Charles Town Classic 2019: Post positions and odds

April 19, 2019 08:39am

Amid the calm before the Kentucky Derby story is Saturday’s Grade 2, $1 million Charles Town Classic, a 1 1/8-mile feature — around three turns — for a number of established older horses.

Something Awesome and War Story, 1-2 in last year’s edition, will be joined by the recent Santa Anita Handicap (G1) third-place finisher Mongolian Groom, 2018 Preakness Stakes participant Diamond King and Rally Cry, who ships in for Todd Pletcher, who won the 2016 edition of this race.

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Here’s a look at the field and morning line odds:

1. Mongolian Groom (6-1)
2. Nanoosh (10-1)
3. Diamond King (4-1)
4. Rally Cry (9-2)
5. Imperative (20-1)
6. Discreet Lover (5-1)
7. Something Awesome (12-1)
8. Runnin’toluvya (12-1)
9. War Story (7-2)
10. Unbridled Juan (15-1)
AE. Bobby G (30-1)

Via TimeformUS' Pace Projector, here's how they figure to sit early:

Charles Town Classic on TV

Tune into live coverage from 
TVG, or you can stream the Charles Town Classic through advanced deposit wagering services such as NYRABets. With post time 5:37 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 2 will also air the race.

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What to bet

On the wagering menu is a $100,000 guaranteed all-stakes Pick 4 starting with Race 9 (4:29 p.m. ET), and the track’s jackpot Pick 6 for Races 6-12 (3:55 p.m.) will see a mandatory payout.

From the connections

Jorge Navarro, War Story’s trainer: “This is the first real break he’s had since I started training him, and there’s no doubt that the break has done him good. He’s been training really, really well and we know he obviously likes the track.”

Navarro, Nanoosh’s new conditioner: ““I’ve only had him for about a month, but I like what I’ve seen from him. I just hope he runs how he works, because he works like he’s a good horse. I think he has a little more speed than War Story, so I think he’ll be pretty close early.”

Todd Pletcher, Rally Cry’s trainer: “Rally Cry has always impressed us with his physical presence and training. We feel like he will run well off the bench and think he will handle the track.”

Uriah St. Lewis, owner and trainer of Discreet Lover:
“In last year’s race, he was closer than he wanted to be. We knew Diversify was the horse to beat, so we tried to keep him close, but he doesn’t like that. He wants to drop back and make one run. We tried the same thing in the Woodward and it didn’t work that time either. But like you saw in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, I told Manny [Franco] to just let him drop back and come running late, and that’s what he did. Everyone had given up on the horse except me and my family. And he made us so proud.”

John Servis, trainer of Diamond King: “He’s matured quite a bit physically and mentally. But he’s still not a real big horse, so I don’t think he’ll have any trouble at all around three turns. Plus he’s got that tactical speed, so he shouldn’t have to pass many horses when it’s time to start running.”

Tim Grams, trainer of Runnin’toluvya: “
“After he ran a mile and an eighth in the [West Virginia Breeders’] Classic and the A Huevo, we thought he answered the distance question really well against West Virginia-breds. We kept him in light training after that knowing that this race could be a possibility.”


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