CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: JULY 3
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $4,514
In the Saturday evening opener, a competitive, open one-turn allowance dash for boys, #6 Inspiring Justice (6-5) was sharp second to gritty Rocket Appeal last out in local debut and looks to regain winning ways here with favorable outside draw for trainer Joseph Taylor. #2 Barnstorm (5-1) has been second in each of last four starts over the strip and figures to continue that trend in this spot for trainer Mark Racconelli. #1 Epic West (4-1) won last against $5,000 claimers and makes jump back to allowance company for trainer Kevin Patterson. #3 On The Lam (5-2) has been idle for a year but looms a threat if ready for trainer Mike Geralis.
In this two-turn event for $15,000 claiming fillies and mares, #5 Gandari (9-2) has been second in each of her last two and three times in six winless starts overall this year but could prevail in this spot for trainer Kristy Gazzier. #6 Imagine Victory (5-2) has been second three times and third twice in six winless seasonal outings for trainer Dale Capuano and looms the likely favorite in local debut. #2 C.V.’s Campfire (3-1) has won last two and is in good spot for third straight tally for trainer Jeff Runco. #7 K K Can (6-1) graduated at first asking against maiden claimers last month for trainer Michael Weeks and could repeat here at a generous price.
- 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 $5,000 claimers, #3 Anchor’s FIrstlady (6-1) won two starts back and already sports three wins in eight starts this year for trainer and former jockey Keturah Obed-Letts. #7 Mabel (7-5) has been second in each of last two outings and four times in seven winless starts overall this year for Weeks but could score here as the likely favorite. #8 Cheese Louise (5-2) also boasts three wins in eight starts this year for owner-trainer Lela Hanagan and could add to that sum here. #1 Sarah Bellum (10-1) scored two back and could be a factor here at a generous price for trainer John Carlisle.
In this two-turn allowance/optional $15,000 claimer, #1 Hot N Spicy Love (6-5) won two back and sports four wins in nine starts this year and looms the likely favorite for trainer Irving Velez. #5 Auts Revolution (6-1) has won four times in seven starts this year and looks to regain winning ways here for trainer Ronney Brown. #4 Rossie Val (5-1) won two back and could rebound from latest in this spot for trainer Lewis Craig, Jr. #7 Point Driven (3-1) has won twice in five starts this year for trainer Carlos Mancilla and could regain winning ways here.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #3 Golden Answer (4-1) exits three allowance events after graduating against maiden special weight foes and makes claiming debut for trainer Ronney Brown. #9 Buzzhound (9-2) graduated against maiden special weight foes in local debut for trainer Dale Capuano and heads directly into claiming ranks. #5 Unleash Me (3-1) graduated against maiden claimers at Tampa Bay at first asking in January and makes local debut off six-month off break for Runco. #1 Scottish Man (5-1) has been second three times in six winless seasonal outings for trainer Weeks and could surprise.
In this two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #1 I’m a Total Diva (8-5) was second last out at this level after graduating against maiden special weight company two back and looms the tepid favorite here for owner-trainer-breeder John McKee. #4 Jacks Sister Jill (9-5) prevailed at first asking against maiden special weight foes and seeks to maintain winning ways in first allowance test here for trainer Vernon Greaves. #8 Got Any (8-1) finally garnered her diploma in 21st attempt last out and seeks second straight score in this spot for trainer Michael Person. #6 Triple Gala (6-1) tries winners again after graduating against maiden special weight foes three back for trainer Anthony Lucas and could forge mild surprise here.
- 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 fillies and mares, #8 Complete Surprise (7-2) has finished second twice and third three times in six winless starts this year for owner-trainer Ernest Haynes and would not be a complete surprise prevailing in this spot. #6 Erv’s Wench (5-2) won two starts back at Keeneland and makes local debut for trainer Irving Velez. #1 Princess Corey (2-1) won two back at Laurel and seeks to regain winning ways in this spot. Midwest invader #2 Into Victory (4-1) seeks to end three-race skid here for trainer Joe Sharp.
In the Saturday night finale, a wide open two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #9 Fly E Dubai (9-2) gets the nod based on good win off the break last out for trainer Anthony Farrior. #7 Schlosser (5-1) won two back and can atone for latest effort in this spot for trainer Jack Hurley. #5 Wall (4-1) exits allowance company and looms the tepid choice in here for trainer Clifford Tuomisto. #8 Big Boots (15-1) began the year in sharp fashion and will look to regain that form in here at a generous price.