Charles Town picks and analysis: September 9, 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, $18,440
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In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn maiden $12,500 claiming event for older runners, #1 Barrelhouse (8-5) gets favorable inside draw and also gets the nod to graduate in mild upset for trainer Anthony Farrior. #6 Bon Bueno (6-5) looms the tepid choice in this spot despite outside draw and could certainly earn diploma here for trainer Ronney Brown. #5 Norlander (5-1) has raced well at the level and cannot be dismissed for trainer Jeff Runco. #2 Shades of Blue (15-1) could work out a favorable trip in this spot and complete several gimmicks as likely longest shot on the board.
In this two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares to cap the early daily double, #2 La Maddelena (7-2) gets favorable inside draw and the chance to stretch her speed an extra quarter-mile for trainer Crystal Pickett. #4 Lucky Bop (5-2) was solid third against similar last Saturday night and merits respect off the quick turnaround for trainer Lewis Craig, Jr. of Help a Brother fame. #7 Sparkleinyoureye (3-1) also makes the quick turnaround from allowance last weekend for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and cannot be dismissed. #1 Polish the Diamond (12-1) could complete several gimmicks at a generous price for trainer Cynthia McKee.
- 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 two-turn event for maiden $7,500 claimers, #1 All Roads to Denis (7-2) has made half of his starts against maiden special weight foes and gets the nod for mild upset in this spot. #5 Jooby Dooby Doo (3-1) exits a trio of maiden special weight events for trainer Ronney Brown and certainly merits respect here. #7 Astrayal` (1-1) could be among the shortest-priced favorites on the card for trainer Javier Contreras and cannot be easily dismissed. #3 I See Nothing (10-1) has been no better than fourth in five previous outings but could improve here.
In this interesting, two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, #3 Foxy Sista (1-1) was sharp second against male rivals last out and looms the odds-on choice here for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #1 Marina Grande (6-1) gets favorable rail draw for trainer Ollie Figgins, III of Dance to Bristol fame and could forge mild surprise here. #6 Juba’s Parade (7-5) prevailed against similar last out after exiting Sylvia Bishop Stakes and cannot be dismissed. #2 No Denying Denis (10-1) could complete several gimmicks at a generous price for trainer Ronald Sigler.
In this competitive, one-turn dash for starter allowance runners, #8 Pit Stop Man (9-5) gets favorable outside draw and looms the solid choice here for trainer Raymond Ginter, Jr. #7 Advance Cash (5-1) was solid second in local debut following Monmouth score and merits respect here. #5 Mr. Tingles (6-1) has performed well against similar of late and cannot be dismissed. #4 Kitchen Fire (5-2) was good against similar at Timonoum and Delaware Park recently and looms the tepid choice in this affair.
In this rare, three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Suleman (9-5) gets coveted rail draw and looms the solid choice here. #4 Adara (3-1) has been fourth twice since besting claimers three back and certainly merits respect in this spot for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame. #3 Voliero (5-1) makes local debut after facing tougher at bigger ovals in New York and deserves a look here. #2 Scootscoot (6-1) has chance to forge mild surprise with a decent trip in this spot.
- 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.
In this interesting, two-turn allowance for state-bred older runners, #1 Fancy Concho (7-2) gets favorable inside draw and consistent sort could regain winning ways here for trainer Tim Grams. #5 River Crosroad RVF (5-2) looms the tepid choice and Jeff Runco trainee certainly merits respect when he minds his manners on the far turn. #7 Out of Cents (3-1) has also grown accustomed to facing similar and gives Runco chance to run one-two here. #2 Buff’s Eye View (6-1) gets another chance to prep for WVBC card for trainer David Walters and boasts runner-up finish in previous edition of the Classic.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $4,000 claimers, #2 Marketability (7-5) gets the nod for mild upset in the nigthcap for trainer Jack Hurley #4 Stylish Paint (6-5) has been second twice in six winless outings this year for trainer Ronney Brown and looms the tepid favorite in this event. #1 Broadway Peggy (20-1) gets favorable inside draw and could compete several gimmicks at a big price. #3 Pretty Spectacular (20-1) also has the chance to light up the toteboard if the top two choices falter in the finale.