Charles Town picks and analysis: May 14
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
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In the Saturday opener, an interesting, two-turn allowance for older runners, #1 Prairie (4-1) gets favorable rail draw for trainer Anthony Farrior and has been first and second in two local outings. #4 River Crosroad RVF (7-5) won two starts back but will seek to atone for fifth-place effort last out for trainer Jeff Runco. #5 Fancy Concho (2-1) won two starts back as well and exits Confucius Say Stakes for trainer Tim Grams. #3 Like Segal (9-2) won last out for trainer Javier Contreras but has been idle since late February tally.
In this contentious, two-turn event for state-bred $15,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Hook the Chain (9-2) was solid second last out after graduating against maiden claimers two back and gets favorable rail draw for trainer M. Joanna Boggs. #6 Bonnie Bluetooth (1-1) was placed third following apparent victory last out for trainer Ollie Figgins III of Dance to Bristol fame and could atone as the solid choice here. #5 Sooey’s Princess (3-1) was solid third last out after graduating against maiden claimers two back and could forge mild upset in this spot for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 Princess Halo (4-1) has yet to hit the board against allowance foes since graduating against maiden special weight company and merits respect here for owner-trainer Lewis Craig, Jr. of Help a Brother fame.
- 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 two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Floating By (7-2) exits tougher and gets favorable rail draw for seasonal debut for trainer John Stahlin. #6 Dustwhirl Wonder (9-5) was solid second last out and again seeks his first win in eight tries this year for trainer Mike Jones Jr. #8 Mary’s Jewel (5-2) has been third three times in six previous outings and could continue pattern here. #2 Nationalist (10-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Crystal Pickett and should benefit from seasonal debut at Laurel last out.
In this intriguing, one-turn allowance dash for state-bred fillies and mares, #7 Dixie Yodeler (3-1) graduated in career debut last month and gets favorable outside draw for trainer Ollie Figgins III in first try against winners. #6 Denali d’Oro (12-1) draws alongside top choice and could forge genuine surprise here. #5 Slewing (4-1) was second two starts back at this level and gets chance to atone for latest outing. #1 Castle Lights (2-1) looms the tepid choice despite tricky rail draw.
In this one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-breds, #5 Secret Swirl (2-1) has finished second once and third once at the level for trainer Tim Grams and gets the nod for mild upset here. #4 Primetime Jet (8-5) was solid second in career debut and likely assumes favorite’s role here at post time for trainer Ronney Brown. #11 Entry Time (9-5) merits respect for owner-trainer-breeder John McKee if he draws in off the also eligible list. #8 Cats Diamond Boy (15-1) was second three starts back at the level and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price.
In the lone three-turn event on the card, #2 Midnight Shift (4-1) has been second twice and third once in six winless outings this year for trainer Anthony Farrior but could finally prevail in this spot. #3 Charging Lion (6-1) returns after two outings at Penn National for trainer Brandon Kulp and merits respect at a decent price here. #8 Martin Man (2-1) won two starts back against starter company and looms the likely favorite in this spot for trainer Wade Sanderson. #7 Alpha Queue (5-2) won last out against claimers and gives Farrior outside chance to run one-two here.
- 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 the feature race on the card, the $75,000 Coin Collector Stakes for West Virginia-bred three-year-olds contesting the one-turn distance of 4 1/2-furlongs, #2 Coastal Mission (3-5) returns to the site of his career debut after four tries against open company at Laurel Park and looks poised to prevail as the shortest-priced favorite on the card for trainer Jeff Runco. #4 Math Man Marco (5-1) posted a sharp allowance tally last out and looms the only genuine threat to the choice for trainer Irving Velez. #5 Run to Daylight (9-2) won his first three starts over the strip last fall but is looking to end brief drought here for Runco. #6 Spirit of Windsor (20-1) graduated at first asking and makes stakes debut for owner-breeder-trainer Tim Collins and could complete several gimmicks at a very generous price.
In the Saturday finale, #1 Mountain Time (7-2) won two starts back in his local debut against maiden claiming foes and gets favorable rail draw for mild upset. #8 Flat Cat (5-2) graduating against maiden claimers last out for trainer Anthony Farrior and will likely be tepid favorite in the nightcap. #3 Plonder (6-1) makes local debut after numerous efforts at several ovals for trainer Norm Cash. #4 Holiday Avenue (9-2) was solid second last after graduating two back and could forge mild surprise here for owner-trainer Ronney Brown.