Presque Isle Downs Selections September 27th 2017

Race One:

1st: (7) SANDLOT SAM – Raced evenly in a long sprint two starts back then came back at two turns and Erin Walker opened up a huge lead before being run down going two turns. She will probably try to employ the same tactics today and she wins 9% going long.

2nd: (2) STEPHEN’S ANSWER – Just missed going two turns against much better maiden claimers then he moved up in class last out and added blinkers before tiring badly. The blinkers comes off, he drops way down in class and gets Antonio Gallardo back aboard.

3rd: (1) IMA SMARTY CAT – Was an even third two starts back against better then rallied from way back when dropped back to this level.


Race Two:

1st: (1) HERE’S PACO – Was an even third in his career debut going a two-turn mile then he came back as the 9 to 5 favorite and showed good speed before weakening. Adam Rice wins 22% first start after being beaten as the favorite and he adds Lasix and blinkers.

2nd: (6) VINNY BOY – Raced evenly at long odds in his first two career starts going short then stretched out to two turns and showed good speed before weakening. Son of REVOLVING is out of a dam by UNTUTTABLE that is a half-sister to two stakes winners.

3rd: (4) CUSTOM INFINITY – Stretched out to two turns for the first time and he raced side then came back with a good third.


Race Three:

1st: (6) WALL STREET – Switched to the Bert Crawford barn and he has raced well four straight times. He was a good second as the 2 to 1 favorite and then came back with an even third here going nine furlongs. Crawford wins 14% first start after being beaten as the favorite.

2nd: (2) SILVER DIB – Raced evenly two starts back then came back and just missed after being shuffled back from post one and rallied wide to loom boldly in the stretch. Tim Girten wins 25% with his claimers and 23% with his synthetic track starters.

3rd: (5) FABLEDZAPPER – Was in good form this time of year last season and the horse for the course goes back to Nabu Morales.


Race Four:

1st: (5) DOTHRAKI WARRIOR – Just missed here two starts back going a two-turn mile then he came back with another good second. Last out, he passed six horses in the stretch but was run down after taking a short lead and meets the same claiming group.

2nd: (6) HORSERADISH – Made his Tapeta debut two starts back and he was an even fourth then came back and missed by a length after chasing the pace from the inside. John Bourke wins 16% with his overall claimers and 13% going long. Luis Garcia rides back.

3rd: (8) GARAVA – Missed by a length from post ten in a wide trip two starts back then raced evenly going six furlongs.


Race Five:

1st: (7) EL SEVENTYSEVEN – Won two in a row against less company then moved up to this level and rallied for second going this distance. He dropped back from post one and then raced evenly going six furlongs in very fast time with Addiel Ayala back aboard.

2nd: (6) HOLLYWOOD TALENT – Was a good second going this distance from post one and then came back in a turf sprint at Kentucky Downs and almost went gate to wire. He comes back against $25K claimers for Brian Michael who wins 25% with his overall claimers.

3rd: (5) SEUSS – Horse for the course was a sharp winner two starts back then raced evenly behind the top choice in a fast race.


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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