CHARLES TOWN PICKS AND ANALYSIS: April 16
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 maiden special weight event for state-bred three-year-old fillies, #1 May Mays Castle (3-5) may finally end bridesmaid status at a very short price for trainer James W. Casey. #2 Juju On Da Beat (7-2) was sharp second in debut and can improve on fourth-place effort last out. #5 My Sister Pam (5-1) was solid second last out and merits respect here for trainer Javier Contreras. #3 Breadman’s Rosebud (15-1) was second against maiden claimers last out and makes jump back to toughest level.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #2 Golden Account (8-5) makes local debut for trainer Norm Cash and gets the nod for mild upset here. #3 Suzysellsseashells (7-5) has been second in each of last two after sharp score and looms the solid favorite in this spot for trainer Ronney Brown. #6 Cruz in the Castle (5-2) won two back and gets chance to atone for latest effort for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Victory Royale (15-1) was solid third last out after three modest tries since arriving from Mountaineer Park.
- 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, #1 Holiday Bonus (7-2) gets favorable inside draw for marathon affair for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and gets nod for mild upset. #5 Auts Revolution (7-5) has maintained good form for various local trainers and looms favorite here for trainer Ronney Brown. #7 Jungle Warrior (8-5) merits respect for trainer Anthony Farrior despite tricky outside draw. #2 The Iron Bank (20-1) gets good inside slot and could round out several gimmicks at a generous price.
In this two-turn event for maiden $12,500 claimers, #2 Officer Slew (8-5) exits maiden special weight company after three tries and looms set to graduate for a tag for trainer John Carlisle. #3 Hook the Chain (6-1) has been second at this level three times in the past for trainer M. Joanna Boggs and merits respect here at decent price. #7 Taptap (9-5) seeks to earn diploma in 20th lifetime attempt. #4 Medal Genius (8-1) looking to graduate in eighth career outing.
In this competitive, two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #3 Mending (4-1) was solid second in local debut for trainer Anthony Farrior and gets nod to edge a bevy of solid invaders here. #2 Saratoga Beauty (3-1) has been first and second in two recent outings at Aqueduct and makes local debut for trainer Jeff Englehart as likely tepid favorite. #4 Pettigo Girl (5-1) makes local debut ans seeking first win in six tries this year for trainer Gary Contessa. #5 Trumpet Lilly (9-2) also makes local debut for trainer Norm Cash and merits respect in wide open event.
In this interesting, two-turn allowance for state-breds, #7 Jungle Beast (5-2) returns to two-turn distance after humbled in one-turn sprint last out and last year’s West Virginia Futurity hero gets nod here for trainer Javier Contreras. #1 Shameless Risk (7-2) gets favorable rail draw and may finally end 15-month drought in this spot for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 Spunman (4-1) has been second in each of last two for trainer Jeff Runco and merits respect here. #4 Spanglish (5-1) has won both outings this year for trainer Elizabeth Meehan and looms a major player in contentious affair.
- 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 state-breds, #2 Settlement Date (8-1) graduated at first asking in a one-turn maiden special weight dash on St. Patrick’s Day and seeks to tally against winners at a generous price while stretching out for trainer Analisa Larrosa. #3 Late in the Game (7-2) graduated last out in eighth attempt for trainer James W. Casey and stakes-placed runner looms a threat here. #6 My Boy Clyde (9-2) has been fifth and fourth in two seasonal outings since graduating last fall for trainer Javier Contreras but could atone in this spot. #7 Tyry Tyrannosaurus (4-1) merits respect here for trainer Jeff Runco.
In the Saturday night finale, a one-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event, #8 Hink’s Paladin (6-1) makes local debut for trainer Rebecca Johnston and gets favorable outside draw which could lead to reversal of initial outing at Turfway Park. #7 Bought by Diva (6-1) was solid second last out for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame and post could enhance chances of graduating here. #6 Hurricane Amigo (3-1) has been second in each of last two and runner-up four times in 20 previous tries for trainer Linda Dollinger-Stehr and career maiden might be on the verge of earning diploma as the favorite. #4 Ascended (4-1) was second two back for trainer David Walters and merits respect in this spot.