Below are selections and commentary on each horse entered on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Maywood Park. First post is at 7:10 PM CT.
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3 - DUNE IN RED (3/5) . . .Has been very impressive in winning her first three lifetime starts.y move likely. Looks like she's ahead of her class right now.
5 - C ROC PARTY (8/1) . . .Blew the doors off a field at the fairs last week. Trainer Schrock has solid numbers with two year olds. Cannot rule out.
2 - THE BRUZILIAN BLUR (6/1) . . .Gave a good account of herself last week at BMP. Made a strong move to the top and ultimately settled for second behind the #3.
Should be in good position from here. No surprise to see her hit the board again.
4 - INCREDIBLE FILLY (4/1) . . .Chased the #3 in her last three races. Does not look like she's at the #3's level just yet, but she appears to be ahead of some of the other babies in here.
6 - LIZZABELLE (12/1) . . .Showed some speed before fading against the #3 last time out. Might try to get the top from here. Could hang around for a slice.
1 - OUR MISS KATHY & 1a - THANK YOU DOC (15/1) . . .Both babies making their first starts. DOC's qualifier was a little quicker than KATHY's.
These two probably need the race, but trainer Willis has good numbers with two-year-olds.
6 - FAVORITE (3/1) . . .Made a bold move last time out against a tough winner. These look a little easier. Another effort like last week could put her over the top.
2 - HIGH ON THE HOG (9/2) . . .Sheds the eight post. Shows speed in lines. Might be in control from here and would appear to have a realistic chance at wiring these.
7 - INXPRESSIBLEBEAUTY (8/1) . . .Been facing a bit tougher lately. Could show speed and is a major player in this field.
1 - BONJOUR MADAM (2/1) . . .Rail should keep her in the mix throughout.
8 - AJ'S BLAIR BEAR (12/1) . . .Tough spot for her first start since January. Trainer Prather, driver Miller a good combo. SPR qualifiers look okay. See how she's bet.
5 - LADY HAMMER (6/1) . . .Makes first lifetime start. Showed progress in qualifiers. Watch tote for any clues.
3 - CAROLINA YANKEE (20/1) . . .Impeded in debut, so we don't really have a handle on this one yet. Was far back in previous qualifier. Did not take any action at the windows. Watching for now.
4 - EVENING GOWN (15/1) . . .Winless in 34 starts. Has not been close lately. Pass.
4 - HEEZANARTIST (15/1) . . .Made a move before fading in a fair race last week. Was a mild factor in prior races at BMP and HOP.
This does not appear to be the strongest of fields. Looks like a strong player against these.
8 - BETRUETOYOURCODE (2/1) . . .Raced first up to a rugged winner last time out. Shows good speed in lines.
Will likely blast from here. Can be tough to catch if he can get to the top in decent shape.
6 - JENNA W RIVNDEL (12/1) . . .Impeded at the start last week and lost all chance. Liked her last week as she showed good speed in her qualifier.
Hoping for an alert start. Could be in the mix at a price. Takes on boys here.
7 - DON'T DARE DIS DOG (3/1) . . .Has shown progress in each of his three races this year. Finished second to a tough winner last week. Rates highly against these.
1 - DELIGHTFUL ONE (4/1) . . . Move from the eight hole to the rail should help cause. Has yet to hit the board this year, but with good position, he could hang around for a minor award.
2 - DONTEVENMESSWITHME (8/1) . . .Winless in 26 lifetime starts. Far back in last three. Pass.
3 - FRONTIER MATT (20/1) . . .Four-year-old makes racing debut. Finished far back in both qualifiers. Let's give him a start.
5 - BS BLACKHAWK (10/1) . . .Has not been very close in five starts this year. Needs to show improvement before we can rate higher.
3 - ITSABOUTTONIGHT (3/1) . . .Has been most impressive in her four starts this year, winning three of them. Bet down and blew by a field at BMP last time out. Should extend the winning streak.
