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Jan 15, 2010

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


GULFSTREAM PARK

 

MISSION IMPAZIBLE: Very impressed by this guy’s debut last spring during his abbreviated juvenile campaign; game effort off the bench placing a close second behind stablemate in Gulfstream slop. Lots of upside for Todd Pletcher trainee.

MOE MAN: Kentucky invader from Ian Wilkes barn rallied from the back over a wet track to complete the triple in his sophomore debut. A sophomore to keep your eyes on.

PRECIOUS ROMA: Given no respect off a runaway $12.5k maiden claiming victory, outran her 46-1 odds to place a respectable fourth at 46-1 at $15k. Like this filly from the David Fawkes barn.

PRESTO CHANGE O: Hinted potential with a couple of big wins last term, and got the new year off on the right foot with a good third in the G3 Mr. Prospector S. Sharp sprinter from the Anthony Dutrow barn.

SKI SKY: Does her best running in the slop, and has had plenty of opportunity lately on off tracks, most recently placing fourth at 8-1 and 20-1. Include in gimmicks at price.

TOP YANK: Showed speed in the slop before fading to finish a well-beaten fourth in his off-the-turf debut. Was training well on grass prior to unveiling; tab on the lawn.

4 STAR SPECIAL: CUFF ME: Was following this filly’s career very closely in New York before her disappointing local debut. Was outgunned early in the G3 Old Hat S., and had to chase over a sloppy track; much better than that fourth-place finish indicates.

LONGSHOT: LIGHTEN UP: Hasn’t hit the board since last summer, but held his own against much better in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S. Tab at a big price.

 

GOLDEN GATE

 

BRUNO’S WAGER: Has good speed, but early duels have compromised his chances in both career starts. Will find a field he can wire at some point.

CLASSICAL BARTOK: Finally broke through in his 11th career start, then completed the exacta in his first start against winners at 20-1. In good form right now.

COUNTY KILDARE: Speedy cheap filly has responded well to the trainer change to William Morey. Game second most recently; goes one better.

DEVIL’S CRYSTAL: Good efforts at 32-1 and 14-1 in two out of his last three starts. Deserves a spot in your gimmicks versus $4k claimers.

JAN’S RULING ANGEL: Rounding into form with each start since returning from the shelf. Looks like this lightly raced eight-year-old is ready to roll following rallying third-place finish.

MADERIA: Improving with each effort, and really put it all together once switched to grass and stretched to a mile. Very dangerous off second-place finish.

SAINTLY I AIN’T: Drop to maiden claiming $12.5k brought out the best in this guy—a solid fourth-place finish at 12-1. Should continue to improve if kept at this level.

SHY CONTESSA: Plenty of chances—0-for-18 lifetime—but like the direction she’s heading in following second-place finish at 20-1. Get some bang for your buck.

TANGO TANGO: Toss his one attempt against stakes company, and he’s posted two wins, and came within a neck of making it three. Won’t be much of a price, but a win is a win.

4 STAR SPECIAL: MON IN THE MOON: Daughter of Maria’s Mon finished a game third in her turf and two-turn debut for the always dangerous Greg Gilchrist. Earns diploma shortly.

LONGSHOT: SHE’S A SWEETIE: Emerald invader showed little in local debut off the layoff in December, but ran much better last time, reporting home fourth at 13-1. Comes up big versus cheap claimers.

 



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