Feb 15, 2008
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ATFIRST BLUSH: Hard hitting eight year old was coming off a year layoff for his most recent effort and he still managed a good third, follow right back with a similar group for a sharp barn.
FLY PASS: Has not shown much in his career as of yet but this speed bred youngster may benefit from another drop down the maiden claiming ladder and can offer big time value at the windows.
HARD IRON: Was run off his feet last out as the favorite from the rail went wire to wire in a quick time and he could only manage an even fifth, tab right back with NW3L $15k claimers.
MOON’S HALO: Still feel that this five year old gelding is a better horse when sprinting and most recent press/fade effort should be the final straw, follow on the turnback.
SHAFTER: Challenged the leader on the turn but couldn’t go on with it and tired late to finish fifth in her career debut, will improve in her second start for the James Jerkens barn.
SINISTER STORM: Raced evenly right from the start last out in his career debut and finished sixth, well bred sort should improve off that effort and the price will be right.
SMART DEAL: Ran on well through the lane to finish third most recently with statebred allowance foes at 57-1, a drop into restricted claimers may be the better option at this point.
TRICKANOMETRY: Was bumped after the start most recently when turning back into a sprint, was in a good spot on the turn but then had no kick when it counted in the lane finishing fourth; follow back with similar.
WAFI CITY: Has some class to call on but ran like he was in need of a race last out when coming off a May layoff finishing third in a solid time, should be very tough right back off that effort.
BEST BET: PAY IN KIND: Was bumped at the start and then steadied down the backside, only getting a chance to run late in the drive en route to a third place finish, follow right back in solid form.
LONGSHOT: MASTERMIND: Was a good second two back with NW2L $15k claimers but his most recent sixth at a similar level can be excused by an inexperienced jockey, follow back at a price.
GHOST DANCING: Dropped a tough one when second, beaten just a nose, in her latest as odds-on choice; makes amends in a hurry for powerhouse Anthony Dutrow barn.
HOPPING SEATTLE: Although latest maiden win was long overdue, it is something for this 5YO mare to build upon; keep her in gimmicks at next level, at a price.
IGOR: Dueled and tired to distant fifth when making first start on class rise off the claim by trainer Seeger; speedy veteran must be respected in routes with cheapies.
LADY BELLA: Chased wide and flattened out on class rise in her latest; had previously been sharp and can step up next time for winning Allen barn.
PROUD ALE: Went well for third with nice middle move from wide spot two starts back, but didn’t really build on it with fourth-place try in latest; staying with her, perhaps at route.
WALL STREET: Came up empty late and settled for fourth in latest, but didn’t have the best pace to attack; right set-up pays dividends for him next time.
4*SPECIAL: SWEET TEARS: Chased throughout and stayed on for second in very useful debut when asked to tackle a two-turn route; very promising daughter of Street Cry.
LONGSHOT: MR. CONGENIALITY: Tough veteran raced wide to nowhere when a distant third in his latest; can surprise on rise off claim by trainer Crowell.
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