May 18, 2015
The 9th edition of Mondays $100,000 Tom Ridge Stakes will bring in 12 runners from Toronto to Miami to contend for Presque Isle Downs first stake race of the 2015 race meet.
Like Ridge, who was raised in Erie, local based 3 year old DUFF will try to establish his own homeland security act having home field advantage on his side as he takes on some quality invaders.
Duff has ran 4 of his 6 lifetime starts at Presque Isle winning last years $75,000 Mark McDermott Stakes and is coming off a victory in the $75,000 Christopher Elser Memorial Stakes at Parx.
CONTROL STAKE looks impressive coming off back to back stake winning performances for conditioner Tom Amoss in the $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial Handicap, at Charles Town, and the $75,000 Big Drama Stakes at Delta Downs.
SERIOUS TALK, an artificial surface specialist, has won at Turfway Park and has never been off the board in 5 career starts winning four including the $125,000 Woodstock Stakes at Woodbine.
BREAKIN THE FEVER sharpened up Monday by handily winning a 41/2 furlong allowance, on a sloppy Finger Lakes track, crossing the wire at 51.48 and has ran well here last September when he showed early speed before weakening to a fourth place finish in the $100,000 Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes.
Lynne Scace conditioned, CHARLIE’S BROTHER showed guts in a dual down the stretch as he pulled away from a game FAST FLYING RUMOR in The $75,000 Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Trainer Gerald Bennett should have FAST FLYING RUMOR seasoned up and ready for a big effort as these two foes face each other in a rematch on the Presque Isle Tapeta surface.
As of 2009, Tom Ridge had never lost an election for public office, in comparison CYCLOGENISIS is 2 for 2 winning an $83,000 Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga and the $100,000 Laurel Futurity as a two year old.
CHARLESTON PIER has shown strong forum at Aqueduct for young up and coming trainer Adam Rice, running three times finishing second, winning, and placing third in his young career.
Ohio bred DRAW NIGH will cross state lines in search of a victory for trainer Jim Rankin, but has been beaten by SERIOUS TALK in previous races twice this year.
Maidens DOWNTOWN COWBOY, TENSAS TOUGH and MAN ABOUT TOWN round out the hopeful contenders