Presque Isle Downs Selections and Analysis for Tuesday, June 4, 2024

June 3rd, 2024

Dick Powell shares his picks for all eight races at Presque Isle Downs on Tuesday.

Race One

1st: (1) PATH TO VICTORY – took her 17 tries to break her maiden, but she has run well since against decent company. With a start over the track last week, she should be better with that race under her belt, and the drop in class and post position will help. 

2nd: (6) SHORESY – finished up last year with a five-length maiden win going two turns here. She did nothing last out in an off-the-turf event at Penn National and returns here with a big drop in class while adding Lasix for the first time. 

3rd: (2) EASTERN SUNRISE – broke her maiden on the Tapeta at Turfway Park, then ran evenly in her next two starts. 

Race Two

1st: (6) BANG A RANG – broke his maiden on the dirt at Tampa Bay when Lasix was added for the first time. He raced evenly in his last two starts on the dirt in Ohio for Tim Hamm, who wins 23% first time against claiming company.   

2nd: (2) FACE DOWN – he tired in his last start of 2023 against allowance foes, then returned here against this claiming level and held well for third. Tim Girten wins 25% second start off the layoff and 19% with his synthetic-track starters. 

3rd: (3) COOL IN BLUE – woke up here last out when he rallied from far back to get second against this group. 

Race Three

1st: (4) SONG OF INDY – horse for the course goes for win number 12 here at the age of eight. She was an even third here last out two weeks ago and should benefit from that effort. Martina Rojas rides back for Mike Rogers.     

2nd: (3) POQUITO ROSE – has won nine times here including two weeks ago when she won easily off the long layoff. The nine-year-old mare was winless in 11 starts last year but can repeat her last effort on her favorite track. 

3rd: (1) UNICORN SALLY – winless in three starts here but does have some back class.  

Race Four

1st: (3) NEON DEION – broke his maiden here in his PID debut, then was second on a sloppy track in Indiana. After a terrible try at Turfway Park, he was a good second with Lasix added against this class level.  

2nd: (1) SPAN OF CONTROL – winless in nine starts here but has five placings. He ran poorly in his first start off the long layoff and now drops back down in class for John Fennessy, who wins 22% with this move. 

3rd: (4) YANKEE HUMOR – ships in from Arizona where he just missed in his last start for Marcus Vitali. 

Race Five

1st: (7) SHE’S A BOSSY GIRL – ran well here last year, then spent the winter in Arizona where she won two of her last three starts. Versatile daughter of Street Boss has won on all three racing surfaces and gets Pablo Morales. 

2nd: (3) CIDSTAYINURLAINE – had a couple of wins in Arizona earlier this winter, then did little when moved up in class. She showed good speed before tiring going six furlongs and now drops down in class but stretches out in distance. 

3rd: (5) LADY HAMILTON – ran well on the Tapeta at Turfway Park and now tries it here for Kieron Magee. 

Race Six

1st: (3) ST. SUSAN – raced evenly in her first two career starts at Gulfstream Park, then showed high speed there going two turns on the turf. Christophe Clement wins 20% going turf to synthetic and with his overall maiden special weight starters.  

2nd: (2) OH MY MIA – has had many chances but has yet to drop down in class because of her pedigree. Daughter of Quality Road showed good speed going a long seven furlongs at Keeneland and adds blinkers.

3rd: (1) REIGERT GIRLS – just missed two starts back when blinkers were added, then was close again here with first-time Lasix. 

Race Seven

1st: (6) GAVEL – speedy colt by Into Mischief went gate to wire in an off-the-turf maiden race at Hawthorne for Larry Rivelli, who wins 32% second start off the layoff and 28% first start after a win. 

2nd: (2) TWILIGHT DANCER – was a good third two starts back in the mud at Parx, then tired when stretched out to two turns. He turns back to a sprint for Girten, who wins 23% with his allowance runners. Morales picks up the ride. 

3rd: (4) DISCO CENTS – was soundly beaten by 51 lengths in his first two career starts, then returned this year with a sharp win. 

Race Eight

1st: (3) ORAZIO – horse for the course ran well here last year against similar company, then returned off the seven-month layoff with a good third going this distance in fast time. Mike Pappada wins 20% with his synthetic-track starters. 

2nd: (2) MR TITO’S – shipped in from Tampa Bay Downs off a series of dirt races and made his PID debut from post 9 going 5 1/2 furlongs. He stretches out to a distance where he has won numerous times, so his recent sprint should serve as the perfect prep.  

3rd: (6) SPETTACOLI – raced evenly from post 1 going this distance in his first start of the year.