After an afternoon of wagering at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, there is more racing to be had in the evening hours. You can find four racecourses with post time scheduled in the evening hours. Charles Town has the east covered with the first race scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town.
Churchill Downs is the center of the horse racing universe over the next two days with the running of the $1,250,000 Kentucky Oaks (Gr. 1) on Friday and the 147th $3,000,000 Kentucky Derby (Gr. 1) on Saturday afternoon. We posted an early prediction for the Kentucky Derby, and will have a full breakdown for Saturday at TheSportsGeek soon.
Charles Town doesn’t have the prize money of Churchill Downs, but it could have some winners for us in West Virginia. I don’t want to break down a racecard that is running at the same time as Churchill Downs, so Charles Town makes sense on Friday night. Charles Town has eight races worth $150,100 on Friday night. Just a touch below the over $3,000,000 available at Churchill Downs. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for April 30, 2021.
Post Time: 7:32 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
We’ll get started on Friday night at Charles Town with 6 ½ furlongs for a $17,600 purse. Silken Belle and Castle of Caylee should be competitive, and will be on my shortlist to win Race 2. Silken Belle has shown some consistency is 4 for 36 in her career, and has been in good form since December. She has gone 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, in her previous five attempts.
In her most recent win, Silken Belle beat Spring Lass by a half length for a $11,000 purse. Silken Belle hasn’t been in the winner’s circle since then, but has been in decent form. She showed 3rd in her most recent showing on April 8 in a $11,000 event. Silken Belle is going to need improvement to beat Castle of Caylee, but there is value there.
Castle of Caylee is looking for a hat-trick on Friday after going 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st in her previous four assignments. She is coming off a win on April 1 in a $16,000 event. That was a 1 ¾ length win for Castle of Caylee over You Cant Catch Her. Prior to that win, Catch of Caylee was a 5 ¾ length winner for a $12,000 prize. She’s in the form of her career right now and should prevail.
Post Time: 8:02 p.m. EST
Race 3 is a $30,800 event on the dirt covering 7 furlongs. This is the co-feature event at Charles Town on Friday night. Remys Showtime and Ishihara, on opposite sides of the gate, should be in contention.
Remys Showtime is 2 for 9 in his career, with a win on November 25 in a $27,000 event by 1 ¼ lengths, and then following up on January 6 for a 1 ¾ length win at the $18,000 level. SInce the wins, Remys Showtime has gone 4th, 2nd, 5th.
In her most recent performance, Remys Showtime finished 5th for a $29,000 purse. She hasn’t had the same success since moving up in class. Instead of sliding down, Remys Showtime will look to bounce back in a $30,800 showing on Friday night.
I think there’s better value out there than on the favorite. Ishihara from the inside rail should provide some at post time. She has finished 1st, 3rd, 4th in her career. Ishihara had a productive start as a rookie on January 8, beating Candy Invasion by ¾ lengths in a $27,000 event. She was the favorite and came through.
Ishihara then showed 3rd in a $29,000 event, and 4th for a $28,000 purse on March 18. He’s a much better horse than we saw in those races, with the talent to improve and win those events on a more consistent basis. This isn’t the most talented field he has to deal with tonight. I will take him on this value.
Post Time: 10:32 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
The final race of the day at Charles Town is a $14,800 event covering 1 1/16 miles. Bellows and Maryland have a chance to head to the winner’s circle in this one. Bellows is 5 for 47 in his career and in consistent form recently. He has finished 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd in his career.
Bellows placed 2nd behind Tizezzy by a neck in a $8,000 event. This was after showing 3rd on March 31 in a $10,000 race. He has a tough opponent in Marylander racing in this event as well. Marylander is 3 for 15 in his career, and transferring to Charles Town after running at Laurel Park for the duration of his career.
Marylander is going to find much weaker opponents at Charles Town. He showed 3rd on February 28 in a $15,495 event. That was against better competition than he’ll see today. The same goes for his most recent outing on April 9. Marylander was 5th in a $19,100 event on April 9. A lot more was expected from him in that class. Down to $14,800 at Charles Town, look at Marylander to win here