1 - ROLLIN IN THE DEEP (4/1) . . .Returns to this oval after taking on tougher at HOP. Was a convincing, front-end winner last time she raced here.
Gets the rail and the legendary Dave Magee in the bike. Looks like a solid play to round out the exacta.
7 - KISSED BY THE SUN (2/1) . . .Tough trip last time against a tough winner. Won impressively in her previous race. Making third start of the year and figures to make a strong showing against these.
2 - HOOSIER AMBER (15/1) . . .Ships to Maywood after competing against fair competition. Some decent races at HOP last month. Could contend for minor award.
4 - MESSIE HANOVER (15/1) . . .Never saw the rail last time out and was not all that far off at the finish. Appears to be rounding into a big effort. Could hit the ticket with better trip.
5 - BELLVALLEY MIRACLE (8/1) . . .Finally broke through and picked up the overdue win last time out. Will need everything to fall into place again for a chance at repeating.
8 - FOX VALLEY LILAC (8/1) . . .Leaves claiming ranks, rarely wins and draws poorly. Hard to like in this spot.
6 - SKYWAY LENA (12/1) . . .Winless in 13 starts this year. Beaten by claimers in last. Pass for now.
3 - TWEEDS FLY N STAR (2/1) . . .Finished third last week to a rugged winner. Has gotten better in each of her three starts this year. Looks poised to pick up her maiden victory here.
7 - SURE ANYTIME (8/1) . . .Blew up the tote board last time out as she wired the field at 29-1 odds.
Not sure she can get to the top as easily this time around, but another effort like that will keep her in the mix.
6 - FALL'S DELIGHT (3/1) . . .Shuffled back last time and had no chance. Fits well with these. Can make presence felt with clear sailing.
5 - TICKET TIME (12/1) . . .Finished third against these last time out from the seven post. Should have better position from here and could come on late for a minor award.
1 - DIANA'S CANCAN (4/1) . . .Never really threatened last week in her 2012 debut. Should build off that effort and with the rail, could sneak a share.
2 - CHECK MY SWAGGER (6/1) . . .Has drawn the two post four times in a row. Should be in the mix once again.
4 - IAMLOVEDBYTHEKING (15/1) . . .Caught up in the old blind switch last time and she lost all chance. Will need better racing luck to threaten.
8 - PARK LANE DAWN (15/1) . . .Makes 2012 debut off slow qualifier. Only 1 win in 53 starts. Pass.
7 - WAND'S COWGIRL (6/1) . . .Going with this gal in a wide open race. Went a parked out mile last time out and was not far off at the end.
Has four lifetime wins on this track. Hoping she can get to the top from here.
5 - FOX VALLEY KATRINA (7/2) . . .Was a close third last time at this level. Looks like a contender.
1 - LITTLE BROWN SADIE (3/1) . . .Driver change to Warren could help cause. Rail won't hurt either.
6 - BUTCHIE LIL TAX (9/2) . . .Never in position last time out, but was still relatively close at the finish. Was close in most of her previous races. Has as good a chance as others in here with the right trip.
4 - CLEVER SADIE (10/1) . . .Been burned by this gal a few times. Never gets an easy trip. Probably will get parked out again. Won't be a complete surprise if she hangs on for a share.
2 - NASHVILLE KITTY (8/1) . . .Moves in from eight post. Looks to be in good enough form to grab a slice of this.
9 - ECHOES IN MY SOUL (12/1) . . .Went three wide last week before flattening out. Has not hit the board in 12 tries this year. Pass.
3 - ALYCOLE (12/1) . . .Last several have been dismal. Pass.
8 - MY GIRL LORA (15/1) . . .Makes first start in over a month. Qualifiers were slow. Pass.
2 - GAME BELIEF (7/2) . . .Makes debut for Durante barn after showing big-time speed last time out at BMP. Driver change to Warren is a big plus. Expecting this guy to go right to the top and not look back.
