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Apr 11, 2008

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


LONE STAR PARK

 

BAD HABIT: Has been spotted on workout tab of late; daughter of Fantastic Light cost $50K at auction two years ago and can begin career running as 3YO.

DIXIE DUCES: Claimed for $30K from her last start at DED by trainer Walker, she’s seemingly training well here based on workout tab; dangerous.

EMMA GRACE: Rates and rallies on turf scene and brings a proven winning profile; has run well here and can come back running off break.

K D KING: Chased and collapsed to 10th in 2007 finale at RP, but has shown he’s capable of much more; 6YO gelding on our tickets once back on local scene.

POR QUE: Won two straight at RP to end last year’s campaign and is now training swiftly on local scene for return; rapid colt with pedigree to advance in class and distance.

ROUND LAKE: Hasn’t raced since May of last year, but has fared well here in the past; filly has class and ability, so stay patient.

STORMY DATE: Impressed with blowout maiden score when last seen here in July, and recent workouts suggest he returns in top form; from winning Calhoun barn.

4*SPECIAL: RANGER B.: Proven veteran is tuning up in mornings here and must be respected given early lick and overall mark (46-11-13-7); don’t discount.

LONGSHOT: GLITTER’S FORUM: Flopped in 2007 finale at RET, but seems to be headed for rebound here based on a.m. trials; Texas-bred with zip from the gate.

 

 

SANTA ANITA

 

BOSTON CAT: Set a very fast and pressured pace in a mile grass race and held on for third in a race dominated by closers.

BUCK BASALO: Steadied in mid-stretch and encountered even more traffic late, but still turned in a solid third-place finish while ahead of the odds-on favorite.

C R CAPER: Sent to the lead from the rail post and settled for third after never getting a breather up front from two different rivals. Try again.

CAMBRIDGE BLUE: Drew a wide post but ran a good race for third despite needing a race off a five month layoff. Ready to roll now.

CORONADO’S PRIDE: Drew the difficult rail post in return from a year layoff, but still managed to run a decent race. Don’t overlook in second off the layoff.

HONORED GOLD: Made a good late run in a turf sprint, but got there too late behind a loose wire-to-wire winner. Can do in second start off a seven-month layoff.

MCCANN’S MOJAVE: Still searching for the correct spot, but not in bad form and still capable of some nice wins after a troubled trip loss on 4/4.

MR. COOL: Overlooked first starter (28-1) ran well for third while less than a length behind the odds-on favorite. Slightly more distance could only help.

ROCKELLA: Showed interest both early and late but got shuffled back on the backstretch to lose mid-race position on 4/6. Can rebound.

SHIRA: Foreign invader needed a race off a 10-month layoff and could do no better than third chasing a loose lone speed winner. Prepped and ready.

SPRING CATCH: Got caught in a speed duel with the 4-5 favorite in return from a layoff, but still ran as good as could be expected. May not be denied in next.

BEST BET: EUROGLIDE: Was too close up to a fast pace, but still out-finished the other front-runners in return from a 10-month layoff. Stick with him.

LONGSHOT: EXUMA: Ran into numerous traffic troubles when trying to make his late run on 4/5. Just needs a clean trip.

 



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