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.
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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.
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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.