Charles Town picks and horses to watch: February 3, 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.


Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $6,651

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Race 1




In this state-bred maiden event, #7 Frenchies Gold (3-1) looks to be in a good spot to graduate. The Golden Years filly ran a decent fourth on debut, perhaps a bit outfooted going 4 1/2 furlongs. For her second try, she gets added ground to run and is showing three good works in the interim… #3 Cloud Mover (6-1) was scratched out of her scheduled debut by the stewards Jan. 26. A daughter of Preakness winner Cloud Computing, she’s been working well enough towards her bow, and rider Denis Araujo, who was aboard the other Johnson trainee last time, leaves that one for this first-timer… Morning line favorite #5 Laughintothebank (9-5) has been beaten at odds-on in three of four career starts, which is a lot of bettors’ money to have burned. Note that go-to rider Bocachica leaves this one to ride Runco’s other horse, top choice Frenchies Gold…

Race 7


Top choice #4 Royal Pain (7-2) looks to be coming into this allowance contest in the right way. The Jamey Johnson trainee makes his third start off a layoff here and just the second of his career going two turns; his other two-turn try resulted in a six-length win. His last was a good step forward, and in his third off the bench, he has the right to improve. He probably won’t control this one up front the way he did his prior two-turn try, but his form says he can as well stalk and pounce… The speedy #6 Icing (8-5) led ’em all the way to an easy win in last, and if he gets away again, he should take them a long way… If a heated pace develops, two horses who could benefit are #5 Personable (4-1) and #2 Juba Bound (9-2). The latter ran a clunker last time out but had been in good form prior, while the former has only been out of the money once in seven lifetime outings…