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Darin Z  RACE REVIEWS by Darin Zoccali A thoroughbred and standardbred racing announcer and analyst, Darin works for several racetracks including the Meadowlands, Parx Racing at Philadelphia Park and Tioga Downs.  He is also a regular fill in on Sirius XM Radio's Down The Stretch broadcast.  He is a graduate of St John's University (class of 2005) and is one of the youngest announcers/broadcasters in the racing business.

Race Reviews For Saturday, August 03, 2013

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 3-2-7-4
H Horse Comment
1 AUTHORIZE She won the New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship last year. But this year has been a different story. She will need to find her best 2 year old form in order to contend with this group.
2 I LUV THE NITELIFE Just when you think she is beat, she fights back and wins again. At times she is dominant, but other times she wins with heart. The class of the field and a deserving short-priced favorite. Many will be singling her on their pick 5 tickets.
3 MS CAILA J FRA She absolutely had to need that last start as it was her first race in 4 weeks. She was locked in through the stretch, but I thought she paced evenly when seeing some daylight. I think she will be better today. I am including her in my pick 5. Upset special.
4 IDEAL GINNY She was an even 4th in the prep for this in a decent effort. Her last 2 races have been better. She can earn a minor award.
5 JK LETITGO Well-beaten in the prep for this. She has a couple of decent miles here, but against far lesser. Looks like a longshot.
6 CERTIFIED IDEAL A well-beaten last at 78-1 in the prep. It was her first start in 2 months, so she can improve. Still a big longshot.
7 JERSEYLICIOUS Gave it a bold try in the prep and in mid-stretch appeared to be the winner, but she was out-gamed to the wire by the favorite. She is best from off the pace, so my guess is she finds herself 2nd over with ground to make up. Using her a bit again.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 6-3-10-4
H Horse Comment
1 STEPPIN OUT ($1,500 – HBG) Her elimination just doesn’t stack up against these fillies. She will need to step up her game considerably.
2 HEAVEN’S DOOR ($90,000 – HBG) Comes from a solid family that has produced some good trotters. I really liked her elimination in the way she was able to recover from the break. But, those are 2 breaks in her last 3 starts. Trotting hobbles go on today. She has talent.
3 LIFETIME PURSUIT (Homebred) She looks like a special filly so far. She was a convincing winner of her elimination. But, she faces two new challengers for the first time today in Cee Bee Yes and Shake It Cerry. A deserving favorite, but not a cinch to win this.
4 CEE BEE YES ($45,000 – HBG) The New Jersey Sire Stakes Champion qualified well. Don’t be swayed by the time, the track appeared rather slow on that morning. She has plenty of ability and is a logical threat to Lifetime Pursuit. I will be using, but mostly underneath.
5 STRUCK BY LINDY ($32,000 – HBG) That was not a bad try in her elimination at all. She moved outside, raced first over and just got a bit tired in the stretch. Her prior two efforts were excellent. And note, she was 5-2 last time. That said, she needs to improve to win this.
6 SHAKE IT CERRY (Homebred) Not only did her dam win over $800,000, but her half-brother Dontyouforgetit is racing in The Hambletonian later today. So, Solveig can have a very big day. She has great speed on both ends of her mile. The major danger to the favorite. My pick.
7 LOVE DETECTIVE ($11,000 – HBG) The lone mile she stayed trotting, she lost 5 lengths in the stretch. A pair of breaks makes it tough.
8 MOONLIGHT IN MIAMI ($100,000 – HBG) Her dam is a half-sister to Pampered Princess ($1.6 Million). Her 2 baby races at Pocono we visually impressive, but she did not factor in the elimination. Appears a notch below the best for now.
9 FORTUNES OF FABLES ($60,000 – HBG) Her dam earned over $589k. Her two efforts have been just even so far. A longshot for now.
10 COOLER SCHOONER (Homebred) I think this filly has a lot of talent and will be a major factor in the not too distant future. Her full-sister, Broadway Schooner won The Hambletonian Oaks. Post 10 is tough, but I wouldn’t sell this filly too short.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 3-9-7-6
H Horse Comment
1 REAL BABE She was awesome 2 starts back earning a victory over Maven. But things did not go her way last time. She is not known as a mare that breaks, so I would consider that an aberration and expect a much better result here. Must be included in gimmicks.