7 - KB'S TAYLOR (6/1) . . .Parked out last time he raced here. Faces a rather soft bunch. Could try for a good early spot. Looks like a major contender.
1 - KEITHER (3/1) . . .Has had tough trips in last couple. Move to the rail could be what the doctor ordered.
8 - MY KIND OF TOWNE (8/1) . . .Winless in 16 tries this year. Is in a good spot to halt the losing skid. Will be in contention throughout.
3 - MY SECRET WEAPON (12/1) . . .Came rolling down the stretch late to get up for third last time. Could threaten again with another well-timed move. Rarely wins.
5 - INDIAN RIDGE ZAK (10/1) . . .Was never in it last time from the eight post. Draws a bit better tonight. Maybe he can sneak a share with the right trip.
6 - JUST US (12/1) . . .Has not been much of a factor lately. Needs to do more.
9 - DM SULKY MAN (9/2) . . .BMP shipper has not been close in ages. Faces softer, but it is hard to like off current form.
4 - DRAGON ON DEMAND (15/1) . . .Has not been close at all recently. Pass for now.
8 - ANDI'S SISTER (8/1) . . .Returns to this oval after a dominating performance at Carrollton. Her time of 1:57.4 down there was pretty quick.
Was a big winner last time she raced here. Tough post, but with a hot pace, things could set up nicely for this gal. Price looks right.
1 - VIP FILLY (2/1) . . .Speed and rail make her a logical contender. Will be in the mix throughout.
6 - SEEKIN FOR GLAMOUR (5/2) . . .Had an easy go of things last week from the rail. Will have to work harder for control from here. Hot trainer Affrunti and driver Miller make this one impossible to rule out.
3 - FINAL ATTRIBUTE (20/1) . . .Never in position to contend last week when dropped to this level. Been keeping better company most of the year. Has the talent to knock these off at a huge price.
7 - MO VALLEY MAGGIE (9/2) . . .Another Affrunti charge. Always fires for the lead, but form appears to be tailing off. Will ensure hot pace.
2 - MADDISON PAIGE N (6/1) . . .Usually competitive at this level. Will sit inside and look for a seam late. Capable of hitting the ticket.
5 - COLE STAR (12/1) . . .Is typically a factor at this level. Loses regular driver Oosting. Will need her best to threaten these.
4 - ROSERAIRE NZ (15/1) . . .Was pretty much a non-factor last week at this level. Needs to do more.
2 - CANDY N APPLES (12/1) . . .Moves inside after drawing poorly in her last three. Been taking on some tough foes.
In a much better spot to show her good speed. Can be on the lead or sit in the pocket. Looks live and the price could be right.
5 - CRUISE QUEEN (7/5) . . .Steps up after another front-stepping victory. Is a perfect four out of four on the year.
Makes debut for new trainer Barnes. Figures to go for the top. Might be good enough to pass another test.
3 - SUMMER PARTY (8/1) . . .Usually uncorks a big move. Should be a factor once again. Has hit the board in five of seven starts this year.
1 - WINDY CITY JOANN (8/1) . . .Was never in contention last week. The move to the rail should keep her in the mix. Hard to rule out.
4 - COLE BLUE (9/2) . . .Was never in position last week to contend from the eight post. Has good speed and will be much more of a factor here.
7 - DASHING MAJORETTE (7/2) . . .Rarely wins, but does hit the board quite often. Tough post, but can certainly be part of this with live cover.
8 - TRENDY L (20/1) . . .Has not been close at this level. Hard to like from out here.
6 - LOOKER HOTSPUR (15/1) . . .Was not close in her last two. Needs to do more to contend with these.
1 - A PATCHY SUN (3/1) . . .Makes debut for Roberts barn. Speed and rail will make her tough to beat.
9 - STEPH'S MELODY (5/2) . . .Makes debut for red-hot Affrunti barn. Horse has been racing like a machine at this level. Might try to sit right behind the #1. Looks like two horse race.
