Date: Sunday, June 10th
Weather: 80s, Sunny
Routine maintenance. Speed narrows will be used throughout the day and water will be added as needed
2018 Live Racing
The 2018 live racing season has been set. Join us for live racing, food trucks and family fun on the following dates:
- June 9-10
- July 7-8
- August 4-5
Post time is 12:55 p.m.
Looking for some professional insight? Here are the Suffolk Downs handicapper’s thoughts on the races as found in the official track program.
1. EMILIANA’S HOPE 2. FISCAL DISCIPLINE 3. FORMAL EVENT
EMILIANA’S HOPE has been keeping in form company in New York and that should translate well here. She was very game in defeat two starts back and narrowly missed earning her second victory. While she has not been the most consistent, if she fires she should be able to hold her own here and is proven on the lawn. FISCAL DISCIPLINE is returning off of a layoff and has been on the shelf since August of last year. Prior to that, this well bred mare showed plenty of ability on the turf. There are some question marks here but if she is sharp enough off of the layoff, she has enough back class to warrant some strong consideration. FORMAL EVENT gets some class relief here and while so far she has performed better on dirt than turf, there is enough turf influence in her pedigree to make sense here and her last race was a step in the right direction.
1. DONTBOTHERMENOW 2. MASTERKEY 3. UNDENIABLE TEMPER
DONTBOTHERMENOW is a hard-knocking veteran with an impressive local resume. He has been on the board in ten of his thirteen local starts and is a five time winner. He stepped up in class last time out and wound up in a little tough – this field should be much more within his scope. Prior to that, he had back to back wins this year and seems to be in very competitive form. MASTERKEY has been the model of consistency and off of that strong form, he is almost impossible to leave off of a ticket. He has been on the shelf since last fall atFinger Lakes but does have a steady work tab and is the sort of horse that can fire off of the bench. He should get a good stalking trip here and is worth a look. UNDENIABLE TEMPER may get overlooked here and could offer some real value. This gelding had back to back wins locally last year and while his form this year has been average, he could surprise.
1. HIGH SIDE 2. BOPPIN ANDA WEAVIN 3. HOLIDAY BOY
HIGH SIDE is going back to the turf after a really game effort in the synthetics at Presque Isle. Though he was fourth, he was beaten only half a length and it was a deceptively good effort. All five career wins have come on the turf and he should move up further with the surface switch. Since that last race, he has clocked a sharp bullet workout and all systems seem to point to go here. BOPPIN ANDA WEAVIN is returning to action after getting the winter and early spring off. His worktab has been solid and encouraging and this gelding is a perfect two for two locally. He gets over this turf course very well and that may give him an advantage over several rivals trying it for the first time. HOLIDAY BOY is a familiar face returning to Suffolk Downs and is coming into this race off of two very good efforts. He seems to be returning to form and improving with each start. Five of his twelve career wins have come locally and he should be a top contender here. The turf is somewhat of a question mark but he has performed well on it in the past.
1. AVICII 2. INITFORTHELONGHAUL 3. DIVINE CONFECTION
AVICII is getting a big break in class here and at this reduced level, this veteran mare may be too much horse. She has over $375,000 in earnings and 9 victories on her resume and many of those came at a significantly higher level. She has been popular at the claim box and looks conservatively spotted here as she tries to earn her first win of the year. INITFORTHELONGHAUL has been in solid form so far this year and has already notched two victories against respectable fields. She came up a little flat last time out over an off track in Pennsylvania but should be able to be more effective here. It appears she has been keeping good company and should fit well with this group. It is difficult to find fault with DIVINE CONFECTION’s ultra consistent form – she has not been off the board in at least her last twelve starts. Off of that, she is impossible to toss out of the exotics and seems like a horse that runs her race every single time.
