Connors’ Comments for Monday, October 25, 2021

2021-10-30

FIRST RACE – Earlier rain caused the track to be rated “good +1” for the first four races, then a rerating to “fast +0” from the fifth on .. Warming temperatures … Stretch headwind late … STORMONT VENTNOR was underway from fourth before the ¼ to the lead 3/8, drew away before the ¾ and won like a 1-5 shot. BANZAI AS was uncovered from next-to-last off turn two, made a little progress, got cover ¾, wide in the lane and up ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Saturday, October 23, 2021

FIRST RACE – Temperatures in the low 50s … Late rain would turn the surface to “good +1” for race 12 and then “sloppy +1” for the last two races … SWEET N FAST N was three-wide leaving and got the pocket in the 26 opener, vacated same 11/16 and went right by the pacesetter, able to drew clear late. BOBBY DAZZLER went up raw off two turn, briefly three-wide before the ¾ to not lose momentum as a horse pulled, two-wide challenging ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Tuesday, October 19, 2021

2021-10-25

FIRST RACE – Cool, with a strong stretch headwind … WHAT A DAME was looped, shunned a two-tuck to go on to the lead going to the 3/8, drew clear off turn two as the pocketsitter gave way, saw SPIT AND VINEGAR narrow in in the last quarter but held that one at bay. SPIT AND VINEGAR wound up uncovered down the back as a horse tucked into the vacant pocket, herself got a two-hole tuck ¾, gained some inside but had to settle for second. ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Monday, October 18, 2021

2021-10-23

FIRST RACE – Only in the lower 50s throughout the card … JUMPINTHEJAILHOUSE went right to the lead and set a wild pace for these even in midsummer, had NAMJE tighten in in the pocket from the ¾, fought head-to-head with that one before holding on in a 32 kicker after the hot numbers. The latter yielded, gapped though staying reasonably close then gaining from the ¾, outside stretch, just lacked the needed kick late. CAPTAIN ... 

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Connors’ for Saturday, October 16, 2021

2021-10-20

FIRST RACE – A warmish day for mid-October in the mountains to start: “fast +0” races 1-4; it rained hard during the fifth race, causing the track to be “sloppy +1” from the fifth race on, and temperatures would drop after the rain came through … Stretch headwind … MAJOR DESIRE protected the pocket early, considered a quarter-move but retreated, then came full-bore at the half and paced down the back in 26.2 to open a good lead, saw others ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Tuesday, October 12, 2021

2021-10-18

FIRST RACE – Card opens with a slight stretch headwind … WORLDSSTONECOLD AS made the lead, had outside challengers fill the holes behind him as the pocket horse broke past the ¼, rated the half, no problem the last half. JOE EXOTIC was up to challenge for the lead then took the pocket just past the ¼, sat close, not enough in the lane but clearly second. VINCENTI went second-over, three-wide late turn, along for third ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Monday, October 11, 2021

2021-10-16

FIRST RACEMEADOWBROOK FLASH was uncovered into turn two, got to retuck in the pocket past the 5/8, came out again midturn, paced gamely late to be up in the opener. DARK HORSE made two speed moves and set a pretty good pace, held the lead until very late. DARTH FADER tucked third 3/16, backed out behind the winner 5/8, left raw then got to tuck in third before the ¾, stayed along the inside and did OK. I AM ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Saturday, October 9, 2021

2021-10-14

FIRST RACE DAAMERICANSKY, continuing his rejuvenated form, made the lead 3/16 and headed right down the road, held off DING DING DINGER with the mildest of encouragement. The latter left well then yielded for the pocket 3/16, stayed close, to the Pocono Pike, tried hard but just couldn’t get there. BLOW A CLOUD N was three-wide leaving, tucked back fourth, uncovered down the backstretch, urged ¾, neither gained not ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Tuesday, October 5, 2021

2021-10-11

FIRST RACE – Track rated “good +1” for the first four races, and then changed to “fast + 0” for the balance of the card … AS ALWAYS did not leave, but moved before the 3/8 and quickly made the lead by the half, came home in 56 in off going as too much for these. OHARE HANOVER came out in the flow before turn two, three-wide before midturn to two-wide late turn, paced his own last half in 55.3 as the only one close at the wire. ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Monday, October 4, 2021

2021-10-09

FIRST RACE – “Sloppy +1” throughout the card … MUSCLE MACH A was away third then quarter-moved, set the pace, drew away from these in the stretch. VAGANOVA settled in the early pocket at the 1/8, sat third-in, came up the Pocono Pike to take second. SI SEMALU was in front going to the 1/8, yielded to the winner and stayed close until the stretch, outside, but tired. CAPTAIN KEEN was second-over, ... 

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