Charles Town takes its post in the evening, as Mountaineer Park steps down in West Virginia for the night. Both tracks, which are based in West Virginia, hold their race cards at night. Especially on weekdays, night racing is more convenient for people that don’t have time during the day to gamble. More people are beginning to go back to work across the US, so Charles Town and Mountaineer Park should expect to see plenty of attention as the only game in town in primetime. Charles Town has eight races on the docket tonight. BetOnline is not offering a multi-bet option for the card, so I will go with straight wagers to win. If you feel more comfortable with betting the place or show, then by all means. Head below for our free Charles Town selections for June 4, 2020.
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 ⅛ Miles
Race 1 will feature 1 ⅛ miles of racing for a $14,500 purse. Seven horses are scheduled to participate in this race, with Incubator and The Predictor likely running up front in the stretch. I Need You will be looking for the upset as a hefty underdog in this one. This is going to be a tricky race for a horse that has won 10 of 58 races in his career. I Need You has finished 1st, 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 9th in his previous five races. He went up in class for his last performance and it didn’t go well. This is going to be another tricky assignment.
The Predictor is coming off two solid performances after winning on February 28 by a length and then placing on May 14 to finish behind Caladan. Keep in mind that this was a blowout for Caladan. He won by 12 ½ lengths and was the best horse in that event by a mile. Overall, The Predictor has won 11 of 53 races in his career. In his previous four races, he has finished in the top-3 in three of those outings. The Predictor will most likely be running close to the front at the wire. In front? Possibly but Incubator is going to be a tough out.
Incubator remains at the same class as on March 6 after beating Elusive Hero by a half length. He is a winner in 8 out of 31 races in his career and has ran well when he enters against beatable fields. This is another one of those, with Incubator getting an easy assignment for the 54th race of his career. He is going to have to want to run today, but if that happens, Incubator should win here.
Post Time: 1:34 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
You can make this a daily double with Race 1 if your racebook offers the bet. Race 2 at Charles Town will include 1 1/16 miles of racing on Thursday afternoon. Eight horses are currently scheduled to race in the event. This looks like it is setting up to be a duel between the No. 4 and No. 1 horses. Barn Yard Brat and Indian Wildfire should present bold efforts over 1 1/16 miles this afternoon.
Barn Yard Brat is trying to do better than 3rd today and should be able to get that done. In five career races, Barn Yard Brat has finished 3rd, 7th, 3rd, 3rd, 5th in his career. He’s down a class in this one after finding no success on February 5. Bard Yard Brat finished 5th after showing in back-to-back events. This is a race that should be winnable for Barn Yard Brat. He will certainly be involved in the stretch barring a setback. Indian Wildfire will pose the biggest challenge for Bard Yard Brat in this event.
Indian Wildfire is coming off the first start of his career, and gets a class drop after a pretty nice effort on March 14 against superior competition. He was unpleasant in the gate and was bothered before that race. So bothered that his rider was flipped off in the gate. As a first-timer to racing, you can see horses act up occasionally in spots.
It doesn’t mean that they’re a bad horse and going to continue to do it, but it happens with inexperience. Indian Wildfire ultimately finished 4th, ahead of four other horses. Not bad considering how bothered he was. Despite that happening, Indian Wildfire should be able to come back on Thursday with a more focused effort. He’s the strongest horse in this race, and if he doesn’t have any issues again, this is a winnable race.
Post Time: 8:55 p.m. EST
Race 7 is my final selection at Charles Town for Thursday. Eight horses are signed up to participate in the event, which is worth $11,000. It’s not the biggest purse out there, but winning never gets old regardless of the purse. Bro Latte, Castle One, and Lass Moment are likely setting up for nice showings on Thursday.
Lass Moment might be hanging around near the front for much of the race, but might get caught up late in the stretch. He has won 1 of 16 races in his career and gone 6th, 9th, 4th in his previous three performances. Lass Moment placed four races ago on November 2, 2019 after transferring from Mountaineer Park to Charles Town. His lone win was way back as a first-time starter on September 6, 2018.
Castle One enters as the favorite on the morning lines. He was a model of consistency from July 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019. Castle One finished in the top-3 in seven straight performances. He has won 1 of 20 races in his career, which started back on August 5, 2017. His win came on December 23, 2017 so it’s been a minute since he has been to the winner’s circle. After finishing 8th, 4th, 7th in his previous three races, Castle One is looking for an easier assignment. It will be an easier ride, but will likely have to fend off a bold bid from Bro Latte.
Bro Latte has a win in 12 races and is coming off a couple of good showings on February 29 and May 14 to finish 3rd in both events. He has been in the top-3 in 5 of his previous 7 outings and should be a major competitor today. Bro Latte notched his first win on August 29, 2019 by a half length. This should be a race that he can win, and I see him as the front-runner in Race 5 on Thursday at Charles Town.