Thistledown 9/9

Race 1: Anticipated duel for the lead gives hard trying #7 PEKINESA another late shot at the money today. #2 ISTRUE remains a threat to out last the other speed with Walter De La Cruz in the irons. 2*/4/3/8 ($5.60)

Race 2: #5 INCLINED TO DANCE was competitive in a nice field last time; trip merited stable mail reminder; if he does well here check out WILKO FREEWAY in the next race. 3/5*/1/1a/2 ($12.60)

Race 3: #1 FRONTLINER redesigned his approach last time; aggressive Luis Quinones rides back; stalker #1a WILKO FREEWAY completes the well spotted Gary Johnson team. 1*/7/5/3 ($4.60)

Race 4: #6, pp7 MR. PERFECT drops and pops today. 1a/7/2/5 ($11.60)

Race 5: The Laurel shipper #1a, pp7 LITTLE TRICKS is interesting; has taken money against better; Charlie Williams is 1/2 with Maryland imports. Less risky approach: #4 IMPERIAL SLIPPERS probably outlasts the locals; second route. Scratch #1a LITTLE TRICKS and #4 IMPERIAL SLIPPERS; 2/5/1/8 ($8.40)

Race 6: Tough to figure out group of reluctant winners. Everything points to #7 FIFTY SHADES except his dismal win rate. Both halves of the entry are relatively lightly raced and have posted wins in August; when you don’t have a clue – bet two? 2/6/5/7* ($5.80)

Race 7: #6 SEA THIEF has knocked the rust so he is a viable closing option versus lots of early runners; he likes this surface. 3yo son of Drosselmeyer #3 SORCERER’S PRINCE has done little wrong since breaking his maiden; stamina will be tested. 6*/3*/7/1a ($19.00)

Race 8: #1 SHE’S JIGGY drops dramatically off the best 5.5f clocking locally of this bunch; dodging these connections cost me in the opener on Wednesday. #9 SHOW RIVER is solid at this distance if you can ignore that last trip. Many viable options in this one. 6/10/3/2 ($6.80)

I’d appreciate your thoughts . . . @shouttheodds

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