CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: September 18

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Art Collector and Luis Saez won the G2 Charles Town Classic. Photo by Allison Janezic.

Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!

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RACE 1

5-3-1-2

In the opener, a one-turn maiden $12,500 claimer, #5 Normandy’s Empire (5-2) was sharp second last out and looks set to graduate in here. #3 Huckleberry Friend (7-5) was also solid second last out for trainer Ronney Brown and looms the likely post time choice in this spot.#1 Azure Fire (2-1) was third behind the likely fave last out and merits respect here. #2 Salty J J (8-1) has yet to hit the board in four tries but gives Brown modest chance to run one-two here.

RACE 2

4-6-5-3

In this competitive, two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, #4 Eternal Heart (9-5) won two back and can atone for fourth-place effort in latest. #6 Heretodaygonmanana (8-5) was a sharp winner on the Classic undercard last out and looms the favorite here for Runco. #5 Miss Wave (10-1) gives Brown an outside chance to sweep the early daily double.#3 Katalima (8-1) is usually in the hunt and looms a factor for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame.

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RACE 3

9-5-3-2

In this interesting, two-turn maiden special weight for state-bred two-year-olds, #9 Amidships (3-5) looks poised to atone for narrow miss in career debut for Runco and should enjoy the added distance. #5 Owen’s Magic (8-1) makes career debut off a series of solid works for trainer Kevin Joy. #3 Jungle Beast (9-2) was solid third in debut outing for trainer Javier Contreras and merits respect here. #2 Bought By Diva (30-1) should improve off debut effort for Viands.

RACE 4

3-4-2-1

In another competitive, two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, #3 CV’s Powerpak (6-5) was sharp second in Sylvia Bishop Memorial last month and should relish return to this level for trainer Tim Grams. #4 CV”s Campfire (3-1) makes ascension from claiming ranks for Runco and merits respect here. #2 Cheese Louise (12-1) won last out against claimers and boasts four wins already this year for trainer Lela Hanagan and could surprise here. #1 Vintage Gin (5-1) gets favorable inside draw and looms a threat off a trip.

RACE 5Henry Mercer Memorial S.

7-6-5-3

In the first of three straight stakes on the card, #7 Run to Daylight (3-1) won smartly first out for Runco and makes stakes debut here in the Henry Mercer Memorial. #6 Roll Dem Bones (9-5) makes first start on dirt for trainer Ollie Figgins III of Dance To Bristol fame and looms a serious contender. #5 Free Sailin (7-2) defeated open maiden special weight company at Thistledown in debut and merits respect in local debut. #3 Talking Teddy (5-1) ended bridesmaid status with gritty score last out for owner-trainer and former rider Keturah Obed-Letts.

RACE 6Rachel’s Turn S.

5-4-1-2

In the $75,000 Rachel’s Turn Stakes for state-bred two-year-old fillies, #5 Fancy Her Up (9-5) returns to the main track for owner-breeder-trainer John Casey and looms the one to beat here. #4 O K Smarty Pants (3-1) won at second asking for owner-breeder-trainer Michael Sterling after unlucky debut and merits respect in this spot. #1 The Sky Is Falling (5-2) overcame slow break to win debut effort and will have to overcome inside draw here for Runco. #2 La Cubana (10-1) graduated last out for trainer Victor Espinosa of Noble’s Honey fame and could forge mild surprise.

RACE 7Last Enchantment Overnight S.

1-8-7-2

In the third stake on the card, the $40,000 Last Enchantment for state-breds, #1 Golden Key (5-2) was game second versus similar in allowance event last out and three-year-old gets the nod to turn the tables against older rivals for Brown. #8 Aaron’s Tap (2-1) ran down the top choice last out for first win in seven seasonal outings for Runco and repeat here would be no surprise here. #7 Hypothesis (7-2) typically does his best running late and could post mild upset here for trainer Crystal Pickett. #2 Rocket Appeal (10-1) could round out the gimmicks at a generous price.

RACE 8

8-7-5-3

In the Saturday night finale, a one-turn maiden $12,500 claimer for state-bred fillies and mares, #8 Handsome Joanie (7-2) gets favorable outside draw and appears set to graduate in this spot. #7 Split the Check (8-5) was solid fourth in return from seven-month respite and looms the likely favorite in here for trainer Kevin Joy. #5 Driven to Succeed (15-1) exits maiden special weight company and could complete several gimmicks at a big price. #3 Ex Rated (4-1) makes career debut in this spot.

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