CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: JUNE 26
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
In the opening race on the Saturday night card, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Goodbyeseeulater (4-1) was solid third last out and could attain first season score in seventh try in this spot. #5 He’s Not Curly (9-5) settled for fifth against similar last out but merits respect in this spot while seeking first win in five starts this year for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #2 Proud Enough (2-1) was fourth at Pimlico last out and fourth in only local outing three starts back and will certainly be a factor here. #3 Lil Bitty Road (7-2) makes seasonal debut off year layoff for owner-trainer Tim Collins.
In this two-turn starter optional $10,000 claiming event for older males, #3 Sound Off (8-5) has won three times and been third three times in six starts this year and looks poised to prevail again here for owner-trainer Michael Sandoval. #7 Hobe Sound (7-5) won last out against similar and certainly could repeat here for trainer Crystal Pickett. #2 Gio Dude (7-2) exits allowance score and seeks third straight tally for trainer Mike Jones. Jr. who has outside chance to take early daily double. #6 Siente El Viento (20-1) rates an upset chance here for owner-trainer Joseph Stehr.
- 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 event for maiden $12,500 claimers, #3 Posted (9-2) makes career debut for owner-breeder-trainer Gary Williams, Jr, and could graduate at first asking. #5 Stride On By (1-1) was sharp second against similar after exiting maiden special weight company and looms the likely favorite here. #6 Huckleberry Friend (6-1) tries maiden claimers after four tries against maiden special weight foes for trainer Ronney Brown and merits respect here. #1 Brayden’swarrior (8-1) was seventh in career debut against maiden special weight company and drops into this spot here for Jones.
In this one-turn $10,000 claimer for state-breds, #7 He’s On the Line (5-2) makes seasonal debut off long layoff and solid works and gets favorable outside draw in his return for owner-trainer Tim Grams. #5 Tweet This (6-5) graduated against maiden claimers and gives Grams solid chance to run one-two here. #3 Tickling Springs (8-1) graduated last out against maiden claimers for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and could repeat here at a generous price. #6 That’s for Sure (20-1) could round out the gimmicks at a big price for trainer Rhea Pennella.
In this one-turn allowance dash, #7 Golden Key (7-5) has won last two and four of six for trainer Ronney Brown, including Coin Collector Stakes two back and certainly looms to one to beat here with favorable outside draw. #6 Upheaval (15-1) makes seasonal debut off a trio of sharp works for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame and merits respect at a generous price in this spot. #3 Laughing Cat (4-1) was sharp second last out and rates a serious contender her for McKee. #1 Rocket Appeal (5-2) seeks second straight for trainer Marshall Campbell and merits respect despite rail draw.
In this two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #6 Take Me Home (7-2) has won five of eight starts this year for trainer Anthony Farrior and looks poised to end modest two-race skid here. #1 Pat’s No Fool (5-2) won last out over the strip for trainer Gary Capuano and could repeat here. #2 Larimar (7-5) won last out at Pimlico and seeks second straight while making local debut for trainer Jerry O’Dwyer. #4 Dazzle Me (6-1) won last out and three of seven thus far this year and rates an upset chance in this spot for trainer Mike E. Butts.
- 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 for state-bred fillies and mares, #4 Mackenzie’s Music (2-1) has won both of her starts for Runco and stretched out to two turns last out with little trouble. #5 Jamestown Road (5-2) sports two wins and four second-place finishes from seven starts this year for owner-breeder-trainer James W. Casey and could atone for modest fourth-place effort last out. #7 The Better One (5-1) has been third in each of her first two starts this year for owner-breeder-trainer Kristy Petty and looks destined for a similar result here. #8 That Kenney Kid (15-1) has been winless in five seasonal outings since ending freshman campaign with WVBC score for Runco.
In the finale on the last live racing card in June, a two-turn event for $5,000 claiming state-bred fillies and mares, #3 Not for Gold (3-1) was good second two back and should rebound from most recent outing. #8 Whose That Lady (8-5) was solid second last out and looms the choice here for owner-trainer Jay Armstrong. #9 Partly Dandy (5-2) graduated two back and seeks to regain winning ways here for trainer Jeff Runco. #6 Charitable Miss (15-1) has been second twice and third three times in seven starts this year and appears capable of rounding out several gimmicks for owner-trainer Natasha Aylor.