Charles Town picks and analysis: May 7
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $140,799
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In the opening race on the first Saturday night card in May and expected to be offered not long after the 148th Kentucky Derby is made official, #1 Cruz In The Castle (9-5) gets a favorable inside draw for this two-turn event for claimers and should be the one to reel in late. #3 Mortal Storm (6-5) was second in each of last two outings and looks destined to play favorite’s role in this spot for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 Chit Chat Girl (7-2) has been third twice in four starts this year and can atone for fifth-place effort last out. #4 Whiz Pass (15-1) has been fourth twice this year and looks destined for similar finish at a generous price for trainer Natasha Aylor.
In this wide open one-turn claiming event that will cap the early daily double, #7 Henry Standingbear (5-1) gets favorable outside draw and gets the nod to forge mild upset here. #6 Agent Stone (8-1) should also benefit from post position and merits respect at a decent price. #5 Tapping (6-1) was good third in seasonal debut and could benefit from that outing here at a generous price. #4 Smellslikemoney (15-1) graduated in March and seeks to regain winning ways as major surprise here.
- Delaware Park set for 2022 openingDelaware Park will kick off its 2022 meet May 25, and hopes are high for a strong season in Stanton.
In this one-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event, #6 Ascended (7-2) has been second three times and third three times in 14 career tries for trainer David Walters but may finally earn diploma here. #5 Dinner Bell (5-1) has yet to hit the board in eight career tries but exits maiden special weight company and could forge mild surprise in this spot. #4 Hurricane Amigo (3-1) has been second three times in five tries this year for trainer Linda Dohlinger-Stehr and looms post time choice here. #3 Frosty the Bull (9-2) exits maiden special weight company in second local outing and merits respect in this spot.
In this one-turn allowance/optional $15,000 claiming event for fillies and mares, #6 Bahamian Girl (4-1) has won three straight, including allowance tally last Saturday for trainer Kristy Gazzier and should maintain sharp form here. #4 Coach Rube (9-2) has always been consistent sort and merits respect here for trainer Kevin Patterson. #3 Scarlet Tanager (7-2) has won four straight for trainer Kevin Joy and looms the tepid choice in competitive affair. #1 Captain Sam (9-2) has been second in each of last two and gives Patterson chance to run one-two in this spot.
In this two-turn maiden special weight event, #8 Fully Connected (8-5) makes local debut after series of efforts against tougher in Kentucky and could be odds-on in this spot for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Night Boss (10-1) also makes local debut following decent outings in Maryland and Delaware and certainly merits respect here with favorable inside draw. #10 More Please (10-1) was second two starts back and could atone for latest outing here for trainer Javier Contreras. #4 Toller (5-1) was solid second in career debut and looms a serious contender here for trainer Tim Grams.
In this interesting two-turn allowance event for state-breds, #5 Settlement Date (3-1) graduated smartly at first asking in one-turn maiden special weight event and gets the nod to repeat while stretching out to two turns for first time. #6 My Boy Clyde (2-1) was solid second last out at this level and looms the favorite here for trainer Javier Contreras. #1 Twilight Years (5-1) graduated last out and could repeat against winners and also gives Contreras chance to run one-two here. #2 C R’s Mandate (8-1) has hit the board consistently for trainer Raimondo Schiano-DiCola of Gabriel’s Smile fame.
- 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 intriguing and competitive three-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #8 Pettigo Girl (7-2) was solid second in local debut last out for trainer Gary Contessa and should benefit from that effort. #9 Trumpet Lilly (4-1) was fourth in local debut for trainer Norm Cash and certainly merits respect here. #5 Mady Rose (6-1) was fourth in each of last three tries against similar but could improve on those finishes in this spot. #7 Uncaptured Ruby (20-1) could complete several gimmicks at a very generous price.
In the Saturday finale on the first Saturday in May, #4 Commcat (9-2) was solid second last out after winning two back and gets the nod for mild upset here for trainer Javier Contreras. #7 Toolegittoquit (8-5) makes local debut for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame after facing tougher at Florida tracks and looms the favorite in this spot. #1 Howsafearemycolors (6-1) gets favorable rail draw for trainer David Walters and certainly cannot be overlooked here. #2 Undeniable Touch (8-1) exits much tougher last two and merits respect here.