Date: Sunday, September 16
Weather: 80, Sunny
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2019 Live Racing
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Looking for some professional insight? Here are the Suffolk Downs handicapper’s thoughts on the races as found in the official track program.
- J.C. INDY 2. CHARLIE RIFFIC 3. SAINT ALFRED
J.C. INDY has matured into a really competitive, consistent horse in these state-bred races. He has had a strong season so far and earned his first victory of the year last time out. It was a sharp front running performance and he seems like the kind of horse that can get bold when he can secure the lead early.
CHARLIE RIFFIC has been competing against some tough fields at Finger Lakes and has been able to hold his own on occasion against open allowance company. Back among his state bred peers, he may be able to improve off of his recent form and fits well with this group. SAINT ALFRED is a multi-generational homebred for Joe DiRico and this gelding has been extremely consistent locally. While much of his career has been in the shadow of his superstar stablemate, Dr. Blarney, he is very capable of stepping into the spotlight on his own and is coming out of a competitive recent effort.
- SON OF SANIBEL 3. ZENATO 3. MAGIC SPARKLE
SON OF SANIBEL could offer some value here and he is a contender with effective early speed. He has been the model of consistency since breaking his maiden in his first start of the year in May and seems like the kind of horse that runs his race nearly every time. ZENATO is getting some class relief here after a poor performance at Saratoga against tougher. While he has not been the most consistent, he has some back class and should be able to make a step forward. MAGIC SPARKLE is getting a surface change and some class relief after an average effort last time out. Though his turf form has actually been mostly good, he is equally adept on the main track and should be a contender at this reduced level.
- BRET’S AT CADDIES 2. SMART AND TOUGH 3. EVERYDAY DAVE
BRET’S AT CADDIES ran a dynamite race last time out and was closing sharply against a competitive field. He galloped out strongly and seems to be a horse in good form right now. His record this year has been consistent – on the board in seven of his ten starts and he seems to have moved up since switching surfaces back to the turf. SMART AND TOUGH won an off the turf race in August and since that performance has had two consecutive bullet workouts. While he did win on the main track, he is even better on the turf and moves up back on the lawn. He has been keeping good company and his versatility makes him appealing. EVERYDAY DAVE is an impossible horse to exclude from a ticket over this turf course – he has been incredibly consistent for years and runs his race nearly every time. However, it has been a couple of years since he has found his way to the winner’s circle and he is difficult to key on top. He is obviously better than his last race indicates though and should return to form back on the grass.
- CANNAVARO 2. ASBAAD 3. CUMULATIVE
CANNAVARO makes some sense here and has been able to show significant improvement in his recent starts since switching back to the turf. He has hit the board in his last two starts against respectable competition and if he takes to this surface, he should be a contender in an otherwise wide open race.
ASBAAD certainly has the pedigree to be a success – he was bred in the purple by Shadwell and is out of a Grade 1 winning mare. While he obviously has had some major bumps in the road since beginning his career in 2015, he returned off of a three year layoff this August with a really good effort on the grass. His next start was pretty average but he could have longshot potential back on the turf. CUMULATIVE has not quite lived up to his strong turf pedigree just yet and he will need to do better than his last race but he does seem to have some speed and that tends to translate well on this turf course.
- SUN BOY 2. HURRY UP ALAN 3. EMERGENCY EXIT
SUN BOY looks like a logical contender for live connections and is one of the most consistent horses in this spot. He has been first or second in six of his seven starts this year and is coming out of a game runner-up effort in August. He just got caught at the wire after setting the pace and has proven to be versatile both on or just off of the lead. HURRY UP ALAN is a very classy veteran with 13 victories and nearly $425k in earnings. While at this point he does not seem like the most consistent, his recent form has been encouraging and he has hit the board in half of his starts this year. He has some speed out of the gate and should be able to hold his own here. EMERGENCY EXIT could offer some value here and was able to make a positive step in the right direction last time out. He seems to improve the longer the races are and could fill out the exotics here.
