CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: JULY 17
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $35,404
In the Saturday opener, a two-turn event for state-bred maiden $12,500 claimers, #6 Rock File (5-1) was fourth at 6-1 in last and has right to improve at a generous price in this spot for trainer Tonya O’Neill. #7 Huckleberry Friend (5-2) exits common race and was solid third in that event and could graduate here for trainer Ronney Brown. #4 Brayden’swarrior (4-1) was fifth in same race top two exit and could improve on that effort here for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #3 Mister Deeks (9-5) was second in same race at 24-1 and will be much shorter price here for trainer Jean Rofe.
In this one-turn allowance dash for state-bred fillies and mares, #7 Privately (8-5) has been second in each of last two outings in return from 18-month layoff and gets favorable outside draw and looms the one to beat here for owner-breeder-trainer Javier Contreras. #6 Got Your Number (4-1) draws well and gets chance to atone for latest outing for trainer Crystal Pickett. #2 Theladyistrue (8-1) is looking to regain early freshman form for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and merits respect at a generous price here. #1 Juba Train (7-2) was second last out against claimers and returns to allowance ranks and gives Jones 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 one-turn dash for maiden claimers, #7 Lilbitsofdrama (6-1) gets favorable outside draw for owner-trainer Elix Bowman and looks poised to graduate at generous price here. #3 My Pretty Eyes (7-5) makes massive plunge from maiden special weight company for McKee and could be odds-on in this spot. #6 Sister Joann (4-1) exits maiden $12,500 claimers and looms a factor off the drop. #5 Red Hot Cookie (3-1) was decent fourth last out and merits respect here for Brown.
In this two-turn event for starter allowance males, #6 Hobe Sound (4-1) was beaten favorite last out against similar and looks poised to atone here for Pickett. #3 Sound Off (3-1) has already won four of seven this year and upended the top pick in last for trainer Michael Sandoval. #7 To the Front (2-1) defeated starter allowance foes at Mountaineer Park last out and looms the favorite here for Farrior. #4 Unequivocal (5-1) returns after three outings at Pimlico and merits respect at a price here.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #8 Theheatofthenight (5-2) makes third start against claimers since graduating against maiden special weight company for McKee and gets favorable outside draw here. #7 Pagan Smart (6-5) was solid second last out after winning two back and looms the likely favorite here for trainer Anthony Rideoutt II. #5 Holy Boly (5-1) was solid third last out and won three back and merits respect in this spot. #2 Gunter (6-1) returns after two starts at Penn National and rates and upset chance for owner-trainer Amy Albright.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Win Then Grin (7-2) gets favorable inside draw and looks poised to atone for latest out for trainer Jonathan Maldonado. #8 Wild Cappucino (6-1) is usually on the board and has a license to improve here for trainer Russell Davis. #4 Drive In (2-1) faced tougher at Delaware Park last two but is still seeking first local score in six tries for trainer Mark Shanley. #3 Jean Grey (10-1) has an upset chance at generous price.
- 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 allowance for older males, #1 Fugitive (5-2) graduated against maiden special weight foes here last fall in only previous local outing and gets the nod here for Farrior. #5 Titan’s Will (2-1) makes local debut after good outings in Maryland and gives Farrior good chance to run one-two in this event. #2 News Flash (8-1) makes local debut following series of outings at midwest tracks and merits respect here for owner-trainer Chris Keller. #4 Golden Answer (15-1) defeated claimers last out and vaults back into allowance company for Brown.
In the Saturday night finale, the lone three-turn event on the card, #3 Happy Champ (3-1) exits much tougher at Gulfstream Park and looks poised to score in local debut for trainer Ronney Brown. #6 Grey Invasion (4-1) was solid third last out in return from Finger Lakes and merits respect in this spot for trainer Michelle Knoblauch-Perez. #2 Righteous Man (9-5) has been second in each of last two outings and likely earns the favorite’s role here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Owl Run (5-1) gets favorable inside draw in three-turn route and looks capable of rounding out the super.