Feb 08, 2008
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
LEXY’S TAXIANO: Trailed the field of 10 early on while saving ground, swung out into the lane and closed well to finish third, can score with NW3L $5k claimers.
MISS CAJYN: Eight year old mare showed no early foot in her last start behind a moderate half mile but then closed well in a solid final quarter mile to finish third, fits with $5k claimers.
SAM’NSARAH’S COMBO: Stalked the leaders from midpack most recently, settled in and closed well for the place spot, tab with $25k claimers in her second start back off a September layoff.
SIMPLY RUN: Made a sharp move at the top of the stretch last out to take the lead in a turf sprint but couldn’t finish it off tiring late to finish fifth, respect.
SWEEPSTAKE: Three year old filly raced in 8th and last while coming off a July layoff last out going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf but closed strongly in the lane to finish second; moves way up off that race.
VALID FAITH: Made the pace right from the start last out, held that lead into the lane but was run down by a sharp veteran late. Was D’Q after drifting into the stretch and was placed third, tab.
WOODFORD GIRL: Three year old filly closed strongly from the top of the stretch to the wire to score going away by more than three lengths; improving sort will be tough with winners right back.
BEST BET: FLYING FALCON: Speedy six year old mare blasted clear from the rail post through solid early splits before tiring to finish third in the lane, can be very tough on the lead right back.
LONGSHOT: SILVER INDY: Was outrun early on through fast fractions but came with a good run into the lane to finish second behind the runaway winner at 23-1; be there with $16k claimers.
AMAZIN BLUE: Woke up on the drop from stakes company to an $80,000 optional claimer with a rallying third-place finish at 11-1; top barn adds to his appeal.
ANDREW’S TURN: Winless in eight attempts since last July, but has come close on several occasions. Just missed at 6-1 in his latest; his turn is coming soon.
CHIME FOR JULIA: Has the potential of rattling off a :44 and change half mile, but has been hurt by speed duels. Three-year-old colt forgets to stop if he can get clear early.
CODI DEE: Stepped up to optional claiming company off the December freshening with a solid third at 40-1. Rallied from last of nine after getting bumped at the start; fires for low-profile outfit.
DEFICIT: Has shown nothing in three attempts on the Tapeta since returning from the shelf. Ran a couple of decent races at prices at Bay Meadows last term; wakes up with the change in scenery.
MY LITTLE CINDER: Four-year-old beat half of them home in her unveiling at odds of 31-1. More distance and racing experience will be her two best friends.
ONEANWIN: Is another one of many local horses that will appreciate the return to a dirt course. Well-beaten in two Golden Gate attempts prior to a $25K claiming tally at Bay Meadows; gets back on track.
PEACEFUL DREAMS: Southern California invader should benefit from the change of scenery. Capable of better than the fourth-place finish in her local bow.
PERFECT VINTAGE: Working smartly at Bay Meadows for her return. Crossed the wire fourth in her only career start at Hollywood in July; fires fresh off the bench.
PIE YAMMY: No worse than second in three career attempts, including a runner-up effort in her first start against winners last time. Looking good for Jeff Bonde.
REALLY AN HONAR: Started her career with two dismal performances at Golden Gate, but showed some new interest working over the Bay Meadows dirt, firing a four-furlong bullet in :47.60. Willing to give her another shot at BM.
4 STAR SPECIAL: SANDYNECK: Placed second to a horse that reeled off four in a row last out, but has quite a little streak of his own going. No worse than second in his last seven starts, with four victories since last September; follow out of the box.
LONGSHOT: REINE’S CHARMER: Rallied from far back to finish fifth in her debut in November, but things didn’t go as smooth in her second career start after getting bumped and squeezed at the start. Gets another shot.
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