CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: March 19
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
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In the Saturday night opener, a rare, three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Postino’s Story (3-1) graduated last out against maiden claiming foes and seeks second straight tally here for owner-trainer Ronney Brown. #3 Roof Top Bar (8-5) has been third in each of last two outings for trainer Anthony Farrior and looms the likely post time choice in this spot. #6 Lufty’s Kisses (8-1) was decent fourth last out but could improve in this spot for trainer Rhea Pennella. #7 Hands Down (5-2) graduated against maiden claimers two back and gives Farrior a chance to run one-two here.
In this three-turn allowance for older runners, #6 Epimythium (9-5) has tried five different ovals since graduating against maiden claimers et Ellis Park and makes local debut here for trainer Anna Meah. #8 Medicine Tail (7-5) arrives off modest effort against allowance foes at Aqueduct last out and seeks first win since graduating against maiden special weight foes at Ellie Park at age two. #5 Narmer (5-1) finished solid third against allowance foes at Penn National last out for trainer Jonathan Maldonado and seeks first win since besting maiden claimers at Laurel Park last November. #3 I Am That I Am (10-1) has faced allowance foes at numerous ovals and looking to win at this level for owner-trainer Abdul Williams.
- 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 two-turn event for $15,000 claimers, #1 Charitably Gifted (2-1) exits allowance company and gets favorable rail draw for trainer Javier Contreras. #5 Mio Graceland (7-2) exits allowance level and was solid second at this level two back and certainly merits respect here. #6 Doc Elm (5-2) also exits allowance company and graduated two back against maiden special weight foes. #7 Happy Years (9-2) gives Contreras outside chance to run one-two here.
In this one-turn dash for claimers, #7 Bahamian Girl (3-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Kristy Gazzier and gets the nod to forge mild upset here. #5 Artemis Rising (7-2) has been fourth in each of last two at Penn National but certainly merits respect in local debut for trainer Eduardo Rojas. #4 Exact (5-2) was solid second two back and can atone for latest outing as tepid favorite. #2 Uncanny (6-1) has been sixth in each of last two for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame but could round out several gimmicks at a generous price.
In this two-turn allowance for older runners, #1 Bubba Grump (9-2) won last out and sports seven wins overall for trainer Javier Contreras and owner-breeder O’Sullivan Farms and gets favorable inside draw here. #4 Algebraic (9-5) won two back at Laurel Park and won here last fall for trainer Hugh McMahon and looms the solid favorite in this spot. #6 Rookie Salsa (3-1) had two-race win streak snapped out last but merits respect here for trainer Claudio Gonzalez. #2 Boaster (6-1) has been consistent local sort for years for trainer Jeff Runco and could round out several gimmicks here.
In this three-turn allowance/optional claiming event, #3 Goodluckchuck (4-1) returns after four outings against starter claiming foes and sports a prior win over the strip for trainer W. Robert Bailes. #6 Cielo Azul (7-5) has won last two local starts and could be odds-on in three-peat bid here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Tivano (3-1) has delivered three good efforts since arriving from Delaware Park for trainer Jack Hurley and merits respect in this spot. #2 Hobe Sound (6-1) has been second and third in last two tries and merits respect here at a modest price.
- 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 interesting and very competitive, one-turn allowance dash for fillies and mares, #9 My Pretty Eyes (4-1) has won both of her seasonal outings and three straight overall for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and gets favorable outside draw here. #7 Aadhana (7-2) was sharp maiden special weight winner in local debut and will be the one others will need to reel in final furlong. #2 Deemed Essential (6-1) was sharp second last out for Farrior and could forge mild upset in this spot. #1 Mamba Queen (8-5) makes local debut after facing much tougher in Florida and California but could be vulnerable here with tricky rail draw.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn affair for $5,000 claiming distaffers, #1 Lady Kaza (6-1) gets favorable rail draw for trainer Kevin Joy and deserves a look to end the card with an upset. #4 Gallinella (1-1) looms the potential odds-on favorite in this spot for trainer Dale Capuano. #7 So Red the Rose (5-2) has already won both of her seasonal outings and certainly merits respect here for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 Earned the Shot (8-1) has been third in each of last two for trainer Tim Shanley but could complete several gimmicks here at a decent price.