Charles Town picks and analysis: December 10
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $14,751
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In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn event for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Golden Account (7-2) was second in only previous outing over the strip and returns after several starts in neighboring states for trainer Norm Cash. #1 Imagine Victory (3-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Crystal Pickett and looms a factor. #5 Mizzen (4-1) has yet to win from 13 previous tries this year for trainer Anthony Farrior but could forge mild upset here. #7 Cruz in the Castle (5-2) looms the tepid choice despite outside draw here for trainer Ronney Brown and certainly merits respect.
In yet another two-turn event for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares to cap the early daily double, #2 Arrowwood (4-1) gets the nod for mild upset for trainer Jeff Runco. #1 Reveirs Minute (5-1) gets favorable rail draw for trainer Jacob Hess and should be in ideal position throughout with upset chance. #7 Codas Honor (9-5) looms the tepid choice despite outside draw and gives Farrior genuine chance to sweep the early daily double. #4 Irish Samurai (3-1) figures to get ample support in this spot and also gives trainer Ronney Brown a chance at early daily double sweep.
- Several local runners among Barbara Fritchie nomsThe nominations for the Barbara Fritchie Stakes upcoming at Laurel Park include several local runners, among them last year’s show horse Fille d’Esprit.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #3 Maysville Miss (6-5) graduated two back and was solid third against winners last out and gives trainer Anthony Farrior chance to sweep the first three races on the card. #1 Yira (4-1) makes local debut for trainer Marco Salazar and seeks first win in eight seasonal outings. #6 Pretty Spectacular (9-2) was solid second last out in second local outing and seeks to end 15-race skid in this spot. #2 Gossiping (5-1) was fourth last out after two straight runner-up efforts and can atone for latest try.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #4 Uptown Belle (9-5) graduated last out against maiden claimers and seeks second straight for trainer Kevin Joy as the likely favorite. #8 Cedars Bulls Eye (5-2) makes third attempt against claimers after exiting allowance company for trainer Tim Grams and certainly merits respect here. #3 I B Nasty (6-1) was solid third last out but still in quest of first win in 16 seasonal tries for trainer Mark Racanelli. #2 Green Screen Queen (9-2) graduated last out against maiden claimers at Delaware Park and makes local debut for trainer Cody Beattie.
In another two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #3 Stylish Paint (3-1) has been knocking on the door lately for trainer Ronney Brown and should be fresh and fit for this outing. #4 Seeds of Time (5-2) looms the tepid choice here while seeking second straight score for trainer Chris Keller. #2 Fudge Cake (15-1) could complete several gimmicks at a very generous price here for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #8 She Figures (4-1) boasts a stakes score several years ago and seeks to regain winning ways for trainer Kevin Joy.
3In this two-turn event for state-bred $10,000 claimers, #8 S S Alaskan Cruz (4-1) gets the nod for mild upset for trainer Anthony Lucas while exiting allowance foes. #1 Maddeye Moody (5-2) exits a trio of allowance events after graduating against maiden special weight company and gets favorable rail draw for trainer Laura Carson. #3 Jackson Man (8-1) could complete several gimmicks at a decent price for trainer Glenn Harrison of Mean Bean fame. #4 Windsor’s Tracker (8-1) also merits respect at a generous price for trainer Ronney Brown.
- Which horses had the best post-CT Classic careers?Art Collector’s win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Pegasus got us wondering: which winners of the Charles Town Classic had the best careers after their Classic win?
In this two-turn event for $15,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Helluva Lady (5-2) makes local debut for trainer Anthony Farrior and gets favorable rail draw with prospect of attaining first seasonal triumph. #3 Feel the Love (7-2) exits allowance company and arrives with five consecutive third-place finishes for trainer Anthony Lucas. #2 Katalima (4-1) exits allowance company off sharp score for trainer Lela Hanagan and looms a logical contender in this spot. #7 Psyche (6-1) makes local debut for trainer Flint Stites and merits respect at a decent price.
In the Saturday night feature, a salty open, two-turn allowance for West Virginia-breds, #3 Muad’dib (3-5) looks to continue his local dominance for trainer Jeff Runco with a possible outing in the Queens County at Aqueduct on the horizon. #4 Free Sailin (5-1) has emerged as the best state-bred sophomore for trainer Jason DaCosta and gets a second chance to upset the reigning West Virginia-bred champ. #6 C R’s Mandate (8-1) has enjoyed a banner fall campaign for trainer Raimondo Schiano-Dicola and looks to seal it with another genuine upset. #7 Fancy Concho (10-1) has been remarkably consistent throughout his career for trainer Tim Grams and can never be overlooked.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #4 Mad Genius (7-2) won his local debut for trainer Anthony Farrior and seeks second straight in the nightcap. #2 Tweet This (3-1) has been consistent at this level for trainer Kevin Joy and certainly merits respect here. #1 Loaded Sniper (5-1) offered little in local debut for trainer Charles Frock but gets favorable draw and rates an upset chance here. #7 Mongolian Hero (6-1) has performed modestly in local outings for trainer MIke Jones, Jr. and cannot be entirely overlooked.