CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: mARCH 20
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
In this rare, three-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred older runners, #4 Mojo’s Louie Cat (5-2) has delivered good efforts at this level locally and at Delaware Park for trainer Tim Grams and may have finally found right spot to graduate. #2 Ponticello (3-1) has done no better than seventh at this level for trainer Raimondo Schiano-Dicola but could forge mild upset here. #3 Twentytwenty (9-2) makes jump back up from maiden claimers for trainer Ronney Brown. #7 Let’s Get Started (9-5) gives Grams a chance to run one-two in this event despite outside draw.
In this one-turn claiming event for fillies and mares, #6 Love Happy (7-2) won two starts back for trainer John Casey and could rebound from latest outing with favorable outside draw. #5 Indian Fiber (2-1) was sharp second last out for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and could regain winning ways in this spot. #4 Secret Affirmation (5-2) lost all chance when losing rider at the break last out and should be a factor early for trainer Joan Reynolds. #1 Best to Be Me (3-1) won last out and seeks second straight while giving Jones chance to run one-two here.
- 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 two-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred three-year-old fillies, #6 Cedars Bulls Eye (8-5) has finished second in each of her last two starts and looms set to graduate here for Grams. #2 Arrowwood (5-2) was third last out in continued improving trend for trainer Jeff Runco and could complete formful exacta here. #1 Ellies Lil Castle (6-1) has finished third in each of her first two starts for trainer James W. Casey and looks set for similar in this spot. #4 Tizbit (3-1) has been third twice in three outings for Runco and could provide mild upset here.
In this three-turn claiming event, #6 Winning Scholar (2-1) has been second in each of his first three starts this year for trainer Michael Weeks but may finally break through in this spot. #4 Meldon (5-1) was good second in seasonal debut for trainer Kristy Gazzier and looms a contender at a modest price here. #5 Righteous Man (9-5) has raced well in busy campaign for trainer Rhea Pennella. #2 Jacob T (9-2) won two starts back for trainer Curtis Bass and could regain winning ways in this spot.
In this two-turn claiming event, #1 French Nouget (9-2) has been third in each of first two seasonal outings for owner-trainer Michael Sandoval but could emerge with mild upset here. #3 Nancysaido (5-2) good fourth last out and looks to continuing improving trend for trainer Lloyd Scott. #5 Reiltin Oir (7-5) has been second once and third once in three starts this year for trainer Jack Hurley and could attain first seasonal tally in this spot as the tepid choice. #7 Saint Therese (5-1) seeks second victory of the campaign for trainer Mike Jones, Jr.
In this one-turn claiming event, #3 Black Candy (8-5) was solid second in allowance event last out and returns to claiming ranks for trainer Kevin Patterson and looms the odds-on choice in this spot. #7 My Time in Court (7-2) was good fourth in seasonal debut after winning allowance event in 2020 finale for trainer John McKee. #2 Grand Fiber (2-1) has been second twice in three starts this year for McKee. #1 Reata’s Castle (20-1) was good fourth last out and could round out some gimmicks at a big price.
- 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 two-turn allowance for state-breds, #5 Bubba Grump (6-5) seeks second straight while stretching out for the first time for trainer Javier Contreras. #1 Remys Showtime (3-1) was sharp second against similar last out for Grams and could provide mild upset here. Freshman stakes winner #6 Hopping Henry (8-1) makes seasonal debut for owner-breeder-trainer Michael Sterling and looms a threat if ready. #4 Lufty’s Kisses (6-1) was solid second last out and could forge mild upset here for trainer James W. Casey.
In this three-turn affair for claimers to cap the card, #2 Persevered (4-1) graduated against maiden claimers last out and seeks second straight here for trainer Ollie Figgins III. #1 Destiny’s Charge (6-1) has been third twice in four outings already this year for trainer Robert Cipriano. #3 Rrace Day Warrior (8-5) exits allowance company and looms the solid choice in this event for trainer Ernest Haynes. #7 Righteous Renegade (3-1) makes third attempt to regain winning ways after graduating against maiden claimers last Dec. for Runco.