CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: JUNE 12
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $41,163
In the Saturday opener, a competitive, three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #7 Baltinglass (5-2) delivered modest effort in local debut last out and could graduate in this spot for trainer Tim Shanley. #5 Chosen Miss (5-1) gave a good account of herself in last two local tries and merits respect here for owner/trainer John Stahlin. #3 Yes Means No (2-1) looms the favorite while seeking to garner her diploma in 36th lifetime try for trainer Joan Reynolds. #1 Manley Cross (3-1) gets favorable inside draw but makes first start in 19 months for trainer Zoe Valvo.
In this one-turn allowance dash for older horses, #2 Impetuous (8-5) finished second in each of last two tries at the level after defeating claimers three starts back and looms the one to catch here for trainer Kevin Patterson. #5 Papajudgy (5-1) has faced tougher in Tampa Bay and makes local debut here for Reynolds. #1 Rocket Appeal (6-1) gets Lasix for the first time in his career and rates a threat if he can overcome inside draw. Pa-shipper #6 Inspiring Justice (5-2) makes local debut but sports four wins from seven tries already this year for trainer Joseph Taylor.
- Knicks Go tabbed as G1 Whitney favoriteMaryland-bred Knicks Go, winner of the G1 Pegasus World Cup earlier this year, has been installed as the favorite in Saturday’s G1 Whitney at Saratoga.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #7 Laser Loop (3-1) finished third last out after notching two straight wins and appears back in winning spot here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #2 Schlosser (5-2) won last out and boasts 15 career trips to the winner’s circle and certainly merits respect here for trainer Jack Hurley. #3 Wasjuannowpaul (6-1) won last out and certainly could repeat here for trainer Kevin Joy. #4 Absalom (7-2) exits allowance company and won two back against claimers and merits respect in this spot for Runco.
In this two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #1 Stowe Angel (8-5) has been second in each of her last two for Runco and looks poised for first seasonal triumph in four tries as the likely choice. #5 Ski Bunny (9-2) appears the stronger of two runners that Farrior has in this spot. #7 Pat’s No Fool (6-1) was decent fourth in local debut for trainer Gary Capuano of Captain Bodgit fame. #8 Complete Surprise (5-2) finished sharp third at 20-1 last out but figures to be much shorter price here for owner-trainer Ernest Haynes.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #8 Twentytwenty (1-1) graduated last out against maiden claimers and looks poised to repeat as the odds-on choice here for trainer Ronney Brown. #5 Island Cadger (8-1) is seeking first win in 10 tries this year for trainer Lyn Dee Venham at a generous price. #3 Champagne Jam (5-1) was good third last out but has been idle two months since. #1 Foney (4-1) graduated two back but makes seasonal debut here for owner-breeder-trainer Gary Williams, Jr.
In this two-turn allowance for state-breds, #7 Remys Showtime (5-2) has been second in each of last two at the level and appears primed to score here as the tepid choice for owner-trainer Tim Grams. #1 Freedom Rider (3-1) finished fifth last out but could atone here for Runco. #3 Golden Appeal (6-1) was good second last out versus claimers and seeks first win in eight tries this year for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #4 Auburn Mill (9-2) has won two of last three against claimers and steps back into allowance company for Brown.
- Joy and tears as Caravel sets sailPennsylvania-bred Caravel won the G3 Caress at Saratoga. in a bittersweet last start for breeder-owner-trainer Lizzie Merryman.
In this two-turn allowance event for state-bred fillies and mares, defending West Virginia-bred horse of the year #8 Star of Night (1-5) makes her seasonal debut after ending previous campaign with three straight stakes for Runco and looms the shortest priced favorite of the night. #3 Shutupn’kissme (9-2) was champion state-bred two-year-old filly last season and was sharp second in local stake last out for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and rates the best upset chance. #7 Walkit Like I Talk (15-1) rallied from well off the pace to graduate at first asking in April and tries winners for the first time in tough spot. #2 Blueyed Princess (12-1) graduated at first asking against maiden claimers at Tampa Bay in January but makes local debut against stakes winners.
In the Saturday night finale, #4 Stop Talking (7-2) has been second in each of last two tries, sports solid 2-4-1 slate from seven seasonal outings, and gets nod to forge mild upset here for trainer Jayson Campbell. #8 Secret Castle (5-2) was sharp second last out and looms the tepid favorite in this spot for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 Whoa Black Betty (6-1) won three back and looks to regain winning ways for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame. #6 Wild Cappucino (8-1) was good third last out and sports upset chance here.