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Jul 28, 2006

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


CALDER

A GENTLE MAN: Six-year-old gelding always seems to be in the mix. Probably better sprinting, but don’t be afraid to include him in those route races too.

BRANDONS BEACH: Turned in a good third-place effort in his debut in the slop after hitting the gate at the start. Graduates next out.

HE’S MY MAN: Sports a good record on the year, and didn’t embarrass himself in the two-furlong Rocket Man S. last time. Make the play.

HEAVY ON THE ROSES: Just isn’t the same horse once the rains arrive. Ignore sixth-place finish July 22; gets back on track over a fast surface.

INDIAN SUMMER GIRL: Ran a decent fourth at 26-1 on the lawn June 17, but followed up with an eighth-place finish over the main track July 22. Tab when back on the grass.

ORIENTAL BEAUTY: Louisiana shipper has excuses in each of her three starts since shipping in. Finds a field of maiden claimers that she can handle.

PAMELOT: Caught a sloppy track in her debut, then broke slowly second time around. Juvenile deserves a look at the right price.

SKY CRYPT: Showed much better form on the grass prior to his well-beaten third in an off-the-turfer last time July 21. The sky’s the limit on the grass.

 

4STARSPECIAL: RUNNIN TO THE BAR: Has returned from the layoff in fine form, winning two out of three, including a 10 ½-length romp in the slop last time. Very scary.

LONGSHOT: REGAL MISS: Fourth-place finish three starts back at odds of 17-1 is worth taking a look at. Last two efforts help ensure long odds at the windows.

 

ELLIS PARK

BLADES HILL: Raced wide and made some stretch impact for third in latest return from brief break; 8YO is a proven winner, but had the right to need a return race.

GLAMOUR GUY: Broke slow and was along for third as the beaten even-money favorite in his career debut over wet ground; had trained well, so stay tuned.

GREAT PLAINS: Battled throughout and prevailed in hard-fought win on July 22 in first race here; gelding likes to win and can take another.

JERICHO JED: Raced six wide into the lane for third when making his return trip over track and first start since late-May; may not always get top prize, but belongs in gimmicks.

KISSSASTAR: Fires her best shots over this surface and should improve upon latest return trip off March-layoff by way of Tampa Bay; packs late punch.

MANHATTAN’S MO: Most recently had two-race win streak snapped when fourth most recently; gets back on track in a hurry.

THE GENERAL’S BANK: Has previously run very well here, and can do better than fourth-place finish in off-the-turf trip on July 22; barn strong with limited starters.

TWO FRANKS ALLY: Chased the pace after awkward start and faded to third as the beaten favorite in her latest, and was claimed by trainer Vandergrift for worthwhile $5K.

UNBRIDLED AMERICA: Stumbled at the break and then rallied from wide spot to pick up second behind a much-the-best winner in latest; shrewd claim for trainer Hammond.

 

4STARSPECIAL: GERI’S BOOK: Battled on early pace and weakened a touch in lane to finish fourth in improved effort when making his first start over this track; should only improve for winning Bradley barn.

LONGSHOT: LOGANSPORT: Raced wide and in basically even fashion for an improved fourth most recently; race over course proves big plus for recently well-traveled gelding.



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