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Dec 31, 2009

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


AQUEDUCT

COMMODORE WAY: Hard hitting veteran knows how to win, has some tactical speed and goes out for hot barn as he readies for the winter racing scene, follow.

MOOSE AND SQUIRREL: Has some early speed but can also sit just off the pace which should serve him well over the inner track, working well for his next start for sharp barn.

PRIMED TO BE READY: Easily crushed a maiden claiming field in her career debut and then stretched out in stakes company in her second try checking in seventh, a drop in class and a turnback in distance does the trick.

SLY: Hails from the very powerful Anthony Dutrow barn; is a solid one run sprinter but can stretch out just a bit if necessary, stay close.

SPELL CHECK: Has eight career starts with six second place finishes, a few over the inner track and fits at all distances, short to long.

WELL MEANT: Was probably too far back last out when closing to finish fifth, will be extra tough with a pace up front and has been working well for a return to the races.

Z BUG: Has not made his career debut as his fourth birthday approaches but has been working well and is related to some solid New York breds, tab the entries.

BEST BET: WINNING PUNCH: Stalked the pace last out before exploding on the turn to score going away by more than eight lengths, improving mare has to move up but is sharp right now.

LONGSHOT: THEARTOFCOMPROMISE: Got the job done in his first try off the claim at a nice price and has stayed sharp in the a.m., has some backclass to call on and his tactical speed keeps him in the race right from the start.

 

 

SAM HOUSTON

ALL THERE: Is always there or thereabouts and most recent third place finish was solid despite being blocked late in the drive and having to close from 13th, handles distances up to a mile, tab.

EAGLE FORD: Had not been seen since June and moved into Cash Asmussen’s barn, finished evenly for sixth at 58-1 and can move forward at a very nice price, tab.

EXPECT MORE: Has sharp early speed and stretched out in distance for his last effort, clearing early on and never looking back, can repeat if given similar circumstances.

HURRICANE PARTY: Five year old mare is a deep closer who needs a pace to run at over the turf but did close for fifth behind some very slow fractions, stay close at a price.

QUIP LADYS BLESSIN: The drop into $5k claimer did the trick as she scored going away by almost three lengths and was claimed back but her original trainer to start back up the claiming ladder.

BEST BET: TIS ALKIE: Speedy three year old filly is better on the turf and her recent return from a May layoff wasn’t bad as she tired to finish fifth, should be all set right back off that effort.

LONGSHOT: CORAL LACE: Three year old filly obviously has some problems with only three career starts and layoffs after each one of them; most recent return effort with the blinkers off was a solid third despite the troubled trip, can be very tough if she returns within a few weeks.

 



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