CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: MAY 1
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
In the opening race on the first Saturday night card in May, likely offered not long after the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs goes official, #4 Jimmysextragirl (9-5) looks to repeat after graduating against maiden claimers in local debut off the layoff for trainer Stacey Viands. #5 Single Mom (4-1) was good second last out and could notch first seasonal score here for trainer Tim Grams. #1 Bodes Sunset (5-2) returns from Laurel Park for trainer Crystal Pickett and looms a threat despite rail draw. #7 Doves Out (8-1) gets favorable outside draw here for trainer Rhea Pennella and merits respect in this spot.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #5 House of Love (7-2) exits tough starter allowance and returns to winnable claiming spot for owner-trainer John Dillow. #6 Whoa Black Betty (3-1) won last out and gives trainer Stacey Viands chance to sweep the early daily double. #1 Upsy Daisy Do (5-1) has finished second in three of last four for trainer Cynthia Boys and merits respect in this spot. #9 Indian Fiber (9-2) looks to regain winning ways here for trainer Mike Jones, Jr.
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In this rare, three-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event, #5 Prince Valeski (9-5) has shown glimpses of promise for trainer Ronney Brown and could graduate here. #4 Stephanopolous (8-5) has gradually improved with each start this year and gives trainer Stacey Viands chance to sweep the first three races on the card. #1 Yes Means No (6-1) gets favorable rail draw and could possibly shed longtime bridesmaid status with 11 second and eight third-place finishes from 34 previous outings. #2 Lucky Park (12-1) could complete several exotics at a generous price courtesy of inside draw.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #5 Northern Heat (9-5) has been second in last three and looks to shed bridesmaid role as the likely choice here for owner-trainer Javier Contreras. #7 Cheese Louise (5-1) has won her last two and three of four for owner-trainer Lela Hanagan and certainly merits respect at a modest price here. #8 Thunderinthevalley (9-2) graduated against maiden claimers last out and could repeat here for trainer Carlos Mancilla. #1 Violane (20-1) tries claimers again after exiting allowance foes and could hit the board at a generous price for owner-trainer John McKee.
In this two-turn event for maiden claiming, #7 Angels Castle (3-1) was good second last out against maiden claimers and could graduate here for trainer Tim Grams. #2 Sister Joann (5-2) was fifth in debut and has a license to improve here for McKee. #10 Stella Seville (12-1) exits maiden special weight for trainer Kristy Gazzier and could surprise here at a generous price. #9 Creative Splendor (10-1) looks to graduate in fourth try for trainer Jeff Runco.
In this two-turn allowance for state-bred males, #6 Freedom Rider (5-2) was good second last out in allowance company and looms set to score at this level for Runco. #8 Doctor McCoy (7-2) has been looking to succeed at the level for several starts for trainer James W. Casey. #7 Tappin for Glory (8-1) was sixth off the bench and should improve off that effort for trainer Anthony Farrior. #2 Adding Machine (4-1) has been second twice and fourth once since graduating against maiden special weight foes for trainer William Earl Atkins and merits respect here.
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RACE 7 – CONFUCIUS SAY STAKES
In the first of two $75,000 stakes races on the card, #1 Penguin Power (8-5) exits open stakes at Laurel Park and two-time Onion Juice BC hero looms the one to beat from the rail for trainer Jeff Runco in the Confucius Say. #3 V.I.P. Ticket (5-2) was third against allowance foes at Laurel Park last out and local A Huevo champion last fall certainly merits respect in here for trainer Jerry O’Dwyer. #4 Hero’s Man (5-1) has won both of his starts this year against allowance foes this year for trainer James W. Casey and returns to stakes company. #5 North Atlantic (8-1) makes seasonal debut here for Runco and arrives with solid 17-17-10 slate and nearly $630,000 banked from 49 career tries.
RACE 8 – ITS BINN TOO LONG STAKES
In the second of two $75,000 stakes races on the card, #6 Talent Expected (3-1) has won twice in four starts and exits sharp allowance score last out for trainer Tim Grams and owner-breeder Dennis Finger. #7 That Kenney Kid (9-2) looks to regain winning ways after taking Triple Crown Nutrition BC here last fall for Runco. #2 Peppa Starr (3-1) failed to fire in allowance event last out and looks to rebound here for Contreras. #3 Door Buster (6-1) graduated against maiden special weight last out for trainer Ollie Figgins III of Dance to Bristol fame but makes first try against winners in stakes debut.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #10 Wolfinbarger (9-2) may have found right spot for score for Farrior. #9 Wasjuannowpaul (6-1) also looks to regain winning ways in this spot here for trainer Kevin Joy. #7 Catch My Caboose (4-1) seeks first tally in five tries for trainer Michael Weeks. #6 Rocket Road (8-1) is always a factor at this level here and could prevail at a generous price for Carlisle.