- PINK PRINCESS 2. THE TWO NANCY’S 3. JERSEY LIFE
PINK PRINCESS is an impressive sixteen time career winner with over $550k in earnings. At eight years old, her form has been as strong as ever and she has been on the board in seven of her nine starts this year with an impressive four wins and a good third against stakes company. While most of her recent form has come on the main track, it is worth noting that she is even better on the lawn and her sharp early speed should make her a top threat. THE TWO NANCY’S is trying for two wins in a row and she has won two of her three starts total on the Suffolk turf. She is another contender here with some sharp early speed and she may have an edge in that she is proven over this turf course. She comes out for live connections and seems logical off of strong local form. JERSEY LIFE turned in a sharp performance last time out and drew off impressively despite a slow start. She has been, for the most part, very consistent this year and she should be able to benefit from some real pace in this race.
- BOPPIN ANDA WEAVIN 2. CAPTAIN DIXIE 3. BLARP
BOPPIN ANDA WEAVIN is a real horse for the course over this turf and he has four wins from five starts. He has been lightly campaigned this year with only three races and he seems to be in sharp form right now. He has a ton of early speed and while this field may have come up slightly tougher than what he has been facing, he should pose a legitimate danger on the front end. CAPTAIN DIXIE is an interesting horse with a ton of back class. He was graded stakes placed early in his career and while he didn’t quite pan out as a top caliber stakes horse, he has assembled a really productive career and has run well over a variety of different turf courses. He is coming out of a sharp victory last time out over a quality field at Delaware Park and a repeat of that performance should put him right in the thick of things. BLARP delivered as the favorite locally two starts back and defeated a quality, competitive field that day. This veteran gelding has a ton of back class and seems to have rounded into form after a handful of average efforts.
- MODERN MEDICINE 2. AGGRAVATOR 3. FIFTH AVENUE FLASH
MODERN MEDICINE is an interesting horse here with some real back class and deceptively solid recent form under his belt. He has been catching some tough fields at Delaware Park and has been holding his own against in form competition. He is a quality competitor who has been successful at numerous tracks and may have a slight class edge here. AGGRAVATOR has won three straight races and off of that sharp form seems like a top contender here. He is wheeling back on short rest after winning last weekend but seems to be in very good form right now and has been winning against good company. FIFTH AVENUE FLASH has had two good efforts in a row and has made a big step forward after several average races. He has some tactical speed and may be a factor on or near the pace.
- TRICKED UP 2. MUTAWASEM (IRE) 3. KAIGUN
TRICKED UP comes out for a live barn and is coming into this race off of an authoritative victory last time out. He has a terrific female family with a lot of back class and while he didn’t pan out as a graded stakes sort of horse, he should be competitive at this level. He is versatile and can be effective on the lead or can stalk. MUTAWASEM (IRE) is another three-year-old with a relatively light race record so far but this is another horse who seems to be rapidly improving as he matures and develops. He broke his maiden last time out and while this is a tough ask for a first start against winners, he seems like he could still turn out to be any kind and may be an interesting horse at a generous price. KAIGUN has an impressive resume and is a multiple graded stakes winner with over $1.4 million in earnings. Earlier in his career, he kept company with some of the best turf horses in North America and though he has descended the ranks a bit since those days, he still has quite a bit of back class to consider.
- DIABLO’S DARLING 2. SWEET MADEA 3. EIGHTH COMMANDMENT
DIABLO’S DARLING took on male rivals last time out and while she was a well-beaten fourth, she may have been compromised by the race getting rained off of the lawn. Back on the turf, she could offer some value here and his been a really solid competitor on this course. Despite a strong record, she tends to get overlooked at the windows and could surprise at a generous price. SWEET MADEA is switching back to the turf here and could be an interesting horse. She has a consistent, competitive recent record on the main track but has been effective on the lawn as well. In her recent starts, she has been sharp on the front end and that speed should translate well here. EIGHTH COMMANDMENT was claimed out of a strong performance last time out and while she did ultimately get DQ-ed from that victory, she warrants a look here. That race did come off of the turf and she will have to prove she can get over this particular course effectively but she does have some back class and should fit well here.
- JEB 2. MISS WILBY 3. DR. RUTHLESS
JEB has put together a really solid career both locally and at Finger Lakes and seems to continue to improve as she gets older. She added another stakes win to her resume last time out and defeated a similar field to what she faces here. She is very good right now and should be the one to catch. MISS WILBY has the most accomplished resume of this field and this state bred was able to hold her own against open black type company at various points during her career. She does seem to have lost a step as she has gotten older but physically has never looked better than she has this season. If that great condition can translate to the racetrack, she is more than capable. DR. RUTHLESS comes out of the same last race as Jeb and she ran a pretty good race despite a very unlucky trip – she stumbled at the start and found herself in traffic. The Disco Rico offspring are capable on any surface, at any distance and are even coveted as sport horses for second careers.
