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RACE ANALYSIS

Thursday, Sept. 15....friday, sept. 16 ....Saturday, sept 17 

 

by brian 'The Biscuit' kohn

 

 

 
  
 
 
Sept 15
Race 1:
Peach Time will be making her second start this season. She has been racing on the main track at Prairie Meadows this summer where she finished a season best third in an Iowa-bred stakes race June 17. The top two finishers in that race would go on to win their next starts. She has not been in the money since, but has been racing well on the turf in her career. She finished in the top two on the turf in two of her allowance turf starts at Turf Paradise this winter with her latest victory this past February. She finished fourth in her latest start at this price behind dead heat winners Dorn and Minnesota-bred Naomi Ridge Esq.
First Hunter has won twice this season on this turf course. She broke through July 4 with a Minnesota-bred maiden allowance victory after extending the distance to one mile and seventy yards. After finishing sixth when facing winners for the first time in a troubled trip, she bounced back with another victory two starts back against Minnesota-bred allowance. She moved to open company allowance where she would finish fourth behind morning line favorite Ms. Bubbette. One of the top jockeys, Alex Canchari, will be in the irons.
Another Minnesota-bred entered here is Anzoo. She has won two of her last four starts including a Minnesota-bred maiden allowance race four starts back and a Minnesota-bred $10,000 claiming race at this distance on the main track two starts back. She has only one career turf start and that was a fourth place finish earlier this meet going five furlongs. Leading jockey Dean Butler is aboard and she could be the lone early leader here. If she can take that early lead and set a slow pace she could possibly be an upset threat.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #5 Peach Time
2nd Place:
#3 First Hunter
3rd Place:
#9 Anzoo
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
5

$2 Double ($4 total)
3, 5/10
 
Race 2:
Dorn has finished in the money in four of five starts this season, including both turf races. She will be looking to make it two in a row after winning in a dead heat in her latest start, a $20,000 claiming race on the turf as the favorite August 26. The other horse in that dead heat was multiple meet winning Minnesota-bred Naomi Ridge Esq. She finished runner-up three starts back on the main track as the even money favorite behind multiple meet winner Cotton Club Cutie. 
Lamazone won two of four turf starts this past winter at Turf Paradise including an allowance race last December and at the $12,500 claiming price in March in her final start of their season. She finished runner-up at the $10,000 claiming price by a neck in her first start this season at Canterbury Park July 30. She moved up to allowance company but was probably outclassed in that spot where she would finish last. I would expect her to bounce back from that effort going to the $7,500 claiming price here.
Hugsforhennyhall enters this race on a win streak as she has won her last two starts. After finishing third in one of her first four starts this season, she won her first start this season two starts back and returned to the winner’s circle again in her latest effort August 25. She defeated other runners entered here and both of those races were at the $7,500 claiming price. Jockey Israel Hernandez has been aboard for both of those wins.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #10 Dorn
2nd Place:
#7 Lamazone  
3rd Place:
#1 Hugsforhennyhall
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win Place ($4 total)
10

$2 Exacta ($4 total)
10/1, 7
Race 3:
Stella’s Princess will be looking to end her season with back-to-back wins. She’s finished in the money in three of her last four starts. The only time she was off the board during that stretch was ninth in her only career route race in the Minnesota Oaks July 30. She was the favorite in her latest victory at the $20,000 claiming price. That win was even more impressive because she had only one career victory entering that race and it was a non-winners of three lifetime. She won by over seven lengths in her debut race at this distance last year. This will be her first time racing on the turf.
Da Kleinen Schatzi won back-to-back claiming starts including by over five lengths three starts back at the $20,000 claiming price. She went from sprint races to route races for her latest two efforts where she was off the board including on the turf last time. Cutting the distance back to five furlongs should help her improve and will continue to have leading jockey Dean Butler in the irons.
Some Say So has finished runner-up in four of her last six starts including her latest effort, a Minnesota-bred allowance race September 3, as the favorite. She cuts back the distance to five furlongs. She did win her debut start May 21 going five and a half furlongs on the main track. Her most recent success has been going longer than this distance today. Possibly this race might be not enough distance for her to race her best.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #7 Stella’s Princess
2nd Place:
#1 Da Kleinen Schatzi
3rd Place:
#2 Some Say So
Suggested Wagers:

$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
7
$2 Exacta ($4 total)
7/1, 2
 
Race 4:
Minnesota-bred Fear Fighter will be making his second start off of a layoff. Trainer McLean Robertson wins at a 22% rate with second starts off of the layoff. His latest start is a toss out as he lost the rider shortly after the start. Before the layoff, he finished a career best fourth in a Minnesota-bred maiden allowance race as one of the top choices sprinting on the main track. He would finish off the board in each of his next two starts as well, but both of those races were on the turf. 
Gray Cotton moved to the turf for the first time in his career in his latest start September 2. He may have not liked the surface switch as he stopped and would finish a well beaten last going seven and a half furlongs. He finished runner-up at the $20,000 maiden claiming price two starts back going five furlongs on the main track. He finished in the money in his first two career starts in maiden races at Hawthorne last November. Possibly going to this maiden claiming price will be what he needs to break through.
My Kingdom will be making his fifth start this season. Three of the four starts have been on the turf. He has not finished in the money in any of the turf races including last time at the $20,000 maiden claiming price. He finished fifth in a maiden allowance race two starts back which was the only start this season on the main track. Before racing here this season, he finished in the money in his first three career starts on the main track at Turf Paradise. The drop in price along with going back to the dirt should help him improve here.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #3 Fear Fighter
2nd Place:
#6 Gray Cotton
3rd Place:
#8 My Kingdom
Suggested Wagers:

