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:
Saturday, September 27
Handicapper:
Jessica Paquette
Race # 1
1. LINDYHOP 2. MISS PASCO COUNTY 3. ARBELLE

LINDYHOP is getting a slight break in class here and like she proved two starts back, at this level she may be just a little bit too much horse. She did catch a very tough, very in form field last time out and should be able to improve and move forward for a high percentage barn.nMISS PASCO COUNTY was very game to earn her eighth local victory last time out and has been in solid form all season. She won against a quality allowance field last time out and her speed should be effective here as well. It is difficult to argue with her very strong form – four wins from nine starts and on the board in the other five – as she is too consistent to overlook. ARBELLE ran really well to finish third at a huge price and this veteran mare, a five-time local winner, could offer some value and surprise here. She has not been the most consistent horse but has had several strong efforts this season and was able to prove last time out that she can hold her own at this tough open $5k condition.

Race # 2
1. ROYAL SILK 2. JO JO 3. DO BE BRIEF

ROYAL SILK is getting a big break in class here and should be tough considering he has been holding his own against much tougher. He has finished behind some really talented rivals in his recent starts and may be a little too much horse at this reduced level. JO JO is one of the more consistent horses here and has been on the board in his last three starts since dropping to this level. Overall his form has been solid all year and he does have some pedigree and back class. He is a half brother to stakes horse Setsuko and seems like a logical contender. DO BE BRIEF is dropping back in for a tag and back against maiden company after a sixth place finish in the John Kirby Stakes. His best performance from only three starts came against similar competition and he should fit well here. That effort two back was encouraging and he comes out for a live barn.

Race # 3
1. LUCKY SOCIANO 2. MR KARL BURGESS 3. LORD VITO

New England stallion Sociano is well represented in this race with several promising first-time starters. Sociano passed away recently and has left a strong mark on the New England breeding program. LUCKY SOCIANO is a full sister to New England champion Sociano’s Legacy who won this race as a juvenile. The Sociano offspring have proven to be precocious and talented and this one has a steady, encouraging worktab. MR KARL BURGESS has a run-early sort of pedigree and is out of the mare Truly Divine who won two races locally in 2009 and 2010. Though her comeback form when she returned to the races in 2013 was average, she did well overall locally and Dr. Rockett has proven to be a quality sire – he is a half brother to the very popular Evening Attire. LORD VITO is another first time starter for trainer George Brown and is also by Sociano. This gelding has been training steadily for his debut and is worth a look in the paddock.

Race # 4
1. MALIBU ICE 2. JANNYS GIRL 3. LIL BELLA

MALIBU ICE will drop back in for a tag after a competitive third place finish against state-bred stakes company. Though not the most consistent, she has been in solid form this year and has been on the board in seven of her nine starts. She fits well here and has proven to be very effective around two turns, particularly at this level. JANNYS GIRL will try to make a step forward and has caught some tough rivals in her recent starts. She had back to back wins early in the season and while she does need to improve off of her recent form, she should be able to hold her own here and does handle the distance well. LIL’BELLA ran well last time out to finish second and a repeat performance would make her a contender here. She has run well in two of her three local starts this year and could offer some value after a good runner-up effort last time out.

Race # 5
1. BLS LIGHT 2. JETTA N ROSES 3. GINGER

BL’S LIGHT is a logical contender here and has been on the board in her last three starts against comparable fields. Though she was third as the favorite last time out, she lost to an in-form winner and her tactical speed should be effective here. She comes out for live connections and fits with this field. JETTA N ROSES could offer some value here. She was third last time out behind a quality winner and had run well enough in most of her recent local starts this season to be a big contender here. She does have some tactical speed but has proven she can rate as well and that versatility makes her appealing with several front-runners here. GINGER is trying to make it two in a row and at this level this filly seems like a logical contender. She went gate to wire last time out after a pair of runner-up efforts and may be a top threat on or near the front end.

Race # 6
1. BLUES SINGER 2. SHELLYS CIDER 3. TOUCH OF REVENGE

BLUES SINGER went gate to wire in her only start this year and this classy veteran mare has proven she can fire off the bench. Last year, she won four of her six outings and her sole effort this year was sharp and encouraging. With her back class, she should be a top threat on or near the front end. SHELLY’S CIDER has one of the stronger records of this field and seems like a logical top contender after a runner-up finish last time out. She has been in solid, consistent form all season and has been holding her own against open company and state-bred stakes competition. She has effective tactical speed and may be a gate to wire threat. TOUCH OF REVENGE ran well on Monday and while she has gone winless from ten starts this year, her form has been solid and competitive and she should fit with this field. She has been third in her last two starts and should have some pace to run at here.

Race # 7
1. KHAN OF KHANS 2. EVERYDAY DAVE 3. LIBERTY ST. OUTLAW

KHAN OF KHANS seems to have rounded into very sharp form and this front-running gelding should be a top threat on the lead. He earned his second win of the year last time out over a quality field and has been keeping good company all season. He may have some pressure out front but is quick enough to control the pace. EVERYDAY DAVE ran a good race last time out and while he did wind up third as part of a favored entry, it was a competitive effort and he should be able to improve. He has proven that he gets over this turf course very well and his tactical speed should be effective. QLIBERTY ST. OUTLAW came up a bit flat last time out but this gelding has had a very strong season and should get plenty of pace to run at here. He has been routinely holding his own against quality fields and he seems to run his race nearly every time. Tough to leave out of exotics.

Race # 8
MR ROESSINK 2. OLYMPIST 3. RUSH NOW

MR ROESSINK is in for a tag after a sharp win against allowance company last time out. A four time local winner, he has developed into a very competitive, solid older horse and his tactical speed should work to his advantage here. He comes out for the leading barn and seems like a logical contender to make it two in a row. OLYMPIST is the reigning Horse of the Year and while he has struggle to return to championship form, he could surprise and be a contender here. He is coming in fresh with about six weeks since his last effort and while he does need to make a step forward, he is a four time local winner. RUSH NOW disappointed as the favorite but his back class alone makes him tough to ignore. He is a former stakes horse and with the exception of that last race, his local form has been solid.