CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: April 10
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
In the opening race on the first Saturday card in April, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Ragtime Cowboy Joe (8-5) finished fourth as the odds-on choice last out against similar and should atone here for trainer Jeff Runco. #3 Charge Ahead (7-5) makes local debut after dull effort at Laurel last out for owner-trainer Stephen Murdock. #4 Brother Skye (6-1) graduated last out against maiden claimers and seeks second straight here for trainer Glenn Harrison of Mean Bean fame. #1 Crown and Coke (5-1) finished fourth last out and seeks to improve in this spot for trainer John Carlisle.
In this three-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event, #4 Stephanopoulos (7-2) has been third three times in five starts and looks to finally graduate here for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame. #6 Yes Means No (5-2) was second two back and has been second 11 times in 33 career tries and looks to continue or shed bridesmaid status here for trainer Joan Reynolds. #1 Prince Valeski (7-5) was good second last out for trainer Ronney Brown and could graduate as the favorite here. #7 Bank On Candy (9-2) gives Viands an outside chance to run one-two here.
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In this one-turn allowance dash for state-bred older runners that could easily pass for a stake, #3 Aaron’s Tap (2-1) looks to regain his winning ways for trainer Jeff Runco in a wide open affair. #5 Sagebrush (9-5) has no shortage of speed and looms a major danger in this serious one-turn dash for trainer Tim Grams. #2 Hypothesis (5-2) has shown ability in one-turn and two-turn events for trainer Crystal Pickett and could forge a mile upset in this spot. #4 Unrideabull (9-2) is looking to regain his from from earlier stakes success locally for trainer Michael Sterling.
In this two-turn maiden special weight event for older runners, #2 Suspiros (6-5) makes local debut for trainer Aaron West and tries seventh different track in eight career outings but figures to graduate here as the odds-on choice. #3 Bloke (6-1) arrives following six tries at Gulfstream Park against maiden claimers and looms a factor here in local debut for trainer James Dean Lockear. #5 Gold Czar (4-1) finished solid third in local debut last out and should benefit from that outing in this spot for trainer Paul McEntee. #1 Native Courage (9-2) has been second three times and third four times in previous 13 outings from trainer Kristy Gazzier and could forge a mild surprise here.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Katie’s Bayou (3-1) has been second in each of her first two starts this year for owner-trainer Mark Shanley and could finally emerge victorious in this spot. #2 Mackenzie’s Star (9-5) defeated similar last out and seeks second straight score here for trainer Jeff Runco. #4 Sainte Therese (2-1) already owns one win and a pair of runner-up efforts this year for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and could add to that resume here. #7 Captain Anne (8-1) has showed glimpse of ability locally for trainer John Capellini.
In this two-turn open maiden special weight event, #6 Malibu Circle (5-2) has been second twice at the level and could rebound from latest effort to graduate here for trainer Javier Contreras. #3 Grey Invasion (2-1) has been second and third in last two local outings for trainer Adam Ingram and could score here as the tepid choice. #1 Desert Lion (5-1) makes career debut off a series of solid workouts at Fair Hill for trainer Corby Caiazzo and could be poised to score at first asking. #2 Political Decision (10-1) gives Contreras an outside chance to run one-two in this spot.
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In this one-turn allowance/optional $15,000 claiming event for fillies and mares, #7 Tel Aviv (2-1) defeated claimers last out and seeks second straight score here vaulting back into allowance company for trainer Kevin Patterson. #5 Three Bops (8-1) has been third in last two outings for trainer Lewis Craig, Jr. of Help a Brother fame and could forge a mild upset here. #1 Captain Sam (9-5) has faced much tougher at Gulfstream Park recently and makes local debut for trainer Robert “Butch” Reid. #4 Gold and Strike (7-2) won latest and sports three wins in last four local tries for trainer Ben Feliciano, Jr. and looms a threat here.
In the Saturday night finale, a wide open, one-turn dash for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #8 Papparoxy (5-1) looks to regain winning ways from favorable outside draw for trainer Jack Hurley. #7 Ginger in Disguise (15-1) finally gets outside draw and could forge a serious upset in this spot. #4 Best to Be Me (6-5) has been consistent at the level for trainer Mike Jones, Jr., and looms the solid favorite in the finale. #2 Love Happy (9-2) could be in prime position throughout to prevail in this wide open finale for trainer John A. Casey.