Mar 09, 2007
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ALI MAC: Shipped into Bay Meadows following a 14th-place finish, beaten 33 lengths at Santa Anita with a four-length maiden tally at $8k. Can handle a bump up the ladder next time.
BUMPER CROP: Is much better than he’s shown in three starts this season. Sixth-place finish last time was a lot better than his previous two starts; headed in the right direction.
BUNDORAN: Was clearly in need of a race last time returning from a 12-month layoff. Can only move forward off the well-beaten third-place finish.
CHE PAPUSA: Six-year-old maiden ran one of her better races following an October layoff. Worth including in the exotics at a big price.
CIELO DULCE: Winless in her first 15 starts, but has really turned the corner of late, winning her last two starts. Strike while the iron’s hot.
KRISTINE’S KING: Set the pace following a lengthy layoff and stayed on for third. In very capable hands with Bonde.
POLAR BLUE: Finished a troubled fourth against $4k claimers Mar. 4 following a good fourth at 33-1. Ready to step up in a big way.
SHRAPNEL: Was placed on the shelf following a 10th-place finish last August, and resurfaced with a very solid runner-up effort behind an undefeated runner. Figures to be tough if he doesn’t bounce.
STEALTH ATTACK: Ran a big race to place second against allowance company considering he was haltered for $10k three starts back. Trainer has done well with a very small sample.
SWEET MERLOT: Connections have done a great job with her since the $10k claim, but one mile is past her best distance [finished last of five at that distance Mar. 3]. Six furlongs marks the spot.
WIZARD OF DORMELLO: Is very quietly making progress with racing experience. Recent sixth-place finish was another small step forward; be patient.
4 STAR SPECIAL: CASE STUDY: Southern California invader showed instant improvement in his local debut, placing third at 6-1 for Bonde. Good luck seeing those odds again!
LONGSHOT: TRAC BOUND: His race going six furlongs off the layoff was much better than his two subsequent attempts at one mile. Sneaks in the mix at a huge price on a cut back in distance.
CHARLIE CALIENTE: Raced evenly to finish fourth last out after an even third in his career debut, slowly improving three year old should be given another shot right back.
COLITA: Never got going last out trailing the field from start to finish after putting in a solid effort the race before in a stakes race at Laurel; follow this backclassy 7yo for top barn.
DREAMIN OF VICTORY: Really kicked in strongly in the final 1/8th of a mile to get up and score most recently and this New York bred has a future ahead of him.
HOLY KRYPTONITE: Was coming off a bad trip two back and was up against it pace wise last out, tab right back at a better price.
IN BY TWO: Was quickly clear to the lead last out and never looked back scoring by more than three lengths; was claimed off that effort and this improving three year old can move up the claming ladder.
KETCH UP BOY: Has never run back to his two year old form but was most recently claimed by the Levine barn and can improve, tab with lower level claimers.
MOREREADYTHANNOT: Showed much improved speed last out when stretched out in distance and should be followed back with a turnback to sprints, the price will be right.
PREFLIGHT: Closed some ground in the lane to finish third at 78-1 last out; throw this one in your exotics next out versus NW3L $10k claimers.
UNIGOLD: Seven year old gelding close well to finish second to the improving winner last out despite a slow pace early on, can get there with a sharp pace.
BEST BET: INDIAN WAR DRESS: Returned quickly last to break her maiden last out easily scoring by more than six lengths, solid prospect should be followed with any kind right back.
LONGSHOT: CONNECTIVITY: Trailed the field throughout most recently but wasn’t beaten that much and this late closing 6yo can add some value to you exotics.
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