CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: MAY 8
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
in the opener on the Saturday card, a three-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #7 Lil Sweetheart (9-2) was second last out and third two starts back and looks primed for first seasonal score for owner-trainer Tim Collins. #3 Classy Escort (6-5) was caught wide on far turn last out and looks to improve here with better trip for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Easy’s Final Rose (12-1) graduated against maiden claimers last out and seeks repeat bid in this spot for owner-trainer James Dean Locklear. #5 Whiz Pass (5-1) has shown improving trend last three outings and could continue that form here for owner-trainer Natasha Aylor.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #5 Swing Your Sword (2-1) returns after three tries in Maryland and seeks second straight over the surface having graduated against maiden special weight company in late January and gives Farrior chance to sweep the early daily double. #8 Meltech (5-2) scored last out to nd 17-month drought and seeks second straight here for trainer Javier Contreras. #3 J J Wedgit Man (8-1) gives owner-trainer Collins modest chance to sweep the early daily double here. #6 Scottish Man (5-1) has been second three times in five winless starts to begin the year for trainer Michael Weeks and could prevail here at a decent price.
- Mario Pino earns 7000th winJockey Mario Pino, a longtime Mid-Atlantic stalwart, became only the 10th rider to win 7,000 races when he won two at Presque Isle Downs Oct. 20.
In this two-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred males, #6 Tyry Tyrannosaurus (9-5) was solid second last out in seasonal debut and looks poised to garner his diploma here for trainer Jeff Runco. #1 Twentytwenty (7-2) has been second twice and third once in four starts this year and looms a threat here for trainer Ronney Brown. #5 Mojo’s Louie Cat (6-1) has been close on several occasions but trainer Tim Grams hoping 15th time the charm for this one. #4 Golden Mettle (2-1) has delivered several good efforts for trainer Kathleen Hamlin and could prevail here.
In this two-turn allowance event for state-bred older boys, #4 Bubba Grump (3-1) looks to regain winning ways here for Contreras and owner-breeder O’Sullivan Farms. #8 Seattle Sailaway (10-1) has won last two at 51-1 and 12-1 and looks for third straight at another potential big price here for owner-trainer Joe Stehr. #6 Spunman (7-2) won last against allowance runners and graduated three starts back versus maiden special weight company and appears to be peaking now for Runco. #2 Bright Dawn (5-2) is looking to end prolonged drought dating back to last year’s Coin Collector Stakes, coincidentally the feature several races later.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #4 Winning Scholar (7-2) has been second four times in five tries this year for trainer Weeks and could shed bridesmaid status in this spot. #2 Binn Goode (7-5) sports two wins and four runner-up efforts from six starts this year for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame and looms the logical favorite here. #7 Righteous Man (4-1) has been third three times in five winless outings this year for trainer Rhea Pennella but could improve on those outings. #1 Earthquakedirector (12-1) has also been third three times in five winless starts this year and could round out several gimmicks at a big price.
In this two-turn allowance for older runners, #7 Unequivocal (3-1) exits series of tough starter allowance events for trainer Anthony Aguirre and looks poised to prevail here. #8 Suspiros (4-1) graduated last out against maiden special weight company and seeks second straight tally while trying winners for the first time for trainer Aaron West. #9 Cape Lookout (5-2) has been second and fourth in last two allowance tries and likely assumes favorite’s role despite outside draw for trainer Wade Sanderson. #5 Brian’s Avenue (10-1) won twice versus claimers this winter and looks for first allowance tally for trainer David Walters.
- Jockey Mario Pino and the pursuit of 7000 winsJockey Mario Pino is thisclose to 7,000 career wins. . So why does this pending metaphorical ribbon on a grand career feel like a slipknot?
RACE 7 – COIN COLLECTOR STAKES
In the Saturday night feature, the $75,000 Coin Collector Stakes for West Virginia-bred three-year-old males, #6 Spurn (7-2) has won his last two against allowance company and seeks to maintain winning ways and give owner-trainer Gerasimos Moschonas the first stakes tally of his career in this spot. #8 Golden Key (9-2) has won twice in four previous outings for trainer Ronney Brown and certainly merits respect in stakes debut here. #9 Fiber Strong (3-1) has been second and fifth since graduating in January debut for Runco and gets favorable draw for stakes debut. #7 Just Gets Better (15-1) makes long awaited seasonal debut for owner-breeder-trainer and former local rider Kristy Petty.
In the Saturday finale, a two-turn maiden claiming event, #6 Molly Bolts (7-2) has been second three times and third twice in five local tries and looks poised to graduate here for trainer Edward Schottroffe. #8 Signature Dish (4-1) has also been second three times in five tries this year for trainer John Carlisle and looms a genuine threat here. #1 Half Empty (9-5) faded to last in three-turn event here last out and rates a shaky proposition here for Farrior. #3 Borrowed Angel (20-1) could complete several gimmicks at a big price for Locklear.