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

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, $58,764

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Race 67-6-3-1The likely post-time favorite in this starter allowance is #3 Bearakontie (6-5), who’s won five of six, beating up on similar at Penn National while logging five consecutive main-track victories and posting big Beyer figs for this group. All that said, we’re going to take a swing against her; she’s been off since October, is showing only three works in the interim, and will be racing at CT for the first time. If she fires her best shot, she probably wins here, but all of those factors suggest she may not be at her very best, which makes her more vulnerable than 6-5 suggests… #7 Jessica (5-2) gets the nod for us. She’s another on a heater, having won five straight for trainer Anthony Farrior while ascending the class ladder; the last two came against these sorts. She’s speedy but doesn’t have to have the lead, and so she figures either to lead or sit right off Bearakontie in the early going… #6 Mary’s Jewel (12-1) figures to be running late, and if the pace heats up, she might be one to pick up the pieces…. #1 Sherwood Lady (20-1) will need to find her best form to contend for top honors…
Race 75-7-4-2Top choice #5 River Rewards Rvf (4-1) looks to have been an astute claim by trainer Ronney Brown. He claimed her out of her winning debut, and he immediately jumped her up into allowance company, where she ran a good second. The top two to run back from that race won their follow-ups, one in allowance company… Morning line fave #7 Someday Is Today (1-1) certainly looked like a good thing in winning off by six lengths in her local bow last out. But we’re not sure how much she beat — no other runner had ever recorded a Beyer above 46 prior — and that was all the way back in May. She hasn’t raced since, and that’s a cause for concern, especially when contemplating short odds. Trainer Jerry O’Dwyer is 2-for-21 off similar layoffs… #4 Love to Zoom (5-1) hasn’t been great in her last couple, but she has a couple of earlier tries that would fit here… #2 How Is She (15-1) likewise has a couple of tries that would contend…