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An Expert Analysis of the Scarborough Downs Card

Saturday April 21 - 1:30 Post Time!

Race One ... FALCON'S LUKE rises up the class ladder on the strength of a couple of romps in the park sandwiched around an impossible post position assignment - Figures to control the tempo from the get go today ... ROCK N ALL THE WAY bullied his way to the point through an impressive 28.3 first quarter clocking before coasting gate to wire in last - Figures to be a key player in this class once again this week too ... BUBELEH STONE jump up in company off the recent claim - Remains reasonably classified and loves to factor in the number ... 1-4-3

Race Two ... SIERRA MADERA drops down to the bottom conditioned class after throwing in rock solid efforts in each of her previous outings - Prick up your ears if Campbell elects to steer over number seven ... ELLABUNDA remains reasonably classified after rallying effectively to secure the top-three placing in last - Like with our top tab, pay attention if Campbell elects to drive this trotter over number one ... ONA DREAM stopped badly after a front-running effort while making her local debut last weekend - Certainly worth another gander as she makes her second start for new connections today ... 1-7-4

Race Three ... BAYWOOD SHADOW rises up to combat older more experienced foes after busting out of colt class competition last weekend - He's surely the sharpest entry to be found on this program page ... ELECTRIFY rallied effectively to gain the top-three placing in last - He's probably in a tad tougher this week but he's also pointed in the right direction ... SIGN TO INVERELL has sat idle since that well-bested Opening Day start but may well bear watching in here - This one was ultra competitive against sterner foes for most of last season ... 5-2-3

Race Four ... CHEROKEE RANGER experiences a double drop in class today after chasing a streaking bearcat in both of his seasonal starts - Lands smack dab in the perfect position to achieve immediate success here ... MAY DAY JO JO may be a bit aggressively classified to start out the season but he did rally effectively to grab third place glory in last - Gains the Campbell Call once again this week ... GAELIC THUNDER is the other notable class dropper to be found on this page - Draws well off steady efforts ... 2-6-3

Race Five ... KID COURAGEOUS has now won three in a row since returning to Maine and once again demands serious consideration at the windows today - Remains the best until beaten ... JUS' LIKE A VIRGIN was DQ'd to second after causing interference against our top tab in last - But for that he'd be the one boasting a three race win streak here - Great rematch looms large ... REAL SPECIAL has now hit the board in 2 of 3 seasonal starts and finally draws to the inside wing today ... This one holds serious upset potential over the streaking steeds in here ... 5-4-3

Race Six ... PENNEY'S SPIRIT draws back to the inside wing after taking brisk air from the 8-hole in last - Remains moderately classified here and loves to win races ... AMERICAN FIGHTER bids to shed his bridesmaid status after finishing second best in each of his last three outings - Should prove capable versus these ... ITS ALL ABOUT MIKE stepped up his game as Campbell sat the bike last weekend - Campbell returns today ... 4-3-1

Race Seven ... RICK'S SIGN drops all the way down to the NW's division of the bottom claiming class after getting brave racing in MADC company lately - Classy campaigner gains the Campbell Call in here just for good measure too ... FOUR STARZ LOUIE is the other notable class dropper to be found on this program page - Recent starts have not been sharp but he absolutely thrived in this claiming class last season ... BOOTS N BOURBON makes his second appearance down in the NW's bracket after rallying for he decent third place showing last weekend ... 3-4-7

Race Eight ... DONTCH REMEMBER finally draws an inside post while making her third start of the local season - Showed solid improvement in that overland effort in last ... ROBOCALL HANOVER makes her second start down in the bottom conditioned class after just missing at the wire in last - Extremely playable here especially if Campbell elects to steer over number six ... GATORS BEN WINNING tumbles down the class ladder as she makes her first start for new connections - She's winless over the past two years but appears to be spotted well here ... 2-5-6

Race Nine ... CARD RUSTLER drops down to the bottom conditioned class level off a robust runner-up placing last weekend - Draws horribly here but that top-line effort is just too gaudy to overlook versus these ... THREE DAY FORECAST bids to build upon those back-to-back top-three placings and does draw the kindest of the chief contenders here - Versatile sort looms large in this split ... THUNDERBOLT JAXON makes the key second start off the qualifier while simultaneously dropping down to the bottom conditioned class - Must overcome the outside wing though ... 8-2-6

Race Ten ... KEYSTONE CAMARO drops back down to the level of his Opening Day win after getting properly speed-tightened in a zippy tour at the Ridge - Deserves perhaps the slightest of nods in this extremely sharp group ... PANHELLENIC has now hit the board in 6 straight appearances as he makes his local bow - Pompano flyer draws poorly but benefits from the Campbell Call ... CANT HELP BUT WIN drops down in company off sharp mid-Atlantic form - Speedy half-mile track form is quite evident in those charts ... 4-7-6

Race Eleven ... REAL YANKEE makes his second start of the season off a close-up fourth place effort as he kicks off his 14-year-old campaign - Appears capable on paper matched in with this grouping ... WHY YA WANNA dropped over 5 seconds while making his second start of the season last weekend - Might well step up big in the finale today ... PAN TAYLOR is winless over the past two years but finally draws an inside post -Driver changed to Double D intrigues a bit too ... 1-6-2

Sunday April 22 - 1:30 Post Time!

