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An Expert Analysis of the Scarborough Downs Card

Thursday July 19th - 4:30 Post Time!

Race One ... YOU'RE NEWS appears to be the lone class dropper to be found on this program page - Figures prominently in this compact grouping off that zippy third place showing in last ... VERMILLION BIRD once again draws handily here and once again should employ her impressive early foot - Bids to build upon that fleet and impressive stalking effort in last ... ASTROGAL drops in at a rather manageable level as she swoops in off those speed tightening swings at the Ridge - Has been close up at the wire in a couple of her recent appearances ... 3-1-2

Race Two ... CARBON FOOTPRINT classy campaigner makes his first start for new connections after switching stables via the claim box in last - This guy is reasonably sharp and retains the level of last week's appearance ... SCOTTISH BLUE has now hit the board in three consecutive starts and retains that competitive classification level today too - Boasts only one win this season but has now factored in the number at a 10 for 15 clip ... PC'S WILDCARD is the notable class dropper to be found in this grouping - Check out the competition lines and you'll find his one has been matching strides against Bearcats of late ... 6-4-3

Race Three ... ROCK N ALL THE WAY climbs a slight level on the class ladder today after insistently piking a decent group in last - Draws handily enough to insist on a front end seat once again this week and might well be the sharpest of a pretty sharp bunch ... CARD RUSTLER makes the quick turnaround from Sunday's appearance and is totally capable of mounting a successful effort versus these - Tough to argue against the chances of a mare who recently paced in the 1:55 range ... LOVE WITHOUT END also makes the quick turnaround from Sunday's effort - All that black type up and down the program page almost guarantees he'll crash the number ... 1-3-2

Race Four ... PEMBROKE PASSIONLY last year's freshman champion draws well enough to utilize all that good early speed - Has yet to win in stakes company as a sophomore but has always been well backed at the windows ... JUST CALL ME DEE never really found a way to overcome the dreaded 8-hole in her recent Queen City appearance but was a stakes winner when last seen here at the Downs - Key player in this split ... SARATOGA LIZ has gotten extremely sharp since that disappointing 6/23 stakes debut at Scarborough earlier - This filly now boasts a stakes win and runner-up placing this year while appearing to get better and better with each passing week ... 2-3-6

Race Five ... BARBELLS makes his second appearance at the Downs while boasting the  most robust recent form to be found on this program page - Gains the slightest of advantages in this rather well matched group ... DON'T TELL GEORGE is the notable class dropper to be found in this split - Recent form has been lacking but a stable-mate of his did win this division last Thursday ... WOLF'S MILAN classy campaigner has yet to find his best stride of the season but it's tough to count this cagey veteran out - Could well best this group on memories alone ... 1-4-5

Race Six ... CAB BEARNAISE leads the standings when it comes to this distaff stakes division - The one minor blemish on her card came from an impossible post and that was sandwiched between a couple of stakes win ... SHES A MAVERICK just got nabbed by our top tab when last seen here at the Downs and bested her in that first rematch at Bangor - Let's discount that stutter-step in last as that appears more an aberration than the rule ... WHERE DOES TIME GO bids to build upon that good rallying third place showing in last ... 1-5-2

Race Seven ... KING OF THE D is the notable class dropper in this split as he gains the NW's division of the bottom claiming class today - Has now finished runner-up on consecutive occasions racing against tougher and was even the bettor's choice in last ... UPPER CUTZ makes his second appearance in the basement class off an insistent sort of runner up effort in last - Improves post position handsomely here too ... MEDOLAND JT the last two times that Mitch Cushing has driven him he's finished third - Why not once again here? ... 2-1-3

Race Eight ... MAX MIKE AND GGB finally realizes some major post position relief after summoning valiant efforts from the outside wing of late - Appears a key player in the finale tonight ... MAY DAY JO JO will relish his chances in versus more reasonable foes after encountering brisk 1:55 speed in his last engagement - He's winless this season but has crashed the number in 6 of 13 starts ... SOUTHWIND REX sports the best top line to be found on this program page but pity the poor post position - Might well have been our top tab with an inside draw ... 3-4-8