Race 1: Bourbon Trail was second in Cincy last start in the MSW ranks. He is very
aggressively entered today and is the horse to beat. In the Game is one of two in here for Don Campbell and this one is coming off two game second place finishes and will be a pace factor. Perfectly Wrote is a firster for Don that has a good series of works here locally and lures top jockey Corrales.
Race 2: Osprey Court ran well off the layoff last time out and should move forward off of that tightener. The connections thought enough of him to protect him by waiving the claim that day and I look for a big effort today. He just posted and impressive bullet workout last Friday. Carson Reserve is a fi rst timer from a very good stable that has an impressive work tab. Abramax drops in class and is from a good barn. He faced some good horses last out and should track from just off the pace. Glorious Tapizar had an eventful trip on debut and ran great despite the shortcomings. He does step up the ladder here, but he has the talent to be on the ticket.
Race 3: Columbiano is a consistent son of Trappe Shot that just missed last out against similar. Half Trick gets the blinks removed and should move forward with the race under his belt and class relief. Giant’s Forrest will benefit from the added distance.
Race 4: Degrom draws a nice spot outside here and should stalk just from off the pace. Prince Pierce is dropping in class and the seven furlongs distance should hit him right in the head. Pat Daddy is another trained by Davis. He is a perfect two for two here at Ellis and has a big chance.
Race 5: Strut the Ring is a four time turf winner from seven starts and is the logical play here. Volubile should get the perfect pace set up for his late running style. Ransack loves the Ellis turf course.
Race 6: Gran Manna hails from the Uber productive Asmussen stable and is out of a mare that has produced four winners from six starters and a sire that wins with 20% of his debuts runners. Jedediah is a full sister to Celtic Striker who won the Easy Goer at Belmont in June by almost 20 lengths, and was fourth in last weeks G3 Peter Pan at Saratoga. Race Smart has been working well locally and is from a quality producing mare.
Race 7: More Roses returns to the dirt, draws the fence and Brad hits at 30% when one is
making its third start off the shelf. Sara Sea has the speed to be dangerous and tries hard every time. New Roo’s stalking style will be advantageous from what appears to be a potentially lively pace.
Race 8: Raison d’Etre has the breeding to excel on the transition to the turf and will benefit from the added distance. Violenza is one that should move forward off of that race at Cd last time. She has the speed to take this one to the house. More than Unusual is on the also eligible, but should she draw in, she’s a definite threat in start two. Daddymademedoit will be flying late and is a must use in the exotics.
Race 9: Mr. Unusual is a standout and the most logical winner on the entire card. Blankenbaker returns to the turf and drops in class. Disciple is another getting some class relief and when Maker does this move, he wins at 26%.
Jimmy McNerney, 44, became just the 12th voice to fill the airwaves bellowing from high atop the Ellis Park grandstand in 2015. In addition to his track announcer duties, he is also the Ellis Park morning line odds-maker and the on-air race analyst. While he was born in Kentucky, he grew up right here in nearby Evansville. He is a third generation horseman, as his family is deep rooted in the horse racing business. McNerney has held about every job on the racetrack. He has been a groom, gallop boy, racing official, and a jockey agent, just to name a few. His knowledge and passion for the sport run very deep. His main objective is to make the experience for the race fan an enjoyable and profitable one. He is highly regarded as an expert handicapper and enjoys teaching the novice handicappers his art to picking winners. In addition, McNerney has frequently hosted handicapping seminars to help promote and educate the sport of kings to horse players. He currently is the also the race caller and television analyst at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky. He also enjoys emceeing charity events and can also be found on the auction block calling bids at various auction houses throughout the country. The father of three daughters, spends his spare time rooting on his beloved Cincinnati Bengals. He has previously called races at numerous race tracks across the country including Beulah Park, Fair Grounds Racecourse, Hazel Park, Hoosier Park, Indiana Grand, Lone Star Park, and Louisiana Downs.