Date: Sunday, August 5
Weather: 85, Sunny
Fast – Firm
The track was sealed overnight and opened up this morning. Speed harrows 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
- September 15-16
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. JEB 2. SPECTACULARSOCIANO 3. TROPICAL JOY
JEB is cutting back to a sprint here and should be a top contender here. She is an accomplished state-bred with 8 career victories, one of which came in this stakes race last year. She will try to defend her title and her effective early speed will make her tough. She has been the model of consistency locally and seems poised for her first win of the year. SPECTACULARSOCIANO was second in this race last year and while she does need to make a step forward off of her recent form, she has only had two starts this year and may still be gaining conditioning and improving.
TROPICAL JOY is also cutting back to a sprint and she is another contender here with solid, consistent form looking for her first win of the year. Her dam, Tropical Trip, was a quality local runner and like her dam she seems to be improving with age.
1. EIGHTH COMMANDMENT 2. SU SU’S KITTEN 3. EYERISH INSPIRED
EIGHTH COMMANDMNT does not have the most consistent recent record but her last race was better than it appears on paper. She had a rough trip and wound up right in the thick of things. She is getting a cut back in distance here and while she may require a little more real estate, she does have some back class and if she fires can hold her own here. SU SU’S KITTEN is making her local debut and has overall solid Florida form. This is an ideal distance for her and she is making her first start for a barn that is always live with new shooters. EYERISH INSPIRED was claimed out of a decent effort last time out and has been freshened since that race in June. That was only her first start of the year and she may improve significantly in her second start back.
1. SUN BOY 2. RECALIBRATING 3. OPEN BAR
SUN BOY looks like an obvious contender here and was able to rebound off of a poor local effort to notch a sharp victory last time out. If you can draw a line through his only local start of the year, his form has been very solid this season and he has one of the more consistent records here. RECALIBRATING has been third against similar fields in both local starts this year and should fit well and hold his own here. He made up ground well last time out and does seem to be heading in the right direction. He would benefit from a bit more pace, however.
OPEN BAR ran a very good race locally in July and just missed by a head. Since then, he had an average effort as the favorite at Parx but may be able to rebound off of that. He does have some back class and seems to be a true two turn sort of horse.
1. INDIAN BUCKS 2. EVERYDAY DAVE 3. POLITICAL FARCE
INDIAN BUCKS has had two dynamite efforts on the local turf course and is a neck and a nose away from being two for two. He has been catching quality fields and has proven that he can excel on this course. He has a good turn of foot and should be big contender late. EVERYDAY DAVE is impossible to leave off of a ticket – he is as consistent as they come locally and has been on the board in 12 of his 14 local tries on the turf. That said, he is also the sort of horse that is always in the thick of things but rarely moves forward and wins. He is tough to key on top but he does always show up. POLITICAL FARCE needs to move forward off of average recent form but he is getting a slight break in class and could offer some value. He is a half sibling to several graded stakes winners and does have some real back class. His form has been spotty recently but his first start of the year, three starts back, was good enough to put him in contention.
1. KENSINGTON 2. SHROVE TUESDAY 3. FETCHING FURY
KENSINGTON is bred to be a serious racehorse – she is a half sister to multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Winchester and also a half to multiple graded stakes winner Middleburg. With that sort of pedigree, she also has value as a potential broodmare that goes up considerably with a maiden win to her credit. She has shown some ability from two starts and flashed some good early speed last time out. She does seem to be improving and with her pedigree, class and world class connections she is tough to overlook.SHROVE TUESDAY did everything right in her debut and should only move forward off of that sharp, encouraging debut. She showed a lot of professionalism despite her inexperience and was flying late to miss by a nose despite a slow start. She likely got a lot of out of that race and should be the one to beat.FETCHING FURY is a first time starter and has a strong female family. Her worktab has been steady if not eye catching and debut runners are always interesting.