2 LOVE N LINDY She did well to earn a 5th place check last time, but it would take a leap forward to beat the best of these. Longshot.
3 ONE MORE GINNY Can’t emphasize how awesome she was in her last start. She was parked 4-wide at one point on the first turn and still was able to hold these mares off in the stretch. She won’t be 25-1 here, but the price should still be OK. Might win right back.
4 WIN MISSY B She has not come back the same way she closed out 2012. At this point, she can’t be recommended until she improves.
5 D’ORSAY She went a brave first over in that last mile and I thought she raced admirably. Her last race was better. Might include a bit.
6 CHECK ME OUT She was raging with trot in her first start back, but her last start was a step in the wrong direction. She didn’t appear to like her position down inside. If she shows up with her “A” game, she can win this, but it is hard to predict that at this point.
7 PERSONAL STYLE Only 2 for 12 on the season, but she has been racing extremely well lately. The 2012 Hambletonian Oaks Champion will look for a live outer flow and figures to be rallying from off the pace. Cannot be dismissed from win consideration.
8 LOVELY VACATION This mare appears to be in too tough at this point. Longshot of the field would be a complete surprise.
9 MAVEN Saw her win streak snapped in her most recent start. She worked out a perfect trip second over, but maybe she was too far back early in the mile? Gets her regular pilot back tonight and she is still the one to beat despite most recent narrow loss.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 2-5-6-8
H Horse Comment
1 GINGER AND FRED She is one of the richest mares in this field. But she has been a cut below these so far this year. Wouldn’t shock me.
2 KRISPY APPLE This mare is very interesting here. She came from an impossible spot in The Roses Are Red Final. I like the driver change and she will be put in the game earlier by Sears. Won’t be 52-1 this time, but I think she is a legitimate win candidate.
3 BETTOR B LUCKY She was a good 2nd in the Roses Are Red Elim, but I still think she is a cut below the best of these. Not endorsing.
4 ROYAL CEE CEE N Mare has gotten back on track lately and remember, she was only 7-2 against these same mares in a division of The Golden Girls. Versatile mare will offer fair value and is hard to leave off the tickets.
5 ROCKLAMATION She has been in contention in seemingly every start this year. Had to do a lot of the work on her own in The Roses Are Red Final and I think that cost her any shot of winning. Expect her to get towed into this one. Perfect post and a win threat.
6 ANNDROVETTE Hard not to love the work this mare does. Her early speed makes her a threat in each and every start. She yielded readily to the pocket behind Drop The Ball and was able to wear that mare down late. Expect her to be a force from start to finish.
7 FEELING YOU This mare appeared poised to make a run at the division lead, but things have gone amiss since her gutty win in The Golden Girls. Her most recent qualifier is of concern and I would be surprised if she were to win this.
8 DROP THE BALL Appears to be back on top of her game. Tough defeat last time, but it wasn’t for lack of effort, getting down to three-quarters in 1:20.1. Had a week off since that tough mile and she will obviously be a factor once again.
9 CAMILLE Tough to call her a longshot after being favored in her Roses Are Red Elim. That said, Kakaley must blast from this spot. Tough.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 1-3-8-7
H Horse Comment
1 NUNCIO ($7,000 – HBG) The first of two horses that appear as the most likely winners of this race. Last time this colt cut the mile, but drawing inside Father Patrick, this trip may work out similar to the trip on July 12th. My top selection as the likely second-choice.
2 DERBY ($20,000 – HBG) He was 2nd last week, but he was very rough in the stretch and he is coming out of the softer of the 2 eliminations. I would call him a contender to round out the trifecta or superfecta.
3 FATHER PATRICK ($105,000 – LEX) The likely favorite needed every inch of the long stretch to wear down Nuncio last week. I think he will find himself on the lead this time, so with the roles reversed, I will relegate him to my 2nd selection.
4 SOUTHWIND SPIRIT ($105,000 – LEX) He won last week, but I was not overly impressed. Gingras himself seemed to think the horse was not at his best despite the win. I think like Derby, he can hit the board, but only for a minor award.
5 KAPOW HANOVER ($90,000 – HBG) Beaten 24-plus lengths by the top 2 last time. That just won’t work out well here. A longshot.
6 GREAT SOCIETY ($50,000 – LEX) Offered just even trot in the stretch last time and has not trotted fast enough to contend here.
