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An Expert Analysis of the Scarborough Downs Card

Thursday July 18th - 4:30 Post Time!

Race One ... PRAYER BLUE CHIP drops into the Scarborough colt classification as she makes her first start for new connections while simultaneously finally drawing to the inside wing - Lots of good things to ponder here ... MOONSHINE BLISS also drops down into this colt classification after battling older more experienced foes of late - Bids to build upon that strong runner-up placing in last as Ingraham takes the reins tonight ... OH WHAT A NIGHT JOHN busts out of the maiden-level classification here after gallantly rallying into a respectable 1:00.1 back-half in last - That top line chart is a bit more impressive than it might appear at first glance ... 3-2-1

Race Two ... CHEROKEE RANGER stutter-stepped to oblivion at low odds in last just one start removed from a seasonal best 1:55.2 score - We're willing to call that bobble an aberration and remain firmly in his corner here ... A FOOL FOR MARK finally shakes the poor post position blues and does so boasting pretty stellar form - This veteran appears a logical play from the rail tonight ... BOBS FELLA figures to flash his good early speed to secure good early positioning here - Prick up your ears if KS-2 elects to steer over our top tab and number five ... 2-1-4

Race Three ... TUSCANELLIE rolled off stride in that most recent Queen City appearance but was a determined winner when last seen at the Downs - Retains the level of that most recent win while picking up Ranger in the sulky tonight ... RIDE OF A LIFETIME cruised pillar to post style during that Fourth of July outing and retains the level of that win tonight - This capable trotter has now found his best stride of the season and boasts the best top line performance to be found on this program page ... PC'S WILDCARD improves post position handsomely off that beaten favorite performance in last - Figure to sit on or near the lead throughout this mile ... 1-2-3

Race Four ... SMART BALANCE drops into the NW's bracket of the bottom classified level after battling incredibly zippy foes down at the Ridge - Prick up your ears if Ranger elects to steer over numbers three and six ... MR WHISKERS makes the key second start Lasix while landing squarely in the midst of a rather manageable field - The Sulky Lounge entries may be getting hot  right now ... BIG RED draws poorly today but should still be able to utilize all that blazing early speed to his best advantage - Needs to hang on late though ... 2-4-6

Race Five ... THE SMIDGE makes his second appearance in the NW's division of this lower level classified schedule after encountering brisk speed from an outside post in last - Should be handier here from the inside wing tonight ... SHRINK WRAP stepped it off at the start in that recent Queen City appearance but was a near-miss third when last seen here at the local oval - Key player as he drops into the NW's bracket ... LIBRADO HANOVER has been knocking hard on the winner's circle door of late - Should enjoy a favorable journey from the rail today ... 3-4-1

Race Six ... MADE OF IRON flaunts all that incredible early speed from an inside perch tonight after having hit the board in all seven seasonal starts - Pay close attention to Ranger's selection in here as he was also listed to drive the four and eight ... TRICIA STAR rides an imposing four-race win streak into battle today while retaining the level of each and every one of those wins - Again, prick up your ears if Ranger elects to steer over our top tab selection ... SOUTHWIND REX makes his first start for new connections boasting stellar recent paper - Keen rally specialist should have speed to take a crack at here ... 3-4-6

Race Seven ... JAY BEES GRIN jumps up in company off a zippy, going away sort of win  - This pacer is no stranger to stiff competition and deserves notice here despite the outside draw ... PLUS ONE rides a nifty three-race win streak into battle tonight after establishing a brand new lifetime speed record in that most recent raid on the Ridge - Capable sort demonstrates credible half-mile track credentials too ... VELOCITY SUB Z  makes the key second start Lasix tonight while sporting impressive speed ratings - He did take his seasonal mark of 1:55 flat earlier this season at the Downs ... 6-3-5

Race Eight ... POP A TOP POP makes his first start back at the Downs off impressive back-to-back third place showings in Queen City competition - We love playing beaten favorites right back versus similar ... ROCKIN THE NITE AWAY draws the inside advantage over her chief rivals as she searches for her first score of the season - A 12-time winner last year, tonight's drop in class might be just what the doctor ordered ... BLUE ZOMBIE is one of the notable class droppers to be found on this program page - He's been generating speedy efforts but pity the poor starting spot tonight ... 3-2-8

Race Nine ... DELLA CRUISE makes his second appearance back at the Downs and second at this reduced classified level - This classy veteran was charging hard up the backstretch before jumping over a pylon in last ... FORWARD BLISS makes the quick turnaround once again tonight but does so boasting exquisite form - This veteran is at a seasonal peak right now ... SAN ANTONY-O drops slightly in class as he ventures in from that northern circuit - Figures to flash all that incredible early foot while retaining Ranger in the sulky tonight ... 6-1-4