Presque Isle Downs Selections and Analysis Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023

October 24th, 2023

Dick Powell offers his selections and analysis for the Tuesday, Oct. 24, card at Presque Isle Downs.

Race One:

1st: (1) BEAST BUNNY – broke her maiden here at the end of July then was an even third in her next two starts. She switched to Dave Markgraf last out and rallied for second after being shuffled back early.

2nd: (3) LITTLE MISS MOFFAT – broke her maiden going away in her career debut here against the lowest of maiden claimers. She moves up in class for Glenn Wismer, who wins 23% first start after a maiden win and 23% on synthetic tracks.

3rd: (5) MO NIGHEAN DONN – just missed in her Tapeta debut here going two turns against this class level.

Race Two:

1st: (3) EMPTY MY POUCH – still a maiden after seven tries. He has done well since dropping down to this maiden claiming level. He was a good third his last two starts here and draws better with Ron Allen back aboard.

2nd: (7) GIANNO – first-time starter from Larry Rivelli, who wins 19% with his debut runners and 25% against maiden claimers. Son of Cairo Prince (12% debut winners) is out of a dam by Discreet Cat that has produced three winners from three foals to race.

3rd: (6) SWEET TRAVELS – raced evenly in his career debut here two weeks ago and adds blinkers.

Race Three:

1st: (5) BLAMEITONMYMOMMA – first-time starter from Larry Rivelli has been training steadily in Chicago. By Peace and Justice, she is out of a winning dam by Congrats and gets Pablo Morales first time out.

2nd: (1) TALE OF THE DRAGON – has improved some in his last two starts here for Louis Ruberto. He has shown decent gate speed here and gets Addiel Ayala back aboard.

3rd: (6) BENGAL CAT – flashed speed for a half-mile before tiring here and gets a 10-pound bug boy.

Race Four:

1st: (7) DAD'S LIL SPARK – broke his maiden going two turns then came back two starts later to win easily in fast time. He tired last out but can boss these with his best effort. Kevin Rice wins 18% with his claimers and 13% going long.

2nd: (8) TIZ TACT TOE – put together a decent streak of solid efforts before failing in fast time against open allowance foes. He was a good second as the 7-5 favorite here last out when dropped back down to this conditioned claiming level.

3rd: (2) EIGHT WEEKS LONG – ships in from Finger Lakes after some decent two-turn efforts against cheaper.

Race Five:

1st: (1) DISASTER RECOVERY – just missed two starts in a row. He faded next out when he pushed the pace but came back here against bottom maiden claimers and missed by a head. He moves up a notch in class, draws the rail and gets Gallardo.

2nd: (2) DIAMONDHARD STONE – improved a lot when Lasix was added in his third career start. He just missed against this level then raced evenly against winners. Back down to this level, he was second by a length last out.

3rd: (3) INBOUND – still winless after 11 tries but his lone try on Tapeta was not bad against better company.

Race Six:

1st: (3) GENEVIEVE’S Z VA – horse for the course was a good winner two starts back going two turns then tired some in a very fast sprint. Cathy Rozantz wins 17% going short to long and 14% with her overall synthetic-track starters.

2nd: (5) ISTHATYOURHARLEY – was soundly beaten two starts back on yielding turf then won easily there on the dirt. She has run well here in the past and gets in light with Martina Rojas — 19% with her route mounts.

3rd: (1) AZTEC PRINCESS – beat first-level allowance foes two starts back then ran evenly against these last out.

Race Seven:

1st: (7) CALVARY KAT – classy daughter of Army Mule beat state-breds two starts back at 3-5 odds. She came back here and was third in a long sprint against these. Tim Girten is 3-for-9 adding Lasix and 26% with his allowance runners.

2nd: (10) SHORTY MAC – started her career as a turf sprinter then won her Tapeta debut here. She just missed against this level when pressing the pace from post one and should get a stalking trip from here.

3rd: (1) CARLOTUK – was soundly beaten at Parx but shipped here and beat state-bred allowance foes.

Race Eight:

1st: (6) HEIRLOOM KITTEN – horse for the course ran well earlier this summer but recent starts have been poor. He drops down to the bottom for Tim Girten, who wins 22% with this move and 20% with his synthetic-track starters.

2nd: (7) CEDUNA – horse for the course raced evenly two starts back then missed by a neck last out in fast time. He meets the same group for Dave Markgraf, who wins 17% going long, with the last 69 of them showing a huge, flat-bet profit.

3rd: (1) SIDE TRACKED – another horse for the course just missed two starts back then raced evenly with blinkers on.