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 27
Jessica Paquette
Race # 1

VENTURA BAR has been very consistent since dropping to this reduced level and off of his recent form seems like a logical top contender. He was second against a similar field last time out and with his back class and live connections, he should be able to be a factor. He has effective tactical speed and that should work to his advantage. SUPERLOOK caught a very tough field last time out and should be more effective here. He had a game win over a comparable field two starts back and while he is not the most consistent, he is very capable here for a barn that is always capable of surprising. GREAT AZTEC has run well in all three starts since dropping in against similar and delivered as the favorite over a similar field. He has some back class and seems like a legitimate top contender for a live barn.

Race # 2

BUCKS WINK has had two poor efforts in a row and though those have been disappointing, he is better than those races may indicate and could rebound and offer some value here. He is an eight time local winner and when he fires has a very sharp turn of foot. FRANKIE RULES turned in a game effort to win by a neck as the favorite last time out and will try to make it two in a row. His last two races have been encouraging and he seems to have returned to form. This gelding has some back class and is versatile and effective on or off the pace. TRUMPET MAN is getting a break in class after an average fourth place finish against a tough field and should be more competitive here. He had a sharp front running victory against allowance competition several starts back and a return to that sort of effort will make him a big factor out front.

Race # 3

PALLI PALLI will make her second start after an eventful debut. She broke very slowly and then bucked after leaving the gate, spotting the field significant real estate. Despite that, she actually finished very well and if she can be more professional, she may be interesting. She is a half sister to Majestic City, a graded stakes winner who did show ability on synthetics and turf. SCORE CAT has an exceptional turf pedigree and while she has not shown much from eight lifetime starts, she has never tried turf and could move up significantly. She is making her local debut and the surface switch is interesting enough to make her a logical contender. WILD ASPEN FLOWER returned this year off of an extended layoff and her recent turf form has been encouraging. She has had two of her better career starts in her last three races and has proven she can be effective on this course. She could offer some value and with a step forward could be a top contender.

Race # 4

DIVA INDEED ran a dynamite race to finish third last time out and was making up ground well. She is lightly raced and still seems a bit green, so she has plenty of room to move forward and improve. She got blinkers back on last time out after debuting with them then taking them off for her maiden win. JETTA N ROSES has been third in her last two starts and does have one of the best records of this field. For the most part, her form has been competitive and consistent this season and she seems like a logical contender to earn her second victory. PHRYGIAN will cut back to a sprint after an average effort going long. She is better suited to this distance and could move forward and offer some value. She has had two good efforts from five starts this season and could be a contender.

Race # 5

AMAZING DIXIE has been knocking on the door of a breakthrough win and has one of the strongest and most consistent records of this field. She has been on the board in her last six starts against comparable fields and her tactical early speed should work to her advantage here. She has looked great all season and should be a top threat out front. SHELLEYS CIDER will drop back in for a tag after a third place finish against state bred stakes company. She is also cutting back to a sprint here and has been more effective at this distance. She won easily two starts back and may be a top contender on or near the lead. DEVIL GENTLE will make her local debut for live connections and while her last two starts have been average, she is an interesting new shooter and will get a break in class. She has two wins so far this year and figures be a legitimate contender.

Race # 6

TOUCH OF REVENGE will try to improve off of a disappointing effort as the favorite last time out. If that race can be overlooked, she should be able to be a contender here and has an overall competitive local record. She is capable on or off the pace and comes out for a live barn. QUEEN OF HEAT is dropping in for a tag after competing against allowance company locally. While she has gone winless, she has had several encouraging and competitive performances and with the break in class may be tough here. She seems to have some speed and should be a big factor early. SWEET LIL CHEROKEE turned in a decent effort to finish fourth last time out and did catch a very tough, in form field. She has been on the board in half of her starts this year and could offer some value if she can make another step forward.

Race # 7

MYBROTHERJOHNNYA held his own against a competitive allowance field last time out and off of that he should be a logical contender here. He went gate to wire two starts back to earn his second lifetime win and overall his form this year has been strong. He has effective speed and should be a contender on or near the pace. BEAUREAL is stepping up to allowance competition after three competitive efforts since returning off of a lengthy layoff. He has rounded into sharp form and a couple of years ago was a quality allowance horse locally so does have the class to be competitive here. He may be the quickest of the front runners and may also have the ability to rate which could work to his advantage. TRIP SIX has been the model of consistency in his recent starts and this veteran has been third in his last three races. He has been holding his own against quality allowance competition and this veteran, a seven time local winner, could offer some value here.

Race # 8

WHO DAT DOUBLE KAT ran a very good race to finish third and just got caught by a Wesley Ward shipper. There is no doubt this filly handles this turf course very well and she appears to have rounded into solid form since switching to the grass. She has effective speed and will be a top contender on the front end. She was scratched out of her last race after an incident in the gate but should be able to rebound from that here. MAGGIESFREUDDNSLIP showed significant improvement in her second start of the year and turned in an encouraging effort in her local debut to run second. She got over this course very well and off of that competitive front-running performance should be a logical contender on or near the front end. MISS TRICKY ME is still looking for her first win of the year but has been in competitive form and could offer some value here. While she was fourth as the favorite last time out, she did put in a good effort and may move forward off of that.

Race # 9

FREE FLOWING was a game second over an off track last time out and was able to rebound and show significant improvement after a poor effort in his first try against winners two back. His maiden win came against good company and was a sharp performance and he may be too much horse at this reduced level. NELTHERION seems like one of the more consistent horses in this spot and has been running well against winners in most of his starts since breaking his maiden early in the season. He has had several competitive efforts against respectable fields and his tactical early speed may be effective here. TEN POINTER has not shown much locally but he is coming in with over six weeks since his last effort and the brief freshening is appealing. He broke his maiden against decent company at Tampa early in the year and while he has struggled against winners, he has been facing respectable company and may be able to rebound here.