May 18, 2007
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BRUCE TICKETS: Ran on well in the lane to finish second to the loose on the lead winner in a solid time while sprinting on the turf last out, ready to score over that surface.
DADDY JOE: Didn’t do much running last out on the turf when finishing 8th, a drop in claiming price and a switch to the dirt does the trick.
FLYING FALCON: Five year old mare was quickly clear from the gate, set solid splits and never looked back scoring by more than two lengths, has the backclass to call on and can repeat.
GUTS GAME: Her first try on the turf wasn’t very good as she was in contention early on but tired to finish last of 10, back to the dirt for this talented New York bred.
MUTAKAWAY: Was sent hard to the lead last out with sprinters on the turf, battled head to head but tired in the lane to finish fifth, look for a turnback in distance and a switch to the dirt.
NO LEMON: Well bred New Yorker took money for her career debut, was in good position down the backside but failed to fire finishing last of nine, follow back at a better price.
OLIVINE: Was caught in between horses for most of the backstretch in her first turf start and then encountered more trouble at the top of the lane en route to a third place finish, should improve off that effort.
ROCK LOBSTER: Was getting a good trip while in behind horses last out, tried to swing out into the lane but never had clear sailing bumping with another foe for most of the stretch, tab.
SPINNAKER RUN: Trailed the field early on the turf last out made a big move to get into second but settled for third late, graduates on the lawn sooner rather than later.
WATER CANNON: Six year old gelding has some backclass to call on and moved into a new barn for his last start, his first since October of 2006, he showed speed but tired when it counted on the turn, should be tighter next out.
BEST BET: SPORTS TOWN: Came back off a two month layoff last out and sprinting again was the key for this three year old who was very impressive scoring by almost four lengths, has a very bright future ahead of him.
LONGSHOT: SOUTH OCEAN BLVD: Well bred three year old filly has tried the turf for her last two starts but to no avail a switch back to the dirt for the Jerkens barn may be the answer.
LONE STAR PARK
BEST OF THE WEST: Shipped in from Oaklawn last out for his most recent start and closed strongly to just miss by a head on the turf, graduates with a similar effort.
CLASS FIVE RAPID: Closed from well back to finish a fast closing third at 21-1 and he does have a solid late kick; can graduate at a price with a pace up front.
CLEVEDALE: Chased the pace right from the start, took over the lead into the lane only to get nailed on the wire missing by a nose; calls on backclass to score.
COMANCHE VISION: Was bounced around down the backstretch, was forced to steady and then did close up some ground to finish third to the odds-on winner, follow right back with NW3L claimers.
EAGLE TWO HUNDRED: Was never that far off the sharp early pace and continued well to the wire to finish a close-up second; solid with NW2L $20k claimers.
BEST BET: WISHINGITWAS: Got away from the gate awkwardly, then was forced to race wide into the turn, made a move up to the leaders to challenge for the lead while continuing to race wide, took that lead into the final 1/8th before tiring late, sharp.
LONGSHOT: IM THE NEXT WAVE: Broke well from post 10 last out, dueled on the lead while racing wide and then tired late to finish fourth at 38-1, should offer value right back with NW2L $10k claimers.
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