1. GITIDONE 2. NO MORE STRIPPERS 3. WORTHURWEIGHTNGOLD
GITIDONE has been knocking on the door of a breakthrough victory in his recent starts and has had two game efforts. He seems to have hit his best stride after a couple of average efforts and seems like a logical contender. He is a tactical, versatile sort of horse and should fit well here. NO MORE STRIPPERS is dropping down a notch here and while his last two races have been average, he had a very competitive stretch in June and may be able to improve. He is wheeling back off short rest but that angle worked for him earlier in the summer. WORTHURWEIGHTNGOLD is switching back to conventional dirt after racing on synthetics in all three starts this year. He returned off of a layoff in good form and looks to be coming into this race in good order.
1. STELLAR MOON 2. ESCAPADE 3. STANDARD DEAL
STELLAR MOON is bred in the purple and this Godolphin color-bearer warrants a good look here. Though the turf is a question mark, she has the pedigree to be competitive on either surface and is lightly raced enough to still be appealing as a filly still maturing and developing. Her dam was a multiple Grade 1 winner and while she has not produced anything with nearly her talent yet, she has been a decent broodmare and this filly did make an encouraging step forward off of a layoff last time out. ESCAPADE did everything right in her first start off of the bench in May and handily defeated a quality field. That race was flattered when the runner up came back to win and she has been training steadily at Saratoga for her first try against winners. She is proven on the turf, has some pedigree and back class and figures to be a logical contender. STANDARD DEAL has been competitive in four of her last five starts and that one blemish came when her race came off of the turf so that can be overlooked. She has effective tactical speed and that should translate well here.
1. HEIKO 2. LOYALTY SPIRIT 3. DIABLO’S DARLING
HEIKO is a classy veteran and was a minor stakes winner early in his career. He returned this summer off of a six month layoff and has come back in very sharp form after an average 2017 campaign. He fired a win off of the bench and was game in defeat last time out behind a quality runner. That form should translate well here and while this is a very competitive, in form field of rivals, his speed may make him a big threat. LOYALTY SPIRIT showed that a mile and a half is no problem and battled back gamely to earn the victory. It was a strong performance from him and he was able to make amends for the race two back. That can be excused as he reared at the start and lost all chance. He seems to be in good form and will likely be keeping company out front. DIABLO’S DARLING is taking on male rivals here and despite a very strong local record, this consistent mare always gets ignored at the windows. She again could offer some value here and seems to excel on this turf course.
1. MASTERKEY 2. VENTURA HIGHWAY 3. TRUMPET MAN
MASTERKEY is as consistent as they come and this gelding seems to show up and run his race every single time. He was on the board in all of his ten starts last year and from two races so far this season seems to be keeping that trend going. He is making his third start of the year and could be sitting on a breakthrough race. VENTURA HIGHWAY is making his first start off of the claim and this gelding is exceptionally well bred. He looks like a horse with a lot of quality and while he did not pan out to be a world class racehorse as his pedigree suggests, he is capable at this level and a repeat of his last race puts him right in the mix. TRUMPET MAN has had a bullet workout since his last race and should be able to move forward off of an average effort against a competitive field. His game runner up finish in June locally was very good and if he can run back to that he will be tough.
1. BOOS (FR) 2. D’BOLDEST 3. MY SISTER CARO
BOOS (FR) is a very interesting filly looking for her first black type win. She began her career in France and early on showed that she has top class talent – she was second in a Group 2 by only a head and then faced male rivals, including Group 1 winner and Kentucky Derby starter Thunder Snow, in a Group 1 event. Since coming stateside, she has not been the most consistent but her last two starts this year have been encouraging. Her last race was deceptively good and she may have been closer had she not encountered traffic in the stretch.
D’BOLDEST won this race in 2017 and looks like she has a big chance to defend her title. Though she has gone winless from three tries this year, her form has been solid and her trademark early speed was very effective locally. She has two wins from three tries over this turf course and should be a front running threat.
