Charles Town provided a winning day on Friday night, with 2 of 3 horses successfully crossing the wire ahead of the field. Prince of Windsor closed the day out for us with a wire-to-wire win in Race 8. While everyone else faded in the event, Prince of Windsor kept driving hard into the stretch to earn an easy win.
You always hope for your horse to pull away like that in the stretch, and Prince of Windsor was able to come through to provide a winning day in West Virginia. The little track in Charles Town has been one of the more successful race courses for me in 2020. It doesn’t attract the biggest handle in the US, but it’s been working out for me at least.
Today is Queen’s Plate Day at Woodbine in Toronto. It’s one of the biggest events of the day in North America, and surely going to be an entertaining race. After that card in the afternoon, Charles Town has some night racing under the lights on Saturday. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for September 12, 2020.
Post Time: 7:32 p.m. EST
Distance: 4 ½ Furlongs
A short sprint of 4 ½ furlongs on the dirt will get us started at Charles Town. Post time is scheduled for just after 7:30 p.nm. EST. Quite Suggestive and Dance for a Dime should give a good honest run in Race 3. Dance for a Dime is winless in her career, but has finished in the top-3 in 4 of 6 races. She finished 7th two races ago on July 3 in a $27,000 event.
That was too much to ask of her, but she was able to get into the money on August 21 in her next performance. Dance for a Dime showed 3rd for a $17,000 purse in that outing. She was regarded as finishing well in the stretch, so that’s encouraging going into today. In 4 ½ furlongs, it’s hard to make up for a bad start, though, and Dance for a Dime didn’t break especially well out of the gate.
That was her biggest problem a few weeks ago. It will be the same if she doesn’t get off to a good start on Saturday night as well. Quite Suggestive should be able to take advantage if that’s the case. After finishing 5th in three straight events, Quite Suggestive placed 2nd on August 21 to finish behind Castle of Caylee by a neck. She was 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Dance for a Dime to earn 2nd place money. That’s really the only serious competition for her. If she runs in similar form, a win should be within reach.
Post Time: 9:02 p.m. EST
Race 5 will go for 7 furlongs in a $10,500 event on Saturday night. Bump Bailey and Bolt will likely run close in Race 5. It should be a competitive race for the top prize between those two runners. Bolt hasn’t been hot at all, but gets a class drop after finishing 7th in back-to-back events on July 18 and July 31. The $20,000 and $22,000 events were too much to handle, but Bolt eases in class for Saturday night at Charles Town.
Bolt won on June 26 in a $17,000 race, so he’s proven to be more effective in classes than he’ll be dealing with tonight. Inconsistent efforts have really plagued him throughout his career. Overall he’s 2 for 13 in his career, with results just about all over the place recently. In his most recent outings, Bolt has gone 11th, 7th, 1st, 7th, 7th in his last five performances. Despite the win in there, Bolt hasn’t been able to keep it together.
Bump Bailey has been on the opposite end of the spectrum. He’s been a consistent runner, finishing in the top-3 in 5 out of his last 6 performances. In his previous three outings, Bump Bailey has gone 1st, 4th, 2nd. He won on April 23 in a $19,000 event by a neck. Bump Bailey transferred to Churchill Downs and was 4th at the $32,000 level.
In Bump Bailey’s most recent race, he placed 2nd behind Carter’s Run by ¾ lengths in a $12,000 event. That was disappointing. Bump Bailey got caught at the wire after pretty well leading the whole way. He was a $190,000 purchase in 2018, so running for $10,500 purses isn’t ideal. However, this easy assignment should help get him to the winner’s circle.
Post Time: 10:32 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
This is another short dash on the dirt over 4 ½ furlongs on the dirt. A purse of $15,000 is on the line in the final race of the day at Charles Town. Look for Jen’s Orphan and I’moverthemoon should have something to say in the stretch. I’moverthemoon hasn’t recorded a win in 12 career races, but should have a chance to get into the winner’s circle on Saturday night.
He’s finished 8th, 2nd, 2nd, 4th in his previous four races, with 4th on August 27 in his most recent entry. I’moverthemoon showed nice enough form to get $844.00 out of a $17,000 purse. He was competitive early, but ran out of gas in the stretch and fell from 2nd to 4th. Prior to that, I’moverthemoon placed 2nd in a $17,000 race for a half length loss. His best effort of his career was on July 24 when he came a neck short of a win in another $17,000 race.
Jen’s Orphan has been close pretty much throughout his career. He hasn’t won, but top-3 in 5 of 8 races and 5 out of his last 6. He’ll get another chance today to find the winner’s circle after coming 2 ½ lengths in his most recent performance for a $17,000 purse. Note that Jen’s Orphan beat I’moverthemoon by two spots in that contest. He was 2 lengths clear of I’moverthemoon to get place money. He’s beaten far tougher opponents in the past, and should have the edge over the competition in Race 8.