7 WELL BUILT ($30,000 – LEX) Was able to make the final despite the break. If he stays trotting, perhaps he can be used deep in exotics.
8 SONG IN MY HEART ($80,000 – LEX) Made a bad break last time, but this horse does have some ability. I think if you are looking for a longshot to toss in the bottom of your exotics, this is the one to use.
9 QUIKWIT ($100,000 – LEX) He raced better last time, but again, that was a softer elimination so I think he is up against it in here.
10 DONATO’S WISH ($105,000 – LEX) Wouldn’t shock me to see Brennan blast, but this horse is to mistake prone for my liking. Longshot.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 2-11-9-5
H Horse Comment
1 BEATGOESON HANOVER Anyone that saw her stretch rally last week will be inclined to bet her. She looked like she was shot out of a canon. This field is obviously much tougher, but I wouldn’t blame anyone that took a shot with her.
2 TAKE MY PICTURE I was surprised to see Sears opt off this gelding. To be honest, I think this horse is better than Little Brown Fox right now. But I will gladly take Morrill as a replacement. Making his third start back off the layoff, he figures to be sitting on a big mile.
3 FROM ABOVE He also comes with a late burst, but he was overpowered by Beatgoeson last time. This is a very tough assignment.
4 MONEY ON MY MIND He is sharp and owns a recent win over Ice Machine, who is in this field. I think this is a little too tough right now.
5 CEDAR DOVE This mare is very sharp right now and draws a perfect post which will give Pierce some options. I think any of her last four efforts put her right in the middle of contention in this field. Race is wide open and she is a major factor.
6 LITTLE BROWN FOX He has had some tough draws recently at Yonkers, but he clearly is not in the same form as he was in the end of June. On name and with Sears choosing him, he is likely to be an underlay, in my opinion. Going elsewhere for the winner.
7 CALCHIPS BRUTE Nice rallying win last time at Yonkers, where he upset Upfront Billy. But, this is a much tougher field. Offers a price.
8 ICE MACHINE He had a sensational winter here, but things have been tougher in the summer. Nice horse, but he will need his best mile.
9 COCO LINDY Coming off 3 consecutive sub-1:53 mile and his most recent win was an absolute romp. Zeron comes down to drive this gelding and his early speed and stamina make him awfully tough to leave off the pick four ticket.
10 UPFRONT BILLY He was 4-5 last week when defeated. He is an 8-time winner this year, but he will need to improve to win this race.
11 TALL COTTON This is a tough post for him as he packs so much early speed. He is versatile though and sharp. Ignore these connections at your own risk, as well. The post will help his price and I think he is a win candidate.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 2-3-8-1
H Horse Comment
1 PUNXSUTAWNEY He showed in that last qualifier that when he stays trotting, he has some “go” to him. He owns a win over the talented Possessed Fashion in the PASS this year as well as a nice win at Lexington as a 2 Year Old. Deep exotics use.
2 SMILIN ELI Off for four weeks that included well-documented sickness, he had to need that last start. With the recent barn change, is he ready for his best today? If the answer is yes, he is a win candidate. I like the post as well. My pick to win this heat.
3 DEWYCOLORINTHELINE Half the field broke in the Yonkers Trot. All he had to do was stay flat and he was an easy winner. Things will be much more difficult here. But, I really liked his effort in The Dancer on July 13th. I think he has a chance.
4 HIGH BRIDGE Gingras had a really tough call here as he was also listed on E L Rocket. That was a solid performance last week in preparation for this, but he will need a new lifetime mark if he were to win this race. I have mixed feelings here.
5 SUPER CLASSIC This is a very ambitious spot for this 1 for 18 gelding. Trainer has won The Hambo before. Still, would surprise me.
6 DREAMS OF THUNDER Also ambitiously placed here. Cernyson is having a solid season, but I think this colt is overmatched in here.
7 E L ROCKET Have to respect his speed, but I really don’t think he beat a whole lot in those NYSS races. He does like this track, but I also feel that despite the soft tempo, he probably should have beaten Corky last week. Not sold on the win end.
8 ROYALTY FOR LIFE He is the fastest trotter in The Hambletonian, IF he trots. Make no mistake that is a very big if. This colt can be very touchy, so I fully expect Morrill to really force the issue into the first turn with E L Rocket. My guess, either wins or breaks.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 5-8-1-7
H Horse Comment
1 WHEELING N DEALIN He was MUCH better last week and perhaps his connections have had the right plan all along. They could have him peaking for the biggest race of his life. I don’t love the 1-hole for him, but I think he is a major factor of his last mile.
