Thistledown 8/16

passing thoughts . . .

Race 1: #1 BOOGIE TOO has been as consistent as any of these; slight class drop; plenty of pace to chase if he is willing to press. This is a well matched bunch; lots of possibilities. 1*-6-5-2 ($6.20)

Race 2: #2 CHAMPIONS GATE has been facing better. 2*-1-3-5 ($6.00)

Race 3: (Distance series: weight for price conditions) #2 PALTARREVNGE will be smiling if the track comes up dry; apprentice Addiel Ayala returns from Erie to take advantage of the conditions. #1 SR. QUISQUEYANO controls the pace again; adds weight and a quarter-mile. 1*-2*-5-3 ($4.80)

Race 4: #7 WORD RACER ran and won up a condition last time; looks to repeat at best distance. #4 PROUST is the class but seems to want a few extra yards. 4*-7*-2-6 ($6.20)

Race 5: #8, pp9 WEST LEONARD cantered with his stablemate last time. #2, pp1 MIDNIGHT MICKEY visited Cleveland for a work over this dirt before solid connections decided to debut here; Ronald Allen, Jr. is in from Erie to ride; tough post for first-time starter. 6-8*-3-2* ($5.80)

2YO (OH) Debut winner PLAY BALL by Alcindor

Race 6: The return to his winning distance might aid #3 RATTLESDEN who looked much the best last time until the final yards; running style fits here. 3*-4-2-1a ($3.60)

Race 7: #2 SICCAR went so easily last time that a reversal would surprise and disappoint. #1 TEN CENT HAT is always a late threat. 2*-6-5-1* ($3.80)

Race 8: #2 DAYJUR HOOQ suffers from “seconditis” but exits his last with an excuse after checking on the turn. TD Houghton hangs around to ride the Evangeline import, #4 BERNI DE MINT, oops . . . #8 CONTINENTAL CLUB for Guy Tauzin; TD is usually a money rider in the daily finale; both of their winning percentages jump up dramatically when they join forces. 6-9-10-8*(DQ)-2*  ($61.40)


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