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Most Likely Winner: Race 5- (2) BINN GOODE
Race 1: (7) LIL SWEETHEART has been improving with each start recently at the distance and she could pull the mild upset here if she can take another step forward. (3) CLASSY ESCORT is probably the one to beat here and has top connections, but I have concerns about the distance and wouldn’t want to be on her as an odds-on favorite. (1) EASY’S FINAL ROSE broke the maiden on the stretch out to this distance last time out- it’s a tough task to take on winners here for the first time, but she could catch a slice at a big price.
Race 2: (8) MELTECH is the logical horse here, as he is coming off of a win against similar last time out and will likely get the same nice stalking trip just off of the early leaders. (5) SWING YOUR SWORD returns to a Charles Town track he has raced very well over in the past; he hasn’t shown much against tougher in Maryland, but gets a major drop in class here. (3) J J WEDGIT MAN gets need class relief back to a level he was a winner at three starts ago- tougher bunch tonight, but he should be in the mix again.
Race 3: (1) TWENTYTWENTY has been knocking on the door and will surely break his maiden sometime soon- he should get a good trip from the rail tonight and should be close enough if good enough late. (4) GOLDEN METTLE will certainly show good speed on the stretch out, but he has given up a significant lead at the top of the stretch in each of his previous three tries around two turns. (6) TYRY TYRANNOSAURUS seemed to enjoy the stretch out last time and will look to take one more step forward here tonight to break the maiden.
Race 4: (4) BUBBA GRUMP has gone from 2-for-3 lifetime to 2-for-5 lifetime rather quickly, but there were some legitimate trip excuses for both efforts and he deserves another chance as the likely second choice in this race. (3) NIGHT TRAIN WAYNE comes off of a layoff and enters a small barn with little success with first time starters for the barn, but a repeat of his last effort would put him right in the mix and he has some sharp works coming into tonight’s effort. (6) SPUNMAN faces tougher than his last race, but he was such a convincing winner in that race that he should be respected here.
Race 5: (2) BINN GOODE is the top choice on the card- he faces similar company to his last race and will look to take this field wire-to-wire as well. (5) CHEASAPEAKE CHARLIE has been racing well recently and he should appreciate the slight turn back in distance. (4) WINNING SCHOLAR enters a new barn tonight and will look to keep it rolling as he has hit the board in five straight for three different barns.
Race 6: (8) SUSPIROS won big last time out to break the maiden; he faces tougher here, but if he can repeat that last effort he could be in the mix here at a bit of a price. (7) UNEQUIVOCAL has been racing well against tougher in Maryland and returns to a Charles Town track over which he has been very good in two lifetime tries over the surface. (4) MYWALKTOFREEDOM has taken this stretch out well in the past and could be worth including in exotics here at a big price.
Race 7: (6) SPURN is looking for his third win in a row and should get a perfect trip just off of the early pace setters; he is quick enough to win here and should get the trip. (9) FIBER STRONG will likely take money due to the connections, but he has failed as the favorite in his two career tries against winners and takes another step up in class here; definitely a must use in exotics, but be cautious betting him alone on top. (8) GOLDEN KEY has been racing well and should be competitive, but will likely be softened up here by a significant early pace battle.
Race 8: (8) SIGNATURE DISH should have nice early speed and takes one more slight drop in class- will it be enough for her to break her maiden here? (1) HALF EMPTY completely gave way last time out against similar; she should appreciate the turn back in distance and could get the job done here for sure, but I wouldn’t recommend betting her to win as an odds-on choice. (6) MOLLY BOLTS has been knocking on the door and should be in the mix again here, but she just hasn’t been able to take that final step forward needed to break the maiden.
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