Thistledown 10/7

Ramblings rather than selections . . .

Race 1 – Paceless race with more questions than answers – #3 WIRED WARRIOR has trouble getting to the races but shows sparks of potential. #2 FALSELY ALARMED has three wins in Cleveland and is most the likely to last this distance. #1 ACE RICH has actually run the fastest of these despite his dismal record especially at six furlongs; Houghton should have him involved early. (Scratch #1 ACE RICH) 2*-7-4-6 ($5.20)

Race 2 – #1 TROPICAL DEPUTY was squeezed back last time; probably the fastest of the bunch. #7 SUN MAGIC finished with a flourish after getting away slowly in Thistledown debut; expect him to improve today. 7*-6-1*-8 ($8.60)

Race 3 – #1 FLOWER DEAN should be tough to catch from the rail; troubled trip 02Sep. #2 ONCE MORE FOR LOVE does her best work on dirt; plenty fast if fit. #5 ROWLANDS BIG SMILE is the one to beat. 6-1*-4-2* ($68.20)

Race 4 – #1 AWESOME PRIZES returns to two turns for a hot barn. #3 MAGNA ACCOUNT has been tough when running with claimers here. Team Loooch import #2 EL ALMINANTE takes a steep class drop; needs to prove his worth on grass. 4-5-7-2* ($13.40)

Race 5 – #7 NEW YORK GEM bested several of these coming off the bench 05Sep. The return to dirt might wake up #3 SEMILLON. #4 SHADES OF LIGHT has lost the least; perhaps built some stamina on the Beltarra green. 8-7*-4*-3* ($14.00)

Race 6 – #6 STAR MABEE  battled through trouble last time before catching the chalk. #4 OHIO GOLD stretched out willing 21Sep; completes chalky exacta. 4*-6*-7-5 ($3.40)

Race 7 – #7 MO DONT NO who is as tough as they come locally will get no breather today; probably “speed of the speed.” #2 TEPU WAR exits $5k claiming company for a new barn off a quick six furlong win; has a shot if not engaged with the early speed. $2.20 winner 7*-6-8-5

Race 8 -#7 DESERT DARLIN has never been worse than second while serving time in n2L jail; seems like her turn to graduate. Pace setter #8 CALL ME CLEVER does her best running at today’s distance. 6-7*-8*-10 ($15.80)

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