Charles Town picks and analysis: June 25
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
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In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn starter allowance for state-breds, #2 Martin Man (5-2) was solid second last out and looms poised to garner another tally here for trainer Wade Wanderson. #5 Command the Cat (9-5) was good third last out and looms the favorite in this spot for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee. #4 Auburn Mill (9-2) has been second in each of last two for trainer Ronney Brown and exits good allowance event. #1 Charitable Visit (6-1) was solid second against claimers last out and could forge mild upset here or trainer Kevin Patterson.
In this three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Righteous Man (9-5) exits tough starter event in belated seasonal debut and should regain winning ways here for trainer Lenworth Sewell. #2 Chesapeake Charlie (8-1) gets favorable inside draw and should benefit while seeking first tally in eight seasonal outings. #7 Officer Appeal (2-1) was modest fourth last out and could earn favorite’s role despite outside draw. #4 Towering Chance (5-1) exits allowance company and won against claimers two back for trainer Greg Viands.
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In this competitive, two-turn event for state-breds, #1 Royal Pain (8-5) was solid third in Coin Collector Stakes last month and should regain winning ways at a short price in this spot. #3 Hardly Ever Better (9-2) graduated at first asking but has struggled against winners in two previous outings. #5 Blue N Gold (7-2) has finished third in each of last two outings at the level and looms a major threat for trainer Javier Contreras. #2 Sargent Kobe (8-1) graduated against maiden claimers two back for trainer Ronney Brown and could round out several gimmicks here.
In this interesting, one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #9 Zep (5-2) gets favorable outside draw and exits allowance company and gets the nod as likely tepid choice for trainer Ollie Figgins III. #10 Somerset Bay (12-1) also draws well and merits respect at a very generous price here. #6 Hey Congrats (3-1) makes local debut following outings at Penn National, Fort Erie and Woodbine and will likely get ample support in this spot. #8 Grand Fiber (12-1) was solid second two back and could complete several gimmicks at a good price.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #4 Frankee Merch (7-2) returns from Penn National following modest outing and could forge mild upset here for trainer Ronney Brown. #6 My Sacred Place (2-1) was second against tougher for trainer Richard Sillaman and looms the solid choice in this spot. #7 Southside Warrior (5-2) topped claimers last out and repeat tally would not be a surprise. #2 Elevated Forever (12-1) won three starts back and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price here.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Take Me Home (5-2) was solid second last out and gets favorable rail draw for trainer Crystal Pickett. #4 Courageous Grace (2-1) has been second four times in seven winless outings this year for trainer Ronney Brown but could shed bridesmaid status here as possible choice. #3 Floating By (12-1) has been fifth in each of last two outings for owner-trainer John Stahlin and could round out several gimmicks at a generous price. #6 Dustwhirl Wonder (7-2) has been second in each of last two for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and certainly merits respect here.
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In this interesting, competitive, two-turn allowance for state-breds, #4 Noballstwostrikes (6-1) already boasts three wins this year and can atone for latest outing for trainer Jeff Runco. #3 Social Chic (8-5) was last year”s champion state-bred sophomore boy but will have to atone for modest effort in seasonal debut last out for Runco. #7 Sagrada Ray (5-1) returns to graduation site for trainer Gary Capuano and looms a serious contender here. #8 Hello Amigo (9-2) also graduated in lone local appearance for trainer Rodney Jenkins and could attain another tally in this spot.
In this interesting, three-turn allowance, #1 Hard Lighting (4-1) makes local debut after facing much tougher elsewhere and gets favorable inside draw here. #7 Candy Invasion (5-1) arrives in sharp form having won last two for trainer John A. Casey and certainly merits respect in this spot. #9 Mr Hoover (8-1) has been second and fourth in two local tries for trainer Flint Stites and looms a contender here. #3 Humpty Grumpty (10-1) has won all three of his starts this year and stretches out for the first time for trainer Javier Contreras.
In the Saturday night finale, #10 Bayou Bougie (10-1) has won both starts this year and gets favorable outside draw for upset bid off three-month break. #9 Gram’s Gal (8-1) has been fourth in each of last two but outside post could help improve efforts here. #7 Orbit Mars (5-2) graduated three starts back against maiden claimers and makes return after outings at Laurel Park and Delaware Park and likely assumes favorite’s role at post time. #6 Ny Beth Getsitdone (3-1) has been second in each of two local tries for trainer Kevin Joy and looms genuine contender in this spot.