The racing doesn’t stop at Saratoga on Saturday following the Travers Stakes. Following what should be an exciting afternoon of racing in Saratoga Springs, there is some night racing on the docket at Charles Town in West Virginia. The last race at Saratoga is scheduled for 6:52 p.m. EST. and post time for Race 1 at Charles Town is minutes later at 7:00 p.m. EST.
After spending the day handicapping Saratoga, you have the full card of Charles Town at your disposal. The stakes are way smaller at Charles Town. In fact, the feature race of the day is for $29,000 compared to $1,000,000 at Saratoga. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t cash in at both tracks.
There are a total of eight races at Charles Town on Saturday, with a total of $137,500 in available prize money. We have you covered with three selections in West Virginia. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for August 8, 2020.
Post Time: 7:32 p.m. EST
Distance: 7 Furlongs
We will start with the feature race of the day at Charles Town on Saturday night. It will take 7 furlongs to complete this circuit. The Better One and Stowe Angel own leading credentials going into Saturday. The Better One has finished in the top-3 in nine straight races. She has gone 1st, 3rd, 2nd in her previous three races.
In her latest win, The Better One was a winner on May 30 in a $28,000 event by 1 ¼ lengths. Since then, The Better One finished 3rd and came close for 2nd in a 1 ¾ length loss on July 18 in his most recent performance. That was a $29,000 race, as is this race on Saturday night. Expect to see a competitive effort out of The Better One tonight. Stowe Angel was a winner for us a few weeks ago on July 17.
It was the third race for Stowe Angel in her career and she delivered with a comfortable 7 ½ length win. She was up a length at the ¼ pole and built on the lead for an easy win in a $28,000 race. Stowe Angel opened her career with a 6 length win in a $27,000 race on November 28, 2019, and then followed up to place 2nd on January 10 for a half length loss. She is in good form going into Saturday night and should deliver the goods in the feature race at Charles Town.
Post Time: 9:32 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 6 is 1 1/16 miles on the dirt for a $11,500 purse. Eight runners are expected to participate in this event. Lil Sweetheart and Imagoodchatterbug should be involved in the stretch here. Lil Sweetheart is 5 for 27 in her career, with her most recent win three races ago on March 20. She was a winner over Dynacastle for a $11,500 purse in wire-to-wire fashion.
Lil Sweetheart cleared Dynacastle by 4 ½ lengths after holding well in the stretch. Leading up to that race, Lil Sweetheart finished 1st, 1st, 6th, 2nd so she had some momentum behind her. Since the win, Lil Sweetheart has finished 6th and 2nd. In her latest performance, Lil Sweetheart was 3 lengths behind Imagoodchatterbug. Imagoodchatterbug was stalking Lil Sweetheart in the first half of the rest and then struck. She had a half length lead at the top of the stretch, and cleared Lil Sweetheart for an easy win.
Imagoodchatterbug is 4 for 21 in her career with good consistency and improvement recently. She has finished 3rd, 2nd, 1st in her previous three outings. Imagoodchatterbug has a lot of success racing in this class and should find more success on Saturday night under the lights. With Lil Sweetheart her biggest threat in this one, Imagoodchatterbug should clear this field and get back to the winner’s circle.
Post Time: 10:32 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
The final race of the day at Charles Town is Race 8, which carries a $11,000 purse for 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt. This looks like a race between Barker Lane and Uncut in the stretch. Barker Lane is 1 for 12, which doesn’t sound great, but she has been showing great promise recently. The filly won on July 3 over No Sugar No Cream by 1 ¼ lengths. She surged late to get the win at 4 ½ furlongs for a $11,000 purse. Barker Lane followed up for 2nd on July 23 to finish 2 lengths behind Catherines Warrior. Catherines Warrior had a 2 length lead at the ½ pole and carried on strongly to clear the field. Her win on July 3 was the first time that Barker Lane finished in the top-3.
Uncut is 1 for 12 in her career after finding a win on June 25 after finishing 2nd in back-to-back events. The same level of success wasn’t there for Uncut in her most recent outing, though. Uncut faltered for a $18,000 race on July 16 to finish 7th, but should benefit from behind back down in class tonight. Uncut started out well in that race. She maintained a lead from the start to the ½ pole before weakening in the stretch. A shorter race should benefit Uncut on Saturday night. This will be a half furlong shorter than what she experienced on July 16. The competition will be significantly weaker as well.