Dec 29, 2006
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ACTSCALIBUR: Was claimed for $25k out of a second-place finish first time out, but has faced tougher in four subsequent outings. Wait for some class relief, then go.
FORTUNATELY BOLD: The drop down to $25k appeared to help this one a great deal, closing from last to finish third. Further improvement is likely.
GOTTA BIN TO WIN: Battle-tested gelding always gives his all, no matter the racing surface. Better than recent fifth-place finish.
GRAND CAYMAN: New York shipper never got involved following a slow beginning in her first attempt against winners. Gives a better showing with an alert start.
LET’S GO OUT WEST: Hit the board for the first time in 12 starts, completing the trifecta at 54-1 Dec. 24. Take a shot right back if the odds are to your liking.
QUIET QUEEN: It appears that the maiden special weight ranks may be a bit too tough for her after four off-the-board finishes. Tab on a class drop.
SKIP RIGHT: Has pressed the pace and paid the price in two attempts since earning her diploma in September. Benefits from experience.
UNBRIDLED MISS: If you can excuse her well-beaten sixth-place finish Oct. 23, she’s in a pretty good groove. Looking solid off Dec. 2 tally and Dec. 24 second-place finish.
4 STAR SPECIAL: THE LEGEND GROWS: Won like the real deal in her debut after bobbling at the start. Daughter of Siphon (Brz) is in very good hands with Marty Wolfson.
LONGSHOT: DODI N ME: Five and a half furlongs was a bit too short for this mare last time. Hit the board at 17-1, 39-1 and 21-1 in her three prior attempts at six and seven furlongs; food for thought.
AWESOME GIRL: Not very camera friendly [1-for-16 lifetime], but likes to sneak in there on occasion. See recent second-place finish at 30-1over the Bay Meadows lawn if you don’t believe us.
CALENDAR ISSUE: Plenty of chances for him, but is finally at the proper level. Woke up with a third-place finish when dropped to $8k; take a look.
CLASSIC X S: Bet down to 4-1 last time, but wanted no part of the sloppy track and finished eighth. Try again on a fast surface.
DIXIE GLOW: Turned his form around in local bow, finishing third after stumbling at the start. Takes care of starter allowance foes.
FOREST WAY: Returned from a lengthy layoff with a well-beaten fifth, but ran much better in his next start to finish fourth. Headed in the right direction.
LOGICIAN: Clearly overmatched in the Union Square S. last time. Was claimed for $16k in June, but has held his against $25-40k types; dangerous when spotted properly.
OLDCOURT: Finished a respectable second as the 5-2 favorite in her Nov. 3 debut and has been working forwardly toward a return. An obvious threat.
SEPARATE INTEREST: Not a bad first attempt against winners Dec. 26, crossing the line fifth, beaten 4 ½ lengths. Fits well with $4k taggers.
SWITZERLAND: Stepped up off the $16k claim with a victory at $25k Dec. 10. Can climb the claiming ladder for current barn.
SWORDSMITH: Has closed strongly in his last two trips to post, including a second-place at 17-1 Dec. 18. You’ve been warned.
WORKING GOOD: Has made three starts since the layoff and continues to move forward with each attempt. Price adds to his appeal.
4 STAR SPECIAL: SLEW MOTION: Returned to these parts following a stint on the East Coast with a fifth-place finish after setting a blistering pace. Can get hot in a hurry.
LONGSHOT: FAMA Y DINERO: Hasn’t shown much in two attempts over wet tracks, including a sloppy track effort Dec. 26. Gets another shot to show what she’s got.
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