Charles Town picks and analysis: May 28
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 one-turn allowance for state-bred three-year-old fillies, #6 Tiz a Country Girl (3-5) was sharp allowance winner last out for trainer Todd Beattie and looks poised to repeat at a short price. #5 Aim’s Jubilee (5-1) also won an allowance event last out for trainer Stephen Reggetts in April and could upset off the six-week gap. #2 Cousin Winnie (9-2) also prevailed against allowance company last out for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and could also repeat in upset fashion here. #3 My Juba (6-1) has been second in each of last two starts for trainer James W. Casey and could forge mild upset in this spot.
in this two-turn event for claimers, #2 jack The Ripper (9-5) has won last two and gets nod for third straight as the likely favorite for trainer Anthony Farrior. #5 My Sacred Place (7-2) returns after several starts in Maryland and won last local appearance here last November. #6 Happy Champ (4-1) won last in belated seasonal debut for trainer Ronney Brown and seeks repeat here. #7 Final Say (5-2) exits tough starter allowance foes and seeks first win in five seasonal outings for trainer Crystal Pickett.
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In this two-turn maiden $12,500 claiming event for boys, #2 Taptap (6-5) was third two back at the level and has spent much of his career facing maiden special weight foes but 21st time could be the charm for diploma for trainer Joseph Pyke. #1 Weavinyouinthedust (2-1) gets favorable rail draw and has been second once in two lifetime outings for owner-trainer Sherry Jackson and merits respect here. #3 Viedma (6-1) makes career debut for trainer Vernon Greaves off a series of decent works and could forge mild upset at first asking. #5 Curve Appeal (9-2) could forge mild upset here for owner-trainer Jean Rofe.
In this interesting one-turn starter allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, #4 Tiz the Reason (9-5) saw three-race win streak come to an end last out when fourth but gets chance to regain winning ways here for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 Alpine Moon (8-5) exits allowance company and looms the tepid choice in this spot for trainer Russell Davis. #5 Sherwood Lady (7-2) was solid second last out for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and will be a factor late. #1 Nellysford (5-1) gets tricky rail draw for trainer Ollie Figgins III but merits respect with clean trip.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Commcat (7-2) was solid second last out and won two back for trainer Javier Contreras and gets favorable inside draw for this spot. #3 Tipping South (3-1) has been second and third since winning three back for trainer John McKee and could regain winning ways here. #4 Howsafearemycolors (5-2) has been second twice in four winless starts this year but could end drought here for trainer David Walters. #5 Gossiping (4-1) graduated against maiden claimers and seeks repeat tally for trainer Ernesto Perez.
In this two-turn event for $15,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Bonnie Bluetooth (4-1) won last out for trainer Ollie Figgins III of Dance to Bristol fame and gets nod for repeat. #4 Love to Zoom (5-2) was solid second last out for trainer Ronney Brown and looms tepid choice in this spot. #7 Heretodaygonemanana (3-1) was fourth at the level last out after exiting allowance foes and seeks first win in five tries this year for trainer Jeff Runco. #6 Lime After Lime (9-2) gives Brown outside chance to run one-two in this spot.
- BackTracks: Challedon, dominant in Maryland & beyondIn today’s BackTracks, Maryland-bred Challedon became the first two-time horse of the year after dominating 1939 and 1940.
In this interesting, two-turn allowance for state-bred three-year-old boys, #1 C R’s Uncle Lino (5-1) graduated last out against maiden special weight company in his career attempt for trainer Tim Grams and gets nod to repeat while facing winners for the first time. #3 Late in the Game (3-1) graduated three starts back and has been stakes-placed for trainer James W. Casey and looms the likely favorite here. #4 Air Medal (4-1) graduated last out in his belated seasonal debut for trainer Jeff Runco. #5 Well Equipped (6-1) graduated in his career debut and gets chance to atone for latest here for trainer Crystal Pickett.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #3 Don’t Dare Me (3-1) was third last out and won two back and gets the nod for mild upset here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #5 Postino’s Story (9-5) exits allowance company and won three back and looms the solid favorite in this spot for owner-trainer Ronney Brown. #7 Stretch the Truth (7-2) was solid second last out and merits respect here for trainer Yolando King. #9 Just Nod and Smile (12-1) could round out several gimmicks at a generous price for trainer Greg Viands.