CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: November 19

Sleepy Eyes Todd
Sleepy Eyes Todd won the 2020 Grade 2 Charles Town Classic. Photo by Coady Photography.

Charles Town Races has an eight-race card on tap for this evening. Post time for the opener is 7:00 p.m., and we’ve got Charles Town picks.

Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $34,250

Check out our other handicapping here!

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RACE NUMBERCONTENDERSCOMMENTS
Race 56-4-8-1Here’s a fairly rare species of race: a race for two-year-old winners that’s not a stake… We’ll take a swing with #6 Windsors Tail (5-1). The Tim Grams trainee won nicely last out at second asking, scoring by three, and comes right back at the same 4 1/2-furlong distance. Trainer Grams has a good record with horses who broke their maidens last time… #4 Cajun Invasion (5-2) probably faced the toughest company of any of these when breaking his maiden last out at Delaware Park, and he’s shown the kind of early zip you need to compete in these CT dashes. Our only hesitation here is accepting favoritism on a horse who’s never raced under the lights or on a bullring… #8 We B Shackin (9-2) scored impressively in his debut. His follow-up wasn’t quite so strong, but he was fractious before the race, so let’s give him another crack… #1 Golden Hughes (7-2) ran second versus similar last out — though beaten eight lengths — and can move forward in his second after a two-month break…
Race 71-6-2-4We may live to regret this, but we’ll try for an upset with #1 River Rewards RVF (10-1). Trainer Ronney Brown claimed this runner out of her debut, which she won against $12,500 claimers. It’s a big step up, but she handled that contest well, and the price should be right… #6 Eye of the Needle (7-2) graduated nicely last out and has run some pretty good two-turn races… #2 Love to Zoom (9-5) hasn’t missed by much in two tries versus similar and could give Brown a one-two finish here… #4 Creative Splendor (8-1) had to drop down into the claiming ranks to graduate, which she did two back, but she stepped back into allowance ranks last out and ran a solid race to be third…

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