CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: March 18
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, $95,203
- 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.
Love the effort of #3 Tennis Tap (6-1) last time out. The Jeff Runco trainee dueled most of the way with the favorite, dispatched that rival late, and held the closers safe. Looks like the light bulb may have gone on for this one… #5 Aim’s Jubilee (5-2) likely benefits from the additional half-furlong here: her two recent tries at 6 1/2 have seen her late rally end up just short, but in her two prior efforts at today’s distance, she owns a win and a runner-up effort in a stake… Morning line fave #6 Yolo Charlotte (8-5) hasn’t done much wrong, and we don’t hold that third-place finish last out against her when she hesitated at the break. But we’re also not inspired to accept 8-5 on a horse trying two turns for the first time… #1 River Rewards RVF (8-1) led late last time before settling for fourth. Let’s see if she can build on that in her third try after a freshening…
Most of the logical players in this allowance/optional claimer want the early lead. That’s not surprising — it’s a 4 1/2-furlong dash. But it does open up the possibility of a horse rallying from farther back to get the money, and the horse that does that could be #7 Manarola (6-1). The Javier Contreras trainee has run OK in her two starts after a three-month break, has won against similar, and reunites with rider Antonio Lopez. With Lopez aboard, Manarola finished first or second in four consecutive starts to conclude her ’21 campaign… The ultra-quick #3 My Best Friend (2-1) is the most likely runner to grab the early advantage and take ’em all the way. She’s won two straight impressively at the trip and should be on the engine once again… It might be she’s just not that horse anymore, but let’s give one more crack to #6 Nice n’ Broad (20-1). She won against similar last year, was off from May until late January, and makes her third start off the bench here… Trainer Anthony Farrior has a pair in here in My Best Friend and #4 Lookingforanewspot (5-1). This one won last out against starter foes and has leading rider Bocachica aboard; it looks like My Best Friend is quicker early, though, so this one likely hopes for a stalk-and-pounce trip…