2 APERFECTYANKEE The Peter Haughton winner from 2012 has already shown an affinity for this racetrack. His last two starts were solid and he likes to win. He is lightly raced and seems to be coming into The Hambo on top of his game.
3 YOUR SO VAIN This colt can motor, but he drifted out badly in his last start. The winner of that last mile is in The John Cashman later. He will need a big effort to contend for win honors in this field.
4 JACKS TO OPEN Not the biggest horse around and he really did not appear comfortable in the pocket last week. I think Morrill has to commit to the lead with this gelding and see what happens. Raced very well against Corky earlier in the year.
5 CELEBRITY MASERATI This colt would not shock me in this field. He has made giant strides from his 2YO to 3YO season. Remember, he was favored in his Beal Elimination over Dontyouforgetit, who he beat in The Dexter Cup. Had no shot in The Final. Surprise package.
6 CAVEAT EMPTOR He raced well in a couple of spots as a 2YO, but is 3YO season really has not panned out. Looks like a longshot now.
7 DONTYOUFORGETIT He was rough behind the gate at Yonkers and that was practically wiped out by a breaker early in the mile. So let’s just toss that race out. Very small colt has a big heart. Legitimately, a major contender again.
8 CREATINE This colt is late developing and seems to be hitting his best stride at the right time. He has two recent narrow losses to Spider Blue Chip and has the speed to get involved early. This colt might be sitting on a very big effort.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 1-6-5-4
H Horse Comment
1 POSSESSED FASHION Kicks off a wide-open division with a lot of potential. Loved how he looked winning at The Meadowlands earlier this year. He raced well against Spider Blue Chip last time. I think he is better on the bigger track too. Major factor.
2 MURMUR HANOVER He is coming off three solid efforts and remember that Knows Nothing took a similar path for an elimination win last year. Post will give Waples some options, but I honestly believe he is a small step behind the best of these.
3 BANCO SOLO He has not made a successful transition from age 2 to age 3, which is a concern. Needs a major turnaround to contend.
4 ALL LAID OUT He shows a couple of very nice miles at Pocono, but he was 28-1 when facing similar in his Beal Elimination. He might be a better horse now then he was for that event. Needs to call on his best to be a win threat.
5 CORKY Has won 4 of his last 5 and is the leading money winner in the field. He packs plenty of early speed and assuming Pierce is also leaving, he might work out a pocket trip behind ‘Spider. If that happens, he will prove to be extremely tough.
6 SPIDER BLUE CHIP He is very sharp as well and he raced Royalty For Life within a head in the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Has a proven history at The Meadowlands, including a sharp win in The Reynolds. Betting that we see him in The Final.
7 LAUDERDALE Avoided the traffic problems in The Yonkers Trot to stay flat and earn a nice check. This is a much different ballgame. Will have to rally from last in all likelihood and given his lifetime earnings, he needs to be in the top 3 to advance.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 5-9-10-7
H Horse Comment
1 LUCKYCHARM HANOVER Yes, he is coming off a lifetime mark, but that was a C-1 trot. This is a huge leap in class. Longshot of the field.
2 ARCH MADNESS The move to Sears might attract some wagering dollars and he was clearly short in The Maple Leaf Trot. He will need one of his best miles to contend for the win here. A top-2 finish will send him past $4 Million lifetime.
3 SOUTHWIND PEPINO Added Lasix last time and raced well. Beatty turns to Campbell for this 5YO’s biggest test. He’s a longshot.
4 GUCCIO His year has been up and down. He packs a ferocious late kick at times, but he is far too often left with just too much to do. If he can find a way to stay within striking range, maybe he can hit the ticket.
5 UNCLE PETER Making his second start back off the 3-week freshening. He will not be 10 lengths behind at the quarter here. If someone is going to upset Market Share, I think this is the likely up-setter. If you can beat the chalk in the pick-five, big prices loom.
6 MISTER HERBIE Ranged up nicely and trotted well through the stretch to be a solid 2nd on his home court. Now, he has to come to Market Share’s favorite track and this gelding just isn’t giving me the impression he is ready to turn the tables. Using underneath.
