Brian W. Spencer
Delta Downs - Race #1
#2 Pipes and Drums He'll have to fire off a bit of a break, but he was able to run a good one first time out, so he can run fresh. Both of his efforts stack up pretty favorably with these, and he should get a great trip near the top again.
#9 Race Craft He's probably the one to beat, but he has had eight chances already and is getting short on excuses. Think he's a player at an underlaid price.
#5 Ferryboat Amoss protects this one off the claim while stepping up in class in a pretty significant way off the $15,000 MCL win. Chance to improve while racing around two turns.
Delta Downs - Race #5
#3 Finnleys Encore She took just a tiny bit of cash in the debut, going off at 7/1 and flashing brief pace against six others before a hard fade. She returns with much cheaper off the layoff and may be able to carry her speed with these. Interesting enough at a price.
#4 Quick Heat Think she's one of the ones on form, but she will be making her 11th career start, so it's a little tough to get too excited about her at a much shorter price than her 18/1 offering from that last try.
#7 Candy's Parade The two-turn experiment with better didn't work out, so she drops to the lowest level of her career while cutting back. Something like her debut effort for twice this price probably keeps her in the mix.
Delta Downs - Race #10
#5 Zing Zang Finisher might get a fair pace to chase, and he steps up off the claim to a level at which he was competitive in the past. Not sure many will move them up off Asmussen, but maybe a change of scenery will freshen this guy's form up a bit.
#7 Cantrell Hill He's supposed to win this race and probably will at a short price, but he is the kind of favorite you are supposed to try to beat. He has lost five straight times, including three times locally, at this level at odds of 4/1, 9/5, 3/5, 4/5, and 6/5. He'll take plenty of cash with imposing form and a bullet work, but I'll stand against.
#9 Buxterhooter He's one of the more likely upsetters in here, but his form can be spotty at times. If he brings one of his better races, he could probably land a pretty dreamy first-over trip from this draw.