If you can’t bet on any of the afternoon cards on Friday, we have you covered with night racing at Charles Town in West Virginia. Remington Park is the other night card on Friday, though that’s quarter horse racing. This will be the second weekend for racing at Charles Town since they opened back up to racing. Who knows when spectators will be allowed back. At the earliest it’s likely July and there would be protocols implemented, with only so many fans allowed in the track. Casinos are slowly reopening across the country, so racetracks would likely follow, though it’s not going to be back to normal right away.
Back to normal as we knew it before will be a gradual process. The major North American sports hope to return to play in July, so it’d be in horse racings best interest to try and work something out for fan access then. Horse racing will likely still attract a handsome handle online. However, track managers should be well aware that the NBA, NHL, and MLB will take a chunk out of the betting handle that they’re getting now.
In other words, it would be more important for them to try and offer on-track betting again. How that is handled is going to vary greatly depending on what state it is. Bets on Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs to open up their doors to the public would be a smart wager. It doesn’t impact me one way or the other, but when sports return, there will be added pressure to get fans into the tracks. Charles Town has nine races on the card tonight in West Virginia. Head below for our free Charles Town Selections for May 22, 2020.
Post Time: 8:06 p.m. EST
Distance: 7 Furlongs
Race 3 gets a primetime slot at 8:06 p.m. in West Virginia. This event is offering a $27,000 purse, with seven horses expected to get the call for this one. There are three horses to include on your shortlist, which includes Widget Factory, Yesus Star, and Grandpa Louie. Yesus Star is seeking his first win after going winless in the first 23 starts of his career. Having said that, Yesus Star has shown improved form since October, having finished in the top-3 in 4 of his previous 6 races. It took ten races for Yesus Star to get into the top-3 to open his career, so this is better than what we’ve seen from him in the past.
Widget Factory is less experienced with only five races on his resume. It took Widget Factory to get into the top-3, having placed in his last outing for the best performance of his career. Widget Factory lost by the length of a head in that race. He was 1st out of the gate and had the lead going into the stretch as well. However, Spot of Gold was able to edge him out to record the win. Close call with Widget Factory unable to hold late. With Widget Factory weakening in that 6-furlong race, it’s within reason that he’s not going to care for 7 furlongs on Friday.
Grandpa Louie has been running well throughout his career. He’s started in nine races, and has been competitive in most of them. Grandpa Louie placed in two of three events, and showed in in two for a pretty decent stretch to open his career. He looked strong in his previous two races, finishing 2nd on February 26 and 3rd on May 15. The field in this one isn’t as strong as those two entries. That should help him gain the upper-hand and record the first win of his career on Friday night at Charles Town.
Post Time: 8:33 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
A shot race of 4 ½ furlongs for a $16,000 purse will be on offer in Race 4. Nine horses are signed up to sprint out of the gate. Letts Go to Dixies and It’smyintention are both expected to be serious competitors in this event. It’smyintension is coming off the first win of her career and will likely play a role in this race.
She has a win in six races after getting the win in that one over Thunder Punch by 1 ½ lengths on February 14. It was an impressive push from It’smyintension, as she broke well going into the stretch. She took over the lead from Thunder Punch and cleared the wire. At the ¼ pole she was 5th, but erased that deficit very nicely.
Letts Go to Dixies has some stakes experience, albeit only one race on October 12, 2019 in the West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic Stakes. It wasn’t the best performance by Letts Go to Dixies, as she outmatched and finished 7th. However, she was in the clear after dropping a class to place twice and notch a win in her next six outings.
After winning on December 21, 2019 by 1 ½ lengths, her trainer entered her in a higher class for her next trip out, where success was hard to find and she finished 6th. She’s coming off a small layoff, having raced in her last event on January 10. Letts Go to Dixies is back down a class and should be able to pick on this field. Nothing less than a win would be a disappointment for her here.
Post Time: 9:27 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 6 is 4 ½ more furlongs of racing at Charles Town on Friday evening. Mandy, Betty Bom Botz, and House of Love are on my shortlist out of the eight horses in this event. House of Love is getting some decent value there at +500 on the morning-line, but might need to catch a break out of the gate.
If Mandy and Betty Bom Botz falter out of the gate, House of Love might be able to steal one here. Betty Bom Botz has a win in 1 of 8 races in her career. Her win came on March 16, 2019 by 5 ½ lengths over Magnificent Belle. Since that win, Betty Bom Botz has raced in just three races, going 2nd, 5th, and 3rd in her most recent outing on May 18. Not bad form and could very well get the win here.
House of Love is coming off a win in her latest race. The mare won by ¾ lengths over Silken Belle to break extremely well out of the top of the stretch. She was 4th and put on the jets to win at the wire. Leading up to that race, House of Love was struggling, though, finishing 6th, 5th, 5th, 5th, 4th. If he can build on his win and stay in that form on Friday, then House of Love might be able to make things interesting and surprise. She is a winner in 4 of 35 races in her career.
Mandy will likely be ready to rock and roll out of the gate on Friday. The 3-year-old filly drops in class and gets a much easier assignment in Race 6 on Friday. She’s coming off some rest, having finished 4th on March 27 in her most recent outing. Mandy has a win in eight races, though has finished 3rd, 4th, 7th, 4th in her previou four races. Considering the level she was racing at compared to this assignment, those results aren’t terrible except for 7th on March 20. She should look better against this competition.