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An Expert Analysis of the Scarborough Downs Card

Thursday June 29 - 4:30 Post Time!

Race One ... MEADOWS ROSEBUD is without doubt the most accomplished in this stakes split today and does loom large off that credible prep at the Ridge - This might well be the beginning of a remarkable season for this Maine-bred filly ... ARABELLA makes the key second start of the qualifier after rallying smartly to score the win in last - Hails from a prolifically powerful stakes stable ... DOWNEAST FOXY LADY has the edge on recent experience having now gone to post three times this season - Finally draws a usable starting spot today too ... 1-5-2

Race Two ... FOUR STARZ LOUIE has been absolutely unstoppable since dropping back down to this claiming level and in fact, rides a nifty five race win streak into battle today - Well-classified back-class entries are tough to beat ... CAMSTAR makes the quick turnaround from that Queen City appearance and remains at an extremely competitive level here - This one absolutely loves to factor in the pari-mutuels ... RETAIL has been well-beaten in recent Queen City appearances but returns to the scene of his most recent win tonight ... 2-1-3

Race Three ... BUDGIRLS HANOVER is the lone class dropper to be found on this program page and bears notice off those competitive battles versus higher priced Queen City claimers - Tough to ignore a class dropper from the meet's leading roster ... CAMTIZZY doesn't look like she'll become a dominant sort anytime soon but she's generally a player along the peripheral - Key factor in the exotics here ... ALLSTAR GAL once again she'll make the quick turnaround but she did show some signs of improvement during the 6-22 start ... 1-3-2

Race Four ... MEDOLAND JT sports the most robust top-line to be found on this program page and draws the inside edge over his chief rivals - Prick up your ears if Campbell elects to steer over #4 ... GREEN OLIVES makes the quick turnaround from that recent Queen City appearance - Figures to flash all that incredible early speed once again today but needs to hang in there late ... ALL AMERICAN DICE was dominant in the lower claiming classes earlier this year, so much so that he kept getting claimed - May have found a reasonable spot to regain some of his swagger here ... 1-2-5

Race Five ... HILLARY'S BID won in a landslide while making her local debut in last - Retains the level of last week's score so we'll stay on her bandwagon tonight ... DON'T TELL GEORGE makes the quick turnaround from Sunday's appearance and seems to have the edge on speed in comparison with the remainder of this field - Must find someway to over come the outside post ... MONTY HANOVER any return to that 5/26 Queen City chart makes him handy in here ... 7-6-2

Race Six ... PEMBROKE PERFECT launches her 2017 Sire Stakes campaign in defense of her freshman championship trophy and does so off a sterling prep appearance at her home track - Sturdy, speedy and sharp are all good things ... PERSEPHONE might well be the fleetest of these fillies but she has not always been the surest of stride - Capable of grabbing the win here if she minds her P's & Q's ... CBF SUNSHINE makes the key second start off the qualifier after encountering stern 1:53 speed at the Ridge in last - That sort of speed will not be an issue here tonight ... 3-2-5

Race Seven ... CANDY LANE won for fun while making her state of Maine debut in Queen City competition last week and remains brilliantly classified for continued success in here - Appears to be a nice new addition to the local trotting scene ... MACK'S GOLD BAND makes his second start down at this reduced level after getting roughed up a bit in the early going in last - He should be the master of his own destiny tonight from the improved starting spot ... ROYAL HAWAII just continues to earn decent paychecks week in and week out - She's now hit the board in 11 of 13 starts this season ... 4-2-3

Race Eight ... CYCLONE ARTIST retains the level of last week's win and appears the sharpest of a pretty keen bunch in here - Must only find a way to overcome the rare 8-hole in order to succeed tonight ... KID COURAGEOUS draws well while making the quick turnaround this week and remains a vital force at this level - We wrote this column before he raced on Sunday so he may well be riding an imposing three race win streak into battle here ... BOOTS N BOURBON nice newcomer from that tough NY circuit has found a handy home here at the Downs - Makes the quick turnaround as he attempts to become a beat the box special here ... 8-1-5

Friday June 30th - 4:30 Post Time!

