Charles Town picks and analysis: October 22
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 two-turn dash for state-bred $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Magnificent Rocket (2-1) was solid second last out after winning two back and gets nod for mild upset here for trainer Ernesto Perez. #2 Carnival Lucky (6-5) has been third and fourth in each of last two tries for trainer David Walters and looms the tepid choice at post time. #3 Sooey’s Princess (6-1) has been fourth and seventh in two starts since winning and seeks for forge mild surprise here for owner-trainer Kevin Joy. #5 Diva Gal (9-2) was good second two back and seeks to regain winning ways since June score here for trainer Edward Schottroffe.
In this competitive, two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #1 Sugar Lips (4-1) gets favorable inside draw and merits the choice to upset here for trainer John A. Casey. #5 Felicias Castle (1-1) looms the one to beat at a short price for trainer Kevin Patterson. #4 Chase Lil Me (7-2) figures to be in the mix throughout for trainer Tim Collins. #3 Mio Graceland (9-2) has been consistent at this level and could complete several gimmicks here for trainer Wade Sanderson.
- Laurel: Rugged field set for Friday allowanceThe Friday Laurel allowance feature is a third-level allowance featuring a pair of Maryland Million Classic winners in Monday Morning Qb and Ournationonparade.
In this interesting, two-turn event for $4,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Upsy Daisy Do (6-1) gets favorable inside draw and could finally garner first win of the campaign for trainer William Aylor, Jr. in 12th try. #5 To Fat To Fish (2-5) makes local debut for trainer Jack Hurley and may be too short to take off the three-month layoff in this spot. #6 Fonda Romance (5-1) has yet to hit the board in six starts this year but should end that drought here for trainer Richard Hummer. #2 Tapete Claire (12-1) makes just third start of the season for trainer William Yates Jones and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price.
In this interesting, two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #1 Sayyestothelady (3-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer John McKee and should be in an ideal spot throughout. #2 Bays Castle (4-1) is genuinely consistent sort for trainer John A. Casey and merits respect here. #5 Midnight Brass (7-5) could be odds-on at post time for trainer Jeff Runco and looms the one to beat. #3 Windsor’s Play (9-2) will make her presence known in the lane for trainer Anthony Rideoutt II and could forge mild upset.
In this interesting, one-turn allowance/optional $15,000 claiming event for fillies and mares, #6 Coach Rube (7-2) exits the inaugural Blue & Gold Stakes here two weeks ago and should be poised for mild upset for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #2 Fancy Her Up (6-5) also exits the Blue & Gold and will be the one to run down late for trainer John A. Casey. #5 My Lovely Girl (9-2) has yet to win in eight previous outings this year but merits respect off a decent trip for trainer Analia Larrosa. #3 Willow Moon (6-1) won two back against starter allowance foes at Pimlico for trainer Joan Reynolds and could be primed for mild surprise here.
In this rare, three-turn allowance/optional $15,000 claiming event for older runners, #4 Mr. Hoover (5-2) won two back against similar for trainer Flint Stites and gets the nod as the tepid choice here. #5 Cape Lookout (3-1) finished second last out after winning previous two starts and looms the biggest threat to the top choice. #6 Auts Revolution (9-2) bested claimers last out and seeks second straight tally against tougher here for trainer Wade Sanderson. #7 Night Boss (7-2) has won his last two outings for trainer Ronney Brown and merits respect despite tricky outside draw.
- BackTracks: Mandy’s Gold “showed up”Versatile and talented, the Virginia-bred Mandy’s Gold tangled with the best en route to becoming the best horse Michael Gorham has trained.
In this competitive, interesting two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #4 Someday Is Today (7-2) gets the nod for mild upset for trainer Anthony Farrior. #5 Shoshoni Moon (2-1) looms the solid favorite in this spot for trainer Stephen Lyster and could make good on that promise. #6 Heidi T (5-1) gives Farrior decent chance to run one-two in this spot. #2 Jamestown Road (6-1) gets favorable draw and has been consistent in similar events for trainer Ronney Brown.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn affair for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Sax (5-2) has been second in each of last two outings and looks to end bridesmaid role in this spot for trainer John Carlisle. #1 Market Of Stocks (7-2) won three starts back at Timonium and was second in only previous local try and merits respect from the rail for trainer Ricardo D’Angelo. #8 Skyfly (2-1) won last out seeks repeat score as potential odds-on choice here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #5 Don’t Tell Grandma (9-2) also won last and looks for second straight for trainer Jeff Runco at modest price in the nightcap.