$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
3

$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
3, 6, 8
Race 5:
Keats Corner will be making his fourth career start. He was favored in his debut start July 2 but would finish runner-up behind multiple meet winner Devil’s Teeth and ahead of maiden winner Got Even Smarter. He has not been on the board since but had a troubled trip where he was seventh as the favorite two starts back and placed sixth through disqualification. Last time, he would race in the Northern Lights Futurity where he would finish tenth behind dominant winner Fireman Oscar. Going back to maidens here should help him improve off of his latest effort.
Monday Confession will be making his third career start. He finished fifth in his debut but placed fourth through disqualification. He improved in his next start August 26 where he would finish runner-up behind Got Even Smarter as the favorite. He could be the one to beat here if he keeps improving off of that experience.
Formidable Force finished sixth behind dominant winner Chaska and the aforementioned Fireman Oscar in his debut start August 5. He would be placed fifth through disqualification. He finished fifth last time in the Northern Lights Futurity.   If he keeps improving here he could be an upset winner in his third career start. He will continue to have one of the top riders this season, Orlando Mojica, aboard.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #8 Keats Corner
2nd Place:
#1 Monday Confession
3rd Place:
#2 Formidable Force
Suggested Wagers:

$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
8

$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
1, 2, 8
Race 6:
Denali Success will be looking for his third consecutive victory here. Before starting a win streak, he finished in the money in back-to-back starts in starter allowance races to kick off his racing season here. He was one of the top choices three starts back, but got cut off and had to check at the 7/8 pole. He would finish seventh but placed sixth through disqualification. The winner of that race, Minnesota-bred Sam’s Silver Star, would go on to win his next start. Both of his wins are at today’s distance at the $4,000 claiming price.
Stormy Holiday was claimed for $10,000 five starts back to the Karl Broberg barn. He has finished in the money in three of four starts since the claim, including a victory on the turf three starts back at the $10,000 claiming price. The last time he was on the dirt he would finish fourth, but had a troubled trip where he had to steady during the race. He also cuts the distance back to six and a half furlongs. The only time he has raced at this distance was that troubled trip four starts back. 
Politicallycorrect will be making his second start since being claimed for $25,000 to the McLean Robertson barn. This will also be his second start off of a layoff. Robertson wins at a 22% rate with second starts after the layoff. He finished fifth in his return start September 5 in an allowance race going six furlongs. He has won at this distance in his career and will have leading jockey Dean Butler in the irons. He is likely the one to beat but may not offer much value with the drop in price to $6,250 today.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #12 Denali Success
2nd Place:
#2 Stormy Holiday
3rd Place:
#1 Politicallycorrect
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
12

$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
1, 2, 12


Race 7:
Emma’s Parade will be making her second start off of the layoff and since moving to the Dan McFarlane barn. She finished runner-up in her first start off of the layoff at this claiming price August 28. Jockey Larren Delorme continues to be aboard. McFarlane and Delorme win at a 30% rate when they are teamed together for a start. Before the layoff, the winners of each of her last two starts would go on to win their next starts.
Little Treat will be making her first career start at Canterbury Park. She has finished in the money in three of her last four starts including runner-up two starts back at the $5,000 claiming price as the favorite at Columbus. Before going to Nebraska for her latest two efforts, she finished third in back-to-back claiming races at the $7,500 price at Prairie Meadows. Leading jockey Dean Butler will be in the irons for this start.
Schuyler Warrior will be making her first start after breaking through win her maiden win in her latest start August 4. She finished second in that start as the heavy favorite, a $20,000 maiden claiming price race on the turf, but would be place first through disqualification. Before that start, she finished runner-up in back-to-back starts including behind multiple meet winner Live Forever three starts back on the turf and two starts back on the main track.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #10 Emma’s Parade
2nd Place:
#9 Little Treat
3rd Place:
#4 Schuyler Warrior
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
10
50-cent Pick 3 ($3 total)
4, 9, 10/6/6, 7
 
 
Race 8:
Captain of Summer will be making his fourth start of the year. He finished sixth at the $20,000 maiden claiming price July 22 in his return start. He has finished runner-up in each of his next two starts since including two lengths behind heavy favorite Justcallme Charlie two starts back and behind dominant winner Vow of Francis and ahead of heavy favorite King of Boyd in his latest start September 1 at this maiden claiming price.
Justfortherunofit goes from the $50,000 maiden claiming price to the $10,000 maiden claiming price for this start. He also cuts back in distance from one mile to six furlongs. The last time he ran a sprint distance was three starts back when he finished a career best third at the $20,000 maiden claiming price July 22. He moved to the turf two starts back and would finish behind multiple next race winners in his latest start. Veteran rider Paul Nolan will be aboard him for the first time in his career.
Orfan Ole has finished in the top four in two of four starts since moving back to the Stephen Kane barn. He finished third at this maiden claiming price three starts back and fourth two starts back. He went to open company at the $50,000 maiden claiming price and moved to the turf for his latest start. He would finish ninth there and has yet to finish in the money in three career turf starts. I would expect him to bounce back here going to the main track and back to facing other state-bred runners.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #6 Captain of Summer
2nd Place:
#4 Justfortherunofit
3rd Place:
#5 Orfan Ole
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Exacta ($4 total)
6/4, 5

