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An Expert Analysis of the Scarborough Downs Card

Thursday June 21 - 4:30 Post Time!

Race One ... BEER LEAGUE re-qualified quite handsomely after skipping it off in his seasonal debut - Arrives at the raceway today at a very fortuitous level and should thrive with a clean trip here ... WINNERS STREAK is the notable class dropper and he also boasts rather steady form - Drops into a grouping where he figures to be ultra competitive ... QUANTUM LIGHTNING returns to the raceway off a steady Queen City appearance - Draws handily and has the gate speed to take advantage of that happy circumstance ... 5-3-1

Race Two ... WINDSONG GORGEOUS experiences class relief of Homeric proportions as he returns to the raceway off that extended swing at the Ridge - Has sat idle for just nearly a month now but arrives at an extremely advantageous level today ... THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE makes the quick turnaround as he attempts the classic beat the box maneuver - This veteran should always command respect at or about this level ... DAUGHTRY HANOVER boasts the best top line of any to be found on this program page -  Appears the sharpest of this group ... 7-4-2

Race Three ... Q ROCK plummets in class as he enters MADC-level competition tonight  - Should certainly relish his chances versus these after encountering brisk 1:56 speed in last ... ALL AMERICAN DICE is the other notable class dropper to be found on this program page - Searches for his first win of the season but does pace sub-1:59 at each and every asking ... HOT SHOT LAWYER draws the coveted rail and has enough valid gate speed to take full advantage of that happenstance - Driver Robinson loves to send them merrily on their way ... 6-5-1

Race Four ... SANDY BARBIE LEGACY threw in an exemplary effort upon his seasonal debut but failed to finished well last weekend - Spotted extremely kindly here if he can improve that final quarter time ... ACHILLES SEELSTER makes the quick turnaround from his Father's Day appearance as the Sulky Lounge Crew attempts to get things rolling this season - Makes the second start with driver David Ingraham in the sulky too ... LUCKY MAC draws well and draws kindly and picks up Double D in the sulky - All positive developments ... 1-4-2

Race Five ... MIKEY BOY experiences significant class relief as he makes his first start at the raceway today - Has been encountering brisk speed at the Ridge and yet was just beat 2-1/2 lengths for the whole shooting match in last ... YANKEE PEACH makes the quick turnaround from Sunday's appearance as she bids to build upon that sturdy early June runner-up placing - Pointed in the right direction currently ... MISTER MONI returns to the Downs after being well-bested in that recent raid on the Ridge - Had been fairly competitive in this local classification earlier this season ... 2-5-4

Race Six ... CARLS GLORY has been showing signs of perhaps regaining her former dominant bottom claiming class form - When this filly has gotten sharp in the past, she's generally held her form for an extended period of time ... MC HEARTBREAKER drops down to the NW's division of the bottom claiming class while exhibiting extremely game recent form - Might well play a huge role in this dash despite the outside post position ... ASHTORETH HANOVER rides a nifty two-race runner-up string  into battle today - Searches for her 1st win of the year but appears right on form ... 1-6-4

Race Seven ... MC RUSTY retains the level of last week's score by virtue of the moderate claiming tag - Classy campaigner strongly states his case for continued success after that 1:56.3 clocking in last ... JAY BEES GRIN rides a three race win streak into battle today as he swoops in from Queen City and Plainridge battles - Speed factors certainly recommend his chances here ... PERSONNEL SPACE returns to the raceway following speedy top-three placings in recent appearances at the Ridge and has now hit the board in 6 straight starts - He had been riding a three-race win streak when last seen here at the Downs, albeit at a reduced claiming level ... 4-3-6

Race Eight ... POWER OFF strategically drops in company as he gains the NW's bracket of the bottom claiming class tonight - This one was a near-miss runner-up in sub-1:58 fashion just two starts back ... FIESTY BARAN is one of the other notable class droppers to be found on the program page tonight – This classy 14-year-old is zeroing in on his first win of this, his final season at the races ... ITS ALL ABOUT MIKE bids to build upon that sharp 3rd place showing in last - Good group of pacers found here in this basement claiming class ... 6-4-5

Saturday June 23 - 4:30 Post Time!

