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Handicapper Blog

Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, September 22, 2014 9:54 PM

RACE 1 

2-It’s Macaroni – Badly beaten favorite flashed speed & faded in her comeback, needed the race, dips further in price, lands another inside post & retains Gabriel Saez 

  

4-Cynthia’s New Car – Game runner up in her last three, launched prematurely & just missed in most recent, picks up Paco Lopez 

  

5-Miss Saturday Nite – Tim Hills trained filly has run well in both starts & had some late run in her Turf debut, eligible to continue improving 

  

1-Feloya – Tries Turf for the first time off a decent fourth in her debut on this circuit, makes her second start after a long layoff 

  

RACE 2 

5-Arch Street – Tired in his American debut this past Spring at Gulfstream, the Belmont breezes are worth noting, this is far cheaper & Paco Lopez picks up the assignment 

  

2-Philip – First start off the bench & second time Lasix for this NY invader who slashes his claiming tag & lands the pole 

  

1-Campion Lane – Working on an 0 for 10, but his game effort & narrow loss two back at Finger Lakes at a mile would be effective here & returns the level of the claim 

  

1A-Yes I’m True – Has been outrun on dirt & against tougher in NY, breezing nicely for this return to Turf & owns speed 

  

RACE 3 

5-Dance With Gio – Was claimed off a narrow loss at Monmouth Park by Stephen DiMauro, ran fourth in the Dan Horn, retains Gabriel Saez 

  

4-Almost An Angel – Dominated second level allowance runners with a big number at Parx three starts back & faced tougher in NY, gets class relief & Paco Lopez 

  

1-Very Playful - Ran another strong number when elevated off the game win against first level allowance foes, breezing well for her comeback & figures to be forwardly placed 

  

3-Almost Grecian – Cut back a sixteenth with a rousing rally to upset on July 11 at Monmouth against cheaper, will need a strong speed target 

  

RACE 4 

5-Jersey King – Greg Sacco trainee breezing nicely for his debut & Gabriel Saez gets the assignment, worth a long look in this wide open affair 

  

6-Don’s Marsh – Made a nice move to grab second two back, off slowly again & caught three wide, jumps onto the Big M lawn with some upside 

  

9-P J’s Bad Boy – Joe Orseno trainee has two starts under him, made some encouraging moves, now tries Turf & gets Paco Lopez 

  

1-Sandman Cometh – Trying Turf after two needed starts, offered a two-wide bid & faded in most recent, draws the inside advantage 

  

RACE 5 

8-Pro Gold – Has rallied for minor shares in his last two since the claim back on June 13, remains at his most effective level & picks up Paco Lopez 

  

7-Lucky Year – 1 for 19, and that lone win came here on the Turf course, offered a strong early bid in his first start off the bench, big drop in price here 

  

2-Well Done Son – Broke through with an overdue win two starts back, followed up with another on-the-board finish, hit the ticket in all three Turf tries 

  

1-Lucky Place – Ventured to Laurel Park & just missed with a game speed try at five + a half, may have sharpened his sword for this match up 

  

RACE 6 

12-Hard Rumor – Beaten favorite angled & rallied too late fresh off the bench, plummets in price, draws outside again, cuts back to a flat mile, retains Paco Lopez 

  

2-Spirit Of Peace – NY shipper for Mike Miceli takes a huge tumble in price, draws inside & picks up Pedro Cotto, Jr., strong effort to finish third over the Aqueduct lawn on April 19 

  

4-Bazinga Rules – Only 1 for 21, but did some strong work to grab second behind some standouts in his last two & the price reduction could put him across 

  

2-Strike ‘n Spare – Dropped & finally popped in a Monmouth Park mile event with a solid rally two back, fifth behind Bazinga Rules last time, reunited with Eddie Castro 

  

  

  



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