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:
Monday, September 1
Jessica Paquette
Race # 1

MOON SCAMPER will try to make it two in a row after a sharp effort from off of the pace last time out to earn her second career victory. For the most part, her form has been very respectable this season and she seems to have matured into a consistent and competitive horse. Off of her last race, she should be tough. JANNYS GIRL has hit her best stride locally and ran a good race to finish third last time out. She had two consecutive victories prior to that and at this point she looks like a filly who is in solid form and could potentially continue to roll through her conditions. SPREAD THE GOSSIP has improved with each local start and ran well to finish second last time out. She seems like she is heading in the right direction and could offer some value here.

Race # 2

DESERT MOTEL will try to make it two in a row after he delivered to break his maiden in his twelfth career start last time out. Prior to that winning effort, he had been in solid, respectable form against comparable rivals on the main track and he should fit well here. JACE could be an interesting longshot here. While he was fourth last time out, he was making up ground well at the end and he comes out for a barn that has been live this season. He had a good runner up effort at big odds two back and has been holding his own against in form company at this level since his upset maiden win early in the season. QUIET HEAT will make his second local start and while he was well beaten in that debut effort, he could move forward in his second start over the surface. He broke his maiden at first asking in May over synthetics and with only five starts, his inexperience is appealing.

Race # 3

STORMIN MARGARET will get a slight break in class here after a competitive runner-up finish to the locally undefeated Mrs Bean last time out. She caught a track that was playing kindly to speed and while she was second, it was a competitive effort. Her local form is too consistent to overlook and she has developed into the reliable sort of racehorse that runs her race nearly every time. She has been catching really tough fields and should find this group within her scope. GO ANNA GO is cutting back to a sprint after an average effort against a tough field going two turns last time out. While she is capable going long, she is better sprinting and prior to that race she did have an impressive three consecutive wins. She could offer some value here and appears to have rounded into sharp form. ARBELLE delivered in a game performance last time out over a quality field and while this is a slightly tougher group, this veteran mare has some back class and has been keeping good company this season. She is effective on or off the pace and could get overlooked here and offer some value.

Race # 4

MASTER OF ALL will get a big break in class and switch back to the main track after a poor performance on the turf. Though he has not been consistent, he has shown ability on both the turf and the main track and at this reduced level is likely too much horse. He has run well in two of his last three starts and if he can rebound off of that last race he should be tough here. GOODBYEGUINESSBOK has not shown much from six lifetime starts but is a half brother to several very nice local horses and could improve here. He did not have the best trip last time out and does have some room to improve. BLACK ROD also has not shown much from six starts but has had several weeks since his last race and coming in fresh may give him an advantage. He comes out for a barn that has been doing well this season and could have longshot potential.

Race # 5

CLASSIC SPEED was a competitive second as the favorite last time out and while he has been the beaten favorite in his last two starts, both efforts have been competitive and he seems to have returned to form at this reduced level. This classy veteran is a ten time local winner and for several seasons was one of the better horses on the grounds. He should be a top contender here and seems to be heading in the right direction. FANEUIL WILDCAT ran a good race to finish third last time out and could offer some value here. His last two races have been solid efforts and while he is not the most consistent, he does have a strong local record and his sharp turn of foot should work to his advantage here. PETERS CREEK has caught some extremely tough fields in his recent starts and in addition has been compromised by some rough trips. The top two finishers last time out have already come back to win and this accomplished veteran, a thirteen time winner, has too much back class to overlook.

Race # 6

CARAMELEN was second as the favorite last time out but turned in a game effort and lost to a well meant rival. He had a good runner-up effort two starts back as well and off of those two good efforts he should be a top threat. He is a three time local winner and should be competitive here. PRIMAL HUMOR was a good third last time out and while he is winless this year, he is very capable of being a big contender and potentially offering some value here. He is a six time local winner with plenty of back class and is coming in fresh with about a month since that last race. TONY BLUE EYES has been third in his last two starts against respectable fields and off of his recent form seems like a logical contender. He has been on the board in half of his eight starts and seems to be rounding into potentially winning form. He has been effective on or off the pace and should be a contender.

Race # 7

LUSESITA has been in competitive, consistent form and was third against a quality field last time out. This veteran mare appears to have rounded into form and while she would benefit from a sharp pace, she is a versatile seven time local winner and could offer some value here. IDONTKNOGOASKANNI will try to make it two in a row and delivered sharply last time out. Despite what has been a very respectable season so far, she tends to get overlooked at the windows and could potentially fly under the radar again. She has been holding her own against quality fields and off of her strong recent form is a top contender. CINDYRELLA turned in a game effort to finish second against a similar field last time out and has been on the board in five of her eight starts this year against similar rivals. She has a sharp turn of foot and this classy veteran mare is a fourteen time winner, eight of which have come locally.

Race # 8

SUNNY FOREST has had over a month off since a good runner-up effort as the favorite against a competitive field. It is very difficult to find fault with her very strong local record and she has been on the board in eight of her nine local starts against top company. She is tactical and versatile and while likely a short price, she seems like a legitimate favorite in this spot. NAVY NURSE will make her first start of the year and first start since last October. This talented mare, a state-bred stakes winner, has also been very competitive against open company and if she is sharp enough off of the bench she should be able to hold her own here. Her worktab has been encouraging and off of several quick morning workouts, she appears to be poised for a strong return performance. VINCE’S VALENTINA ran well over an off track last time out to finish behind a well-meant winner. Both of her local starts have come over wet tracks so she will have to prove she can be as effective locally on a fast track but did break her maiden over a fast surface at Delaware last year. She returned this year off of a layoff and seems like she has rounded into sharp form for live connections.

Race # 9

GEE WHIZ turned in a competitive performance last time out to finish third and off of that effort she could offer some value and be a contender here. She is lightly raced and with her relative inexperience, she seems like a filly who could still be improving. Her maiden win was sharp and her speed should be effective. MAGLEV has had two good efforts in a row and she was able to prove last time out that her maiden win two starts back was a legitimate performance. She seemed to improve when she dropped in for $5k and appears to fit well at this level. DOUBLE SHADOW could be an interesting longshot to use in exotics and while she was fifth last time out, she did have four competitive efforts against similar in her prior starts. She is tough to key on top as she is 1 for 65, but could hit the board and offer some value here.