Presque Isle Downs Selections October 5th 2017


Race One:

1st: (4) CASE CRACKER – Won three starts in a row after being claimed by Larry Rivelli for $10K. She has been dominating on the front end and Rivelli had trained her earlier in the year so he knew he was capable of this. Rivelli wins 28% first start after a win.

2nd: (1) LADY OAK – Just missed two starts back against allowance foes here in a long sprint then dropped down to this starter allowance level and won easily as the 9 to 5 favorite going two turns. Glenn Wismer wins 15% first start after a win and 14% going long to short.

3rd: (7) EDDINGTON’S NOTE – Horse for the course beat this level two starts back going 5 ½ furlongs then raced evenly.


Race Two:

1st: (2) MANGOLD – Shipped here from Finger Lakes and rallied wide then just missed last out going six furlongs in decent time. Son of DISCO RICO returns against the same conditioned claiming level for Rafael Rohena who wins 7% with his claiming starters.

2nd: (5) ART’S SILVER – Only start on Tapeta was not very good but he has been all over the place racing on dirt, turf and Poly Track. His last two starts at Belterra were not bad going five furlongs so at least he comes in here in decent form. Antonio Gallardo gets the mount.

3rd: (6) FINE – Turns back to a sprint after racing two turns for most of his recent tries for Crystal Cain who wins 10% with her claimers.


Race Three:

1st: (5) LADY LOHR – The ultimate horse for the course has won 20 times here over the year & is still winning at the age of ten. She won her first two starts of the year off the long layoff then finished in the money in her last 3 starts while showing good speed from the gate.

2nd: (2) CHESAPEAKE SPRING – Showed high speed before weakening against better starter allowance company then she came back against $12,500 claimers and won by a head when her wide trip got her up in time. Ron Potts wins 20% first start after a win.

3rd: (7) MASTIC – Beat this starter allowance level by almost three lengths the last time she faced them but did nothing her last two.


Race Four: Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Juvenile S. Purse $100,000

1st: (9) DRIVEN BY HISTORY – Ran well at this distance then stretched out to two turns and he won easily both times. He comes back in a long sprint and might get the perfect set up behind the speed with Antonio Gallardo back aboard – 32% riding for Teresa Connelly.

2nd: (2) SHEKKY SHEBAZ – Romped in her first two career starts here going short then came back and was a good second when he did not make the lead and had to rally from just off the pace. He shows a bullet workout since then and gets Ron Allen, Jr.

3rd: (3) KITCHEN FIRE – Woke up last out with a fast win against some of these going this distance and will be tough if he can do it again.


Race Five:

1st: (4) JAGUAR POZ – Missed by a length two starts back going six furlongs in fast time on the dirt at Thistledown then he came back here with a good second in a wide trip. Horse for the course can stalk the early speed and make his move when he wants to.

2nd: (8) STEVIS MAN – Went gate to wire against some of these last out and could do it again. He can run on or off the lead for John Bourke who wins 18% first start after a win and 16% with his synthetic track starters. Mario Pino rides back – 21% with his sprinters.

3rd: (9) RAPID DAN – Horse for the course raced well in an off-the-turf event at Parx then he came back & just missed on the turf at Laurel.

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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