We have you covered on Wednesday in the afternoon and evening hours on the horse racing track. To begin the day, you can check out what we have at Tampa Bay Downs for the beginning of their winter meet. This is the first card that Tampa Bay Downs is putting on since July. Hopefully we can find some success in Tampa on Wednesday and for the duration of this week. There isn’t any big time stakes races featured today, but Black Friday will have the most notable event since the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Clark Handicap (Gr. 1) features a $500,000 purse and is the first Grade 1 race since the Breeders’ Cup.
If you are looking for racing under the lights on Wednesday, Charles Town has you covered with nine races. A total of $135,500 in prize money is available for this card. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for November 25, 2020.
Post Time: 7:57 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 is our starting point on Wednesday night at Charles Town. This event will cover 6 ½ furlongs for a $17,000 purse. This is the third biggest purse of the evening in West Virginia at Charles Town. Nautical Warrior and Itsahattatack are likely going to be close in the stretch. Itsahattatack is winless in his eight-race career, but his most recent performance was encouraging.
After a slide down in class, following a brutal stretch, Itsahattatack found more success on October 9. Itsahattatack finished outside of the top-4 in seven straight races before getting things in order on October 9. He placed 2nd behind Short Cake’s Man by 1 ¼ lengths in the $15,000 event. This is the class that Itsahattatack belongs in. Any higher and he’s going to be way out of his element. Expect him to run a close race in this one with a chance for a win.
Nautical Warrior has raced in two races, finishing 8th on September 5 as a rookie in a $27,000 event. That was too tough. Nautical Warrior showed nice improvement on October 30 to finish 4th in another $27,000 event, though. The difference in form was night and day for Nautical Warrior. However, he still weakened late at 7 furlongs, which was a concern. That likely shifted Nautical Warrior to a 6 ½ furlong race, including a drop in class for Wednesday’s outing. I’m on Nautical Warrior to deliver on Wednesday.
Post Time: 9:21 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 6 is a 1 1/16 mile event for a purse of $11,500. Merry Merry Mojo and Executive Retreat should both run a clean race in this outing. Merry Merry Mojo has been coming on recently after showing 3rd on October 30. That was the first top-3 finish for Merry Merry Mojo since July. He went 6th, 5th, 8th following the July outing.
Merry Merry Mojo was racing in a $10,300 event when he most recently finished 3rd in October. I don’t expect this race to be all that much tougher than that assignment, so it’s reasonable to assume that he should run close again in this class.
Executive Retreat is 1 for 13 in his career, having shown recently after a rough stretch as well. He finished 10th and 13th before getting back on track October 9 at Woodbine. This is an Ontario bred horse that has raced the duration of his career at Woodbine. He opened at Fort Erie on June 16, 2019, and then his next 12 races were at Woodbine.
Much tougher competition was on the docket for Executive Retreat at Woodbine than he will see at Charles Town. Before leaving Woodbine, Executive Retreat showed 3rd in a $32,700 event. He has been accustomed to running for around $50,000 purses in his career.
Heading to Charles Town is a significant drop in class from a track like Woodbine. In his debut at Charles Town, Executive Retreat gets a much easier assignment for $11,500 on Wednesday. That should certainly help get him to the winner’s circle.
Post Time: 9:49 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
We’ll close out the night at Charles Town with a 6 ½ event for a $27,000 purse. This is the feature race of the evening in West Virginia. Spunman and Showtime Cat are worth a hard look here. Showtime Cat has shown 3rd in three straight performances after finishing 6th, 3rd, 6th, 4th to open his career. In his most recent effort, Showtime Cat showed 3rd in a $27,000 event on October 30.
Showtime Cat is one of the most consistent horses in this event. That accounts for something and must be taken into consideration. He will clash with an old foe on Wednesday night. Spunman cleared Showtime Cat in that event on October 30. He has finished 4th, 4th, 2nd in his career, with his best performance most recently in that race.
Spunman placed 2nd behind Doctor McCoy by 4 lengths in that $27,000 event. He was the second favorite in that race and finished where he was expected to. The main thing to take from that event is that Spunman easily cleared Showtime Cat by 5 ¾ lengths. Showtime Cat weakened going into the stretch, with Spunman able to pass him easily. I’m looking at Spunman as the winner in the feature race on Wednesday at Charles Town.