1. KHAN OF KHANS 2. EVERYDAY DAVE 3. AMERICAN SAILOR
KHAN OF KHANS has found the Fountain of the Youth in the Clarke barn and is showing no signs of slowing down at 12 years old. He has 106 starts under his belt and comes into this race off of a three-race win streak. He got freshened over the winter and came back off the bench to win impressively last time out. Though his recent form comes on dirt, it is always worth remembering that years ago he was a real horse for the course on this turf course and used to hold his own against some of the nicest turf sprinters around. EVERYDAY DAVE is another one here with home track advantage and he is no stranger to success on this turf course. He disappointed a little bit last time out in his second start off of a layoff but is better than that race may indicate and should fit very well with this field. AMERICAN SAILOR was claimed out of a sharp victory locally last year and since then, this classy gelding has earned a black-type placing and has been holding his own against quality fields on both turf and dirt. He has proven he can be competitive on this turf course and though his form recently has been average, he should be able to make a step forward here.
1.TRUMPET MAN 2. TAKE A RISK 3. PEPPI THE HUNTER
TRUMPET MAN has one of the strongest recent form of his rivals here and seems to be coming into this race in good order. He has been a part of the Clarke stables for years and been very productive – his local record has been solid and throughout his career he has earned 17 wins. His last effort was a big step forward and he should be sitting on a winning race. TAKE A RISK is switching back to conventional dirt after racing on turf and synthetics in his recent efforts. Though he is not the most consistent, he has had several competitive efforts this year and looks like he fits with this field. PEPPI THE HUNTER returned this year off of a layoff and seems to have hit his best stride. His last race was a big step forward and his tactical early speed should be effective here.
1. NEVISIAN SUNSET 2. CROWNSTONE 3. FOR KICKS
NEVISIAN SUSNET has been the beaten favorite in her last two starts but has shown enough ability to still look like a strong contender. She seems to have good natural early speed and that sort of running style has often translated well on this turf course. While she does need to make a step forward, she has some back class and looks like she has a solid foundation.CROWNSTONE has world class connections and an impressive pedigree. She is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Bandini and will carry the iconic blue silks of Godolphin Racing. She has been on the shelf since her career debut effort, then trained by Bob Baffert, last August but her recent work tab has been encouraging. The surface switch is interesting but she has the pedigree to improve on the grass.FOR KICKS has not shown much from two starts so far but she did return off of a layoff last time out and may have needed a race off of the bench. If she can make a step forward, she has some pedigree and back class and is bred up and down to handle both the surface and the distance.
1. CHARLIE RIFFIC 2. THE DOC IS IN 3. WORTH THE WORRY
CHARLIE RIFFIC notched a sharp victory last time out against a similar field to what he faces today. He has really turned into a consistent, competitive sort of runner and has proven he can also hold his own against open company as well. He should be a top contender here and will benefit from some serious pace in this race. THE DOC IS IN is an interesting horse here and could be worth a look in what has shaped up to be a quality, competitive field of Massachusetts-breds. This gelding looked like the real deal last year when he made his career debut and seemed like the sort of horse who would only continue to improve with physical and mental maturity. He is up against some seasoned professionals here but may be able to hold his own. WORTH THE WORRY is always a factor in the statebred ranks and made an encouraging return to form after getting a break last fall. He looks like he is heading back in the right direction and clocked a recent bullet workout at Finger Lakes.
1. PANAMA PAPERS 2. BELGIAN 3. DREAM DOCTOR
PANAMA PAPERS has some serious pedigree – he is out of a half sister to Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice and was a six figure purchase himself. While it did take him quite a few tries and a few notches down the ladder to break his maiden, he was catching some tough rivals early in his career and did show plenty of ability. He has been able to move up a bit since joining the Nunn barn off of the claim and looks like a good fit here. BELGIAN has been freshened since getting claimed out of a competitive effort in April and, with the exception of one average effort a couple of starts back, has been really the model of consistency. He has effective tactical speed which has often translated well on this turf course. DREAM DOCTOR is a multi-generational homebred for Mrs. Patricia Moseley and there is something very special about that. There is history and tradition with a horse like this and it has been wonderful to see this owner and breeder getting rewarded on a national stage with homebreds like multiple graded stakes winner Proctor’s Ledge. This gelding is coming back off of a layoff but if he is sharp enough, he could offer some value and be a real contender.
