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Feb 24, 2006

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


SAM HOUSTON

CHA CHA CAT: After breaking her maiden in her second career start she has battled head to head for the lead when trying winners the last two times out. If she can clear off she will be tough to beat.

LEEWAY: Showed much improved speed in his second career start chasing the leader/winner into the stretch and should improve on the stretchout in distance.

ORO CLASSIC: Four year old filly runs a big one every once in a while and has sharp early foot that she puts to good use, respect her next out at the $10k claiming level.

PARIS PRINCESS: Raced in fourth early on before checking in an even sixth last out on the turf, was in sharp form on the dirt so look for the switch back to that surface for the score.

SUPER EXPECTATIONS: Finished a good third last out versus allowance company despite traffic trouble throughout and should be tough with similar at a price.

TUNNEL BENDER: First timer didn’t take any money for career debut but did run well, chasing the pace from the start and then holding well for third, follow right back with maiden claimers.

 

4STARSPECIAL: JENNIE’S STORM: Chased the pace from the start, took over that lead heading into the far turn and opened up a clear lead into the stretch but couldn’t last and had to settle for second to the odds-on winner. Wires $7.5k NW2L claimers next out.

LONGSHOT: RAPID ROTATION: Seven year old was coming off a race where he didn’t finish so he was sent off at 51-1, he showed good speed and hung in very well for third at long odds, respect right back with $7.5k NW2L claimers.

 

LAUREL

C. L. RIB: Brings late punch when in the mood, and more precisely when pace and racing luck line up the right way; grab value on proven 9YO gelding.

CRAFTY TRICKER: Walloped claimers two starts back then came up short when third on class hike making latest start on short notice; bounces back to best stuff.

DRESSED TO A TE: Dueled on pace and held well to finish a close third on February 17, and appears sharp right now; logical with NW2L.

GALLANT SIR: Couldn’t muster stretch rally when wide into lane most recently and a below par fifth; claimed by trainer Robb, veteran can recapture better form.

GALLOP POLE: Rallied for third when willing in try at added distance in his latest; son of Victory Gallop seems to be getting better with racing experience.

HONOR STUDENT: Dropped well out of it early but swung wide and offered strong rally to finish close fourth in blanket finish most recently; sharp now.

ISLE OF CHIOS: Should improve upon his sixth-place finish when returned from layoff in local return most recently; overdue gelding can light up tote.

IVARS BLUES: Blasted clear on early pace and held his margin to wire in impressive score most recently; tab proven veteran right back off claim by trainer Allen.

TRACEABLE: Quickly was sent to the pace and responded with front-running maiden score most recently; in good hands, daughter of Forest Wildcat scores right back.

WHATS WHAT: Have long liked hard-hitting, consistent, and versatile veteran; better than recent form suggests, and more than capable of big-ticket effort.

 

4STARSPECIAL: DEVIOUS CAT: Offered early speed and chased in vain behind blowout winner when a clear second in her latest, her first start since claim/layoff; primed now.

LONGSHOT: MY PRETTY WOMAN: Moved wide to contention on turn in chasing clear leader then faded when it counted in stretch; better set up does it.

 



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