7 SEVRUGA He loves this track and he got beat by a horse that can jump up with a big mile from time to time in his most recent start. But this horse has a lot of speed and a lot of heart. That is a dangerous combination on a hot summer afternoon here.
8 HOT SHOT BLUE CHIP Jumped up with one of his good miles last time. When this guy trots, he is very good. Remember, he beat Chapter Seven last year as well. That being said, I am not sure he is ready to repeat in here.
9 MARKET SHARE Could a horse possibly look any better to start his 4YO season? He might even be better than his former stable-mate, Chapter Seven. He will be a short priced favorite, but it could take a world record to beat him, assuming he doesn’t set that record himself.
10 WISHING STONE I think he had to need that start in Canada and he was really hurt by the lack of an elimination the week prior. Assuming he was a little bit short in that mile, he is a candidate to bounce back with a better effort here.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 2-10-4-3
H Horse Comment
1 FASHION ATHENA I think the game plan with this filly is simple. Protect inside position and remain forwardly placed early in the mile. Hope to tow along and pick up a check. As a handicapper, I would toss her underneath in some tri’s and supers.
2 BEE A MAGICIAN Like I said at the press conference, I can say confidently she would have been favored against the boys had she gone in The Hambletonian. She is the best 3YO trotter. No one can trot with the mile she posted in The Del Miller. Can’t pick against her.
3 CLASSIC MARTINE Really respected her effort in the Elimination as she showed she can hold her own against open company. She likes to win and she drew well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her in contention for a share of this when they turn for home.
4 MISTERY WOMAN Showed her connections that she is best off a helmet. I like the post draw especially for her. She is likely going to take back and track cover. She has some ground to make up on the favorite, but if there is a threat, it is this filly.
5 COFFEECAKE HANOVER Flashed speed last time and just got tired late. I think she is a cut below these, even if she takes back today.
6 FRAU BLUCHER She was a popular pick last week to try and beat the favorite. But after what we saw, how can we come back to her today? She sat the pocket to Bee A Magician and never threatened in the stretch. Nice filly, born in the wrong year. Use underneath.
7 TO DREAM ON Courageous first over try last week while removing the trotting hobbles. But, the To Dream On of 2012 would have leveled off and drew clear in the stretch. She struggled home in 29 seconds. I am leaving her off my tickets today.
8 TIME TO KILL Yet to hit the board in 10 tries this year and was beaten a dozen lengths by the favorite last month. A big longshot.
9 HANDOVER BELLE She wasn’t bad last week, but I think the post really hurts. Might get away last in here, which just isn’t going to work.
10 MA CHERE HALL Loved her effort in the elimination as I thought she raced great. Really disappointed she drew post 10 as her lack of early speed is a legitimate concern. That said, if Callahan can get her involved early, she can complete the exacta or trifecta.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 6-9-11-2
H Horse Comment
1 ROCKIN AMADEUS Sat second over when turning for home last week and then he regressed into old bad habits, ducking in and out throughout the stretch. The 2012 Breeders Crown winner just hasn’t been the same horse lately. Not for me.
2 EMERITUS MAXIMUS Out of the horses that finished behind Johny Rock last week, he probably raced the best. Grinded into it first over and paced well through the stretch. Off that mile, I think he is easy to use in some exotic wagers.
3 REAL ROCKER Made a break prior to the start last time, but he was 34-1 in there. He would need to step things up to contend here.
4 ONLY THE LONELY Have similar feelings about this colt as he just doesn’t seems to fit well with this caliber field for the time being.
5 ALWAYS THERE Things have gotten tougher for him as well as he moved up the class ladder. Appears to be a cut below the best in here.
6 WORD POWER He was raging with pace in both the elimination and the final of The Adios. Flat out, this is the best horse in the race and given the difficulty of races 14 and 15, he is going to be my single in this pick four sequence.
7 ROCKS N BONDS Beaten a long way in the prep for this and he appears to be overmatched as well. A big longshot in this group.
8 IDEAL CARVER He was OK last time and while I cannot recommend him as a win candidate, I will use him on the bottom of exotics.
9 LUCAN HANOVER Comes into this race in very good form. Granted, the horses he beat in The Summertime at Mohawk do not stack up particularly well when compared to this field. Still, he is too sharp to ignore. Making him a key-use with Word Power.