Race One … CEVINA DE CHAKRIKA went an extremely robust journey upon dropping down into the NW's bracket in last and appears perfectly capable of carrying all that momentum back up the class ladder today - Stable has been lightning hot too ... CAMTIZZY bids to shake the brides-mare blues after posting back-to-back runner-up placings to open the season - This mare thrives at this claiming level ... SHADYTOUCH drops down in company off that re-grouping prep effort - One to keep an eye on, perhaps for future reference ... 5-4-3

Race Two ... CHERRY CROWN JEWEL drops down from the heights of the FFA class while making the key second start off the qualifier- This mare is generally considered quite capable at or about this level ... ALTERNAT THURSDAYS rises up in company after roaring back to life in last - This veteran trotter looked more like his old self last weekend ... PRINCE C HALL ran away and hid on Opening Weekend before flat out running second week back - Threw in a competent rebound effort last weekend and is fully capable of deftly handling any of these today ... 7-3-2

Race Three ... MACK'S GOLD BAND drops way down from the FFA level off an improved 3rd place finish in last - Sometimes thing look just too easy ... EXPLOSIVE AFTERNOON jumps up in company off a determined win last weekend - This sharp trotter has yet to miss the board this season ... WOLF'S MILAN bears watching at this reduced level as he makes his second start of the year ... 3-4-5

Race Four ... LUV A LOT HANOVER drops down in company while making her second start following the brief respite - Lands in amongst reasonable competition and loves the front end ... STORMIN SPREE climbs out of colt class competition boasting sterling sharp form - She's a logical play if our top tab isn't up to the challenge ... FIVE CENT DEPOSIT bids to build upon that solid runner-up placing as she makes the key second start off the qualifier- Solid sort could well do ... 1-5-3

Race Five ... P L DANGEROUS drops down in claiming company after posting a credible third place showing while making his first local start last weekend - Classy campaigner steps up in our estimation if driver Whitney elects to steer over number three ... BURL HANOVER never found a way to overcome the outside starting spot in last - History has shown that this horse paired with this driver generally does well in this classification ... IT TAKES TWO BABY this horse and this driver have absolutely owned this class so far this year - Tough to argue against their chances today ... 4-1-5

Race Six ... POWERFUL FELLA drops down to colt class competition after winning by the length of the stretch versus older more experienced foes in last - Everything appears to be firing on all cylinders here ... MC ATTA GIRL certainly appears pointed in the right direction after starting to put things together once dropped into claimers recently - Poor post is of some concern here though ... DRAG ME TO GLORY bids to build upon those back-to-back runner-up placings of late - This one has yet to miss the board since coming to Maine ... 2-8-7

Race Seven ... DRAGON KING let ring a mighty roar as he rallied around that final turn in last - Veteran pacer is extremely sharp and draws the inside edge over his chief rivals today ... WIN SUM REAGAN drafted in behind our top tab throughout the final half of last week's mile and subsequently just missed at the wire - Great rematch potential looms here ... FRITZIE ROCKET makes the key second start off the qualifier today - He's always been a stern force at or about this level ... 1-3-5

Race Eight ... AGGRAVATION boasts back-to-back top-two placings since zooming home from recent NY adventures - More than held his own in the teeth of a stern 59.2 back-half last weekend ... TOMY TERRIFIC drops down in company as he makes his first local start for new connections today - Has sat idle for about 5 weeks so he may need a start or two under his belt ... SUMMARIZE makes the key second start off the qualifier following a somewhat steady seasonal debut ... 2-5-3

Race Nine ... KIM'S DAY bids to build upon a steady third place showing as she drops in company while simultaneously making her second start following the brief respite - Lots of good things to consider here ... FOX VALLEY BAILEY boasts wins in two of her last three starts while retaining the level of both of those scores - She does possess enough good early speed to perhaps overcome the outside draw today too ... MADEMOISELLE PARIS bears watching off steady local charts - This mare fits nicely at this level ... 4-7-6

Race Ten ... MADDIE D drops down to the NW's bracket of the bottom claiming class off well-beaten appearance in last - This mare loved to win and hit the board last season so we'll look for her to get brave down in company today ... KESONS AVAIA takes a double drop down the class ladder after finishing last versus optional $5K sorts in a start she probably needed last weekend - Poor starting spot is of major concern here though ... ROCKIN THE NITE AWAY is the other notable class dropper to be found on this program page  - Stalked effectively in last and draws to a spot where she might be able to stalk once again today ... 6-8-2

Race Eleven ... ELECTRIC ALBERT returns to the raceway off a less than successful NY effort but absolutely plummets down the class ladder for his appearance today - Expect this one to head on down the highway in the finale ... THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE is the other class dropper of note in here - Draws handily and has been exhibiting improving form of late ... PANBIEN draws well once again after getting caught in a blistering mile last weekend - Deserves another chance at crashing the number from the rail ... 7-5-1