$1 Trifecta ($6 total)
6/3, 4, 5/3, 4, 5
 
Race 9:
Unzapped will be making his third start this year. Before the layoff, he finished third in back-to-back allowance races at Delaware Park. He finished sixth, but placed fifth through disqualification, in his return start in an allowance race August 5 behind multiple meet winner Vestibule and stakes winning third place finisher Hold for More. He went to starter allowance in his latest start but faded to sixth. He goes to the $4,000 price here which might be the right spot for him to win his first start since September 2014.
Los Bambinos alsowill be making his third start of the year. He shipped in from Southern California where he was claimed for $32,000 at Santa Anita. He began his season on the turf where he would finish seventh at the $10,000 claiming price. He would be favored in his latest start but would finish off the board and had to steady at the eighth pole. He drops further down in price here and cuts back in distance. He has won twice in six starts at six furlongs. 
Minnesota-bred Ceeya Tuesday finished runner-up in his first start of the year July 7 at this claiming price behind dominant winner and heavy favorite Handsome Roy. He has been out of the money in his last two starts including at the $10,000 claiming price in his latest effort September 1. He could improve here going back to the $6,250 claiming price in this start. Leading jockey Dean Butler will be aboard.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #6 Unzapped
2nd Place:
#7 Los Bambinos
3rd Place:
#5 Ceeya Tuesday
Suggested Wagers:

$2 Exacta Box ($4 total)
6, 7

$1 Trifecta ($6 total)
6, 7/6, 7/2, 3, 5
 
Sept 16
Race 1:
Minnesota-bred Tri Spot has been improving in each start since switching from the main track to the turf course. He finished seventh in his first turf start and was fourth two starts back. In his latest turf start September 1 against Minnesota-breds at the $50,000 maiden claiming price, he would be near the rear of the field early on but circled five wide to finish runner-up by a length. He would be disqualified and placed last in that race. He could be an upset winner if he can show that same type of performance here and have a better trip.
Likefatherlikeson goes from maiden allowance to the $20,000 maiden claiming price. He finished third in each of his first two starts including going seven and a half furlongs two starts back in his first career turf race. The winner of that race, Consultation, would go on to win his next start. He cut the distance back to five furlongs for his latest effort. He would finish seventh after being tenth early on. That distance may have not been long enough for him and would expect an improvement going to one mile here.
Bluffs Edge has finished runner-up in three of five turf starts this season. He finished fourth four starts back behind next race winner and Mystic Lake Derby third place finisher Hay Dakota. He was favored in his latest start at this maiden claiming price September 2 but would finish fifth.   Considering how well he has raced at this maiden claiming price earlier this season, I would not be surprised to see him bounce back from that effort.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #5 Tri Spot
2nd Place:
#11 Likefatherlikeson
3rd Place:
#12 Bluffs Edge
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
5
$1 Double ($6 total)
5, 11, 12/7, 10

Race 2:
Chicory Blue will be making his second start since shipping here from Arlington Park. He was the favorite in his first start this season in an allowance race August 25 but had to steady at the first turn. He was last early on but was able to close and finish third. If he can get a better trip here, he could be tough to beat. He is conditioned by leading trainer McLean Robertson and will continue to have one of the season’s top jockeys, Alex Canchari, aboard.
More on Tap has finished in the money in three of five allowance starts since being claimed for $16,000 in April at Tamp Bay Downs to the Tim Padilla barn. He finished first in his first start this season in an allowance race on the turf, but was placed third through disqualification. He finished runner-up behind Mystic Lake Derby third place finisher Hay Dakota two starts back. He also had a troubled trip in his latest start where he got squeezed at the break. He could improve as well with a better trip.
Why Frank goes from the $20,000 claiming price to allowance/optional claiming condition. He has won each of his last two turf starts including as the favorite two starts back. He was runner-up behind multiple meet winner Impromptu four starts back. Overall this season, he has finished in the top two in four of six starts. Although this will be the twentieth time he will be racing at his distance, he has only won once but finished in the money in thirteen of those starts.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #10 Chicory Blue
2nd Place:
#7 More On Tap
3rd Place:
#11 Why Frank
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Exacta Box ($4 total)
7, 10

