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, September 17
Handicapper:
Jessica Paquette
Race # 1
1. CRUSADER KRIS 2. JO JO 3. TOM THE JUDGE

CRUSADER KRIS will get a big break in class after a fourth place finish behind a very talented winner in his career debut. While he was fourth, it was not a terrible performance and he has plenty of room to move forward in his second start. He has plenty of upside with the drop down for live connections. JO JO seems to be rounding into form and has run well in his last two starts since dropping to this reduced level. He has a strong female family and is a half brother to G1 competitor Setsuko, so there is some back class there as well. He was a good second last time out and may continue to move forward off of that. TOM THE JUDGE was third last time out and was only beaten a length after setting the pace. His speed may be more effective here and he was able to turn in his best effort from eight starts.

Race # 2
1.HEY KID 2. NINES WILD FRANKIE 3. ROYAL SILK

HEY KID was disqualified from his winning performance last time out and will try to avenge that here. Regardless of the outcome, he turned in a very strong performance and should be able to repeat that here. He comes out for a live barn and has run well in all of his starts on dirt. He fits here and should be tough to beat. NINES WILD FRANKIE has run well in both starts so far and while he has been second as the favorite in both, he has been catching good fields and should be a contender here. He seems to be getting better with experience and seems like a talented young horse who is heading in the right direction. ROYAL SILK is one of the more experienced maidens here but he has hit the board three times against respectable competition and could potentially offer some value here. He has some ability and off of a good third place finish last time out should be competitive.

Race # 3
1. BRITISH GLORY 2. MANGROVE POND 3. ON THE THRONE

BRITISH GLORY will make his much anticipated turf debut after a sharp maiden breaking effort last time out. It was his first start since February and he may be even better second start off the bench. Physically, he has really come into his own and he has the pedigree to be a star on the turf. He is the first foal from multiple New England champion British Event and is bred to excel on the lawn. MANGROVE POND is still looking for his first win of the year but has been keeping good company and has had several competitive effort. He does need to move forward off of an average effort in for $4k last time out but early in the season he did have a pair of competitive runner up efforts. ON THE THRONE moves up on this turf course course and that may give him an edge over several horses trying it on for the first time. His last effort was a good step in the right direction and he may offer some value for a live barn.

Race # 4
1. JUSTFORGETABOUTIT 2. GORDIAN KNOT 3. CARAMELEN

JUSTFORGETABOUTIT made a big step forward in his second start of the season and seems to be getting sharper with each start. His local record has been respectable and he has some back class. GORDIAN KNOT has not been the most consistent but his effort last time out was encouraging. He has effective tactical speed and could be tough on or near the front end for a live barn. CARAMELEN is one of the more consistent horses here and seems like a logical contender. He has been second in his last three starts against decent company and should be able to hold his own here.

Race # 5
. AMAZING DIXIE 2. MISS PASCO COUNTY 3. TO IT AND FROM IT

AMAZING DIXIE will step up to allowance company after earning the fourth win of her career last time out and should be a top contender here. This mare is as consistent as they come and has been in solid form all season. She has effective early speed and should be a legitimate gate to wire threat. MISS PASCO COUNTY ran a good race against allowance company last time out and wound up third against a quality field. It is difficult to find fault with her ultra consistent form and she has been running well all season. A seven time local winner, she should be a top threat and is quick enough to ensure Amazing Dixie doesn’t get to coast out front. TO IT AND FROM IT could be a contender here and may potentially offer some value. She has been fourth in her last three starts but could step forward and hit the board here.

Race # 6
1. SYNTHESIZER 2. PETIES BOY 3. SOLDIER MOUNTAIN

SYNTHESIZER was much the best last time out and was able to prove that he can be effective over dirt after racing primarily on the turf. It was a strong performance and he figures to be a logical contender. He returned off of a layoff this season and appears to have rounded into sharp form. PETIES BOY was third as the favorite last time out but did catch a very in form group and was flattered when the winner came back to win again. He has been very consistent against comparable fields locally and should fit well and be competitive here for live connections. He should have some pace to run at and will be a factor from off of the pace. SOLDIER MOUNTAIN was compromised by a rough break last time out and should be able to rebound and be effective here. That was only his first start of the year and he likely needed a race off of the bench. Overall his local record has been very consistent and competitive and he should be able to make a step forward here.

Race # 7
=1. WILDCAT RUBY 2. JETTA N ROSES 3. SWISS SUGAR

WILDCAT RUBY will get a big break in class after a poor performance last time out. She was up against a very tough allowance field and at this reduced level may be too much horse. She does have some talent though and has won two of only three starts. She may be the quickest of the speed here and is a gate to wire threat. JETTA N ROSES seems like a logical contender after a good win last time out. Prior to that, she had been holding her own against respectable company and does have one of the more consistent recent records. She fits well here and should be a top contender. SWISS SUGAR did not have the best trip last time out and may be able to rebound and show some improvement here. She did have a good winning performance two starts back and her prior effort was also competitive. She could offer some value here if she can return to that form.

Race # 8
1. KALLIES KRUISIN 2. SOUPARION 3. IDONTKNOGOASKANNI

KALLIES KRUISIN is stepping up to allowance competition after romping last time out against a respectable field. She has won her last three races impressively and seems to be in very sharp form. It is difficult to argue with her strong local record and she should find this group within her scope. Her best efforts come out front and she should be the one to catch. SOUPARION seems like a logical contender after a runner-up effort against a respectable field on the main track. She has performed well on both turf and dirt and while she is winless from seven local starts, she has been on the board in five of them and should have some speed to run at here. IDONTKNOGOASKANNI is stepping up after a game front-running victory last time out. She has won two in a row against respectable fields and should be able to manage the step up to the allowance ranks here. She is a six time local winner with some back class and appears to have rounded into solid form.

Race # 9
1. TEN POINTER 2. THEPRESIDENTIALLION 3. JACE

TEN POINTER stretched out to two turns for the first time locally last time out and was able to show major improvement. He romped by nearly twenty lengths in a visually impressive performance. His prior form had been mostly average and the added distance seemed to make a big difference. Providing he doesn’t bounce off of that, he could be poised for a repeat effort. THEPRESIDENTALLION should be able to hold his own here and could potentially offer some value. He turned in a game effort to battle back and get second last time out and for the most part his form has been consistent and competitive this season. He has effective tactical speed and should be a contender here. JACE ran well to finish second last time out and could offer some value here. He pulled an upset win early in the season but has had several competitive efforts since then and his ability to rally from off the pace could work to his advantage here.