Presque Isle Downs Selections October 2nd 2017



Race One:

1st: (7) UNNECESSARY DRAMA – First-time starter from Ron Potts who wins 36% with his debut runners and his last 42 of them show a flat-bet profit. Daughter of DOMESTIC DISPUTE (8% debut winners) that has produced a stakes-placed winner of $173K.

2nd: (4) HERE COMES AVA – Has had seven tries to break her maiden here but she has five placings and rallied for second here last out going 5 ½ furlongs. Glenn Wismer wins 16% with his maiden special weight starters and 14% when he rides Addiel Ayala.

3rd: (3) GIVE ME SOME CANDY – Missed by a neck against maiden $40K claimers two starts back then ran poorly on the dirt last out.


Race Two:

1st: (8) UNFLINCHING – Horse for the course has a 44-11-10-10 record here and just missed two starts back against better. She raced evenly last out here and returns from a wide draw in a long sprint with Antonio Gallardo riding bac for Teresa Connelly – 28% together.

2nd: (6) CHEROKEE LIGHTNING – Did nothing in two straight starts on the dirt going this distance around two turns then came back and missed by a neck against this state-bred claiming level. Gerry Brooks wins 18% first start after a win and 24% with Luis Garcia.

3rd: (5) HYGH LIFE – Horse for the course showed good speed two starts back before weakening then rallied from off the pace to get up.


Race Three:

1st: (5) BARNACLE BILL – Had been running well on the dirt at Finger Lakes before shipping here and running well in all five starts on the Tapeta. He beat similar two starts back going a two-turn mile then rallied wide from way back to get up for this. Gallardo gets the mount.

2nd: (7) YOKED – Has yet to win here in six tries but has run well every time. He was a good third two starts back when he rallied from far back then raced closer to the pace last out. Joe Martin wins 14% with his claimers and 12% going long. Pablo Morales rides back.

3rd: (1) NOEYANDJIMMYSPOP – Broke his maiden first time out here then came back and beat similar claiming company with Ayala.


Race Four:

1st: (4) ERRATIC BEHAVIOR – Moved up to this claiming level in her first start off the claim by Joe Martin & her late rally fell a head short. She raced closer to the pace last out & was a good second going this distance. Martin wins 14% with his claimers and 18% with Morales.

2nd: (10) MELORA – Speedball sat just off the pace and won easily going a two-turn mile on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs then came back four months later and raced evenly against allowance foes. Daughter of PULPIT beat this class level here two years ago.

3rd: (1) STORM ON BYE – Horse for the course missed by a length two starts back and then won easily going 5 ½ furlongs against these.


Race Five:

1st: (7) ANATEVKA – Has raced evenly in each of her four starts here and she has good enough early speed to make the turn back to a long sprint. Kathy Babcock wins 13% with her claimers and the last 54 of them show a flat-bet profit. Luis Garcia rides back.

2nd: (8) HARD ON THE HEART – Didn’t do much when blinkers were added for the first time but she bounced back with a good win here going this distance. She raced evenly last out when shuffled back from an inside post and draws much better here with Jackie Davis.

3rd: (12) MAGICAL WANDA – Lost all chance two starts back when she broke dead last then came back and was a good second.

Dick Powell

About Dick Powell

Dick Powell has been appearing on Capital OTB TV since 1988. A contrarian by nature, he started out with Sunday Silence in the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1989 over Easy Goer and had the highest flat-bet profit (+105.20) for any public handicapper ever at Saratoga. Powell has had numerous meets with flat-bet profits and his Tripe Crown successes include Sarava in the Belmont Stakes at $142.50 in 2002. His Capital OTB bankrolls were topped off last year when he turned $1,000 into $9,233.

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