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Sep 11, 2003

Horses To Watch


LOUISIANA DOWNS

BEAR FORCE WON: Dueled and stopped in first start since late-June; benefits from conditioning gained

and first start over course, and makes speed work with lower-end claimers.

EXPECT JUSTICE: Checked at the start, he never got on track in his career debut; bred for speed, but dead

on board, he’s likely to improve for winning Asmussen barn.

FUTURE JUSTICE: Added Lasix and dropped to appropriate level for latest, but had tough spot chasing clear

frontrunner from demanding rail post; barn strong in ’03 with limited runners.

GOLANI: Broke last and never threatened in first start since early-July; Asmussen trainee likely to improve, especially

when spotted aggressively at NW3L level.

GRANGE: Has been moving forward since return from break, most recently placing after battling throughout; worthwhile

claim by trainer Ladner.

I’M THE BUSINESS: Gained place as the favorite in race won by frontrunner who got away setting a clear and

soft pace; encouraging first start following pricey claim.

JAKE’S FLASH: Raced in some traffic, then managed an even fourth once clear in first attempt versus winners; filly

claimed by trainer Ellis brings some upside.

KAREN’S STAR: Had wide spot from wide post and gained place behind always-clear, front-running winner in strong

showing; sharp right now.

NUTTYBOOM: Dealt with pace pressure and drew out to clear score when dropped in class for local debut; can

improve, especially if able to start stringing starts together without time off.

RENEGADE ROGUE: Has moved forward in starts since return from lengthy break, most recently finishing well for

place and showing turf is an option, also; sharp now.

 

4STARSPECIAL: MR PATSY KELLY: Fell flat jumping up class ladder in first start following claim by trainer

Cascio; don’t forget about his speed and back-class, and expect a rebound.

LONGSHOT: MARKED OUTLAW: Continued cutting back in distance when sent six furlongs in latest, and turned

in chased/faded effort; gelding has shown breakaway speed in past and figures sharper going forward.

 

 

BAY MEADOWS

BELLA SIERRA: Lost by 10 lengths last out, but really improved off her first two races. Best

chance comes if able to clear for the early lead.

COMPLETE APPROVAL: Just a model of consistency over all surfaces. You have complete approval

from us.

DROWN THE SORROWS: Barn knows how to place ‘em. Ran well in her debut to finish second at 16-1 after

breaking in at the start. Right back in a similar spot.

GRAND SEQUOIA: Out of nine starts this season, she has only run bad in two of them. Consistent filly continues

to get it done at the bottom level.

HAPPY CRUISER: Got hooked and cooked in her most recent effort. It’s a done deal if she has the lead all to

herself.

HEAT OF THE MOMENT: Just reeled off four in a row and there’s no reason to think it’s going to end there. Speedy

filly has never been better.

LAVA MAN: Was coming along nicely in his first two starts, then took a step backward when raised to $32k. Tab this

gelding on a slight drop in class.

MISSY KRISSY: Never was much of a turfer so that excuses her poor Sep. 4 outing. Hollendorfer trainee turns it

around back on the main track.

MITZIES LIL FUN: Quick enough to wire ‘em and had his first attempt versus winners. Improves from the

experience; a slight drop down couldn’t hurt either.

SECRET JOURNEY: Really likes to run second. The move is to play this one underneath in the gimmicks.

SMILEY FACE: Broke her maiden in impressive fashion over the Bay Meadows main oval, but has done okay since

being switched over to the turf. Sumja trainee is dangerous on either surface.

TRISH’S DIAMOND: Juvenile colt is off to a good start. Broke his maiden, ran second in a stakes and most recently ran

third in an allowance spot. Hard to go against.

TWICE IS NICE: Has two solid seconds at the $12.5k level and also a mediocre third last time out. Gets struggling

barn back in action.

 

4STARSPECIAL: FIELDS THE LEGEND: His best has come when they send him to the lead. Don’t know why they

didn’t go with him last time, but he’ll be dangerous if they resort back to the old tactics.

LONGSHOT: ORE RUSH: It’s always been a problem for this one to put together two good starts in a

row. Inconsistent gelding is due to pop at a price.



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