Thistledown 7/26

Ramblings . . .

Race 1: TERRIFIC PLAY (#5) looked very comfortable last time, her first try for a tag, while bonding with a new Rex Stokes III. This filly’s ability to stalk will be a plus if today’s track plays similar to Monday’s. 4-5*-6-3 ($6.20)

Race 2: Another recent maiden breaker gets a look here. ONE CLASSIE QUAY (#1A,  pp8) was flattered yesterday when the filly she ran down last time returned to win. Her recent time is competitive with frequent bridesmaid, BROWN EYED LADY (#2, pp1), and new claim PRINCESS MARIE  (#4, pp3). Walter De La Cruz gets his first leg up from Jevon Crumley on HUNTINGTONS GIFT (#7) . . . wide open head scratcher. 2*-1A*-7*-4* ($5.40)

Race 3: RACHELSSILVERCHARM (#4) takes a serious (suspicious?) class drop off a sharp win over open company. UNIQUE INDYGO (#7) is the fastest of these late. 5-4*-7*-3 ($4.60)

Race 4: EL OF A CAT (#7) returns to her favorite distance. PEKINESEA (#5) is the one to catch. Both have been keeping good company. 1-7*-2-5* ($12.20)

Race 5: Clearly the fastest, BLANCONIA (4), looks to finish the job today after trailing buzz saws in her last couple races. MIZZ QUOTED (#8) is the loan stalker. 4*1-8*-2 ($4.00)

Race 6: RISIBLE (#9) rejoins Ohio company on dirt. CANT BUY COOL (#7) is back to one turn. Shane Meyers has solid stats with first time starters (KATHAR #5). 7*-10-6-9 ($6.80)

Race 7: AWESOME RELIC (#9) has been competitive against better in Tampa; that form transfers well to Cleveland. ALYCAR FLASH (#1, pp3) gets the early inside jump at his best distance. 1*-1A-5-8 ($4.80)

Race 8: “Horse for course / best distance” types, BOOGIE TOO (#1A, pp6) and PROPER TOUCH (#4) seem to have a slight edge over a well matched bunch. In rare pairings, TD Houghton is 10-4-2-0 in his well spaced trips for Nabu Morales while Hector Rosario teams with Robert Gorham for the first time. 9-2-1A*-1 ($26.40)


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