Charles Town picks and analysis: September 3

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, an interesting, two-turn maiden $12,500 claiming event, #1 Stopwatchsonny (3-1) was solid fourth in local debut for trainer Ronney Brown and gets favorable rail draw for possible diploma. #3 Skyfly (3-5) was good second at Timonium in belated seasonal debut last weekend for trainer Anthony Farrior and could be among the short-priced favorites on the card. #2 Linda’s Taj (6-1) makes career debut for trainer Linda Dohlinger-Stehr off a series of good workouts and certainly merits respect at first asking. #5 Fort Zanna (8-1) exits maiden special weight event and returns to spot where she has been competitive.



In this one-turn claiming dash for fillies and mares to cap the early daily double, #6 Lady Licious (9-5) gets favorable outside draw for owner-trainer Lela Hanagan and nod to earn second straight tally. #1 Martha’s Banner (2-1) has been second three times in four winless starts this year for trainer Kevin Joy and could finally garner elusive triumph here. #4 Not for Gold (4-1) has been consistent sort all season for trainer Keith Brown and could forge mild upset here. #3 Missing My Point (6-1) returns following six-month respite for owner-trainer Crystal Pickett and will likely need a race to reach full potential.



In the first half of a split maiden special weight event for state-bred two-year-olds, #1 Pinnacle Reef (5-2) rallied for third as favorite in debut after being bumped soundly in the paddock by a foe and gets genuine chance to atone here for trainer Jeff Runco. #5 Juba’s Notion (7-5) has been second twice in each of first two career starts and will be solid choice here to end bridesmaid status for owner-trainer John A. Casey. #7 Just a Flirt (8-1) has been fourth in each of first two career outings for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and could improve on those efforts here. #8 De’s Castle (6-1) makes career debut for trainer James W. Casey and should be a factor with favorable outside draw.



In the second half of split maiden special weight event for state-bred two-year-olds, #7 Pink Dinghy (5-2) makes career debut for trainer Javier Contreras off a series of improving works and gets the nod for mild upset with favorable outside draw. #5 Lord of Cork (7-5) was solid second last out in improved effort over career debut and looms the solid choice here for trainer James W. Casey. #4 Strollinginthewind (3-1) was solid third last out following dull debut effort and gives trainer James W. Casey chance to run one-two in this spot. #2 Windsor’s Star (6-1) makes career debut off a series of modest breezes for trainer John A. Casey but could forge mild surprise here.



In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Dustwhirl Wonder (3-1) gets coveted rail draw for trainer Anthony Farrior and appears set for mild upset here. #4 Centerfold Angel (9-5) won last out off three-month break and could repeat as the tepid choice here for trainer Ronney Brown. #3 Marketability (5-2) was solid second last out and won three back and gives Brown a chance to run one-two here. #2 Devilish Beauty (10-1) has hit the board in six of eight tries this year and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price.



In this one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-breds, #7 Jefferson Security (6-1) was good second in career debut for trainer Tim Grams and gets the nod to graduate here at a decent price. #5 Rough Start (3-1) was solid second in career debut one year ago and makes belatedly seasonal debut here for trainer Chris Keller. #4 Unison (2-1) has been second and third in each of first two outings for trainer Larry Curtis and merits respect in this spot. #8 It’s Only Money (10-1) makes career debut for trainer Crystal Pickett and will be seeking to emulate former runner of the same name who won the inaugural Charles Town Dash in 1999.



.In this competitive, one-turn allowance dash for fillies and mares, #8 Minnetonka (6-1) gets favorable outside draw and merits prime upset chance. #1 Deemed Essential (8-5) looms the logical favorite after besting claiming foes last out and could overcome often tricky rail draw for trainer Ronney Brown. #4 Thunder Punch (5-1) was solid second against similar last out for trainer Kevin Joy and merits respect here. #2 One Smart Cookie (3-1) will be among the early pace presence and could be the one they have to chase down in the final furlong.



In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for maiden $5,000 claimers, #1 Enjoy Summer (3-5) finally looks poised to garner her diploma at a short price for trainer Kevin Joy. #2 Shesahumblehustler (9-2) may provide the only logical upset choice if she can stay close to railbound favorite here for trainer Tim Shanley. #5 Bunny Princess (8-1) has displayed a fondness for finishing third throughout her career. #6 Supersnake (6-1) makes third start over the local strip since arriving from Florida and cannot be entriely overlooked here.