Presque Isle Downs Selections and Analysis for Tuesday, May 30, 2023

May 29th, 2023

Dick Powell offers his picks and analysis for the Presque Isle Downs racing card on Tuesday.

Race 1

1st: (#1) WINE WITH A ROSE – is still winless after 11 tries, but her four starts here last year against better maidens were not bad. Maria Bowersock wins 16% going from dirt to synthetic and 14% with her overall synthetic-track starters.  

2nd: (#5) GARBET – showed some improvement two starts back going two turns on the turf at Turf Paradise, then shipped here and chased a very slow pace. She drops down in class again for Marcus Vitali, who wins 41% with his overall maiden claimers.    

3rd: (#4) PATH TO VICTORY – drops down a notch in class off some modest efforts on the dirt at Tampa Bay Downs.  

Race 2 

1st: (#4) GREY CHARMER– was claimed for $30K three starts back off a winning start on the Tapeta at Turfway Park, then came back there and missed by a nose in a long sprint. He did nothing last out from post 11 going two turns and drops back to a sprint.  

2nd: (#6) CAMINO DE SANTIAGO – added Lasix without much effect, so he had to drop down to this conditioned claiming level here last out. Tim Hamm wins 22% with his claiming starters and overall synthetic-track starters.  

3rd: (#5) UNCLE JOCK – speedball broke his maiden here last year in his second career start for Ron Potts.  

Race 3

1st: (#4) NIGHT TIME RULER – went gate to wire two starts in a row on the dirt at Mahoning Valley, but was soundly beaten in his next two starts when moved up in class. He drops down in class against state-bred company.    

2nd: (#3) BRUMBA WAFFLE TOES – began the year with a poor turf effort with first-time Lasix at Tampa Bay Downs, then was second here against this level going 5 1/2 furlongs. He broke his maiden here last year going two turns. 

3rd: (#6) DAWGMENTALITY – ran well here last year and prepped for this with an even effort in a sprint 15 days ago.  

Race 4 

1st: (#1) ZIP CODE ENVY – raced evenly in two starts on the dirt at Tampa Bay Downs, but came back here 15 days ago and was a good second. Daughter of California Chrome draws the rail with Pablo Morales back aboard.  

2nd: (#4) LADY AREION – first-time starter by Chitu who wins 9% with his first-time starters. She is training very fast here this month for Teresa Connelly, who wins 7% with her debut starters   

3rd: (#6) UPPITY UP – first-time starter by English Channel (9% debut winners) is out of a dam that has produced two winners.  

Race 5 

1st: (#1) ASPLUNDER – broke his maiden here last October, then was a good third against allowance foes. He was an even third last out here when dropped down to this level for the first time. Leland Hayes wins 16% with his overall synthetic-track starters.  

2nd: (#3) CITY TRIPPER – broke his maiden here in his third career start, then tired after a half-mile when moved up in class. He did little in his return to the races here for Rory Barron, who wins 14% with his overall claimers.  

3rd: (#4) LEONARD’S LEGACY – broke his maiden by five lengths here last July as the 1-2 favorite.

Race 6 

1st: (#7) SNAKERATTLEANDROLL – horse-for-the-course is inconsistent at best, but all three of his wins here came going two turns. Last out off the long layoff, he beat similar class company and gets in light again with Martina Rojas.   

2nd: (#1) SPETTACOLI – has more than enough speed to keep from getting shuffled back from post 1. He held on to deep stretch last out going 70 yards farther and gets Mike Allen back aboard.

3rd: (#8) C THE KING – horse-for-the-course has finished in the money 21 times here over the years, including a good second last out.  

Race 7 

1st: (#6) REINVEST – broke his maiden in his well-bet career debut, then beat allowance foes going two turns on the dirt. He was up the track in the Lexington (G3) at Keeneland but faced a wicked strong field.   

2nd: (#1) DECLARED – horse-for-the-course has six wins and four seconds in 14 career starts here. Son of Hard Spun draws the rail and should be fit off a strong second here last out in fast time.    

3rd: (#3) BARNEGAT LIGHT – has run well here in the past and prepped for this with two turf races at Tampa Bay Downs.  

Race 8

1st: (#7) NATHANIEL’S HOPE – just missed breaking his maiden two starts back at 15-1, then was an even fourth when held up wide. Off for 236 days, he has his claiming tag waived and his workouts here indicates that he is ready.    

2nd: (#8) ROUND ROBIN – drops down in class for his Tapeta debut. He hated the sloppy track at Penn National last out but has plenty of time to recover. Ricky Hendriks wins 19% with his synthetic-track starters.   

3rd: (#9) PITON – has had 27 chances to graduate but missed by a head two starts back here.