Charles Town Races Picks – Friday, February 12, 2021

| February 11, 2021 1:17 pm PDT

Friday brings us eight mostly claiming matches at Charles Town Races.

Spectators are welcome at Charles Town Races, so if you plan to attend, expect cloudy skies, highs in the upper 20s (yes, I said twenties), and winds around five mph.

I mention only in passing that while I review the three top races here, you can find Charles Town Races full card for Friday — including horses, jockeys, trainers, morning line odds, and wagering options — at one of our recommended online racebooks.

Read on for my Charles Town Races picks and betting tips for Friday’s thoroughbred competitions.

Pick for Race 3 at Charles Town Races

This is a claiming race for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of 6-1/2 furlongs for a purse of $16,000.

I agree with the morning line for this race, so my money’s on the 6/5 favorite — How Is She, with Keimer Trotman in the irons. This four-year-old filly moneyed five of her ten career starts, winning one — putting her in the statistical lead in this seven-horse field.

As far as value show bets are concerned, none of the longer-odds entries in this race look likely to finish anywhere near the money.

  •  Win: How Is She 6/5

Picks for Race 6 at Charles Town Races

This is a claiming race for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of 4-1/2 furlongs for a purse of $19,000.

I like one of the third-favored entries (there are two at 7/2) in this race — Good Karma, ridden by Luis A. Batista. This four-year-old filly finished in the money seven of her eight career starts, winning two.

And at 15/1, Quite Suggestive, with Keimer Trotman aboard, looks good for a value show ticket. This four-year-old filly had six money finishes in 11 starts, with two wins.

  •  Win: Good Karma 7/2
  •  Show: Quite Suggestive 15/1

Picks for Race 7 at Charles Town Races

This is a starter allowance race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of seven furlongs for a purse of $19,000.

The morning line’s right, so I’m buying a win ticket for the 7/5 favorite — Shamrock Kid, with top jockey Denis Araujo in the irons. This six-year-old gelding moneyed 18 of his 27 career starts, winning seven.

And at 15/1, I have to like Cape Lookout, ridden by Gustavo Larossa, for a value show bet. This seven-year-old gelding moneyed 18 of his 26 starts, winning six. There’s no shame in considering this horse for an across the board bet, by the way.

  •  Win: Shamrock Kid 7/5
  •  Show/Across the Board: Cape Lookout 15/1 

More Racing Picks and Predictions for Friday

Charles Town Races yielded a few surprises, and we still have the other two tracks I reviewed for Friday:

J.W. Paine
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