Primetime racing in West Virginia on Thursday night, as West Virginia takes the spotlight in the evening for thoroughbred racing. Other than Remington Park in Oklahoma, there aren’t any other tracks that are holding racecards. That will leave Charles Town as the most popular bet tonight in the US.
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Charles Town is hosting a card with nine races on the schedule tonight. The feature race of the evening, Race 8, is offering a $28,000 purse. Race 7 is also offering a nice purse of $24,500. Otherwise, there isn’t much to speak of in terms of much money at Charles Town tonight. Hopefully we can make it a profitable night in West Virginia with two or three winners. Head below for our free Charles Town selection for May 28, 2020.
Post Time: 7:33 p.m. EST
Distance: 4 ½ Furlongs
Our Charles Town card begins with eight horses running 4 ½ furlongs for a $11,000 purse. Royal Flavor, Pleasant Lee, Redoubtable are all likely going to bring bold bids to the table on Thursday night. Royal Flavor has made all 15 starts of his career at Charles Town. He made his debut on November 17, 2017 and struggled out of the gate as a rookie.
Royal Flavor needed ten races to get into the top-3. He finished 3rd on September 7, 2019, which marked the beginning of a nice run for Royal Flavor. In his previous five races since September 7, 2019, Royal Flavor has finished 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 1st, 4th. His first win was recorded on November 21, 2019 at 7 furlongs by a neck over Basketball Zach.
Royal Flavor will have it tough against Redoutable and Pleasant Lee in this event. However, I’d put Redoutable in the same class as Royal Flavor. They’re equals which you could probably flip a coin on. Royal Flavor has a win in 17 races, with finishes of 1st, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 3rd in his previous five races. He ran well in his most recent outing on February 13, but couldn’t do better than 3rd. Jacob T was a half length ahead of Royal Flavor for 2nd.
Pleasant Lee drop way down in class after finding out that life isn’t easier against better horses. We found that much out, as Pleasant Lee went 2nd and 1st in his first two starts in 2018. That immediately saw Pleasant Lee aim for bigger purses, but it’s clear he belongs at a lower level, like this event on Thursday night. He’s back after a long layoff, having not raced since last June. Recent workouts suggest that he’s ready to roll against a weak field.
Post Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 features a $11,000 purse with nine horses in the field. This race will go for 6 ½ furlongs to decide a winning runner. Baby Boy and Village Prince will likely make the most noise in this one. Village Prince seeks the first win of his career after finishing 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 5th in his previous four outings.
He’s gone winless in his 22-race career, but has been coming close recently against some decent competition. Village Prince has placed just twice in 22 races. However, most of his better starts have been recently than early in his career where nothing was going right for Village Prince. He could finally reach the promised land with a solid run today.
Baby Boy will likely be the biggest test for Village Prince. The gelding had a nice run on February 27 after placing for the first time in his career. This was after Baby Boy found no traction in his first performances on January 11 and February 6 where Baby Boy finished 4th and 7th.
His latest effort in the race where he finished 2nd was at a higher class than this event. If he can be the first horse behind the leader in that race, Baby Boy should be able to handle this competition in Race 3. Everything checks out for Baby Boy in this race. Reports suggest that Baby Boy has been looking strong in the morning. If that’s true, then he should have no issues bypassing a field that isn’t good at all.
Post Time: 10:18 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 8 is the feature event at Charles Town on Thursday night. If you missed the action earlier in the day, then post time at 10:18 p.m. EST should be convenient. This is a short race at 4 ½ furlongs for a $28,000 purse. Zippy Jo and Adabel are both likely going to have a rough time in this race.
Zippy Jo recently jumped up in class after finishing 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 1st in four straight outings. She’s staying right there at that level following a 7th place finishing on February 28 at Penn National. Zippy Jo will give it another go in a race that will likely prove to be too much for her to handle. That said, I think Zippy Jo has a better chance than Adabel in this race.
Adabel is coming off a win, but at a much weaker class. She won by a head in a small upset. It was the first win for Adabel in her nine-race career. Adabel is going to win again in her career, but it’s unlikely going to come against this competition. Her and the rest of the field not named Campy Cash will probably find Race 8 to be a bit too difficult.
Campy Cash opened her career with a bang on August 29, 2019. She was by far the best horse that day at Delaware Park. Campy Cash got the win by 4 ¾ lengths over Blame Debbie. 2nd out of the gate, and 1st by the ¼ pole for an easy win for Campy Cash. Her trainer immediately thought Campy Cash belonged in stakes racing, so off she went to the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes on September 22, 2019 at Monmouth Park. It was a bold bid by Campy Cash to place 2nd behind Vast 2 ¾ lengths.
Nothing to feel bad about from the effort from Campy Cash in the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes. The Gasparilla Stakes was too much to ask, though, as Campy Cash didn’t have it that day and fell back to 10th. However, Race 8 on Thursday night at Charles Town is not comparable to that race, nor is the event he placed in at Monmouth on September 22, 2019. As long as Campy Cash doesn’t suffer a bad break out of the gate, this should be a win for her.