Charles Town picks and horses to watch: December 9

Charles Town Races has a nine-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, $9,479

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Race 7




In this never-won-two allowance, we’ll try to beat the chalk with #8 Violent Rock (4-1). This one enters off a couple of pretty good efforts, including a runner-up try in a claimer at Aqueduct in last when off at 22-1. We’re not concerned about the quick turnaround time from that last — that’s what trainer Norman Cash does — and like to see his go-to rider Will Humphrey in for the call… #4 Sue Loves Barbados (3-1) has done his best work on the lawn but has some decent main track efforts, as well. That includes his only win to date. We’re expecting him to show a bit more speed early than he did last time he was on the dirt… Huge and unexpected effort in last by #3 Debit Card (9-5), who shipped down to Laurel after suffering two maiden defeats at Penn National and won nicely at 25-1. Can he repeat? We’d like to see it before taking short odds, especially since that last was such a big jump up… Tough outing in last for #1 Benny the Book (5-1) but two back, he was second versus similar…

Race 8


Top choice #6 Secret Castle (7-2) defeated similar two back, and while she just ran evenly in last, that was at 4 1/2 furlongs. She gets two more furlongs to work with here, which should help, and though there is some speed here, our read is that she doesn’t have to have the lead to run well… #3 Miss Wave (9-2) likely will be part of the early speed. She’s made only one start since August, albeit a winning one at Mountaineer. She’s stretching back out to two turns today, but a look down her page shows a win against allowance foes in April going two turns… The return to state-bred company could stand #8 Jamestown Road (5-2) in good stead two races after a win versus non-state-bred allowance foes… #2 Grace Elizabeth (4-1) just missed against similar in last…