1. PRINCESS DREAM 2. JEB 3. MISS WILBY
PRINCESS DREAM will try to defend her title in this race after an impressive victory last year. She is yet another in a long list of stakes winning homebreds for Mrs. Patricia Moseley and she looks like she has matured into a really serious racehorse. In addition to a dominant win against fellow state-breds in a stakes race at Finger Lakes, she has been holding her own against open allowance company and has been catching some tough fields. She is squarely the one to beat here. JEB is always a force to be reckoned with in these local stakes races and her form has been very strong this year. She has had two competitive efforts and it is tough to knock her local record – four wins from five tries. She has a lot of effective early speed and should be sharp out of the gate. MISS WILBY is one of the more accomplished fillies in this really competitive race with twelve lifetime victories. She has held her own against open stakes company and is always a real factor here. While she may be slightly better going long, she is effective sprinting as well and has been training very well for her first start of the year – that bullet at Belmont Park in May was strong.
1. PRINCESS ROSE 2. AQUAMARINA (GB) 3. BROKEN BORDER
PRINCESS ROSE is an easy horse to root for here – she is the daughter of local superstar Ask Queenie and carries with her multiple generations of local history. There is something special about homebreds and legacies and while this filly isn’t quite the same level of racehorse as her mother, she is putting together a really solid career and looks to be coming into this race in good form. Her best efforts come on the lead and she figures to be a gate to wire threat. AQUAMARINA (GB) looks like she had a very beneficial stateside debut last time out and should be poised for a big effort here. She hadn’t raced since the fall and looks like she was very fresh – with a race under her belt, she may be able to settle and be even more of a contender. No shortage of ability and she looks well spotted here. BROKEN BORDER returned off of a six month freshening in good order and should only move forward in her second start back. While she has had some gaps in her past performances, she is extremely consistent and has been keeping good company throughout her career. She is versatile pace wise and this barn is very live – 28% – second off of the layoff.
1. CREATIVE THUNDER 2. THE RHYTHMISRIGHT 3. OUR BRUCE EDWIN
CREATIVE THUNDER looks like a logical contender here and is coming out of sharp win at Mountaineer. If you are willing to overlook his average effort two races back, his form has been very consistent and this classy veteran looks well spotted. He has effective tactical speed and should be a threat on or near the front end here. THE RHYTHMISRIGHT is a homebred for his connections and has put together a really solid career – he is a six time winner. He returned off of a winter layoff last time out at Finger Lakes to win as the favorite and providing he doesn’t bounce off of that strong effort, he should be a factor here. He is another one who does do his best running out front so he may be the main danger there. OUR BRUCE EDWIN is getting a break in class here after failing to hit the board from four tries this year. His last race was his best effort yet so he may be heading in the right direction.
1. VISKI JONES 2. CAPE COD TIDE 3. HIGHER FACTOR
VISKI JONES had an encouraging comeback effort last time out and should be sitting on a big effort in his second start back. He put together a really solid season in 2017 and his consistency, coupled with live connections, makes him tough to overlook. CAPE COD TIDE has been on the sidelines since the racing festivals at Suffolk Downs last summer and the question is going to be whether or not he can fire off of a layoff. To his credit, he has proven himself already over this turf course and if he is sharp enough, that does give him an advantage over several rivals. He has some back class and will be worth a look both in the paddock and on the toteboard. HIGHER FACTOR looks like he was a solid claim when he dropped in for $5k and has been holding his own against very respectable fields since then. His form has been consistent and though his last effort was a little flat, he seems to move up on the turf and should be a logical contender.
1. DESERT SAFARI 2. SAINT ANNA 3. YOGI GOT MILK
DESERT SAFARI looks like she had an education debut at Finger Lakes and ran on well despite hitting the gate at the start. She looks like she has some ability and her dam did break her maiden locally. Trainer George Saccardo has always done a really good job slowly and patiently bringing along young horses and she should be one to watch down the line. SAINT ANNA was much the best in her career debut and figures to be logically the one to beat here. She has some back class, some pedigree and did everything right in her debut. YOGI GOT MILK comes out of the same race as Saint Anna and really held her own. She has the sort of pedigree that indicates she may get better with some age, experience and distance.
