Charles Town picks and horses to watch: July 22
Charles Town Races has an eight-race card on tap for this evening. Post time for the opener is 7:00 p.m., and we’ve got Charles Town picks.
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $45,190
- Jock Sheldon Russell named on one FridayJockey Sheldon Russell, out since suffering a mild shoulder injury Nov. 19, is named to ride one horse Friday at Laurel Park.
Leading trainer Anthony Farrior has a pair in this maiden event for juveniles, and while #4 Country Charlie (8-5) is the morning line favorite, it sure seems notable that leading rider Bocachica, who’s ridden that runner in his first three outings, gets off to ride #1 Livin Large (5-2). This one’s been training forwardly at Laurel, but, though he’s a Maryland-bred, Farrior sends him to WV for his bow… #3 Butterscotchsundae (10-1) was slow leaving the gate on debut, and while that’s a problem in any 4 1/2-furlong race, it was compounded by his inside post position. Improvement expected today… Trainer Crystal Pickett is slated to send out a pair, including #2 Shake It Girl (7-2), whose lone work was a bullet move July 5…
Top choice #5 Great Spirit (9-2) is a half-sister to the ultra-speedy Dr. Feelgood, a winner 13 times in 15 career starts and undefeated at 4 1/2 furlongs before his untimely demise. This one’s been training forwardly, arrives off a bullet half-mile July 5, and get Pickett’s go-to rider in Jose Montano (the two are 33% at the meet)… #2 Owe You One (2-1) was a pretty good third on debut versus the boys and would be no surprise at all in here, but the combination of Farrior, Boca, a decent debut and a bunch of first-time starters suggests to us the odds will only come down from here… #3 Xtraordinarymotion (3-1) had a credible debut at Horseshoe Indianapolis, finishing an even third. She can move forward in her second career outing… #7 Very Venus (15-1) has some pretty good siblings for Team McKee, including two-time stakes winner Silky Serena, who is a full sis and is favored in Saturday’s Sylvia Bishop Memorial Stakes…