CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: October 9
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 two-turn maiden $12,500 claiming event for fillies and mares, #1 Bella Gabriella (7-2) was good fourth in local debut last out and gets favorable rail draw for this spot. #3 Colette’s Spirit (5-2) has been second twice and third twice in nine previous winless tries this year and looms likely favorite despite prolonged bridesmaid status. #2 Bottle Courage (5-1) was solid third last out against similar and could prevail at a modest price in 20th attempt to graduate. #4 Chosen Miss (4-1) was also good third last out and could forge mild upset in this affair.
In this one-turn allowance dash for older runners to cap the early daily double, #2 Dr. Rusty Raymond (8-5) was good third against similar foes last out and looks set to score here for trainer Crystal Pickett. #1 El Fenomeno (7-5) steps up from claiming ranks off a win 10 weeks ago and looms the likely favorite despite inside draw and break for trainer Kevin Patterson. Gulfstream Park invader #4 Cowboy At Heart (3-1) makes local debut for trainer Tim Grams and could forge mild upset here. #3 Bucked Tooth (15-1) steps up from claiming company but could round out the gimmicks at a generous price.
- Delaware Park: Stakes-quality allowance featuredDelaware Park kicks off its 2022 meet with an interesting eight-race card that features a stakes-quality allowance and maiden event on the turf.
In this one-turn dash for maiden $5,000 claimers, #7 Daughterofthestars (6-1) gets favorable outside draw here for Marion Cuttino and looks poised to graduate at a decent price. #2 Mary Boppins Too (5-2) has shown improvement in last two outings and would not be a shocker in this spot. #3 Fight Like Cersei (3-1) was solid second last out against similar and might earn favorite’s role here. #1 Sondeoff (7-2) has been close in last three and merits respect despite inside draw.
In this one-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #6 Irish Knockout (6-5) gets favorable outside draw and should prevail as the solid choice here. #4 Flirting Fuhr Avie (5-1) has maintained busy slate this year and could forge upset in 14th seasonal outing. #1 Meet Ms Bobby Rae (5-2) won two back for trainer Ollie Figgins III and could atone for fourth-place effort last out.#2 Singing Harmony (4-1) won last out and already boasts a pair of victories and would not be a surprise here.
In this solid, two-turn allowance for state-breds, #1 Ishihara (9-5) should benefit from favorable inside draw and gives trainer Jeff Runco first solid chance to prevail on the card. #6 Bright Dawn (2-1) has shown glimpses of promise but is still looking for first score since taking the Coin Collector Stakes here 16 months ago for trainer Ferris Allen. #3 Reata’s Castle (5-1) has been consistent sort throughout the year and could upset top two here. #2 Henry Standingbear (20-1) rates a chance to round out the gimmicks at a big price.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #6 Bayou Bougie (9-5) gets favorable outside draw for trainer John Carlisle and should prevail here as tepid choice. #5 Charm Weaver (5-1) also should benefit from being outsider and merits respect in this spot. #4 Mary’s Listed Next (3-1) has been consistent sort all year for owner-trainer and fomer jockey Keturah Obed-Letts and could forge mild upset here. #3 Dimitri’s Romance (9-2) has been fourth in each of last two and pattern should hold in this spot.
- The (almost) fabulous fillies of the PreaknessBefore Rachel Alexandra and Swiss Skydiver won the Preakness, these four fillies made a major impact on the Middle Jewel without winning it.
In this salty, one-turn starter allowance event, #9 To the Front (9-2) gets favorable outside draw and gets nod to upset for trainer Anthony Farrior despite previous outing. #8 Storm Boarder (1-1) looms the likely odds-on choice for Patterson despite break since Mountaineer Park score in June. #4 Unnamed Soldier (8-1) has been second and third in only two starts this year and certainly merits respect in this spot. #3 Company Clown (6-1) exits allowance company and seeks fifth win in 10 starts this year for trainer David Walters.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Zig (8-1) looks set for mild upset for trainer Kevin Joy. #4 Jessica (7-2) looms the tepid favorite in this wide open affair and would hardly be a surprise. #1 Glorious Mystery (12-1) gets favorable rail draw in this spot and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price. #8 Just a Bit Sassy (6-1) should get modest backing here and could forge mild upset.