Presque Isle Downs Selections and Analysis for Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Dick Powell offers his selections for the Wednesday card at Presque Isle Downs.
1st: (1) CHEROKEE CHATTER – beat open allowance foes two starts back in fast time. She ran poorly last out after a dull start and now faces open $25K claimers for Cathy Rosantz, who wins 15% with her synthetic-track starters.
2nd: (3) GOLDEN SUN DROPS – was a good winner at Turf Paradise on dirt in good time. She shipped here and won her Tapeta debut for Marcus Vitali, whose barn seems to be warming up. Rosario Montanez rides back.
3rd: (4) LENTEN ROSE – held on for third here in her Tapeta debut going two turns and then tired late when moved up in class.
1st: (1) VALDOLOBO – very inconsistent 8-year-old gelding that has plenty of back class. He had only one start last year and only one this year as well, but has won here before in fast time. Bill Martin wins 15% first start off long layoffs.
2nd: (4) BATTLE CREEK – raced evenly in his first three starts on the Tapeta and then came back to win by a head in a game effort. He drops down a notch in class for Ron Potts, who wins 12% first start after a win.
3rd: (6) MARV’S MAGIC – missed by a head in his Tapeta debut here and then raced evenly last out in a wide trip.
1st: (6) SHEZ UNTAPPABLE – first-time starter from Randy Russell, who only wins 5% with his debut runners but 14% against this maiden level. This daughter of Race Day (12% debut winners) has been training lights out here for this.
2nd: (8) PEACE IN PARADISE – showed high speed here in her well-bet career debut but then went up to Woodbine to run for more money and tired after a half-mile. She ships back here and takes on state-bred company with Declan Carroll aboard.
3rd: (5) R PENELOPE – first-time starter from Ed Rojas that is working well here out of the gate.
1st: (3) JULIETTE FALLS – broke her maiden here second time out going gate to wire in her two-turn debut. Off for eight months, she raced evenly in good time and then tired last out after battling for the lead.
2nd: (4) SHE’S A BOSSY GIRL – rallied for third in her Tapeta debut here in her first start off the claim by Marcus Vitali. She just missed last out after opening up a clear lead in the deep stretch and meets the same class level here.
3rd: (5) READY SHE IS – broke her maiden two starts back here in her Tapeta debut and then raced evenly against better.
1st: (6) T C GREELEY – shipped here after breaking his maiden on dirt, and after a couple of tries, he won easily as the 13-10 favorite. He came back and won at even money for Ed Rojas, who wins 30% first start after a win.
2nd: (1) JUST WATCH ME NOW – shipped here from Golden Gate and promptly beat similar. He came back and won again, but then weakened in his last two starts. Mike Pappada wins 18% with his sprint starters and when he uses jockey Erin Walker.
3rd: (4) ANTE UP ALEX – rallied wide to get up for second in his PID debut and comes back against the same level.
1st: (6) WAPITI WAY – horse for the course just missed against this claiming level and then did nothing when moved up in class off the claim. He dropped back down last out and won by a head. Jockey Pablo Morales is back aboard.
2nd: (8) GREAT BLAKE – beat this class level two starts back going 5 1/2 furlongs and then was an even fourth last out. Mark Hoffman wins 21% with his overall claimers and 19% with his sprint starters. Ron Allen, Jr. picks up the mount.
3rd: (1) HENRY’S WORLD – won his PID debut three starts back and then showed good speed before tiring in his last two.
1st: (4) JO JO HANS – dropped way down in class and won going away at this distance two starts back. Claimed by Ed Rojas, he was an even third against open allowance foes going two turns. Rojas wins 27% second start off the claim.
2nd: (5) REGAL SPEAKER – dropped down to the bottom and won easily at even money two starts back. He was a good third against better last out and now tries a long sprint with Pablo Morales back aboard.
3rd: (3) CHIS N WILBUR – horse for the course has seven wins and 15 placings in only 29 starts here.
1st: (7) ALA L – was racing inconsistently on the dirt at Finger Lakes and then shipped here to hold on well for fourth at long odds in her Tapeta debut. Mark Tasso is winless this year but is able to secure Scott Spieth to ride.
2nd: (1) SGT RECKLESS USMC – was beaten 65 lengths in her first two career starts and then woke up to go gate to wire on the dirt at Penn National. After a poor start here going two turns, she bounced back with a good third back in a sprint.
3rd: (2) CAN I GET AN AMEN – ran well in three starts on the Tapeta here against better and gets some class relief here.