Charles Town picks and analysis: June 18
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
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In this wide open, one-turn maiden $12,500 claiming event for state-bred fillies and mares, #10 Freya’s Blessing (15-1) gets favorable outside draw and gets the nod for genuine upset in the Saturday night opener for trainer Jean Rofe. #9 Warriorinthehouse (9-2) also draws well following good third-place effort last out for owner-trainer Natasha Aylor. #8 Taptap (5-1) has been third in each of last two tries against maiden claimers and could forge mild upset here. #7 Lil Sassy Girl (4-1) exits maiden special weight company after three tries and would not be a shocker in this spot for owner-trainer Tim Collins.
In this wide open one-turn $5,000 claiming dash, #8 Mr. Hostler (15-1) gets favorable outside draw and gives owner-trainer Tim Collins outside chance to sweep the early daily double. #7 Vidmer’s Courage (15-1) also drew well and has genuine upset potential for trainer Rhea Pennella. #6 Doctor McCoy (8-5) exits allowance company in belated seasonal debut for trainer James W. Casey and looms the tepid choice despite the layoff. #4 Rey O Reyes (7-2) won last out for trainer Kristy Gazzier and certainly merits respect in this spot.
- Jock Sheldon Russell wins first start in nine monthsHeldish, trained by Brittany Russell, won at first asking to give jockey (and her husband) Sheldon Russell a victory in his first ride in over nine months.
In this two-turn maiden $12,500 claiming event for older males, #8 Touch of a Buzz (6-5) makes local debut after facing tougher in New York and New Jersey and gets the nod to graduate here at a short price for trainer Javier Contreras. #6 More Please (7-2) gives Contreras solid chance to run one-two in this spot. #1 Gabbys Big Notion (5-1) was solid third at this level after exiting maiden special weight company and merits respect here for trainer Anthony Rideoutt II. #2 Bucks Lodge (9-2) was second two starts back at the level and could forge mild upset here for trainer Jean Rofe.
In this one-turn dash for state-bred $10,000 claiming fillies and mares, #8 Cedar Run’s Fire (5-1) gets favorable outside draw and gets nod for mild upset here for owner-trainer Mark Shanley. #7 Real Appeal (5-2) was solid second last out and looms the likely post time choice here for trainer Keith Brown. #5 Sooey’s Princess (9-2) has found going tough since graduating against maiden claimers earlier this spring for trainer Ronney Brown. #4 Fifty Gray Shades (3-1) was good fourth last out and merits respect here for trainer Janice Groves.
In this competitive, one-turn allowance dash for state-breds, #5 Mystic O’Shaunesie (7-2) was solid third at this level after graduating two back against maiden special weight foes for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #6 Remys Gunsmoke (3-1) also graduated two back against maiden special weight foes for trainer Tim Grams and could atone for first try against winners last out. #1 Burr Hill Bullet (4-1) has delivered two modest efforts since graduating smartly in career debut for trainer Ronney Brown. #2 Settlement Date (5-1) also seeks to regain winning ways in fourth attempt against winners following upset score at first asking for trainer Analia Larrosa.
In this interesting, one-turn maiden special weight dash for three-year-old fillies, #4 Midnight Pass (2-1) was sharp second in career debut for trainer Jeff Runco and gets the nod to graduate here. #1 Miss Midnight (9-5) was solid second in last local outing last fall and makes return from Delaware Park for trainer James L Lawrence, II. #8 Talented Corinna (9-2) has been second once and third twice at this level for trainer Ronney Brown and gets favorable outside draw for potential surprise. #2 Lunar Notion (6-1) 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.
RACE 7 – Fancy Buckles Stakes
In the Saturday night feature, the $75,000 Fancy Buckles Stakes for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares, #1 Our Diamond Girl (10-1) arrives as the defending champion of this event for trainer Tim Grams, who also conditioned the race’s namesake. #9 Good Karma (7-2) has been second in each of four previous outings since being claimed by Grams and gives conditioner solid chance to run one-two here. #5 Fancy Her Up (8-1) is one of only two three-year-old fillies tackling older foes here but has ample speed and John A. Casey-trained home bred will be one to catch in the lane. #2 Alpine Moon (4-1) has the most career wins (14) and starts (45) of the runners in this spot and gets acid test following starter allowance score last out.
In the Saturday night finale, a competitive, two-turn allowance for state-breds, #1 Well Equipped (5-1) looks to regain winning ways after two modest efforts against allowance company after posting sharp score in career debut against maiden special weight foes for trainer Crystal Pickett. #2 Windsor’s Tracker (4-1) graduated smartly last out against maiden special weight company for trainer Ronney Brown and repeat performance certainly possible. #5 Late in the Game (7-2) has been second in each of last two tries at this level and looms the likely post time favorite here for trainer James W. Casey. #6 Air Medal (6-1) graduated two back in career debut for trainer Jeff Runco but seeks to rebound from dull outing last out at this level.