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Sep 11, 2009

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


NO. CAL FAIRS

 

BONE CHILLIN COLD: Winless in 16 career starts, but like what we’ve seen in his last two—third at 22-1 and 11-1. Will get the money one of these days.

CHATTY CALL: Took a step in the right direction following a freshening, reporting home third at 11-1. Very capable of graduating at the $8K offering.

GOLDEN PEACH: Outran her 16-1 odds while making her first start off a layoff in early August. Working well since and in very dangerous hands.

GOTHAM GLORY: Off since a winning effort in January, she finally returned to the worktab with a bullet three-furlong move at Golden Gate Sept. 8. Be on the lookout for this filly.

RODEO COWBOY: Has gotten better with each start and has continued to show more speed as well. Ready to lasso a maiden win.

SEA BATTLE: Lightly raced six-year-old has speed and has gotten better as the season has progressed, although going winless in 10 starts. Overdue for a victory.

STOP ON THE WAY: Well-beaten 12th in her Hollywood debut in May, then ran an improved sixth at Santa Rosa in late July. Expecting her to take another step forward.

TANEUM CANYON: Now has two starts versus starter allowance company under his belt since returning from the December layoff. Should be ready to roll on a slight drop.

WYATT’S ARROW: Ran better in her second trip to post when stretched to a mile. Very playable off well-beaten third-place finish at 17-1.

 

4 STAR SPECIAL: BIG WAVE RIDER: Good enough to graduate at Santa Anita in April, this guy dropped to $4K with an impressive local debut at the Golden Gate meeting. Makes it two straight.

LONGSHOT: NORTHWEST WINE: You don’t have to go back too far to find some nice efforts from her. Three straight dismal performances will only help add to the price.

 

BELMONT

DYNAZAPER: Was a lot closer in her second start pressing the early leaders through some solid early splits and only tired very late to finish a close-up fifth; a move to the turf may be next.

INTERCOASTAL: Was forced wide into an impossible spot last out when finishing third in a turf sprint, follow right back over the lawn with restricted claimers for the Wesley Ward barn.

KITTYLICIOUS: Pressed the pace off the odds-on leader from the outside post through solid fractions and tired to finish seventh, needs maiden claimers to show her best and closing tactics also suit.

LE CHESNAY: Ran so well in her first career start over the turf that the last two efforts have to be attributed to turf condition and pace scenario, a drop into restricted claimers can do the trick.

POW WOW: Hails from the Jimmy Jerkens barn, was sent off at 10-1 in her career debut but ran a big race to close to finish second at five furlongs despite some lugging in late, graduates next out.

QUIET MOVER: Was sent to the lead last out going seven furlongs against a solid starter allowance field before tiring to finish sixth in the lane, look for proper placement back at Belmont.

RIGHT OF WAY: Three year old gelding made a move into the leader before they left the backstretch and he tired because of it checking in fifth, the Allen Jerkens barn had a brutal Saratoga meeting but look for him to get back on track here at Belmont.

SPINA: Generally a one run hanging sprinter was sent right to the lead under Ramon Dominguez, set some decent splits and opened up into the lane holding on for a clear length and a half win; follow.

VIVA LA GATA: Raced in last for most of the race in her career debut despite some slow early splits, was still outrun to the far turn but then put in a nice run through the lane to finish a fast closing fourth; all set now.

BEST BET: BLUE HILL BAY: Hard hitting mare has found that she can rate and win rather than speeding off to a huge lead; her most recent effort of stalking the leader was very impressive as she drew away late; solid with $25k claimers.

LONGSHOT: RED KETTLE: Didn’t take any money on the board in her debut for the Todd Pletcher barn but didn’t run that badly to finish fifth despite some trouble on the turn, should improve off that effort and offers value right back in a turf sprint, follow.

 



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