Charles Town picks and horses to watch: June 9, 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, $50,269
- Notes from Pennsylvania Derby daySome news, notes, and observations from a rainy, messy but exciting day at Parx Racing, where the Pennsylvania Derby was run Saturday.
The morning line and likely post time favorite in this contest is #6 Duncan Idaho (3-5), who graduated last out at second asking and has been 3-10 in both career starts. That stems in part from his breeding: he is a full brother to multiple graded stakes winner Late Night Pow Wow and two-time defending WV-bred champion Muad’dib. That said, he lost his first outing and was all out to prevail in his second. The added ground should aid his cause, and he may well win this contest, but the odds you’re likely to get do not entice… We mentioned he lost his debut; that defeat came against #2 Juba’s Hat Trick (4-1) in what was both runners’ debut. This one, whose expected odds make him our top selection, followed up that first out score with a curiously indifferent, disengaged effort. We’ll draw a line through it and note that he gets a new rider and blinkers on today… #7 I’lltakecareofit (9-2) won at first asking, was terrible in his next start, and then ran a good one last out. We’re hoping he can double that up this evening…
Just an OK effort last out in his first local try for #1 Cairo Breeze (2-1), who had tilted against much better at Oaklawn. We’ll chalk that up to his first time racing at night at a bullring and give him a chance to make amends here… Curious to see what the first-timer #6 Nickandme (12-1) has to offer. Two of his three siblings ran second on debut and all three graduated pretty quickly. SIre Secret Circle has pretty gaudy win percentages… Morning line favorite #2 Napa Valley (3-5), like a lot of Lynn Cash trainees, has made the rounds: Churchill, Laurel, the Fairgrounds, Oaklawn, and now CT. He’s obviously a major player in this spot…