Saturday at Thistledown

Ramblings are not always wagers.

Race 1 – #6 COWGIRL CAL has been Dominic Giglio’s meal ticket in Cleveland – winner $4.20

Race 2 – #6 COPA DEL RAY has done nothing wrong locally but #1A (PP7) TOUGH AS STEEL may be matching strides late – winner $12.60

Race 3 – The hot Shanyfelt barn sends #2 HIDDEN HEAT who lost a shocker last time – second

Race 4 – #3 ART OFFICIAL returns to his home dirt but classy #8 (PP9) PRIZES INCLUDED and another late runner #1A (PP7) THIRD KNIGHT hold pace advantages – PRIZES INCLUDED $7.40 – ART OFFICIAL fourth – THIRD KNIGHT off the board

Race 5 – This wide open maiden race for $5k claimers makes the late Pic4 very challenging 

Race 6 – #6 JUNIOR BENNY might cash in on the potential speed duel – fourth

Race 7 – If jock Mario Pino can throttle down #3 ALLISEEISGOLD the stretch out might work for a stable that is pushing lots of the right buttons – winner $2.80

Race 8 – Team Gorham usually drops its runners with good intentions. Today it’s #5 WIRED WARRIOR – third

Friday at Thistledown

Ramblings are not always wagers.

Race 1 – Second off a layoff makes #6 VERSAGGI interesting at this tag – fifth

Race 2 – The Churchill experience makes #7 (PP9) BUFFALO GAL the one to beat in this Ohio-bred baby crapshoot – fourth

Race 3 – #1A (PP6) has been running crisp figs; today he returns to n2y competition in a very competitive field – sixth

Race 4 – #2 TRUE MARCO takes a steep drop off a bullet work – sixth

Race 5 – Chalky #2 BEACH SPLASH might relish her return to dirt – second

Race 6 – #9 NICE SHOT isn’t likely but at this distance if the price is right his running style might make him worth a shot in this field filled with early speed – pulled up

Race 7 – Tom Amoss’ Churchill shipper #9 KARLYRAE’SWARRIOR has a class advantage but his affinity for this distance says #7 BISHAMON also belongs on most tickets – Scratch #7; #9 third

Race 8 – #6 BARE WITH ME deserves a peek returning to a realistic level – way back / what a day!

Monday at Thistledown

Ramblings are not always wagers.

Race 1 – The cutback in distance makes #6 (PP5) ZIPCO a serious threat – fourth (dh)

Race 2 – #5 FLASH A SMILE was sharp off the bench in November – winner $4.00

Race 3 – Those competitive efforts in Tampa earn #1 WORTH A BUCK second look – third

Race 4 – #2 DR. ADVO CAT seems to tower over his competition – second

Race 5 – #5 WIND OF BOSPHORUS gets some class relief in his first trip for new connections – scratch

Race 6 – Although away for eight months discarding #8 (PP7) PYRITE BLUE MAGNA could be a mistake. Pyrite Stables does very well with Dr. DW Frazier’s Ohio-breds – winner $4.20

Race 7 – The Ohio-bred #3 CRAFTY KAT could get the trip she needs if #4 JIDDY and a couple of the invaders go too fast too soon – second

Race 8 – #3 DR. COPPER may have finally found a group that he can out run – third

Saturday at Thistledown –

Race 3 – #6 PYRITE MILL looks likely to skip away over this slop – third

Race 4 – Exiting stakes company #1 BLAZING CHARCOAL may have a distinct class advantage – winner $2.20 by a nose at 1-9

Race 5 – #5 I’M CARDINAL might find today’s conditions perfect for a return to 2014 Thistledown form – second

Race 6 – The potential crisp early fractions could put #6 HOLIDAY LUNCH in position for a sweet trip last of eight

Race 7 – Classy #4 BOLD CAT is not a typical Belterra shipper, plus the slop and distance fit his style. He might return a decent price if the Hamm trifecta take money – winner $8.80

Race 8 – The Tom Amoss Churchill shipper must be respected – winner $3.20

Monday at Thistledown

Ramblings are not always wagers.

Race 1 – #8 HOTEL MIKE prefers splashing his speed in Cleveland rather than the other Ohio stops. He drops out of allowance company here – second

Race 2 – The rail gives #1 SEMINOLE VICTORY the slightest of advantages over a well-balanced lineup of “need the lead” types – fourth

Race 3 – #5 KISSIN IN THE DARK seems to be an abbreviated sprint specialist – last of seven

Race 4 – A Santa Anita maiden special weight runner this spring #2 BETH’S BLING trailers over from Erie for her first encounter with Ohio-breds – $2.10 across the board ($19.5k of $24.5k win pool)

Race 5 – #3 NICE GATOR is well spotted. He sports the ability to rate around two turns – second

Race 6 – It appears that #8 DOULBLEBACK DIAMOND is holding her form. She gets some class relief today – scratch

Race 7 – Formerly trained under the eye of Steve Asmussen #2 COTTONWOOD CANYON might repeat off his maiden victory – second

Race 8 – After a year away from the races and four preps at Hazel Park #7 (PP9) ROBYNS AFAIR returns to Thistledown the host of eleven of his twelve lifetime victories – tenth of twelve

Saturday at Thistledown

Ramblings are not always wagers.

Race 1 – #1 GO BOB GO tries claiming company after something went terribly wrong in March – eighth

Race 2 – #7 COPA DEL REY probably needed that last trip – winner $2.80

Race 3 – #6 BEARS SONG switches barns but remains a “horse for course” the most successful of these over the local strip – second

Race 4 – #12 ALL SNUFFED UP has been facing better – winner $6.00

Race 5 – #4 BARRYMORE should like the return to dirt with plenty of pace to attack late – winner $8.00

Race 6 – Two-year-olds make their 2015 debut in Cleveland with a field of first time starters to spice up the Pic4. Although an Ohio-bred leaving from the one hole his $120,000 purchase price in March makes #2 (PP1) WEAVERS IN THE ICE COLD an interesting contender – fourth 

Race 7 – Loooch Racing probably sent #7 DESERT VALLEY to town with WAR STORY. The classy filly assures Kent Desormeaux a pre-Ohio Derby mount while collecting an allowance purse – second

Race 8 – Rested and out of the shadow of AMERICAN PHAROAH #2 FAR RIGHT may get good pace set up for his stalking style – sixth

Race 9 – #11 MELISSAS GOOD BOY might be quick enough to steal here off the bench – scratch

Friday at Thistledown

Ramblings are not always wagers.

Race 1 – All indications are that #7 DUTYHONORCOUNTRY will be loose on the lead. Only the post position can stop him if he struggles to clear the field – cleared; tired – third

Race 2 – #5 R SKINNYS CHICK could need a race but those workouts make it likely that she’s fit enough to scamper – last of nine

Race 3 – Claimed from a solid barn maybe 3yo #8 CAROLYN can stay the distance at a price today making a slight cutback – sixth 

Race 4 – #6 SIGNAL RIDGE gets his first race day lasix while returning to state-bred company – winner $6.20

Race 5 – #4 R FAST CAT seems well spotted off the claim dropping into a conditioned claimer while third off a layoff – second

Race 6 – Fresh from her maiden victory #5 SCINTILLANT is not encountering a tough group of n2L runners but must put away #6 THE RIDGE while avoiding a sustained duel – winner $3.60

Race 7 – If that morning line holds the price is right on #9 HOUR BY HOUR who could be rounding into shape at the course and distance he enjoys – ninth of ten

Race 8 – #1 RONALDO would like a fast track but knows the way to the wire at this distance – out run and eased