Ramblings aren’t always wagers.
ALERT: Rising temperatures could create a quirky, thawing race track if the sun breaks out this afternoon in Austitown, Ohio.
Race 1 – #2 GDANSK overpowered several of these 06Jan to be clearly much “the best of the rest” when run down late; cutback helps; Team Pappada has been sending out runners. Rodney Faulkner’s pair adds some back class to the mix; #1A (PP8) GULPORT WEEKEND rallied along the rail last time. #6 GENEVA LAKE gets a major jock switch – 1*-2*-6*-7 ($22.20)
Race 2 – #1A (POE, PP8) TICO THUNDER was all business when set down late last time to nip LUKEYONTHELOOSE who returned to dust several of theses 11Jan. #8 (PP9) SKIP ROYALE should improve second off a layoff for Robert Gorham – 1A*-8*-3-2 ($9.00)
Race 3 – Forgive #6 (PP7) LA NINA BRONCA for a tough loss to solid open milers last time; meets Ohio company today. Slick going this afternoon would give #3 LAVA ROCKS a chance to skip home on the lead. #1 (POE, PP1) RIVER CITY GIRL took down tough CHAIN YANKER in December – scratch #1; 1A runs; 4-6*-1A-2 ($9.80)
Race 4 – #8 PETER’S CREEK wove through traffic on a tough day to make up ground behind #7 DON’T WASTE MY TIME gets in here on a technicality having been DQ’d in October; abundance of speed will be a challenge. Another old timer #5 TACKY ANGEL switches to Dean Sarvis – 5*-7*-8*-3 ($4.40)
Race 5 – #1 (POE, PP8) LITTLE MISS MORGAN needed last; well posted; entrymate doubles chances in WIDE OPEN race. #2 (PP1) HILL’S OF GOLD returns to realistic level; must go early from tough post position. #4 (PP3) OUR EYE CANDY off show effort behind good company; lasting is an issue for this lady – 4*-2*-5-1* ($7.40)
Race 6 – Repeating is tough but #10 LIME DROP KID appears the purest router in this line-up; an under achiever for his breeding MVR could be his sweet spot. Suspiciously lightly raced and laid up since joining Elliot Sullivan’s barn #8 PARKTOWN is lots of horse when right; shows numerous evenly spaced local work outs. Back from a freshening #2 EL CHIVO VIEJO fits with these; on the rise Joe Poole is clicking at 31% in 2016 – 2*-1-4-3 ($24.20)
Race 7 – Head to head match-ups favor #6 SEATTLE PRINCE off a lackluster effort in a bulky field on a freaky surface 05Jan; Samuel Bermudez takes the reigns. It must be comeback day in the Sullivan barn #4 ALTERNATIVE returns after an abbreviated 2015 campaign; best distance – 2-6*-4*-5 ($9.80)
Race 8 – The finale at MVR is typically an adventure. Past performance logic isn’t always the solution to nailing the winner; today several top barns face off with interesting sprinters: #6 PRINCE HARLAN might eat up the added distance; Inerio/Leon 50% winners. #8 LORD OF LIGHT gets fits jump; sharp since discovering this surface; Dominic Giglio Jr. has won with 4 of his last 9 runners. #11 PEACH SCHNAPPS was still running late 29Dec; can get more ground. #9 IM MR RIGHT running style fits this distance. Paddock decision – 8*-5-3-6* ($7.60)