There was supposed to be an NFL game scheduled for Thanksgiving night, as has been the case since the mid 2000’s. However, there will be no game tonight because of the coronavirus. There is an outbreak within the Baltimore Ravens, so there will be no football tonight. The two afternoon games are scheduled to play, though. With the NFL shelved tonight, there is some college basketball and horse racing to handicap in the US. There are options out there if you look around. College basketball begins in the morning and continues into the evening hours. I know that college basketball isn’t for everybody. If horse racing isn’t your thing either, well, there has to be table tennis action available.
Charles Town is open for night time racing in West Virginia. There are a total of nine races expected to be run with $157,000 in prize money available. Let’s see if we can do some damage and add to the bankroll with a profitable night at Hollywood Casino. If you are looking for more horse racing picks, we have the Churchill Downs covered for the afternoon session. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for November 26, 2020.
Post Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
We will go straight to the feature race at Charles Town with Race 2. Out of Cents and Fancy Concho should run strong in this one. Both are likely going to be involved in the stretch run. Out of Cents has been on a nice consistent tear with eight straight performances in the top-3. That stretch includes two wins. Overall in his career, Out of Cents has gone 4 for 14. His most recent win was on August 14, three races ago in a $30,000 assignment.
Out of Cents won that race by 3 ¼ lengths over K Town Brass. He was the favorite and followed up as the winner. In his next two races, Out of Cents showed 3rd in back-to-back races on September 10 and October 24 in two $25,000 events. Note that Out of Cents crossed first in the October race, but was disqualified for lugging across the path mid-stretch. That could have caused a major accident. Out of Cents certainly has the talent to respond for a win without any blemishes today.
Fancy Concho is 4 for 8 in his career and in great form at the moment. He has won back-to-back races going into today and in search of a hat-trick. Fancy Concho won on October 3 over Mayhem Like Me by 7 lengths in a blowout for a $26,000 purse. That was much too easy, so up in class Fancy Concho went to a $70,000 event in the West Virginia Lottery Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) on October 10. Fancy Concho had the lead at the ¼ pole by a length and won by a length over Hypothesis. Note that he has finished in the top-2 in all eight of his races. Certainly, this is a winnable event for Fancy Concho on Thursday.
Post Time: 9:49 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
We will jump to Race 7 later in the night for our next selection at Charles Town. Grey Manners and Indian Fiber are in my sights for this event. Grey Manners needs to get back on track after finishing 6th in her last entry on October 24. That was a tough race for her, as she could find no traction in that $15,000 event.
Two races before that outing, she won on September 16 over Revolving Love by 1 ¼ lengths in a $15,000. She was able to follow up to place 2nd behind Chit Chat Girl by a nose for a $16,000 purse. So, despite the poor showing in her last effort, Grey Manners has the talent to win a race like this on Thursday night. If she can get back into form, then she is going to run close at the wire.
Indian Fiber is 5 for 18 in her career and has been in good form lately with finishes of 1st, 2nd, 1st, 4th in her previous four tilts. In her most recent win, she won by 4 lengths in an easy win for $10,000. Indian Fiber had the lead at the ¼ pole and held well for the win. I think she can get back to that form today in a 4 ¼ furlong race.
Post Time: 10:17 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Our final look at Charles Town for Thursday is Race 8, which carries a $14,000 purse for 6 ½ furlongs of racing. Party Rock and Backcat peak my interest for this event. Party Rock is 14 for 56 in her career. Her last win was on June 13 in a $13,000 assignment. She recorded the win over Bird Traffic by 4 ½ lengths after clearing the field by the ¼ pole. Easy win for Party Rock, but she has been unable to follow up in the same form.
Party Rock has finished 8th, 7th, 2nd since then. Fortunately, she was able to get back on track in her most recent outing on October 22. Party Rock placed 2nd behind Frontier Woman by 3 lengths in a $12,500 assignment on October 22. That was better and should put Party Rock close at the wire in the stretch. She might need a little more kick to get the win, though. If that isn’t present, Backcat should be there to pounce.
Backcat is 4 for 14 in her career and has been in terrific form since the beginning of the year. She has finished in the top-3 in all six of her 2020 entries. That also includes five in the top-2 and three wins. Backcat is coming off a bold bid on June 11. She beat Win Then Grin by 4 ¼ lengths in a $29,000 event. That was an easy wire-to-wire win for Backcat. Compared to where she’s competed in the past, this class should be easy work. The only concern is the layoff, but if she is ready to run, a win shouldn’t be far away for her on Thursday night.