Charles Town picks and analysis: September 16, 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.
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In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers to kick off the Saturday night card, #1 Knobiesmagicsonde (5-2) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Ronney Brown and nod for mild upset in a race featuring an odd collection of horses with long names. #5 True Flirt (9-5) appears to have certainly found a winnable spot and looms the solid choice in here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #4 Makinlimmargaritas (2-1) certainly merits respect in this spot and gives Farrior genuine chance to run one-two here. #2 Heretodaygonmanana (6-1) also gets favorable draw and should be able to work out a trip for trainer M. Joanna Boggs.
In this competitive, two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Appealing Road (3-1) gets favorable inside draw and seeks second straight score for trainer Kristy Gazzier. #5 Tennis Tap (5-2) is still in search of first win in seven seasonal outings for trainer Ronney Brown but merits respect here. #6 Ellies At Windsor (3-1) also won last out after three consecutive second-place efforts and seeks second straight for trainer Jamey Johnson. #2 Sarah’s Warrior (12-1) gets favorable draw and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price.
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In this interesting, two-turn maiden special weight event for state-bred two-year-olds, #8 Christopher’s Heart (5-2) returns following good effort against maiden claimers at Timonium and looms the solid choice to graduate here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #6 Soul Catcher (6-1) was solid second in debut two back and gets chance to atone for modest effort last out for trainer Jeff Runco. #3 Racing Hot Line (9-2) was solid second last out after modest debut and gives Farrior solid chance to run one-two here. #10 Alexander Grady (8-1) has been fifth and fourth in first two tries for trainer Javier Contreras and could overcome outside slot in bid for diploma.
In this wide open, two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #1 Seems to Whisper (5-1) gets favorable inside draw and looks poised for mild upset for trainer Ronney Brown. #6 Midnight Regret (5-2) has been in good form of late for trainer Raimondo Schiano-DiCola of Gabriel’s Smile and CR’s Mandate fame and looms the tepid choice in this spot. #3 Surcharge (9-2) certainly cannot be overlooked in here for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #8 Highway Queen (3-1) deserves serious consideration in contentious affair despite outside draw.
In this two-turn event for state-bred $10,000 claiming fillies and mares, #4 Our Great Notion (8-5) exits allowance company and steps back into a winnable claiming event for trainer Tim Grams. #1 Sneaky Lynk (5-1) gets favorable inside draw and could atone for fifth-place effort in latest outing for trainer M. Joanna Boggs. #8 Odina (9-2) was solid third last out for trainer Ollie Figgins III of Dance to Bristol fame and certainly merits respect in this spot. #9 Smokin Lady (6-1) graduated last out against maiden claimers and seeks second straight tally while facing winners for the first time.
In this interesting two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #2 Bon Bueno (9-5) graduated against maiden claimers last out for trainer Ronney Brown and seeks second straight while tackling winners for the first time. #4 Ragtime Riches (2-1) graduated against maiden special weight company in May and returns to winnable spot for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Voice of Now (6-1) was good second two back and gets chance to atone for sixth-place effort last out. #3 Surf City Gold (10-1) graduated against maiden claimers last out in local debut and seeks second straight for trainer Daniel J. Mackenzie.
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In this two-turn allowance/optional $15,000 claiming event for state-bred older runners, #4 Shameless Risk (2-1) exits Frank Gall Memorial Stakes and seeks to capture another allowance event for trainer Ronney Brown. #3 Missionsninetynine (9-5) defeated starter allowance foes last out and seeks second straight score for trainer Lela Hanagan. #5 River Crossroad RVF (5-1) merits respect in this spot for trainer Jeff Runco. #7 The Illusionist (6-1) gives trainer Ronney Brown outside chance to run one-two here.
In the Saturday night finale, a competitive, two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Ride the Rapids (9-2) gets favorable inside draw and gets the nod for mild upset in the nightcap for trainer Phil Capuano. #10 Riverview Stevie (9-5) looms the potential odds-on favorite here despite outside slot for trainer Anthony Farrior. #6 Wishing for Spring (8-1) deserves a look in this group for trainer Ronald Sigler. #7 Lily’s Lead (6-1) also cannot be overlooked and could forge mild surprise in the finale for trainer John Carlisle.