CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: February 5
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
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In the opening race on the Saturday night card, a two-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred older runners, #3 Jackson Man (1-1) looks poised to finally garner his diploma in career start number 11 for trainer Glenn Harrison of Mean Bean fame. #1 Quid Pro Quo (7-5) was good third in seasonal debut and has been in the money four times in five lifetime tries to date for trainer Ronney Brown. #4 Golden Mettle (6-1) is hoping the 13th time is the charm for trainer Kathleen Hamlin who is also in quest of her first career winner. #5 Small Paw (10-1) makes career debut off series of modest works for owner-trainer Angelo Jackson.
In this one-turn dash for claiming fillies and mares that caps the early daily double, #7 Meet Ms Bobbi Rae (3-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Ollie Figgins IIII of Dance to Bristol fame and gets the nod to prevail in this spot. #5 Not for Gold (5-2) appears primed for good effort here for trainer Keith Brown. #3 Miss Morgantown (2-1) looms the tepid post-time choice here for trainer Ronney Brown and merits respect. #4 La Rufina (4-1) generally fires at this distance and cannot be overlooked in this contentious affair.
- Delaware Park: Stakes-quality allowance featuredDelaware Park kicks off its 2022 meet with an interesting eight-race card that features a stakes-quality allowance and maiden event on the turf.
In this two-turn event for claimers, #1 Silver and Blues (3-5) gets favorable inside draw and looks ready to score as the odds-on choice here. #3 Magnificent Rocket (5-1) should be a factor late and could forge mild upset for trainer Robert Lester. #4 Nicky D (9-2) arrives with upset potential for trainer Jamey Johnson. #5 Sterling Ariel (15-1) could round out several gimmicks at a generous price for trainer Mike Jones, Jr.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #3 Volnay (5-2) graduated here against maiden claimers last summer and returns after three tries at Laurel Park for trainer Dale Capuano. #4 Tiz Michelle’s Way (4-1) makes seasonal debut for trainer Chris Keller and could forge mild upset here. #7 Hard Chant (7-2) also makes seasonal debut for trainer Irving Velez and merits respect. #8 Callinghercollins (3-1) could find favorite’s role despite outside draw for trainer Jeff Runco.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #4 Never Compromise (7-5) posted sharp score in seasonal debut for trainer Anthony Farrior and looks set to repeat here as the solid choice. #5 Moss Boss (5-2) exits allowance company in seasonal debut and merits respect here for trainer Kevin Joy. #6 Bock (8-1) makes seasonal and local debut for trainer Amy Albright after five good efforts at Penn National that featured a pair of wins. #2 Rrace Day Warrior (5-1) has been third each of last three tries and could improve on those outings here for trainer M. Joanna Boggs.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Courageous Grace (5-2) was solid second in seasonal debut and looks poised for mild upset in this spot with favorable rail draw for trainer Saul Ramirez. #2 Dinner At Five (8-5) makes seasonal debut for trainer Ronney Brown but likely assumes the favorite’s role here. #5 China Cat (4-1) seeks to atone for seasonal bow and merits respect for trainer Anthony Farrior. #6 Lady Kaza (9-2) was good third in seasonal debut for trainer Kevin Joy and could forge mild upset here.
- The (almost) fabulous fillies of the PreaknessBefore Rachel Alexandra and Swiss Skydiver won the Preakness, these four fillies made a major impact on the Middle Jewel without winning it.
In this competitive, two-turn allowance/optional $25,000 claiming event for older runners, #5 Command the Cat (3-1) looks poised to regain his winning ways in this spot for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee. #2 Boaster (4-1) looms capable of forging a mild upset with his patented late kick for trainer Jeff Runco. #3 Rookie Salsa (5-2) posted a sharp two-length score in his local debut last out for trainer Claudio Gonzalez and will likely be solid favorite in this spot. #7 Another Victory (7-2) makes first start off the claim for trainer Ronney Brown and certainly merits respect in this condition at this distance.
In this two-turn event for state-bred older runners, #3 River Warrior RVF (3-1) gets the nod in this wide-open event and marks rare occasion when Runco-Bocachica tandem will not be the post time choice. #4 Master This (7-5) ended previous campaign by taking his last two starts for trainer Dale Capuano and looms the favorite despite modest respite. #6 Hot Fudge Sonde (7-2) won twice and was second twice in four starts last year for trainer Jamey Johnson and owner Mark Russell of Russell Road fame and could forge mild surprise here. #5 Hopping Henry (6-1) is still looking to regain freshman form for owner-breeder-trainer Michael Sterling.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $4,000 claimers, #5 Perfetto (9-2) was solid second in seasonal debut and looks set to attain 10th career score for trainer Jami Poole. #3 Kichiro (7-5) looms the potential odds-on favorite here for trainer Irving Velez and merits respect in this spot. #6 Poppy’s Two Step (5-1) makes seasonal debut for trainer Michael Sandoval and could forge mild surprise. #9 Late Breaking News (4-1) deserves a look despite outside post draw for trainer Crystal Pickett.