Race One ... THANK YOU ALL MY FANS remains undefeated through two lifetime appearances with every indication suggesting that that streak may well continue tonight - Benefits from drawing in verses a similar field as last week while developing Bearcats are grouped elsewhere ... SECRET ASSAULT rallied smartly to secure the decent runner-up placing versus our top tab in last and does draw the inside edge over last week's vanquisher here - We bid welcome home to one of our former Downs Driving Champions here ... LUCEMAN made repeated miscues while making his first start for new connections and first start away from his home track - Forgive that line and ponder rather on those solid starts at the Downs ... 4-1-3

Race Two ... SWEET HEAT boasts the most competitive top lines to be found on this program page and appears ready to post a breakout performance soon - Usable front-end speed and an inside starting spot might well spell the recipe for success tonight ... JUST PEGGING TO WIN also hits the raceway sporting rather sharp form - This Maine-bred has now hit the board in 3 out of her last 5 outings and does exhibit the ability to rally from off the pace ... THE IRISH MAVERICK got caught in rather fleet splits in both of his first seasonal starts but did post a deceptively decent 5th place showing in last - Needs some luck to overcome the poor post though ... 2-5-7

Race Three ... UNCLE FREDDIE makes the key second start LASIX while simultaneously making his second start for new connections - Missteps in the early going last week might have been the result of rigging differences between a 5/8th and 1/2-mile track so we'll expect a sturdier effort here ... MUSICAL MILESTONES looms large in here as one of the key class droppers and she does regain driver Davis tonight too - Must overcome the poor post though ... MAKIN PHOTOS drops down to the level of his most recent win off a decent 4th place effort in last - Key player in the exotics ... 1-6-2

Race Four ... ASTREOS DELIGHT gains the inside edge over her chief rivals today and certainly has been known to get sent hard from the gate - Her winning style and relatively sharp form gain her the slight nod in this dash ... HAPPY SURPRISE has now hit the board in 6 of 8 appearances while sporting the sort of versatile form which will come in handy tonight - Draws horribly but has been able to successfully navigate the outside posts in the past ... LUV A LOT HANOVER has yet to find any sort of consistent form this season but she remains properly classified and history suggests her ability to handle this sort - Gains the Campbell Call tonight and Campbell was the last driver to win with her ... 4-7-2

Race Five ... MY TIME HANOVER drops down to the NW's division of the bottom claiming class off a deceptively decent 5th place effort in last - Requests the Campbell Call tonight so pay attention to Drew's choice in here ... THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE experiences a HUGE double class drop as he exits the optional $5K claiming classes - Charts suggest that he's the speed of the speed in here so catch him if you can ... FRITZIE ROCKET drops in at the level of his most recent win after three speed -tightening trips to the Ridge of late - Capable sort at this level ... 4-1-5

Race Six ... I'M SAVING MYSELF roars back to the raceway fresh off a zippy new lifetime best taken at the Ridge - Peg this mare as the one to beat off all those sizzling sharp recent charts ... MR BO DIDLEY is sometimes easy to pass by when perusing the program page but upon closer review, this Maine-bred, more often than not, factors in the number - Gains the Campbell Call tonight just for good measure too ... DAD'S BOY seeks comfort in the Scarborough colt classes after having been caught in lightning fast miles at the Ridge of late - Does show some usable half-mile-track form deep in those charts too ... 5-4-3

Race Seven ... HOPPI backed up that imposing Harrington prep with an even more imposing lifetime debut - It's not often one gets a chance to watch a two-year-old pace a 57.4 back-half, but that's exactly what this youngster did - Wow! ... MY LAST DIME draws the inside edge over his chief rivals tonight after making some headway in the teeth of that incredible back-half in last - Nice colt from top connections ... TWELVE stuck right to our top tab's tail as the tempo picked up in last - This sophomore pacing class looks strong this season ... 7-4-6

Race Eight ... DOJEA BALLCAP climbs up one slight rung on the class ladder after piking the bottom conditioned class in last - Retains driver Davis in the sulky tonight and figures to strike for the early lead once again in here ... BUBELEH STONE is the lone class dropper to be found on this program page tonight - Has had little success matching strides with the optional $5K claiming classes but is certainly capable of a breakout performance at this level ... LUCKY LUCKY LEO took air from the rare-eight-hole in last but had posted top-three placings in each of the two prior starts - Improves post position handsomely here tonight ... 1-2-4

Saturday July 1st - 4:30 Post Time!

