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An Expert Analysis of the Scarborough Downs Card

Saturday August 18th - Post Time 4:30!

Race One ... DYNAMIC RAYZER is one of the notable class droppers to be found on this program page today - Has been generating great speed in recent appearances and should be handy versus these ... DAUGHTRY HANOVER is the other entry dropping down into the NW's bracket - Has now hit the board in 5 of his last 6 starts ... MEDOLAND J T trades in the bottom conditioned class for the NW's bracket of the bottom claiming level - Appears the sharpest of the rest here too ... 4-2-5

Race Two ... FUNNY LENA lands squarely in the midst of a rather manageable grouping  upon her return to the raceway today - Draws horribly but history shows she has the ability to rally late ... WHEN IN DOUBT finally draws the inside wing following some tough starting spots along the fairground circuit - Form has been subdued of late but she has proven speedy enough in the past ... DRAG ME TO GLORY searches for her first win of the year but she has factored in the number during 13 of her 23 starts this year ... 7-4-5

Race Three ... CYPRESS POINT drops all the way down to the bottom conditioned class level today, and in fact, drops to the level of his most recent win - Has been idle for nearly three weeks time though ... UNCLE FREDDIE makes his third appearance down at the basement level after squaring off against tougher foes for much of the year - Bids to make amends for last week's costly bobble ... MAKIN PHOTOS figures to flaunt all that good early speed from the inside starting spot ... 1-6-2

Race Four ... DRAG ME DOWN threw in an eye-popping performance during her Skowhegan appearance and now drops down to this colt class grouping today - This recent Ohio import certainly appears pointed in the direction ... BIG BAD ROCK had sat idle for nearly two months before that recent qualifying start - May need a start or two under his belt but does feature the medication LASIX now ... ROYAL FLUSH drops back down to colt class competition after a tough assignment versus older more experienced foes - Capable sort did win in 1:58 last season ... 4-2-1

Race Five ... REAL SPECIAL rides a three race win streak up the class ladder tonight - Classy campaigner has always proven more than capable versus the upper-class set ... ARSENAL won for fun in his first start absent that tough competition at the Ridge - Stalwart class-master is a nice new addition to the local scene ... BO MASTER does not sport the keenest form in those recent charts but he's been matching strides versus some pretty stout foes - Good race! ... 5-3-4

Race Six ... BOX CAR JOHNNIE remains an automatic play as he retains the winning level by virtue of the moderate claiming tag - No sense messing with success with this sharp guy ... LOVE WITHOUT END rallied to secure the runner-up placing versus our top tab in last - History often repeats itself ... GO WEST LUCKY CAM draws a handier starting spot today and will have legit early speed to take a crack at here – Rally specialist may assume the stalking role today ... 2-3-1

Race Seven ... U GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT makes his first start absent that tough competition at the Ridge - Speedy sort could be handy in here if he takes to the twice-around ... BOSTON BAY has answered every call since bursting upon the local scene - Draws poorly here but does remain competitively classified ... THE SMIDGE may well be the speediest of the rest - Draws poorly once again this week though ... 1-8-6

Race Eight ... MADEMOISELLE PARIS skipped a week after posting a poor final panel and appears as one of the notable class-droppers to be found on this program page - We'll look for her to regain that speedy former form here ... DARLINGTON STRIPE commands serious respect whenever she appears at or about this level - Post will present a challenge here though ... STORMIN SPREE is the other class dropper to be found in this grouping - Draws a bit handier here and does boast a recent win versus stout foes ... 3-8-5

Race Nine ... FLIGHT DECK appears as the lone class dropper in this rather competitive grouping - Squared off, effectively, versus top-level foes at his recent fairgrounds appearance and was a winner when last seen here at the Downs ... P L HELLCAT bids to build upon that strong runner-up placing behind an upward bound sort in last - This guy has now finished second best in three of his last four starts ... WINBAK CARL has sat idle for nearly a month and does draw horribly here - May need a start or two under his belt but bears watching as he makes his first start from new roster ... 2-3-8

Race Ten ... SCOTTISH BLUE may feel brave tonight as he climbs a slight rung on the class ladder after last week's convincing win - Spotted kindly here ... RIDE OF A LIFETIME makes his second start up in company, two weeks removed from that handy win - Charts suggest he could be a key player here ... PRINCE C HALL draws poorly once again as he makes his second start down at this level - Has not been sharp of late but we do remain a fan of this trotter ... 2-4-7

Sunday August 19th - 1:30 Post Time!

