CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: MAY 29
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $7,585
In the opening race on the last Saturday card in May, #2 Sherwood Lady (8-5) exits the Original Gold and returns to a winnable spot in this starter/optional $10,000 claiming event for state-bred fillies and mares for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #7 She Figures (7-2) exits allowance company and seeks first win since taking the WV Distaff Breeders Classics last fall for trainer Ronney Brown. #3 Alpine Moon (2-1) also exits the Original Gold and has enjoyed success at this level for trainer Russell Davis. #1 Country Magic (12-1) is still in search of first win from eight tries this year but merits respect at a generous price.
In this two-turn event for maiden, $12,500 claiming state-bred fillies and mares, #7 Creative Splendor (2-1) makes fifth try at this level for trainer Jeff Runco and merits respect as possible fave. #3 Fight Like Cersei (8-1) was good fourth at this level last out for Ronney Brown and could graduate here at a generous price. #1 Sonde Affair (6-5) was good second at the level last out and merits respect as the possible choice from the rail for trainer Joan Reynolds. #6 Castle’s Tuffy (15-1) exits maiden special weight company and looms a very live longshot in this spot for trainer Victor Espinosa of Noble’s Honey fame.
- Laurel: Bold Leader scores at second askingBold Leader had a troubled trip and ran into a buzzsaw at first asking. That set the Mike Trombetta up to graduate Sunday in his second start.
In this competitive, two-turn allowance for state-breds, #4 Ishihara (8-5) seeks second straight score and looms the one to beat as the tepid choice here for Runco. #2 Bright Dawn (9-5) was sharp second last out and is still looking to end prolonged drought dating back to Coin Collector Stakes triumph here last May for trainer A. Ferris Allen III. #7 Candy Invasion (8-1) had won two straight before running fifth in the Coin Collector and could emerge at a generous price here for trainer John A. Casey. #6 Bop Marley (6-1) scored two back but has been idle eight weeks for trainer Javier Contreras.
In this two-turn allowance/optional $15,000 claiming event for fillies and mares, #1 Lady Macho (2-1) already boasts three wins in seven local tries this year and looms the logical choice from the rail here for trainer Derrick Goetz. #3 Lady Valentina (5-2) has won two back and was third last out and merits respect here for trainer Irving Velez. #5 Union Song (3-1) has won two straight including local debut and gives Goetz chance to run one-two in this event. #2 Boom Boom Gone (4-1) has won two of three local tries and gives Velez outside shot to run one-two here.
In this wide open, one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #8 Reiltin Oir (9-2) gets favorable outside draw and merits respect at a modest price here for trainer Jack Hurley. #3 Nightmare (12-1) could post the biggest upset of the night for Maryland trainer Donald Barr. #7 Stylish Paint (7-5) gets good draw and looms the solid favorite in this spot for Brown. #2 Mary’s Listed Next (8-1) has developed into a durable sort for trainer and former local jockey Keturah Obed-Letts.
In this competitive, two-turn allowance for older boys, #7 Out of Cents (8-5) won two back and was solid second at the level last out and has hit the board in 18 of 19 career outings for Runco. #2 Suspiros (9-2) won two back and was solid third last out and merits respect in this spot for trainer Aaron West. #3 Golden Answer (5-1) graduated three back and is seeking to regain winning ways here for Brown. #4 Command the Cat (6-1) has been in the money 14 of 19 thus far for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and rates an outside chance.
- BackTracks: Zoffany’s work of artIn today’s BackTracks, the well-traveled New Jersey-bred Zoffany took on the best turf horses of his time – and often prevailed.
RACE 7 – FANCY BUCKLES STAKES
In the Saturday night feature, the $75,000 Fancy Buckles Stakes for state-bred fillies and mares, #10 Our Diamond Girl (6-1) seeks second straight and fourth win in five starts this year and gives trainer Tim Grams chance to win first stakes named for one of his previous trainees. #6 Gandhi’s Castle (9-5) has won last three and four of six this year and looms the solid choice in this affair for trainer Kevin Patterson. #8 College Kid (8-1) won two back and twice in five seasonal tries and merits respect in this spot for owner-breeder-trainer James W. Casey. #2 Unaquoi (6-1) makes 50th career start and seeks 11th tally for trainer Ollie Figgins III of Dance to Bristol fame.
In the Saturday finale, a two-turn maiden special weight event for males, #8 Ahmas (5-2) has been second in each of his two local tries at this level for trainer Cole Bennett and looks primed to graduate here. #9 Buzzhound (2-1) has tried maiden claimers in Maryland first four outings and makes local debut here as a logical contender for trainer Dale Capuano. #10 Native Courage (6-1) has been second three times and third four times in 14 previous outings but could finally emerge with a diploma in this spot for trainer Kristy Gazzier. #5 Malibu Circle (5-1) also looms a contender in this spot for trainer Javier Contreras.