CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: September 4
Charles Town has an eight-race Friday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $6,110
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In the opener, a two-turn event for $4,000 claiming fillies and mares, #5 Mae Sai Princess (9-5) has been third in each of her last three and appears on the verge of collecting first seasonal victory for trainer Ronney Brown. #6 French Nouget (8-5) has been second in each of last two and looms the tepid favorite here for trainer Michael Sandoval. #1 Carolina Bambina (6-1) exits tough starter allowance and merits respect at a generous price. #2 Castleinthemeadow (9-2) was good second last out and could forge mild upset here.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #7 Gunter (2-1) regained his winning ways last out for owner-trainer Amy Albright and looks poised for repeat here with favorable outside post. #5 Truth Serum (9-2) makes return from Colonial Downs and Pimlico and could forge mild upset here for trainer Freddie Johnson. #4 Kickin Kirby (9-2) gives Brown modest chance to sweep early daily double. #3 Willie the Whale (3-1) exits allowance company and returns to winnable spot.
- Trainer Michael Pino reaches 2,000 winsTrainer Michael Pino went 2-for-2 today at Parx Racing to reach 2,000 wins in a career which has seen his runners earn over $43 million.
In this interesting one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-bred two-year-old males, #10 Talking Teddy (3-1) has been second in each of his first three career tries for owner-breeder-trainer and former jockey Keturah Obed-Letts and should finally garner diploma here. #2 Amidships (5-2) makes career debut for trainer Jeff Runco off a series of sharp works and could be poised to graduate at first asking. #3 Blue N Gold (4-1) finished fourth in his career debut for trainer Javier Contreras but should improve off that effort. #8 Moved by Juba (20-1) was sixth in debut outing for trainer Kristy Petty but could round out several gimmicks at a generous price.
In this two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #1 Ellies Lil Castle (3-5) graduated smartly in her eighth attempt last out for trainer James W. Casey and looks ready for repeat score here. #4 My Pretty Eyes (6-1) graduated against maiden claimers last out for owner-trainer John McKee but could step up against winners for the first time. #5 Carson Castle (5-2) was second against allowance foes last out but has been idle since January. #2 Vacation Secret (12-1) graduated last out against maiden special weight foes and could repeat here at a generous price.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #3 Partly Dandy (5-2) gives Brown an outside chance at a training triple. #4 Aunt Maggie (9-5) made seasonal debut at Colonial Downs last out following 15-month layoff and should improve off that effort. #5 Singing Harmony (8-1) has been on the improve over last three outings and could forge mild surprise here. #6 Iamthebesttoo (4-1) graduated against maiden claimers last out but has been idle over six months.
In this rare, three-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, #2 Gab’s Lil Leaguer (9-2) has been close in previous tries at this level and could forge mild upset here for owner-trainer Tim Collins. #1 Katalima (8-1) has been consistent sort all season for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame and gets favorable inside draw in this spot. #3 Suzysellsseashells (7-5) won last out against claiming foes and looms the favorite while returning to allowance company. #4 Imagoodchatterburg (9-5) exits Sadie Hawkins Stakes last week and merits respect here.
- 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 starter allowance for older runners, #1 Fire Down Below (5-2) scored last out and boasts four wins in eight starts this year and gets favorable inside draw here for Albright. #3 Hobe Sound (5-1) has been consistent at the level for trainer Crystal Pickett and merits upset chance in this spot. #7 To the Front (2-1) already owns four wins this year and looms the tepid choice in this spot for trainer Anthony Farrior. #6 Gio Dude (12-1) could round out several gimmicks at a generous price.
In the Saturday finale, a two-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred fillies and mares, #7 Eye of the Needle (3-5) was sharp second last out and should put chalky cap on the proceedings for trainer David Walters. #1 Love to Zoom (10-1) merits respect at a generous price and gives Brown a chance for another tally in her career debut. #3 Test Me I Dare U (8-1) was seventh in overdue seasonal debut for trainer John Casey but should improve off that effort. #5 Feel the Love (9-2) has been third once and fourth twice in last three and merits upset chance here for Pickett.