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Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Red Mile Race Reviews

Thursday, August 16th

Track Handicapper – Gabe Prewitt

 

Race 1                     Selections                                5-4-2-3

1

Fortune Road

Drops in for a tag for the first time in quite some time, but has hooked a fairly tough crew in the opening leg of the Mini-Series.  Needs more. 

2

Blazing Tower

Moved first over into a quick opening half last time against similar company, and fought gamely down the lane before finishing a couple lengths back in 4th.  Impressive effort, anything close to that puts him close again. 

3

Our Little Pilgrim

Followed #2 up last time, and really had no excuse not to go ahead and win off a perfect trip.  Figures to be another short price here, I’ll use him underneath only.   

4

Hawaiian Alibi

Debuted locally with a super Q’fer, but disappointed as a HEAVY fav on opening night.  Not sure what to expect here, but we know he does have the ability.  

5

Keystone Nite Hawk

Coming off a couple of very solid efforts at Northfield, most recently on Monday night where he got locked in a speed duel early with the eventual winner.  Barn has several in tonight, this guy appears to have drawn in a field he should be able to handle.  Watch this one to gage his stablemates later.  Bolon opted here over #2.    

6

Little Water Tower

Didn’t fair well against similar company at Raceway, but had been very good prior at Bluegrass Downs.  Lands in short field tonight, we’ll see if he can rebound. 

7

Under Act

Doesn’t appear to be ready to go with these.  Pass. 

 

Race 2                     Selections                                8-7-4-3

1

Heart’s Prince

Got stung leaving from post 6 last time, and still raced decent to finish 5th.  Things won’t get any easier tonight though. 

2

Ginnysdoodle dandy

Finished a distant 4th in his local debut, and drops in for what should be a bit of an easier spot against claiming company tonight.  Still will have to pick it up a bit. 

3

Jaxx

Parlayed a perfect trip into a close 3rd place finish last week, and has stepped up his game a bit since arriving locally.  Any similar effort should put him right in the mix once again. 

4

All is Said & Done

Tipped 5-wide down the lane and eventually wore down the field to get up for the victory.  A nice effort, but in reality he was set up for that after sitting in the back through a quick opening half.  Likely to be overbet when it’s all said and done.  

5

Paul T

I must admit that I was disappointed in Paul last time, he darted right out and sat close to a quick opening pace, but completely folded up his tent late.  He’s good enough, but needs a big rebound. 

6

Tricky Grin

Couldn’t keep up with a runaway winner in his local debut, and might have been in a bit over his head there.  Maybe a touch softer here, but would still need more to hang with the top ones.  Tricky call.   

7

Fox Valley Michael

Got parked early and tired late last time, but this horse IS better than what we have seen locally.  He is going to pop off with a big performance one of these nights.  Will it be tonight? 

8

Blueridge Hall

I must admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of his on Sunday, and he hung right in there with my top two selections to finish a nice 3rd.  Drops in for the tag here against easier foes.  I’ll hop on board.  Nisonger opted here over #6.    

 

Race 3                     Selections                                9-4-2-7

1

Leanto Scarlet

Trotted evenly to finish 2nd last time, but keep in mind that field had several breakers and it may appear a little better on paper than it actually was.  Lands in another WIDE open crew. 

2

Peaks & Valleys

Closed from far back last time to get beaten just over a length in finishing up a nice 3rd.  Should continue to improve in just his 3rd LT start tonight.  BIG shot. 

3

Moreagio

Hasn’t had much success in 3 local starts.  Pass. 

4

Horizon Ridge

That effort was much better than it looks on paper last time at Indy, he came first over from way back into an extremely slow opening half.  Appears to be some talent on the horizon here.  I’ll take a shot. 

5

Stylish Image

We don’t see many Ocean Downs shippers here, but that is exactly where this mare has been vacationing recently.  Shows a few nice even efforts against similar company.  Your call. 

6

Shawneewind

Collared a longshot leader for a length victory last week, and takes a slight step up tonight off the win.  He certainly fits with these. 

7

Cloverdale

Trotted evenly to finish just over a couple lengths behind a nice 3yo filly last time, and appears to be heading in the right direction.  Lands in another competitive field, any further improvement puts him close. 

