CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: July 23
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.
- Jalen Journey takes G3 De Francis by DQSteve Asmussen and Feargal Lynch teamed up to win Saturday’s G3 De Francis Dash, their second win in the race in four years.
|Race 3||4-2-7-1||Morning line favorite #4 O K Smarty Pants (6-5) might have been best when runner-up on debut. The Smarty Jones filly was a bit tardy to break, stumbled when clipping heels early to be last, mounted a strong rally to reach even terms turning for home, but was green in the lane and forced to settle for second while clear of the rest. A cleaner trip and/or any improvement makes her a winner today… #2 Pettyforurthoughts (6-1) is a half-sister to Juba Did It, a first-out winner as a two-year-old last year… #7 A Blonde Thing (6-1) ran evenly after a wide journey last time out versus the boys… #1 Hook the Chain (8-1) is a daughter of Juba making her career bow for John A. Casey…|
|Race 7||1-5-7-4||Top choice #1 Noble Commander (9-2) has been running good races against better at Pimlico but has just been a couple of lengths in arrears. He’ll appreciate the class relief in this spot and may be controlling speed from the inside stall, and it’s encouraging to see Acosta, a good gate rider, in for the mount… CT lover #5 V.I.P. Ticket (4-1) has never been worse than third in 11 local tries. including a couple of stakes wins… The speedy #7 Fu Man Sue (8-1) makes his first start off a couple months away, was a pretty good second three back versus similar… Trainer Dale Capuano has six wins from 11 local starts, which makes #4 Walk Away Joe (5-1) hard to toss…|