$1 Trifecta ($6 total)
7, 10/7, 10/5, 6, 11
Race 3:
Visitation will be making his fifth start this season. He shipped here from Santa Anita and moved over to the Robertino Diodoro barn before his first start here. After finishing seventh in his first start May 30, he would finish in the money in each of his next two starts including runner-up on the main track at the $20,000 claiming price three starts back. He had a troubled trip in his latest effort at the $20,000 claiming price in a race moved to the main track where he had an awkward break and was erratic. He should bounce back from that race with a better trip here.
V. I. Dancer will be making his first start since February 5 at Fair Grounds. Trainer Joe Sharp wins at a 20% rate with first starts after the layoff. He goes to the $12,500 claiming price after finishing fourth in an allowance race as the favorite. He has yet to finish in the money in two turf starts. Jockey Samuel Jimenez will be in the irons. Jimenez has only one win this season and does not usually ride for trainer Joe Sharp.
Lord Turnem will be making his second start this season and first career turf start. He has finished third in four consecutive starts including back-to-back starts at this claiming price. The winner of his latest race, Trill Point, would go on to win his next start. He will continue to be ridden by veteran jockey Scott Stevens and could finish at least third again if he can handle the surface switch here.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #3 Visitation
2nd Place:
#8 V. I. Dancer
3rd Place:
#12 Lord Turnem
Suggested Wagers:

$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
3

$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
3, 8, 12
Race 4:
Minnesota-bred Street Fighting has finished in the money in his last three starts, all against open company claiming. He started his season against state-bred allowance June 3 and in the Blair’s Cove Stakes on the turf July 3. He would finish off the board in each of those races but really improved going to a claiming price. He was favored two starts back but would be runner-up behind multiple meet winner Kluszewski and was runner-up in his latest start by a half of a length at this claiming price.
Another Minnesota-bred entered here is Sheer Trick. He also has been racing well against open company claiming as of late, finishing third in back-to-back starts including behind my top choice Street Fighting two starts back. Overall, he has finished in the money in three of his last four starts. The only start off the board was in the Minnesota Classic August 21.    One of the top riders this season, Alex Canchari, will be aboard for the first time this year.
The Fox Said What will be making his second start since moving over to the Nevada Litfin barn. In his first start with Litfin, he would close well to finish runner-up at the $4,000 claiming price behind multiple meet winner Bellamy Run and ahead of next race winner Indy Awesome. Earlier this year, he won back-to-back starts at the $5,000 claiming price as the heavy favorite at Arapahoe Park. 
Race Selections:
1st Place: #10 Street Fighting
2nd Place:
#2 Sheer Trick
3rd Place:
#7 The Fox Said What
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Exacta Box ($4 total)
2, 10

$1 Trifecta ($6 total)
2, 10/2, 10/7, 8, 9
 
Race 5:
Bold Advantage has finished in the money in all five starts this season since moving to the Stephen Kane barn. He finished runner-up by a neck two starts back at this claiming price going five and a half furlongs. In his latest effort August 27 in a Minnesota-bred allowance, he would improve to finish third behind multiple meet winner and heavy favorite Bar Fight. He has been consistent all season long so I would not be surprised to see him get to the winner’s circle in his final start of the meet.
Shooters Alley has really improved since veteran Scott Stevens has been aboard. He has been runner-up in back-to-back Minnesota-bred allowance races including behind the favorite Smooth Stroke in his latest start September 10. His recent success has been at the one mile distance and will be interesting to see how he handles the distance cut back to six and a half furlongs here.
Pitch Perfection has finished in the money in two of his last three starts. He was runner-up two starts back in a Minnesota-bred maiden allowance race but awarded first prize money. He would finish third two starts back at this claiming price. He was favored in his latest race September 1 at the $10,000 claiming price but would drop out and finish ninth. He will wear blinkers here for the first time in his career and possibly the equipment change will get him back on track.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #10 Bold Advantage
2nd Place:
#4 Shooters Alley
3rd Place:
#2 Pitch Perfection
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
10

$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
2, 4, 10
Race 6:
Hey Funny goes from the $50,000 maiden claiming price to the $10,000 maiden claiming price. She finished in the money in four consecutive starts earlier this season including runner-up in back-to-back starts. She cuts the distance back to six furlongs. The last time she raced this distance on the main track she finished third behind next race winners Bold Prospect and Zan Creek. She has finished ahead of Follow the Spiders twice this season.
Follow the Spiders has finished in the money in four of her last five starts. The only start off the board during that stretch was on the turf at the $50,000 maiden claiming price three starts back. She goes from maiden allowance to the $10,000 maiden claiming price. She finished runner-up by a head behind favorite Kandy Sweep two starts back and was third behind favorite Miss My Sis in her latest start September 3.
Academic Bay finished third in her first two starts this season. The runner-up in both of those races, Rodeoactive, has won multiple starts this season. She has not been on the board since including finishing behind Hey Funny and Follow the Spiders going one mile two starts back at the $50,000 maiden claiming price. She cut the distance back to six and a half furlongs for her latest race where she would finish fourth. She could improve cutting the distance back even further to six furlongs here.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #2 Hey Funny
2nd Place:
#11 Follow the Spiders
3rd Place:
#7 Academic Bay
Suggested Wagers:

