Thistledown 8/26

Race 1: None of these instills much confidence.  Expect a strong first half followed by a bunch of rubber legged creatures crying for the wire. “Second best last time” earns #7 SHOO FLY a tepid nod that won’t be backed at the window. Imports to the Rini/Yagour barn from Monmouth bear watching in both ends of today’s daily double; #6 MO TRAMP is taking a class tumble. 6*/2/7*/5 ($3.80)

Race 2: #7 ELEVEN CENT FAINOR finished well when he found his best stride late in his debut sprint last time; gets his act together today? Imports to the Rini/Yagour barn from Monmouth bear watching in both ends of today’s daily double; #1a NOBLE DAVE has the grinding style that fits this surface. 7*/1/4/8 ($10.60)

Race 3: #3 OURAY comes in off a pair of local routes that might position him to upset #6 HANSENATION and a well matched field. 6*/3*/7/5 ($3.80)

Race 4: The new boys in town give this the distinct odor of a two horse race. #4 MALIBU WEST over #6 GETAWAY CAR for me. 4*/6*/1/8 ($4.00)

Race 5: It’s possible that #6, pp7 ANGEL’S KNIGHT has fresh batteries and will be ready to roll at this level. New connections rush #2, pp1 PROUST back at his preferred distance while assigning an aggressive rider. 1A/7/5/6* ($3.20)

Race 6: #2, pp1 TOP OF THE WORLD likes the surface and distance; early speed might be welcomed by patient Walter De La Cruz. Only Richardo Feliciano knows for sure how good #5, pp6 HARDLY A SECRECT is; the rest of us find out this afternoon. 5*/3/1a/2* ($5.20)

Race 7: GOVERNOR’S BUCKEYE CUP $75,000 Ohio-breds 1 1/4 miles
The champ #1 MO DONT NO repeats. 1*/7/2/4 ($2.80)

Race 8: #1 TRUE ALL ALONG is the freshest of this veteran bunch. 1*/7/2/4 ($2.80)

I’d appreciate your thoughts . . . @shouttheodds

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