The horse racing action continues on Friday with a big card on Black Friday. BetOnline is offering 11 tracks for wagering in the US today. We’ve already handicapped the Aqueduct Racetrack card in New York on Friday afternoon. I should say it includes the morning because the post time for one of our selections begins before noon. I like to try to get afternoon and night racing featured at TheSportsGeek, and fortunately we have another evening card at Charles Town in West Virginia.
Charles Town and Mountaineer Park, both located in West Virginia, take turns hosting race cards in the state. They take advantage of the fact that not many tracks are racing at night. I’ve done well at Charles Town and Mountaineer this year, so have tended to cover both often. There is the running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap (Gr. 1) at Churchill Downs this afternoon
Charles Town has nine races on the schedule Friday night. The night racing in West Virginia has a total of $166,000 in prize money on the card. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for November 27, 2020.
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 1 offers a purse of $18,000 for a short sprint of 4 ¼ furlongs on the dirt. House of Love and P J’s Ego should have a good go of it for the top prize in the stretch. House of Love has finished 2nd, 2nd, 6th, 3rd in his last four outings. She showed 3rd in her most recent outing on October 23 for a $16,000 purse. That was a strong run and similar form is going to put her close at the wire.
Since that outing on October 23, House of Love completed a 3-furlong workout on November 20 with a time of 39 seconds. He was in his best form in the summer, though. House of Love placed 2nd in back-to-back events in July. Those were for purses of $16,000 and $18,000. In the $18,000 event, House of Love lost by a neck behind Love Happy on July 25.
P J’s Ego has finished 3rd, 4th, 1st, 4th in her career. She won three races into her career on October 21 at Mountaineer Park. P J’s Ego beat Sudden Brilliance by 3 ¾ lengths for a relatively easy won. She was the best horse from the start, as P J’s Ego went the distance from wire-to-wire for the win.
In her next and most recent performance, P J’s Ego finished 4th in a $19,000 event at Penn National. There was tougher competition at Penn National and the result showed. The race was too long for her as well. She was tired in the 6-furlong event. Back in West Virginia in a shorter race, expect P J’s Ego to have a decent enough chance for the victory here.
Post Time: 7:32 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
We will jump right over to Race 2. If you are looking to make a multi-bet, you can make it a Daily Double with Race 1 and Race 2. This event covers 6 ½ furlongs for another $18,000 purse. C V’s Campfire and Dereka’s Bluff are worth a look for top honors in Race 2. Dereka’s Bluff has been in good form to finish in the top-3 in three of four performances. She has been good for 3rd, 1st, 7th, 2nd. Overall, in her career she is a winner in 1 of 7 outings.
Dereka’s Bluff beat Clubin Til Dawn by 2 ¼ lengths in a $27,000 event on January 8. That was an impressive run. Since then, Dereka’s Bluff has appeared in only two races for 7th and most recently 2nd. Dereka’s Bluff placed 2nd behind Our Diamond Gal by ¾ lengths in a $18,000 event. She was closing in and was getting close, but denied at the wire. Dereka’s Bluff was an underdog in that one, but outran expectations.
C V’s Campfire has one win in her career as well. She has finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th in her previous three tilts. Her win was on March 6 in a $27,000 event over Commcat by a neck. Since then, C V’s Campfire has finished outside of the top-3 in five of seven outings. Having said that, those races were much more difficult than C V’s Campfire is going to experience on Friday night. In his last race, C V’s Campfire was 4th in a $25,000 event. This event is on much simpler terms, providing C V’s Campfire with a much better opportunity to win.
Post Time: 10:02 p.m. EST
Our final stop at Charles Town on Friday night is Race 7 which covers 7 furlongs for a $28,000 purse. This looks like a race between Final Say and Rossie Val in the stretch. Final Say has finished in the top-3 in six straight performances. He is a winner in two of his previous three entries. Final Say won by 8 ¼ lengths in a blowout on September 5 for a $27,000 purse.
He followed up to show 3rd on September 18 in a $26,000 assignment. Final Say came back out on October 1 to beat Occasionally Classy by 3 ¾ lengths as a heavy favorite. That was an easy win for Final Say. He had a 3 length lead going into the stretch and built on the lead to complete the job. Final Say has to be a good choice given his morning-line price.
His biggest challenger is going to be Rossie Val from the outside post position. Rossie Val is 9 for 32 in his career and has been on fire recently. He has been on a serious roll to finish in the top-2 in five straight performances. Note that Rossie Val is a winner in three of his previou four outings as well. Rossie Val won by a half length on April 4, 2019 in a $13,600 event. He followed up to win by 6 lengths in a $18,100 race.
In her most recent, Rossie Val beat Persie by 6 lengths in a $28,900 event on June 6, 2019. Rossie Val has obviously been on a long layoff, so that is concerning. I’m going to side with Final Say to get this race done. Better value should be there for Final Say to edge out Rossie Val who hasn’t raced in over a year.