CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: DECEMBER 17
Charles Town Races has a nine-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, $151,969 (mandatory payout on Dec. 18)
- Deciding Vote is “aye” for MATCH Series titleDeciding Vote earned a narrow win in Monday’s Sal Debunda PTHA President’s Cup at Parx Racing to secure the 2022 MATCH Series title.
|Race 4||7-1-3-4||Not completely enamored of the morning line favorite here in #3 Castle Lights (7-5), especially at the short odds; she’s winless in four tries against maidens and has also been clobbered twice in stakes company. She’s certainly shown enough to be a contender and could win, but the value proposition looks off-kilter, so we’ll try to beat her with #7 My Sister Pam (3-1). My Sister Pam was a bit fractious in the gate and broke a bit slowly on debut before moving up not far off the pace; from there, though, she tired to end up a well-beaten fifth. She has every right to improve in her second career start, and note that the beaten favorite that day, Tiz a Country Girl, returned to win nicely last night… Trainer Tim Grams has a pair of first-timers in #1 Nordic Dancer (7-2) and #4 Cedar’s Wish (4-1). Against what seems to be a modest group, if either can run they should make an impact here. Of the two, Nordic Dancer seems to be working a bit more forwardly…|
|Race 8||11-4-5-3||No other horse in this a-other-than will be enjoying more class relief than #11 Felix the Fox (7-2). The Tapit gelding showed up in a second-level allowance at Laurel Park last out, rallying into sixth while never a threat. In his third start off a one-year break, and against easier company, he has every right to move forward… #4 Martin Man (9-5) is in career-best form at age six. The Charitable Man gelding trained by Wade Sanderson ran a very good second behind the undefeated Muad’dib in the A Huevo at 46-1 and followed that up with a second against similar to these. He should be a major player here… There’s a pretty good chance the horse they’ll be trying to reel in is #5 Charitable Spenny (15-1). He never got a sniff of the lead last out when throwing in a clunker, and he might not be good enough to get the money, but his best efforts — when in front early — put him on the board here… His form’s a bit in-and-out, but the best efforts from #3 Bop Marley (8-1) aren’t bad at all. Regular pilot Antonio Lopez returns after missing this one’s last…|