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Handicapper Blog

Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 11:58 AM

RACE 1

8-Bobrovsky – 0 for 16, but wheels right back fresh off an excellent acclimating sprint over the course, retains Gabriel Saez, look for him to be in serious contention again

 

5-Havilah’s Gold – Sliced his claiming tag in half & showed more speed, back on turf against comparable stock, lightly raced with upside

 

6-Butkennyrun – NY invader been facing much tougher, plummets in price, cuts back, owns speed & finds a wide-open field

 

4-Safari Samba – Chased three wide & settled for fourth behind Bobrovsky in an encouraging first start over the Big M turf, draws better & can improve

 

RACE 2

6-Defiant – Beaten favorite in his last three has run some big numbers & displayed solid speed, figures to be on or near the lead again

 

2-Uncle Chub – Jorge Navarro claim fresh off a rousing maiden score at Monmouth Park & on a form spree, tries turf, draws inside, reunited with Pedro Cotto, Jr.

 

5-City’s Fast Lane – Put forth an improved effort versus higher priced claimers when returned to the turf at Monmouth Park, a similar stalking scenario looms large

 

7-Chaser – Tumbles in price off a couple of strong speed tries, including an easy maiden breaker at Monmouth Park & picks up Gabriel Saez

 

RACE 3

8-Sunset Time – Responded to some class relief, reverted back to controlling speed & kicked away to a decisive score here, may be dangerous on the lead again

 

7-Oroluce – Been running some solid numbers since the claim, owns two wins at the distance & gets a substantial drop into a suspect field

 

5-B.A. Love – Dropping below the level of the claim after poor performances, breezing well for this match up, back on turf & stretching out

 

6-Belongs To Dixie – Won two of three at Suffolk Downs where her recent work tab hasn’t been impressive, yet she does owns a win over the course

 

RACE 4

3-Saved The Best – Has run some decent numbers & gotten involved against better company, draws an improved post & can exploit this softer spot

 

7-Fly’n Bayou – Consistent form at Delaware Park, stalking threat drops into a wide-open affair & picks up Victor Santiago

 

10-Wildlee Certain – Penn National invader seems best when part of the pace, so the outside post hurts, but his form is sharp & he has a win over the course

 

1-Jersey Jazz – Offered some belatedly run on the rail back on opening night when he was pace compromised, chance to build on that with the right pace scenario

 

RACE 5

8-Musical Journey – Finished a strong second here at a mile last Fall, facing cheaper after a couple of wide trips at Monmouth Park & switches to Victor Santiago

 

4-Soniko – Claimed off his maiden score at Monmouth Park, attacked three wide as a game runner up last out, returns to turf, expect another aggressive effort

 

3-Lucky Year – Takes another shot at this reduced level after being bumped & steadied in the late stages, working on a 1 for 20 from a better post

 

1-Derivativecontract – Beaten favorite behind Blue Cherokee has been freshened, drops in price, lands inside, tries turf & gets a light package

 

RACE 6

6-Quiet Danger – Stalked a soft pace & was barely outgamed on opening night, just 2 for 27, yet look for more speed at this reduced level

 

7-Unmarked Bills – Cycled forward & scored a mild upset at Penn National two starts back, returns to turf off a very wide trip at Parx

 

1-Chilkoot Trail – Fresh off a strong second despite a three wide trip on opening night, just 3 for 37, but owns a win here & remains a serious threat with the slight cut back

 

2-Midas Terms – Bumped at the start & steadied before finishing fourth behind Quiet Danger in his initial turf try here on September 18

 

 

 

 

 



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