Charles Town picks and analysis: April 23

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Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!

Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $66,747

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In the Saturday night opener, a one-turn event for maiden $5,000 claimers, #7 Fearnought (8-1) makes big drop after debut against maiden special weight company and gets favorable outside draw for this spot. #6 Juba Junior (7-2) exits maiden special weight after three tries for trainer M. Joanna Boggs and looms major player. #5 Bought by Diva (4-1) finished solid second two back for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame. #3 Jokes R Flying (8-5) exits maiden special weight company following three outings and looms the likely favorite here.



In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Trigz Too (5-2) was solid third in local debut and gets favorable inside spot for return effort. #3 Holiday Avenue (9-5) graduated against maiden claimers last out and seeks second straight for trainer Anthony Farrior. #4 Stalking (5-1) also graduated last out against maiden claiming company and looks to repeat here for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 Tommy Pies (12-1) also gets favorable inside draw and could round out several gimmicks at a generous price.



In this one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-breds, #6 Remys Gunsmoke (7-5) exits fast maiden special weight split while chasing sharp debut winner and should graduate here for trainer Tim Grams. #7 Primetime Jet (4-1) makes career debut off a pair of solid gate moves for trainer Ronney Brown and looms main threat to top pick. #9 Mystic O’Shaunesie (9-2) was solid second in career debut three weeks ago for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and merits respect with favorable outside draw. #2 Cats Diamond Boy (6-1) was solid second two back and deserves chance to atone for latest outing.



In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Fashion Icon (5-1) was solid fourth in seasonal debut three weeks ago and deserves chance to improve on that effort for trainer James Dean Locklear. #5 Partly Dandy (6-5) exits allowance company after besting claimers in late January and likely secures favorite’s role for trainer Ronney Brown. #9 Tizbit (9-5) has been third and fourth in two outings since capturing allowance event at Mountaineer Park for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Rhythm Tree (20-1) gets favorable inside draw and could complete several gimmicks at a very generous price.



In this one-turn allowance dash for state-bred fillies and mares, #9 Cherokee Castle (8-1) has been second and third in last two allowance tries and favorable outside draw should enhance chances of Ronney Brown trainee. #8 Seneca Rocks (2-1) won at first asking last fall for trainer Javier Contreras but will have to overcome six-month break to record second straight tally. #11 Cousin Winnie (10-1) merits respect for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee if she gets in off the also eligible list. #7 Slewing (12-1) graduated against maiden special weight foes two starts back and was solid second last out at the level for owner-trainer Janice Groves.



In the first of two $75,000 stakes for West Virginia-breds on the card, the Original Gold for state-bred fillies and mares, #3 Star of Night (1-5) brings a nine-race win streak into this event and two-time West Virginia-bred horse of the year likely gets 10th straight here at a very short price for trainer Jeff Runco. #6 Door Buster (8-1) was last year’s champion state-bred three-year-old filly and gets second chance to topple the top choice here for trainer Ollie Figgins III. #7 Boundtobebad (15-1) has been second in all three starts this year for trainer John A. Casey and merits respect at a generous price. #8 Azzurra (6-1) has won two straight and three of four this year for trainer Anthony Farrior and looms a major player in this event.



In the second of two stakes on the card, the $75,000 Confucius Say for state-breds, #7 No Change (9-2) has won all three of his starts this year for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and gets the nod for mild upset in co-feature. #8 Penguin Power (7-5) has tried a pair of open stakes at Laurel Park since winning the Onion Juice here last fall for trainer Jeff Runco and certainly looms the one to beat here. #4 Fiber and Emily (10-1) has won both of his starts this year and three straight overall for owner-breeder-trainer William Earl Atkins and merits respect here at a generous price. #5 Fancy Concho (6-1) has always been consistent sort for trainer Tim Grams and cannot be overlooked in this spot.



In the Saturday finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Officer Appeal (5-1) makes second start since exiting allowance company and gets the nod for minor upset. #4 Indiana Red (4-1) has tried tougher since graduating against maiden claimers and certainly merits respect in this spot. #7 Sonde St Blues (7-2) has been model of consistency this year and gives trainer Anthony Farrior chance to run one-two in this spot. #9 Chestnut Lime (5-1) has won two of three outings this year for trainer Ronney Brown and could prevail at a decent price in the Saturday night finale.