Paul Quigley's American Racing Preview

    Paul has selections with analysis for Wednesday night's Stateside action on July 18th from Delaware Park, Louisiana Downs and Thistledown - live on At The Races.
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PAUL'S ANALYSIS FROM Delaware Park, Louisiana Downs and Thistledown
Wednesday 18 July 2018


Thistledown Race 7 (9.40pm)
Maiden Special Weight – 3 year old fillies – 5 ½ Furlongs - Dirt

Forest Gem (7) came back to form when second in a maiden here at the start of the month. In doing so, she did better than the favoured pair of Plenty Quick (2) and Midnight Cute (10). The first named had form in maidens at Prairie Meadows and before that Oaklawn Park. Midnight Cute had only one previous start for Bob Baffert in Southern California a year earlier. It is highly likely that as she’s been sold on, she’s not anything out of the ordinary. That doesn’t mean she won’t win a maiden in Ohio. It may be worth a giving her a Mulligan for her comeback.

Frozen Lucy (1) is a barn mate of Midnight Cute who is making her career debut. Considering her pedigree, she was a very cheap sales purchase. Her morning workouts suggest she can run and this is a nice sport for a firster who has a little ability. The same applies to Val's Distinction (4) who goes for another in form trainer.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Midnight Cute (10)
EXOTIC BETS
Reversed Exacta (2 Bets) Frozen Lucy (1) and Midnight Cute (10)

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Louisiana Downs Race 2 (9.43pm)
Allowance Optional Claiming – Louisiana bred fillies and mares – 3 year olds and upwards – 1 Mile - Turf

Smiley Briley (4) wasn’t winning out of turn when successful over course and distance at the start of the month. It was only by a neck from Air Guitar Star (2) with Blessed Bloom (1) less than a length back in third. The placed fillies have a 3lb pull in the weights but Smiley Briley has better form in her locker. The rail drawn runner is the only three year old in this line up. She regressed after a clear cut maiden breaker the time before.

Quarter Carat (3) is closely matched with a couple of these from earlier in the meet. She came from some way back to beat claimers last time. Her form puts her right there.

In form sprinter Layla Forever (6) stretches out after a wire to wire success over five furlongs.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Smiley Briley (4)
EXOTIC BETS
No Exotics

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Delaware Park Race 8 (9.45pm)
Allowance Optional Claiming – 3 year olds and upwards – 6 Furlongs - Dirt

New York invader Professor Snape (1) is likely to be awfully tough here. He was claimed for $50,000 where he ran third at Belmont last month. Prior to that, he’d been placed in a series of allowance events at the same venue. That form translates very well with his rivals here. He has early speed but has a stalking gear in him.

Professor Snape has snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory a few times in his career. With that in mind, others in here are worth a look if he is overbet. Space Shuttle (5) has been freshened up since a third in a swiftly run event at Tampa in April. He has been working forwardly and his trainer Victor Carrasco is in fine form at this meet. So too is Jamie Ness, the trainer of Looks Good (2). He might be a very nice claim for $14,000, where he won only nine days ago.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Professor Snape (1)
EXOTIC BETS
Reversed Exacta (2 Bets) Professor Snape (1) and Space Shuttle (5)

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Thistledown Race 8 (10.10pm)
Claiming $7,500 – (split conditions) - Ohio bred fillies and mares – 3 year olds and upwards – 6 Furlongs - Dirt

Favourites on the morning line are High Cupper (3) and Class Distinction (5). The first named has earned place money in a trio of starts at Belterra Park. Class Distinction has been third in back to back races in similar events locally. Maybe that level of form will be good enough but both a one-time career winners with pretty ordinary C.V.’s. High Cupper can get behind early on. She may need a pace meltdown to get there late on.

Honest Desire (6) is a 10 time career winner. She’s on the wane but should be able to contend in a weak race like this after a decent effort when hard in at Presque Isle last time. Slight preference is for another multiple winner in Dream Bling (2). The speedster was in no form when last seen out at the end of last year. Time away and a trainer change may have turned her around judging by some sharp looking AM workouts. She gets a big class drop for her comeback and may wire this group.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Dream Bling (2)
EXOTIC BETS
Reversed Exacta (2 Bets) Dream Bling (2) and Honest Desire (6)

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Delaware Park Race 9 (10.15pm)
Allowance – Arabian breds – 3 year olds and upwards – Non winners of 2 races lifetime – 6 Furlongs - Dirt

Colors In Motion (4) broke his maiden by a length from Burn Em Joey (3) on his comeback in May. He may have regressed a little next time when beaten into second at odds on. He still had Big Chay (1) six lengths in arrears. He looks a prime contender here. Old rival Burn Em Joey was making his career debut when second best to Colors In Motion. He went one better next time in style breaking his maiden by 14 lengths no less from Rb Texas Hold Em (6). The runner up followed in his footsteps by graduating next time himself.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Burn Em Joey (3)
EXOTIC BETS
No Exotics

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Louisiana Downs Race 3 (10.11pm)
Maiden Claiming $5,000 – Louisiana bred fillies and mares – 3 year olds and upwards – 7 Furlongs - Dirt

Pickett's Deelite (2) ran well for a long way in a similar event over a mile last month. She runs as if the cut back will be beneficial but seemed suited by an off track. Khaleesi's Gift (3) has form on a dry footing. She was only beaten just over two lengths in a maiden over six furlongs earlier this month. The extra furlong should suit.

This seven furlong distance may be too far for Tina's Pal (8). Massively in her favour is she looks to be lone speed here. As the majority of cheap maiden claimers like this are won in wire to wire fashion, she gets the nod on that fact alone.

Uknowiaintlying (5) has not been disgraced in better maidens. She has to be respected second time back, in first time blinkers and dropping in class. The once raced Miss Mariposa (4) is the wild card in here. Her workouts lately are encouraging.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Tina's Pal (8)
EXOTIC BETS
Reversed Exacta (2 Bets) Uknowiaintlying (5) and Tina's Pal (8)

BET ON US RACING
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