CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: MAY 22
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
In this three-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #5 Molly Bolts (6-1) graduated last out and looks poised to repeat in this spot for trainer Ed Schottroffe. #1 Zap Mama (9-2) also garnered her diploma last out and gets favorable inside draw for repeat bid for trainer Sherry Jackson. #4 Used to Be Fun (6-5) graduated two back then was fourth last out and sophomore filly tries older rivals again here for trainer Jeff Runco. #3 Raison d’Etat Girl (3-1) finished fifth in each of last two but has license to improve here for trainer James Dean Locklear.
In this one-turn allowance dash for state-bred fillies and mares, #4 Gandhi’s Castle (3-5) has won her last two against claimers smartly and looks poised for third straight tally here for trainer Kevin Patterson. #2 Dancing Destiny (3-1) has won her last three against claimers and gives Patterson golden chance to run one-two here. #6 Mary’s Listed Next (10-1) exits a tough starter allowance and looms a longshot threat for trainer Keturah Obed-Letts. #3 Lunar Prayer (15-1) won last out off an eight-month respite for trainer David Walters and merits respect here at a big price.
- Several local runners among Barbara Fritchie nomsThe nominations for the Barbara Fritchie Stakes upcoming at Laurel Park include several local runners, among them last year’s show horse Fille d’Esprit.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #6 Smookie (5-1) won two back and was solid third last out and could regain winning ways here at a modest price for owner-trainer Jean Rofe. #2 Single Mom (7-5) has been second each of last two outings and could shed bridesmaid role here as the choice for trainer Tim Grams of Runnin’toluvya and Moonlit Song fame. #7 Super Wildcat (8-1) gets favorable outside draw and could be a factor here at a price. #5 Jimmysextragirl (6-1) graduated two back in local debut for Viands and could atone for latest.
In this two-turn event for $15,000 claimers, #5 Any Way Now (3-1) exits allowance company and was solid second two back and could forge mild upset here for Runco. #1 Lufty’s Kisses (5-2) exits a quartet of allowance events for trainer James W. Casey and looms the tepid choice from inside draw. #8 Rip Thorn (8-1) also exits allowance company and merits respect in this spot at a price for trainer Tim Collins. #7 Auburn Mill (6-1) scored two back and looms a threat here for trainer Ronney Brown.
In this two-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred three-year-old fillies, #2 Elianagrace (3-1) was promising third in her career debut three weeks ago and looks poised to graduate here for trainer Kevin Joy #1 Ellies Lil Castle (6-5) has been third in each of her four outings thus far but could improve in this spot from the rail for owner-breeder-trainer James W. Casey. #8 Moonlit Shadow (4-1) was fifth in seasonal debut off the layoff and should improve off that effort here for Grams. #7 Driven To Succeed (10-1) was sixth in seasonal debut for trainer and former local jockey William “Ray” Lewis, Jr. and merits respect at a big price here.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Wolfinbarger (7-5) was solid second in local debut and looms the one to beat as the favorite here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #7 Wasjuannowpaul (7-2) has been in the money five of six starts and merits respect at a decent price here for Joy. #4 Sunman (2-1) was sharp second last out and looms a danger in this spot for trainer Crystal Pickett. #1 Rocket Road (12-1) won two back and always merits respect in these two-turn events for claimers.
- Which horses had the best post-CT Classic careers?Art Collector’s win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Pegasus got us wondering: which winners of the Charles Town Classic had the best careers after their Classic win?
In this two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #5 Stowe Angel (3-1) looks to regain winning ways after enjoying stellar season as a sophomore which included a win against boys in the Robert Leavitt Memorial last summer for trainer Jeff Runco. #2 Moma Tiger (9-2) was a sharp second against allowance foes here last out for trainer Flint Stites and could forge a mild upset in this spot. #4 Littlebitalily (6-1) was also a solid second here last out against allowance foes and looms a danger in this spot for trainer Brendon Kulp. #7 Pat’s No Fool (6-1) exits allowance and stakes company in Maryland and merits respect in local debut for trainer Gary Capuano.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Whoa Black Betty (4-1) was second last out and scored two back for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame and looms a danger from the rail here. #6 Secret Castle (8-5) could atone for her latest two outings here for trainer Ronney Brown. #10 Silken Belle (5-2) scored last out for trainer Michelle Knoblauch-Perez and could repeat in this spot. #2 Carolina Bambina (15-1) gets favorable inside draw and should benefit from seasonal debut three weeks ago.