10 WAKE UP PETER I didn’t like his last mile at all. He sat a perfect pocket trip early but couldn’t keep up with Johny Rock more than halfway through the mile. Now he has post 10. Just hasn’t had the type of year I anticipated.
11 JOHNY ROCK That was a career best effort last time. Post 11 will keep him mid-pack early, but I would prefer his nose be on the gate. That said, he figures to get involved fairly early on and must be included in your game plan here.
14 Fourteenth Race Entries
Picks: 7-4-2-1
H Horse Comment
1 A ROCKNROLL DANCE Meadowlands Pace winner back on top of his game as that was a great effort last time. He actually raced well in his William Haughton elim too. But he is a better horse now and he is one of many contenders in one of the best races you will ever see.
2 WARRAWEE NEEDY Not only is he in the best form of his life, but he is showing versatility as well. The world champion will likely stay close to the pace early in this mile and will be in contention turning for home. No way to leave him off the tickets.
3 SWEET LOU He was able to keep Bolt The Duer locked in the pocket last time and he emerged victorious. My one word of caution, he has a history of being better in eliminations than in finals. Off that angle, I will be using him underneath this time.
4 BOLT THE DUER One of these days, he is going to get a trip. How many times have we seen him locked in while raging with pace. He might actually the best horse in the race, but he seems to always find trouble. That said, he can obviously win this race.
5 GOLDEN RECEIVER Raced his eyeballs out last week in a very game mile. This surface on Hambletonian day often plays to his advantage. He needs the lead and Callahan will have to park everyone to give him his best chance to win. A speed threat again.
6 THINKING OUT LOUD I guess the North America Cup winner is a longshot here. But, he did come home in 26.1 last week. Figuring him as one of the longest shots on the board shows the depth of this field.
7 PET ROCK Favored in the Haughton Elim, rewarded backers in The Final. Favored last week…see a trend? He is not going to be the favorite here and he has just a good a chance as any in this field. The fact that he might be 5 or 6-1 is very enticing.
8 HURRIKANE KINGCOLE I thought he was in perfect position last week, but he just did not fire off cover. That is disappointing. Maybe Pierce takes a shot and just tries to blow the doors off the field early. He does pack monster speed.
9 MODERN LEGEND He looked like a potential winner in mid-stretch last week, but just couldn’t get close enough. Tough to land on him.
10 FOILED AGAIN The long Meadowlands drought continues. Now, no Gingras and post 10. I cannot endorse him in this group from here.
15 Fifteenth Race Entries
Picks: 10-5-7-4
H Horse Comment
1 SHOOBEE’S PLACE Not a bad mile last time and he was 2nd here in a big mile a few weeks back. Like every horse in here, he has a shot.
2 VERSADO Normally he would have a class edge in a race like this. That isn’t the case this time. His last 2 miles are a concern. But, he has a legitimate chance to rebound here. Impossible to leave off your pick 4 ticket.
3 MALAK USWAAD N That was a big mile he just put up in Delaware and not he was pacing sub 1:51 routinely at Yonkers. I have always thought this horse was better on the smaller tracks, but can you really leave him out here?
4 ABELARD HANOVER He has only won 1 of his last 3 starts. I say that sarcastically following a long win streak. Toss out the July 13th mile as Kingcole just paced off the screen. Bold effort last time at Philly. I’ll say this a lot in here; he can win this.
5 BETTOR’S EDGE He seems to have found his best stride after getting off to a slow start this year. He defeated the foe to his inside in his last start. As the saying goes, you can’t have one without the other. Must be included.
6 DOMETHATAGAIN He has a nice win earlier this year, but against a slightly softer group. He seems to be turning a corner again. Maybe.
7 DAPPER DUDE Ran into the giants last time and was beaten less than 5 lengths. His previous form was pretty good. If he can pace in 1:48.2 again, then he is a legitimate win contender as well. I wouldn’t leave him out either.
8 FRED AND GINGER Earlier this year, he was in the best form of his life, defeating the best FFA horses in the game. But his form has gone in the wrong direction since and this field isn’t exactly easy. While he can win, he might prove to be an underlay (over-bet).
9 ERLE DALE N He rolled to an easy win last time. But that was against much softer and Tetrick opted off. Not sold this time around.
10 HUGADRAGON His last 3 starts have come against the best of his generation. He packs tremendous early speed and he is a legitimate threat to go right down the road in the last race in front of the old historic grandstand. See you in November in our new facility!