Charles Town picks and horses to watch: January 6, 2023
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, $4,654
- 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.
Top choice #5 With Secret Energy (5-1) hasn’t been worse than third in three tries at tonight’s 6 1/2-furlong distance and would appreciate a return to a fast track after a middling try on an off surface. The trainer-jockey combo wins at a 30% clip, and this one had run two good tries versus similar prior to last… #6 Juba Bound (8-5) posted a sharp score in last versus never-two competition. That was a big step up; can he repeat it? The odds figure to be awfully short, and we’re inclined to wait to see if he can do it again before eating this much chalk… #10 Personable (4-1) hasn’t run badly at this level, having finished second and third three straight. But he’ll need to take a step forward tonight to knock it down…
There are a couple of early speed types in this allowance contest, and that might set it up for a more tactical horse like #4 Hot Fudge Sonde (7-2). He bested state-bred never-four competition in last and should be able to sit a couple of lengths off the early pace. He’ll be sitting the trip if good enough… #10 Debit Card (1-1) thrashed Laurel Park maidens two back but failed to repeat as the favorite here at CT in last. He’ll be up front early, likely pressed or dueling with fellow speedster Noid (15-1), who saw a two-race win streak snapped in last when pressed into defeat. If one survives, it’s likely Debit Card… #2 Run to Daylight (8-1) beat similar in last and shows a sharp work in the interim. Seven-pound bug Justin Lewis has the return mount…