Feb 16, 2007
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BEAM QUEEN: Shot free on early pace and held margin late when she lasted for overdue maiden win over 11 rivals in latest; right back.
BOB AND RICH: Raced a bit flat when a distant third in his latest, but sharpness was likely hurt by turn back in distance; gets back to better form next time.
BRIEFCASE BEAUTY: Has been a touch flat in recent starts, but can do better and is likely to add value to your gimmicks in upcoming starts; stay tuned.
CHECK IN CHECK OUT: Made up a lot of ground in spite of traffic trouble when a close fourth in latest; benefits from first try with winners now moving to Beck barn off claim.
GALLANT AGAIN: Fared well for a close fourth when in with winners for the first time in his latest, and after trying to rally from wide spot into lane; moving forward.
GREAT ALBERT: Made the pace and drew out to victory showing a new and encouraging dimension in his latest; takes another in present form.
KATZMETIC: Battled inside and stayed on to finish a close third in encouraging effort when returned from a two-month break most recently; moves up quickly.
MIA BELLA: Showed improved early and overall interest when in front throughout over maidens in her latest start; lightly raced 4YO filly with some upside now.
SWIFT JUSTICE: Chased and weakened from outside spot in disappointing bid most recently, but gets benefit of doubt for first crack at winners; gets ‘em next time.
4*SPECIAL: QUEEN OF THE RIDGE: Blasted clear early and came up second best in nice effort most recently; rarely fires a poor shot.
LONGSHOT: BARK ALLEY: Raced wide to nowhere in latest and can fare better with some racing luck; worth inclusion in your exotics at long odds.
ALY STARLET: Firster had more than enough to deal with in her debut (steadied at the start; broke from the rail and sloppy track). Better luck next time for low-profile connections.
APOLLO GAL: Love the late rally she flashed when third in her debut at 17-1. Late bloomer figures if wheeled back versus a similar bunch.
BIG JOE HILL: Dominated the locals by seven lengths shipping in off a fifth-place finish at Santa Anita. Can climb the claiming ladder in these parts.
CAT SONG: Finally sprung to life Feb. 10 with a fourth-place finish in the slop at 41-1. Pray for rain before you head to the windows.
DO NOT ASSUME: Keeps outrunning his odds lately, finishing fourth at 15-1 Jan. 25 and third at 13-1 Feb. 10. Must respect at the basement.
EM’S LUCKY DOLLAR: Wet conditions may be to blame for the disappointing effort in local debut. Southern Californian invader deserves another shot to get the money.
LEGENDARY STAR: Six-year-old has some hidden form from late last season. Trio of recent dull efforts should help ensure a huge price; take a closer look.
RABBIT EARS TOO: Hard to endorse on top, but is more than capable of rounding out a good one. Toss out sixth-place finish and he has placed second, third and fourth in three of his last four; gimmicks.
REINA XOCHILT: Coming along nicely since returning from the lengthy vacation. Chased a hot pace before fading to third in latest; ready to step up.
TWO TURNS: Can become quite dangerous if he ever learns how to break. Didn’t seem to care much for the mud last time; try again over a fast track.
YELLOW OUT: Has already made four starts this season after spending nearly a year on the sidelines. Closed to finish third in the slop at 21-1 most recently; on his way.
4 STAR SPECIAL: MOM IS READY: Off the board only once in 11 career starts. Claimed by sharp barn out of Santa Anita runner-up effort two back; very dangerous.
LONGSHOT: NO FREEBIE: Showed a little bit more early interest than usual over the off going before fading to seventh last time. Bombs away!
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