Presque Isle Downs Selections and Analysis for Wednesday, July 10, 2024

July 10th, 2024

Dick Powell outlines his selections for Wednesday’s card at Presque Isle Downs.

Race One:

1st: (1) MOST DIVINE – still winless after 10 tries but they all came against better maiden company. She raced evenly two starts back against top maidens, then dropped to this level and rallied some after being shuffled back early. 

2nd: (5) LAST GLIMMER – dropped down to this maiden claiming level two starts back and showed good speed. She carried her speed farther last out when used hard from the rail and switches to jockey Pablo Morales. 

3rd: (2) LADYS CHANT – was a game second here in her Tapeta debut going two turns, then went backward as the odds-on fave. 

Race Two:

1st: (1) RICHIES NOBLE GIRL – has two races here this year against this claiming level and they were both good. She passed rivals last out to get third as the odds-on favorite for Ed Rojas, who wins 30% in this spot. 

2nd: (5) STARSHIP MACYS – opened up a big lead before being caught in her first start of the year, then held on to the final yards last out. Mike Pappada wins 26% third start off the layoff. 

3rd: (3) PROTECTTHEWITNESS – was no match for the top choice here last out as the beaten favorite. 

Race Three:

1st: (4) NEW WAYS TO DREAM – has three sprint starts here this year against this conditioned claiming level and drew post one each time. She gets some relief here for Matt Kintz, who wins 16% with his sprinters. 

2nd: (2) REAL GOOD VYBZ – horse for the course beat this level going this distance two starts back, then tired when moved up in class and distance. She turns back to a sprint with Martina Rojas riding.  

3rd: (3) JULIETTE FALLS – returned to the races with a good second against these, then raced evenly with no impact. 

Race Four:

1st: (3) FLEUR DELACOUR – was soundly beaten two starts in a row on the dirt at Tampa Bay Downs to finish up last year. She returned off a six-month layoff with a good second when Lasix was added, then ran second against open maidens. 

2nd: (6) OPHELIAS DREAM – was a good second in her well-bet career debut going six furlongs, then was third against open maidens to finish the year. She flashed good speed for a half-mile last out and now adds Lasix for the first time. 

3rd: (2) SHEZ UNTAPPABLE – woke up in her seasonal debut when blinkers were added, then was third behind the top choice. 

Race Five:

1st: (6) TALK MUCH – showed good speed before weakening in her first start in four months, then she carried her speed to the final furlong. Scooter Davis wins 25% with his synthetic-track starters and is 3-for-9 with Rosario Montanez. 

2nd: (5) SO MOXIE – horse for the course has improved in each of her three starts here this year against this class level. She’s had a nice breeze since her last start so she has a chance to repeat her last effort or even improve.  

3rd: (2) MOLISE – was soundly beaten in her last two starts last year against much better company. 

Race Six:

1st: (2) LOVE RESTRAINED – did nothing from post 12 in a turf sprint at Aqueduct, then came here seven months later and missed by a neck to a next-out winner. This daughter of Into Mischief should improve second start off the layoff.  

2nd: (5) SMARTY PANTS – was a good third two starts back in a turf sprint at Mountaineer, then came here and was a good third going this distance in fast time. Jose Leon rides back.  

3rd: (6) BOTITA – moves up in class off two narrow losses and Ron Allen can work out a trip from out here. 

Race Seven:

1st: (6) RECYCLE – was a sharp winner against open allowance foes two starts back here, then ran evenly when moved up to open company. She returns against state-bred optional claimers with Walber Alencar, who wins 36% with John Fennessy.

2nd: (2) SHAKIN IT UP LARRY – speedball returns off a 266-day layoff. He beat open allowance foes last out in October and is training well for this. Randy Russell wins 13% first start after a win and 31% when he rides Gaddiel Martinez. 

3rd: (1) A WESTERN YARN – two-turn turf runner makes his Tapeta debut for trainer Arnaud Delacour. 

Race Eight:

1st: (7) SAMURAI LEGACY – horse for the course has won 10 times here over the years. He showed high speed in both starts this season and should be able to relax better from post seven. Dave Markgraf wins 19% with his claimers. 

2nd: (6) TAPSOLUTION – just missed two starts back going this distance against these. He raced evenly last out for Scooter Davis, who wins 47% first start after being beaten as the favorite and 25% with his synthetic-track starters. 

3rd: (2) CITY TRIPPER – was a good second last out off a decent effort against allowance foes.