Charles Town picks and horses to watch: January 27, 2023
Charles Town Races has an eight-race card on tap for this evening. Post time for the opener is 7:00 p.m., and we’ve got Charles Town picks.
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Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $28,157
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Trainer Tim Grams had two first-timers entered in this maiden event but scratches Lovetheband — a half to millionaire Runnin’toluvya — which allows his other runner, #11 Born to Sin (8-1), to draw in off the AE. This one is a half to $200,000 earner Rock N Gold, attracts the services of Grams’s go-to rider in Hiraldo, and seems to have been outworking his stablemate… #3 Rockin Chair (8-1) has one advantage over several contenders here in that he’s made a couple of starts and took a nice step forward in last when facing state-breds for the first time… #8 Runaldo (3-1) is a half to some useful horses, including 13-time winner Sommelier Smarty, and has been training forwardly for his debut for trainer Jeff Runco, who wins at a 32% clip first time out… Trainer Anthony Farrior is winning at a ridiculously high clip (42% at the meet) and here sends out #6 Broad Imagination (7-2), who’s been training well towards his career bow. But do note that go-to rider Bocachica lands on Runaldo, which may (or may not) mean something about those horses’ relative merits…
Speaking of Farrior, his #10 With Secret Energy (4-1) thrashed state-breds last out and looks well positioned to make it two straight. Farrior and Bocachica are at 45% for the meet… #1 C R’s Mandate (9-5) ran two consecutive bang-up races in the fall, winning the WVBC Onion Juice and then just missing in the Funkhouser Memorial, both at long odds. He followed that up with a clunker against a rugged group featuring likely state-bred Horse of the Year Muad’dib and likely state-bred 3yo of the year Free Sailin. He’s been away since Dec. 10, but a return to fall form puts him right in the mix… Notably, Denis Araujo, who rode CR three straight leaves to ride #3 Hot Fudge Sonde (9-2), whose best efforts are right there… #11 Monaasib (5-2) figures to get bet pretty well and be a major player if he takes to CT, but he’s got a long ship, first bullring try, and first night race all on tap here, which inclines us towards a wait-and-see approach…
6th.”Born To Sin”does draw in but may break out
as many young ones do,so Runco’s “Runaldo” is the horse for me.
8th.The ABxAF factor is hard to bet against,so I won’t.
“Born To Sin”broke in
cyt was caught out wide
and would have been much closer,
but ABxAF was too much to overcome.
8th.What a nice price,
like finding money in the street,how sweet.