CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: DECEMBER 4
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $95,191
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In the opening race on the first Saturday night card in December, a competitive, one-turn allowance dash for fillies and mares, #6 Shellby (7-5) arrives off sharp third-place finish at Churchill Downs and looks poised to score in her local debut as the solid choice. #5 Deemed Essential (6-1) graduated in her 10th try last out for trainer Ronney Brown but could forge mild upset facing winners for the first time. #2 Practically Dizzy (5-2) defeated claimers last out at Laurel Park last out for trainer Claudio Gonzalez and could repeat in this spot. #4 Stylish Paint (9-2) gives Brown outside chance to run one-two with pair of price horses.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 J J Wedgit Man (3-1) has been second in each of last two and looks poised to shed bridesmaid status in this spot for trainer Tim Collins. #3 Twobitsaride (5-2) won last out and could certainly repeat here as the possible favorite. #8 Lufty’s Kisses (2-1) was good third last out and seeks first win since allowance tally at Mountaineer Park. #2 Boondoggle (6-1) makes local debut and could finally hit the board in eighth seasonal outing.
- Several local runners among Barbara Fritchie nomsThe nominations for the Barbara Fritchie Stakes upcoming at Laurel Park include several local runners, among them last year’s show horse Fille d’Esprit.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #6 Zip the Lip (2-1) makes local debut for trainer John [Jerry] Robb of Little Bold John and Anna’s Bandit fame and looks poised to attain overdue score here. #7 Charlie Potatoes (9-5) won last out in local debut and could post second straight tally in competitive group. #13 Paint Music For Me (8-5) was sharp second last out and would assume favorite’s role here for trainer Kieron Magee if he draws in off the also eligible list. #12 Run Rabbit (9-2) exits allowance company and returns to winnable spot if he draws in.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares, #5 Until Now (5-2) has faced tougher in recent starts returns to a winnable spot for trainer Kristy Gazzier. #6 Callinghercollins (2-1) won last out and looks capable of repeat score here as the likely favorite for trainer Jeff Runco. #3 My Expensive Gift (6-1) exits allowance company, won three back at Delaware Park and merits respect here. #4 Cairo Queen (8-1) makes local debut and seeks first seasonal score in 12th try.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Just a Bit Sassy (9-5) exits a pair of tough starter allowance events and looks to regain his winning ways here as the solid favorite courtesy of favorable inside draw. #4 Hardscratch (9-2) defeated similar last out and seeks second straight here for trainer Ronney Brown. #5 Talkthetalk (2-1) has been second and third in last two after posting most recent tally for trainer David Walters and will get ample support in this spot. #3 Intoxicologist (10-1) won two back and merits respect in this spot at a big price.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Kite Surfer (8-1) was promising third in second start back and looks capable of prevailing at a generous price here. #4 Fancy Castle (5-2) showed ample promise early in his career and now seeking to regain winning ways for trainer Ronney Brown. #9 Tickling Springs (7-2) won three starts back and merits respect in this spot for trainer Edwin Tobin. #8 Nazca Mystery (5-1) gives Gazzier outside chance to run one-two here.
- Which horses had the best post-CT Classic careers?Art Collector’s win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Pegasus got us wondering: which winners of the Charles Town Classic had the best careers after their Classic win?
In this one-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, #7 Eye of the Needle (5-2) was good third against similar last out after graduating two back and looks to regain winning ways here for trainer David Walters. #5 Love to Zoom (2-1) has been facing similar last three since September maiden score and could rebound here for trainer Ronney Brown. #1 Snowy Juba Cat (9-5) was sharp second against winners last out after graduating in her debut and seeks second tally while attempting to overcome inside draw. #6 Denali d’Oro (6-1) was good third last out and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price.
In the Saturday night finale, #12 Bads Lil Lady (5-1) is hoping to draw into the race and then make 21st time the charm in this one-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event for fillies and mares. #11 Reveirs Minute (4-1) makes fourth stat start off long layoff for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and merits respect if she draws in. #8 Castle’s Tuffy (5-1) is seeking to garner diploma in her 12th try for trainer Victor Espinosa of Noble’s Honey fame. #6 Real Appeal (5-2) hoping 15th time is the charm for trainer Joseph Stehr.