CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: November 20

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Art Collector and Luis Saez won the 2021 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

3-5-6-4

In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #3 King Nekia (7-2) looks to regain his winning ways here for trainer Ronney Brown and gets the nod for mild upset. #5 Suspiros (9-5) was solid second last out for owner-trainer Ernest Haynes and looms the likely post time choice in this spot. #6 Stretch the Truth (2-1) defeated allowance company last out and makes surprising drop to this level for trainer Anthony Farrior. #4 Swing Your Sword (9-2) has shown talent in past local outings and could surprise here at a generous price.

RACE 2

3-6-5-4

In this one-turn allowance dash for state-bred runners, #3 Hopping Henry (9-5) returns from a lengthy layoff and looks poised to fire for owner-breeder-trainer Michael Sterling. #6 Warrior’s Estate (5-2) won last out for trainer Michael Atkins and favorable outside draw could prove beneficial here. #5 Nocashrefunds (8-1) is looking to regain sharp summer form for trainer M. Joanna Boggs and cannot be completely overlooked in this spot. #4 Derby Day Dreams (9-2) exits salty Onion Juice group and could forge mild upset here.

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RACE 3

5-2-7-6

In this one-turn allowance dash for older runners, #5 Charitably Gifted (9-5) was solid third at the level last out after graduating two starts back and seeks to regain winning ways in this spot for trainer Javier Contreras. #2 Cedar Runs Castle (1-1) was solid second last out at the level for trainer Kevin Patterson and looms the solid choice in here. #7 Lasher (15-1) vaults back to allowance foes after trying claimers last out and should benefit from outside draw. #6 Bear’s Estate (12-1) has shown potential at the level and can atone for latest at a big price in this spot.

RACE 4

5-4-3-2

In this rare, three-turn event for claimers, #5 Blue Sky Painter (4-5) looms the shortest-priced favorite of the night following consecutive runner-up efforts at Laurel Park for trainer Kieron Magee. #4 Back Charge (7-2) prevailed in second start off the layoff and could forge mild surprise here if the favorite fails to fire. #3 Goofy Boy (6-1) has been consistent sort all season and should be a factor in this spot. #2 Jacob T (10-1) boasts solid 3-4-1 slate this season and could atone for latest at a generous price.

RACE 5

8-7-6-5

In this one-turn dash for maiden $12,500 claimers, #8 Queen of Kantharos (7-5) was sharp second against similar last out after exiting maiden special weight company and looks to set to graduate here courtesy of favorable outside draw. #7 Noble Present (15-1) makes local debut off several starts at Gulfstream Park and merits respect at a big price thanks to post draw. #6 Me Me’s Galaxy (12-1) also makes local debut following starts at Parx and Delaware Park and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price. #5 Felons Only (12-1) arrives off three starts in Maryland for trainer Crystal Pickett and could be a factor here.

RACE 6

2-5-3-7

In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Carter’s Run (7-2) was good third last out after winning two back and could regain winning ways in this spot. #5 Catch My Caboose (8-5) won last out against similar and seeks second straight tally although likely as the solid favorite here for trainer Michael Weeks. #3 Silver Castle (3-1) has been idle since July but could forge mild upset off the break here for trainer Tim Shanley. #7 Hard Being Me (5-1) has been first, second and fourth in limited campaign thus far but merits respect in this spot despite outside draw.

RACE 7

5-4-1-3

In this contentious, one-turn allowance event for state-bred fillies and mares, #5 U S Funds (7-2) was third against similar last out after besting claimers two back and looks poised for mild upset here for trainer Ronney Brown. #4 Vintage Gin (5-1) exits starter allowance but already boasts four wins this year for trainer Michael Atkins and could add another tally here. #1 Lady Licious (2-1) was solid third at this level last out and looms the tepid choice despite rail draw for trainer Lela Hanagan. #3 Cheese Louise (4-1) rarely misfires and was also third last out against allowance rivals and gives Brown outside chance to run one-two in this spot.

RACE 8

8-9-7-5

In the Saturday night finale, a one-turn dash for claiming fillies and mares, #8 U R the Lucky One (8-1) won last out and gets favorable outside draw for repeat score here for trainer Crystal Pickett. #9 Create a Story (10-1) also draws outside and looms a prospect to possibly prevail at a very generous price. #7 Super Wildcat (8-1) won last out and second straight score would not be total surprise here. #5 Alluring Rumba (5-2) makes local debut and looms the tepid choice in this wide open finale.

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