- EMILIANA’S HOPE 2. HALLUCINATION 3. SPUN FROM GOLD
EMILIANA’S HOPE has not been the most consistent filly but she has proven herself over this turf course and that gives her a slight advantage. She was much the best locally two starts back and while her next start was average, she caught a tough group at Monmouth and should find this field more within her scope.
HALLUCINATION has done everything right in both local starts and has run well to finish second behind two quality fillies. She seems to handle this turf course well and looks like a horse who has hit her best stride and is heading towards a breakthrough race. SPUN FROM GOLD is an interesting filly switching back to the turf after mostly average form at Mountaineer and Charles Town. She has turf influence up and down her pedigree and did finish second on the lawn awhile back. She has the pedigree to move up and could have upset potential.
- STORMY CHANGE 2. HOLIDAY INK 3. JIMA’S GOLD
STORMY CHANGE is a filly here with some back class and has done little wrong from nine career starts. She has been on the board in six of them and that sort of consistency makes her difficult to overlook. Her best efforts come on the lead so expect her to be a factor early.
HOLIDAY INK is getting some class relief and may be a lot of horse at this reduced level. Though her form has tailed off a bit, she has been keeping tough company in allowance races at Mountaineer and dropping in for a tag she looks formidable for live connections.
JIMA’S GOLD is trying winners for the first time and with only a handful of starts, her inexperience makes her appealing. She looks to have defeated a legitimate field last time out and was flattered when the third place finisher came back to win.
- DAVES TEXAS LADY 2. JOURNEYONTHEMOVE 3. BRILLIANT KITTEN
DAVE’S TEXAS LADY seems to have speed to spare and has the strongest recent form of this field – she is coming into this race off of back to back wins and should fit well at this level. Her speed should work to her advantage and she is the one to beat right out of the gate.
JOURNEYONTHEMOVE is switching back to the turf after maintaining solid synthetic form. Though she has been primarily successful on synthetics, she has won on the turf and if her speed translates she could pose a gate to wire threat. BRILLIANT KITTEN has not been the most consistent but she did have a good runner up finish (prior to getting DQ-ed) locally several starts back. She got over this course well and could offer some value.
- SADLER BAY 2. JUST STEVE 3. EGOLYAN SON
SADLER BAY broke his maiden against tougher several starts back and since then has had two starts against winners. The first one was average but he was able to show significant improvement when he stepped down a notch to this level. He fits well here and his fourth place effort over the local turf earlier in the summer was good enough to warrant some consideration. JUST STEVE has not been the most consistent but turned in an encouraging effort last time out. With several contenders trying the local turf for the first time, his experience over it may give him an advantage. EGOLYAN SON looks like a logical contender here and has an experience edge on this turf course – all three starts have been competitive and he has been catching some tough fields. He is proven at this distance and at this level.
- RUNS FOR LUCK 2. TWIN ENGINE 3. MINI COSMO
RUNS FOR LUCK is a classy veteran with 9 career victories and over $400k in earnings. This gelding has gone winless from nine starts this year but his form has been solid and he has been routinely facing significantly tougher than what he is up against here. He is getting a little bit of class relief and should be a top contender. TWIN ENGINE has been holding his own at this level and has been catching some in form rivals. Despite his consistency, he tends to get overlooked at the windows and may offer some value. He was lightly campaigned in 2017 but won two of his three starts and while he is looking for his first win this year, he seems to be knocking on the door. MINI COSMO is switching back to the main track after a couple of average efforts on turf. He has been equally productive on both dirt and turf and should fit well here for live connections.
- TIZ WICKED 2. OASHAAR 3. THE ZIP ZIP MAN
TIZ WICKED has rounded into form in a big way. After getting a freshening, he came back to the races in May and has had two wins and two seconds since then. He showed in June that he can be effective on this particular turf course and turned in a solid effort to finish second. Most recently, he notched a win as the favorite at Mountaineer and that effort has since been flattered when the runner-up wheeled back to win. He is tough to look past here. OASHAAR was bred to be a world class sort of horse– he is out of the brilliant G1 winner Habibti and is a half sibling to millionaire and Breeders’ Cup winner Eldaafer. After two decent efforts early in his career in 2016, he went to the sidelines and was sold through Keeneland for $6500. He has returned to action in good order and has shown that he can be effective and competitive on turf, dirt or synthetics. He is a fascinating horse trying the local turf for the first time. THE ZIP ZIP MAN is making his first start off of the claim here and this classy five year old has been a popular horse at the box. He turned in a really encouraging step forward last time out and looks like he is moving towards a breakthrough performance after a dull start to the year.
