CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: April 2
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 two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Boneyardholler (7-5) graduated last out against maiden claimers at Penn National and looks for repeat score here for trainer Chris Keller. #5 Hands Down (6-5) has finished third twice against winners after graduating against maiden claimers for trainer Anthony Farrior and looms tepid favorite in this spot. #4 Tommy Pies (5-1) has been second twice in four starts and could certainly earn diploma here for trainer Russell Davis. #1 Run Rabbit (20-1) gets favorable inside draw and could round out several gimmicks at a big price for trainer Tim Shanley.
In this interesting one-turn maiden $12,500 claiming event, #7 R Tap (3-1) was second two back and gets chance for redemption here for trainer Javier Contreras. #4 Dude and Jumper (2-1) exits maiden special weight company and looks destined to possess favorite’s role for trainer James Dean Locklear. #3 Flash of Day (6-1) has been tough to gauge thus far for owner-trainer John McKee. #2 Dinner Bell (7-2) makes local debut for trainer Rhea Pennella following outings against much tougher at Gulfstream Park, Churchill Downs and Saratoga.
- Delaware Park: Stakes-quality allowance featuredDelaware Park kicks off its 2022 meet with an interesting eight-race card that features a stakes-quality allowance and maiden event on the turf.
In this three-turn event for $5,000 claimers that will be immediately followed by another one, #3 Feisty and Sassy (5-1) was second two back and gets the chance to atone for latest outing here for trainer Kevin Joy. #5 Sonde St Blues (9-5) has been second twice since prevailing three back and looms the likely post time choice in this spot for trainer Anthony Farrior. #6 Roof Top Bar (7-2) has been second and third last two tries and gives Farrior solid chance to run one-two here. #7 Gold Fellow (2-1) graduated two back against maiden claimers and will seek to overcome outside draw here for trainer Claudio Gonzalez.
In this three-turn affair for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Mae Sai Princess (8-1) gets favorable inside draw and could be poised for mild upset in this spot for trainer Keith Brown. #4 Just a Bit Sassy (4-1) was second two back and can atone for latest here for trainer Jamey Johnson. #7 Mary’s jewel (6-5) was third in last two against much tougher and looms the solid favorite in this spot for trainer Anthony Rideout II. #5 Mortal Storm (3-1) was good third in local and seasonal debut last out for trainer Ronney Brown and certainly merits respect here.
In this two-turn event for $6,250 claiming fillies and mares, #3 So Red the Roses (5-1) has won three straight and looks set to maintain newfound winning ways for trainer Ronney Brown at a modest price. #4 China Cat (9-5) has been second last two for trainer Anthony Farrior and exits tough starter event and looms the likely favorite here. #5 Dinner At Five (5-2) won last out and seeks second straight for trainer Crystal Pickett. #6 Morality Clause (9-2) also won last out and seeks duplicate tally off six-week break for trainer Jack Hurley.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #1 Lil Mr Matt (10-1) gets favorable inside draw for owner-trainer Tim Collins and looks primed for possibly the biggest upset on the card. #6 Jaxjaxxorjacks (7-5) draws inside likely favorite and could forge mild surprise here for trainer Irving Velez. #7 Master This (1-1) appears the one to beat for trainer Dale Capuano if he can overcome outside post without trouble. #4 In the Gospel (12-1) has performed well in the past and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price.
- The (almost) fabulous fillies of the PreaknessBefore Rachel Alexandra and Swiss Skydiver won the Preakness, these four fillies made a major impact on the Middle Jewel without winning it.
In this two-turn allowance for fillies and mares that will likely serve as a prep for the upcoming $75,000 Original Gold Stakes for state-bred distaffers, #3 Door Buster (6-5) looks to maintain her sharp form for trainer Ollie Figgins III with stakes in three weeks likely next spot. #7 Moonlit Shadow (5-2) was sharp second to the top choice last out for trainer Tim Grams and also appears headed for Original Gold next. #6 Boundtobebad (7-2) has enjoyed stakes success in past and likely headed to Original Gold for trainer John A. Casey after this outing. #1 Mady Rose (6-1) has been consistent sort and gets favorable rail draw for trainer Javier Contreras and stakes likely next stop in three weeks.
In the Saturday night finale, a one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-breds, #9 Cats Diamond Boy (7-2) was solid second last out for trainer Ricardo Rangel and gets favorable outside draw to enhance graduation prospects. #8 Secret Swirl (5-2) has been second once and third once in three outings from trainer Tim Grams and should garner favorite’s role here with good outside post. #7 Mystic O’Shaunesie (5-1) makes career debut off two good gate moves for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. following extended break from training. #5 Quiet Justice (8-1) also makes career debut for trainer Ronney Brown although works indicate two turns could be preferred distance.