1. TIZ WICKED 2. WHITE MISSILE 3. CANDY CRUZIN
TIZ WICKED delivered as the favorite last time out and will try to make it two in a row. He looks like he caught a good field and that winning effort was flattered when the runner up came back to win. With several horses here showing little to no turf form, he has a leg up on many rivals here in that he is proven on the lawn. WHITE MISSILE returned off of a layoff last time out and ran well enough to make sense here. He may have needed one off of the bench and should be sharper in his second start back. In his better efforts, he has been forwardly placed so he could be a factor on the front end. CANDY CRUZIN is an interesting horse trying the turf for the first time. With only a handful of starts, he has appeal at this level on inexperience alone as he still has a lot of room to improve and develop. He has some turf influence in his pedigree and could offer some value here.
1. SWEET MADEA 2. SHAKESPERIAN DREAM 3. RISE TO THE TOP
SWEET MADEA looks like a contender here for a barn that has been very live on these boutique weekends. This veteran mare is a seven time career winner and was last seen in a gate to wire victory at Parx. She has not been the most consistent but she is capable at this level and is also capable of stringing together multiple victories. Her tactical speed may work to her advantage here.
SHAKESPERIAN DREAM could offer some value here as she has gotten somewhat overlooked in her last two starts in New Jersey and done very well. That form should translate well here and she should get a pretty honest pace scenario. RISE TO THE TOP delivered as the heavy favorite last time out at Mountaineer and will try for a repeat performance. That was her second start of the year and she was able to make a major step forward. Now that she has rounded into form, she should be a top threat for live connections.
1. COUGAR WATCH 2. FROSTY NURSE 3. SHEWUZALMOSTGONE
COUGAR WATCH makes a ton of sense here and is a really intriguing horse trying the turf for the first time. This lightly raced homebred broke her maiden two starts back and while her subsequent start against winners was not noteworthy, the surface switch is what makes her the most interesting. There is turf influence on both sides of her pedigree and the recent bullet workout was an encouraging nod in the right direction. FROSTY NURSE is another really interesting horse making her first start on the turf. This Massachusetts-bred filly has some back class and ability and there is plenty of turf influence in her pedigree. She has always struck me as a horse who would excel on the lawn and is worth a look here.
SHEWUZALMOSTGONE is making her first start of the year for a barn that does always have them well prepared off of the bench. If her last race before she went to the sidelines can be excused, her form on the grass was very solid and she should fit here.
1. POM IS BACK 2. OPEN OUT 3. ARMY GREY
POM IS BACK is very appealing here with only one start. It looks like he did not have the best trip in his debut and he turned in a really solid effort despite that to finish third. He is dropping in for a tag here and with that first race under his belt, he should be able to move forward and have some room to improve. OPEN OUT looks like a logical contender here after three good efforts against tougher competition. He seems to have really rounded into form and looks like a top threat to get the job done here. He has some back class in his pedigree and could be an interesting horse should he try the turf again later on in his career.ARMY GREY is difficult to key on top here as at this point he has had plenty of chance to break his maiden. But, his form has been competitive if not consistent and he should be able to fill out the exotics.
1. SHACKLESON 2. REPITITIOUS 3. STORMY FORCAST
SHACKLESON looks competitively spotted here and with only a handful of starts, he still has plenty of room to improve and move forward. From those three starts, he has turned in two solid efforts and has proven that he can be competitive on both turf and dirt. His best efforts seem to come on or near the lead so expect him to be a contender right out of the gate.
REPITITOUS turned in a career best effort last time out and the class break seemed to be just what he needed. He should fit well at this level and a repeat performance will place him squarely in contention. STORMY FORCAST is trying the turf for the first time and with his pedigree may move up on the surface switch. He has shown enough ability on the main track to indicate he has some talent and should be able to hold his own here.
1. SUN BOY 2. PERFECT DISCO 3. BIG HOUSE
SUN BOY has been in sharp form this year with two wins and two seconds and it looks like these efforts have been coming against in form rivals. The horses who have finished second in his last two victories have both already come back to win which flatter his efforts. He looks well spotted here and his tactical speed should work to his advantage.
PERFECT DISCO was much the best in his only other local start as the favorite last summer and while his form is not as strong this year, he made a big step forward last time out and seems to be rounding into form off of a five month freshening. This barn is always live on these boutique weekends and this gelding should be a top contender. BIG HOUSE has one of the most consistent recent records here and has been on the board in six of his seven starts this year. He was well backed as the favorite last time out and delivered handily. His best efforts come when he is forwardly placed so expect to hear from him early.
