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An Expert Analysis of the Scarborough Downs Card

Saturday October 20th - Post Time 1:30

Race One ... BRIAR CREEKS ANGEL was shown the cold shoulder throughout the mile during last Sunday's appearance but figures to be in a better position to control the tempo from the inside wing today - This veteran should thrive as he makes his 2nd start down in the NW's bracket ... LOVE THAT BADLANDS drops down into the NW's bracket as he swings in off that fairground circuit - Of note, is the fact that he won in 1:56.4 earlier in the season at the Downs ... FUNNY LENA draws handily and picks up Bruce Ranger in the sulky today - Remains a steady factor in the pari-mutuels at this level ... 3-6-2

Race Two ... PRINCE C HALL experiences class relief of Homeric proportions as he tumbles down from the heights of the FFA level here - Makes the key second start LASIX too ... COMMAND THE FIRE drops down one notch on the class ladder after mounting a game runner-up in his most recent appearance - He must overcome the poor starting spot but he appears more than capable of matching strides versus these ... WOLF'S MILAN is one of the other notable class droppers to be found on this program page - This veteran campaigner almost always throws in a credible effort ... 4-6-5

Race Three ... DIGDUG relative newcomer to the Pine Tree circuit has responded favorably since transferring into the Whittemore barn - Retains the level of last week's determined score ... FEARNOT sharp commodity draws the inside edge over his chief rivals today - Bids to build upon that strong runner-up placing to our top tab in last ... VAN HELSING slides in a few notches behind the starting gate as he returns from his fairground swing - Was a handy winner when last seen here at the Downs ... 3-1-4

Race Four ... CAMSTAR makes his first start back at the raceway following his fairground swing - Draws handily in the NW's bracket off a deceptively decent rally bid in last ... HISTOIRE ETERNELLE oft-claimed pacer makes his first start for new connections after encountering pretty brisk speed at the Burg in last - Prick up your ears if KS-2 elects to steer him over numbers two and three ... KING OF THE D draws well as he drops down to the NW's bracket after behaving himself for new connections last weekend - Could well be the wildcard in here if he gets away pacing from the rail today ... 3-4-1

Race Five ... WESTERN STEPP endured an extended overland journey to eke out a well-deserved score on Festival of Champions Day - Remains the mare to beat in this compact grouping while Heath replaces Drew as the Campbell connection ... COUGAR CREEK just missed to out top tab in a valiant front-running gambit last weekend – This one has scored 4 wins to go with that runner-up placing since rejoining the Eric Davis roster to become one of the sharpest mares in the state ... THE FILLY PRINCESS this confirmed top-class combatant has now hit the board in 16 of 28 starts this year - We expect nothing less today ... 5-4-3

Race Six ... MR BO DIDDLEY never really found a way to overcome the outside wing in that zippy mile last Sunday but figures to return to a similar form as demonstrated by his effort at the Burg while scoring from the inside wing today - Give this one the slightest of advantages in an extremely wide open affair ... MADE OF IRON draws the inside edge over these and comes with the proven ability to secure good early placement - He's one of the notable class droppers to be found here ... ANDERLECHT drops out of tough claimers but pity the poor starting spot - Might well be deserving of the "best horse" consideration here ... 2-1-8

Race Seven ... RIDE OF A LIFETIME makes the key second start off the recent respite following a steady 5th place effort last weekend - Should be handier second start back and draws the inside edge over his chief rivals today ... MACK'S GOLD BAND rates serious consideration here as he retains the level of last week's win - Loses driver Drew today but he's certainly a "right now sort" ... DAGGET benefits from the also eligible clause as he roars back to Maine off that recent start at the Ridge - Possesses enough valid early speed to overcome the outside post here ... 2-4-7

Race Eight ... ROCKIN THE NITE AWAY remains brilliantly classified and reasonably sharp while boasting wins versus similar in two of her last three starts - Figures to boogie right down the highway here ... MADEMOISELLE PARIS overcame the outside starting spot to post a resounding top-three placing in last - Draws poorly once again today yet still figures to factor mightily in the number ... MISS M A JONES took last weekend off after making three appearances during Fryeburg week - She's definitely one of the fleetest to be found on this page ... 4-6-5

Race Nine ... GO WEST LUCKY CAM rejoins familiar connections as he rises up in class off the recent Fryeburg claim - He has proven capable at this level in the past this season and generally relishes his chances of a front end trip ... FOX RIDGE JOEY is the lone class dropper to be found on this program page today - Draws poorly here but does come with the proven ability to rally late in the mile ... JS MCFLASH bids to build upon that close-up finish in last - He appears to be in a tad tougher than he was last week though ... 1-7-3

Race Ten ... BOX CAR JOHNNIE drops back down to the level of the Fryeburg claim after posting a decent 4th place showing on Festival of Champions Day – He really can't help but to be forwardly placed as he draws well and gains  Bruce Ranger in the sulky today ... A WORLD APART retains the level of last week's win while gaining the inside edge over his chief rivals here - Should be a mad dash into the first turn with all the early speed in this race ... RICK'S SIGN classy veteran looms large in here off that seasonal best start at the Burg - Versatile sort is fully capable of picking up the pieces if any sort of speed duel ensues ... 3-2-5