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Expert Analysis of the Scarborough Downs Card
by Mike Sweeney

Saturday April 1st - No Foolin'!

Race One ... BEAS IDEAL rode the good journey toward the decent runner-up placing while making her first start absent tough Saratoga competition in last - This trainer's roster was lights out during Opening Weekend and her chances won't be harmed by the Man in the Redcoat taking over the driving duties today ... FIRST GIRL rallied smartly to hit-the-board last weekend and figures to be even handier as she makes her key second start off the prep - The Mosher/Crochere combination was quite effective last weekend ... CAMTIZZY top rated roster searches for their first 2017 win but their charges did finish 2nd or 3rd in 4 put 6 starts last weekend - Tough to leave this one off the number ... 1-5-2

Race Two ... MADDIE D steps up out of the NW's bracket here but does benefit from landing in versus filly and mare competition today - Remains quite reasonably classified and don't forget how this trainer/driver combination dominated the Downs last weekend ... ASTREOS DELIGHT nearly got the bob at decent odds in last after lacking any sort of maneuvering room during that stretch run - This one also steps up from the NW's bracket but remains competitively classified while drawing handier today ... ALWAYS SPECIAL may well need a start or two off that less than eye-popping prep but this one generally steps up under urging in the pari-mutuel events ... 3-2-1

Race Three ... DEVIL MAY CARE absolutely toyed with the competition in that sterling seasonal debut last weekend - She cruised through a back - half of 59.1 and genuinely appeared capable of going even faster ... LUCKSGOTTACHANGE responded well at every asking last weekend and figures to be even handier as she makes her second start back - Tough mare will have to contend with loads of early speed to her inside here, but we still expect a top effort ... ELECTRICITY surprised us from the outside post in last so we certainly need to give her some respect from the improved starting spot here - Should be forwardly placed from the get go with the tale being told in the stretch ... 3-5-2

Race Four ... HEDGES LANE threw in a respectable prep over a deteriorating surface and certainly bears watching as he makes his first pari-mutuel start for new connections today - This campaigner was ultra competitive versus the creme de la creme last season ... ROCK ROCK WHOS THERE joins the roster of the meet's leading trainer and will enjoy the services of one of the meet's leading drivers - Swings into town boasting competitive recent race lines too ... HOT SHOT LAWYER retains the level of last week's well-meant win as he bids to build upon all that recent black type form - This looks like a very intriguing race on paper ... 4-6-5

Race Five ... ALTERNAT THURSDAYS steps up in company off that impressive win but remains reasonably classified for continued success in here - This is a considerably tougher field than he squared off against last weekend but the classy campaigner has often proved up to the task ... CHERRY CROWN JEWEL tracked legitimate contenders throughout in last and did make a bit of a late bid in deep stretch too - The Athearn roster posted a legit 5 for 6 on-the-board-ratio last weekend ... ROYAL HAWAII has now finished top-two placed in 22 of 28 starts over the past two seasons - How can we discount her chances here? ... 3-2-4

Race Six ... SANDY BARBIE LEGACY draws poorly today but does experience a dramatic double class drop after chasing speedy sorts in his seasonal debut - Finds a prime spot for winner's circle glory here ... NATIVE LIGHTNING draws the best of the prime contenders as he makes the key second start off the qualifier today - Appears a logical play in the exacta here ... SINFUL VITO benefits from having a start under his belt as everyone else appears fresh off the shelf in here ... 7-1-6

Race Seven ... SHE'S ALL GOOD finished a rallying 4th behind some legit mares to embolden her chances today - She was an 11-time winner last season so she surely knows her way down victory lane ... LOVE LIVE LAUGH threw in a credible prep effort versus a confirmed top-class boy on Saturday - Draws poorly to start her season but she could well contend off those twin prep efforts ... MOLLY GRACE prepped effectively behind a couple of boys and draws the best of the chief contenders here - The Mosher/Crochere combination was quite effective last weekend ... 5-7-2

Race Eight ... MY TIME HANOVER did all the work the hard way before just getting nipped at the wire in last - We'll look for him to turn the tables on his vanquisher in this rematch ... ALL AMERICAN DICE responded positively at every asking last weekend - Retains the level of the win while improving post position dramatically ... BURL HANOVER appeared to have just too many horses to overcome last weekend but still fell just short of crashing the ticket at the wire ... RAMBLING JET how can we leave this one out of the number? Great Race! ... 1-2-3