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, $33,234

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Race 6




It’ll be the first start in about 10 months for top choice #1 Drive by Layover (4-1). The Dale Capuano trainee was a near-miss second on debut at the $25,000 maiden claiming level at Pimlico first out, then was up the track and claimed by Capuano versus better. The move here puts him in what should be relatively similar company to that which he saw at first asking, and it also protects the investment, since this is not a claiming event. Capuano has a good record off layoffs, and rider Carlos Lopez is on a heater (31% at the meet)… #5 Hello Amigo (3-1) returned from a freshening with a decent try going 4 1/2 furlongs, and the added ground should help the cause today. The bad news: 21 winless starts and counting… Morning line favorite #2 More Please (5-2) ran a good one last out when second versus similar after leading a long way. But the Graydar gelding is another who’s faced — and lost to — similar or lesser several times… Capuano will send out a pair in here with the other being first-timer #4 Lunar Dash (8-1). The sophomore Holy Boss gelding has a somewhat nondescript work tab but does attract top local bug rider Marshall Mendez…

Race 7


Let’s take a swing at an upset in this contest with #6 Strolling Through (8-1). The Analia Larrosa trainee will need to take a step forward here, but she’s lightly raced enough that that’s not out of the realm. She also figures to be the controlling speed in a race short on other early types; she’s fast enough that she wired the field two back in a maiden event, and while she did not run well last time, she also couldn’t make the lead. She ought to be able to establish the front today… Stretching back out to two turns should be a big plus for #3 Whale of a Time (8-5), who ran evenly last out going 4 1/2 furlongs. Notably, jock Fredy Peltroche jumps ship, to #5 Aim’s Jubilee (7-5), who has been second or third three straight versus similar… Her first try against winners wasn’t good, but let’s give another shot to the Runco-trained #4 Tennis Tap (6-1)