Program Comments

Looking for some professional insight? Here are the Suffolk Downs handicapper's thoughts on the races as found in the official track program.

Race Date:
Monday July 28
Handicapper:
Jessica Paquette
Race # 1
1. NO WAITING 2. WORTH THE WORRY 3. ALEX MCGEE

NO WAITING seems like a logical contender off of three strong performances this season including a game win two starts back. He has been catching respectable, in-form competition and he should have some pace to run at here. He seems to be in overall more consistent form than last season and should be a top contender. WORTH THE WORRY will get a major break in class after two poor performances. He did catch two very tough fields both in the alw/optional claiming race in his first start and the Rise Jim last out and may find this group much more manageable. He broke his maiden impressively in for $5k in his debut effort last year and took home a state-bred stakes race as well. ALEX MCGEE will switch to the main track and get a break in class for his second local start and first start since last fall. This barn has been live off the bench and this gelding may have a slight class edge. Both career wins have come on dirt and six furlongs should be within his scope.

Race # 2
BEAUREAL 2. VENGEFUL PRIDE 3. APACHE PRAYER

BEAUREAL has had several weeks since a good third place finish in his second start of the year and this horse does seem to do his best running when his races are well spaced. He returned off of an extended layoff in sharp form with a win straight off the bench and his tactical early speed will make him a top contender here. VENGEFUL PRIDE had no apparent excuses last time out and will try to rebound off of a sixth place finish as the favorite. He is a better horse than that race may indicate and his prior form this year against comparable rivals has been competitive. He should be able to improve off of that last race and is another contender with tactical speed. APACHE PRAYER delivered as the favorite last time out and will go for two in a row. This gelding has always been very effective locally and all three starts this year both here and at Tampa have been respectable. He does have some speed but has shown the ability to rate and should be able to hold his own here.

Race # 3
SYNTHESIZER 2. DOUBLE DANCER 3. ON THE THRONE

SYNTHESIZER will make his first start since September and if he is sharp enough off of the layoff, he should hold his own here. Though he did not hit the board from three starts in 2013, they came against some very tough New York turf company. He comes out for trainer H. James Bond who saddled Behrens to win the Mass Cap back in 1999. The layoff is a question mark here, but his worktab at Saratoga has been steady. DOUBLE DANCER is proven over this turf course and was a good second last time out. It was only his second start of the year and he was able to show significant improvement. With several rivals trying this course for the first time, the fact that he is proven over it gives him a slight advantage. ON THE THRONE delivered in his first try over the local turf last time out. It was a sharp effort and his turf form overall has been very competitive. He answered the question of whether or not he can be effective on this course and seemed to move up with the surface switch.

Race # 4
LINDYHOP 2. GO ANNA GO 3. KITTY CITY

LINDYHOP has had over a month since her last race and comes into this race fresh. From five starts this year, she has been competitive in all of them against very sharp competition and should be able to hold her own here. She was third behind a tough, in-form filly in Ninety Degrees last time out and she should have potentially more pace to run at here. GO ANNA GO is going for three in a row and really seems to have hit her best stride. While her back to back victories did come against softer competition, she is an eight time local winner with enough back class to make her an interesting contender here. Since returning from Tampa this year she has been in consistent form and is another here that could benefit from a respectable early pace. KITTY CITY is getting a significant break in class after showing little against the toughest fillies and mares on the grounds. This veteran mare has a ton of back class and while her form appears to be on the decline, she may be too much horse at this level.

Race # 5
CHIEF AGAIN 2. MIAMI CAUSEWAY 3. MR SUPERNOVA

CHIEF AGAIN has not shown much from two starts this year but with only two races, he still has some room to progress and improve. He is a half brother to Duty Proper, one of the top horses on the grounds, and did have a competitive local season last year. This is his second start going long and he may improve further. MIAMI CAUSEWAY showed major improvement second start back off of a brief layoff and first time back around two turns last out. He may have moved up slightly over the off track but it was overall an encouraging step in the right direction and he looks like he is heading towards a winning effort. MR. SUPERNOVA never looked comfortable over an off track last time out and could improve if he can catch a fast track. His prior form was competitive against comparable company and he has proven to be effective on or off the pace.

Race # 6
CHASING GREG 2. CENTENARIO 3. GOLD STAR DANCER

CHASING GREG will try to improve off of a third place finish against a similar field last time out. It was apparently a tough group – the runner up has already come back to win – and he should be able to hold his own here. He had back to back wins earlier in the season and at this level, he should be a top contender on or near the lead. CENTENARIO may offer some value here. He was second against a respectable group after a rough trip and overall his form this year, both locally and at Mountaineer, has been very competitive. He has one of the strongest recent records of this field and is versatile on or off the pace. GOLD STAR DANCER could have longshot potential here. While his form has been average from three starts this year, he has steadily gotten slightly better with each start and does have a respectable local record and sharp turn of foot.

Race # 7
OLYMPIST 2. B E BOSTON STRONG 3. GINTRAKER

OLYMPIST is the reigning New England Horse of the Year and while he showed nothing in his seasonal debut, he is by no stretch a six furlong sort of horse and should improve significantly stretching back out to two turns. It was his first race since January and he should be much sharper having had a prep under his belt. He had three wins against top company last year and is very capable of returning to that sort of form here. B E BOSTON STRONG will get a pretty stiff class test here after holding his own against quality starter allowance company in his recent starts. His form has been extremely consistent for an extraordinarily live barn and he should only improve with the additional distance. He has returned to form in a big way since he rejoined the McCarthy barn and with his distance oriented pedigree, he should be a big contender here. GINTRAKER is trying to make it two in a row after delivering sharply against allowance company last time out. While this is a significantly tougher group, it is difficult to find fault with his incredibly consistent recent form as he has been on the board in his last seven starts. He seems like the type that runs his race every time and he could potentially offer some value here for live connections.

Race # 8
SUNNY FOREST 2. BRUSKI’S STAR 3. BL’S WAGON

SUNNY FOREST will try to avenge a tough disqualification last time out after finishing first as the favorite. It is very difficult to argue with her very strong local record and she has been in very sharp form since returning this season. She will be trying to catch the speedy BLs Wagon but with her recent form and versatile running style, she should be very tough here. BRUSKIS STAR is trying to improve off of an average fourth place finish against a similar field last time out. It was a very competitive group with the track record set by the winner and Mimis Sugar, third that day, subsequently came back to win as well on the positive end of Sunny Forest’s DQ. This mare did have a sharp front running win over a quality field two back and she will likely ensure there is an honest early pace. BL’S WAGON will put her three race win streak on the line here. She has won all three starts since returning from Maryland by a combined margin of over 38 lengths and has been exceptionally impressive. She cuts back to a sprint and while she has been better going long, her recent form is difficult to find flaw with.

Race # 9
MARSHALL 2. MY BAMBINO 3. SILVER SLUGGER

MARSHALL will try to improve off of a fourth place finish against a tougher field last time out. While his form has been inconsistent this season, he is a major factor at this reduced level and delivered as the very heavy favorite impressively two starts back. He may be too much horse here and will try for his sixth local victory. MY BAMBINO comes in fresh with several weeks since his last effort and this gelding has been very consistent this season. He has been second at generous odds in his last two starts and has been catching very respectable competition. He seems like a horse who could be sitting on a winning effort and may offer some value here. SILVER SLUGGER caught a very tough allowance field last time out and dropping in for a tag may make him more effective. Two starts back he defeated a quality field and was flattered when the runner- up came back to win. He has had several weeks since his last effort and coming in fresh could give him an advantage here. He has effective tactical speed and could be a contender on or near the front end.