CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: September 25
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
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In the Saturday night opener, a one-turn maiden special weight for state-bred two-year-olds, #6 Windsors Tail (3-1) makes career debut for trainer Tim Grams and gets favorable outside draw for initial outing. #4 Thunder Kitten (9-5) was good fourth in debut outing for trainer Javier Contreras and should improve off that effort. #1 Ryan’s Sword (5-2) makes career debut off solid gate drills and will need to show ample speed from inside slot. #5 With Secret Energy (10-1) also makes initial start off series of modest works and merits upset chance.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 I’m Excee (9-5) has been second in each of last two and looks poised to prevail with favorable rail draw here. #2 Ellie Bear (7-2) won two back and gives Contreras chance to sweep early daily double. #3 Lookin Back (5-1) graduated against maiden claimers last out and rates an upset chance for trainer Mike E. Butts. #4 Asbuilt (7-5) has been fourth in each of last three and pattern might hold here.
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In this two-turn maiden special weight event for freshman fillies, #2 Moody Woman (2-1) has been second in each of her first two starts for trainer Anthony Farrior and looks destined to shed bridesmaid status here. #6 Bipartisan Brooke (7-2) was second in debut outing and gives Farrior solid chance to run one-two in this spot. #1 Timeisgolden (5-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame and could play a genuine spoiler role. #7 Stacias Ruby (6-1) was good third in debut outing and gives Greg Viands chance to outshine dad here.
In this rare, three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Nova Boy (9-5) returns from Maryland for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and looks poised to regain winning ways. #3 Envision Success (7-2) arrives freshened off three-month break and rates mild upset chance. #1 Carmelo (6-5) won last out and gets favorable inside draw seeking second straight for Farrior. #4 C B Bodemeister (15-1) has finished sixth in each of four seasonal tries but could round out gimmicks at a big price.
In the second one-turn maiden special weight event for state-breds on the card, #6 Coastal Mission (7-5) arrives off a series of sharp workouts for Runco, and full-brother to Lewisfield looks set to graduate at first asking. #2 Felicias Castle (3-1) also makes debut for Grams and rates mild upset chance here. #3 One Night Mike (2-1) also makes initial outing for Contreras and looms a serious threat in this spot. #5 Change Your Luck (8-1) arrives off two modest efforts for trainer Crystal Pickett but could improve with outside draw.
In this two-turn event for $4,000 claimers, #2 Miss Chloe G (4-1) arrives off belated seasonal debut at Timonium and should improve off that outing for Pickett. #4 Mae Sai Princess (4-5) was sharp second last out for trainer Ronney Brown and could be the shortest-priced favorite on the card. #1 Fonda Romana (5-1) was solid second last out and rates an upset chance here. #6 Ladyofdragonstone (6-1) has been second three times and third three times and makes local debut for trainer Bruce Kravets.
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In this two-turn allowance for older males, #1 Stretch The Truth (9-5) was sharp second in last outing at Timonium and gets favorable inside draw for Farrior. #4 Saltee Stark (2-1) makes second local try for Brown and could forge mild upset in this spot. #6 Cayenne Creek (4-1) has been consistent sort all season and looks to rebound from latest try for trainer Lee Couchenour. #7 Bop Marley (8-1) won last out against claiming company and seeks to continue winning ways here for Contreras.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn outing for $5,000 claimers, #1 Lookin’ Smart (9-2) won last out for Runco and looks to attain second straight score here with favorable inside draw. #3 Elevated Forever (4-1) also won last out but is seeking to overcome 21-month layoff for second straight. #5 Swing Your Sword (3-1) was solid second last out and looms the logical favorite in this spot. #6 Happy Champ (7-2) gives Brown a modest chance to sweep the late daily double.