Charles Town picks and analysis: August 6
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6 $2,570
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In the Saturday night opener, a competitive, two-turn allowance for older runners, #3 Santo (8-1) graduated last out for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame and gets nod to repeat at a generous price here. #5 Shameless Risk (6-5) won two back and has been consistent sort all season for trainer Ronney Brown and could be odds-on in this spot by post time. #2 Allen Can Do It (7-2) is gradually rounding into form for trainer John A. Casey and peak performance looms. #1 Playboy Roy (8-1) gets favorable rail draw for trainer Joan Reynolds and merits respect here.
In this one-turn dash for state-bred, $10,000 claiming fillies and mares, #6 Fifty Gray Shades (4-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Janice Groves and could finally notch first seasonal score here. #2 Yessirofficer (7-5) exits a pair of allowance events after graduating against maiden special weight foes and looms the solid choice in this spot for owner-trainer Isaac Barahona. #4 Karpathian Dream (9-2) graduated against maiden claimers last out and could forge mild upset in repeat bid. #1 Real Appeal (2-1) exits allowance company and returns to level where she has been very competitive for trainer Keith Brown.
- Gordian Knot, Ninetyprcentmaddie face off in PA NurseryTuesday’s Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes features a showdown between undefeated stakes winners Gordian Knot and Ninetyprcentmaddie.
In this wide open, one-turn maiden $5,000 claiming event, #7 Prince Pikachu (9-2) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Gina Robb and gets the nod for mild upset in second local outing. #6 Ascended (5-1) seeks to end career maiden status in this spot for trainer David Walters in sixth seasonal outing and 16th overall. #3 New South (4-1) merits respect in this spot for trainer John Carlisle and should be a factor throughout. #2 Forever the Boss (3-1) looms the possible post time choice for trainer Crystal Pickett.
In this two-turn event for state-bred $10,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Sarah’s Warrior (5-2) won two back and gets chance to atone for latest outing for trainer James W. Casey. #5 Katalima (9-5) seeks first seasonal score in nine attempts here for trainer Kevin Joy but likely as tepid choice. #6 Carnival Lucky (7-2) has won last two for trainer David Walters and seeks three-peat here. #3 Eye of the Needle (4-1) gives Walters outside chance to run one-two in this spot.
In this interesting, two-turn allowance for state-breds, #3 Spunman (4-1) may have found ideal spot to earn first win in nine seasonal outings for trainer Jeff Runco. #5 Hot Fudge Sonde (9-5) returns from four-month respite and looms post time choice for trainer Jamey Johnson. #1 C R’s Mandate (5-1) saw two-race win streak end in latest but gets chance to atone for trainer Raimondo Schiano-DiCola of Gabriel’s Smile fame. #2 Noballstwostrikes (6-1) gives Runco outside chance to run one-two here.
In this interesting and competitive, two-turn allowance/optional $15,000 claiming event for fillies and mares, #2 Complete Surprise (8-5), ironically, looms the solid choice at post time for owner-trainer Ernest Haynes of Lake Ponchatrain fame. #4 Maolin (9-5) makes local debut for trainer Norm Cash and certainly merits respect in this spot. #7 China Cat (5-1) has been ultra-consistent sort for trainer Wade Sanderson and gets chance to atone for latest outing. #1 Tequila Fog (6-1) gets favorable inside draw and could be fresh and fit following 10-week break for trainer Anthony Farrior.
- Nick Sanna’s long journey to the winner’s circleLong before he owned horses, Nick Sanna had a job sweeping up after the races at Delaware Park. It’s been quite a journey.
In this competitive, two-turn allowance/optional $25,000 claiming event for older runners, #1 Pit Boss (8-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Norm Cash and appears primed for mild upset here. #6 Nashvegas (5-2) looms the solid choice in this spot for trainer Anthony Farrior and should complete logical exacta. #8 Combination (4-1) has been consistent sort for trainer Jeff Runco and could overcome outside slot here. #3 Jayjaydee (5-1) gives Farrior outside chance to run one-two in this event.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Better Boogie (9-2) should be able to work out ideal trip here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Never Compromise (8-1) gets favorable rail draw for trainer Joan Reynolds and could forge mild surprise at a generous price. #4 Jungle Warrior (4-1) appears to be rounding into form for trainer Ronney Brown and merits respect here. #8 My Sacred Place (3-1) likely assumes the favorite’s role at post time for trainer Kevin Joy despite outside draw.