Jul 06, 2006
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ALARMING FANTASY: Lunged at the start, then moved up toward the pace but tired on a sloppy track. Deserves another chance.
BUSTERSATTORNEY: Didn’t handle a sloppy track at all in return from a brief layoff. Try again on a fast track.
CHAMPAGNE ROSE: Got KO’d in a five-length-gap speed duel. Still a speed threat vs. cheapies.
CONCRETE BLOCK: Was too close to the pace and made a middle move before tiring in a race that set up for the closers. Too early to give up.
GOOD AND CRAFTY: Stumbled at the break and then rushed up into a duel for the lead to lose her best chance. Still finished well for third, and just needs a clean start.
MY LOVE MARTY WOOD: Got hooked in a five-length-gap duel for the lead and tired as a result. Still a threat to shake loose vs. cheapies.
NORTH POTOMAC: Got hooked in a three-way, four-length-gap speed duel. Lost to a closer by a length and a half but was six lengths clear of the third horse.
SWEET TIME: Lost valuable time and momentum when in traffic inside, and then could not catch the front-runners. Can win off the claim by Lake.
TIMOPOCUS: Closed from far back behind a moderate pace in a race otherwise ruled by front-runners. Can make amends.
4STARSPECIAL: THE SHAUGHRAUN: Was much the best on 6/26 when he rallied to win despite hesitating badly at the start. Likely repeater.
LONGSHOT: BIGNOSE: Was bumped around at the start in first race back from a six-month layoff. Better luck next time in second off the layoff.
A CONTROLLED CRASH: Was left with too much to do from too far back after steadying last time out. Threat vs. maiden claimers.
BOSTON GOLD: Back from nearly a year layoff and should be ready to go by the time Del Mar comes around.
BROMOS LEAD CHANGE: Broke poorly and was squeezed back at the start when settling for third, beaten 3 1/2 lengths while seven clear of the fourth horse.
BRUISEN SUSAN: Clipped heels and lost the rider when favored last time out. Better luck next time and could be an overlay based on that DNF.
JOHNNY HIGH BRITE: Got caught in traffic and had to steady and wait behind horses at a critical time of a turf marathon. Worth another look.
LADY CANYON: Got to the lead from post 12 and stuck around until the end at 6 1/2 furlongs in a race that set up for three closers. Deserves more respect.
LAHUNA: Got involved in a fast and pressured pace in a race that set up exclusively for closers. Finished far ahead of his early challengers.
MIADUEBELLE: Showed speed in a race that set up for stalkers, and ran into traffic trouble from the quarter poll to the sixteenth poll. Still finished third and should improve vs. cheapies next time with a better trip.
SECONDARY MOTION: Outran 98-1 odds for fifth in a 13-horse field while finishing ahead of two 5-2 shots. Fits vs. cheap maidens.
SLOW N EASY: Was much the best on 6/29 when he hesitated at the start and broke behind the rest of the field and still managed to win off by 2 1/2 lengths. Likely to repeat.
STARK BEAUTY: Broke slowly in return from a nine-month layoff and still did well for third in a race otherwise dominated by front-runners. Try again.
TEXAS KITTY: Bobbled slightly at the start, rushed up and set the pace, and just missed off a seven month layoff. Won’t be denied in next.
4STARSPECIAL: SMOOVE: Endured a terrible trip on 6/29 when she showed early interest before getting shuffled back in trouble on the backstretch and steadied again in traffic turning into the stretch. Don’t overlook based on that sixth-place finish.
LONGSHOT: ATSASHANARAY: Arapahoe invader was sent off at understandably long odds, but then outran 22-1 billing for fourth after battling and never getting a breather up front in a race that set up for closers. Don’t ignore.
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