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:
Wednesday July 23
Handicapper:
Jessica Paquette
Race # 1
1. RED RED DOOR 2. DOUBLE THE SILK 3. PRETTY NELL

RED RED DOOR was second as part of a heavily favored entry last time out and it is difficult to argue with her very consistent recent record. She has been on the board in all five local starts against respectable fields and her sharp Moutaineer form has translated well. She will likely be a short price again but looks very legitimate here. DOUBLE THE SILK will drop back in for a tag after a last place finish in the Isadorable Stakes. She is very capable back at this reduced level and could offer some value here if she can make a step forward and return to the form she showed early in the year. PRETTY NELL has struggled in her recent starts but could rebound and offer some value for a live barn. She has a ton of early speed and if she can shake loose early, she could be very difficult to catch.

Race # 2
1. U S S CONSTITUTION 2. FOUR FS AND A D 3. MIMITOS BOY

U SS CONSTITUTION was cut out to be a very nice horse. Out of multiple Grade 1 winner Clear Mandate, he is a half brother to several six figure earners who were competitive against top graded stakes company including the highly regarded Strong Mandate and Newfoundland. While his form has not been consistent, he has enough back class to warrant a look. FOUR FS AND A D will try to move forward after an average effort last time out. Though his form has been mostly dull for the past couple of seasons, he did have an encouraging effort two starts back against a quality field. If he can rebound and run back to that, he could be a big factor for a live barn. MIMITOS BOY has not shown much from his recent starts but at this level he may be able to show some improvement. His last couple of local starts have been average but he may be able to move forward here.

Race # 3
MY VALENTINO 2. KHAN OF KHANS 3. LIBERTY ST OUTLAW

MY VALENTINO could be an interesting horse back on the turf. He returned off of the winter layoff and delivered sharply on the front end over a respectable field. While he has been primarily successful on the dirt, his speed does translate well over this turf course and he had a front running victory last year. He should be even sharper second start off of the layoff and will be a contender on the lead. KHAN OF KHANS will try to rebound off of an average effort last time out and while he was sixth, he was not badly beaten. He had a sharp winning effort two starts back and while he has not been the most consistent this season, he gets over this turf course very well and should always be considered a factor. LIBERTY ST OUTLAW gets over this course very well and should have plenty of pace to run at here. He has been in relatively consistent, competitive form all season and should be a big factor from off the pace.

Race # 4
1. THE DARK LION 2. SPECTACULAR SILK 3. JAZZY GINGER BELLE

THE DARK LION gave a fantastic impression physically prior to her career debut and while that did not translate to a strong performance, she has plenty of room to move forward in only her second career start. She could offer some value in only her second start and has the pedigree to be successful locally. SPECTACULAR SILK is one of the more experienced maidens here but her recent form has been encouraging and she seems to be improving with each start. She showed effective early speed last time out and while she had to settle for second, it was her best effort yet and off of that she should be the one to beat. JAZZY GINGER BELLE has hit the board three times this year and her recent form has been competitive enough to make her a contender. She could potentially offer some value in exotics and should be able to hold her own.

Race # 5
REVERSIONTOTHEMEAN 2. KEY PUNCH 3. WILDCAT RUBY

REVERSIONTOTHEMEAN broke her maiden sharply last time out and delivered as the heavy favorite. This well-bred filly is certainly consistent and while it did take her several tries to get the job done, she was running well against respectable company. With several fillies stepping up in class here, she may again be a legitimate top choice. KEY PUNCH has won both local starts convincingly and will step up to allowance company here. This lightly raced filly has been sharp in both local performances and a repeat of her recent efforts will make her a top contender on the front end. WILDCAT RUBY made an encouraging step in the right direction last time out and her behavior on the track in the post parade was manageable. While she did not show much on the track, this filly does have some real ability and her maiden win two starts back was very impressive. She is clearly still immature and may continue to improve as she develops.

Race # 6
1. GEE WHIZ 2. DOUBLE SHADOW 3. GETTHEMONEYHONEY

GEE WHIZ will drop down a notch further after a last place finish against a tougher group. That was her first start in nearly a month since breaking her maiden in her career debut and with only two starts, she has plenty of upside here. She has a lot of room to improve and she did give a very positive impression in that winning debut effort. She is stretching out here and is built and bred like a horse that can handle two turns. DOUBLE SHADOW has had two competitive efforts in a row and while she is difficult to key on top with her 1 for 62 record, she could offer some value in exotics and her recent form has been encouraging. She broke her maiden at a mile and unlike several rivals is proven at this distance. GETTHEMONEYHONEY is stretching out to a mile after a couple of average races and the additional distance is within her scope. She had several very good efforts early in the season and if she can make a step forward, she may offer some value. She does have some tactical speed and her best efforts have come near the front end.

Race # 7
1. CHAOTIC BULL 2. DUTY PROPER 3. SWIPERNOSWIPING

CHAOTIC BULL was third, beaten only a neck as the favorite, against a star studded field last time out. It was a really competitive performance and he will try to avenge that defeat here. This gelding is a multiple New England champion and a truly versatile, consistent racehorse. He runs his race nearly every time and while he is winless from five races this year, he looks like he is inching towards a breakthrough race. DUTY PROPER proved last time out that he can run with the big boys. While he was fourth, it was a competitive, encouraging performance and he may move forward off of that. The addition of blinkers a couple of starts back seemed to make a huge difference with this talented gelding and he could offer some value here. SWIPERNOSWIPING is cutting back to a sprint after a good third place finish against a quality field going long. Two starts back, he delivered as the favorite against allowance company to earn his second local victory and while this is a very tough, in-form group, he should be able to hold his own here. He has been competitive locally and at Tampa against respectable fields and could get overlooked here.

Race # 8
ALE 2. WARD THREE ART G 3. WAR HITCH

ALE was very game in defeat to a quality rival last time out. Both local starts have been competitive, encouraging performances and he should be a top contender for a high percentage outfit. He has effective tactical speed and has proven he can get over this course very well. He has caught tough fields in both recent starts and should be able to hold his own here. WARD THREE ART G is an interesting horse trying the turf for the first time. This Frank Bertolino homebred obviously has plenty of talent and has won three of his five local starts this season. He has a ton of early speed and if he can take to the turf, that speed should be very effective. WAR HITCH is wheeling right back after a fourth place finish on Saturday. He turned in a credible effort and from two starts on the local turf, he has proven he can be competitive over it. He has been catching competitive fields and may find this group within his scope.

Race # 9
1. MRS MARGIE 2. DELYCIUS LADY 3. BLS LIGHT

MRSMARGIE has yet to hit the board from five starts this year but should be able to improve back at Suffolk. Last season she was very competitive in all of her starts in for a tag with the lone blemish coming against a tough allowance field. She has plenty of sharp early speed and that should be much more effective here. DELYCIUS LADY will try to improve off of an average effort against state-bred stakes company last time out and back at this level may be more effective. She pulled off a minor upset two starts back to break her maiden and with her sharp turn of foot, she could get an honest pace set up and potentially offer some value. BLS LIGHT has not been consistent but she fits well here and should be a contender for high percentage connections. She was fourth as the heavy favorite last time out and will need to make a step forward.