Dec 01, 2006
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BAREFOOT BABY: Rated, moved to contention, and then weakened in lane to fifth most recently; first route attempt proves useful for juvenile filly.
CANELA: Made it four straight wins with yet another dominant score most recently; no reason to jump ship as this 3YO owns local marathon scene.
EGGSONTHEGRIDDLE: Stumbled at the break and faced tough task trying to make up ground in sprint when turned back in distance for latest; better than seventh-place effort.
FRAZ: Showed only brief early foot and gave way badly in his first attempt here most recently; speed a plus in lower-end tilts, so worth a look off claim by trainer Matthews.
LOOSE LEAF: Jumped up with second-place effort when tried on turf for the first time most recently; McPeek runner continues upward trend in third start of current form cycle.
MARKUM: Held form when fourth on jump to MSW level in his latest, and can now make jump forward in upcoming third start of current form cycle.
MISS JENNA LEE: Raced well in fairly even order for fourth when making her first start since early-September; next time.
NEXT ADVENTURE: Battled on pace and gave way, but not that badly when sixth in crowded group; promising debut effort from juvenile colt bred for turf.
REBALITE: Liked her fourth-place effort when in with winners for the first time in her career most recently; from winning Blasi barn.
4*SPECIAL: GORBASH: Rallied from way back for second behind clear-cut winner in his latest; takes measure of similar group next time, and is also a candidate for possible turf return.
LONGSHOT: OUTRAGEOUSLYFUNNY: Didn’t fire best shot when seventh in latest, but slow break and wide trip did not help matters in crowded sprint field; next time.
CHOIR LADY: Broke running from the outside post, battled for the lead, put that challenger away but didn’t have enough left and finished third to the two favorites, follow.
ESKIMO HUNTER: Showed good speed over a sloppy/sealed track last out and held on very well for third at 59-1, offers value at the windows.
MOVED: Raced off the rail while racing in midpack last out but then came running late to finish third, can be tough right back with NW2L $5k claimers.
SCARLET JOE: Stalked the leaders in fifth early on, made move to get into contention as they hit the stretch but didn’t have enough left for the closers and settled for fifth in the drive; tab with maidens.
SPANNING: Hard hitting four year old filly scored a wire to wire victory last out holding on for a half length win; can score right back with a similar approach.
BEST BET: FINANCE MINISTER: May have needed the race in his first try since early May and actually ran on well despite the wide early trip just missing the show spot by a nose, should be tighter next out.
LONGSHOT: BRICK PARTY: Showed speed in her career debut chasing the leader from the start but she tired in the drive and finished fifth; offers value with $15k maiden claimers right back.
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