8

Youknow whatIlike

Trotted evenly to finish 4th behind a fairly decent trio over the sloppy track in his local debut.  Not a bad effort, but still has his work cut out for him from way out here. 

9

Ilari

Connections still tinkering with this guy, adding hobbles and lasix over the last month.  Shows a win over a sloppy track at Scioto last time in his ’12 debut, and could be a live longshot here in KYSS prep. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race 4                     Selections                                2-9-6-8

1

Towne Believer

Packs plenty of early speed, but has yet to display much stamina in her first couple of local tries.  I’ll wait until we see some signs of improvement before I’m a believer.    

2

Sgt Grit

Tired late after a tough first over trip in the $8.5k KY Fair Final on opening night, but he has landed in a very comfortable spot for his 2nd local try.  No question, he is the one to beat.  

3

Rollin Terror

Missed the gate badly last time, and never made up much ground.  I’ll wait until we see some improvement. 

4

Real Impressive

First local try wasn’t really impressive.  Pass for now. 

5

The Hit Lady

It looked like this mare was going to roll by last time for the win, but she hung quite a bit under heavy encouragement down the lane.  Doesn’t like to win a lot.  Minor awards only.      

6

Village Boss

Lone 2yo in the field had some nice AM efforts to go along with a decent try in his only LT start up at Scioto.  Typically don’t like 2yo’s against older, but this guy should continue to improve. 

7

Kentucky All Star

This all star hasn’t had any luck in her recent starts, ending up parked every step of the mile in the last two.  Hopefully will be in line for a smoother journey tonight, but will need her very best regardless. 

8

Shakinmy Monimaker

Absolutely flew home at OH fair last week to finish up a nice 3rd.  Doesn’t appear to have a ton of early speed though, and that’s not a good recipe from post 8.  Can Nisonger work her into the race?   

9

Julie Lou

That last start was MUCH better than it appears on paper, this filly got caught behind several stallers, and when she finally got through she was caught behind horses on the inside as well.  I’m not sure how good she actually is, but MUCH better than the last start appears on paper.  Will be a big number.  I’ll take a flier. 

 

Race 5                     Selections                                3-2-1-4

1

Droppinthe Kurtin

A decent effort to finish 3rd last time, and has hit the board in 5 of 6 in his career.  Should continue to improve and lands on the pole in what appears to be a nice spot for him.  Maybe. 

2

Show Me Some Skin

Decent effort last time, but I was still expecting a lot more pop on the end of it.  I’ve been on her the last two times, and I’m finally going to jump off.  That’s usually a good time to get on one.  Not for me though. 

3

Southern Strong

Really liked this filly in what would have been her career debut here last week, and she ended up scratched.  The good news is that this appears to be another good spot for her.  I’m on board. 

4

Caribbean Treasure

Yet to miss the board in 7 LT tries, but she was far behind the top pair in the $8.5k KY Fair Final.  Probably spotted a bit easier against these, but still needs her very best. 

5

Jazzie Music

Added lasix in the AM, and now makes her first start locally after missing a month.  We might see some improvement, but asking quite a bit to hang with the top ones in here right off. 

6

Mosh Pit

Well bred freshman colt debuts tonight for top connections.  Not overly impressed with his AM tries, but lands in a comfortable spot.  I’ll watch him go around once first. 

7

Wheelie Fast

Quit wheelie badly in that last effort, but he is certainly better than that.  Yet to finish 1-2 in 31 LT starts, so I’d consider him underneath only. 

8

Perfect Truth

I was very impressed with her last try, finishing up a nice 3rd in her first local start.  Should continue to improve with each start, but might be asking a bit much to go with the top ones just yet. 

9

Im Bashful in Away

Dug in for the win last time, but that was not an overly tough group she was in against.  Much tougher crew she faces here, and slammed with post 9.  Not a great recipe. 

10

Art’s Chance

Finished 5th in the local Q’fer, but keep in mind that the top 3 in there have all came out to race VERY good.  Having said that, a tough task lies ahead from post 10 in his 2nd LT try.  I’ll wait for a better spot. 

