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Dick's Picks - September 19, 2017




Tue, Sep 19, 2017
Race 1:

1st: (8) SAVAGE NATION – Was a good third in his career debut here breaking from post one then lost all chance when wiped out at the start. He added blinkers last out and showed good speed to the final furlong and now drops down to maiden claimers for Kevin Rice.             

2nd: (9) THAT’S BUCKBEAK Dropped down to this maiden claiming level two starts back and was an even fourth then he moved back up in class and showed good speed to the deep stretch. Erin Walker has been doing well here lately going to the front and opening up.             

3rd: (6) ANOTHER KEY – Has yet to finish in the money after four tries and now tries Tapeta for the first time with Pablo Morales.   

Race 2:

1st: (3) CHARMING COTTON – Dropped down to this claiming level two starts back and won from post eleven going this distance. He stretched out to two turns last out and raced evenly as the 7 to 5 favorite. Adam Rice wins 24% first start after being beaten as the favorite.  

2nd: (5) VILLAGE KITTEN – Has run well here since dropping down to this conditioned claiming level. He opened up a clear lead going two turns before weakening then rallied some behind a next-out winner when turned back to 6 ½ furlongs for Jeff Radosevich.    

3rd: (6) PEPPERMINT ZIP – Had been turf sprinting for Linda Rice before she shipped him here and he just missed as the 7 to 5 favorite.    

Race 3:

1st: (1) SAMURAI ZIP – Horse for the course goes for win number thirteen after beating this $16K claiming level in a sharp effort going six furlongs in fast time. As long as he doesn’t get claimed, he’ll keep running against this level and Adam Rice wins 14% first start after a win.             

2nd: (2) MADE TO FIT – Beat this $16K claiming level two starts back going six furlongs then he came back against allowance foes and rallied from off the pace to nail them at the wire. Addie Ayala rides back and he has been terrific since losing his apprentice allowance.

3rd: (3) MR. FREUD – Raced well three races in a row against $25K claimers and now drops down in class for Wayne Rice.            

Race 4:

1st: (6) BALTIC ART – Makes his Tapeta debut off three wins in four turf starts this year and ships in for Mike Trombetta who wins 34% with this surface switch and 15% first start after a win. German-bred has speed so the Tapeta should be right up his alley.  

2nd: (2) VIVA LAD – Won three in a row here earlier this summer then was second two starts in a row. He took on high-class allowance foes in what was a prep for the Presque Isle Mile and he was an even fifth for Mike Trombetta who wins 14% going long.

3rd: (4) OAKTON – Did nothing on the turf two starts back on the turf at Woodbine then shipped here and was second in his Tapeta debut.                  

Race 5:

1st: (7) EL CACIQUE – Took him nine starts to break his maiden which he did from post eleven two starts back by over five lengths. He bounced back and beat similar company last out after being bumped at the start. He comes back at the same distance with Mike Allen.                                  

2nd: (9) JUST BEEN JAMMIN – Won his Tapeta debut off an eight-month layoff then just missed two starts back. His last two starts came on the bullring at Timmonium and now returns for Gerry Brooks who wins 18% going long to short and 21% when he rides Luis Garcia.                   

3rd: (6) MANGOLD – Raced evenly at long odds two starts back here off a long layoff then missed by a head last out.         

Race 6:

1st: (3) ALPHA SLEW – Speedball held on for second after gunning to the front at five furlongs here against bottom-level claimers. He came back against better off the claim by Ron Potts and tired late and drops back down in class with Huber Villa-Gomez.                      

2nd: (1) THE FAZZ MAN – This entry has 23 combined wins here over the years and this guy was a good second two starts back against similar. He held on for third last out after opening up a big lead and Ron Allen, Jr. rides back – 18% with his sprint mounts.      

3rd: (6) SKY RACER – Returned off a year’s layoff with a close second then may have bounced next out. He went gate to wire last out.                         

Race 7:

1st: (5) SCHILLER SOUND – Did nothing in his career debut in an off-the-turf event on a muddy track at Laurel then shipped here with blinkers added and he was a good third. Last out, he tired when used hard from post one and gets Antonio Gallardo.     

2nd: (8) TRUE GHOST – Still a maiden after eleven tries and he has little gate speed to speak of. He rallied some last out and comes back two weeks later for Tim Hamm who wins 15% with his synthetic track starters and 17% going long. Ron Allen, Jr. rides back – 12% routing.  

3rd: (7) WHISKEY ZULU – Beat race was his second start in America when he was a wide second from post 12 on the turf.        

Race 8:

1st: (9) HOPEHARD – Horse for the course showed good speed two starts back going two turns against starter allowance company then raced evenly last out going 5 ½ furlongs. He faces conditioned $5K claimers here for Shane Meyers who wins 22% with his claimers.

2nd: (1) FOURTH TOP – Speedball breaking from post one and drops down a bit in class after running well going 4 ½ furlongs on the turf at Mountaineer Park. 12YO gelding comes back here with Huber Villa-Gomez – 15% with his sprint mounts.                  

3rd: (10) OKLAHOMA CRUDE – Winless this year in five tries but they all came against better company.  


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