Charles Town picks and analysis: July 2
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 competitive and interesting two-turn allowance, #2 Stowe Angel (5-2) was better when third in second seasonal outing and gets the nod for mild upset here for trainer Jeff Runco. #1 Moonlit Shadow (6-5) was solid second last out after posting two straight wins and full-sister to Moonlit Song looms the possible odds-on choice from the rail for trainer Tim Grams. #6 Stand by You (4-1) won two back over the strip and could atone for latest outing here for trainer Todd Beattie. #5 Ocean Lilly (6-1) has won two straight and gives Grams chance to run one-two in this spot.
In this interesting, one-turn allowance dash for boys, #2 Math Man Marco (1-5) has won three straight, including $75,000 Coin Collector Stakes two back and talented sophomore looks poised to continue winning ways against older foes for trainer Kevin Patterson. #5 Fiber Strong (9-2) won two back and is rarely worse than second despite third-place effort last out for trainer Jeff Runco. #6 Fifty Fifty (15-1) gets favorable outside draw for belated seasonal debut and merits respect at a generous price. #4 Derby Day Dreams (4-1) was second last out behind the top choice and looms a logical contender here for trainer Donald Barber.
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In the first two-year-old maiden special weight event of the season for state-bred runners of both genders, #9 Owe You One (9-2) arrives off a series of fast works at Laurel Park for trainer Anthony Farrior and freshman filly gets the nod to beat the boys in career debut. #10 Completed Storm (3-1) arrives off a pair of decent outings against maiden special weight foes at Monmouth Park and looms the likely favorite here for trainer Claudio Gonzalez. #5 Aye Wrote the Song (8-1) debuts off five-furlong work for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and dam, Aye a Song, was multiple stakes winner. #6 Marz Express (6-1) also fired a ‘bullet’ at Laurel for Farrior and gives conditioner chance to run one-two with a pair of fillies facing boys.
In this two-turn maiden $5,000 claimer for fillies and mares, #1 Shesahumblehustler (6-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Tim Shanley and merits bid for mild upset here. #2 Hidden Persuasion (7-2) finished fourth in local and seasonal debut last month and should benefit from that effort. #5 Practical Kitty (1-1) was solid second two back here and could eventually be odds-on in this spot. #4 Dixie Diva (4-1) makes local debut off solid second at Monmouth Park last out and merits respect here for trainer Jack Hurley.
In this competitive, one-turn allowance dash for fillies and mares, #7 Got Your Number (7-2) gets favorable outside draw and gets nod for mild upset in here for trainer Crystal Pickett. #2 Tiz the Reason (9-5) was solid second last out at this level and looms the solid post time choice in this spot for trainer Ronney Brown. #3 Shutupn’kissme (4-1) has ample speed to make her presence known and merits respect here for owner-trainer John McKee. #6 Valid Reason (10-1) defeated claimers last out and gives McKee outside chance to run one-two in this spot.
In this two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, #2 Cherokee Castle (7-2) has been third in each of last two against similar but inside draw could give Ronney Brown trainee slight edge in this spot. #5 Yolo Charlotte (6-5) was solid second last out and looms the logical post time choice for trainer Stephen Lyster. #6 Change the World (9-5) was also solid second last out after exiting stakes for trainer Jeff Runco and merits respect here. #3 Spunky Ali Cat (10-1) has won last two against claimers for trainer Curtis Bass and could forge mild surprise here.
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In this interesting, one-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #8 Emberly (6-5) arrives off very sharp maiden special weight victory for trainer Ronney Brown and looks poised to tackle winners first time. #4 Snowy Juba Cat (5-2) was sharp second off the layoff in debut effort last month and should benefit from that performance for trainer Curtis Bass. #6 Castle Lights (5-1) has been consistent sort although wins have been few and far between thus far for trainer James W. Casey. #7 Power Sonde (20-1) gets favorable outside draw and could complete several gimmicks at a big price for trainer and former jockey Lori Bourne.
In this three-turn allowance to cap the Saturday night card, #1 Late in the Game (6-5) arrives off three straight runner-up efforts but stakes-placed runner gets favorable rail draw here for trainer James W. Casey. #4 Air Medal (5-2) graduated two back and gets chance to atone for first outing against winners last out. #5 Windsor’s Tracker (9-2) also won two back for trainer Ronney Brown and gets chance redeem for latest try.