CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: JUNE 19
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $58,662
In this two-turn event for West Virginia-bred $5,000 claimers, #4 Carter’s Run (3-1) was solid second last out and looks to regain winning ways after prevailing in his seasonal debut in January for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 Boundtobegood (9-5) exits tough starter optional event and looms the solid choice and gives Brown genuine chance to run one-two here. #5 Prince of Windsor (6-1) won two back and durable 10-year-old has been consistent throughout his career for trainer Ollie Figgins III. #6 Feisty and Sassy (5-1) has been fourth three times in last four outings and looks destined to round out the superfecta in the opener for owner-breeder-trainer John A. Casey.
In this one-turn dash for state-bred $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #7 Lunar Prayer (10-1) exits allowance company and won two back for trainer David Walters and merits respect for upset here. #4 Undeniable Touch (4-5) offered little as odds-on choice against $15,000 claimers last out and looms the favorite again and shaky proposition in this spot. #3 Diamond Train (9-2) tried allowance company two back and won four back and could prevail as modest price here. #5 Quite Suggestive (4-1) is one of two here for trainer Crystal Pickett returning from a brief freshening.
- Smiles all around as Sheldon Russell, Hello Beautiful win Alma NorthHell0 Beautiful’s facile Alma North win gave jockey Sheldon Russell his 1,500th win, netted her groom a big bonus, and led to smiles all around.
In this two-turn starter optional event for fillies and mares, #5 Gold and Strike (9-2) was second against similar last out for trainer Kristy Gazzier and gets the nod to post modest upset in this spot. #2 Gandari (6-1) has been consistent sort for trainer Sara Kopecki and also rates an upset chance here. #1 Dark Tricks (8-5) looms the solid choice in this spot despite being idle for two months for owner-trainer James Dean Locklear. #6 Stylish Paint (5-1) has won three straight for trainer Ronney Brown and gets acid test to extend streak here.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #6 Asbuilt (8-5) graduated two starts back at Pimlico for trainer Dale Capuano and looks poised to prevail in local debut as the solid choice. #3 Mabel (2-1) was second last out and runner-up in three of her last four for trainer Michael Weeks and appears destined to continue bridesmaid role here. #7 Northern Heat (8-1) has been second in four of six starts this year for trainer Ronney Brown and merits respect in this spot. #4 Super Malibu (12-1) graduated three starts back against maiden special weight foes and exits last two against allowance company for owner-trainer Sara Kopecki.
In this two-turn maiden special weight event, #4 Ahmas (2-1) has been second in each of three maiden special weight tries locally and looks set to graduate here for trainer Cole Bennett. #6 Heart and Hope (5-2) was sharp second in career debut and could prevail here for trainer Anthony Margotta, Jr. #5 Native Courage (7-2) has been second three times and third on five other occasions in 15 career tries for Gazzier and just might garner his diploma in this spot. #8 Fashionable (12-1) has been fourth and fifth in two previous outings and could post genuine upset here for trainer Javier Contreras.
In this two-turn allowance for state-bred runners, #4 Bright Dawn (3-1) is still in search of first win since taking Coin Collector Stakes here and might have finally found winning spot for trainer A. Ferris Allen. #5 Ishihara (5-2) won against similar two back and sports two wins in five tries this year for trainer Jeff Runco and merits respect here. #3 Missionsninetynine (9-5) defeated similar foes last out and could repeat here for owner-breeder-trainer James W. Casey. #6 No Change (10-1) also defeated allowance foes last out and could forge genuine upset here for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee.
- 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 wide open, two-turn allowance for older West Virginia-bred runners that appears like an early prep for numerous stakes ahead, #3 Fancy Concho (8-5) looks to maintain successful and consistent ways for owner-trainer Tim Grams sporting six wins and six second-place efforts from 12 career tries. #2 Hero’s Man (4-1) was 7th in Confucius Say Stakes last out after winning consecutive allowance events for owner-trainer-breeder James W. Casey and merits respect here. #1 North Atlantic (5-1) was fifth in Confucius Say in seasonal debut and boasts 17-17-10 slate and $630,000 bankroll from previous 50 starts for Runco. #7 Awsome Faith (6-1) posted shocker in West Virginia Breeders’ Classic last fall and makes seasonal debut here for trainer “Scotty” Allen.
In the Saturday night finale, #2 Business Class (4-1) has been second once and third twice in four local tries since arriving from Canada and could graduate in this two-turn maiden $5,000 claimer. #7 Ravioli Mama (9-2) has been second once and third once in five tries and rates a chance to garner diploma here. #4 Conga in Paris (8-5) makes seasonal debut here for owner-trainer Zoe Valvo and looms the favorite off the respite. #8 No Kitten (8-1) was fourth in local debut after finishing fifth in career debut at Indiana Grand and could provide surprise in Saturday finale.