Presque Isle Downs Selections and Analysis for Monday, May 27, 2024

May 26th, 2024

Dick Powell's views of all eight races at Presque Isle Downs on Monday.  

Race One

1st: (6) PARTNER TOURS – was an even fourth last week off the long layoff and drops down in class for John Fennessy, who wins 23% with this move. He has past races that can win this and gets Kris Fox back aboard.  

2nd: (4) ROCK WITH YOU – moves up a notch in class off the claim here last week when he held on for second as the 8-5 favorite. Ed Rojas wins 27% in this spot and 31% in the first start back with a beaten favorite. 

3rd: (1) MUTTLEY – has some back class on the dirt at Parx and for Rojas, who gets Pablo Morales to ride. 

Race Two

1st: (3) LESLIE CHOW – has some decent races on the Tapeta at Woodbine. He faded on a sloppy track at Gulfstream Park, then raced evenly going two turns at Parx when dropped down to this class level. 

2nd: (6) MACKENZIE’S NOVVA – rallied for third in his three most recent races at Turfway Park. He was a good second here going six furlongs last week and now stretches out to two turns for Gerry Brooks, who wins 17% stretching out.  

3rd: (2) HIGH HEADED – woke up to break his maiden three starts back but did little in his last two. 

Race Three

1st: (6) HOPE SHE COMES – returns to the races off a 244-day layoff. She had some decent starts last year here and gets in light with apprentice rider Dereck Lopez, who is looking for his first career win. 

2nd: (7) SUNSET VIBES – first-time starter from Moises Valdez who wins 9% with his synthetic-track starters. She shows some decent workouts here and gets Antonio Gallardo – 24% with his sprint rides. 

3rd: (3) KAGERO – moves up a notch in class off some decent efforts to finish up last year. 

Race Four

1st: (3) WILD DELIGHT – horse for the course won her first three starts here last year then weakened when moved up in class. She shows a pair of fast workouts here and draws well with Martina Rojas. 

2nd: (5) QUEEN WIGGY – speedball rallied from just off the pace two starts back, then raced evenly last out while contesting the pace. Tim Girten wins 38% first start after being beaten as the favorite and 15% off long layoffs.    

3rd: (4) BATH AND TENNIS – horse for the course should come out running in his first start of the year at the age of nine. 

Race Five

1st: (8) EPIC LUCK – unlike most of these, he had a busy winter with six starts already this year. He made up ground on the turf last out from post 9, but he has shown good speed here in the past. 

2nd: (1) VALENTINE BUG – one-dimensional closer also has six starts this year but mostly against cheaper. Horse for the course did not run on Lasix in his last two starts but gets it back today, draws the rail, and has Morales aboard.   

3rd: (4) HEY PADRE – could be tough on the lead if he can get an uncontested pace scenario. 

Race Six

1st: (4) SHE’S FIRE – won a stakes race here last year in very fast time going 6 1/2 furlongs. She did nothing in her next two starts and now drops back down to allowance company for Kevin Rice.     

2nd: (5) NICE ACE – horse for the course has won 11 times here in only 19 tries. He won his last two starts here last year against stakes foes and turns back to a sprint for Girten, who wins 18% first start after a win. 

3rd: (6) CAPTIVATING BOY – speedy route horse ran well on the Tapeta at Golden Gate last year for Bill Morey.

Race Seven

1st: (2) WHEELINGNDEALING – held well for second two starts back on the dirt at Tampa Bay, then was used hard to keep up from post 1. Scott Spieth rides back – 14% with his sprint rides.

2nd: (9) RED WREN – was soundly beaten two starts in a row but was a good second going two turns on the turf at Tampa Bay. Rice wins 30% third start off the layoff and 16% going long to short.   

3rd: (8) CARLOTUK – was a sharp winner two starts back here against state-bred allowance foes. 

Race Eight

1st: (7) OPHELIAS DREAM – was a game second in her well-bet career debut here last September, then came back and was an even third against open company maidens. Glenn Wismer wins 24% with his synthetic-track starters. 

2nd: (1) SISTER EVE – first-time starter from Girten who wins 15% with his debut runners and 19% when they debut at this maiden level. Daughter of Warrior’s Reward is out of a stakes-winning and producing dam. 

3rd: (9) BESS’ CANDY – first-time starter from Arnaud Delacour, who wins 14% with his debut runners.