MY SISTER CARO was claimed out of a winning effort and it looks like that race is shaping up to be a key race – both the runner up and third place finisher have already come back to win. She is making a step up in class here but she has some black type in her past performances and has the back class and running style to be effective here.
1. ABATEMENT (GB) 2. SOUPERFAST 3. COMPAGNO
ABATEMENT (GB) has a lot of upside here and looks like a horse with some back class and talent that could use this race as a good stepping stone up the ranks. He made his stateside debut in June after a ten month freshening and turned in an encouraging effort to finish fourth. He has plenty of room to move forward off of that race and with some good efforts in England under his belt, my guess is that he takes to this turf course.
SOUPERFAST has been a popular horse at the claim box and has assembled a very respectable career. He is a half brother to champion and world class sire Uncle Moand while he didn’t quite live up to his $500,000 price tag, he is a competitive, reasonably consistent horse with plenty of back class. He seems like he does his best running on or near the lead and looks like he got a little rank last time out.
COMPAGNO needs to do better than his last race and while he may not be the most consistent, he is lightly raced and still seems like a horse who may have some room to improve. When he does fire, he is very capable against a field like this and with a step forward he can hold his own here.
1. AVICII 2. EXPLOSIVE CANDY 3. THE LOST TIGRESS
AVICII rejoined the David Nunn barn last time out after finishing a good second against a comparable field. This mare has back class, talent and a big heart – she was one of the horses displaced during the fires at San Luis Rey Downs in January and returned to action in good form. Both local efforts have been competitive and she looks like she is a horse knocking on the door of a winning effort. EXPLOSIVE CANDY is coming out of a strong winning effort where she defeated a similar, competitive field. Both starts since returning off of a layoff have been sharp and she may be even better in her third start of this form cycle. Her best efforts come on or near the lead and she should be a top contender here for live connections. THE LOST TIGRESS could get overlooked and offer some value here. She made a big step forward last time out and turned in a game effort to win. That effort was flattered when the third place finisher came back to win her next start and this classy, veteran mare may benefit from what could be an honest early pace.
1. GRADY 2. JC INDY 3. BROKERS PRIZE
GRADY is trying to make it two in a row and this hard knocking veteran was able to make a big step forward last time out. He seems to have rounded into form and has some appeal stretching out to a mile after sprinting in his previous starts this year. He should have a solid foundation and is capable around two turns. JC INDY seems to be improving as he gets older and caught a very tough field of state bred rivals last time out. He had two very good efforts prior to that against similar company and he should be able to hold his own. BROKERS PRIZE is very capable here and ran a huge race to win two starts back. He didn’t break well or have the best trip last time out and with more luck should be more effective.
1. DANLY’S DREAM 2. PRINCESS DREAM 3. SAINT ALFRED
DANLY’S DREAM is the most accomplished of these contenders on the turf and he looks like a very tough customer here. He won the Thomas F. Moran Stakes impressively in 2016 and was second to Silent Waters last year. He has had one start so far this year and he really held his own against open company on the lawn at Mountaineer. He was a sharp claim for $5k. PRINCESS DREAM is a very, very interesting horse trying the turf for the first time. She is another in a long list of talented homebreds for Mrs. Patricia Moseley and has the pedigree on both sides to not only handle but to excel on the turf. She has been brilliant on the main track so far and seems to be getting even better with age and maturity.SAINT ALFRED has been in the shadow of his superstar stablemate Dr. Blarney and is also interesting trying the lawn for the first time. He is a multi-generational homebred for Joe DiRico and notched two stakes wins locally last year.
1. CHAOTIC BULL 2. RAPO 3.CHAMOIS
CHAOTIC BULL is a fan favorite and this warhorse has put together a very impressive resume over the years. A former New England champion, he is a formidable opponent on any surface and at any distance. While he may have lost a step as he has gotten older and no longer has the big, explosive turn of foot he once had, he is still extremely competitive and very capable of adding another win to his record here. RAPO just got caught last time out but made a huge step forward in his second start back off of a layoff. He has some back class and with another step in the right direction, he should fit well with this field and his tactical, versatile speed should work to his advantage. CHAMOIS has run well enough in both local starts this season to warrant consideration here. Though he has not hit the board from eight starts total this year, his recent form is better than it looks and with a step forward he could offer some value.
