Charles Town picks and analysis: September 30, 2023
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
- Jackpot Pick 6: $16,122
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In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #5 Ride the Rapids (4-5) was sharp second last out for trainer Anthony Farrior and looks poised to kick off the card in chalky fashion. #1 Wicked Saucy (20-1) gets favorable inside draw and looks to end modest skid since graduating against maiden claiming foes 10 weeks ago. #6 Ladyness (7-2) was solid second last out at Penn National for trainer Kim Graci and merits respect in local debut. #7 Sweet Factor (4-1) returns after modest outing last out at Colonial Downs and cannot be overlooked here for trainer Mike Jones, Jr.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #7 Patti Blue Eyes (3-1) has been fourth in each of last two outings but gets favorable outside draw and gives Farrior genuine chance to sweep the early daily double. #1 It’s A Real Honor (7-5) looms the solid choice in this spot despite tricky rail draw for trainer Kevin Joy. #8 Golden Sally (15-1) gets favorable outside draw and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price. #5 Power Sonde (5-1) was good third last out for trainer and former local rider Lori Bourne and deserves a look in this spot.
- 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 rare, three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Mud Bug (7-2) was solid second last out after graduating three back and could regain winning ways in this spot. #1 Akingisalwaysking (20-1) gets very favorable draw for this event and merits respect at a big price. #10 Master This (5-2) prevailed last out against similar and looms the favorite in repeat bid despite tricky outside draw. #9 Urban Bandit (4-1) also scored last out and seeks second straight here.
In this contentious, one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #8 Big Hambone (10-1) gets favorable outside draw and looks to improve upon fourth-place effort last out at a generous price. #6 Loaded Sniper (9-5) won two back and looks to atone for fourth-place effort last out for trainer Charles Frock. #5 Stevethevandriver (4-1) won last out at Timonium and returns to winnable local spot. #4 Dark Hedges (5-2) was good third last out in return from Mountaineer Park for trainer Kevin Patterson and looms the tepid choice.
In this competitive, two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #3 Windsor’s Tracker (7-2) was solid fourth last out and looks poised to regain winning ways here for trainer Ronney Brown. #4 Jones Falls (9-5) makes local debut after several outings at two different Maryland ovals and looms the solid choice here. #1 Red Devolution (10-1) graduated here last winter and returns after numerous outings at Penn National for trainer Amy Albright. #2 Speak of the Devil (6-1) has been second twice in last four tries at Penn National and returns to site of graduating against maiden claimers in March.
In this one-turn dash starter allowance for older males, #5 Advance Cash (7-2) defeated similar last out and seeks mild upset in repeat bid. #2 Nitro Time (5-2) arrives off two straight wins at Penn National for trainer Ralph Comi and looks for three-peat as likely favorite. #3 Golden G (3-1) exits Ben’s Cat Stakes and was second in most recent local try against similar. #1 Cowboy At Heart (9-2) was solid second last out after winning prior to outings and looks to regain winning ways for trainer Tim Grams despite tricky rail draw.
- 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 two-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #9 Jubaslilballerina (6-5) has won two straight for trainer Ronald Sigler and seeks to continue winning ways here as possible odds-on proposition. #5 Marina Grande (3-1) has been second and third in last two against similar and merits respect in this spot. #6 Lucky Bop (4-1) won last out against similar for trainer Lewis Craig, Jr. of Help a Brother fame and seeks repeat and mild upset. #1 Love of Grace (20-1) gets favorable inside draw and could complete several gimmicks at a very generous price.
In the Saturday night feature, a two-turn allowance for state-bred fillies and mares, #4 Lunatic (7-2) makes local debut off four-month respite for trainer Jeff Runco after arriving from California tracks. #8 Juba’s Parade (5-2) has won last two against similar since exiting stakes and looks to continue winning ways as the logical choice for trainer Kristy Petty. #7 Hessica (9-2) seeks to regain winning ways for trainer Kristy Petty in final prep for Cavada Breeders Classic title defense. #1 Summertime Rose (5-1) graduated against maiden claimers last out at Ellis Park and gets favorable inside draw for local debut.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for maiden $7,500 claimers, #1 Raise a Ruckus (8-1) was good fourth last out and gets favorable inside draw for trainer Tim Grams. #9 Last Party (7-2) was good third last out for trainer Busanda Armstrong and merits respect in this spot. #6 Calisto’s Brigade (5-2) has been second and third in last two tries and looms the favorite in this spot for trainer David Walters. #7 Denizetti (9-2) was second two back and gets chance to atone for sixth-place effort last out.