- REPITITIOUS 2. HIGH SIDE 3. MIDNIGHT DANCE
REPITITIOUS has been a force to be reckoned with on this turf course all summer and has two wins from three tries. There was no shame in his defeat last time out where he faded to fourth after getting collared early and he should have an easier time on the front end here. No questions about whether he likes this turf course and he figures to be a logical front running contender. HIGH SIDE is a true triple threat sort of horse – he can be competitive on turf, dirt or synthetics. He has been the model of consistency all year and really has yet to run a bad race this season. He does seem to be stuck with a minor case of “second-itis” after four consecutive runner up efforts but only needs modest improvement to be in contention. MIDNIGHT DANCE will try to rebound after a poor performance last time out and is better than that race may indicate. His local form has been sharp and his speed has translated well to this turf course. He will likely have some company out front but he should be able to ensure an honest pace.
- RECALIBRATING 2. BAR NONE 2. 3. CAONAVO
RECALIBRATING looks like the one to beat here. He comes out for live connections, is proven around two turns and is coming into this race with solid form. He had a sharp win last time out at Parx and should get an ideal pace scenario here. BAR NONE is a quality horse with some pedigree and back class and comes into this race with some very solid New York form. He has been no worse than fourth in nine starts this year and has been holding his own against respectable fields. This barn has been live on these boutique weekends and he figures to be a logical contender. CAONAVO looks like a case of a horse who has hit his best stride and has rounded into very sharp form. He has two front running victories in a row and has been able to make a significant step forward off of inconsistent and average form. If he shakes loose early, he could be a front running threat. The distance is a question mark but he looks like he has a solid foundation for the stretch out.
- DIAMOND PLAY 2. CLEO 3. PRIDE OF WILKO
DIAMOND PLAY is making her first start since being claimed out of a winning effort at Monmouth and she has been freshened since that victory. This turf course will be a question mark for her but she has some back class and ran very well in both other turf starts this year including one against stakes company. This barn is live – 24% – first off of the claim and while she is stepping back up, this field is within her scope. CLEO has an advantage over several rivals in that she has a good race on this course under her belt already. She sprinted last time out and is stretching out today to a distance that she actually seems better suited at – she is more of a two turn sort of horse and looked like she just ran out of real estate last time. She looks like a top contender here and has a lot of upside. PRIDE OF WILKO is another contender with a solid record on this particular turf course. She has been lightly campaigned this year and seems to be in solid, consistent form for live connections. She has useful tactical speed and should fit well here.
- CONQUEST VALKYRIE 2. AGELESS TALES 3. PIKES PEAK OR BUST
CONQUEST VALKYRIE has some upside here as one of the least experienced maidens in the group and she still looks like a horse who has some room to improve. She has had some gaps in her past performances since her debut several years ago but she has shown some ability, has some back class and at this level should be effective. While her last two races did come off the turf, they were still encouraging steps in the right direction. AGELESS TALES is tough to key on top at this point as a 25 start maiden but she has run well enough in all four local starts to warrant consideration at least in the exotics. Her most recent two starts on the turf at Monmouth were actually pretty sharp and she could be heading towards a breakthrough victory. PIKES PEAK OR BUST is another relatively lightly raced contender here and is coming out of a competitive runner up effort on the grass at Laurel. A repeat of that sort of performance will put her squarely in contention for the win.
- GRADY 2. TROPICAL JOY 3. DESERT WONDER
GRADY has been a productive player in the state bred ranks and against open company for years. He is in sharp form right now and will be trying to earn his 10th local victory and 14th win of his career. He is strictly the one to beat here. TROPICAL JOY looks like she is continuing to improve as she matures and develops. Her dam was a nice local runner and while she has been winless this year she has been very consistent. DESERT WONDER turned in a game effort to win last time out and continues to improve. He seems to have hit his best stride and will try for two in a row.