Not everyone likes betting on baseball. Bad bullpens blowing bets can be enough to turn gamblers off from baseball. Fortunately, there is horse racing in the evening at more than a few tracks in the US. There are no bullpens to curse out on the racetrack. You can find Emerald Downs, Evangeline Downs, Charles Town, and Charles Town with racecards later in the day. If you’re in the east, then Charles Town is racing in primetime beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST.
I’ve done well handicapping Charles Town and Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. On Tuesday at Mountaineer, we selected three horses and all three were winners. Hopefully we can keep the money train going in West Virginia on Thursday evening. Charles Town has eight horses on the docket, with a total of $131,000 available tonight. We have three selections at Charles Town for this card. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for July 30, 2020.
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Distance: 4 ½ Furlongs
We will get started at the top of the hour at Charles Town with Race 1. The first race of the evening at Charles Town is for $11,000 over 4 ½ furlongs. It’s a short race that won’t take long to complete. Henry Standingbear and Barn Yard Brat are leading contenders in Race 1. Both should be in the mix in the stretch, and might even get into a duel on track. If Barn Yard Brat can revert to June 4 form, then he’s going to be in great shape for a win.
However, we haven’t seen that same effort from Barn Yard Brat in his last two outings. After winning by 4 lengths in a $17,000 maiden event on June 4, Barn Yard Brat was out of form on June 19 and June 25. He finished 7th for a $25,500 purse, and 6th for a $16,000 purse. After dropping in class to $16,000, she was expected to improve on paper, but finished last. Bard Yard Brat is going further down the grade scale and lands on a $11,000 event today. She ran three races in a month, so I think the time off might be to her benefit.
Henry Standingbear is dropping down in class today as well. This is a horse that showed plenty of promise early in her career. She won out of the gate as a rookie on October 25, 2019, and then was competitive in the $50,000 West Virginia Futurity (Black Type) for 2nd on November 2, 2019. Henry Standingbear proceeded to finishing in the top-3 in three more races in a row, before running into a hole this past spring in races with purses of over $20,000. With both horses dropping in class for Race 1 today, it should be an entertaining finish in the stretch. Look for Henry Standingbear to edge out Barn Yard Brat at the wire.
Post Time: 7:57 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 is the second largest purse of the night at Charles Town. It features a $28,00 purse for over 4 ¼ lengths. It’s another short race in an event that you will find out quickly if you’re a winner or loser. Thislillimeofmine and Evan’s Chile should be hot contenders in the race. Thislillimeofmine gets the No. 1 post position, which may prove to be helpful with just 4 ½ furlong to run. She has shown some nice consistency to finish in the top-3 in 5 of her previous 6 outings. In her most impressive run, she placed 2nd to lose by a nose on July 9. Another performance like that will put Thislillimeofmine close to the wire again on Thursday.
Thislillimeofmine is 1 for 11 in her career. While she’s been running close in her most recent races, it’s been a minute since getting to the winner’s circle. She was a winner on November 8, 2018, and immediately aimed for a stakes race thereafter. That brought her connections back down to earth, as Thislillmeofmine finished 7th in the Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes (Black Type). Since then, though, she has been in the money often. This is a winnable race for Thislilmeofmine.
Evan’s Chile should prove to be her most difficult opponent to overcome tonight. She only has three races on her resume, but already has a win to her name. Evan’s Chile debuted on May 23 at Pimlico and immediately looked comfortable on the track. She placed 2nd to finish behind Gemagility by ¾ lengths in an impressive run as a first-time participant. Evan’s Chile nearly knocked off the heavy favorite in that performance. She reached the winner’s circle for the first time in her career in her latest outing on July 2.
It was the debut for Evan’s Chile at Charles Town and she made it look easy by 5 ½ lengths over Miss Wave for a $27,000 purse. Evan’s Chile was clear by the top of the stretch by 3 ½ lengths. At the ¼ pole, Evan’s Chile was up by 1 ½ lengths, so she continued to get stronger. This is a winnable race for Evan’s Chile, as she feasts on a field that likely doesn’t belong with her in the starting gate.
Post Time: 8:25 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
We’re off to Race 4 at Charles Town, which features a smaller purse of $11,000, but more racing at 6 ½ furlongs. Oracle of Omaha, no connections to Warren Buffet, and Danz a Rebel should get into the mix in the stretch. Oracle of Omaha is 1 for 12 in his career, with his win coming on September 21, 2018 at Los Alamitos. In other words, it’s been a long minute since Oracle of Omaha has been dancing in the winner’s circle.
That said, Oracle of Omaha has been in good form recently, with finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 3rd in his previous three outings. He’s coming off back-to-back performances where he finished 3rd. In his most recent outing, Oracle of Omaha was well back of a win, with 6 lengths between him and the winner, Silver Castle. He is constantly picking away at prize money in the top-3, but has been denied the top prize. Oracle of Omaha has valid claims in this race, but Danz a Rebel, who will be entering the gate beside Oracle of Omaha, will give him everything that he can handle.
Danz a Rebel was in strong form on July 16 in her most recent performance in his debut at Charles Town. He finished 2nd to place behind Fire Tiger by 2 ¼ lengths for a $16,000 purse. Danz a Rebel’s hometrack has been at Laurel Park, where he was accustomed to racing for much bigger purses than the $11,000 on offer today. Several of those events were in the $40,000 range.
He was eased in class in his first race at Charles Town, and is going down another grade for this outing on Thursday night. In the lone win of his career, Danz a Rebel won over Going for Gold in a $40,000 race on December 9, 2018. Losing two weeks ago in a $16,000 event was disappointing, but this is one of the most winnable races of his career. He should be able to do one better over his competition under the lights at Charles Town tonight. His connections certainly don’t want to downgraded classes from $11,000 events after running for $40,000 or thereabouts not all that long ago.