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

Charles Town Races has an eight-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,

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Race 11-5-4-2Is #1 Someday Is Today (3-5) fixing to become a local star? That’s a question we’ll take a step towards answering in this contest. The Carpe Diem filly has won two straight, each by more than six lengths, and figures to handle this group. She’s shown the versatility to win on the lead or stalk the pace, and she returned last out after an eight-month break to win with ease. For this one, she’ll switch into the barn of Anthony Farrior, who’s winning at a 41% clip over the strip… Perennial leading trainer Jeff Runco, off to a slow start thus far in ’22, will send out #5 Heretodaygonmanana (5-1) for her seasonal debut. Last time out she was second versus similar, though notably the three to run back have not done well in their follow-ups… In her first start in nearly three months, #4 Feel the Love (8-1) narrowly prevailed against N2L allowance rivals with a career-best speed fig. Maybe the light bulb’s gone on? #2 Cedars Bulls Eye (9-2) won nicely in her final start of ’21 and will make her season bow here for trainer Tim Grams, who’s won with three of 10 starters off similar breaks…
Race 77-3-8-4His speed figs are a bit light for this group, but there’s nothing wrong with how #7 My Boy Clyde (8-1) has performed in his young career to date. The sophomore — he’ll be taking on his elders, which is a heavy lift — was second and then first in his first two starts. Trainer Javier Contreras wins 24% of the time off similar layoffs, and the race this guy won looks to have been solid: four of the top five to run back finished in the triple next out, including a winner… Useful return to action last out for #3 C R’s Mandate (3-1). The Strong Mandate gelding returned from a two-month break to run third against similar foes in a 4 1/2-furlong dash. That looks to have been more of a work, as this guy has done his best around two turns (his five best finishes all came at 6 1/2 or 7 furlongs). Look for him to be a factor this evening… His form’s been a little bit in-and-out, but his better efforts would put #8 Spanglish (9-2) right there vying for top honors. He ran second against similar two back and will make his first start in two months here… #4 A Farewell Yodel (5-1) broke his maiden two back ahead of next-out winner Jackson Man, who’s also here, He disappointed as the favorite last out, but trainer Jack Hurley moves him back up into allowance company for his third start off the bench…