Mar 16, 2007
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ABBEY CAT: Couldn’t quite find the running room she wanted in the stretch when off the board on 3/8. Deserves one more try.
ASTERI: Outran 18-1 odds for third, outlasting the favorite after battling for the lead in a race that set up for stalkers. Don’t overlook.
BASTIONE: Destined to be big odds every time, but ran well on Feb. 28 and then had a bad trip on Mar. 10. Possible upsetter at a price.
BLACK SEVENTEEN: Broke slowly from the rail and then rushed up on the inside to duel for the lead before settling for third as a result. Just needs a clean start, and getting off the rail wouldn’t hurt.
CELTIC SWORD: Broke slowly and was left with too much ground to make up from off the pace when fourth on 3/11. Can improve.
DAKOTA LASS: Got hooked in a three-way battle for the lead in her return from a six-month layoff and managed to outlast her early challengers in a race ruled by closers. Try again.
DR. SINATRA: Got cooked in a speed duel and finished only a nose out of second behind a perfect-trip winner. Finished 11 lengths clear of the fourth horse and 17 lengths ahead of his early speed challenger.
EASY MILLION: Was too close up to too fast of a pace at 1 1/8 miles on the grass on 3/10. Finished off the board but lost by only a length in a game effort.
MONTE BAJO: First starter ran into loads of trouble in difficult two-turn turf debut with a slow start and traffic trouble on the second turn. Look for quick improvement in second start.
OWEN ROE O’NEILL: Got hooked in a 2-length-gap speed duel and held on for third down the hill on 3/11. Owns dangerous speed.
ROMANESQUE: Lost ground four wide on the first turn in return from a four-month layoff. Should be ready next time and an outside to inside post move could help.
ROOSEVELT: Lost by only three lengths after racing three wide around both turns from off the pace. Fits well in a similar spot.
SLEWS THE BELIEVER: Got KO’d in a three-way speed duel. Still a threat to shake loose up front vs. maiden claimers.
BEST BET: MILADY’S PRIDE: First starter slipped under the radar at 19-1 odds but then ran big for second despite rushing up toward the lead after a slow start. Won’t be a maiden for long.
LONGSHOT: RED OPAL: Toss out the eighth-place finish on 3/7 when she got caught in traffic all through the stretch and couldn’t get through at 6-5 odds. Can make amends.
EXPLOITED STORM: Raced near the inside while racing in the middle of the pack behind moderate fractions and then closed good ground for second; tab with $25k claimers.
GOLDEN PRUNE: Made a big move right after the quarter to take over the lead; set solid splits and then just missed by a nose, sharp now.
MEAN CHARLENE: Closed from 8th to 3rd most recently and then held on very well for third show spot at 21-1; like her chances with NW2L $10kc claimers.
MS WILLY NILLY: Raced in sixth early on in her career debut, made a quick move to get into third last out and held well for third behind the 1-2 favorite, stay close.
MUCKY MUCK: Battled on the lead right from start through moderate fractions put the other speed rival away but couldn’t hold off the 6-5 favorite and stayed on well for the place, tab.
BEST BET: TEN SHADES: Shipped in from the Fair Grounds last out and easily dispatched of NW3L $5k claimers after trailing the field early on taken to repeat with better.
LONGSHOT: TIBO: Closed well after racing near the back of the pack early on and then closed good ground in the lane to finish second at 18-1; tab with NW2L $5k claimers.
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