Presque Isle Downs Selections and Analysis for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2023

September 12th, 2023

Dick Powell offers his selections and analysis for Wednesday's card at Presque Isle Downs. 

Race One:

1st: (3) THISAINTJUMPSTREET – horse for the course rallied from off the pace to just miss two starts back and then ran closer to the pace before weakening. She keeps facing the same claiming level, and as long as she doesn’t get claimed, will continue to do so. 

2nd: (1) ANNIE UP BUCK – horse for the course was soundly beaten in her first two starts here this season but improved with a good third last out behind the top choice.  

3rd: (4) KEYPIT – speedball hasn’t been hanging on lately but is always dangerous if she shakes loose. 

Race Two:

1st: (2) GOLDEN OAK – rallied for third going six furlongs two starts back and then stretched out to two turns and led to the deep stretch at almost 50-1. He turns back to six furlongs for Kim Schneider, who wins 13% going long to short.  

2nd: (4) PUNX – he’s not in the greatest form this season but at least shows signs of improving. He was a good third two back when forced to race wide and then last out he got up for second after being shuffled back from post two.  

3rd: (6) SILVER TOKEN – his lack of gate speed forces him to race wide but his last two starts were not bad. 

Race Three:

1st: (6) REACTIVE – raced evenly going six furlongs in her career debut and then improved with a good third going two turns against males. She’s back in against fillies and draws well with Pablo Morales back aboard.  

2nd: (2) TREASURED GEM – almost took them gate to wire two starts back in her PID debut and then she was beaten a length at 6-5 in an off-the-turf event at Delaware Park. Christophe Clement adds blinkers — 16% when he does. 

3rd: (1) VANA BRIGHT – tries Tapeta for the first time off two even efforts on the turf.

Race Four:

1st: (3) T REX – began the year with a good third here going two turns and then he ran well in two turf starts at Penn National. He returns here against state-bred allowance foes for Ron Rogers, who wins 13% with his overall allowance starters. 

2nd: (4) KNIGHT LEGEND – just missed in his Tapeta debut going six furlongs but then stretched out to two turns and was a sharp winner. This son of Street Sense continues his move up the class ranks for Tim Girten — 22% first start after a win. 

3rd: (5) DAWGMENTALITY –was a sharp winner here two starts back and then raced evenly after breaking slow. 

Race Five:

1st: (5) TAPIT RIGHT – had been turf sprinting at Evangeline Downs during the summer. She shipped here and was an even fourth going five furlongs and should be much tougher in her second start off the layoff. 

2nd: (2) ODD GAL – hasn’t won in 364 days but fits with these going this distance against this level. She rallied for third two starts back and then was an even fourth. Erin Walker rides back — 15% with her sprint rides. 

3rd: (7) NOT ORBINARY – turned back to a sprint after a series of route races and was a distant second against these. 

Race Six:

1st: (4) CAJUN CASANOVA – was a sharp winner against similar company two starts back on a wet track at Finger Lakes and then was second there in the mud. Claimed for $20K by Ralph D’Alessandro, he moves up a notch and gets Gallardo. 

2nd: (3) WOODCHUCK – beat cheaper two starts back when he won a long sprint going gate to wire. He stretched out to two turns last out and held well for second and now drops back to 5 1/2 furlongs for Mike Rogers, who wins 14% in this spot. 

3rd: (2) THE SINNER IS YOU – horse for the course comes right back for Ed Rojas, who wins 33% first start after a win. 

Race Seven:

1st: (3) PUTIN ONLINE – makes his PID debut off a pair of solid turf sprints at Colonial Downs for Sarah Nagle, who wins 15% going from turf to synthetic. This one-dimensional closer gets Antonio Gallardo. 

2nd: (4) YOUMUSTBEA WEASLEY – was an even fifth two starts back here going two turns and then just missed going gate to wire when allowed to set a slow pace. Kevin Rice wins 17% going long to short. 

3rd: (5) GET EVEN – speedball hasn’t been able to hang on to win but can get a piece of the purse in here. 

Race Eight:

1st: (2) SALLY’S MUSTANG – was a sharp winner and then couldn't handle the move up to open allowance foes. Back to this claiming level, she was a good second in fast time for Mike Rogers, who wins 17% going short to long.   

2nd: (1) NEVISIAN SPIRIT – horse for the course showed good speed to the deep stretch two starts back and then was an even second last out. The daughter of Congrats draws the rail with Huber Villa-Gomez riding back.  

3rd: (3) TUDOX RUE MAJESTIC – could be tough to catch if Eddie Dominguez can shake him loose early.