$2 Exacta Box ($4 total)
2, 11

50-cent Pick 3 ($6 total)
2, 11/3, 6, 10/2, 3
 
Race 7:
Cantaffordanother has won back-to-back starts since shipping back to Canterbury Park from Horsemen’s Park. She was victorious by five lengths at the $4,000 claiming price two starts back. The third place finisher, Minnesota-bred Gold Cup Skier, would go on to win her next start. She would return to the winner’s circle in her latest effort August 25 as the favorite at the $5,000 claiming price. Trainer David Van Winkle and jockey Andrew Ramgeet win at a 29% rate when they are teamed together.
Sham’s Shoes will be going from the $12,500 to the $6,500 claiming price. She finished in the top two in her first four starts this season after moving to the Tony Rengstorf barn. She won twice at this distance during that stretch. She moved to the turf for her latest race where she would finish fifth behind multiple meet winner Kenna Mae. She will be ridden by leading jockey Dean Butler for the first time this season.
Distraction will be making her first start since July 29 and only her second start since June 10. Two starts back, she was favored in an allowance race before finishing fourth behind multiple meet winner Ball and Chain. She moved back to the turf for her latest effort and would finish a well beaten last. She goes to this claiming price which could be a better spot for her returning from her second layoff this season.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #10 Cantaffordanother
2nd Place:
#3 Sham’s Shoes
3rd Place:
#6 Distraction
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
10

$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
3, 6, 10
 
Race 8:
Never Hide won a claiming race at the $6,250 to kick of his season but was disqualified from purse money. Since then he has finished in the money in his next three starts including runner-up in an allowance race July 8 on the main track going five and a half furlongs. He also finished third in back-to-back turf allowance races at this distance. He extended to six and a half furlongs for his latest race. Possibly that distance is too long for him to race well and would expect an improvement going back to five furlongs here.
Minnesota-bred Bar Fight will face open company for the first time this year. He has won two of his last three starts against Minnesota-bred runners including a maiden allowance race three starts back and an allowance race in his latest effort August 27 as the heavy favorite. The only time he did not win during that stretch was a third place finish in the Victor S. Myers Stakes. There is other speed here but if he can break quickly out of the gate and get the lead, he could be the one to catch.
Adens Dream will be looking to win two races in two weeks to end his racing season. He returned from a layoff and shipped here from Arlington Park. Trainer McLean Robertson wins at a 22% rate with second starts off of the layoff. He would be victorious on the turf at the $35,000 maiden claiming price as the favorite in his return start. He did win a dirt maiden race earlier this year at Fair Grounds before being disqualified and placed second.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #3 Never Hide
2nd Place:
#2 Bar Fight
3rd Place:
#9 Adens Dream
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
3

$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
2, 3, 9
 
Race 9:
Majestic Pride will be looking for his fourth consecutive victory. His win streak started in an allowance race taken off the turf and moved to the main track July 7. He would be victorious as the heavy favorite by over fifteen lengths in that start. He has moved to the turf for his latest two wins including the $75,000 Brooks Field Stakes August 27 in his latest victory. He will have leading jockey Dean Butler aboard and could be the one to catch.
Fear the Cowboy ships here from Evangeline Downs. He has won three of four starts including two allowance races and a $100,000 stakes race in his latest start June 4. He has not raced since and trainer E. Loza Jr. wins at a 30% rate with first starts after the layoff. Jockey Dusty Shepherd is scheduled to ride. Shepherd was aboard for his latest two victories.
Diamond Joe has never finished off the board in eight starts this year. He won his latest start here July 14 in an allowance race as one of the top choices and was third three starts back in the $75,000 Dark Star Cup. He should be well rested for this start as he has not raced since overcoming a troubled trip to win a stakes race at Horsemen’s Park as the heavy favorite July 30.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #9 Majestic Pride
2nd Place:
#4 Fear the Cowboy
3rd Place:
#3 Diamond Joe
Suggested Wagers:
$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
3, 4, 9

$1 Trifecta Box ($6 total)
3, 4, 9
 
Race 10:
Leading the Band will be making her second start this season. She finished third on the turf in her first start this season in an allowance race behind next race winner Cotton Club Cutie. She was victorious three starts back against other Iowa-bred runners at the $15,000 claiming price by over five lengths as the heavy favorite. She would extend the distance and go to stakes company but would finish off the board two starts back in her final start at Prairie Meadows this year.
Gratzie will be making her second start off of the layoff. Trainer McLean Robertson wins at a 22% rate with second starts off of the layoff. She was favored at the $12,500 claiming price in her return start but would finish runner-up. Before the layoff, she finished third at the $30,000 claiming price at Oaklawn Park in her first start of the year. She had blinkers on in each of her last two starts but will not race with them here.
Maddymax finished runner-up in back-to-back starts including at the $10,000 claiming price three starts back and in a starter allowance race two starts back. She moved back to the turf and to allowance company in her latest effort where she would finish eighth behind the aforementioned Cotton Club Cutie and my top choice Leading the Band. She has yet to finish in the money in either turf start and would expect her to improve going back to the main track here.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #9 Leading the Band
2nd Place:
#7 Gratzie
3rd Place:
#2 Maddymax
Suggested Wagers:

