CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: February 26
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $27,203
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In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn event for state-bred $4,000 claimers, #1 Buff N (3-1) won three starts back and should benefit from seasonal debut last out and regain winning ways for trainer Crystal Pickett. #2 Risksrhighpayislow (6-1) already makes fourth start of the year for owner-trainer Michael Atkins and merits respect in this spot. #5 Suzysellseashells (7-2) rarely runs a bad race and looks to end six-month drought here for owner-trainer Ronney Brown. #7 Imagoodchatterbug (6-1) makes seasonal debut here but boasts 10 wins in 42 previous career tries.
In this two-turn event for maiden $12,500 claimers, #2 Sooey’s Princess (3-5) exits maiden special weight company for second seasonal outing and looks poised to graduate here for trainer James W. Casey. #4 Ex Rated (6-1) dropped to similar level last out and should atone for that performance while likely settling for minor spoils here. #6 Nicky D (5-1) was solid second at this level last out for trainer Jamey Johnson and merits respect in this spot. #3 Warriorinthehouse (8-1) was fifth in seasonal debut last out but could improve off that effort for trainer Natasha Aylor.
- Several local runners among Barbara Fritchie nomsThe nominations for the Barbara Fritchie Stakes upcoming at Laurel Park include several local runners, among them last year’s show horse Fille d’Esprit.
In this one-turn allowance dash for state-bred older males, #5 Nico (7-5) looks to atone for latest outings and regain winning ways here for trainer Javier Contreras of Late Night Pow Wow fame, #4 Derby Day Dreams (6-1) was good third in seasonal debut last out after ending previous campaign with a solid score and could forge mild upset here. #3 Fiber Strong (4-1) was solid second last out for trainer Jeff Runco but rarely puts together two good efforts in consecutive races. #1 Shameless Risk (7-2) makes seasonal debut off nine-month respite for trainer Ronney Brown and looms a threat if re
In this one-turn dash for state-bred $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #7 Miss Morgantown (9-2) finished solid third two starts back and could atone for latest effort with favorable outside draw here for trainer Ronney Brown. #5 Meet Ms Bobbi Rae (5-2) has been third three times in last four outings for trainer Ollie Figgins, III of Dance to Bristol fame and merits respect in this spot. #3 Not for Gold (3-1) was sharp second two starts back and can improve off fourth-place effort last out for trainer Keith Brown. #1 Iamthebesttoo (7-2) was solid second last out against similar and could forge mild upset here despite rail draw.
In this two-turn allowance/optional $25,000 claiming event for older runners, #3 Rookie Salsa (9-5) has won both of his local starts for trainer Claudio Gonzalez and seeks three-peat here as the logical favorite. #4 No Change (2-1) also arrives having won both of his starts this year for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and will give the top choice a serious challenge in the lane. #6 Boaster (7-2) has finished third in each of his two tries this year against similar and appears destined for similar role here for trainer Jeff Runco. #1 Martinkelly (8-1) has been fourth and fifth in two local outings and could improve with favorable inside draw.
In this two-turn event for $6,250 claimers, #2 Black Steel (5-1) exits allowance company and could regain winning ways at a generous price here. #1 E J’s Revenge (8-1) won last out and already sports two wins from three starts this year and could forge mild surprise in this spot. #5 King Nekia (5-2) also won last out and seeks second straight for trainer Ronney Brown. #6 Scottsdale (3-1) has been second in each of last two outings at Penn National and returns to potentially winnable spot.
- Which horses had the best post-CT Classic careers?Art Collector’s win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Pegasus got us wondering: which winners of the Charles Town Classic had the best careers after their Classic win?
In this one-turn allowance dash for state-bred fillies and mares, #5 My Pretty Eyes (3-1) triumphed in seasonal debut and looks poised to continue newfound winning ways for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee. #4 Gary Doing Biz (4-1) was sharp second last out and merits respect here for trainer David Walters. #3 Jeanie’s Angel (7-2) makes local debut off series of good efforts against claiming company at Laurel Park for trainer Gary Capuano. #1 Deemed Essential (5-2) graduated three starts back and seeks first tally at the entry level for trainer Anthony Farrior.
In this two-turn allowance for state-bred older boys, #6 Hot Fudge Sonde (2-1) was sharp second last out and has yet to finish worse than second in promising start to career for trainer Jamey Johnson. #7 Master This (4-1) won two back and appears set to atone for fourth-place effort last out for trainer Dale Capuano. #8 River Warrior Rvf (3-1) has been third in each of last two tries at this level for trainer Jeff Runco and seems destined for similar effort here. #4 Bright Dawn (8-1) makes seasonal debut here for trainer A. Ferris Allen III and seeks first win since Coin Collector Stakes score 21 months ago.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #9 Big Mamba (7-2) won last out in local and seasonal debut and seeks repeat score here for trainer Kristy Gazzier. #8 Talkthetalk (5-2) won two starts back and was solid third in seasonal debut last out and looms the post time choice in this spot for trainer David Walters. #10 Wild Cappucino (10-1) won last out in seasonal debut and seeks second straight tally at a generous price despite outside post. #11 Dustwhirl Wonder (10-1) merits respect if she draws in off the AE list here for trainer Mike Jones , Jr.