Charles Town picks and analysis: July 9
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6 $19,475
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In this genuinely wide open, two-turn event for $4,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Life in Flash (5-2) gets favorable inside draw while seeking first win in nine seasonal tries for owner-trainer Chris Harting. #4 Chit Chat Girl (2-1) also looks to end an extended drought for trainer Alfonso Arias. #5 Tapete Claire (7-5) makes seasonal debut for owner-trainer William Yates Jones, Jr. but likely will need a race before backing at a short price. #1 Rhythm Tree (12-1) gets favorable rail draw for trainer James Cromwell, Jr. while seeking first win in nine tries this year.
In this one-turn maiden $12,500 claiming event for state-breds, #6 Bigairtothethrown (3-1) gets favorable outside draw off consecutive third-place efforts and gets the nod for mild upset here for trainer Jeff Cramer. #4 Figaros Fortune (1-1) exits maiden special weight company and has been second in each of last two tries at this level and looms the odds-on choice in this spot for trainer Ronney Brown. #5 Nice But Naughty (7-2) was third last out against similar and could forge mild surprise for trainer Angelo Jackson. #3 Chartered Course (8-1) gives Brown outside chance to run one-two here.
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In this one-turn dash for $10,000 claimers, #7 Belmullet (9-2) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Jeff Runco and gets the nod for mild upset in here. #3 Banner Man (6-5) looms the possible odds-on choice and one to run down late for trainer Kevin Patterson. #6 Morgan County (8-1) also gets good outside draw and merits respect in this spot at a generous price. #5 Rocket Sound (6-1) could complete several gimmicks at modest price for trainer Manolo Mangual.
In this interesting and competitive, two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #2 Unrequited Love (5-2) gets favorable draw and gets the nod for mild upset for trainer Kieron Magee while returning to strip where she garnered her diploma two years ago. #5 Red Queen (7-5) looms the solid choice here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #3 Mady Rose (4-1) has been consistent sort throughout her career for trainer Javier Contreras and merits respect in this spot. #1 Suzysellsseashells (8-1) gets favorable rail draw and could forge mild surprise for trainer Kevin Joy.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #6 Scotty Silver (3-1) gets favorable outside draw and looks poised for mild upset here for trainer William Straughn. #5 Willie the Whale (5-2) figures to be prominent throughout and merits respect in this spot for trainer Jamey Johnson. #1 Widget Factory (8-5) looms competitive at this level and rates a danger for trainer Kevin Joy despite often tricky rail draw. #8 I’d Like to Know (12-1) gets favorable outside draw and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price here.
In this wide open three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Internet of Things (9-2) gets favorable rail draw for trainer Crystal Pickett and rates genuine upset chance. #2 Voltamour (5-1) also benefits from inside slot for trainer Anthony Farrior. #3 Alpha Queue (9-5) looms the solid favorite in this spot and gives Farrior decent chance to run one-two. #5 Southside Warrior (4-1) also merits respect in this spot for trainer Jack Hurley who also has another runner here.
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In this interesting, one-turn allowance dash for state-breds, #1 Cats Diamond Boy (12-1) exits stakes and could forge biggest upset on the card despite tricky rail draw for trainer Ricardo Rangel. #7 Mystic O’Shaunesie (8-5) has been sharp in each of previous four tries for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and looms the solid post time choice here. #5 Remys Gunsmoke (7-2) has been fourth in each of last two but could improve on those efforts in this spot for trainer Tim Grams. #10 Primetime Jet (5-2) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Ronney Brown and can atone for latest outing.
In this interesting, two-turn maiden special weight event to cap the card, #1 Santo (4-1) was solid second last out and gets favorable inside draw in this spot for trainer Stacey Viands. #4 Anaheim (9-5) makes local debut after two starts at Santa Anita and another at Churchill Downs for trainer Anthony Farrior and merits respect at possible odds-on. #5 Coastal Chaos (9-2) has been third in each of last two local tries at this level for trainer Norm Cash and could improve on those efforts. #7 Toller (7-2) was second in each of first two tries before finishing third last out for trainer Tim Grams.