$2 Exacta ($4 total)
9/2, 7

$2 Double ($4 total)
9/5, 8
Race 11:
Solamente will be making his second start at this maiden claiming price. He finished third two starts back at the $20,000 maiden claiming price going one mile and a quarter behind heavy favorite Haywire and next race winner Tiz Prime Time. He would finish third behind Tiz Prime Time in his latest start August 28 as the favorite. This will be the fourth different rider in his last four starts. Possibly Nik Goodwin will be the one to guide him to the winner’s circle.
Cindys Sails Away will be making his second start since shipping here from Prairie Meadows. Earlier this summer at Prairie Meadows, he would finish in the money in three consecutive starts at the $7,500 maiden claiming price including runner-up by a neck. He finished eighth in his first start here at this maiden claiming price. He switches to jockey Carlos Castro. Castro and trainer Joel Berndt win at a 25% rate when they are teamed together.
Minnesota-bred Regal Rival has also raced at the $7,500 maiden claiming price earlier this year at Prairie Meadows. He would finish in the money in back-to-back starts including runner-up July 9. He returns to open company after finishing runner-up by a nose against Minnesota-breds in his latest start September 5. He will continue to be ridden by one of the top jockeys this season, Alex Canchari.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #8 Solamente
2nd Place:
#5 Cindys Sails Away
3rd Place:
#7 Regal Rival
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Exacta Box ($4 total)
5, 8

$1 Trifecta ($6 total)
5, 8/5, 8/2, 7, 9
 
Sept. 17
Race 1:
Hotshot Anna ships from Arlington Park and will be making her second career start. She was near the rear of the field early on in her debut start, but was able to finish well. She was sixth by three and a half lengths and should improve with that experience. Since that race, she has a good workout on Arlington Park’s main track September 10. Alex Canchari has been aboard McLean Robertson’s other entry here, No Bling, but will be aboard Hotshot Anna today.
We’ve Got to Talk moves from the $20,000 maiden claiming price to maidens here. In her debut race, she was five wide and was able to surge late to finish runner-up by a head after being seventeen lengths behind earlier in the race. She finished ahead of heavy favorite No Bling. She extends the distance from four and a half furlongs to six furlongs here. Her closing style may benefit from the distance extension here.
Fight to Glory will also make her second career start. She was one of the top choices in her debut race September 1 in a maiden event at five and a half furlongs. She would finish third after being fifth earlier in the race. Trainer Robertino Diodoro wins at a 17% rate with maidens making their second start. Scott Stevens will be aboard. Diodoro and Stevens win at a 31% rate when they are teamed together.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #3 Hotshot Anna
2nd Place:
#6 We’ve Got to Talk
3rd Place:
#9 Fight to Glory
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Exacta ($4 total)
3/6, 9

$1 Trifecta ($6 total)
3/6, 8, 9/6, 8, 9
 
Race 2:
Hay Dakota has finished in the money in all four starts this season since moving from the main track to the turf course. He finished runner-up in his first turf start this season at the $20,000 maiden claiming price. He won back-to-back starts on the turf after that race including by over five lengths in an allowance race two starts back. In his latest effort, he would finish third by only a neck in the Mystic Lake Derby August 27. 
Minnesota-bred A P Is Loose has finished in the money in his last four starts. After finishing off the board in his first start this season, the 10,000 Lakes Stakes, he would return to the turf for his next two starts. He would have his only win so far this season on the turf as the even money favorite in the Blair’s Cove Stakes. He has finished runner-up in back-to-back starts. This will be the first time this year that Dean Butler is aboard as he was ridden by Alex Canchari in his previous two starts. He also removes blinkers for the first time this year.
Two Chance has finished in the top two in four of his five starts this season, all on the turf. The only time he was off the board was three starts back when jockey Larren Delorme was not in the irons. He also had to go five wide around the first turf which may have taken him out of contention. He finished runner-up behind A P Is Loose in the Blair’s Cove Stakes. He was victorious in his latest race by three lengths at the $12,500 claiming price.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #8 Hay Dakota
2nd Place:
#7 A P Is Loose
3rd Place:
#2 Two Chance
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
8

$2 Exacta ($4 total)
8/2, 7
 
Race 3:
Omaha Hurry is one of two entered here from the McLean Robertson barn. Omaha Hurry will be making his second start off of the layoff. Robertson wins at a 22% rate with second starts off of the layoff. Before the break, he finished in the top two in three consecutive starts including a victory as the heavy favorite in a maiden allowance race June 25. He returned to the racing on the turf course. He has yet to finish in the money in either of his two turf starts and would expect him to improve here going back to the dirt and going to the $6,250 claiming price.
Tizwonderfulcreek will be making his first start since being claimed for $10,000 April 9 at Oaklawn Park. Trainer Robertino Diodoro wins at a 21% rate with first starts after the claim and at a 22% rate with second starts off of the layoff. He drops in price to $6,250 here and could be ready to go after the layoff as he had a bullet workout on the main track August 31.
Brock Baby has finished in the top two in each of his last three starts. He was runner-up at Prairie Meadows in a $10,000 maiden claiming race, but was placed first through disqualification. The original winner of that race, Rooster Bay, would go on to win his next start. He has finished runner-up in back-to-back starts since including behind next race winner Commander Gib at the $7,500 claiming price two starts back and behind favorite Doodle Hopper at this claiming price in his latest race August 26.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #10 Omaha Hurry
2nd Place:
#11 Tizwonderfulcreek
3rd Place:
#4 Brock Baby
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Exacta ($4 total)
10/4, 11