6 - ALLAMERICAN VIRGIN (9/2) . . .Parked the mile last time out against tougher. Will likely try to blast out again and could be much more of a factor against these.
8 - MACKENZIE'S POWER (8/1) . . .Tough post, but she did win the last two times at this level. Can be part of this if she can work out a trip.
2 - ARIZONA TALES (6/1) . . .Tough trip last time out against tougher. Loses regular driver Oosting.
4 - MARJAY DREAMS (15/1) . . .Parlayed perfect trip to a second place finish. Will have to work harder from here to hit the board.
7 - LADY ANN SPUR (20/1) . . .Non-factor last week from the eight post. This post is not much better. Needs luck from here.
5 - LT'S SPORTY BABE (12/1) . . .Last few have been rather lackluster. Needs to do more.
3 - CALISTA'S SHARK (15/1) . . .Was a judges scratch last time out. Was not very close in qualifier. Pass for now.
6 - NO GIN (5/2) . . .Claimed last time out after another big victory. Switches from Oosting to Warren, but with his current form, it is very difficult to go against.
3 - STONEBRIDGE SYMBOL (12/1) . . .Parked out from the eight post in last and was not far off at the finish. Tossing hints in recent races. Rarely wins, but no surprise to see him hit the board.
4 - GUTS N GLORY (3/1) . . .Could not hold off the #6 last week. Not sure he can turn the tables, but he should find a way to hit the ticket.
2 - SHASKA (15/1) . . .Has not been able to knock off either of the top two lately. Should contend for minor award once again.
9 - FOX VALLEY TOCCOA (6/1) . . .Shuffled back last time out and lost all chance. Prior races show decent enough form. Could hang around for a slice.
5 - RICH N SPORTY (9/2) . . .Red-hot Affrunti barn has yet to work magic with this guy. Has not had the best position lately. Needs live cover.
1 - AMERICAN LEASE (15/1) . . .Has stopped badly last two. Switch to Marcus might help, but need to see improved stamina before rating higher.
7 - MR PROSPECT (20/1) . . .Has not won in ages, but is taking on easier here. Showed some speed before tiring last week. Might sneak in that tri at gigantic odds.
8 - STRYKER (8/1) . . .Showed some speed in last couple at BMP. Has not hit the board in six tries this year, but is taking on a softer bunch.
One of many in here that have legit chances at rounding out this trifecta.
4 - FOX VALLEY DINA (3/1) . . .Drops in for a tag after chasing much better. Shows speed in lines. Should be in control of this early on.
1 - I'M SEDUCIBLE (5/2) . . .Ships in from BMP, where she flashed speed at times. Figures to sit right behind the #4 and will try to pounce in the lane.
3 - AMBER'S STRIDE (8/1) . . .Makes debut for hot Warren barn. Lines show a mixed bag of solid races along with some breaking issues. High risk, high reward play.
5 - CYPRESS HILL SUDS (8/1) . . .Was not far off against this kind last week. With clear sailing, no reason why this gal couldn't be right there.
9 - MISSY MUFFLER (9/2) . . .Made a bold move last week from last and managed a second place finish. With decent striking position, another well-timed move puts her in the mix again.
2 - MISSY MACK (12/1) . . .Was parked out in 2012 debut and tired. Should get an easier trip from here. No shock to see her sneak into that High-Five.
8 - GIADA (20/1) . . .Also in for a tag. Shows speed at times. Tough assignment from out here. Pass for now.
6 - NACHOORDINARYGIRL (10/1) . . .Broke stride late and lost any hope. Prior races sort of dull. Needs to put it all together to contend.
7 - PRETTY PERKY (15/1) . . .In for a tag, but was not very competitive against nw1 company. Needs to go faster to compete with these.
DUNE IN RED (1st)
TWEEDS FLY N STAR (5th)
ANDI'S SISTER (8th)
$1 Pick 4 (Races 8 - 11):
1,6,8 / 2,5 / 1,9,6 / 3,6 = $36.00
by Michael FREEMAN