CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: JUNE 11
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, $35,616
- It’s still Mystic Guide in NTRA Top Thoroughbred PollDubai World Cup winner Mystic Guide remains the top dog… err… horse in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll.
|Race 5||1-2-4-6||Top choice #1 I’m a Total Diva (2-1) took a big step forward on the slop last time, yes, dead-heating for the win, but finishing nine ahead of everyone else with a big jump in speed fig. She should catch a wet track again here, which moves her above morning line favorite #2 Gitane (6-5). The Jeff Runco-trained Gitane won at first asking, defeating I’m a Total Diva and another next-out graduate in the process. She’d be no surprise in a race that should come down to these two… #4 Vintage Sparkle (10-1) finished just behind I’m a Total Diva two back and then returned to thrash maidens at Mountaineer last time. She’s shown early foot in her best efforts… #6 Charitable Any (8-1) has run a couple of competitive races at the level but would need to show more to contend with the top pair…|
Saturday night’s Charles Town card features four allowance races, the last of which brings the return of the West Virginia-bred Horse of the Year. Star of Night (1-5) hasn’t race since edging Bridging the Gap in a thrilling renewal of the My Sister Pearl Stakes December 12. That was her third consecutive stakes triumph to cap a memorable season in which she won six of seven starts and earned $152,405. The Jeff Runco trainee is showing five works in the last two months, including a bullet five-furlong move in 1:00 3/5 May 14. Arnaldo Bocachica will ride.
Her main competition looks to come from Shutupn’kissme (9-2). John McKee and owns this homebred daughter of his stallion Fiber Sonde. She earned champion state-bred two-year-old filly laurels last year after a season in which she won twice, including in the Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes November 28. She has a win from three starts this year and last out was a clear second in the 4 1/2-furlong Its Binn Too Long Stakes. Reshawn Latchman will ride.
The $30,800 contest at 6 1/2 furlongs is carded as race seven on the program.