$2 Double ($6 total)
10/1, 2, 7
 
Race 4:
Minnesota-bred Dear Fay has won six starts on this turf course including her latest victory in the Princess Elaine Stakes July 3. She would finish fourth behind back-to-back race winner Stormquility three starts back. After finishing eighth on the main track in the Minnesota Distaff Classic, she would bounce back with a runner-up performance returning to the turf against open company as the favorite.  She would finish behind upset winner Hey Didjanotis but ahead of several others entered here.
Betsy Boots has finished in the money in eight of her last nine starts. The only start off the board during that stretch was on a sloppy main track at Fair Grounds in March. Her latest win was an allowance race last December sprinting on the turf course at Fair Grounds. She would finish behind Manille in consecutive starts before being a half of a length behind Hey Didjanotis and my top choice Dear Fay in her latest start September 3.
Fine Assay has finished in the top two in four of seven career starts on this turf course. Her lone victory on this course was earlier this season as the favorite in an allowance race June 10. She has not won since that start, but finished runner-up behind the aforementioned Stormquility two starts back and was fourth in the $75,000 HBPA Distaff in her latest start August 27. 
Race Selections:
1st Place: #7 Dear Fay
2nd Place:
#1 Betsy Boots
3rd Place:
#2 Fine Assay
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
7

$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
1, 2, 7
Race 5:
Octavia Hill finished runner-up in each of her first two starts this season including by a nose against open company claiming at the $30,000 price May 28. She has not been on the board in each of her last two starts. The runner-up in each of those races would go on to win their next starts. She cuts back in distance to six and a half furlongs. She finished in the top two in four consecutive sprint starts on the main track last season so possibly the distance cut back will be what she needs to bounce back.
Adorkable was off the board in her first two starts of the year in Minnesota-bred allowance races. Each of those winners, Honey’s Sox Appeal and Dazzlingsweetheart, would go on to win stakes races this season. She has finished runner-up in four consecutive starts since going from allowance to a claiming price. She was less than a length behind multiple meet winner Da Kleinen Schatzi three starts back and a length behind three time season winner Rodeoactive at this claiming price two starts back.
Queen Sammy will also be cutting back the distance for this start. She has yet to hit the board since her breakthrough win as the favorite in a Minnesota-bred maiden allowance race June 24 at one mile. She finished runner-up in three consecutive sprint starts including her first start of this season. The distance cutback could also help her bounce back from her last several starts.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #2 Octavia Hill
2nd Place:
#5 Adorkable
3rd Place:
#7 Queen Sammy
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Exacta Box ($4 total)
2, 5

$1 Trifecta ($6 total)
2, 5/2, 5/6, 7, 8
 
Race 6:
Smiling Charlie has finished in the money in four consecutive starts. He has won twice during that span including at the $12,500 claiming price four starts back and at the $16,000 last time August 14. He switches back to the turf from the main track.  His recent success this season has been on the dirt but has won once in eight starts on the turf in his career. Jockey Alex Canchari was aboard another entry for McLean Robertson, Bellamy Run, but will be in the irons here.
Tiger D was claimed for $16,000 in April at Tampa Bay Downs. He was victorious in that race but has yet to finish first in six starts this season. He finished third June 11 in an allowance race on the turf and has since finished third in a $7,500 claiming race in his latest start Labor Day in a race that was moved from the turf to the main track. All three career wins have been on the turf.
Minnesota-bred Pennant Fever has finished in the money in three of five starts this season. After finishing runner-up at the $20,000 claiming price against open company, he would win his next start by over seven lengths in a Minnesota-bred allowance race. He finished third in his latest turf race two starts back in an open company claiming race at the $16,000 price. He finished sixth in his latest start, the Minnesota Classic, and should bounce back from that effort going to a claiming price here.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #10 Smiling Charlie
2nd Place:
#7 Tiger D
3rd Place:
#9 Pennant Fever
Suggested Wagers:
$1 Exacta Box ($6 total)
7, 9, 10

$1 Double ($6 total)
7, 9, 10/1, 2
 
Race 7:
Rodeoactive has finished in the top two in six of her last seven starts. The only time she was off the board during that stretch was on the turf four starts back. She won her only career start at this distance in a Minnesota-bred $50,000 maiden claiming race. Overall, she has won three of her last six starts including at the $20,000 Minnesota-bred claiming price three starts back and her latest effort September 8 as the heavy favorite at the $10,000 Minnesota-bred claiming price.
Gold Cup Skier has won three of four starts this season including by over nine lengths against open company at the $10,000 claiming price three starts back. She was third two starts back behind next race winner Cantaffordanother but she had an awkward break and was erratic during the race. She had a much better trip in her latest effort where she won as the favorite against open company at the $6,250 claiming price. She has yet to race this long in her career and will be tough to beat if she can race well at this distance.
Dusty Princess has finished in the money in all five starts this season. She broke through with her maiden win three starts back July 16 as the favorite. She has finished third in back-to-back starts since then including behind next race winner Da Kleinen Schatzi two starts back and in her latest effort in her first turf race of her career September 3 at one mile and seventy yards.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #2 Rodeoactive
2nd Place:
#1 Gold Cup Skier
3rd Place:
#8 Dusty Princess
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Exacta Box ($4 total)
1, 2