 

 

Race 6                     Selections                                8-5-2-6                    Start of Pick 4                        See ticket at the end

1

C J’s Criket

The criket has been quiet in his last several, and would have to find a lot more stamina.  Pass. 

2

Maid Great

Decent Q’fer over the track, and gets the slight call as the morning line fav.  Held her own against slightly tougher company this season at Bluegrass.  Should be close if she minds her manners. 

3

Rose Run Melanie

Melanie has been taking on OH fair company recently, and hard to gage her off those efforts.  Barn does fairly well here.  Your guess is as good as mine. 

4

Lucky Hoosier

Didn’t have much to offer locally.  Would take a complete turnaround. 

5

Sand Allistar

Never got worked into the race last time, and may be better in his 2nd local start tonight.  Picks up the services of Ronnie Wrenn as well who was red hot here a week ago. 

6

Manaloha

Trotted evenly on the off track after being parked out a long way last time, and he’s been known to pull off an upset or two here in his day.  Primed and poised here?  Good question. 

7

Roscoes Rib Rack

Looked super for ¾ of a mile last week, but completely came to a stop down the lane.  No question he is better than that, but would take a big turnaround to come back and beat these. 

8

Tickle Me Grace

I was all over this mare last time and she raced horrendous.  She got away perfectly in a field full of breakers, and was absolutely finished when the field moved on to the far turn.  I’m not sure whether to give her another try, but this is an even softer crew than she faced last time.  I’ll hop on board once more. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race 7                     Selections                                3-7-4-2

1

Already Spent

Raced much better in her 2nd local start, and she draws into a field full of question marks here.  I’ll watch her closely once again before hopping on board though. 

2

Yank My Rope

Never got into it in big field on Sunday, and now drops into our bottom condition for the first time.  She certainly fits with these, appears to be wide open. 

3

She Shell Cruise

Barn raced one the other night that went off a short price on a class drop with similar lines at Scioto as this mare, and that one completely faded off the board.  I’d take a good long look at this mare on the track with that in mind, but she clearly looks the best on paper.  Loney opted here over #5.   

4

Pocket Belle

Saved ground throughout and ended up picking up a decent 4th place check on Sunday.  13yo has a ton of early speed and I would expect Stiltner to be on the gas early.  Catch her if you can. 

5

It’s Fun

Hasn’t been within shouting distance recently, but this is a BIG drop in class from what she has been facing in Ohio.  Draws a perfect mid-pack post.  Ready for a drop and pop?  Maybe. 

6

Auroring Doll

I liked this mare last time and things set up perfectly for her.  If she couldn’t sprint past the field into a back half of over 1:03, I just can’t endorse here. 

7

Princess Wendy

Took some sneaky tote action last time, and came back to race very well after making a break and losing a ton of ground at the start.  Should continue to improve in her 3rd start off the shelf. 

8

Ashley Force

The Force has missed nearly a month and ships in for her first start for local connections.  Not an overly tough group here.  Will she be ready to fire at first asking?  Good question. 

9

F K Beautiful

Raced evenly recently in Ohio, but doesn’t appear to pack a lot of early speed and she has her work cut out for her from way out here.  McNabb will have to find a way to work her into the race. 

10

Hoosier Rosie

Faired evenly against tougher company in Indy, but is another that doesn’t appear to have a big early turn of foot and it’s going to be a tough task from last.  Your call. 

 

Race 8                     Selections                                5-9-4-3

1

Novel’s Finale

Lightly raced 7yo doesn’t appear to pack the speed to go with these.  Pass. 

2

Victoria Valley

Trotted evenly after getting off to a slow start on Sunday, but would still need a lot more to go with the top ones in here. 

3

Delmary

Finished a distant 3rd last time, but keep in mind there were several breakers in that field.  I would expect that would be about the best she could hope for again in here. 

4

Gotcha Girl

Trotted evenly after getting caught in the back through a slow opening half at Indy.  Appears to be finally heading in the right direction.  Lands in a nice spot.  

5

Master Host

Absolutely dominated in the $7.5k Ky Fair Final, and is a winner in 7 of 8 on the season.  His main rivals are fillies here, and that should help his cause. 

