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!

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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.



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.



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.