Charles Town picks and analysis: January 7, 2023
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $7,345
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In the opener on the first Saturday night card of the new year, #6 Divine Fashion (3-1) won two back over the strip and returns from Laurel Park following a decent effort for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Miss Corey (5-2) was solid second two back here and returns after modest performance at Parx for owner-trainer Jonathaniel Badillo and merits respect for mild upset. #2 Codas Honor (9-5) looms the tepid choice in this spot and gives Farrior solid chance to run one-two here. #3 Practically There (8-1) could complete several gimmicks at a generous price for owner-trainer Ernest Haynes.
In this two-turn event for state-bred $15,000 claimers, #2 Thunderinreadyrick (4-1) won two back against similar and exits allowance event for trainer Curtis Bass. #3 Bright Dawn (3-1) returns from Laurel for trainer A. Ferris Allen and seeks to end prolonged drought dating back to Coin Collector Stakes score here just over 30 months ago. #5 Spirit of Windsor (7-2) exits allowance and stakes company for owner-trainer Tim Collins and merits respect in this spot. #1 In Jubalation (6-1) won two back in April and makes first start since September for trainer Larry Curtis.
- 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 competitive, two-turn maiden special weight event for older runners, #1 Adara (2-1) makes local debut off eight-month layoff for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame and a pair of ‘bullet’ workouts. #5 Per Diem (9-2) was second at the level in only previous local outing and boasts genuine upset chance here for trainer Norm Cash. #7 Taraashoq (5-2) was second in his only local try against similar for trainer Miguel Ramos Agosto and certainly merits respect here. #6 Shannonrun (5-1) makes local debut and gives Agosto outside to run one-two in this intriguing contest.
In this interesting, two-turn allowance for older, #3 Jungle Beast (8-5) exits a pair of stakes and looks to kick off the campaign with formful score in this event for trainer Javier Contreras. #4 Santo (10-1) returns following a decent outing at Mountaineer Park for trainer Stacey Viands and has modest upset potential here. #7 Be Onboard (9-5) makes local debut for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. after facing tougher elsewhere and will likely get ample support in this spot. #6 Trikitraki (8-1) tried claimers last out in local debut and vaults back into allowance company for trainer Manolo Mangual.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #2 Proud Union (9-2) gets second try against claimers for trainer Stacey Viands after three outings in allowance company following maiden special weight diploma and could forge mild surprise here. #10 Freedom Rider (7-5) exits a series of allowance events for trainer Anthony Farrior and could be odds-on in this spot despite outside draw. #4 Stringfella (6-1) also exits several allowance events for trainer Javier Contreras and returns to potentially winnable spot. #1 Dancin in Dubai (8-1) exits allowance event at Mountaineer Park and was solid third in only previous local try.
In this interesting, two-turn allowance/optional $15,000 claiming event for state-bred fillies and mares, #6 Azzurra (9-5) exits a trio of local state-bred stakes for trainer Anthony Farrior and could be odds-on in this spot. #5 Secret Castle (5-1) ended her previous campaign with a victory against similar for trainer Miguel Ramos Agosto and seeks second straight tally and third in last four tries. #7 Miss Wave (6-1) was solid second in local allowance last out after prevailing in another at Mountaineer Park for trainer Kevin Patterson. #4 Jamestown Road (6-1) won three back and has been consistent sort throughout her career.
- 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 interesting and competitive, two-turn allowance for state-bred three-year-olds, #8 Juba’s Notion (5-2) won the Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders Classic three back for trainer John A. Casey and ended his freshman campaign with a sharp second-place effort at the level. #6 No Love For Juba (3-1) won the West Virginia Futurity two back and was good third in allowance finale for trainer James W. Casey. #4 Sparked A Notion (4-1) graduated smartly last out in third try for trainer Tom Grams and tackles winners for the first time here. #5 Colt Rock (5-1) also graduated at third asking for trainer Javier Contreras and tries winners in this spot.
In this rare, three-turn allowance for older runners, #1 Late in the Game (3-1) gets favorable inside draw for seasonable debut following a solid sophomore campaign for trainer James W. Casey. #4 Yes Sir Robert (4-1) won two back at Laurel Park and makes local debut for trainer Jonathan Maldonado off plenty of good efforts at the bigger ovals. #9 Burgee (7-2) also makes local debut off a prior score at Laurel Park for trainer Anthony Farrior and should make his presence felt despite outside draw. #3 Mark Did It (6-1) was second against claimers last out for trainer Ronney Brown and seeks to post mild surprise here.
in the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #3 I See The Stars (9-5) arrives off a victory at Penn National for trainer Kimerly Graci and is looking to continue his winning ways to kick off the current season. #4 Sugar Daddy (8-5) looms the tepid choice in this spot for trainer Anthony Farrior while exiting a trio of allowance races. #1 Frankee Merch (6-1) has been third twice in last three tries for trainer Jack Hurley and merits respect here. #2 Internet Of Things (8-1) has yet to hit the board in three tries since returning from Monmouth Park for trainer Crystal Pickett but could complete several gimmicks.