CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: mARCH 13
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn maiden special weight event for fillies and mares, #2 Kinky Frolic (9-5) finished a solid third in her local debut after arriving from Florida and looks poised to graduate in this spot for trainer Jeff Runco. #1 Shecanflatoutplay (8-5) was sharp second last out for trainer Jesus Cruz and looms the likely favorite from the rail. #4 Joy Fantastic (5-2) exits allowance company after running third in debut and could be a factor here. #3 Castle Review (5-1) has been second twice and fourth seven times in nine career outings and looks destined for the same finish here.
In this one-turn dash for $4,000 claimers, #6 R Boy Evens (5-2) was good third last out and gets favorable outside draw here for trainer Ronney Brown. #4 Delayed Engagement (9-5) was solid second at Mahoning Valley last out and makes local debut for trainer Sherry Kirk. #1 The Forty Factor (2-1) was good second last out for owner-trainer Steve Murdock and looms a factor in this spot. #5 Equus Novus (6-1) is seeking to end extended drought dating back to consecutive scores at Parx in November 2019.
- Smiles all around as Sheldon Russell, Hello Beautiful win Alma NorthHell0 Beautiful’s facile Alma North win gave jockey Sheldon Russell his 1,500th win, netted her groom a big bonus, and led to smiles all around.
In this one-turn dash for $10,000 claimers, #8 Benny Chang (7-5) was fourth in seasonal debut and makes second start back for trainer Kevin Patterson and gets favorable outside draw here. #6 Truffles and Gold (3-1) has been second in each of two local starts for trainer Karen Freer and could shed bridesmaid role here. #1 Dan the Man Can (2-1) won last out on March 5 and seeks second straight in quick turnaround. #5 Thisisthetimetowin (20-1) graduated against maiden claimers last out and seeks second straight while trying winners for the first time.
In this two-turn event for $15,000 claimers, #2 J J Wedgit Man (5-2) makes first start against claimers after extended allowance efforts for owner/breeder/trainer Tim Collins. #3 Nautical Warrior (8-5) exits allowance company for trainer Jeff Runco and looms the tepid favorite here. #1 Northern Ridge (6-1) won local debut for trainer Steven Romeka and could repeat at a generous price here. #5 Any Way Now (9-5) makes seasonal debut off series of good works and gives Runco outside chance to run one-two here.
In this one-turn starter/optional event for fillies and mares, #2 Sherwood Lady (7-5) has been first and second in her last two and seeks 12th career score for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #3 Longstorylucy (8-5) has been first and second in her last two as well and seeks second straight score for trainer Ronney Brown. #1 Secret Castle (4-1) also scored last out against claimers and gives Brown outside chance to run one-two here. #4 Gab’s Lil Leaguer (8-1) makes seasonal debut for Collins and could be a factor late.
in this two-turn allowance/optional $20,000 claiming event for state-bred older males, #5 Rush to the Castle (3-1) was sharp second last out and looks to regain winning ways here for trainer James W. Casey. #1 Opera Nite (7-2) has been stakes-placed on numerous occasions and second and third recently for trainer Jeff Runco. #4 Aaron’s Tap (9-5) was sharp second in seasonal debut in January and gives Runco chance to run one-two in this spot. #2 Fiber And Emily (4-1) has been generally consistent for owner-breeder-trainer William Earl Atkins.
- Joy and tears as Caravel sets sailPennsylvania-bred Caravel won the G3 Caress at Saratoga. in a bittersweet last start for breeder-owner-trainer Lizzie Merryman.
In this one-turn allowance dash for state-bred fillies and mares, #7 Juba’s House (4-1) was sharp third last out after graduating two back and looks for second career tally for trainer James W. Casey. #3 Talent Expected (8-5) cuts back from two-turn event and seeks to regain winning ways for trainer Tim Grams here. #5 Eternal Heart (5-2) makes seasonal debut off a series of solid workouts for trainer Caio Caramon. #2 Miss Wave (10-1) was good third last out for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and could surprise at a generous price here.
In this two-turn maiden claiming event for fillies and mares, #8 Castle’s Tuffy (15-1) makes career debut off a series of decent workouts for trainer Victor Espinosa of Noble’s Honey fame. #4 Partly Dandy (9-2) has been third and fourth in last two outings against similar for Runco. #6 Miss Morgantown (3-1) exits maiden special weight company last out and was second against maiden claimers two back for trainer Ronney Brown. #5 Sing Frosty (5-1) has been good in all three seasonal outings and seeks diploma in 23rd try for owner-trainer Edwin Tobin.