Race One ... FLIP THE DICE returns from the Ridge boasting a zippy maiden score while retaining his maiden status here at the Downs by virtue of his Maine-bred status - Comes complete with proven half-mile speed too ... SAND SHADOW THUNDER has now finished in the runner-up spot in two consecutive starts - This well-bred freshman holds tons of upside potential ... KISS N PLAY has been rather mismatched at the Ridge once her classes picked up speed but in the not too distant past she was solidly competitive down below - Bears watching in this compact split ... 4-5-3

Race Two ... PEMBROKE MYSTERY makes her Scarborough debut sporting competitive Pennsylvania Sire stakes charts - She'll be matching strides versus older more experienced foes today but she still appears quite capable versus these ... CHERRY CROWN JEWEL realizes class relief of near Homeric proportions after battling a veritable who's who of the state of Maine trotting world of late - Has enough valid gate speed to take full advantage of the favorable draw too ... MOON DANCE had her win streak interrupted with that tough Skow-Town post position in last - Makes the quick turnaround from a more reasonable starting spot here ... 5-1-4

Race Three ... J PATCH was shown the cold shoulder in that brisk race to the quarter pole in last but he can't get parked from the rail - Regains his favorite driver and remains an automatic play at this bottom class claiming level ... IT'S A GO keen rally specialist should be able to sit up close to the pace throughout this mile today - Sharp commodity gains the Campbell Call just for good measure ... KING OF THE D jumped it off when last seen here at the Downs but ran away and hid in his Skow-Town appearance earlier this week - Fits nicely in this well-matched field ... 1-2-5

Race Four ... MARY GIRL makes the quick turnaround from Thursday's appearance at the Ridge after taking a new lifetime Mark in her elimination leg earlier this month - She's probably the speediest of the trotters gathered here ... CASH EMPIRE has spent much of the year battling older more experienced foes so he'll relish his chances in this colt class series - Finished a game runner-up to our top tab when last they matched strides ... ON FIRST also makes the quick turnaround after making that costly bobble in his elimination appearance - Just missed to an upward bound sort in that start up at the county ... 4-1-5

Race Five ... BJ ANTHONY regained his edge last week after that recent win streak was interrupted by a track record holder just the week prior - Sharp trotter is the logical FFA play ... NATHANIEL was done in by interference last weekend but handily won his elimination leg of the Ricci just the week before - Nice new addition to the local trotting scene ... BELLMAC CODY never found a way to overcome the outside post in last but did rally smartly to secure the runner-up spot to our top tab two starts back - Nice field of FFA trotters found here ... 6-5-2

Race Six ... VICTORY AHEAD finally draws a friendly post position after battling from the outside wing for much of the summer - Picks up the meet's second leading driver in a rather wide open split today ... FOX VALLEY PRIMO exits MADC level competition while dropping down to the bottom conditioned class today - We fully endorse the driver selection here ... TINYS MILLION bids to build upon that near-miss effort as the bettor's choice in last - May be in a tad tougher though ... 1-4-3

Race Seven ... ROCKIN THE NITE AWAY remains competitively classified while boasting black type all up and down those charted lines - The Mitch Cushing - Gordon Du Bois combination has been nothing short of magical this season ... IM A HAWK CHICK never found a way to overcome the outside starting spot in last but had been posting competitively close-up finishes in most other recent appearances - Logical play in here ... I'M SAVING MYSELF figures to flash all that valid early speed once again today - She's certainly speedy enough to score in this split ... 5-3-4

Race Eight ... LADY VICTORIA rides a nifty two-race win streak into battle including an impressive gate-to-wire score when last seen here at the Downs - At first blush the post appears tough, but in this 9-horse field, the outside wing might be the place to be ... KATE AT THE CUP drew off to an incredibly zippy score in her Skow-Town start and appears to be getting better and better with every subsequent appearance - The trailing spot could work to her advantage but it might prove a hindrance instead ... PEMBROKE VICKI bids to build upon that solid runner-up placing in last - Must figure out the mystery of the dreaded 8-hole though ... 1A-7-2A

Race Nine ... FOX RIDGE JOEY drops sharply in class as he returns to the raceway off that recent tour at the Ridge - He's had reasonable success racing here at the Downs in the past and figures to have speed to track down late ... HEDGES LANE just missed when last seen here at the Downs as he launched a comeback following his mid-summer respite - Regains the Campbell Call as he exits recent fairground contests ... TOM AND STAN is the other notable class dropper to be found in this split ... 4-1-5