10/14/2011 11:55AM

How to bet the Charles Town Saturday Pick 4


Here's my rundown for the Pick 4 at Charles Town on Saturday, Oct. 15, that I built using DRF.com's TicketMaker. Screenshots from TicketMaker included below every race rundown so you can see how my ticket grows as I build it. Check out TicketMaker for yourself and construct your own winning Pick 4.


BLUSHING B.J. is a clear standout in the West Virginia Division of Tourism, and a worthy single on pick-4 tickets. She has proven easily the most successful of these 3-year-old fillies in 2011, compiling a record of three wins, two seconds, and a third from six starts while amassing over $98,000 in earnings. She has even proven her class outside of West Virginia state-bred company, finishing second in the Maryland Million Oaks in her most-recent start. BUCKLE BUNNY BABY twice finished a distant third behind the top choice in races here in July and August, and then rallied from just off the pace to score a game allowance win in a Sept. 10 prep. PRINCESS CECILIA, a two-time stakes winner, ran second to the top choice when returning from a lengthy layoff, and then was off poorly and badly beaten in the Charles Town Oaks against open company; capable of better with a clean start.

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SILVER HEART gave a good account in the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap, finishing second, beaten a head, and now returns to her favorite track, Charles Town, where 9 of her 10 victories have come; a mare that has been first or second in all four of her starts this year, she figures to get a favorable stalking trip behind a lively pace. DOWN TOWN ALLEN is better than what she showed in an allowance here Sept. 17 when third. Demanding early fractions left her fatigued for the stretch run. A free-running frontrunner, she is at her best when she can clear the field, but to do so here will require her to go quickly. If another fast-paced scenario were to unfold, that would play to the closing style of $421,000 earner NATURES ANNUITY. She does not win as often as the top two selections, however, suggesting she is best played on the bottom in the individual race exotics.

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RUSSELL ROAD, who can surpass $1 million in earnings with a win or runner- up finish in this $500,000 race, makes his third start of his current form cycle after winning an allowance prep going away Sept. 17; although he faded to be fourth in this race last year, this is a horse capable of getting the 1 1/8-mile distance. He has just happened to run seven-eighths quite often because that is the most common race at Charles Town. FRED HIGH might be the heir apparent to Russell Road, having blossomed over the second half of this year and being just a 3-year-old old. His last two races were the fastest of his career, and though he has just two wins to his credit, realize that he has raced outside of West Virginia state-bred company company more times (seven) than in it (four); plenty of blue sky. BLACK BELT has rattled off two allowance wins after a runner-up finish in a stakes race here Aug. 20 in which he finished a length in front of Russell Road. He must improve upon a weak last-race Beyer Speed Figure, an 80, posted in winning an allowance at Thistledown.

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DEVONSPAINTEDLADY doesnʼt have flashy Beyers, and her overall record is modest, but she is a true 1 1/8-mile mare, having won this race last year. The same cannot be said of many of these fillies and mares, whom act better suited to seven-furlong races. That includes BEWARE OF THE BOP, the likely favorite, who is unquestionably the best runner in the field if she can handle the distance. But not having raced beyond seven furlongs in 2010-2011, this is far from a sure thing at a skimpy price. AMPLE OPPORTUNITY is similarly more accustomed to running seven furlongs or less, but she has a pedigree for longer distance, as well as a style that hints of success going long.

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And here are what my wagers would look like below. Notice the emphasis on my top selections, the "A" horses, while still having coverage in the "B" and "C" slots in case my best picks don't come in. Now that I've built my ticket, I can submit all these wagers with just one click on DRF Bets.