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Dec 18, 2009

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


HAWTHORNE

 

ALL TANKED UP: Got cooked in a three-length-gap speed duel. Settled for third but easily outlasted his early challenger and can go all the way next time out.

DEVIL’S FEATHER: Emerged from a six-length-gap speed duel and held on to beat maiden claimers after her speed challenger tired to sixth. Threat to win again up at the next level.

DOUBLE SWIRL: Appears well-beaten in fourth, but was less then a length out of second in a race won by a runaway 1-2 favorite. Can surprise in return from the 11-month layoff.

FROSTYBDANCING: Set a fast and pressured pace and still outran 18-1 odds for third in a 12-horse race ruled by a pair of deep closers. Dangerous front-end threat.

MONASHEE SONG: Got caught in a 3 ½-length-gap speed duel but held on for second behind a runaway winning 9-5 favorite. Should earn top honors next time.

MUSTANG STACEY: Broke poorly and never fully recovered. Finished fourth, but was only a neck out of third while four lengths clear of the rest of the field.

PARADE ROUTE: Got hooked in a seven-length-gap speed duel and held on nicely for second behind a hot horse. Leads the win parade next time out.

STRAIGHT SCOOP: Was the only come-from-behind winner on a speed-biased day, easily drawing off to win by five. Likely to repeat.

BEST BET: OAK FOREST: Was the only horse in his race to make up ground from off the pace en route to a second straight win. Likely to keep on winning now.

LONGSHOT: INDIAN BLOSSOM: Stumbled badly and lost all chance at the start in return from a 10-month layoff. Showed late interest to finish mid-pack in that race, and can threaten in next with a clean start.

 

 

 

CALDER

 

BARON VON CLOUD: Shipped in and returned from the shelf under new management with a solid third-place finish. Can get hot in a hurry versus cheapies.

BARRY’S MONEY: Tired to complete the trifecta at hefty odds when stretched out in distance to a route. Slight drop gets him home.

CRAWFORD COUNTY: Speedy filly has been training lights out at Palm Meadows in preparation of a return. A wire-to-wire threat up to a mile.

FULL N SASSY: Won like a monster in her first start off the Wesley Ward claim. Seemed to enjoy the stretch to a mile as well; dangerous.

GROTTO: Toss out his attempt at two turns, and he has posted three straight third-place finishes, including his most recent attempt at 22-1. Troubled trip in latest too; tab.

SIMPLY IMPRESSIVE: No match for the winner—who was allowed an easy early lead--in her latest, but is still rounding into form nicely since switching to grass. Won’t remain in the maiden ranks much longer.

4 STAR SPECIAL: OBLIGINGLY: Lightly raced son of Officer is gearing up for a return to the races. Knocked heads with the big boys last winter before being sidelined; remember the name.

LONGSHOT: LADY ALLEGRA: Turned in a sneaky good fourth-place finish at 30-1 a couple of starts back, but is yet to run back to that effort. Stick with this filly; it will pay off.

 



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