CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: July 9
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, $12,743
- 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.
|Race 1||1-2-5-3||There’s a chance of rain today, and a wet track would certainly move him up, but we’ll take a swing with #1 Candy Invasion (7-2) all the same. This one didn’t have the cleanest trip last out and only managed third, a length behind second choice #2 Never Compromise (5-2), but he was seven lengths clear of the rest. His best efforts would put him right there… Never Compromise was second that day, and like Candy Invasion has been making short work of his conditions for Runco… The addition of blinkers seems to have done the trick for #5 No Change (5-1), who’s won two straight since donning the hood. He’ll make his third start off the bench here and might be the value play… What a good job trainer Javier Contreras has done with #3 Nico (6-5). The Trappe Shot colt was off a year-and-a-half but returned running and last out, in his second start of the year, won by 10. So why pick against? All his best efforts have come going 4 1/2 furlongs, and in his one two-turn try, he led late but was outfinished. He obviously could win here, but do you want short odds on a horse trying to win around two turns for the first time?|
|Race 3||7-6-9-2||Trainer John Carlisle is mostly under the radar at CT but #7 Foggy Attitude (5-2) certainly shows promise. The Stormy’s Majesty gelding was a good second behind 4-5 favorite Allen Can Do It, who returned to be second in allowance company. This one was DQed for impeding a rival shortly after the break, but that was a solid effort that saw him finish four ahead of the show horse. Any improvement — or even a lack of regression — might get him a diploma today… Trainer Tim Grams wins with 25% of his firsters, and #6 Raspberry Tea (5-1) has been training well towards his debut here. He’s a Golden Lad colt out of a winning Scat Daddy mare… #9 Jaxjaxxorjacks (9-5) is out of the stakes winner R C’s Daisyduke and by The Factor; he’s been training up at Penn for his bow here… #2 Tyry Tyrannosaurus (9-2) has been second three times against similar and didn’t miss by much last out…|