Charles Town picks and analysis: June 11
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 salty, one-turn allowance dash for state-breds that will be offered not long after the Belmont Stakes is made official, #4 Math Man Marco (9-5) arrives off a gritty score in the $75,000 Coin Collector Stakes last month and clearly looms the one to beat here for trainer Irving Velez and owner-breeder Robert Cole, Jr. #5 Fiber Strong (7-2) won last out and has been first or second 10 times in 16 career tries for trainer Jeff Runco. #3 Froggy the Gremlin (5-2) also won last out for Runco and certainly merits respect here. #2 Derby Day Dreams (3-1) also won last out for trainer Donald Barber and boasts genuine upset chance in this spot.
In this competitive, two-turn event for claimers, #1 Don’t Dare Me (5-2) won last out and gets favorable inside draw for repeat bid for trainer Anthony Farrior. #2 Widget Factory (6-1) is winless in four seasonal outings but gets decent inside draw for trainer Kevin Joy. #6 Buzzhound (2-1) also won last out for trainer Ronney Brown and certainly merits respect here. #4 Voltamour (3-1) gives Farrior decent chance to run one-two in this spot.
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In this wide open, one-turn $10,000 claiming event for fillies and mares, #7 Valid Reason (5-1) exits allowance company after graduating against maiden special weight foes two back for trainer John McKee and gets the nod for mild upset here. #4 Lucky Us (5-2) exits a trio of local allowance events for trainer Anthony Farrior and could inherits favorite’s role at post time. #3 Miss Americana (2-1) exits allowance company here and at Sam Houston after graduating against maiden special weight foes at Texas oval. #8 Party Monster (15-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Rhea Pennella and could complete several gimmicks at a very generous price.
In this very interesting and competitive, one-turn allowance dash for fillies and mares, #4 Tiz the Reason (6-5) was very unlucky while checked and steadied multiple times in the early stages of previous outing and clearly looks the one to beat in this spot for trainer Ronney Brown. #7 Theladyistrue (5-1) has been model of consistency throughout her career for owner-trainer-breeder John McKee and merits respect with favorable outside draw. #1 My Pretty Eyes (9-2) typically does her best running late and gives McKee outside chance to run one-two here. #2 Uncanny (6-1) will be forwardly placed throughout and has upset potential for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame.
In this competitive, one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #9 Midnight Dragon (8-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Joan Reynolds and looks poised for mild upset here. #6 Reine Secret (7-2) gives Reynolds genuine chance to run one-two here and looms the shorter price of the two runners. #5 Super Wildcat (4-1) has been consistent sort all season for trainer Rhea Pennella and merits respect in this spot. #1 Toy Tiger (9-5) gives Pennella outside chance to run one-two in this spot despite rail draw and looms the much shorter price of that tandem.
In this somewhat interesting two-turn $15,000 claiming event for state-breds, #2 Felicias Castle (7-2) has finished third in three straight outings since graduating against maiden claiming foes and gets the nod for mild upset in competitive group. #5 Mio Graceland (3-1) has finished second twice and third twice in six winless starts this year for trainer Wade Sanderson and looms the tepid post time choice while seeking to end seasonal bridesmaid status. #6 Remys Gunsmoke (4-1) exits allowance company after graduating against maiden special weight foes two starts back for trainer Tim Grams and certainly merits respect here. #7 Spectaculo (9-2) graduated last out against maiden special weight foes and bypasses allowance chance for claiming spot.
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RACE 7 – It’s Only Money Stakes
In the Saturday night feature, the $75,000 It’s Only Money Stakes for West Virginia-breds, #9 Hypothesis (3-1) is reigning state-bred sprint champion and makes seasonal debut here for trainer Crystal Pickett after wintering in Florida and gets favorable outside draw for return against very competitive bunch. #8 Bull Meechum (10-1) gets acid test while arriving on three-race win streak for trainer Anthony Farrior and gets favorable post in stakes debut. #1 Golden Key (9-2) was third behind Hypothesis in last two sprint stakes last year and looms a serious threat again here for trainer Ronney Brown despite tricky rail draw. #6 Nico (4-1) has won once in two starts this year for trainer Javier Contreras and certainly merits respect here.
In this wide open two-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event to cap the card, #3 Wanta Ballerina (5-1) draws inside main rivals and looks poised for mild upset in the finale. #7 Channel Scent (8-5) looms the solid favorite here for owner-trainer John McKee. #8 Practical Kitty (2-1) also merits respect in this spot for trainer Anthony Aguirre, Jr. despite outside draw. #1 Noble City (10-1) gets favorable inside draw and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price in the finale.