Nov 07, 2008
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BULLET PROOF BUDDY: Ran down the leader to prove best by a neck in his latest over NW2L opponents; takes next logical step.
CHITTLIN: Showed the way early and didn’t finish with enough zip and had to settle for second in what should prove a useful debut run; juvenile colt with some upside.
KLONDIKE MOON: Cut back in distance and rallied for second in her latest, getting back to her better form; more than capable of cracking preliminary allowance level.
OTIS OF ATLANTIS: Made his way to the pace and maintained clear stretch advantage to score off the bench in his latest; keeps the ball rolling now.
QUEEN OF SONG: Finished up through traffic and trouble to be along wide for maiden win in her latest; juvenile filly can climb class ladder now.
4*SPECIAL: AMERICAN OFFICER: Sped clear in the early stages and faltered late when he had to settle for third in his latest; must respect his zip in similar spots.
LONGSHOT: GENO GREEN: Raced up close early, dropped back a touch, and finished well for third of 10 in what should prove useful debut; juvenile gelding to follow.
DEEP CREDENTIALS: His first start against winners wasn’t a complete disaster considering he needed 20 starts to graduate. Give him another shot.
DIVINE MERCY: Looks like he was finally dropped to the proper level last time, staying on for third at 13-1 after getting into a speed duel. From Armando Lage’s barn.
FANCY FREE KELLI: Daughter of Bernstein should appreciate more ground. Rallied from last of eight to finish fourth at 27-1 in her bow; make the play.
KILLER BEE: Overall record isn’t pretty, but has stepped up his game in recent months. Was a little too far back for his own good last time, rallying from 10th to finish fifth; take note.
LEWPTEDO: Surprised he hasn’t won one yet since returning from the bench. Four good efforts since resurfacing in August; tab off third-place finish at 10-1.
MIDNIGHT CHECK OUT: Late bloomer debuted in his five-year-old season this October with a well-beaten sixth, but showed some late interest in his second start at 78-1. Include at right price.
R MATTIE: Has taken on tougher in two attempts since getting claimed for $4K. Capable on turf or dirt; play when back at the basement.
REAGAN REPUBLICAN: His debut was certainly worth the wait. Four-year-old showed :44 and change speed and kept motoring in the stretch to score by two lengths; handles winners.
SARATOGA’S MAGIC: Gelding has some class to him and ran gamely in a recent second-place finish after dueling for most of the way. Couldn’t be in better hands.
SUMO POWER: Son of Dynaformer out of a Theatrical (Ire) mare gave a good showing in his debut to be third in an off-the-turfer. Should love the weeds with a pedigree like that.
4 STAR SPECIAL: GAMES WE PLAY: Returned from a February layoff ready to go, leading the way in the stretch before tiring late to place third. Southern California invader doesn’t stop next time.
LONGSHOT: SILVER DUST: Is capable of better than he’s shown in recent months. Son of Mizzen Mast’s most recent fifth at 35-1 was a step forward; hopefully a sign of better things to come.
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