Charles Town picks and analysis: May 6, 2023

Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!


  • Jackpot Pick 6, CARRYOVER OF $118,626

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In the Saturday night opener, expected to go postward not long after the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby is made official, #1 We B Shackin (6-1) prevailed last out against claimers and gets favorable rail draw for repeat bid. #2 johnny Swish (8-1) has won two straight and also draws well for potential three-peat against claiming foes. #9 Mr. Mox (8-5) makes local debut for trainer A. Ferris Allen III and looms the solid post time choice. #8 Spring the Beast (7-2) has been second three times in six seasonal outings and could end bridesmaid role in this spot.



In this two-turn event for state-bred $10,000 claimers, #1 Swiss Legacy (7-5) exits allowance company and should benefit from that outing and favorable inside draw for trainer Javier Contreras. #3 Windsor’s Tracker (4-1) was solid second two back and will seek to atone for modest effort last out. #5 S S Spartan Energy (6-1) graduated against maiden claimers two back and looks to topple winners here for trainer Jamey Johnson. #7 Felicias Castle (5-1) exits allowance foes and could complete several gimmicks here.

  • Great Spirit scores in Fancy Buckles
    Three-year-old Great Spirit joined big half-brother Dr. Feelgood as a stakes winner when she scored in Saturday’s Fancy Buckles Stakes at Charles Town.



In this two-turn event for maiden $5,000 claimers, #1 Princess Mia Rose (8-1) gets favorable inside draw and looks for genuine upset in this wide open affair. #3 Seems to Whisper (8-5) looms the tepid choice in this spot and certainly merits respect here. #4 Way Lucky (5-1) has shown potential at the level and could forge mild surprise in this spot. #6 Madi’s Tune (9-2) figures to get ample support in contentious group and cannot be overlooked.



In this contentious, two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Cheers for Kitten (3-1) won last out at Penn National and gets the nod in local debut for trainer Anthony Farrior. #8 Flat Cat (7-2) exits allowance company and won three back against winners after graduating against maiden claiming foes for trainer Ronney Brown. #5 Full Ahead (4-1) won last out and twice in last three tries and gives Farrior chance to run one-two here. #4 Its Over (5-1) was second two straight before modest effort last out but gets chance to atone here.



In this wide open one-turn dash for maiden claimers, #9 Irish Flight (10-1) exits maiden special weight foes and gets favorable outside draw with genuine upset chance for trainer Victor Espinosa of Noble’s Honey fame. #8 Drunk Text (5-2) also makes the drop from maiden special weight company in career debut and will likely get ample support in this spot for trainer Ronney Brown. #10 Ocean’s Storm (12-1) makes career debut for owner-trainer Cynthia McKee and gets favorable draw with upset chance. #7 Meetmarysman (6-1) exits a trio of maiden special weight events for trainer Crystal Pickett and cannot be overlooked.




In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming for fillies and mares, #2 Shiny Penny (4-1) has been second in each of last two and gets the nod to end recent bridesmaid status for trainer Crystal Pickett. #7 Clearly Visible (7-2) won last out for trainer Kevin Joy and certainly merits respect here in repeat bid. #3 Jalebi Baby (9-2) saw two-race win streak snapped last out and gets chance to atone here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Shemademelucky (20-1) could complete several gimmicks at very generous price.



In this contentious, two-turn starter allowance for fillies and mares, #2 Tequila Fog (5-1) has been third in each of last two tries at the level after winning three back for trainer Anthony Farrior. #5 Acadian Girl (7-5) won last out against similar at Laurel Park for trainer Emanuel “Mike” Geralis of Lucylou Who fame and looms a potential odds-on choice in this spot. #4 Divine Fashion (9-2) won last out against similar and gives Farrior chance to run one-two here. #9 China Cat (10-1) has been consistent sort throughout her career and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price.



In the Saturday night finale and “get out” race for bettors on Derby Day, #1 Spunky Zoey (6-1) was solid second two back at Penn National and looks to atone for previous local try while getting favorable rail draw. #2 Curlin’s Dove (7-2) makes second start off the layoff and graduated three back against maiden claimers and merits respect here. #7 Irish Samurai (3-1) has been second three times and third three times in busy campaign and looks to garner first seasonal score in this spot. #8 Lady Whistledown (4-1) was good third three back and certainly merits respect here.