Charles Town picks and analysis: November 11, 2023
Charles Town has a nine-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
- Jackpot Pick 6, $38,707
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In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn maiden $7,500 claiming event for state-breds, #1 Colonial Road (6-1) gets favorable inside draw and looks to graduate in 16th seasonal outing and 21st career try. #6 Moon Fall (3-5) exits maiden special weight company and could be shortest-priced favorite on the card for trainer Jeff Runco. #3 Lord Clancy (3-1) was good fourth last out against similar and looks for mild upset in fifth outing for trainer Ollie Figgins III of Dance to Bristol fame. #7 Irish Flight (8-1) was also good fourth last out and merits respect in this spot for trainer Victor Espinosa of Noble’s Honey fame.
In this two-turn event for state-bred $5,000 claimers, #2 Siente El Amor (6-1) gets the nod for genuine upset for owner-trainer Tabitha Wilhelm. #8 Modern Day Romance (8-5) has been second in each of last two tries for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and will look to earn brief bridesmaid role here as solid choice. #5 Charitable Windsor (4-1) has been second and third last two and already owns two wins this year for trainer Jacob Hess. #7 Ocean Storm (7-2) has won two straight for trainer Tim Shanley and cannot be overlooked in this spot.
- 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 one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #8 Grandiosely (2-1) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and gets the nod as the tepid choice here. #7 Reign On and On (5-2) was good second two back at Timonium and could forge mild upset here. #6 Make It a Double (8-1) has been second four times in six winless starts this year and could end bridesmaid status here. #5 Ding Ding (5-2) has been third in each of last three and cannot be overlooked in this spot.
In this rare, three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #3 Get Off My Cloud (4-1) won last out against similar and looks for repeat score and mild upset here. #2 Moon Sign (8-1) makes local debut after facing tougher in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia and could forge genuine upset here. #7 Tyry Tyrannosaurus (8-5) exits much tougher in last three and looms the solid choice here for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. #1 Only Get’n Better (20-1) gets favorable inside draw and could complete several gimmicks at very generous price.
In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #10 Violent Rock (7-5) gets favorable outside draw for trainer Ray Ginter, Jr. and should prevail as possible odds-on proposition here. #9 Brion (5-1) returns from lengthy layoff but gets decent draw and looms a factor late. #8 Trappe the Gold (15-1) won three back and looks to regain winning ways here as outsider. #7 Bubba G (10-1) has been fifth twice since prevailing here and could forge mild surprise here for trainer Ronney Brown.
In another rare three-turn event for $5,000 claimers, #1 Oiler (7-2) was solid second in last outing at Delaware Park and gets favorable inside draw for local debut. #2 He’s On Fire (6-1) makes local debut for trainer Carlos Mancilla and could forge mild upset here. #5 Mud Bug (5-2) won two back and was second last out and arrives in ideal form for trainer David Walters. #3 Gabriel’s Wing (5-1) was good second two back and gets chance to atone for fifth-place finish last out for trainer Ollie Figgins III.
- 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.
RACE 7 – $75,000 My Sister Pearl Stakes
In the Saturday night feature, the latest renewal of the My Sister Pearl Stakes for state-bred fillies and mares, #2 Someday Is Today (5-2) romped home six lengths clear in the Roger Ramey Distaff Breeders Classic here last month at the distance and looms the solid choice in this event for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Moonlit Shadow (9-2) exits the Cavada BC and tries three turns for the first time for trainer Tim Grams. #7 Seneca Rocks (7-2) finished third as the even-money choice in the Ramey and looks to make amends here. #5 Lucky Blonde (4-1) was solid third in WVBC event last out and gives Runco outside chance to run one-two here.
In the Saturday night finale, #5 Connecting Flight (3-1) returns from two starts elsewhere to spot of graduation three back and gets nod for mild upset here. #8 Marquet Classic (5-2) was good second last out in first try against winners for trainer Jeff Runco and merits respect in this spot. #11 Push (9-5) makes local debut for trainer Mike Jones, Jr. and will be a factor if she gets in off the also eligible list. #12 Chasing Artemis (2-1) is also poised to make local debut if she draws in off the AE list and looms a major player in the nightcap.