CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: JULY 10
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $17,761
In this competitive, two-turn allowance for state-bred older males, #4 Ellie’s Lil Man (9-5) continues to improve with each start of late for trainer Ronney Brown and could finally attain first win in eighth seasonal outing. #1 Cayenne Creek (7-5) has been second in each of his last two starts against similar and gives Brown serious chance to run one-two here. #2 Golden Appeal (5-1) has been third five times in eight tries this year and current Mike Jones, Jr. trainee was former Brown homebred protege. #5 Black Steel (8-1) won most recent outing against claiming company and could forge modest upset here for trainer Monolo Mangual.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claiming, state-bred fillies and mares, #8 La Rufina (5-1) exits tougher last three and looks to regain winning winter form here with favorable outside draw for trainer Ollie Figgins III. #5 Quite Suggestive (9-5) was so-so sixth last out but makes first start off the claim for trainer Kevin Patterson and looms the likely choice here. #1 Shesauptowngirl (7-2) was solid third last out at this level and certainly merits respect in this spot. #2 Charm Weaver (4-1) is genuine hit-or-miss proposition and gives Brown outside chance to sweep early daily double.
- Several local runners among Barbara Fritchie nomsThe nominations for the Barbara Fritchie Stakes upcoming at Laurel Park include several local runners, among them last year’s show horse Fille d’Esprit.
In this two-turn event for maiden $5,000 claimers, #3 Amber Rose Adam (4-1) makes career debut off sharp, bullet half-mile gate work for owner-trainer Patrick Jenkins and appears poised to graduate at first asking. #10 Ravioli Mama (3-1) has been second in each of her last two outings and could garner her diploma here for owner-trainer Adam Ingram. #8 Anshi (5-1) makes belated return following five-month freshening for trainer Yolanda King but merits upset chance if ready. #9 Coffee and Her (7-2) was sixth while well-backed in debut against maiden $12,500 company and looms a serious contender for trainer Anthony Farrior.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #5 China Cat (3-5) arrives off two good efforts at Pimlico and returns to site of two consecutive scores during the winter for Farrior and looms the shortest-priced favorite of the night. #2 Petes Pride (5-1) also arrives from Pimlico but does make local debut in this spot for trainer Jonathan Maldonado. #1 Your Eyes to Mine (8-1) was good third last out for trainer John McKee and could forge mild upset here. #7 Put Position (15-1) was good third last out as well and could round out the gimmicks at a very generous price.
In this intriguing, open two-turn maiden special weight event for males, #7 D’Wicked (7-2) arrives off debut effort against MSW foes at Churchill Downs for trainer Joe Sharp and looms the one to beat here in local debut. #8 American Piper (5-2) was second in his only previous local outing and could occupy the favorite’s role for trainer Rick Buckley. #11 Dejohn (3-1) makes local debut after efforts in Illinois and Kentucky and certainly merits respect here for Farrior if he draws in off the AE list. #4 Don’t Dare Me (4-1) was solid second in local debut for Farrior but has regressed in last two tries.
In the lone, three-turn event on the card, #4 Merry Merry Mojo (4-1) won last out and drew well to enhance chances of second straight score here for trainer Jack Hurley. #8 Carter’s Run (9-2) has displayed a fondness for finishing fourth this year but has every right to improve in this spot for Brown. #10 Prince of Windsor (7-2) is consistent sort for Figgins who looms a threat if he can overcome outside draw. #6 Feisty and Sassy (8-1) has yet to prevail from seven previous outings this year for Casey but could forge mild upset here.
- Which horses had the best post-CT Classic careers?Art Collector’s win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Pegasus got us wondering: which winners of the Charles Town Classic had the best careers after their Classic win?
In this two-turn, starter optional $10,000 claiming event for older males, #4 Take Me Home (5-2) already boasts five wins in nine starts this year for Farrior and looks to regain winning ways in this spot as the likely choice. #7 Dazzle Me (4-1) won two back and looms a threat here for trainer Mike E. Butts. #6 Bird Traffic (3-1) finished third against allowance company last Saturday and returns to face foes similar to those he defeated two back. #8 Union Song (9-2) has finished first and fourth in last two local outings and gives Farrior chance to run one-two here.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Flashy Ready Rick (3-1) exits allowance company last out and won two starts back for trainer Curtis Bass and gets the nod to forge mild upset here. #3 Meltech (5-2) has shown a tendency to run second often – 10 times in 22 career starts – but gives Brown chance to post bookend victories on the card. #6 Fibertown (8-1) won last out and could repeat here at a generous price for trainer Anthony Rideoutt II. #8 The Seven Five (6-1) has been third three times in five winless starts this year for owner-trainer MIguel Ramos Agusto but merits respect in this spot.