6

Blueridge Classic

Shows a dull Q’fer off an 11 month break.  I’ll watch one first. 

7

Holligram

Yet to miss the board this season, but appears to have hooked a much tougher crew tonight.  Would have to pick it up quite a bit from the local Q’fer.  Not just yet. 

8

Southwind Tufts

Barely got Q’fed after adding lasix in South Fla.  Doesn’t appear ready for these just yet. 

9

Duck Crossing

Never been worse than 2nd all season, and comes off a big first over try to finish in the runner up spot in the $10k KY Fair Final.  Not thrilled with post 9, but she has enough early speed to overcome it. 

10

Follow My Dreams

Lone 2yo takes on older company here and gets slammed with post 10 on top of it.  I’ll wait for a better spot. 

 

Race 9                     Selections                                7-3-4-9

1

Paddy Malone

NY invader has been even against similar company recently, but this guy did pull off a nice win over this track last season.  Fairly tough spot for this level though, will need his very best. 

2

Noah C

Followed the winner up last time and drew dead even with him down the lane but could not get by him when it counted and had to settle for 2nd.  Things aren’t going to get any easier here.   

3

Crazy Dan

The race line doesn’t possibly do his last effort justice, he was shuffled completely out of it behind a dead horse and was really rolling late when he shook loose down the lane.  Should be much better in his 2nd start back, and may be ready to strike at a nice price. 

4

Do It Best

Used hard early from post 9 and ended up fading late in his last attempt.  He IS much better than that, and is another one of many in here that could hit the ticket at a nice price with his best effort. 

5

Thatll Work

Cleveland invader has been facing some tough overnight company recently, and should find this spot much more to his liking.  Barn has had some success here in the past.  Wakeup call coming?  KB opted here over #9.   

6

Rocknroll Fever

0 for 21 on the season, but this is by FAR the easiest group that he has faced.  Raced evenly with a nice late kick last time in Indy.  It’s now or never! 

7

Sassy Kathy’s Girl

Another coming off a scratched ‘sick’ line, and we haven’t seen her in a month.  I’ll watch one first. 

8

E R Prince Charmin

Put in a solid performance last time at big odds, but unfortunately draws back into a pretty tough group and gets stuck way out in post 8.  Not sure how he’s going to get involved.  Bolon opted to #5 instead.    

9

Doc’s Zilla

Has been facing much tougher company recently in MI, but certainly didn’t land in an easy spot here for his local debut.  No question Loney has to try and go forward off the gate.  Won’t win it from last.  Your call. 

 

 

Race 10                   Selections                                4-1-5-3   

1

RJ Hershey

Trotted evenly in her last couple of starts in Indy against a lot tougher lineup than she faces here.  Appears to have landed in a very comfortable spot for her local debut.  The one to beat, but a short price looming. 

2

Dew Drop Dolly

Outkicked down the lane last week over the sloppy track, and would have to pick things up quite a bit to hang with the top ones tonight. 

3

Class A Comer

I will admit that I was fairly impressed with this guy’s ability to hang in there last time to finish up 2nd behind #4 after a very tough first over trip.  Any similar effort puts him right in the mix once again. 

4

Viking Mia

Absolutely sprinted away under no encouragement whatsoever from her pilot last time for an easy win.  Looks like the main threat to #1.  Must use. 

5

Main Street Hall

Not a bad effort for his first try in over a year last time, as he finished up 3rd behind #’s 3 & 4.  Should be tightened up and continue to improve in his 2nd try off the shelf.  Maybe. 

6

Xiao Wang

Trotted evenly against similar at the Ocean, and should really improve stretching out to the mile track in her first local try.  Check and see how her stablemate did in race #5 earlier. 

7

JohnJohn Hilltopper

Hasn’t been facing a lot on the OH fair circuit, and I’ll watch him go around the big track once before jumping on board. 

 

Race 11                   Selections                                9-7-5-8

1

Hezasonof eclipse

Raced evenly from post 8 and now lands on the pole in his 2nd local start.  Will need to improve a bit more if he’s going to hang with the top ones at this level.    

