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An Expert Analysis of the Scarborough Downs Card

Saturday May 19 - 2:00 Post Time - Preakness Stakes Day!

Race One ... BRIAR CREEK ANGEL remains the mare to beat as she ducks to straight claimers after the Lady Luck Pacing Series failed to fill this week - She's the class of this claiming class despite the outside draw ... ROCK IN THE NITE AWAY has become an on-the-board fanatic of late having now factored in the pari-mutuels in five consecutive starts - Leave her off your exotic plays at your own peril ... SHEA WRITES RIGHT finally draws an inside starting spot after chasing tough competition from the outside wing - She's extremely capable of mounting an upset from the rail today ... 7-4-1

Race Two ... CCC has demonstrated solid improvement in all 2018 starts and bears serious consideration as he makes his second start down in class this weekend - This is the perfect spot for the Maine-bred to break through ... CYPRESS POINT spins a similar tale to our top tab except he'll have to navigate the outer wing - Figures to once again benefit from the Campbell Call ... ROYAL HAWAII finished poorly in a start she figured to need last weekend - Drops in company as she makes her second start back in Maine ... 1-6-4

Race Three ... CHEROKEE RANGER went a deceptively strong trip in last when he ran into an unexpected dead-end at the 5/8th pole - Horses sometimes get brave off a covered-up trip like that and Campbell returns just for good measure ... BUBELEH STONE makes the quick turnaround from his recent Queen City engagement - He's a bit up in class from his most dominant level but still a capable player ... ALLEGIENCE paced brisk miles for zero reward in recent raids on the Ridge - Was a winner at this level when last seen at the Downs ... 1-6-2

Race Four ... CAMTIZZY remains an automatic play even after jumping up in claiming company this season - She's now finished either 1st or 2nd in all of her 6 seasonal starts ... GATORS BEN WINNING dominated the bottom conditioned class this spring and then promptly proved she belonged up at this level last weekend - Huge post position relief is duly noted too ... LEEANN MAJORS has sported dull form from the outside wing so far this season but her fortunes just might change with the inside draw today - She's always been tough to collar if allowed loose on the lead ... 1-3-2

Race Five ... CHERRY CROWN JEWEL drops in class off a decent runner-up bid in last - We've been chasing this mare all season long so we're not gonna stop today ... MACK'S GOLD BAND solid class dropper simultaneously gains the Campbell Call in here - Capable campaigner might be hindered by the outside draw though ... MAKIN PHOTOS drops in class while making the key second start off the qualifier after posting an extremely credible seasonal debut - He's racing stout foes but might be a player here ... 3-7-2

Race Six ... MANDALAY HALL jumped it off after being startled by aggressive early urgings behind the gate in last - We become extremely enthused about his chances if Campbell elects to steer over number seven ... VICTORY AHEAD has rallied effectively in both local appearances - Figures to need those rally shoes once again from the dreaded starting spot ... KIM'S DAY continues her bid to regain form - Prick up your ears if Eddie Davis elects to steer over number one ... 5-8-3

Race Seven ... HIGHLAND BLACK ICE exhibits the best top-line performance to be found on this program page - Bids to build upon those three runner-up placings already posted this season and finds a reasonable grouping from which to compete today ... THREE NEW DAWNS searches for his first seasonal score but draws well enough to contend in this split - Had been racing versus higher-level foes earlier this season ... ACHILLES SEELSTER hunch play as he drops in company and changes drivers while ditching the medication LASIX today - Has not raced well since coming to Maine though ... 2-1-3

Race Eight ...  RON'S PRO exits speedy battles in high-pursed claimers and colt classes at the Ridge - Should be properly speed-tightened as he makes his Scarborough debut today ... DRAG ME TO GLORY has been almost hitting the board at will this season and finally draws to the inside wing in here - Remains a key player in the exotics ... BIG THINKER joins the colt crusades after decimating the bottom conditioned class last weekend - Appears speedy enough and versatile enough to factor versus these ... 5-4-6

Race Nine ... MALEK HANOVER drops down in class as he enters MADC competition this weekend - Classy veteran who was once the terror of the upper-class set bids to regain his winning form in this his final season at the races ... TRICIA STAR boasts perhaps the best speed ratings of any on this program page - May well have been our top tab with an inside draw ... NATURAL BREEZE recovered from a rough beginning last weekend after the driver did everything perfectly the week prior - Figures to be an MADC factor once again today ... 3-6-5

Race Ten ... PALM'S BEACH drops in at the NW's level of the bottom claiming class while trucking in from that tough Saratoga circuit - Betcha he's loose on the lead after checking out that incredible 26.4 opening panel in last ... SIR JONATHAN Z TAM has been knocking on the door since dropping down to the NW's bracket - We love betting beaten favorites right back  ... CLASSY KYLE has been close-up at the wire in all seasonal starts even after never seeing the wood in last - Logical play in the Trifectas here ... 3-2-1

Race Eleven ... MC RUSTY got brave in claimers and then carried that rejuvenated form back up the class ladder - Draws the inside edge over a well-matched field in the finale ... THROUGH THE FENCE finally draws an inside perch and is certainly speedy enough to contend in here - Watch for Cushing's choice as Mitch was listed to drive both our top tabs today ... GIMME THREE STEPS MR makes his second local appearance after doing everything right last weekend - Great new addition to the local scene ... SIR JAKE'S Z TAM makes his second local appearance after that rousing debut last week - GREAT RACE! ... 1-2-3-8