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, August 20
Jessica Paquette
Race # 1

YANKEE SWAP comes in fresh with about a month since her local debut. It was an encouraging third place finish and that was flattered when the winner came back to win again. Though her prior form had been average, she seems well spotted at this level and may improve further second over the surface. CHOIR GIRL has been the beaten favorite in her last two starts and with seventeen races under her belt, she is getting difficult to key on top at a short price. However, she has hit the board in twelve of those efforts and that sort of consistency makes her equally as difficult to overlook. She has shown ability and should be a top contender here. She is cutting back to a sprint and at this point has been more effective around two turns. SPECTACULAR SILK has been on the board in four of her six starts this year and while she was fourth, she should improve cutting back to a sprint. She may offer some value here and with a step forward, she should be able to hold her own here.

Race # 2

SPANISH BRIDLE has run well in both starts this year and off of that encouraging recent form seems like a logical top contender. This barn does a very good job from limited starters and this gelding has had two good runner-up efforts against respectable fields. He seems to do his best running out front and should be the one to catch. RED TASSEL will get a big break in class and while he has not shown much on the track so far, he may be able to improve here. He is a full brother to Roode Dude, a local horse who showed a ton of talent last year, and he has physically given a positive impression. He has plenty of room to improve and may have a class edge here. TOP HOT ROD was sixth as the heavy favorite in his local debut and will try to improve off of that effort. Prior to that, he had been on the board five times this year and does have one of the overall strongest records of this field. He should fit here and with a step forward is a top contender.

Race # 3

EVERYDAY DAVE is a perfect two for two locally and defeated a quality field last time out to earn his first win of the year under promising apprentice rider Michael Ritvo. It is difficult to find fault with this gelding’s consistent and competitive record and he stands to be even sharper in his third start of the year. He has had about a month since that winning effort and should be very tough here. EXCHANGE THE LIMIT is a classy veteran and all three starts this year have been competitive enough to make him a contender. While he has been fourth in his last two, he has not run badly and at eight-years-old may still be rounding into form. He is an eleven time local winner and though he has gone winless for a couple of seasons, he is very capable of holding his own here. LEGENDARY KING was sixth and last against a very tough field on the main track last time out but does move up significantly on the turf and could offer some value here. Five of his six lifetime wins have come on the lawn and he was sharp in victory two starts back. While not consistent, he could surprise.

Race # 4

APACHE PRAYER was second as the favorite last time out but did turn in a competitive effort and may move forward off of that. All three starts since returning from Tampa have been solid performances and his tactical early speed should make him a top contender as he goes for his eighth local victory and tenth of his career. INNISFREE is going for two in a row after a front-running score last time out. He is facing a slightly more in form group of rivals here but overall his local form has been solid and he seems to be versatile and able to be competitive both on and off of the pace. BORACAY WONDER will try to make it two in a row and delivered sharply to earn his first win of the year last time out. Overall his form has been competitive this season and he is a nine time local winner with some back class. He is capable on or off the pace and should fit with this group.

Race # 5

JOSIES DEVIL has been in competitive local form and all three recent efforts have been good. She was third against a comparable field last time out and three starts back broke her maiden over a quality group. She has effective tactical speed and will try to stretch that around two turns for the first time. NOTTA RING will stretch out after an average effort against a comparable field last time out. While she is unproven around two turns, she has some distance influence in her pedigree and it should be within her scope. She broke her maiden at Gulfstream last year and while her subsequent form has been average, she has only a handful of tries against winners and should be able to improve here. PROUD INK was making up ground well last time out and was second, beaten only a head. It was a sharp effort and this filly could offer some value here. Overall her form this year has been competitive and she fits well at this level. She has a good turn of foot and should be a contender from off the pace. She is stretching out here and while she has been better sprinting, she should be able to hold her own.

Race # 6

CLASSIC SPEED was second as the favorite last time out but was able to show improvement at this reduced level. Though he has not been quite as strong as he has in previous years, this veteran gelding is a ten time local winner and for several seasons was regarded as one of the top horses on the grounds. His class makes him tough to overlook. FANEUIL WILDCAT turned in a sharp effort to win last time out and will try to make it two in a row. While he has not been consistent, he is capable at this level and does have a sharp, effective turn of foot. He is a six time local winner and could offer some value here. MR WATANABE TOO is making his local debut and first start since a winning effort at Tampa in April. He has had consecutive bullet workouts in preparation for his local debut and should fit with this field.

Race # 7

SUMMER OF SUMMERS will try to rebound after a fourth place finish against a similar field last time out. He did deliver over a respectable group two back and is capable of holding his own against this quality of competition. This classy veteran has eighteen career wins to his credit, nine of which have come locally, and if he can grab the lead early he should be very difficult to catch. HERE WE GO JOE is going for his third straight victory and his fifth of the season. Overall his form has been too solid and too consistent to overlook and a repeat of his recent efforts will make him a legitimate top threat. PLANT CITY RED will drop back in for a tag and switch to the main track after a fourth place finish on the turf. He did not run badly against a competitive field and did have back to back wins prior to that effort. Overall his local form has been very consistent and while this is a very competitive field, he should be able to hold his own and is tactical and versatile on or off the pace.

Race # 8

SWEET SHIRLEY MAE delivered impressively in her local debut and won as the favorite with a sharp move from off the pace. This barn is a top national outfit and has been extremely live with local shippers this season. She proved she can win on this turf course and with her back class is very tough to get past. LAPANTALONES FANCE may have been seventh and last at Saratoga in her last start but this mare is better than that race may indicate. While she has not hit the board in three starts since returning from Tampa, her local form was not bad against top quality male rivals and back against fillies and back on her home turf, she should be competitive here. She is a New England champion turf horse and could potentially offer some value. REVERSIONTOTHEMEAN answered the surface question with a sharp win in her turf debut last time out. Though she will be facing a tougher, more accomplished group here, she proved she can handle the turf course and does have some back class. She broke her maiden several starts back after showing plenty of ability and seems too consistent to overlook.

Race # 9

DIVA INDEED will try to rebound after an average effort in her first try against winners. With only three starts, she still has plenty of room to develop and move forward and did break her maiden sharply two starts back. Her winning effort came on the front end and if she fires she may be a gate to wire threat. SOMBRA DE LA LUNA will make her local debut and try winners for the first time after breaking her maiden as the favorite at Penn National in July. While her prior starts were average, she is lightly raced enough to be appealing here and will try to make it two in a row. VINTAGE PRADO will get a break in class and switch to conventional dirt after competing over synthetics in her recent starts. Though her recent form has been mostly average, she does have some back class and could move forward off of the surface switch and drop down.