Presque Isle Downs Selections and Analysis Wednesday June 19, 2024

June 18th, 2024

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

Race One:

1st: (6) MR. SQUEAKY WHEELS – first-time starter from Kevin Rice who only wins 6% with his debut runners but this colt has pedigree. Out of a stakes-winning dam that has produced eight winners from eight foals to race including a stakes winner. 

2nd: (2) SNOWSTORM – first-time starter from Ron Potts who wins 16% with his debut runners. By Frosted (14% debut winners), he is out of a dam by Hard Spun that has produced four winners from four foals to race. 

3rd: (3) DANCING ON AIR – rallied for second at 32-1 in his career debut here two weeks ago. 

Race Two:

1st: (6) GOOD TO BE TRUGE – went gate to wire to win easily at 2-1 in her well-bet career debut here and now faces modest winners. John Fennessy wins 18% first start after a maiden win and 13% with his synthetic-track starters. 

2nd: (1) JAZZ TIME GIRL – finished up last season with a good second as the 6-5 favorite then came back here eight months later and broke her maiden going this distance. Walber Alencar rides back – 30% with his sprint rides. 

3rd: (3) ORPHAN EXCHANGE – showed good speed in her seasonal debut against this conditioned claiming level. 

Race Three:

1st: (3) A THOUSAND PLANS – showed good speed when blinkers were added two starts back then went gate to wire last out in fast time. She comes back against similar priced claimers for Gerry Brooks who wins 18% first start after a win

2nd: (2) GOOGLY EYES – rallied from off the pace to miss by a length against first-level allowance foes and now drops down in class for Matthew Kintz, who wins 16% second start off the layoff. 

3rd: (4) AIR ONE – raced evenly here last out off the layoff and gets a major rider upgrade to Pablo Morales. 

Race Four:

1st: (1) MOTITO – missed all of the 2023 season but came back on the dirt at Parx and won second time out. She ran poorly there next out then came here and won going away at this distance. Tim Girten wins 33% when he rides Pablo Morales.   

2nd: (3) CINCO DE MANDEE – ran well here last year but began this season with big win and earned her fastest speed rating in a long time. She went gate to wire last out when Brooke Bays put her on the lead and held off challengers getting 10 pounds.  

3rd: (5) MOLISE – daughter of Ghostzapper lost her form last year and begins this season against bottom claimers. 

Race Five:

1st: (1) STONE’S THROW – speedball breaking from the rail pressed the pace here last out before weakening as the 11-10 favorite. Ed Rojas wins 33% with this dropdown and 29% in his first start off the claim. 

2nd: (3) SPAN OF CONTROL – tired after a half-mile against better company in his first start of the year then dropped down to this class level and was right there into the final furlong. Antonio Gallardo rides back for John Fennessy.  

3rd: (5) VERY DEBONAIRE – has some Tapeta back class at Woodbine then raced evenly in his first two PID starts. 

Race Six:

1st: (5) TIZ TACT TOE – was an even fourth against better company here then dropped down to this level and won going away. She draws well for a stalking trip with Martina Rojas, who wins 17% riding for her father Ed. 

2nd: (7) CREATIVE CHOICE – began the season with a gate-to-wire win here against better then weakened last out. He drops down to the bottom level and should be tough to catch with Walber Alencar riding back. 

3rd: (1) SPETTACOLI – horse for the course should be fit off two even efforts here off the long layoff. 

Race Seven:

1st: (3) RUNAWAY HARRY – horse for the course has won seven of eight starts here including a sharp win from post eight last out. He drops down a bit in class here for Mike Pappada who wins 26% first start after a win.

2nd: (2) YADI – horse for the course has won seven times here and has ten other placings. He got up by a neck last out going 6 1/2 furlongs and stretches out to two turns for Cathy Rosantz who wins 24% stretching out. 

3rd: (1) VELOCE – returns against the same group from the same post with Antonio Gallardo riding back. 

Race Eight:

1st: (8) KATESALUCKYGIRL – ran well in her first two Tapeta starts here last year then tired badly. Off for over 10 months, she came back with a good second and tries them again with Erin Walker back aboard.  

2nd: (2) SONG OF INDY – horse for the course has won 11 times here with 13 other placings. She held well to be third last out in her seasonal debut for Mike Rogers who wins 16% second start off the layoff and with his overall claimers.    

3rd: (1) EMERALD CITADELLE – just missed going gate to wire here after opening up a big, early lead.