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Mar 31, 2006

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


HAWTHORNE

INEZBREWSTA: Made another middle move to take the lead as they headed into the stretch and again tired to finish a few lengths behind the leaders; just needs a better timed ride with NW2L claimers.

KISS ME MATT: Ran an odd race last out, racing close-up early on dropping back to last and then came running again to finish fourth at 21-1. Will be in contention a lot longer next out.

MISS CLASSIFIED: Had been coming off two poor efforts in a row but settled in and closed strongly to get the job done. Can now string a few together.

MISS LOIE ZAGOR: Made a middle move to the leaders last out but faded when it counted in the drive to finish fourth at 20-1, stay close with NW2L $5k claimers.

TUTU TWAIN: The layoff from December did this one good as she closed with a strong run in the stretch to score going away with NW2L claimers. Is ready for better.

WEEKEND RATES: Speedy four year old filly always shows her early speed and she held on well for second last out. Is always a threat to go wire to wire.

 

4PSPECIAL: CIMARRON SPIRIT: Speedy four year old gelding may finally be learning the game as his most recent solid second place finish indicates that he can last longer on the lead, wires them with a similar effort.

LONGSHOT: ASAILORTOREMBER: Six year old gelding has some tactical speed to call on and the $25k claiming level may be the right level, especially if you looking for a price.

 

GOLDEN GATE

CITY VENTURE: Improving with each trip to post. Finished fifth at first asking; third second time out and second most recently. He’s getting there.

HAPPY ZONE: Stepped up in class big-time, dead-heating for second in an off-the-turf allowance Mar. 26. Dueled with the winner into the stretch that day before tiring late; in good form.

IRON CHEF: Just couldn’t hang with $10k claimers off his $6k Feb. 26 score. Gets back on track when spotted at the proper level.

IT’S ME JONES: Toss his one start at 1 1/16 miles and he’s not all that bad. Forced to alter course in deep stretch in Mar. 26 effort; take note.

IVY LEAGUE GENIUS: Couldn’t go on late after dueling through six furlongs in the mud Mar. 29. It still would be smart to follow her off that third-place finish though.

MUDZILLY: Rounding into form nicely since shipping in from Southern California. Fourth-place finish Mar. 12 and third-place finish Mar. 26 are only the beginning.

PADILLA BAY: Recent fifth at 18-1 was better than it looks on paper. Prompted the quick early pace and didn’t lose by all that much; try again.

POTRERO STATION: Posted a best-of-18 five furlong bullet in 1:00 at Golden Gate Mar. 27 before the rains came in. Sitting on go.

SHOW ME TAZZ: Gutsy nine-year-old was claimed six starts in a row at one point. Last two third-place finishes versus slightly better are respectable; shows ‘em what he’s got.

TOMATHAN: Dueled through wicked fractions of :21 3/5 and :44 4/5 and crossed the line second best behind the odds-on favorite. Nothing wrong with that performance.

U DID IT AGAIN: Royal Anthem gelding out of a Nureyev mare was all set to make his grass debut Mar. 29, but Mother Nature had other plans. Wait for this one to start on the grass, then make the play.

 

4PSPECIAL: DELIVERY GIRL: Always brings her "A" game at Golden Gate. Broke her maiden here last November, and owns a first, second and third in three attempts at GG this season. Delivers the goods.

LONGSHOT: RUSHING WILD: Southern California invader should appreciate the lower-level competition in these parts. Builds off fourth-place finish.



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