CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: JULY 31
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Pick 5, $20,611; Jackpot Pick 6, $1,982
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In the opener on the final Saturday night card in July, a two-turn event for state-bred $5,000 claimers, #5 Henry Standingbear (7-2) exits allowance company and looks to find winnable spot here for trainer Nelsi Roman-Salon. #3 Alloverbutthecryin (9-2) graduated against maiden claimers last out for trainer William Earl Atkins and seeks repeat score in this spot. #1 Miki (3-1) also prevailed last out against maiden claimers for trainer Ollie Figgins III and could tally again here as lukewarm favorite. #8 Let’s Get Started (5-1) has finished fifth twice against claimers since graduating against maiden special weight company for trainer Tim Grams.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #8 Charm Weaver (6-1) was solid third last out and gets favorable outside draw and looks poised for mild upset here for trainer Ronney Brown. #6 Diamond Train (7-2) was also good third last out for trainer Alex Correa and could prevail here at a decent price. #5 Quite Suggestive (7-5) looms the heavy favorite here for trainer Kevin Patterson but will have to improve on last two outings. #2 Clubin Till Dawn (5-2) scored in January but has been unable to duplicate that effort in two starts since for Freddie Johnson.
- 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.
In this two-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event, #1 Champtown Hope (10-1) has been third twice in last three outings and gets favorable rail draw here for trainer Javier Contreras. #4 Flash Lightening (9-5) makes local debut for trainer Ronney Brown and looms the likely favorite in this spot. #6 Always Biz (3-1) also makes local debut and exits route race at Parx for trainer Anthony Farrior. #8 Luv the Painter (8-1) tried maiden special weight foes in only two previous local tries and could return generous price here for trainer Kelly Lynn Dieter.
In this interesting two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 The Seven Five (3-1) seeks second straight score over the strip and gets favorable rail draw for trainer Miguel Ramos Agosto. #8 Peruvian Dancer (5-2) makes local debut for trainer Mary Eppler after 10 starts at Gulfstream Park including a win against maiden special weight foes last August. #7 Buzzhound (9-5) won three back here against maiden special weight company for trainer Dale Capuano. #6 Chesapeake Charlie (10-1) has been consistent sort all season for trainer Ed Schottroffe.
In this intriguing two-turn maiden special weight event, #5 Private Network (5-2) makes local debut for trainer Kristy Gazzier after facing MSW rivals in previous starts in Kentucky. #9 Dejohn (7-5) was sharp second in local debut last out for Farrior and looms the tepid favorite here despite outside draw. #8 Malibu Circle (8-1) has been third twice in last three starts and could forge mild upset here for Contreras. #6 Native Courage (6-1) was solid second last out and gives Gazzier chance to run one-two in this spot.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claiming distaffers, #8 Drive In (6-1) gets favorable outside draw and could prevail at a generous price here for trainer Mark Shanley. #7 Stop Talking (5-1) has ability to make her presence known here and merits respect against older foes at a modest price. #4 Merchant of Hope (9-5) has been in good form of late for trainer Keith Brown and looms the solid favorite here. #3 Jimmysextragirl (9-2) could forge mild upset for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame.
- BackTracks: Zoffany’s work of artIn today’s BackTracks, the well-traveled New Jersey-bred Zoffany took on the best turf horses of his time – and often prevailed.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming mares, #5 China Cat (9-5) won last out in return effort here and looks poised to repeat as the likely favorite for trainer Anthony Farrior. #6 Petes Pride (6-1) was fourth in each of last two outings at Pimlico but looms a threat here for trainer Jonathan Maldonado. #9 Talkthetalk (5-2) was solid second last out and merits respect in this spot for trainer David Walters. #8 House of Love (8-1) won two back and can atone for fifth-place effort in latest for trainer John Dillow.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for maiden $5,000 claimers, #2 Castle’s Tuffy (6-1) was promising third last out and looks poised to forge mild upset here for trainer Victor Espinosa of Noble’s Honey fame. #1 Sweet Piper (3-1) has been third twice and fourth twice in last four outings and could prevail in this spot for trainer Rhea Pennella. #10 Ravioli Mama (2-1) was second in each of her two June starts but will have to atone for seventh-place effort last out as the likely choice for trainer Adam Ingram. #5 Magnificent Rocket (8-1) has been third in each of last two tries and could post surprise score here for trainer Robert Laster.