Charles Town picks and analysis: September 2, 2023
Charles Town has a 13-race Saturday card. Post time is 5:00 p.m. Good luck!
The card features the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks, and a bevy of other stakes for both open and state-bred company.
- Jackpot Pick 6, $54,491
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In the Saturday night opener in the midst of Labor Day weekend, #1 Globalization (6-5) gets favorable rail draw in rare, three-turn event for maiden $5,000 claimers and looks set to finally garner his diploma as possible odds-on choice for trainer Anthony Farrior. #3 Only Get’n Better (5-1) has offered several good efforts of late and could work out an ideal trip here to complete the exacta for trainer Tim Shanley. #6 Solomon’s Choice (7-5) will get plenty of support despite outside draw for trainer Emanuel “Mike” Geralis. #2 Morning Artie (30-1) also gets ideal draw and could complete several gimmicks as possible longest shot on the board here.
In this interesting, two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares to cap the early daily double, #3 Jubaslilballerina (1-1) finally graduated last out against maiden special weight company after having finished second six times in her previous seven tries and looks set to continue newfound winning ways. #6 Jumpin Jack Brass (8-5) was solid second in first attempt against winners after graduating two back for trainer Jeff Runco and certainly merits respect here. #2 Lucky Bop (6-1) has been up and down against winners since garnering her diploma and may be set to rebound from modest effort last out for trainer Lewis Craig, Jr. of Help a Brother fame. #1 Philmary Castle (8-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer, former jockey and current outrider Lori Bourne here.
- Laurel: Rugged field set for Friday allowanceThe Friday Laurel allowance feature is a third-level allowance featuring a pair of Maryland Million Classic winners in Monday Morning Qb and Ournationonparade.
In this competitive, one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-bred fillies and mares, #5 Miss Argentina (4-1) makes career debut for owner-trainer Analia Larrosa off a pair of recent gate works and looks poised to graduate at first asking. #4 Ghost Of Alcina (7-2) was solid second last out for trainer Vernon Greaves and could forge very mild upset here. #3 Xtended Streak (6-5) has been third three times in six career outings and looms the tepid favorite here for trainer Anthony Lucas. #6 Candy Loves Honey (9-2) gets favorable outside draw and deserves a look for upset prospects.
In this competitive and contentious two-turn allowance for state-bred males, #3 Ministry Of Magic (7-2) has been third in each of his two starts this year for trainer Anthony Rideoutt II and should benefit from both outings. #1 Penguin Parade (8-5) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Jeff Runco and merits respect as likely solid choice here. #6 Boss E. Boss (4-1) has been consistent sort this year for trainer Tabitha Wilhelm and could forge mild surprise in this spot. #4 Mystic O’Shaunesie (5-1) returns off sharp score at Mountaineer Park last out for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and merits respect here at a decent price.
In this two-turn event for maiden $12,500 claimers, #1 The Money Machine (6-1) gets favorable inside draw and was solid third last out after exiting maiden special weight company for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame. #2 Riverview Stevie (5-2) was solid second in first local outing after arriving from Gulfstream Park for trainer Anthony Farrior and looms the solid choice here. #8 Dashing Lass (3-1) exits a trio of maiden special weight outings and merits respect despite outside draw for trainer Tim Shanley. #7 Embraceable (6-1) gives Viands outside chance to run one-two here.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 We B Shackin (5-1) gets favorable inside draw and gets the nod for mild upset for trainer Kristy Gazzier. #5 Pyeong Chang (5-2) was third against tougher after winning allowance event two back and takes serious plunge here for trainer Jeff Runco. #2 Muchado Macho (9-2) returns after two outings at Laurel Park and won previous local try. #7 Advance Cash (3-1) makes local debut off win at Monmouth Park last out and merits respect here for trainer Ronney Brown.
- BackTracks: Mandy’s Gold “showed up”Versatile and talented, the Virginia-bred Mandy’s Gold tangled with the best en route to becoming the best horse Michael Gorham has trained.
In this two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, #3 Maggie’s Girl (3-5) finished second in one-turn $75,000 Autumn Stakes last Friday in first career setback from four outings and makes quick turnaround facing allowance foes. #1 Juba Baby (5-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Chris Keller and has an upset chance. #7 Music Lass (9-2) was fourth against similar last out after exiting Sylvia Bishop Stakes and could improve here for trainer Cliff Tuomisto. #2 Aim’s Jubilee (6-1) has been consistent sort and could complete several gimmicks at a decent price.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Thunderturtle (9-5) has been second in each of last two tries for trainer Jeff Runco and gets the nod to post mild upset in the nightcap. #1 Social Exclusion (15-1) is still in quest of local score after most recent tally at Finger Lakes and could forge genuine surprise here. #4 Flat Discount (6-5) has been second and third in three local outings and looms the solid choice here. #5 Cici Unified (12-1) could complete several gimmicks at a generous price for trainer Mike Jones, Jr.