Sep 15, 2008
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
FAIRPLEX / SANTA ANITA
DAWN’S DAY: Was not persevered with late after needing to jump over a fallen horse in recent third at Fairplex. Can rebound.
GAME A. P.: Prepped in a six furlong return race in comeback from a seven-month layoff. Ready to improve next time.
GREEN SECRET: Prepped in a 6F dirt sprint at Fairplex off of a five-month layoff. Will be ready for the start of the Oak Tree meeting.
HELLO OLE: Speed burner cooked the favorite in a duel after a :21.1 first quarter. This one’s fast enough to win here or on the main circuit.
MARQZ MELODY: Settled for third but was only a neck out of second while six lengths clear of the fourth horse.
MONICA C C: Chased a loose lone speed wire-to-wire winning 1-2 favorite at Del Mar and was the only horse in the race to close ground from off the pace en route to a second-place finish.
OUTOFTHEPAST: Broke slowly and had to rally from 2 1/2 lengths behind the field when off the board in return from a brief two-month layoff. Worth another shot.
PARTYWITHLARRYZ: Was unlucky to be off the board when full of run in some traffic when just two heads out of second behind an odds-on winner .
PHALAN: Had to play catch up after getting forced wide into the first turn at Fairplex on 9/8. Can improve in second start off the layoff.
PRESIDENTIAL CAUSE: Ran well for second behind the favorite on opening day at Fairplex. Worth another shot in next.
SKIPPY DUE: Set a pressured pace and held on for third in a race where the closers ran 1-2. Try again.
SMOOCHER: Blew the break and lost all chance at the start when seventh on 8/31. Still finished only two lengths out of second and can make amends with a clean start.
SPICY ‘N PRICEY: Well-bet first starter flopped in debut after getting roughed up at the start. Perhaps still too early to give up on her.
VICTOR’S CRY: Steadied when squeezed back to last at the start. Finished fifth, but was only two heads and a neck out of second behind a winning odds-on favorite.
BEST BET: DANCING MICA: Bobbled sharply out of the gate and lost all chance at the start when off the board as the favorite. Can make amends.
LONGSHOT: CACH D FISH: Got cooked on the front-end at Del Mar in a race dominated by stalkers/ closers. His speed should be more effective at Fairplex.
HIGHNESS: Set a fast and pressured pace and held on the best of all the front-runners for third behind a deep closers and a perfect-trip stalker.
HURTA: Lacked room in traffic and had to settle for third behind only a loose lone speed horse and the race’s 3-2 favorite.
KELVINGTON: Prepped in a 5F turf sprint when needing a race off a 10-month layoff. Finished sixth, but lost by less than two lengths while only two heads and a nose out of third.
LAUNCHED MISSILE: Lost by only about a length in return from an eight-month layoff in a 5F turf sprint. Prepped and ready now.
MEGAWATTIE: Never got a breather up front while contesting the lead with two separate challengers en route to a game second-place finish. Stick with her.
MY COUSON PEPI: Finished a close third in well-bet return from a four-month layoff. May not be denied in second off the layoff.
PRINCESS JILL: Showed good speed early and good interest late, coming again for third after being shuffled back in traffic. Try again.
SAVILLE HOTEL: Dropped back after taking up badly when interfered with on the backstretch, but later closed well for third in a solid effort. Better luck next time.
SOUL SINGER: Tried to rally after bumped at the start and angling out seven wide, and came up less than two lengths short in a race otherwise ruled by horses close to the pace.
STRIKES OF THUNDER: Stumbled at the break and then rushed up to vie for the lead and was well-beaten as a result. Can rebound with a clean start.
TOLLWAY: Emerged from a four-way, four-length-gap speed duel to hold on for third while far ahead of the other pace setters in the race. Don’t overlook.
BEST BET: NICKS: Got caught in a three-way duel for the lead and held on best of the early front runners for third. Can win second race off the long layoff.
LONGSHOT: WINNER’S STORY: Got hooked up in a three-way, three-length-gap speed duel, going :22.3 and :45.3 in a mile race. Lost by only three lengths while 11+ lengths ahead of her early challengers.
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