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An Expert Analysis of the Scarborough Downs Card

Saturday April 29th

Race One ... WISHING YOU WELL experiences some key class relief here as he drops from a credible effort versus the FFA set in last - Poor starting spot is of minor concern though ... BUBELEH STONE has yet to miss the board in this optional claiming class this season and remains entered in at a very competitive level - Driver Davis was listed on both our top tabs when the overnight sheets came out so respect his final decision ... FEAR ITSELF drops back down to a level were he nearly dominated last season while simultaneously regaining his favorite driver - Might well be a bit of a value play from the outside post too ... 5-3-6

Race Two ... IDEAL CHAMP rallied smartly into the teeth of a legit back-half in last before absolutely blowing the doors off a similar grouping in last - Has been made the bettor's choice in all seasonal starts but might provide a bit more value from the 7-hole today ... BETWEEN ME AND YOU boasts that recent zippy win at Saratoga and was certainly speed-tightened in recent raids on the Ridge - Makes his local debut at an extremely reasonable claiming level here too ... REAL SPECIAL makes his second appearance down at this reduced level after failing to make any sort of headway as the bettor's choice in last - Draws horribly today but deserves consideration nonetheless ... 7-5-8

Race Three ... ELECTRICITY continues to make a fine accounting of herself as she has bravely confronted some top level foes in all seasonal starts - This mare experiences substantial hidden class relief in this grouping today ... BETTOR BUNS may well need a start or two under her belt as she launches her 2017 campaign today but she did make progress from 8th to 2nd in the course of the last quarter of that recent prep ... OLIVIA'S Z TAM makes her 2nd local appearance after failing to factor versus a rather stern bunch in last - All that NY speed continues to intrigue ... 6-4-5

Race Four ... IDEALIST trades in the bottom conditioned class for the bottom claiming class today but the point to remember is that he's proven masterful in both this year - It's tough to beat a game 14-year-old when he's properly classified ... MY TIME HANOVER retains the level of last week's score as he's now been top-two placed in all four of his seasonal starts - It's tough to ignore an entry from a stable who has hit-the-board in 15 of 21 starts this year ... VEAL MARSALA returns to the Downs today boasting a zippy win at the Ridge in last - It's tough to discount a veteran pacer who's dropping in class off a win ... 2-4-5

Race Five ... GEISHA GIRL retains the level of last week's win after absolutely toying with the competition in both local appearances - We'll continue to ride the lightning hot mare all the way to the cashiers windows ... DEVIL MAY CARE also retains the level of last week's win but draws in here with the mare who bested her just two starts back - This one is shaping up to be an epic rematch of capable foes ... LUCKSGOTTACHANGE benefits from the also eligible tag but draws poorly once again this week - A positive trip scenario seems necessary to this mare and she may not get her preferred journey here ... 3-2-7

Race Six ... YELLOW HAWKEYE stalked effectively in his local debut and then rallied effectively in last week's appearance - Is spotted favorably here and may well be gearing up for the score today ... ROMAN CONQUEROR classy campaigner draws the kindest of the chief contenders here and certainly is more than capable of taking full advantage of that happenstance - Veteran pacer continues to post improving form too ... CORKY BARAN remains a force to be reckoned with as he continues through his final season at the track - The post is tough but he benefits from his second start with KS-2 at the helm ... 4-1-8

Race Seven ... BIG CRYSTAL boasts the best top line to be found on this program page while making her second appearance in the bottom conditioned class today - Prick up your ears if the Campbell Call is confirmed in here ... GOLDEN TREE just missed the top spot in an extremely crowded photo-finish print in last - Will have to overcome the unfortunate post but may have found a sweet spot for success in here ... DOJEA BALLCAP never really found a way to make any headway over the muddy going in last but any repeat of his 4-15 chart makes him rather handy versus this group ... 5-7-2

Race Eight ... VICTORY TAX bolted to the front and steadfastly refused to be headed while securing his first win of the 2017 meeting last weekend - Draws to a post where he might well be able to wrestle his way to his preferred journey once again today ... BLOODSTOCK HALL TAB rises back up to the FFA level after deftly handling a fleet grouping down at the Ridge in last - Draws poorly today but when last seen locally, he demolished this class ... ALTERNAT THURSDAYS draws the kindest of the chief competitors and does so boasting top-notch form - Gains the services of KS-2 today too ... 4-7-2

Race Nine ... CHASEN CANCUN ran away and hid after posting an imposing rally bid last weekend - Bids to build upon that as he remains reasonably classified at the MADC level today ... HEART BREAKING may well boast the best top-line to be found on this program page but pity the poor starting spot - Extreme class relief is duly noted here though as this guy has been chasing Bearcats all season long ... ITS ALL ABOUT MIKE is the notable class dropper to be found in this grouping and does come with a winning history - We love MADC racing! ... 1-7-2

