Race 1 – #5 MARYLOVESTETON may have an opportunity here, his second trip over the strip. #2 HE’S ETAIN ran several of these off their feet with an unusual (at MVRC) rail trip and runs under different colors today – fourth, duelled early and was fried; HE’S ETAIN won and was claimed back by Shane Spiess
Race 2 – #1 WATCHIN THE BABES gets a pass for a recent clunker in the mud as she returns to a preferred distance on good footing looking to close the deal for a change – fourth, flat
Race 3 – #5 MY CHERRY PIE looks to be very carefully sent to this spot shipping from Turfway Park with her personal jockey while taking a slight dip in class. The connections have me scratching my head. Flipping a coin between her and sharp local runner #2 PETUNIA BE CAREFUL with Edgar Paucar who knows his way around this peculiar oval – played #5 an even third, #2 was a winner $3.40
Race 4 – On paper #2 (PP 1) IT’S SURREAL seems to jog by this group. However, Tina Ramgeet might throw a wild card into the mix with #1A (POE – PP 7) DISTINCTIVE PIC – scratch a Florida shipper with no publicized local works. This horse won against $6,250 claimers at Gulfstream as the favorite in July before going sour and passing through several barns since. I’ll be watching the toteboard and the paddock early if DP doesn’t scratch -second nosed at the wire by determined 14/1 shot up the rail under Juan Ocasio
Race 5 – #4 READY TO TAUNT is an interesting re-claim by Jeff Radosevich for Laurie Moore. They lost the More Than Ready gelding for $3,500 then paid $5,000 to buy him back the next time he ran. If today’s track plays like yesterday’s the investment might pay off. We’ll need a generous price here. Several of these have out run this gelding in the past – sixth
Race 6 – Trainer Kenneth Miller scored yesterday with nine year old reclaimation project LAUNDRY MAN CAN. Today he walks over a four year old daughter of Artie Schiller #7 ARTEELICIOUS who was last seen running on the weeds at Ellis Park in August. She spent the summer chasing better after breaking her maiden at first asking at Mountaineer a year ago. She should compete with this bunch if fit – eighth
Race 7 – I have lingering doubts about #7 USBEK THUNDER but tend to stick with back classed shipper who win here at first asking – winner $5.20
Race 8 – #5 SHARP DANCER returns to the claiming ranks to collect the purse in today’s nightcap – seventh, ending a long day; good news – they’ll be running again on Saturday . . .