Sleepy Eyes Todd
Sleepy Eyes Todd won the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic. Photo by Coady Photography.

Charles Town Races has an eight-race card on tap for this evening. Post time for the opener is 7:00 p.m., and we’ve got Charles Town picks.

Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $19,322

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Race 35-3-2It’s gonna be hard to beat morning line favorite #3 V.I.P. Ticket (3-5) in here. The Jerry O’Dwyer trainee has won six of 10 at Charles Town and taken a pair of stakes, most recently the Confucius Say May 1 at this distance. But we’re going to take a swing anyway because the late-running sort wants a little more ground than the seven furlongs on offer here. His best local effort came in the nine-furlong A Huevo, which he won easily while getting an 84 Beyer fig. His recent Confucius Say win came narrowly in a race in which the pace fell apart, leaving late runners to pick up the pieces. He may just be too good for these, but we think it’s worth a shot on a horse that’s a little more tactical. We’ll give the nod to the Donald Barr-trained #5 Kingston Pike (7-2). He seemed last time to get his gate issues worked out, which enabled him to be more engaged, and he gave a good account of himself chasing the 1-2 winner. He’s in pretty good form now, and while he may not lead this one early, he should have a good chance to sit off the speed and get first run… #2 Moonlit Night (9-2) certainly isn’t anything near as good as his big half-sis, Moonlit Song, was, but he generally fits with these. The Tim Grams trainee is making his first start since August…
Race 410-6-1-3The combo of trainer Jerry Robb and rider Xavier Perez has been lethal at Charles Town — 7-for-14 the last two years — and it says here that #10 Green Eyes (5-2), having faced better at Laurel and Delaware, will make that eight wins in this contest in her second start off the bench and second with Lasix… #6 Midnight Fling (6-1) ran decently when second on debut and can move forward today… #1 Midnight Dragon (7-2) is a daughter of Flatter making her career bow here; the Ollie Figgins barn can get ’em ready to win first out of the box, and this one’s been training forwardly… #3 Prospective Candy (15-1) has a couple of modest works in advance of her unveiling today…