2

Pan of the Lost

Racing evenly against overnight company at Northfield, and lands in a WIDE open crew of claimers here for his first try over the red clay.  Will need his very best.  Bolon opted to #5 instead.    

3

Megawatt

Skimmed the pylons last time to pull off the 12-1 upset in our bottom class, but this is a major class hike to take on this crew.  Not sure he is ready for these. 

4

Broadway Fame

Sat on #5’s back last time, but could not go by him late and had to settle for 3rd.  Another solid effort there, but this looks like an even harder assignment.  I’ll wait for a better spot. 

5

Idbegoodat that

Didn’t race as well last time when he had to cut out his own mile, but it was still an honest effort to end up 2nd.  Not sure he does his best work on the front.  Plenty of options tonight from perfect mid-pack post. 

6

Western Tower

Shows beating some nice company down in Paducah, but he lands in a solid group for this level tonight.  Did have a win last year in 55 here.  That’s probably about what this race is going to go. 

7

Whispers Art

Absolutely throttled by the field when he shook loose about midway down the lane last time, and lands in against similar company but a bigger field tonight.  Moves from the pole to post 7.  Will he get the same trip? 

8

Richard Traci

Hit the board in 11 of 17 on the year, including a 56.1 win at Maywood.  No question he is good enough to go with these, but will he be ready to fire off a scratched ‘sick’ line?  Not sure.  Should provide value though. 

9

Big City

Faded after being used very hard at this level last time at Scioto, and it appears that he packs enough early speed to overcome post 9.  I’d expect Wrenn to step right on the gas early.  Maybe. 

10

Thatillb sweet

I’ve always been a fan of this mare, but she draws in against the boys and faces a tough task from way out here.  Always does her best work from off the pace, and will be very tough to do it from last.   

 

Race 12                   Selections                                5-9-10-2

1

Sir Johnny Colt

Parlayed a perfect trip into the first win of his career last time, but steps up to take on a couple of tough rivals in this crew tonight.  Not sure he is ready for this bunch.  

2

Sexy Smile

Has been facing straight claiming mares at Pocono, and has put in some pretty good miles there.  If she can duplicate those efforts, she should be right in the mix at a sexy price.  Nisonger opted to #7 instead.   

3

Scootie Best Lou

Made a break last time, and wasn’t all that great in the start prior at Scioto.  Faces a pretty tough crew for this level, and she will need her very best to make any major noise here. 

4

Black Blitz

Has been racing evenly against similar in Toledo, but hooks a tough crew for the level.  Pass. 

5

Sgt Matt

Couldn’t get by his stablemate in the KY Fair Final, but Matt should really enjoy the class relief in against overnight company tonight.  Would expect Stiltner to blast early.  Must respect. 

6

Shawnee Dancer

Has been decent on the Ky fair circuit this year, but lands in a solid crew here.  Needs to find a bigger late kick if she is going to keep up with this group.  Jerrell opted here over #10.    

7

Caribbean Girl

Game effort to dig in and fight off her challengers in the KY Fair final, but things aren’t going to get any easier against a solid group of overnighters here.  Yet to miss the board all season.  JN opted here over #2.    

8

Bad Girlfriend

A decent 3rd place finish last time, but lands in a much more difficult group tonight.  I’ll wait for a better spot. 

9

Averylu

Got hopelessly pinned in behind a dead one last week, and appeared to have some go on the end of it when she finally shook loose.  Needs her very best, but no question she fits with these. 

10

T B Beach Girl

Got caught up in a big mile last time at Balmoral, and defending KYSS champ is likely in town for a prep before next Thursday’s opening leg.  How aggressive will she be from post 10?  Not sure.  Jerrell opted to #6 instead.    

Pick 4 (Races 6 – 9)

                                                                                Race 6 – 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

                                                                                Race 7 – 3

                                                                                Race 8 – 4, 5, 9

                                                                                Race 9 – 3, 7

Total Ticket Cost = $36

LOCK OF THE NIGHT: RACE 4 #2 SGT GRIT (2-1 ML)

LONGSHOT OF THE NIGHT: RACE 11 #9 BIG CITY (6-1 ML)



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