Everyone is patiently awaiting for tomorrow, as the Belmont Stakes will run for the 152nd time on Saturday. It’s going to be a big day and everyone is going to have a bet on the race. With nothing going on the sports circuit in North American for months, the Belmont Stakes is going to attract a lot of money at the virtual window. Racetracks have been breaking betting handles with ease during the shutdown, and it’s within reason to believe that Belmont will set a record on Saturday.
If you can find a prop bet out there that offers whether the betting handle will be broken on Saturday, then I would lay some down on the YES option. I don’t think there is anything of the sort out there, but I’m just saying it’s going to be a big day for betting on horse racing. The Belmont Stakes isn’t the only stakes race of the day taking place on Saturday.
There are a host of other options out there to make money at multiple tracks. Just because it carries the brand name, there are other opportunities as well. Charles Town has an evening card on the docket in West Virginia. There are eight races, all on the dirt tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST. Head below for our free Charles Town selections for June 19, 2020.
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Distance: 4 ½ Furlongs
We will get started right off the bat with Race 1 at Charles Town with a short 4 ¼ furlong dash. The first event of the night will offer a purse of $13,000. I have Barbsgray Lion and Our Graycious Girl on my shortlist. There are only six horses intending on racing in Race 1, so the shortlist is going to be really short.
Barbsgray Lion has won 3 of 31 races in her career and is getting a downgrade in class for Friday. She struggled in her most recent outing to finish 11th on June 1. There really weren’t really any positives to speak of in that event, as he finished last while weakening along the way. That was at 5 ½ furlongs, so perhaps the shorter event will be to her benefit.
Prior to that effort, Barbsgray Lion finished 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 3rd. Her most recent victory was on December 13, 2019 by 2 ¼ lengths over Straight Madness. She should have a good performance in him versus this field, but is going to find it difficult to find a path past Our Graycious Girl. As far as Exclusive Symphony is concerned, she will have to use the No. 1 post position to her advantage here. At just 4 ½ furlongs it could help, but hasn’t been in great form since a win in October. She is a winner in 15 of 70 races in her career.
Our Graycious Girl is back at Charles Town looking for a win on June 19. She is coming off 1st, 4th, 3rd in her previous three outings. Our Graycious Girl notched the win at Penn National on March 4 by 3 ¾ lengths in a dominant showing. She won wire-to-wire to leave the field and get clear from the competition around the ½ pole.
Our Graycious Girl had a mammoth 8 length lead at the top of the stretch. Note that it was at 6 furlongs. If it were 4 ½ furlongs like today, Our Graycious Girl would have notched the win in a laugher. She finished 3rd in her latest performance on May 23 as a +510 priced runner at post time. This is an easier assignment on Friday, and a similar outing should be enough for an appearance in the winner’s circle.
Post Time: 7:32 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Another short race at Charles Town in the early evening hours. Race 2 will feature 4 ½ of action on the dirt in West Virginia. Jen’s Orphan and Dixie’s Crossing are going to be involved going into the stretch in Race 2. They will be vying for the top prize out of a $17,000 purse on Friday night. Dixie’s Crossing is making her debut, so a bit of a wildcard in the event.
Her workouts have been fairly strong in comparison to the competition, though. He completed 4 furlongs with times of 51.60, 51, and 50.86 seconds. That’s not special by any means, but could be saving something for the main show on Friday, and an amazing performance won’t be required for a win. That said, getting ahead of Jen’s Orphan is going to be tough.
Jen’s Orphan is winless in five races, but has been coming on hard and gets the easiest race of his career on Friday evening. After finishing 7th and 4th to open his career, Jen’s Orphan continues to show signs of improvement on the track. He has finished 3rd, 2nd, 3rd in his previous three performances, with his most recent showing on May 29 at Charles Town. Even after running strong in those three races, Jen’s Orphan is taking a drop in class to find weaker opponents. That should do the trick for Jen’s Orphan on Friday at Charles Town.
Post Time: 9:32 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
6 ½ furlongs for our final pick at Charles Town on Friday evening. It carries a decent purse of $25,500 for this eight-horse field. This one could turn into a duel in the stretch, with Grumpelstiltskin and Ellie’s Lil Man likely get into a battle in this one. It should be an entertaining event, though I’m hoping one horse pulls away at the top of the stretch and leaves no doubt who the best horse is in Race 6.
Ellie’s Lil Man is a winner in 12 of 37 races in his career and has stakes experience on his resume. He’s appeared in five stakes races, with his most recent stakes outing in the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association Onion Juice Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) on October 12, 2019. It was his best finish in a stakes race to date, as Ellie’s Lil Man placed 2nd behind Penguin Power by 3 ½ lengths. Ellie’s Lil Man is worth some serious consideration here, and would be a heavy favorite if he didn’t have to deal with Grumpelsstiltskin.
Grumpelstiltskin was incredibly impressive in his latest performance on May 28 to win in wire-to-wire fashion. He had a 3 length lead at the top of the stretch and carried out a win by 1 ¾ lengths over Awesome Faith. Grumpelsstiltskin was cruising and didn’t have to press too hard near the end of the race. He’s been a winning runner in 7 of 26 races. If Grumpelstiltskin brings the same form from his latest event at the end of May, then Ellie’s Lil Man is likely going to fall just short of the top prize in Race 6.