CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: September 11
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
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In the opener, a one-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event for state-bred fillies and mares, #6 Fight Like Cersei (5-2) gets favorable outside draw and appears set to graduate for trainer Ronney Brown. #4 Daughterofthestars (9-2) exits tougher at Mountaineer Park last two and could forge mild surprise in here. #2 Crypto Flag (2-1) was good second in most recent outing in February and could be a danger if fresh and fit. #5 Stones Road (6-1) has been third in each of last two tries and merits respect in this spot.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #4 U S Funds (9-5) gives Brown solid chance to sweep the early daily double as the tepid choice here. #3 Shesauptowngirl (4-1) has displayed a tendency to finish second and seems destined for runner-up spot here. #5 Irish Knockout (2-1) has been consistent sort all season and could rebound from latest effort. #1 Meet Ms Bobbi Rae (7-2) won last out and could repeat here for trainer Ollie Figgins III if able to overcome rail draw.
- 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 event for state-bred $5,000 claimers, #2 Carter’s Run (5-1) gets favorable inside draw for this spot and could atone for last two outings. #3 Frathouse Music (2-1) won last out for trainer Sara Kopecki and could repeat here as the tepid choice. #1 Merry Merry Mojo (6-1) won two back and could rebound from latest with inside draw here. #6 Catch My Caboose (5-2) returns from a four-month layoff and merits respect despite the break.
In this two-turn event for state-bred $10,000 claimers, #3 Officer Appeal (8-5) won last out and looks poised to repeat here for trainer Ernesto Perez. #1 Bop Marley (2-1) was solid second last out for trainer Javier Contreras and looms a major player in this spot. #2 Nautical Warrior (4-1) was solid third two back for trainer Jeff Runco and merits respect here. #4 Henry Standingbear (8-1) won two back and was third last out and could forge mild upset in this spot.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #6 Sailing Rock (5-2) won last out last Saturday night and looks poised to repeat off the rapid turnaround. #4 Vintage Gin (1-1) won last out and twice in last three and looms the solid favorite in this spot for trainer Michael Atkins. #2 Wiki Wood (4-1) returns from lengthy stay at Mountaineer Park and could forge mild surprise here for trainer M. Joanna Boggs. #1 Fonda Romana (12-1) makes just third start of the campaign and gets favorable inside draw for this outing.
In this two-two event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #3 China Cat (8-5) returns from route race at Timonium for much more suitable spot for trainer Anthony Farrior. #7 Jimmsyextragirl (2-1) won last out and seeks second straight tally for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame. #4 Glorious Mystery (7-2) makes return from Timonium to winnable spot here for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #1 Infinite Reward (12-1) has been fourth in each of last two since July triumph and merits respect at a generous price here thanks to inside draw.
- 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 the Saturday night feature, a two-turn allowance for state-breds, #5 Nocashrefunds (8-1) exits Leavitt for more appealing spot for trainer M. Joanna Boggs. #3 Eleanors Jack (9-2) has won both career starts for trainer John A. Casey of Down Town Allen fame and was extremely flattered by Cedar Runs Castle’s nine-length win on Thursday. #2 Allen Can Do It (5-2) also exits Leavitt and gives Casey chance to run one-two here. #1 Pistol P (5-1) also departs the Leavitt and gets favorable inside draw for allowance return.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Rum Runner Red (8-1) gets favorable inside draw and looks poised for mils surprise in this spot. #7 Scottish Man (7-5) has been second four times in nine winless starts this year but looms the solid choice despite bridesmaid role. #8 Flashy Ready Rick (9-2) was solid second last out and merits respect here. #9 Maltech (4-1) gives Brown modest chance to post bookend victories on the card.