A near miss yesterday at Gulfstream Park was the theme of the day. However, Laurel Park was able to help us out to grind out a profitable effort on Thursday afternoon on the race course. 2 ¾ lengths was the difference between a big Pick 4 score at Gulfstream. Slick Star had the lead early, and then drifted away and had to settle for 2nd. Not happy with the end result, but was fine with the handicapping over the course of the full card. After successfully completing a Pick 5 earlier in the year at Churchill Downs, there isn’t too much to get frustrated about. Horse racing has been a major success in 2020.
Charles Town has its usual Friday night racecard in West Virginia. There are eight races on the card with a total of $83,600 on the line at Charles Town. It’s a modest purse, but if we can turn a profit at Charles Town tonight, it doesn’t mean anything to me. We have three selections for the racing under the lights in West Virginia on Friday. There isn’t any football on Friday night, so if you’re not a baseball bettor, then there is action at Charles Town to be had. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for September 11, 2020.
Post Time: 9:02 p.m. EST
Distance: 7 Furlongs
We will start at Charles Town with Race 5, a 7-furlong sprint on the dirt for a $10,000 purse. Uncle Jessie and Homemade Moonshine should be in the frey in the stretch for this event. Uncle Jessie should have a chance as a 4/1 morning-line horse.
The colt is coming off his debut on January 25. It was a race to forget about, as Uncle Jessie finished 6th in a $17,000 event on January 25. The $2,500 horse probably didn’t belong in that class, and will be at a more comfortable level today.
Uncle Jessie has looked fine in the morning with times of 52.60, 52, and 52 seconds in August. That isn’t fantastic or anything, but in this class, it should be enough to hang around for most of this race. To be a consistent winner, he’ll likely have to drop down to the $7,000 area, though.
He’ll have to deal with Homemade Moonshine, who is coming off a win, well kind of. Homemade Moonshine was disqualified following a half length win over Man of Chrome for a $11,000 purse. He was DQ’d after bumping solidly into another horse early in the event. Homemade Moonshine was not DQ’d in his previous race before that effort.
Homemade Moonshine placed 2nd on February 7 for a $17,000 purse. He came up short by a length in what was a solid effort as an underdog. This assignment on Friday is one of the easiest of his career and he should be able to produce. After running into some bad luck last race, look for Homemade Moonshine to respond well.
Post Time: 10:02 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 7 is a short sprint for a $13,000 purse across 4 ½ furlongs. Six horses are scheduled to run, with a possible duel in the works between Black Candy and Mio’s Long Term. Black Candy is coming off a disappointing run on August 6 to finish 7th after placing 2nd on June 19.
That was a $29,000 assignment for Black Candy, so the race was a bit too tricky. Prior to the event, Black Candy placed 2nd in a $12,000. This race is more on his level. Overall, Black Candy is 2 for 19 in his career with wins on December 3, 2019 and February 15 in back-to-back fashion.
Since then, Black Candy has finished 7th, 5th, 2nd, 7th. This race is a chance for Black Candy to get back into the winner’s circle. Mio’s Long Term might have something to say about that, though. He might not be as experienced, but Mio’s Long Term already has two wins in only seven races.
Mio’s Long Term has finished in the top-2 in 3 of his previous 4 outings. In his most recent performance, Mio’s Long Term won by a neck over Derek’s Boy for a $18,000 purse on August 15. That race was more difficult than what Mio’s Long Term is entering today. If he wants to run out of the gate, then Mio’s Long Term should have a chance to thrive on Friday night.
Post Time: 10:32 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
The final race of the day at Charles Town will feature 1 1/16 miles on the dirt for a $11,800 purse. Prince of Windsor and Royal Blue should be involved in the finish. Royal Blue is 11 for 48 in his career with some decent success throughout since debuting on June 18, 2016.
All 48 of his races have been at Charles Town in his career. In his most recent win, Royal Blue won on November 21, 2019 in a $14,500 event. Since then, Royal Blue has gone winless in five straight outings. In his most recent entry on August 21, Royal Blue showed 3rd as the favorite for a $13,500 purse.
He’s been a consistent operator with three finishes in the top-3 in his last ten outings. It’d be foolish to think that Royal Blue isn’t going to go close again on Friday night. Prince of Windsor should give Royal Blue a good run in Race 8 to close out the day at Charles Town. He has a lengthy history going back to 2013.
Prince of Windsor is a winner in 14 out of 63 career races. He’s coming off a win on August 14, and is a winner in two out of his previous three. Prince of Windsor has finished in the top-3 in six straight races and 6 of 7. In his most recent outing.
Prince of Windsor downed the field by a half length to earn the top prize out of a $14,000 purse. In his other recent win, Prince of Windsor won a $14,000 event by 3 ¼ lengths. In a slightly easier assignment, he should be able to pick through this field on Friday night.