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, September 15
Handicapper:
Jessica Paquette
Race # 1
1. BEAUREAL 2. ROUGH ROAD AHEAD 3. SILK SPINNER

BEAUREAL will get a break in class after an average effort against allowance company last time out and looks well spotted here. He had run very well in his three prior starts, all of which came in for a tag, after returned off of a layoff. His local record is very strong and he should be able to rebound here for live connections. ROUGH ROAD AHEAD is going for two in a row and could potentially offer some value here. Though he had gone winless for a couple of seasons, he has some back class and had rounded into very consistent local form. A repeat of his last effort should make him a contender. SILK SPINNER has shown some improvement since dropping in for a tag and may be a contender here. He is a multiple local stakes winner and does have some real talent. His recent form has been encouraging and he seems to be heading in the right direction.

Race # 2
1. PROUD INK 2. SPECTACULAR SILK 2. DESERT RULER

PROUD INK will get a break in class after an average effort against allowance company last time out. If that can be overlooked, she has been in solid form this season particularly in for a tag and should fit well with this field. She could offer some value and could surprise here as prior to that last race she did have several strong efforts. SPECTACULAR SILK will try to rebound after an average effort last time out. Prior to that she broke her maiden over a solid field. Her prior form against maiden company had been solid and she should fit well with this field. DESERT RULER does need to step forward here but her form has been competitive. This barn has been live this season and she could make a step forward and offer some value.

Race # 3
1. ROCK IN BAGE 2. DADSFOURWHEELDRIVE 3. ALE

ROCK IN BAGE ran a very good race against a quality field last time out and wound up third but was closing fast and galloped out well. This classy veteran has proven he can be very effective over this turf course and should fit well with this field. His win two starts back was sharp and he has a strong turn of foot that should be effective here. DADSFOURWHEELDRIVE does need to make a step forward but could surprise here and it is always worth remembering how successful this gelding has been on this course. He is a former New England champion and while his recent form has not been very good, he is better than it may indicate and could have longshot potential. ALE will try to make it two in a row after delivering as the heavy favorite last time out. He does have a very consistent record and has run well in all six local starts. He seems like a logical contender here and his tactical speed should work to his advantage.

Race # 4
1. RED TASSEL 2. GOODBYEGUINESSBOK 3. MACCRAGH

RED TASSEL seems to be improving with each start and this lightly raced state-bred does have some appeal here. With only four races, he has shown improvement with each one and seems to be getting better with experience. He is a full brother to the talented Roode Dude and does seem to have some ability. GOODBYEGUINNESSBOK was well-beaten last time out but did turn in his best performance so far to finish second. It was an encouraging step in the right direction and while he was no match for the class-dropping winner, he should be a contender here. He is a half brother to several productive local horses and seems to be improving. MACCRAGH was right in the mix for second behind Goodbyeguinnessbok last time out and did turn in one of his better efforts. He is one of the more experienced maidens here but has hit the board twice and should be able to hold his own here.

Race # 5
1. NINETY DEGREES 2. FLATTERING ANNIE 3. DOT THOSE EYES

NINETY DEGREES is coming in fresh and will try to keep her locally undefeated streak intact. She is going for her sixth straight victory and has had almost two months since her last winning effort. She has been keeping sharp company locally and in all three local starts has defeated quality rivals. FLATTERING ANNIE returned off of a two-month freshening last time out and while it was a disappointing effort, she may have needed the race and could be sharper here. She has had several weeks since that race and her tactical speed should be effective. She comes out for a live barn and this four-time local winner should be a top contender. DOT THOSE EYES was a good third last time out against a respectable field and was flattered when the runner-up came back to win. She has been keeping good company locally and has been popular at the claim box. She should fit well here and is another with effective tactical speed.

Race # 6
1. SAY TALK MOMKA 2. DELYCIUS LADY 3. GEE WHIZ

SAY TALK MOMKA was much the best in her career debut and broke her maiden at first asking over what appears to be a legitimate field – the third-place finisher came back to win and the runner-up has run well since. She did everything right in her debut effort and at this level, inexperience is very appealing. DELYCIUS LADY could hit the board and potentially offer some value here. Though she has been fourth in her last two starts, she has not run poorly and with a minor step forward could be a contender. She broke her maiden in an upset win early in the season and could have longshot potential again. GEE WHIZ has some talent and if she can put it all together she should be competitive here. She ran pretty well on the turf last time out against tougher and could be competitive here.

Race # 7
1. TRACK MAGNET 2. MR WATANABE TOO 3. PANAMA HAT

TRACK MAGNET was a good second against allowance company last time out and with several rivals stepping up here, he may have a slight edge. He has been keeping quality competition all season and has been in relatively consistent form. He has two wins to his credit this year and should be a logical top contender. MR WATANABE TOO has going for his third consecutive victory and defeated a quality field in his local debut. He was flattered when the runner up came back to win and this gelding does have some back class and an overall competitive record. He was much the best last time out and will try to make it two in a row. PANAMA HAT has not been consistent this season but he has been facing respectable company and could surprise here. This barn always has longshot potential and he could surprise and be a contender here.

Race # 8
1. STEP BROTHER 2. CRUISES CREEK 3. SILVER ENDURANCE

STEP BROTHER has one of the strongest records of this field over this turf course and that alone should make him a top contender. He ran very well last time out to finish third behind a talented winner and a horse who came back to win next out in second. He has gone winless from eight starts this year but his recent form has been solid and he should be a top contender. CRUISES CREEK did not have the best trip last time out and should be more effective if he can have a little bit more luck. He had two very competitive efforts, including a win, over this course in his prior starts and should be able to be a contender here. He comes out for a high percentage barn and should have some pace to run at here. SILVER ENDURANCE could potentially offer some value here and while he has not been consistent, his last effort was competitive and he should fit here. He has had a pair of very good runner-up efforts this season and has proven he can be effective over this course.

Race # 9
1. BANYAN CIRCLE 2. STONE FIRE 3. YANKEE SWAP

BANYAN CIRCLE will make her career debut and at this level, first time starters are always interesting. She has a respectable female family and has a full sister that did win in only his second start and should be worth a look in the paddock for a live barn. STONE FIRE is another interesting first time starter and her full sister also won her debut at first asking. She has a precocious pedigree and seems conservatively spotted making her first career start. Like any debut runner, she is worth checking out in the paddock and on the track. YANKEE SWAP is one of the more experienced maidens here but has shown some ability and should be competitive here. She had a game runner-up effort against a quality field two back and if she can move forward off of her last race, she should be a top contender.