Charles Town picks and analysis: August 5, 2023
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
- Jackpot Pick 6, $17,932
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In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Meetmarysman (3-1) graduated against maiden claimers last out and gets favorable inside draw for trainer Crystal Pickett in first try against winners. #3 Harpersgonefishing (8-5) has offered three modest efforts since graduating against maiden special weight company and looms the solid favorite in this spot for trainer John Carlisle. #2 Chritable Windsor (5-2) also graduated last out against maiden claimers and merits respect here for trainer Kevin Joy. #4 Comeonturnmeloose (5-1) exits allowance company and deserves a look off the drop for trainer Michael Atkins.
In this contentious two-turn event for $5,000 claimers to cap the early daily double, #1 Dancin In Dubai (6-1) ended 26-month drought last out ans gets favorable inside draw with chance to repeat for trainer Keith Brown. #6 Tuskegee Cat (6-5) exits starter event at Penn National last out after prevailing at Churchill Downs and looms the possible odds-on choice here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #4 His Royal G (3-1) won three starts back here and returns following modest efforts at Delaware Park and Laurel Park. #3 Sloe Gin Biz (5-1) already sports two wins in 11 starts this year and merits respect here for trainer Crytal Pickett.
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In this wide open, one-turn dash for state-bred claiming fillies and mares, #6 Siente La Brisa (10-1) tries claimers for the second time after exiting allowance company and gets favorable outside draw with upset chance. #5 Sing a Lullabye (4-5) won in belated seasonal debut last out for trainer M. Joanna Boggs and looms the odds-on choice here. #4 Diva Rose (5-1) was solid second last out against similar and merits respect in this spot. #3 Blue Mountain (4-1) was good third last out and won three back and deserves a look here.
In this rare, three-turn event for claiming fillies and mares, #1 Looking for Flare (3-1) graduated last out against maiden claimers for trainer Richard Butts and gets coveted rail draw while tackling winners for the first time. #3 Cedars Bulls Eye (7-5) also seeks second straight score for trainer Tim Grams and could be odds-on at post time. #7 She’s Mybuddybuddy (5-2) makes fourth attempt against winners after graduating against maiden special weight foes for trainer Ernest Haynes of Lake Poncatrain fame. #6 Lady Whistledown (6-1) seeks first win in eighth seasonal outing for trainer Mike Jones, jr.
In this unmistakably wide-open one-turn dash for maiden $5,000 claimers, #7 Mims Second Chance (9-2) seeks to graduate in 10th seasonal and 13th career outing for trainer Anthony Rideout II. #6 Mo Eh Hennessy (7-2) looms the lukewarm favorite in this affair for trainer Anthony Farrior. #5 Bashdaflash (6-1) seeks to garner diploma in eighth seasonal try and 11th career try for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #8 Robbedinthebahamas (12-1) gets favorable outside draw while seeking to graduated in 22nd lifetime outing for trainer Tim Shanley.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #3 Maria From Miami (3-1) makes local debut and won two back at Laurel Park for trainer Richard Sillaman. #2 Bizzy Gal (5-2) seeks first seasonal score in seven tries this year for trainer Jeff Runco and looms the tepid choice here. #1 Sister Spirit (8-1) saw two-race win streak end when third last out for owner-trainer Natasha Aylor and gets favorable inside draw and could complete several gimmicks at a decent price. #4 Shes So Speightsy (6-1) goes in quest of first win in seven seasonal tries for trainer Ernest Haynes.
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In this competitive, one-turn allowance dash, #8 Xcellent Start (7-2) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Jeff Runco and gets the nod for very mild upset here. #7 Hardly Ever Better (3-1) also draws well for trainer John Carlisle and will make his presence known from the outset. #6 Kaylee’s Spitfire (6-1) has shown ample promise and faced tougher and could post genuine surprise in this spot. #5 La Maddelena (4-1) has ample early speed and sophomore filly tackles older boys here for trainer Crystal Pickett and cannot be dismissed.
In the Saturday night finale, a wide-open two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Another Victory (8-1) gets favorable inside draw after good effort in overdue seasonal debut last out and gets the nod for genuine upset here for trainer Richard Gillespie. #6 Auburn Mill (6-5) goes in quest of first win in 10 seasonal outings for trainer Anthony Farrior and could be odds-on here. #8 Superhighway (5-1) makes first start in 18 months for trainer Kristy Gazzier and deserves a look off the long layoff. #4 Royal Thunder (8-1) also looks for first win in 10th try this year and could post double-digit surprise in the nightcap.