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Jul 21, 2006

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


SARATOGA

ARISTOCRAT: Was far back early on behind swift fractions but no one made up any ground and he checked in a well beaten fourth; give this very well bred 4yo another shot.

AUGUST SONG: Closed strongly to score by a length last out, closing from well back to get the job done over $25k claimers; must be followed back off that effort.

BANROCK: His post might have hurt him last out but he still managed to close for a good third behind the two favorites; follow him right back with NW2X statebred allowance foes.

COOL DAYS: Was chasing the pace last out of the odds-on favorite when going a mile and then tired in the drive to finish fourth, a turnback in distance gets the job done.

DEMURRER: Put in a good effort to finish third in her career debut on the turf going 1 and 1/8th miles and should be set for best effort next out.

ELDER SKATESMAN: Hails from a very low profile barn that only had five starters so far this year without a win but this New York bred has talent and must be followed right back on the turf.

KING CARTER: Has been a different horse since switching to the turf and most recent second at 41-1 was solid, should graduate with a similar effort.

MORE IMPACT: Was used up early on chasing the pace, then was stuck in behind horses and tired in the drive; follow right back on the turf or dirt.

RAHYS’ APPEAL: Didn’t get the best of rides last out laying way back in the pack despite the very slow early pace, did well to finish fourth last out and should be followed right back.

SKY ISLAND: Made a move on the turn to get into contention, flattened out in the midstretch but then came again for third, give her another shot with straight three year olds on the turf.

STOLEN STAR: Was up close to the pace last out when trying the turf for the first time but came up empty when it counted in the drive, still not convinced that she can’t run on the turf so give her a shot on any surface right back.

WAIT IT OUT: Always puts in a good effort but never seems to get there, came up a nose short last out after chasing a very slow early pace, can pop at a price with allowance foes or even in a stakes race, tab.

WIN WITH A WINK: Got off to a bad start, settled in and then came with a huge run to score going away by more than four lengths, 2yo has a bright future on any surface.

 

4STARSPECIAL: WAR FRONT: Ran a big race last out in the Grade II Tom Fool despite coming off a February layoff; four year old has a bright future ahead of him; solid.

LONGSHOT: ZELNA J: Has had a long drought now between races but still has a decent late kick and can be tough if she finds a race with a lot of early speed, the price will be right.

 

 

PENN NATIONAL

A PERFECT WOOD: Ran ok for fourth three back on the turf and his dirt effort most recently may be a sign that his form is turning around.

ETERNAL SECRET: Seven year old mare closed good ground from 8th to finish third at 90-1; can surprise with $4k claimers.

GOLCONDA: Seven year old gelding broke running and never looked back scoring by eight lengths over a sloppy track at 10-1; repeats off that effort versus better.

HELEN’S EYES: Five year old mare didn’t mind the switch to the dirt last out as that is her best surface and she checked in third, however she is in good form and may be able to score on the turf at a decent price.

KIPPER CHEMO: Has been a much better horse since showing speed in his last two starts and makes him the one to beat with $3.5k claimers.

LITTLE NOOSTER TOO: Showed sharp early speed last out while setting solid fractions but was run down on the wire to lost by a nose; goes all the way with $3.5k claimers next out.

 

4STARSPECIAL: JEAN LITTLE ROSE: Put in a much improved effort last out in her third career start closing to finish second at 28-1; ready to graduate with $5k maiden claimers.

LONGSHOT: BOLD PETE: Has been having a terrible year so far through eight starts but this 8yo gelding showed some life last out to finish fourth at 61-1; price play.



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