Charles Town Horse Racing Picks for Thursday 7/16/20
With most of the sports world on pause, it's a great time to dive into horse racing, and FanDuel Racing gives you the chance to do just that.
Starting at 7:00 p.m. EST this evening, we have eight races at Charles Town. Using our projections as a guide, here's a look at some of the best bets.
As always, keep an eye out for scratches and changes.
(I will be referencing Equibase's Speed Figure, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races -- adjusted for track, distances, and conditions)
Kite Surfer, Race 2 (7:30 PM)
FD Racing Odds: 3/1
This Claiming event features seven horses going seven furlongs. Kite Surfer has the top-flight most recent effort, with a figure of 68 in a runner-up finish here three weeks ago. The gelding has had figures of 60 or better in all but 4 of his 18 career outings. His jockey has had a reasonable amount of success here, winning 16 of his last 70 races (22.3%).
Cubic Sound (4/1) has six top-three finishes in nine career starts and is fresh off a figure of 65, finishing two lengths behind Kite Surfer three weeks ago. Rider Wesley Ho has a decent track record here. Lil Mr Matt (8/1) is coming off a win two weeks ago and has great form. His jockey has just 1 win in 92 tries at Charles Town in 2020. Nazca Mystery (12/1) is worth betting on just due to having Arnaldo Bocachica in the saddle.
Eternal Heart, Race 5 (8:53 PM)
FD Racing Odds: 7/2
This Maiden Special Weight is a short 4 1/2 furlong competition for fillies. Eternal Heart has a great chance on these terms in her debut. The three-year-old has had a number of fantastic efforts over the last month, including two top-notch workouts in July. Jockey J.D. Acosta is third in purse here in 2020.
Miss Wave (5/2) is both the current betting favorite and our model's top pick. She's finished as the runner-up in each of her two career races, including a similar event two weeks ago. Masterdancer (15/1) had an intriguing outing six days ago and should garner consideration. Bronze Diva (15/1) is a longshot worth betting on due to her jockey booking of Arnaldo Bocachica. Bocachica is first in purse by more than half a million and has won 31% of his outings here in 2020.
Hobe Sound, Race 7 (9:49 PM)
FD Racing Odds: 8/1
Race 7 is a Starter Allowance with eight runners going 1 1/16 miles. Many in this field come in top form, but I like Hobe Sound to win this event. The four-year-old has won three of his last six, including figures of 88-plus in four of those efforts. Jockey Darius Thorpe has a 14% win rate at this venue in 2020.
Gio Dude (7/2) is also worthy of win bets or exactas. The gelding won his last race in May at the same distance. He'll have Bocachica as his rider, so he's bound to be in the mix. Gotham News (5/2) is the current betting favorite for a reason. In his last race, a Starter Allowance in June, he placed first with a figure of 91. He's placed first in five of his last eight. Laser Loop (8/1) has had excellent figures lately and should be thereabouts.