Sleepy Eyes Todd
Sleepy Eyes Todd won the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic. Photo by Coady Photography.

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.

Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $4,283

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Race 59-1-4-3Two-year-old fillies square off in this maiden special weight dash, and we’ll eat the chalk with #9 May Mays Castle (9-5). She’s a first-time starter for James Casey, who wins at a healthy clip with debut runners. She’s been training forwardly, including a bullet move August 26, and she’s a full sister to multiple stakes winner William and Mary, who won on debut, and other useful runners… She’ll have to get away from the gate in good order, which can be a challenge for young horses, but we’ll take a swing with #1 Princess Halo (15-1). The rail wins at an 18% clip going 4 1/2 at CT, and while the work tab doesn’t impress, this one is a half to two winners… #4 La Cubana (7-2) gave a good account of herself when third on debut, but in her follow-up, she never did get to the lead and faded readily, finishing well behind runaway winner Change the World… #3 Wager Worthy (15-1) was close in the earliest stages of the Change the World race before dropping out of contention in her debut…
Race 87-6-5-2It seems to us it’s worth trying to beat morning line favorite #5 Grandma Schnur (1-1) in this spot. She’s been toiling in the maiden claiming ranks now for seven starts, three of them here at the bottom, and has just one second and one third to show for it. She may well win, but even money seems more than a little aggressive… If not her, then who? One place to look is the class-dropping #7 Tapizar Girl (4-1), who — let’s acknowledge this up front — is 0-for-31, so you certainly won’t want to take short odds on her. But she has been keeping generally better company, and most of those starts are on turf. Her last was poor, but a cutback to 4 1/2 furlongs and the easier group could do the trick… #6 Rare One (7-2) ran a sneaky good one last time after a poor start and makes her second start off a layoff here. On the other hand, the same argument you can make against the favorite — repeated unsuccessful tries versus similar — also applies here… #2 Crooked Ways (15-1) threw in a clunker on the class drop last time but looks to bounce back here. Ten-pound bug Lucky Mbatha gets aboard…