Charles Town picks and analysis: October 28, 2023
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
- Jackpot Pick 6, $6,428
Check out our other handicapping here!
In the Saturday night opener, an interesting one-turn allowance for state-bred older runners, #5 George (3-5) was sharp second last out and looks poised to regain winning ways here for trainer David Walters. #6 El Pacho (5-1) graduated last out against maiden special weight foes and gets favorable outside draw while attempting to tackle winners for the first time. #1 Born to Sin (4-1) was good third last out for trainer Tim Grams and seeks to regain winning ways despite tricky rail draw. #3 One Candy Castle (8-1) has been fifth in two tries against winners after graduating against maiden claimers for trainer Kristy Petty.
In this competitive two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Superstitieux (3-1) gets favorable inside draw after making previous outings against tougher at the bigger ovals. #3 Gabriel’s Wing (6-5) was solid second last out for trainer Ollie Figgins III of Dance to Bristol fame and could be odds-on in this spot. #2 Scootscoot (9-2) owns a pair of wins this year but seeks to end five-month drought here. #4 Speakerit (6-1) makes local debut while seeking to hit the board for the first time in six seasonal tries.
- Speedyness favored in Maryland JuvenileAdded blinkers and added ground have made a difference for Speedyness, who will seek his third straight win as the favorite in Saturday’s Maryland Juvenile.
In this interesting two-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #2 Push (7-2) makes local debut after making five starts against tougher at Delaware Park and Colonial Downs and gets nod for mild upset here. #5 Makinlimmargaritas (9-5) prevailed last out and owns two wins in last four tries and looms the solid choice in this spot for trainer Anthony Farrior. #3 Katalima (3-1) was second last out and has been second five times in 10 seasonal outings and merits respect here for trainer Lela Hanagan. #1 My Sister Pam (6-1) gets favorable inside draw and could complete several gimmicks for trainer Javer Contreras.
In this interesting and competitive two-turn allowance for older horses, #4 One Ten (7-2) makes local debut after facing tougher foes in Maryland and gets nod for mild upset while seeking first win in 11 seasonal outings for trainer Anthony Farrior. #6 Alpha Chi Rho (6-5) was solid second last out and boasts 4-3-2 slate from previous 10 starts this year and looms a potential offs-on proposition here for trainer Kieron Magee. #7 O’Connor Sunset (3-1) was good third last out after three solid tries at Colonial Downs for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #5 Overly Critical (6-1) has won last two and seeks third straight and gives Jones chance to run one-two in this spot.
In this two-turn allowance, #10 Little Roo Roo (5-2) looks to regain winning ways after disappointing outing as odds-on choice in West Virginia Dash For Cash Breeders Classic. #6 Zen Master (7-2) was decent third last out after winning two back at Timonium for trainer Anthony Farrior. #3 Advance Cash (9-2) recorded a victory against starter allowance company last out and seeks second straight for trainer Vanessa Peltroche. #1 Mark Did It (8-1) has been second in each of last two and merits respect here with favorable rail draw.
In another interesting and competitive allowance event, #1 Paymengold (7-2) exits sixth-place finish in West Virginia Lottery BC and gets nod for mild upset here for trainer Dewayne Johnson. #8 Remys Showtime (4-1) was solid third in West Virginia Onion Juice BC last out and merits respect here for trainer Mike Jones, jr. #5 Lord of Cork (3-1) was solid third in West Virginia Lottery BC last out for trainer Ronald Sigler and looms the tepid choice in this spot. #9 Hot Fudge Sonde (5-1) has been second twice and third twice in six winless starts this year but cannot be completely dismissed.
- 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 competitive one-turn allowance dash for state-breds, #4 Teachintherelease (5-1) exits tough West Virginia Dash For Cash BC last out and won two back and looks to regain winning ways here for trainer Kristy Petty. #3 Duncan Idaho (5-2) exits West Virginia Lottery BC and full-brother to Muad’dib looks to regain winning ways here for Jeff Runco. #2 El Lucerito (9-2) exits West Virginia Dash For Cash BC and has ample early speed to make his presence known. #1 Youthinkthatsfunny (2-1) was solid second in West Virginia Dash For Cash BC at a big price and will look to repeat that effort here for trainer Cynthia McKee at a much shorter price.
In the Saturday night finale, a two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Highway Queen (7-2) gets the nod for mild upset in the nightcap while seeking first win in 17 seasonal tries. #3 Sweet Factor (5-2) won last out for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and seeks second straight here. #11 Ladro Di Fichi (8-5) returns to site of previous score and merits respect if he gets in off the AE list. #10 Midnight Regret (3-1) seeks first win in eight seasonal tries and will have to overcome outside draw to attain it here.