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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 9:20 PM

RACE 1

3-Drum Money – Hasn’t hit the board in nine tries, yet may be trending in the right direction, draws inside for a lower claiming tag & gets Victor Santiago

 

7-Village Princess –Just missed by a neck closing from far back three starts back, owns two seconds at the mile distance & cuts her claiming tag in half

 

8-Celtic Blessing – Another one entered at a reduced price in this wide-open affair, has a second over the course & four runner up finishes in six at the distance

 

1-Sister Allstar – Was no factor in her debut on dirt at Monmouth Park, finishing nonthreatening fourth, yet eligible to improve in this wide open maiden affair

 

1A-Caras Treasure – Got off to a slow start in her opener on the Monmouth Park turf course, benefits from that experience & now plummets in price

 

4-Dance For Megan – Hit the board in a couple of turf tries at Monmouth Park & one came at a mile, drops into a softer spot working on an 0 for 16

 

6-Pink Napkins – Breezes at Parx show some progress, but tough to gauge, 5YO makes her long awaited career debut in an easy spot

 

9-Loving Partner – Ran some decent numbers over synthetic at Presque Isle Downs, stretching out for her turf debut & third time Lasix

 

10-Rory’s Glory – Showed some positive signs in her last two, four wide in a turf sprint here, second try off the bench from a wide slot

 

RACE 2

7-Slamarama – Has tackled much tougher in NY, showing speed & broke open the gate last time, the severe class plunge is too much to ignore

 

4-Venture Capital – Maryland invader moved prematurely, yet hit the ticket again despite getting shuffled last out at Laurel Park

 

5-Iron Dale Al – Finished a game second last Friday while getting bumped late in his turf debut & fresh off the claim, anything similar puts him in the picture

 

1-Love Who – Draws inside fresh off an improved effort & result, battled three-wide & just missed, sports two on-the-board finishes in four turf tries

 

3-Ice Pilot – Penn National shipper just 3 for 36, yet shows some strong numbers, enters for a reduced price & draws inside

 

8-Foralltheglory – Put forth a mild rail rally to grab third when returned to the turf at Monmouth Park & thrives at the distance

 

RACE 3

6-Slewie Jones – Kicked in late to grab the show fresh off the claim, gets another shot here against similar & adds Gabriel Saez

 

5-What’s Up – Speedy mare was used too early in most recent here, sharp efforts in two previous starts at a mile, picks up Pedro Cotto, Jr.

 

7-Crafty Chick – Seems to be breezing adequately for this class drop scenario, demanding post & dull form make her question mark

 

8-Justcallmemoni – Suffolk Downs shipper breezing well & fresh off a late surge for the win at five furlongs, the stretch out may suit her

 

2-Quincy Lee – Owns a win over the course & two at the distance, strong second at Monmouth Park on August 15, switches to Victor Santiago

 

RACE 4

4-Sam’s Buck – Stalked a slow pace & rallied on the rail to take an opening night win, remains at a reduced level & looms as a big threat to repeat

 

6-Millennium Lakes – Actually drops for half the tag on a form spree, scored from a tough spot two starts back, then split them late for the place with Santiago aboard

 

1-Sky Masterson – Got involved in the pace & ran a nice number back on opening weekend, now drops to the bottom rung

 

3-What A Wildcat – Ships in on a form spree at Presque Isle Downs & fresh off a rousing score in Erie, PA, sports three turf wins & one at the distance

 

10-Rockfield – Beaten favorite just missed with a big number at this distance fresh off the claim, could use his speed to overcome the wide slot

 

12-Livingston Street – Taking a substantial drop for his second try off the bench, been productive at the distance, but must overcome stall 12

 

RACE 5

2-Swiss Army Wife – Finished third in the Little Silver at Monmouth Park, traffic issues two back, breezing nicely at Fair Hills, drops in price & lands inside

 

1-Silver Rising – Hot item at the claim box twice claimed off a win Monmouth Park, the latest at this distance, now with successful harness racing trainer Don Swick

 

5-Eurokay By Me – NY invader ships in fresh off a 7-1 upset rally at the distance, bobbled at the start before that, 2 for 45 record a concern

 

7-Archer Queen – Overcame a three-wide trip to post a 5-1 upset last out at Monmouth Park, looks for a similar rallying scenario third start since the claim

 

3-Happy Voyage – Just 2 for 26, but steady since the claim, twice beaten favorite just missed with a three-wide rally in most recent

 

4-Casual Elegance – NY shipper looking to spark her even form by going back to turf, claim back on March 7 hasn’t paid off in five tries

 

9-Shesfromboston – Stormed home off a strong pace to post a huge upset two starts back, then stumbled badly at the start

 

10-Reversiontothemean – Very consistent Suffolk Downs shipper with a penchant for finishing second, latest turf tries make her a contender despite the outside draw

 

RACE 6

8-Rosengaard – Rallied on the rail a big upset two back at a mile, drops into a soft spot & gets Gabriel Saez

 

7-Sydney Anne – Finished well for the show in her last two & has been prolific at the flat mile, has tumbled down the class ladder & merits respect in this wide-open finale

 

9-This Kat Of Mine – Arrives off a pair of game second at Monmouth Park, the latest at a mile & retains Victor Santiago

 

11-Amor Impossible – Barely lost a late lead fresh off the bench at Penn National, post 11 logically hurts his chances, but still rates contender status

 

2-Christmas Angel – Only 2 for 28, yet flashed some mild gain two starts back at Penn National & owns a win at the distance

 

4-Pi Bella – Was outrun here on opening weekend when pace compromised, two previous seconds at Parx worth noting

 

 

 



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