$1 Double ($4 total)
1, 2/7, 11
 
Race 8:
Super Charlie has finished in the top two in three of five starts on the turf this season after moving over to the Nevada Litfin barn. All of those starts were at this distance with two victories including at the $20,000 claiming price May 30 and a starter allowance race June 23. His only starts off the board have been allowance races at seven and a half furlongs including his latest effort August 25. He should bounce back here going to five furlongs and to the $10,000 claiming price.
Rooster Bullet will be making his second start since shipping here from Prairie Meadows. He finished in the money in all four starts this summer at Prairie Meadows including as the favorite in back-to-back starter allowance races. He finished seventh in his first start here this year, but that was an allowance race going two furlongs. I would expect him to improve going to five furlongs here. This will only be the second time in his career to race on the turf.
Main Track Only entered World Famous Sam T would draw in here if the race is moved from the turf course. He has finished in the money in in four consecutive starts this season including a victory in a two furlong race at the $16,000 claiming price. He finished third in back-to-back starts after that race, both starter allowance events. He moved up to allowance where he would finish in a dead heat for third at two furlongs. Overall, he has finished in the money in eleven of twelve starts on this main track with five victories.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #11 Super Charlie
2nd Place:
#7 Rooster Bullet
3rd Place:
#12 World Famous Sam T
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Exacta Box ($4 total)
7, 11

$1 Trifecta ($6 total)
7, 11/7, 11/1, 6, 12
 
Race 9:
Pricelesscommodity will be making his third start of the year. He would win both starts here last summer including a dominating performance in the Dark Star Cup. He ended his 2015 season when he was vanned off as one of the favorites in a stakes race at Remington Park. He returned July 23 where he would finish fifth behind Shrewd Move. He improved off of that effort with a runner-up performance behind Superstar Leo as the favorite in an allowance race September 1. He could be an upset winner if he keeps improving here.
Candy Ruby is the defending H.B.P.A. Sprint champion. He won this stakes race after finishing runner-up in back-to-back open company allowance races to end his 2015 racing season. He was runner-up behind multiple meet winner Vestibule in his return start this season and was ahead of multiple stakes winning Minnesota-bred Hold for More. He was disqualified from purse money in that start. He was runner-up two starts back and sixth last time as the heavy favorite. However, his latest effort was two furlongs and should bounce back going to six furlongs here.
Superstar Leo will be making his second start this season after shipping here from Arlington Park. He finished runner-up by a nose two starts back at Arlington Park in an allowance race. He would return to the barn of leading trainer McLean Robertson before his first start here and would be victorious as one of the top choices. He finished ahead of Pricelesscommodity in that start.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #8 Pricelesscommodity
2nd Place:
#3 Candy Ruby
3rd Place:
#4 Superstar Leo
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
8

50-cent Pick 3 ($4.50 total)
3, 4, 8/4, 5, 7/2
 
Race 10:
Even Thunder finished fifth, but placed fourth through disqualification, in his first career start July 4. Since then, he has finished in the top two in back-to-back starts with his only career victory two starts back in a maiden race July 22 over next race winner Line Judge. Line Judge would finish ahead of Even Thunder in their latest meeting, the Careless Navigator Stakes August 27 in his latest start. However, he was last by twelve lengths early on after being pinched back at the break. He would finish runner-up despite that early trouble and could be an upset winner with a better trip here.
Jack Snipe’s will look to make it two wins in two starts here. He is being trained by Gary Scherer and ridden by Nik Goodwin. The combination of Scherer and Goodwin has won several maiden races with 2-year-olds this year including with this one today. He was sharp in his debut effort going to wire-to-wire to finish ahead of even money favorite He’s Munnie.
Minnesota-bred Shipmate is undefeated and has already won multiple stakes races in her brief career. She would start her career at Prairie Meadows winning a maiden race June 5 and a restricted stakes race as the heavy favorite in her next start. She would win her latest effort, the Northern Lights Debutante August 21. Trainer Karl Broberg has won 35% of starts this season and will continue to have veteran rider Scott Stevens in the irons.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #4 Even Thunder
2nd Place:
#5 Jack Snipe’s
3rd Place:
#7 Shipmate
Suggested Wagers:

$2 Win, Place ($4 total)
4

$2 Double ($6 total)
4, 5, 7/2
Race 11:
Break In will be making her fourth turf start. After finishing sixth behind multiple meet winner Live Forever in her first turf start this season, she would finish runner-up behind favorite Gogogio in her next turf start. In her latest race at this maiden claiming price on the turf, she would be the wire-to-wire winner before being placed fifth through disqualification. If she takes an early lead here and has a better trip throughout the race, she could be tough to catch.
Raspberry Punch will be going from maiden allowance to the $20,000 maiden claiming price. She finished in the money in back-to-back starts earlier this season including third in her first turf start this year two starts back July 24. She looks to bounce back from her latest effort on the turf where she would finish sixth behind next race winner Betyar. 
Il Brigante will be making her first start since moving to the McLean Robertson barn. She finished a career best runner-up two starts back against Minnesota-bred $50,000 maiden claiming on the turf. She finished ahead of several other runners entered here including Victory Ice and Peytons Sky Dancer. Although still a maiden, she would face winners in a Minnesota-bred allowance race where she would finish fifth September 3. She should improve here going back to facing maidens.
Race Selections:
1st Place: #2 Break In
2nd Place:
#9 Raspberry Punch
3rd Place:
#4 Il Brigante
Suggested Wagers:
$2 Exacta ($4 total)
2/4, 9

$1 Trifecta ($6 total)
2/4, 6, 9/4, 6, 9