Thistledown 8/12

Race 1: Speed has served #5 SKIP ROYALE well since being stretched out. William Cowans, shipping to CLE selectively, sends #2 CRISPYONTHEOUTSIDE back north; appears to be a horse on the rise. 3-2*-5*-4 ($42.80)

Race 2: #3 STRAITOUTTATHEFUNK returns to a reasonable level to rattle cages early; must be caught. #4 AVENUEOFPRAYER was flattered yesterday when WEST EIGHTH STREET came home a winner. 1-7-6-8 ($9.80)

Race 3: #7 REPLAY likes this surface; returns to preferred distance. Team Loooch import #3 GETAWAY CAR is very likely here; these connections are about 50% when below even money, not great for this bankroll. 2-3*-8-1 ($23.80)

Race 4: Need the lead types may set the table again for #9 BADBOY BILLY BRAT; now second off the bench. Glenroy Brown (#5, pp4 ZAGURI) struck gold with his last/first Finger Lakes import 31July. scratch BADBOY BILLY BRAT and ZAGURI; 2-1-6-3 ($10.00)

Race 5: HONEY JAY STAKES Ohio-breds 3up six furlongs
#3 HIJO DE SHELTOWEE was not embarrassed by the champ in October; now they are on his home surface chasing at his favorite distance. #2 RIVERS RUN DEEP has won every Ohio-bred race on this page including last year’s addition of this race; likely to collect another trophy today; regular rider not in town. 2*-5-3*-6 ($2.40)

Race 6 – Ohio baby fillies : #12, pp14 EMMY’S CANDY showed some burst until being floated wide in her debut against excellent company.  #1a, pp13 COUNT DE LOOT is stakes tested at this distance as is #10, pp11 G’S SHIP LOAD. None of these were blessed with an optimum post position. 12*-2b-10*-2-1* ($12.20)

Race 7: Streaking “need the lead types” like #2, pp1 DANCING KING get this nickle until they are caught. #1, pp5 LINDA’S LUCK makes the most sense from class and running style angles. 1*-4-3-7 ($7.20)

Race 8: #6 SHE’S A CITY GIRL should be clear early, then hold your breathe. #9 LADY PANTHER is the fastest three-quarter-miler of these on her day; she won’t need another rail trip today and could get a duel to run into. 6*-9*-1-3 ($6.80)


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