Race One ... RICK'S SIGN makes his second start back down at the level of his most recent win - Classy campaigner had been encountering extreme speed in each of his last two starts ... P L HELLCAT paced his fastest mile of the season in last but was forced to settle for only minor spoils in that zippy dash - Gains perhaps a tad softer grouping tonight ... LUIGI climbs a slight rung on the class ladder after cruising in the bottom conditioned class last weekend - Capable versus these ... 5-4-6

Race Two ... SIERRA MADERA drops down from the heights of the FFA sporting rather sharp form - Deserves perhaps the slight advantage in this rather competitive split ... DAGGET finally draws the inside wing after toiling from the outside posts in all recent appearances - We've been chasing this trotter for a couple of weeks now and he remains a valid threat at this level ... COMMAND THE FIRE makes his first start at the raceway following a brilliant Queen City debut - Always pay attention when the Whittemore stable makes an appearance at the Downs ... 1-2-7

Race Three ... SHES A MAVERICK threw in a rock solid prep effort in anticipation of her sophomore stakes season - Appears a stick out play as she draws into the softer of the two division tonight ... CAB BEARNAISE like our top tab, she prepped effectively and does draw the inside edge over the chief contenders tonight - Finds the perfect spot to post a breakthrough effort here ... POOCHAM MAVERICK has hit the board in half of her lifetime starts - Deserves serious play in trifecta wheels in this stakes split ... 4-2-3
 
Race Four ... BRIAR CREEKS ANGEL successfully made the jump up to this optional claiming level last weekend and now rides an imposing 6-race win streak into battle tonight - Let's keep riding the red hot pony all the way to the cashiers windows ... GEISHA GIRL rises up in company off an insistent Queen City score in last - An 11-time winner during her 2017 campaign, she appears to be regaining some of her swagger right now ... GATORS BEN WINNING bears serious consideration off last week's seasonal best effort - Up in class with authority here ... 6-1-3

Race Five ... PEMBROKE PASSIONLY soared pillar to post in a brand new lifetime best during that most recent Queen City start - Last year's freshman champion remains a key player in this split tonight ... JUST CALL ME DEE makes the key second start off the qualifier after coasting to victory in the Stakes Preview last weekend - This Maine-bred  loves to win races and may well prove the foil to our top tab here - Solid exacta box territory ... TIP EM OFF has stalked effectively in both her 2018 appearances and figures to secure keen stalking position from the advantageous post once again - Fun race ... 4-2-3

Race Six ... ROCKIN THE NITE AWAY remains reasonably classified while riding a 3-race win streak into battle tonight - This handy mare has now hit the board in 13 of 16 starts this season ... LUCKS GOTTA CHANGE has just gotten caught in three consecutive front-running efforts now and figures to spring toward the early lead once again tonight - She appears to be getting better with every appearance ... DARLINGTON STRIPE must figure out a strategy to handle the outside draw - Might well have been our top tab with a kinder starting spot ... 6-2-8

Race Seven ... A LITTLE BIT HIP HOP makes the third start along his comeback trail and finally draws a seat on the inside wing - This is a competitive grouping but it may be time for the Maine-bred to regain his winning stride tonight ... HEDGES LANE climbs up a scant level off a disappointing beaten favorite effort in last - Look for improvement as he makes his second start with Heath Campbell in the bike ... THROUGH THE FENCE steady performer draws horribly tonight but does sport the ability to overcome the outside posts - Sharp recent charts recommend his chances ... 1-4-7

Race Eight ... AIR FORCE GRAD steady performer bids to regain his winning ways as Brewster Burns returns to  the seat tonight - This grey has become a stalwart of the MADC contests ... NOBLE'S GRAND SLAM may well need a start or two under his belt but the classy 14-year-old opens his season at a rather modest level ... BAD MOONSHINE rallied smartly to secure the runner-up share in last - Sports perhaps the best top line to be found on this program page ... 5-3-6

Race Nine ... J PATCH makes his second start up in the Winners Over division of the bottom claiming class but does so from a much improved vantage point tonight - Bids to build upon the recent success found after rejoining familiar connections ... ROMAN CONQUEROR this grand 14-year-old won for the 66th time in his career in last week's Queen City start and quickly takes up residency in the bottom claiming classes now - Charts suggest that the Hitchcock roster is heating up right now ... KING OF THE D sharp campaigner boasts the zippiest seasonal win time of any on this page - The Double D Stable continues to send winners out on a high percentage basis ...  4-3-7

Race Ten ... SIM BROWN did not look impressive in his lone start at the Downs but all other recent charts are rated A-OK though - Returns to familiar connections via of the Queen City claim box and is almost guaranteed the early front seat from the rail tonight ... NAMES MUSCLE has been tantalizingly close to shedding the bridesmaid role in both local starts now - We love playing beaten favorites right back versus similar ... MIDNITE CRAZE has generally thrived when racing at the Downs but threw in a rare dull effort last weekend - A bold rebound performance from the track record holder would not surprise us at all ... 1-3-5

Race Eleven ... BUBELEH STONE drops down to the bottom conditioned class level after an OK-rated re-qualification effort last weekend - Normally a sure gaited performer, this veteran has been hobbled by inconsistency lately but might be much the best though with a clean journey tonight ... CAMSTAR draws the rail tonight after racing first over in both those most recent starts - Beaten favorites in against similar deserve serious respect at the windows ... MAGIC TRICKS is the obvious class dropper to be found on this program page - Pity the poor starting spot though ... 2-1-8