Race One ... GO WEST LUCKY CAM sports the most consistently sharp form of a rather on-form grouping - Has now factored in the number in 5 of his last 6 starts and appears ready to break through soon ... GLOW AGAIN just missed as the bettor's choice in last and has now hit the board in three straight appearances - Tough to ignore a streaking steed ... AMERICAN PLAN has enjoyed decent success with new connections and returns to the raceway that he used to call home tonight ... 4-6-3

Race Two ... JOHNNY CAST rides a nifty three race win streak into battle tonight and actually gets to drop in class by virtue of the also eligible tag - Keep riding the red hot pony all the way to the cashier's windows ... LUCY FROM HEBRON continues to perform at a near lifetime peak - Drops in company while boasting 4 top-three placings from her last 5 starts ... DELI-CRAZE is the other notable class dropper to be found on this program page tonight - This trotter has been chasing Bearcats as of late ... 7-5-4

Race Three ... VICTORY TAX drops down from the heights of the FFA classes while regaining the level of his most recent win - It's tough to count the classy veteran out at this level ... GENERAL BILL BROWN rides a nifty 2-race win streak up the class ladder tonight so no one can discount his sharpness quotient - This trotter, at themes, is capable of matching strides with the best on the circuit ... MADISON MUSCLE experiences a huge jump in class off that going away sort of win in last but this trotter was bred to compete in the top classes - A win here would not surprise ... 4-6-1

Race Four ... CYCLONE PASS never really found a way to get into the swing of things in last but the start just prior just missed taking a brand new lifetime mark - This Maine-bred is sharp right now and reasonable classified here ... GRAND GALOP SEMELU never found a way to overcome the outside post in last but won handily the start prior - This one loves to factor in the pari-mutuels ... MOTORINO impressively jogged in MADC competition last weekend and will test his skills versus the pros here - This guy is certainly speedy enough to contend in here ... 2-4-1

Race Five ... NOBLE'S GRAND SLAM has been knocking hard on the winner's circle door lately and appears ready to bust his way through quite soon - He was a beaten favorite to an impressive winner in last and we love playing beaten favorites right back ... CAMS TRIVIA has yet to regain the speed or extended good form that highlighted his season last year but he did throw in a gritty charge to secure the runner-up dead heat in last, so that's encouraging ... CORKY BARAN grand 14-year-old drops down to MADC competition in search of his first win of this his final season at the races - We always root for the 14-year-old Warriors! ... 4-2-3

Race Six ... BREW has now factored in the number in 7 of 8 starts this year and seems to have found a steady spot to compete in this optional $5K claiming class - This is an extremely wide- open split but his credentials are as solid as anyone else on this page ... ITS ALL ABOUT MIKE turns his solid rally stride into an awesome weapon each and every time he steps foot on the battlefield - Look for this one to come rampaging through the lane here ... NATURAL BREEZE steps up in company but does so off a jog in the park sort of effort in last ... 5-3-2

Race Seven ... BURNING returns to the raceway after battling 1:50 speed at the Ridge in last - This campaigner has yet to taste defeat at the Downs so we'll give him the slight nod here on history ... A SWEET RIDE draws the inside edge over his chief rivals here so he may find a kinder path to an early lead today - This one could be imposing in the lane if allowed to get loose on the lead easily ... JJS JET week in and week out this pacer shows up at the raceway with his game-face on - Gritty competitors are fun to watch at the races ... 6-4-5

Race Eight ... GEISHA GIRL won for fun as the bettor's choice in last and today picks up KS-2 in the sulky just for good measure - This mare is back on form and ready to rumble ... KESONS AVAIA won by the length of the stretch in 1:55.2 when last seen here at the Downs - Climbs up a slight level on the class ladder today but still remains reasonably spotted ... KIM'S DAY benefits from the also eligible tag but the trade off is the outside posting - Her keen rally stride almost ensures that she'll be heard from late in this mile ... 3-2-7

Race Nine ... CRUZIN MAVERICK deftly handled the bottom conditioned class while racing against older more experienced foes in last - Drops down to tackle this Scarborough colt classification with complete authority tonight - PACIFIC STRIDE returns to the raceway boasting that intriguing, scantly beaten line from the outside post at the Ridge - Spotted kindly in this grouping ... KLONDIKE ART was ready to rumble fresh off the shelf and should be even handier second start off the qualifier - We've always been a big fan of this pacer ... 2-4-5