CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: April 17

Aaron's Tap
Aaron’s Tap won the 2019 It’s Only Money Stakes. Photo by Coady Photography.

Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!

Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $29,198

RACE 1

6-5-4-7

In the opening race on the first Saturday card of the season to feature a stake, #6 Epic West (7-2) was sharp second last out for trainer Kevin Patterson and looks to regain winning ways in this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers. #5 Derek’s Boy (9-5) won last out and seeks repeat as the likely post time choice here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #4 R Boy Evens (4-1) was good third behind top pick last out and seeks first win in five starts this year for trainer Ronney Brown. #7 Fernwood Drive (10-1) makes local debut for owner-trainer Mario Serey, Jr. and could make his presence known here at a generous price.

RACE 2

2-7-1-3

In this three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Bribery (5-2) seeks second straight score and owns three wins from four previous local tries for trainer John Carlisle. #7 Auts Revolution (4-1) exits tough starter allowance event and back in with claimers where he won two straight for trainer James Dean Locklear. #1 Campari (6-1) makes local debut for Serey and gets favorable rail draw for three-turn affair. #3 Astro Rider (5-1) won two back and gives Carlisle decent chance to run one-two here.

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RACE 3

9-8-7-4

In this one-turn dash for maiden $12,500 claimers, #9 Cook the Books (4-1) exits maiden special weight company and seeks diploma in 10th career try from favorable outside draw for trainer William Straughn. #8 Singing Harmony (5-2) was solid second against maiden claimers last out and also seeks to graduate in 10th outing for trainer Wade Sanderson. #7 Marleesbeebee (15-1) was good third last out for trainer Elex Bowman and could play a factor here at a big price. #4 Sondeoff (8-1) makes career debut off a series of modest works for trainer Keith Brown, including lively gate move two back.

RACE 4

4-5-7-2

In this one-turn dash for $15,000 claimers, #4 Banner Man (5-2) graduated last out against maiden special weight foes and bypasses allowance company to try claimers here for trainer Ronney Brown. #5 Showtime Cat (6-5) graduated versus maiden special weight company three back and exits allowance company last two for trainer Tim Grams. #7 Mindyourpsandqs (12-1) graduated versus maiden claimers two back and seeks second try against claiming foes here for trainer Joseph Stehr. #2 Becoming Smitty (6-1) defeated maiden claimers last out and seeks second straight tally here for Carlisle.

RACE 5

7-3-4-10

In this one event for maiden $12,500 claimers, #7 Readmymind (7-2) exits allowance company for trainer Jeff Runco and looks poised to graduate in this spot. #3 Jimmysextragirl (5-2) makes local and seasonal debut for trainer Stacey Viands after two starts at Thistledown last summer. #4 Gypsy’s Image (5-1) was sharp second two back for trainer Crystal Pickett and looms a factor in this spot if you excuse latest. #10 Mary Easter (20-1) exits maiden special weight company and gets favorable outside draw for trainer Glenn Harrison of Mean Bean fame.

RACE 6

5-9-8-6

In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #5 Benny Chang (2-1) was sharp second last out and looks poised to score here for trainer Kevin Patterson. #9 Unimaginable U (7-5) graduated against maiden claimers last out and seeks second straight tally in this spot for Farrior. #8 Pagan Smart (10-1) was solid third last out and merits an upset chance here. #6 Adios See Ya (6-1) has been second each of last two starts for trainer Ernesto Perez and could shed bridesmaid role in this spot.

RACE 7

5-4-2-7

In this two-turn allowance for state-breds, #5 Spunman (3-1) was solid second against allowance company last out after graduating versus maiden special weight foes two back for trainer Jeff Runco. #4 Morgan County (5-2) has been second four times in allowance outings since last summer but could emerge on top here as the tepid favorite for trainer Vernon Greaves. #2 Northern RIdge (5-1) won two of last three against claimers and vaults back into allowance company for trainer Steve Romeka. #7 Slew The Turn (6-1) defeated claimers last out for Carlisle and tries allowance rivals here.

RACE 8ORIGINAL GOLD STAKES

7-6-10-9

In the first stakes race of the year at Charles Town, the $75,000 Original Gold Stakes for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares which looks wide open on paper, #7 See Ya Manana (7-2) won her seasonal debut last out and already sports 10 career tallies but seeks first stakes score for trainer Jeff Runco. #6 Malibu Splash (5-1) also defeated allowance foes last out and half-sister to ultra-talented Moonlit Song also seeking first career stakes tally for trainer Tim Grams. #10 Brigintine Island (9-2) owns one win and three second-place efforts in four outings already this year for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and looms a threat here despite outside draw. #9 Sherwood Lady (8-1) owns two victories against starter allowance company for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and merits an upset chance in this spot.

RACE 9

10-7-6-8

In this two-turn affair for $4,000 claimers, #10 Katman Quick (8-1) has been second three times and third twice in six starts this year for trainer Linda Dohlinger-Stehr but could shed bridesmaid role here in the finale. #7 Bellows (7-2) has been second twice and third twice recently for trainer Brandon Kulp and could triumph here. #6 Cavallotto (4-1) was good third two back and could emerge as mild upset here. #8 Back Page (3-1) makes local debut for trainer Ben Feliciano, Jr. and looms the favorite here.

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