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, $119,764

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Race 51-5-4-6In her debut #1 Carnival Lucky (5-2) was a bit outfooted in a one-turn dash. The added ground she’ll get here today in her second start probably will help the cause, and against a pretty modest group of maidens, any improvement should put her in the mix… Another who was outfooted on debut but gets more ground today is #5 Classy Jean (15-1). This one’s been away since May, though, and the work tab doesn’t reveal much; you’ll want to watch the tote board a bit… Morning line favorite #4 Taptap (8-5) won at this level but was DQed 14 months ago, but she’s been beaten nine straight since, and with declining recent form, she’s hard to endorse at short odds. Returning to state-bred company aids the cause… #6 Woodsong’s Castle (4-1) has had the occasional decent try but remains winless in 19 career outings…
Race 71-4-5-2Top choice and morning line favorite #1 Amidships (7-5) has run well in all four starts, and even his last, when fifth in a Laurel stake, was a credible try after showing surprising early zip. Runco’s go-to rider Bocachica takes the reins… #4 Happy Years (5-1) rallied smartly to win on debut after sitting off a breakaway speed duel… The Tim Grams-trained #5 Windsors Tail (5-2) will try two turns for the first time here. Note that regular pilot Peltroche lands on Happy Years instead of this one… Runco also sends out #2 Penguin Parade (9-2) off a second-out victory in last. His debut defeat was flattered when winner Jungle Beast returned to win the West Virginia Futurity…