1. GOT EVEN 2. UNION RIVER 3. RED ALE
GOT EVEN has a ton of back class and is getting a big break in class here. At this reduced level, this veteran may be too much horse – he is a former stakes winner with ten victories and over $700,000 in earnings on his resume. His form has been inconsistent this year but he has been competing against much tougher and is tough to overlook in this spot. UNION RIVER needs to make a step forward but has some back class and may find this group more within his scope. He has been inconsistent this season but last year was routinely able to run well or win against tougher. RED ALE is coming into this race out of a win at Mountaineer and that form should translate. That was a big step forward and he seems to be rounding into form after a slow start to the year. He had a solid record last season and may be able to repeat his last effort.
1. KHAN OF KHANS 2. THE CURT FOX (GB) 3. CREATIVE THUNDER
KHAN OF KHANS had one of the most popular wins of the weekend last month and in doing so, he earned the 30th victory of his amazing career. His longevity has been a testament to the care he has received from his connections and he has been a part of the Clarke family for years. He is clearly not slowing down at 12 years old and looks like a top contender after a sizzling recent bullet workout at Finger Lakes.THE CURT FOX (GB) looks like an obvious top contender and may have a bit of a class edge here. He has been on the board in seven of his eight starts and has been keeping good company – last time out, he defeated a quality runner who came back to win. That was his first start of the year and he may be sharper in his second start back.CREATIVE THUNDER ran a really good race to pull a minor upset at Mountaineer in his first start in some time back on the turf. He does seem to move up on the lawn and if his form can translate over the local turf, he could be a contender and maybe offer some value.
1. DAY OF RECKONING 2. SOMEDREAMSCOMETRUE 3. JUST STEVE
DAY OF RECKONING looks formidable here – he is coming out of a sharp maiden victory at Laurel and was much the best after controlling the pace. It appears he has caught some legitimate fields in his recent starts and seems to have hit his best stride since switching to the turf. Speed tends to translate well onto this turf course and he looks like a front running threat for two in a row. SOMEDREAMSCOMETRUE has had some time off since a poor performance at Gulfstream Park and judging by the recent bullet workout, he looks like he is ready for a positive return to action. If you can overlook that last effort, he has been consistent and competitive in most of his recent races. Though turf seems like a question mark, he is bred up and down for the lawn. JUST STEVE needs to make a step forward here but is lightly raced enough to still have some upside and room to improve. His maiden win came over synthetics at Presque Isle and while he is not yet proven he can be effective on the turf, he does have the pedigree for it.
1. ALFREDO ROMANA 2. GROSERO 3. LATE CALLER
ALFREDO ROMANA is returning to action off of nearly a two-year layoff. In most cases, that would be enough for me to pass but he comes out for a good horseman who genuinely does the right thing for his horses. This horse is stakes placed, bred by a New England Hall of Famer and a 15 time career winner with some speed and back class. He may need one off of the bench but he is interesting here. GROSERO looks well spotted here and has been third in his last two starts – one local and one at Parx. He was making up ground well last time out and while the off track may have helped him, he seems to be steadily improving and should be a factor from off the pace here. LATE CALLER is making his first start for this barn and while he does need to make a step forward, he has been overall a consistent sort of racehorse and fits well with this field. He has been catching some very in form fields in his recent starts and could offer some value.
