Charles Town picks and analysis: April 30
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $102,651
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In the opening race on the final Saturday night card in April, a two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Christine’s Cosmo (7-5) gets favorable inside draw and should provide somewhat chalky start to the program for trainer Ronney Brown. #4 Toy Tiger (4-1) looms a genuine threat to the top choice for trainer Kevin Joy. #7 Keen Machine (5-2) merits respect in this spot for trainer Anthony Farrior and should be capable of overcoming outside draw. #5 Urkillingmebeth (5-1) could round out several gimmicks at a decent price for trainer David Walters.
n this two-turn event for state-bred $10,000 claiming fillies and mares, #3 Bonnie Bluetooth (6-5) finished second last out and draws inside her main rivals and gets nod to cap the early daily double as solid choice for trainer Ollie Figgins III. #4 Hook the Chain (3-1) graduated last out against maiden claimers for trainer M. Joanna Boggs and merits respect tackling winners here. #5 Proudly Elegant (6-1) has been consistent sort for trainer Kristy Gazzier and figures to round out trifecta. #6 Ex Rated (7-2) exits allowance company last two outings after graduating against maiden claiming foes and certainly merits respect here for trainer Angelo Jackson.
- Art Collector scores in G1 PegasusArt Collector drew off in the stretch for a dominant win at long odds in Saturday’s G1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.
In this two-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event, #2 Channel Scent (9-2) was solid third last out for owner-trainer John McKee and could graduate at a decent price here. #8 She’s Miss Artie (1-1) finished fifth against maiden claiming foes at Laurel Park in career debut last out for trainer Anthony Farrior and looms likely odds-on choice in this spot. #1 Willow’s Charm (8-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Carlos Mancilla following two decent local tries. #6 Saw (4-1) makes local debut after five tries at Penn National for trainer Alexandra Hillegas.
In this two-turn event for $6,250 claimers, #3 Quick Entry (5-2) was solid second last out and winner two back for trainer Ronney Brown and gets the nod here as tepid favorite. #2 Big Hambone (7-2) has been third three times in four starts this year for trainer Mike E. Butts and can improve on recent shot spots here. #1 Dark Ages (6-1) makes local debut after facing tougher at Parx and Gulfstream Park and could forge mild surprise in this spot. #5 One More Factor (8-1) exits starter allowance company for trainer Victor Espinosa of Noble’s Honey fame.
In this two-turn event for $15,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Walk a Fine Line (7-2) defeated claimers two starts back for owner-trainer Javier Contreras and gets favorable rail draw in competitive affair. #3 Love to Zoom (4-1) exits allowance company for trainer Ronney Brown and looms a threat in this spot. #2 Heretodaygonemanana (5-2) also exits several allowance events for trainer Jeff Runco and likely assumes favorite’s role at post time. #4 Cedars Bulls Eye (9-2) has also been spotted primarily in allowance races of late for trainer Tim Grams and could forge mild upset here
In this competitive, one-turn allowance dash for fillies and mares, #4 My Pretty Eyes (4-1) gets another chance at the level for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and gets nod in wide open affair. #6 Uncanny (8-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Stacey Viands and merits respect as potential longest price in the field. #5 Bahamian Girl (7-2) has been in good form of late for trainer Kristy Gazzier and poses a genuine threat here. #1 Mamba Queen (5-2) raced well off the layoff but must overcome tricky rail draw for trainer Anthony Farrior as likely tepid favorite.
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In this very intriguing, two-turn allowance for state-breds, #6 Runnin’toluvya (8-5) makes long-awaited return from 16-month layoff and former Grade 2 Charles Town Classic and West Virginia Breeders Classic hero looks poised for score for owner-trainer Tim Grams. #4 Social Chic (9-5) was last year’s champion state-bred three-year-old male and makes seasonal debut for trainer Jeff Runco in tougher spot than expected. #5 Candy Invasion (9-2) has performed well in similar events and could complete several gimmicks at a decent price, #3 Shameless Rick (4-1) has been a model of consistency for trainer Ronney Brown and gets serious test here.
In the Saturday finale and the final race of the month, another two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Just a Bit Sassy (9-2) finally gets favorable inside draw and looks poised for mild upset for trainer Jamey Johnson. #3 Centerfold Angel (4-1) draws alongside the top choice and merits respect here for trainer Keith Brown. #8 Had the Notion (3-1) will have to overcome tough draw as the tepid choice for trainer Dale Capuano. #9 Gold and Strike (6-1) cannot be overlooked despite outsidedraw here for trainer Anthony Farrior.