Lead Horse Racing handicapper John DaSilva previews Tuesday's card at Presque Isle.
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RACE 3 – Pick #1 Bentley’s Palace (12-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
Patience is a virtue in horse racing. A trainer can be prepping a horse for a long time before finding the right spot for the debut. Trainer Joseph Martin has gone through this with Bentley’s Palace. She has been working consistently at Oaklawn Park and then Prairie Meadows. Then after her work on August 16th at Prairie Meadows, she shipped to Presque Isle for a final work five days later before her debut here. Making her debut four days after that last work indicates Martin has her ready to run, especially versus state breds where she runs for PA bred bonus money as well.
RACE 5 – Pick #9 Dimate (6-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
After tiring badly in his seasonal debut for new barn, Dimate returns to route for Nicholas Sideris. Four of his five career victories have been at a mile or over and three of those wins have been at this distance. Last year Dimate was 2 for 8 going two turns over this surface and 6 for 8 in the money. He definitely needed the race last out and should show improvement at a price here.
Race 8 – Pick #2 One Real Cowboy (20-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
At first glance, most would throw out One Real Cowboy. This maiden is 0 for 12 ad has been single digit odds at post time in 2 of 12 career starts, both at Penn National. But this horse has better form than what people see. He returned to the Tapeta last out and closed well to be third. In his career, he has a record of 6-0-0-2 over the Tapeta surface, but he also has finished fourth over the surface three times. His last start could be an indication he is finally ready to break through, especially versus these where there looks to be a lot of speed that doesn’t want to go far.
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