Connors’ Comments for Sunday, May 15, 2022

2022-05-19

FIRST RACE – It cooled rapidly during the twilight card, which started at 81o and by race seven was at 67o … Stretch headiwnd … A CRAFTY LADY had cover almost to the ¼ then went on to take the lead before the 3/8, unpressured until the stretch, when PRAIRIE WESTERNGAL kept getting closer and closer, with the wire coming at the right time for the winner. The latter was out until the ¼ for the ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Saturday, May 14, 2022

FIRST RACE – Another warm day with a “fast” track … Some stretch headwind to start … SEAL O’NEILL, calmer early this week, had a great second-over trip, three-wide early on the far turn, could draw away from these. The next six were within a half length, fronted by COXCOMB, who was wide leaving when he made a break, caught the field, broke again off the second turn, recovered again, didn’t tip wide until midstretch and was ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Tuesday, May 10, 2022

2022-05-14

FIRST RACE – Warm, with the stretch tailwind that has been prevalent all week … BUZZ headed on down the road, far superior to these. DYLAN THE GREAT left but took back to third, moved outside ¾, just held onto second over PRAIRIE VIRTUE. The latter was locked in much of the last half by a parked horse, came along well up the inside late. DUDELOOKSLIKELINDY gapped in quarter two, tighter, outside late ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Sunday, May 8, 2022

2022-05-11

FIRST RACE – Mid to low 60s; stretch tailwind … PRIMARY COLORS worked up to the lead 3/16, rated the half and went on without pressure, snapped home in 27 to hold off DONTPASSME HANOVER. The latter finally settled in fifth 3/16, then was second-over, three-wide past midturn, gained into the fast last quarter but couldn’t reach. CAPTAIN KEEN was uncovered at the half, one-geared it very steadily. MOVE THE LINE ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Saturday, May 7, 2022

2022-05-10

FIRST RACE – More like March instead of May: 43 degrees, and a “sloppy +1” racing surface … Stretch tailwind … THE WALL was looped between horses and went on to command past the ¼, yielded for the pocket, eased out headstretch, went to the lead just past midstretch and held off GUINNESS PANIC. The latter didn’t like his prospects from fourth-over so went three-wide 11/16, kept on gaining to be second to a trip horse. SEVENTH ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Monday, May 2, 2022

2022-05-05

FIRST RACE – Stretch headwind … BETTOR STRAIT N UP caused a “b.e.” recall … SWEET KISSES went into the pocket before the 3/16, waited until headstretch, then moved outside and paced away. DANCE TICKET took control from the pole, got a 1:00.1 middle half, was still outsprinted home, clearly second. SWEET AND FEISTY was uncovered into turn two, worked up gradually, held pretty well. IDEAL DESTINY ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Sunday, May 1, 2022

2022-05-03

FIRST RACE – Stretch headwind to start; intermittent small moisture during the card … GUINNESS PANIC moved out at the half, three-wide at the 5/8 and circled to first-over late backstretch, engaged the leader, took over early stretch, held off GRIFFON HANOVER. The latter tried to follow the winner wide but gapped, did get to two-wide ¾, got in gear in the stretch a little too late. BAMSKI looked at ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Saturday, April 30, 2022

FIRST RACE – Swirling wind, sometimes stretch tailwind (fractions may be guide) … Low to mid 60s … ROLL WITH THE FLOW drifted out two-wide, went up uncovered 3/16 after the front end settled, pushed to make the top 3/8, held off a backstretch bid, then was best of these. KINGSVILLE was three-wide to the 1/8 to the lead 3/16, yielded 3/8 after some contesting, pocket, a bit loose headstretch and never regained serious ground. CRACK ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Tuesday, April 26, 2022

2022-04-30

FIRST RACE – Intermittent precipitation; 55 degrees; “sloppy +1” … DIVISION BELL moved out of fourth into turn two, turned in a 26.4 backside to clear easily, shook off the “new” first-over to open a clear lead in early stretch, held together to defeat ROCK IDOL. The latter was hustled early but still got away fifth, came out second-over but gapped, didn’t look at his best on the turns, but had a big late burst to almost get ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Monday, April 25, 2022

2022-04-28

FIRST RACE – Stretch headwind … WORTHY OF HONOR went quickly to the front and clicked off a sharp ¼, then could moderate things until TEDDY BROSEVELT came to him midturn, had a ding-dong duel with that one in the lane and prevailed. The latter spotted fourth at the 1/8, got underway raw coming off turn two, gradually went up and reached the leader midturn, fought very hard in the stretch only to just miss. ALEXANDER HANOVER ... 

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