Paul Quigley's US Racing Preview

Paul has selections with analysis for Thursday night's stateside action from Belmont Park, Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park are now online – live on Sky Sports Racing

PAUL'S ANALYSIS FROM Belmont Park, Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park
Thursday 20 June 2019


Delaware Park Race 7 (9.15pm)
Claiming $10,000 – Fillies and Mares – 3 year olds and upwards – 1 Mile - Turf

Trainer Gerry Bennett had a fine Tampa 2018/19 meet but is doing even better with his barn at Delaware Park. His Speeding Starlet (6) was far from disgraced in an allowance event here last month. Now she’s back at the level she won back to back starts in Florida prior to that. The class dropper looks a player under Bennett’s “go to” rider Danny Centeno.

Red Wagon (4) had twenty four races on the dirt before connections tried her on the turf at the start of the month. The result was a victory albeit by disqualification in a similar event to this one. She has to be considered although Trust in Diane (2) who finished behind her could turn the tables. She was coming off a lay off and has decent back form from The Fair Grounds.

Shifra Magician (3) is plunged in class. She is one for the shortlist along with the well drawn Dancingwithpaynter (1). That filly beat a field of conditional claimers at Pimlico last month.

Babie Monster (7) and Talkless Smilemore (8) may duel for the early lead. If one takes back, the other will be very dangerous. The last named is running in a career low spot.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Speeding Starlet (6)
EXOTIC BETS
Combination Exacta (6 Bets) Trust in Diane (2), Speeding Starlet (6) and Talkless Smilemore (8)

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Gulfstream Park Race 7 (9.17pm)
Maiden Claiming $40,000 – 3 year olds and upwards – 1 Mile - Dirt

If this race comes off the turf, Lennox (2) looks the one to beat. He lost by a neck in a $35,000 maiden claimer at the end of last month. More ground here should suit. It is interesting his trainer wants to try him on the grass. That’s also the case with Borough Boy (8). He had I Stand Corrected (6) and Minnesota (7) back in third and fourth when runner up in a maiden over a mile on dirt at the start of the month. His rider may try to put him on the lead.

Slammin' Mike (5) debuts for a trainer who has a decent record with first time starters. He’s worth a look, especially if the market speaks in his favour.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Borough Boy (8)
EXOTIC BETS
No Exotics

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Belmont Park Race 4 (9.38pm)
Allowance (entry level) – New York bred fillies and mares – 3 year olds and upwards – 1 Mile - Dirt

The lightly raced three year old Behind the Couch (5) is the one to beat here. She broke her maiden second time out at Aqueduct in March. In her only start subsequently, she ran third in stake here last month. That was over seven furlongs but is bred to handle the longer distance today. Her trainer Jeremiah Englehart has his Belmont barn in fine form.

Behind the Couch is one of a pair of three year olds taking on older gals here. Both she and Maiden Beauty (3) do get weight from them. She’s been freshened up after running third in a similar event to this in April. Her best performances have come over a mile.

My Last Million (6) won six times at Finger Lakes last year. She ran evenly on her seasonal debut last month. In her favour is tactical speed in a pretty paceless affair. On paper, she is not as talented as Not About the Nail (4). She came back to form with a fine runner up in a similar event to this only five days ago.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Behind the Couch (5)
EXOTIC BETS
No Exotics

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Delaware Park Race 8 (9.45pm)
Starter Allowance – 3 year olds and upwards – 1 Mile - Dirt

Aspect (7) looks to be an improving three year old. He beat steady sort Coach Adams (4) by over five lengths here last month. He’s eligible to run in this starter as he made his debut in a $25,000 maiden claimer. The mount of Alex Cintron should get a stalking trip off Mr Smurthwaite (6) and possibly Coach Adams here. He is likely to get first run on Brighton Lane (2) who looks his most obvious rival. He made a fine comeback when runner up in an entry level allowance event at Pimlico last month. Second time back after a five month absence and a drop in class make him a big danger.

Code Name Raven (3) made it four local victories when winning a claimer twelve days ago. Major Attitude (5) is holding his form well. Clearly Super (1) could rebound with a trainer change.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Aspect (7)
EXOTIC BETS
Reversed Exacta (2 Bets) Brighton Lane (2) and Aspect (7)

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Gulfstream Park Race 8 (9.47pm)
Allowance Optional Claiming – Fillies and Mares – 3 year olds and upwards – 1 Mile - Turf

Lovely Luvy (11) is the gal to beat here. She missed by a nose in a similar event last month. She does have a tricky draw and has lost a few tight ones since winning on debut last summer. Aquemini (3) is another who has too many places compared to victories to her name. She had Venezuelan Forever (6) just behind her when a closing runner up here three weeks ago. Maybe a barn change to a red hot trainer will get her over the hump.

In form claimer Our Closure (9) has place claims at very least.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Aquemini (3) 

EXOTIC BETS
No Exotics

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Belmont Park Race 5 (10.10pm)
Maiden Special Weight – 2 year old fillies – 5 Furlongs - Turf

Fancy Persuasion (7) makes her career debut for trainer Wes Ward here. She’s worked well in Florida and since she shipped up to New York. The home bred is likely live and Irad Ortiz is booked for the assignment. She will have to be pretty good and do everything right as a trio of these have shaped well on their only starts to date.

Kit Kat Katie (3) finished a neck in front of Classy Sadie (1) when they filled the places in a maiden over course and distance last month. Interestingly, that event was won by a Wes Ward firster. Morality Clause (6) was a 20/1 shot when a close up third in a maiden here four weeks ago. Her trainer has a fine record with second time starters.

The well bred Secure Connection (2) is likely to need further in time but may have the class to contend to her debut.

PAUL'S SELECTION
Fancy Persuasion (7)
EXOTIC BETS
Reversed Exacta (2 Bets) Morality Clause (6) and Fancy Persuasion (7)

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