12,500 off fourth place effort last out. #3 Thisisthetimetowin (9-2) makes seasonal debut and has been second once and third twice in six previous outings. #4 Bank On Candy (10-1) was sixth in debut effort against maiden $12,500 company and gets an upset chance here.
In this one-turn allowance dash, #5 Adding Machine (2-1) was second to razor sharp Bubba Grump last out in first try against winners for owner-trainer William Earl Atkins and gets the nod here. #3 River Crosroad Rvf (5-2) has bolted twice in four local tries and is ultimate hit-or-miss type for trainer Jeff Runco. #1 Doctor McCoy (7-2) has been second five times in nine lifetime tries for owner-trainer James W. Casey but could upset in this spot. #2 Rusty the Ups Man (3-1) owns 1-6-4 slate from 18 career tries for trainer Scotty Allen but could prevail here.
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In this one-turn starter allowance for older runners, #6 Phonemyposseagain (5-2) ended previous campaign with a pair of wins and brings 16 wins from 38 career outings into this event for trainer Kevin Patterson. #9 Victory Chimes (4-1) scored in seasonal debut at Penn National and well-traveled sort makes local debut for trainer Douglas Nunn. #8 Day the Music Died (3-1) won his seasonal debut at Laurel two starts back and also makes local debut here for trainer Mario Serey, Jr. #7 Castle Five (3-1) defeated allowance foes here last out and seeks second straight for trainer Anthony Farrior.
In another one-turn dash for $5,000 filly-mare claimers, #2 Indian Fiber (3-1) was fourth at 9-2 in seasonal debut for McKee and has license to improve off that effort. #3 Don’tbaggagecheck (7-2) was sixth at Laurel last out and makes local debut here for Serey. #6 Mary’s Listed Next (6-1) was solid third at big price last out for owner-trainer and former jockey Keturah Obed-Letts. #1 Secret Affirmation (5-2) was second at 24-1 last out and gets unfavorable rail draw in this one-turn affair.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #6 Absalom (7-2) has been third in each of his two local tries for Runco and could finally emerge victorious in this spot. #1 Party Life (9-2) exits allowance and stakes company for trainer Lewis Craig, Jr. and may find claimers to his liking here. #4 Scottish Man (3-1) has been second in each of his last two tries and looms the post time choice for trainer Michael Lee Weeks. #7 Take Time (5-1) exits allowance company in seasonal debut and defeated claimers two starts back.
In another three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Life in Flash (4-1) was third in only previous local try in late November and seeks to score from favorable inside slot for owner-trainer Chris Harting. #5 Floating By (2-1) makes third seasonal start and first local outing for owner-trainer John Stahlin. #8 Call Me Jelly Roll (9-5) showed little in seasonal debut at Mahoning Valley and won three starts back here for trainer Bernard Dunham. #1 Absorb (15-1) gets favorable rail draw and could round out the superfecta at a big price.
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In a tough, two-turn allowance for state-bred older males, #2 Rocket Appeal (7-2) was second in each of last two outings and could prevail at a modest price in this spot for trainer Marshall Campbell. #1 Bright Dawn (9-5) makes seasonal debut here for trainer A. Ferris Allen III and returns to site of lone stakes score last spring. #6 Lufty’s Kisses (9-2) was good third last out for owner-trainer-breeder James W. Casey last out and could improve on that effort here. Mountaineer Park invader #3 Strong Heart (10-1) makes seasonal debut for trainer Jennifer Johnson.
In the Saturday finale, a one-turn maiden $12,500 claiming event for state-bred boys, #9 Becoming Smitty (5-2) exits maiden special weight company and was second at this level three starts back for trainer Doug Adams and gets favorable outside draw. #7 Ghost Mine (12-1) seeks to graduate in 22nd career attempt for trainer Joseph Pyke. #5 Genesis G G (4-1) has been second once, third three times and fourth three times in previous 11 outings. #3 Classy Smitty (7-2) exits maiden special weight company and gives Adams a chance to run one-two in the finale.