1. DRAMATIC PEGASUS 2. AMUSE THE DIVA 3. THE TWO NANCY’S
DRAMATIC PEGASUS has been in very sharp form and comes into this race with one of the stronger recent records in this field. Though it did take her 18 tries to break the ice and break her maiden, she had been consistent prior to breaking the ice and ran well in her first try against winners. She seems capable on either surface. AMUSE THE DIVA is switching back to the turf and while she has been more successful at this point on the main track, she has terrific turf pedigree and overall her form is consistent enough to warrant consideration. This barn is live switching to the lawn and she could offer some value. THE TWO NANCY’S cuts back to sprint here after an average effort last time out. She ran very well two starts back and does seem better suited to shorter distances. She may have also been compromised by a slow start last time out and if she can be quicker out of the gate, she may pose a front running threat.
1. REPITITIOUS 2. HEART IN HAND 3. FRIED BALONEY
REPITITOUS is a perfect two for two over the local turf and will try to live up to his name and make it three in a row. This lightly raced gelding really seems to have hit his best stride and while he may be a short price, this is a case of striking while the iron is hot and he looks tough to beat. HEART IN HAND is a lightly raced gelding with some back class and pedigree. He is getting a little bit of class relief here after an average effort last time out but showed some real ability early in his career. This barn has been live on these weekends and he looks like a contender if he takes to the surface.FRIED BALONEY has only had two starts this year and may still be improving and rounding into form. He’s had a solid local race and Nick Zito has been successful in Boston.
1. MIGHTY ONE 2. APPEALING FUTURE 3. PERFECT DISCO
MIGHTY ONE was a New England champion juvenile seven years ago and for any horse to maintain competitive form for that long is an impressive feat – he had a big upset win at Finger Lakes in November and his form this year has been solid. He has been very well cared for throughout his career and he could surprise here. APPEALING FUTURE looks logical here and comes out for a barn that has just been red hot all along the East Coast. This gelding has been keeping good company this year, mostly at Parx, and that form should translate well against this field. PERFECT DISCO rebounded sharply last time out in his first start off of the claim and was able to return to what had been strong local form. It looks like his June effort can be overlooked and a repeat of his last race will make him a top contender for live connections.
1. WEATHER REPORT 2. AMERICAN SAILOR 3. BLACKJACK BABY
WEATHER REPORT is an interesting, lightly raced colt making his first start since being claimed out of a win in June. Though he is unproven on the turf, he did break his maiden impressively on synthetics and has plenty of turf influence in his pedigree. This colt clearly has no shortage of talent and has been training forwardly since his winning effort. AMERICAN SAILOR looks well spotted here and has proven himself over this turf course already. This gelding was claimed out of a winning effort last time out and is coming in fresh off of that race. He is consistent and classy and his tactical speed will work to his advantage.BLACKJACK BABY returned to action off of a five month layoff last time out and turned in a competitive effort to be fourth. He may have needed a race off of the bench and that was only his second start so far this year. He had four victories and was stakes placed last year so there is some class to consider.
1. HALLUCINATION 2. EMILIANA’S HOPE 3. QUEENOFTHECHANNEL
HALLUCINATION ran a big race to finish second at odds of nearly 30-1 last time out. Though her prior turf form had been average, she seemed to really take to the local lawn and held her own against a solid field. It was an encouraging step in the right direction and she could again offer some value. EMILIANA’S HOPE didn’t have the best trip last time out and wound up in tough against male rivals. Back against the girls, she should be able to return to the sort of form she showed two races back. QUEENOFTHECHANNEL has been the beaten favorite in both local starts but has run well enough to warrant some consideration. She has been catching some competitive fields and should fit well here.
1. SAINT ANNA 2. YOGI GOT MILK 3. LOU TASS
SAINT ANNA is stretching out to two turns here but if she gets loose on the lead, they should have a hard time reeling her in. She has won two of her three starts and is one of the more accomplished contenders in this race. She has some depth to her pedigree and should handle the added distance without issue. YOGI GOT MILK has been the bridesmaid behind Saint Anna twice and will try to turn the tables on that rival here. He is unproven going two turns but a mile should be within his scope and he has proven he fits well in these local stakes races. LOU TASS will need to make a step forward to be a contender for the win but this gelding seems like he will continue to improve as he develops and matures.