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Oct 30, 2009

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


NO. CAL

 

ALASHIR’S STORM: Handles the synthetic surface here, but may like grass a little bit more. Must include following rallying second-place finish on the lawn at 33-1; ran into some traffic trouble in that effort as well.

ATCHAFALAYA BAY: Raced an even fourth in her debut going six furlongs on Tapeta, then stretched to two turns on the grass, posting a similar result after leading for most of the way. Good prices both times; can’t hurt tossing her in the exotics.

BELLGENIE: Four-year-old finally made it to the races in August, and has run well in all three of her attempts, including a 15-1 runner-up effort most recently. Cap and gown day is coming soon.

CHOCTAW CHIEF: Capable of much better than he’s shown in two attempts since returning from the bench. Ran better in his second start back, and should go off at a good price again; can add some pop to the exotics.

DID IT PERFECT: Lightly campaigned four-year-old flashed some big-time speed in her second start off a layoff before tiring to finish fourth. The best is yet to come.

I B BAD: Lightly raced nine-year-old returned from a lengthy vacation with a 41-1 win at Golden Gate in late September, and followed with a troubled third at 9-1. Think it’s safe to say he’s back.

JANLISA: Sneaky good fifth at 38-1 in her debut for the dangerous Steven Miyadi barn. Nice effort for this Cal-bred to build off.

KAPTAIN KORDOUGH: Needed 12 starts to break his maiden, but to his defense, the majority of those efforts were against tougher in SoCal. Placed second in his first try against winners, and has been working smartly since. Never been better.

MS. G. I. JANE: Has improved in each of her three starts versus starter allowance foes since graduating in early August. Tab over either surface off third-place finish at double-digits.

4 STAR SPECIAL: TANGO TANGO: Heavily favored in his bow, and lived up to the hype, scoring by 3 ½ lengths. Connections add to this son of Orientate’s appeal.

LONGSHOT: MACKEE’S LADY: Yet to hit the board in five attempts since graduating in July, but hasn’t run all that poorly. Capable of making an impact versus cheap claimers at a big price.

 

AQUEDUCT

BAWANA JAKE: Got an interesting ride last out when battling for the lead while three wide through a quarter mile in 21:3, put away those two rivals only to get run down late, solid three year old New York bred has a future ahead of him, follow.

DOREMIFASOLLATIDO: Three year old filly got a brutal trip last out in the Iroquois Stakes on New York showcase day finishing well up the track, may help the price next out, tab.

GINGER POP: Needed the race last out when shipping in from Hollywood and making her first start since July, set the pace but got tired very late in the drive to finish fourth, should be set now, turf or dirt.

GONNA GET BURNED: Ran an even fourth in his second career start and maybe more ground will be the key to getting this one to the winners’ circle at a large mutuel.

GOODDAY: Returned from a May layoff last out and pressed the pace early over a sloppy track but couldn’t go with the winner and tired to finish fourth, got a lot out of that effort and should be followed right back if she returns within a month.

GREAT GRACIE DANE: Ran well to finish a close-up third last out despite some traffic trouble on the turn that cost her position and is another that has been waiting to get on the turf, follow this one when on the green.

HEDGE FUND: Hard hitting six year old gelding rushed up the rail to challenge the leader, had to steady a bit on the turn and tired to finish fourth, always gives his best and must be respected at this level.

LOVE AND HAVOC: Was a well beaten third over a very sloppy track last out but this three year old colt has been trying to get on the turf and that is probably his preferred surface, follow.

SILVER TAX: Showed much improved speed last out at 21-1, set the pace into the lane but couldn’t hold off the late moves by the two favorites holding onto third by a nose, ready to score off that effort.

BEST BET: MY SIRE’S FIRE: Came out of the gate in good order, stalked the leader and took over into the lane to score the easiest kind of victory breaking her maiden by six lengths, ready to score with winners right back.

LONGSHOT: MR. SERIOUS: Ran like he needed the race making his first start since May and tired in the lane after being in contention early, follow right back at a big price.

 



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