EYERISH INSPIRED 2. ZEEKID 3. PRIDE OF WILKO
EYERISH INSPIRED looks like a solid fit at this level and is returning to action off of a seven month layoff. This barn is pretty live off of the bench and it looks like her worktab has been steady. She is unproven over the local turf but did have a good effort on the main track last summer and overall her form has been consistent on either surface. ZEEKID is an interesting horse on the turf. Though she is relatively inexperienced on the lawn – one average effort – she has a ton of turf influence in her pedigree and should also appreciate the stretch out in distance here. She has some upside if she can make a step forward. PRIDE OF WILKO came up short in her first start of the year but likely needed the race and should be sharper here. Overall, she is a consistent sort of horse and is well proven on the turf.
AVAIL EKATI 2. WEATHER REPORT 3. STERLING REBEL
AVAIL EKATI looks well spotted here and is dropping in for a tag after keeping allowance company at Finger Lakes. This gelding is very well bred – he is a full sibling to graded stakes placed Tale of Savall as well as a full brother to another black-type runner. His second dam is Breeders’ Cup Distaff champion Pleasant Home so there is a ton of class in this horse’s pedigree. He came up a little short in his first start of the year last time out but likely needed the race and should be poised for a big effort. WEATHER REPORT is an interesting horse as he is one of the more lightly raced contenders in this field. He has two wins from three starts and has shown he can be effective on both conventional dirt and synthetics. He does his best running on the front end so he should pose a gate to wire threat. STERLING REBEL is trying for two wins in a row and while he may not be the most consistent, his form right now seems solid and he should fit with this group.
CHIPOLINA 2. KAISER’S D’LIGHT OHMYGOLLYMSMOLLY
CHIPOLINA looks like a major contender here and trainer Wesley Ward has become synonymous with success in turf sprints. This filly has a quality female family and has shown plenty of ability in only two starts. She broke her maiden at first asking at Saratoga last summer, went to the sidelines and returned this April to run a solid fourth as the favorite. Since that race, she has been training very well and the recent bullet workout at Belmont is a good indication she will come ready to fire. KAISER’S D’LIGHT is the sort of horse you leave off of your ticket here at Suffolk at your own risk. This classy veteran mare has always been a horse for the course on the lawn here and can hold her own against some very nice horses. Her last two races at Tampa were deceptively good and she looks like she could still have a few big efforts left in the tank. OHMYGOLLYMSMOLLY is another mare here that could offer some value here – all three of her starts at Suffolk have been competitive efforts and her recent Finger Lakes form has been very good. She seems to be in sharp form right now and moves up with the surface switch.
JUST STEVE 2. PRIZE FIGHT 3. SLAIMY
JUST STEVE is getting a surface switch and will be trying the turf for the first time for his first start of the year. He has been on the shelf since his form tailed off late last fall and has been training steadily for his return to action. He should have a solid foundation for his comeback effort and while he is unproven on turf, his maiden win came on synthetics and that form will often translate. PRIZE FIGHT is another one returning off of a winter layoff and he turned in a sharp bullet at Finger Lakes in preparation for his comeback. This gelding is well bred and has some back class – his dam was graded stakes placed and he competed in several stakes races early in his career. His best efforts come on the lawn and he looks ready to fire off of the bench. SLAIMY needs to make a step forward off of average recent form but he is another contender here with some back class and pedigree and should find this modest break in class to his liking.
DR. BLARNEY 2. GRADY 3. DESERT WONDER
DR. BLARNEY has become a fan favorite locally and his undefeated record at Suffolk Downs on the main track speaks for itself. He has won a total of twelve of his eighteen career starts and is a brilliant, win for fun sort of horse. Since winning his five year old debut, he has turned in a very sharp bullet workout at Finger Lakes and is strictly the one to beat here. GRADY is better than his last race may indicate and should be able to improve significantly in his second start of the year. This classy veteran is a seven time local winner and is as hard knocking ad competitive as they come. If he can rebound off of that last race and return to otherwise mostly consistent form, he could try to turn the tables on his rival. DESERT WONDER has been on the shelf since 2016 but seems to be training steadily. He has been on the board in all six starts and should be able to hold his own here if he is sharp enough in his first start back.