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Get out Your Handicapping Pencils: The Carey Memorial Preview

If you are someone who enjoys mystery from week to week, especially in terms of who’s racing against whom, then the Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial preview might not be your bale of hay. But if you enjoy a quality field where often the horse with the best trip finds its way into the winners circle, then tonight’s tenth race is right up your alley. So get out your notebook and prepare to scribble some thoughts in preparation for next week’s $90,000 (est.) Carey Memorial Pace.

Only Hoosier shipper Benns Superman will be absent from the preview, and all eight of tonight’s entrants are expected to compete a week from now. This evening they race for $25,000.

Arguably the group is led by Engel Stables, Sheffield Stables and D R Van Witzenburg’s Load the Dice. A career earner of $802,040, ‘Dice’ is in the midst of an impressive string of performances. In his last ten starts, the son of Cam’s Card Shark has recorded six wins and four seconds, which account for most of the $104,750 he’s accumulated in earnings this year. In his last start at Hawthorne on July 12, Load the Dice encountered some trouble and settled for second to this evening’s main contender, My Boy David.

My Boy David takes a back seat to very few Standardbreds, particularly those bred in the state of Illinois. At age three, ‘David’ set his lifetime mark when he paced in 1:47.4, and while he has never paced quite as fast since, he has managed to earn nearly $300,000 at ages four and five. He enters this evening’s main event with two victories in his last three starts, all in Open company.

Last year’s Carey Memorial champion, Thisbigdogwilfight, will try to get himself ready to defend his title. He might have gotten a confidence boost with a win against much easier competition last Saturday, but his nose-win against horses he would normally annihilate leaves doubt as to whether he is currently in good enough form to be a serious factor.

Booze Cruzin, trained by Meadowlands Pace-winning trainer Joe Seekman, and Kentucky Downs invader Priceless Edition both figure to have a big say in the outcome.

Leg Two-Booze Cruzin Pacing Series

Speaking of Booze Cruzin, ironically enough the second leg of the Booze Cruzin Pacing Series will be run one race following the Preview. This time Racing Secretary Billy Perkins has carded only one division, but there are11 talented 3-year-old colts competing for top prize.

Only one winner from the first leg, Prized Art, will race in Leg two. Let’s Getit Started, a decisive winner in a separate division last week, will take the evening off and return for next week’s final.  Prize Art was also most impressive in winning his heat by two lengths and seems to be a legitimately talented sophomore.

All the other entrants for tonight’s Booze Cruzin raced in last week’s opening leg, with the exception of Mucho Sleazy. All ‘Sleazy’ was doing last Saturday was finishing fourth in the $1.1 million Meadowlands Pace, pacing a personal mile in 1:48.1. Last year’s 2-year-old Illinois-bred champion will likely be a handful as he returns to race against fellow Illinoisans.

The top ten money earners from the first two legs will return to compete on Aug 2, in Hawthorne’s Night of Champions.

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