Race 1 7-6-1
Papa Tom has been turfing all summer but he’s shown a liking for the inner dirt. On the down side he’s 2 for 39, but those two wins came on the inner. Certainly has the numbers to win. Gaining Ground is dropping to his lowest level in search of a win. Of the RuRod entry Solly’s Mischief looks the better of the two.
Race 2 3-6-1
Time for Harlan drops to the bottom for this run after two off the turf races. Her number tops the field. Bella Forever showed good speed on a sloppy track but may have to tangle with East Coast Express on the front end. You Take the Cake has 24 starts but is good enough to catch a minor piece.
Race 3 1-5-2
Dreaming of Cara struggles to find the winner’s circle but has been racing with better. Miss Da Point has four wins in nine starts on the inner dirt and should get first run in the stretch. Lady Gracenote has top numbers but will have to run by everyone in the stretch.
Race 4 6-7-8
Krista’s Persona puts the blinkers on for this try after showing speed and fade. Cuts back in distance and that should help. Saluda looks for a win in her 9th start. Has the numbers but is suspect when it comes to heart. Sky Fortune goes off a short layoff for Jeremiah Englehart.
Race 5 1-5-4
La Bella Valeria has plenty of early speed and has a win and a second at the distance. Go Olivia Go has 4 wins in 11 starts on the inner and will be one of the ones coming in the stretch. Your Move is three of four at the distance and two for two on the inner.
Race 6 5-7-1
Freudex just missed after a nice tracking trip last time and cuts back half a furlong today. Readyheartandsoul is coming off a two month rest. He was competitive when moved from the turf to dirt at SAR and then came back at BEL where he got caught outside the whole way. Should have a better trip today. Tottie Royer is much better bred for the dirt than turf should enjoy the cutback in distance.
Race 7 5-4-6
Darling Bridezilla has no wins in 5 starts on the inner, but is making the big drop for Jacobson who is both effective on the drop and second off a layoff. Sweet Sway is 3 of 4 on the inner and looks to be in good condition. Midnightpositano struggles to find the winners circle but has the numbers to grab a piece here.
Race 8 6-4-1-2
Half Nelson has good speed and is 4 of 5 in the money on the inner. Lots of space between races so that is cause for concern, but when he’s right he’s got the ability. N.F.’s Destiny goes for Jacobson who is having mixed success on the inner this week, although this one is 3 wins in 5 starts on the inner. Laila’s Jazz was over his head in the last one, but was competitive before that and has a win on the inner. joe Mooch is another in good condition and goes second off the claim for Linda Rice.
Race 9 6-10-5-7
Swivel got pinched back early in his first start but still ran well. Tiznow has been an effective sire, especially for horses trying dirt routes. Beyond the Green looks primed for a good effort after losing as the favorite last out. Persuasive Devil is five of six in the money and could be a part of the exotics. Arctic King is another that has been competitive and looks much improved for trainer Bruce Brown.