We’re off and running under the lights in West Virginia at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town on Wednesday evening. It has been a while since I’ve played Charles Town or Mountaineer Park, so it will be fun to play a night card again. West Virginia racing always takes the final bow of the night in the US. Their cards begin at 7:00 p.m. EST in primetime. This is convenient for people that are busy during the day and don’t have time to bet the ponies in the afternoon. Charles Town has the Charles Town Classic and Charles Town Oaks, but other than that, you are going to find a lot of small time racing in Charles Town at Hollywood Casino.
Charles Town has eight races on the dirt worth a total of $146,000 in prize money. They don’t have a turf track, so you are never going to find grass racing here. We also have picks at Gulfstream Park for the afternoon card in Hallandale Beach. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for February 17, 2021.
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
We will get going at Charles Town with the first pick of the evening in West Virginia. This is one of the biggest events with a purse of $27,000. Entry Time and Golden Key have to be noted in this event. Entry Time is winless in four outings, but has continued to get close. Expect Entry Time to have a chance to steal a win in the stretch.
After debuting in 5th on November 21, Entry Time has been in the top-3 in three straight performances, including placing 2nd in back-to-back entries on December 12 and January 8. In his latest race, Entry Time showed 3rd in a $27,000 event behind Golden Key by 4 lengths.
He’s capable of more than that and should be taken seriously up against Golden Key in a rematch on Wednesday night. Golden Key is coming off a promising debut against Entry Time. He was sharp, finishing 4 lengths ahead of Golden Key to place 2nd.
Golden Key wasn’t expecting to do much, but looked good, and came just a half length away from heavy favorite Fiber Strong at the wire on January 27. If Golden Key holds up in that same form, then look for him to move up to the winner’s circle after an encouraging debut as a first-time runner previously.
Post Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 2 is a $12,000 event on the dirt across 6 ½ furlongs. Fibertown and Slew the Turn are expected to be hot contenders for the top prize in this event. Fibertown is 2 for 19 and should be ready to strike and get into the winner’s circle again soon. He’s winless in five straight outings, but ran a strong race in his most recent outing.
Fibertown showed 3rd on January 27 in a $12,000 assignment. It wasn’t a bad effort, though he’s capable of more. If Fibertown can improve just a little from that performance, then expect him to be much closer to winning on Wednesday night. Slew the Turn is likely the one horse in this event that can give Fibertown some problems.
Slew the Turn is 2 for 7 in his career and has a recent win a couple of outings ago on December 4. He cut down Deputy Bee by 6 ¼ lengths in an easy $11,000 win. That was much too easy, so Slew the Turn jumped up to a $15,000 race on January 21. He’s down in class again after finishing 4th in that contest, so expect a winnable assignment on Wednesday for Slew the Turn.
Post Time: 9:49 p.m. EST
Race 7 is a $24,500 event covering 7 furlongs on the dirt. Super Garner and Cayenne Creek should be considered as potential winners in this event. Super Garner is coming off a standout performance on January 20, as he recorded his first win since May 23. He went six straight races before breaking through for a win a month ago.
In his most recent showing, Super Garner beat Charitable Spenny by 4 lengths in a $19,000 event. That was an impressive effort from Super Garner. The only concern for him is that he is edging up in class to a $24,500 race. We’ve seen him near this class before and he didn’t really impress, so a big run is going to be required.
Cayenne Creek has finished 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 5th in his previous six performances. He has been in a nice, consistent groove recently and won two races ago on January 6. In his most recent win, Cayenne Creak beat Opera Nite by 1 ¼ lengths in a $32,000 assignment.
It was the fifth straight race finishing in the top-2 before going for 5th in his latest outing on February 3. Following that showing in a $32,000 race, Cayenne Creek is dropping to a $24,500 race on Wednesday night. That should be enough to get him into the winner’s circle in this.