Charles Town picks and analysis: June 3, 2023

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


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In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #3 Amicalola Falls (7-2) finished second two starts back and looks to atone for fourth-place effort last out for trainer Sherry Jackson. #2 Sloe Gin Biz (5-1) won two back for trainer Crystal Pickett and cannot be overlooked in this spot. #1 Lion of the Sea (8-1) won three back and was good second last out and gets favorable draw here for trainer Tim Grams. #5 Happy Charlie (5-2) won two back and was good third last out for trainer Kristy Gazzier and looms the likely post time choice here.



In this one-turn dash for maiden $5,000 claimers, #9 Flash of Day (5-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Cynthia McKee and gets the nod for modest upset. #7 Bosey (7-2) makes seasonal debut off 18-month respite for trainer Jean Rofe and could graduate here if fresh and fit off the extended break. #6 Wired to Go (3-1) makes local debut for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and fourth outing at fourth different track. #4 Golden Remedy (5-2) also makes local debut for trainer John (Jerry) Robb of Little Bold John and Anna’s Bandit fame and looms a factor as the likely favorite here.

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In this competitive, two-turn allowance for state-bred older runners, #1 Grumpy’s Buddy (9-5) gets favorable inside draw while seeking to upend winners at this level since graduating for trainer Jeff Runco. #2 Chesapeake Charlie (12-1) also benefits from the draw and merits respect here at a generous price. #4 Golden Appeal (9-2) has been second twice this year against starter allowance foes and cannot be overlooked in this spot for trainer Lewis Craig, Jr. of Help a Brother fame. #3 Felicias Castle (15-1) has performed well against claimers and gets chance to complete several gimmicks at a big price.



In this interesting, one-turn allowance for state-bred males, #7 Chasenjohnathan (9-5) has been second twice since graduating in his career debut for trainer Greg Viands and looks poised to upend winners in third attempt. #8 De’s Castle (10-1) was good third while trying winners after graduating against maiden claimers and merits respect at a generous price here. #2 Pink Dinghy (3-1) graduated last out against maiden special weight foes last out for trainer Javier Contreras and looms a factor in this spot. #3 Kaylee’s Spitfire (8-1) exits Coin Collector Stakes and graduated two back in sharp fashion.



In this competitive, one-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, #10 Keep On Spurrin (6-1) gets favorable draw for trainer Kristy Petty and gets the nod for mild upset here. #9 Crafty Windsor Cat (6-1) returns off five-month break and looms a factor if fresh and fit. #5 Sail On Breeze (5-2) makes seasonal debut for trainer Jeff Runco and seeks first tally since graduating in her career debut. #7 Our Great Notion (10-1) graduated in her fifth outing last out for trainer Tim Grams and could be primed for mild surprise here.



In this one-turn maiden special weight dash fro state-bred three-year-olds, #3 jazz With Denis (8-5) has been second and third in two career outings and looks poised the graduate in this spot as the solid favorite for trainer Ronald Sigler. #10 Dr Rendezvous (6-1) has been fifth twice since solid second-place outing and gets chance to atone for last two tries for trainer Javier Contreras with favorable outside post. #6 Grey Bouquet (5-1) was good third in career debut for owner-trainer Cynthia McKee and figures to improve off that effort. #7 Makin’ Gold (15-1) was fourth last out after finishing fifth in each of first two tries and could complete several gimmicks at a very generous price here.

RACE 7The $75,000 Fancy Buckles Stakes


In this very competitive renewal of the $75,000 Fancy Buckles Stakes for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares, #4 Great Spirit (9-2) makes third attempt at first stakes tally for trainer Crystal Pickett and half-sister to the late, great Dr. Feelgood exits Coin Collector Stakes against the boys for this affair. #7 Lightnin Runner (5-1) already owns a pair of stakes victories against state-bred fillies her age and overhauled Great Spirit to take the It’s Binn Too Long Stakes last out. #8 Lucylou Who (9-5) won the Original Gold Stakes last out going two turns for trainer Emanuel “Mike” Geralis and looms the solid choice while cutting back in distance. #9 Alpine Moon (15-1) has been consistent, durable sort and merits respect with favorable draw and trip here.



In this competitive, two-turn allowance to cap the Saturday card, #4 Missionsninetynine (9-2) has been consistent sort all season after opening the campaign with a victory and gets the nod for mild upset in the finale. #8 Royal Pain (8-5) saw three-race win streak end when 10th in the Confucius Say Stakes here six weeks ago but merits respect here as the likely post time favorite. #1 Uncaptured Storm (5-1) owns three wins at Laurel Park already this year and gets favorable inside draw with upset potential. #10 Carte Blanche (8-1) makes local debut after numerous outings at bigger ovals and could complete several gimmicks here.