Charles Town picks and analysis: May 13, 2023
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
- Jackpot Pick 6, $5,597
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In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn $5,000 claiming event for older horses, #4 Nomo Ron (8-1) gets the nod for mild upset here for trainer Kristy Gazzier off a decent fifth-place effort in his local debut here last month. #2 Royal Thunder (5-2) exits a quartet of allowance events for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and figures to get solid support from favorable inside slot. #5 Tringale (3-1) exits allowance and starter allowance events for owner-trainer Kevin Joy and merits respect here. #7 Happy Champ (9-2) has been second in each of his last two tries for trainer Ronney Brown and deserves a look in this spot.
In this interesting and competitive, one-turn allowance for state-breds, #6 Juba’s Hat Trick (9-5) won at first asking and seeks second straight for trainer Ronald Sigler and owner-breeder Taylor Mountain Farm. #2 Teachintherelease (5-2) makes seasonal debut for trainer and former rider Kristy Petty and appears a major player here if fresh and fit. #4 I’lltakecareofit (5-1) graduated at first asking but will need to atone for ninth-place outing in first try against winners last out for Petty. #3 Talking Teddy (20-1) could complete several gimmicks at a very big price here for owner-trainer-breeder and former local rider Keturah Obed-Letts.
- Circle P rallies to win Maryland JuvenileCircle P benefited from a spirited speed duel and a patient Ricardo Chiappe ride to win the Maryland Juvenile Stakes Saturday at Laurel.
In this contentious two-turn allowance for older, #2 Never Compromise (7-2) won last out and already sports three wins in five tries this year for trainer Ollie Figgins III of Dance to Bristol fame. #4 Out of Cents (5-2) was second two back for trainer Jeff Runco and seeks first score in four seasonal tries as the likely post time choice. #7 Buff’s Eye View (9-2) has run well in spots in the past including a runner-up effort in the West Virginia Breeders Classic several years ago for trainer David Walters. #8 Aaron’s Tap (4-1) also has ample back class for trainer Wade Sanderson and has been second twice in four winless outings this year.
In this interesting one-turn allowance dash for state-bred fillies and mares, #1 Full Moon Lover (9-5) makes seasonal debut for trainer Ronney Brown and will look to overcome layoff and tricky rail draw for eighth victory in 13th career outing. #8 Manarola (8-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer David Walters while seeking to regain winning ways. #3 Moonlit Shadow (2-1) has typically been better in two-turn events but cuts back in distance here for trainer Tim Grams. #5 Mackenzie’s Music (9-2) also makes seasonal debut for trainer Jeff Runco and seeks fourth win in ninth lifetime try.
In this competitive one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-bred three-year-olds, #10 George (6-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer David Walters and looks poised to graduate here. #4 jazz With Denis (5-2) was good third in career debut last out and should improve off that effort here for trainer Ronald Sigler and owner-breeder Taylor Mountain Farm. #2 Pink Dinghy (2-1) has been second in each of his first two outings for trainer Javier Contreras and owner-breeder O’Sullivan Farms and will get ample support here seeking diploma. #1 Big Bad Brass (9-2) makes career debut for trainer Jeff Runco and owner-breeder James Boyer and fired ‘bullet’ work from the gate last month.
In this interesting two-turn allowance for older runners, #2 Icing (5-2) sports three wins in five tries this year for trainer Norm “Lynn” Cash and gets favorable inside draw in this event. #7 One Night Mike (3-1) has one win and finished second twice in four good outings this year for trainer Javier Contreras and owner-breeder O’Sullivan Farms and merits respect in this spot. #6 Mr. Pete (4-1) makes long awaited local debut or trainer Tim Kreiser and owns a pair of wins in five tries this year and 14 tallies in 61 previous career outings. #9 Auburn Mill (6-1) has been second twice in five winless tries this year but boasts 13 wins in 36 career outings.
- Martina Rojas: “Nothing like loving your job”Preternaturally driven apprentice rider Martina Rojas has opened some eyes of late with solid meets at Presque Isle, Timonium, Pimlico and now Laurel.
RACE 7 – The $75,000 Coin Collector Stakes
in this very competitive and interesting edition of the $75,000 Coin Collector Stakes for West Virginia-bred three-year-olds, #6 Great Spirit (7-2) suffered a narrow setback as the odds-on choice in the It’s Binn Too Long Stakes here late last month but gets the bod to upset the boys for trainer Crystal Pickett. #2 Honeyquist (8-5) was last season’s champion West Virginia-bred two-year-old male and looks to kick off sophomore campaign with stakes score for trainer Anthony Farrior. #8 Juba’s Notion (4-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Kristy Petty and late owner-breeder John A. Casey of Down Town Allen fame. #5 Little Roo Roo (6-1) has displayed plenty of ability against state-breds for owner-trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and certainly deserves a look at a generous price.
In the Saturday night finale, a competitive one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #9 Stevethevandriver (6-1) gets favorable outside draw and also gets the nod for mild upset to end the card for trainer Ronney Brown. #6 Big Hambone (5-1) has shown glimpses of promise in recent outings and could forge mild surprise here. #5 Kukulkan (3-1) won three back and has been second and third in two subsequent outings and merits respect in this spot. #4 Ruling (5-2) won two back and gets chance to atone for latest outing as the likely post time choice here in the nightcap.