CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: February 12
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
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In the Saturday night opener on the eve of Super Bowl Sunday, a one-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event, #3 Split the Pack (9-5) gets the slight nod to forge mild upset in this spot for trainer Scott Lane. #4 Ascended (8-5) will likely assume the favorite’s role at post time for trainer David Walters and certainly merits respect here. #1 Now I’m Broke (5-2) will have to overcome occasionally difficult inside draw in this one-turn dash for trainer Crystal Pickett and makes 17th attempt to garner diploma. #6 Nodus (20-1) deserves a look to round out several gimmicks at a big price.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #5 Windrush Karma (9-5) could cap moderately chalky early daily double in local debut for trainer Tim Salzman. #3 Spunky Ali Cat (3-1) was humbled in seasonal debut late last month but should benefit from that effort and pose threat to the top two choices here. #7 Cheese Louise (8-5) rarely fails to hit the board and now looks to overcome outside draw here for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 City Princess (30-1) has delivered some big efforts in the past and now seeks to complete the superfecta at a big price.
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In this intriguing, one-turn maiden special weight event for older fillies and mares, #3 Aadhanna (2-5) makes local debut after five tries in Southern California and looms the shortest-priced favorite of the night. #5 As It Should Be (2-1) arrives off two starts last spring against maiden special weight foes at Aqueduct and Oaklawn Park and should give the top choice a battle in the lane. #6 Midnight Fling (10-1) has been second twice in six previous outings and deserves a look in seasonal debut. #2 Lady Cinco De Mayo (12-1) also makes seasonal debut following three tries against similar local foes for trainer Dewayne Johnson.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #3 Out of Romance (7-5) ended her previous campaign graduating against maiden claimers and looms the favorite in this spot for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 My Dream Girl (2-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Mike E. Butts and looms main threat to the top choice here. #4 Lookin Back (7-2) already makes third seasonal outing and gives Butts outside chance to run one-two in this spot. #2 Rhythm Tree (12-1) actually graduated against maiden special weight foes here last May and seeks to end modest skid here for trainer James Cornwell, Jr.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #4 High Print (4-1) has finished seventh in each of last two after winning three back but gets nod for mild upset here for trainer Mike E. Butts. #6 Lookin’ Smart (8-5) has been second in each of last two for trainer Jeff Runco and looms the solid favorite to end recent bridesmaid role. #7 Frathouse Music (2-1) won two straight last summer and looks to end mild drought here. #1 Hard Being Me (9-2) gets favorable inside draw for owner-trainer Edwin Tobin and could post mild upset here.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #3 Holiday Bonus (2-1) makes local debut for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. following extensive travels and appearance in a pair of graded stakes earlier in his career. #2 Wall (6-1) won three starts back and looks to regain winning ways at a modest price here. #7 Quick Entry (5-2) won two starts back for trainer Anthony Farrior and could regain winning ways in this spot. #8 Positive Phil (3-1) ended previous campaign with a victory and seeks second straight for Farrior.
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In this one-turn dash for $15,000 claiming three-year-olds, #8 Baytown Jakester (6-1) gets favorable outside draw and looks primed for mild surprise in this spot for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame. #6 Golden Hughes (5-1) makes seasonal debut and exits allowance event for trainer Anthony Farrior. #5 Cairo Calling (9-5) graduated two starts back against maiden special weight event and exits allowance event for trainer Jeff Runco. #2 Cajun Invasion (3-1) graduated three starts back and exits two allowance events for trainer Edward T. “Ned” Allard.
In this two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #5 Boundtobebad (6-5) looks to continue her winning ways as the tepid favorite and represent state-breds against several invading distaffers for trainer John A. Casey. #7 She’s Dancing (7-5) certainly looms a formidable foe in this spot for trainer Flint Stites and could eventually assume favorite’s role. #6 Jamestown Road (10-1) has shown flashes of ability in the past and merits respect at a generous price for trainer James W. Casey. #4 Fudge Cake (15-1) looks to continue successful weekend for Maryland-breds following on the heels of Knicks Go getting Horse of the Year.
In the Saturday night finale, a competitive and contentious one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-bred three-year-olds, #8 Remys Gunsmoke (6-5) looks poised to graduate in this spot and continue superb week for trainer Tim Grams in similar events. #9 My Phoenix (5-2) gets favorable outside draw and certainly merits respect in this spot for trainer John McKee. #10 Man of the Cloth (10-1) makes career debut for owner-breeder-trainer Kathleen Hamlin and seeks to answer some prayers for longshot players. #11 Spirit of Windsor (15-1) deserves a look if he gets in off the also eligible list.