Sunday April 30th

Race One ... LUV A LOT HANOVER drops all the way down to the NW's bracket of the bottom claiming class after battling it out versus the tough optional 5K classes all season long - Let's all cash winning tickets in the opener today ... ASTREOS DELIGHT drops back down to the basement level off a well-beaten effort versus the Big Girl 3K set - This mare had experienced a decent level of success when last matched up versus this class ... A AND G DESIRE is the other notable class dropper to be found on this program page today and the only other entry to benefit from a start under her belt this year ... 4-1-2

Race Two ... DO OVER HANOVER draws horribly as he makes his local debut but does boast a zippy 1:53.1 win over the Saratoga half-miler in his most latest appearance - Incredible class relief is duly noted today ... CAMTIZZY makes her second appearance back down in colt class competition here and draws the inside edge over her chief rivals too - This one loves to factor in the pari-mutuels ... WELL WELL WELL makes his local debut off a deceptively decent 6th place finish at the Ridge in last - Appears a nice newcomer to the Pine Tree colt scene ... 8-1-5

Race Three ...BEER LEAGUE drops all the way down to the bottom conditioned class after throwing in extremely robust efforts versus substantially sterner foes - Sometimes things just look so easy ... PEMBROKE BADA BING makes his first start absent tough sire stakes competition after wintering and effectively prepping in sunny Florida - Let's hope this Maine-bred brings some of that nice warm weather north with him this weekend ... SELENA makes her second appearance in bottom class competition after successfully maintaining stride off that qualifier - Charts suggest she's speedy enough if she keeps her mind on business ... 3-6-4

Race Four ... SHOOTER ON THE LOOSE makes his second appearance in the bottom conditioned class here but his first from a useable post position - Picks up the Campbell Call just for good measure too ... FOUR STARZ LOUIE draws horribly today but certainly has demonstrated enough rally ability to overcome that disadvantage - The Farley stable has now hit the board in all three of their seasonal starts ... LUCKY MAC has been forced into deep circling moves in attempts to overcome traffic lately so he'll certainly hope for a cleaner path today - Picks up KS-2 in the sulky too ... 2-7-5

Race Five ... OUR ROYAL MAJESTY once again puts her undefeated streak on the line versus a rather reasonable grouping - This mare might be tiny but she surely demonstrated grit last week when she flatly refused to be headed in the stretch ... HANNAHS TIME TO ROC may well be the logical choice as she makes her first local appearance under the tutelage of the meet's leading trainer - She has flashed speed at Saratoga but she also shows a couple of bobbles on those charts too ... BIN THERE SAID SO continues to show steady improvement and picks up the services of KS-2 today too ... 1-5-6

Race Six ... JJS JET makes the key second start off the qualifier as he gets reunited with driver Drew Campbell - This is definitely the deepest FFA class we've seen at the Downs all season long folks, we could make a serious case for any entry on this page ... ROCNROLWILNEVERDIE brings his seasonal undefeated streak to the raceway once again today after making mincemeat of the FFA classes of late - This pacer has made things look so easy ... PEMBROKE SCORPIO may need a start or two under his belt but he did cruise through a sterling back half during that FLA prep effort ... 5-8-6

Race Seven ... CATCH A JOLT drops down to the bottom conditioned class after posting a promising effort in the bottom claiming class last weekend - Finds the prime time to strike here today ... COLOR PALETTE K finally draws the inside wing after posting top-three placings in all seasonal starts - We'll fully expect that streak to continue here ... FLATROCK CHOCOLATE may well need a start of two under her belt but she did prep steadily and does open the season at a very moderate level ... 6-2-1

Race Eight ... KEYSTONE WALLACE makes the quick turnaround this week as he returns to the raceway fresh off those speed-tightening trips to the Ridge - Stalwart campaigner makes the key second start Lasix while reuniting with driver Drew ... ROYAL HAWAII gains the inside edge in a field that is notable for its lack of ample early speed - Should be forwardly placed from the get go and once again hit-the-board today ... GENERAL BILL BROWN drops down in company sporting less than stellar form but may have found a spot to get reinvigorated here - Provides an opportunity as a value play in the exotics ... 4-1-2

Race Nine ... RECKONING DAY drops in at the NW's bracket of the bottom claiming class as he makes his state of Maine debut off speedy mid-western efforts - Draws horribly but the class relief is palpable ... DRAGON KING exits bottom conditioned class company to take a crack at the cellar grouping of the bottom claiming class - Appears capable of crashing the number from the inside wing in here ... FRITZIE ROCKET makes his second appearance in the NW's bracket after more than holding his own in the face of legit fractions in last ... 8-3-4