Jan 29, 2010
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BIBLE BELT: Was sent off as the longest shot in the race when making her career debut, was fractious at the start and leapt in the air as the gate opened leaving her well behind the field but she regrouped and closed well through the lane to finish third at 36-1, improves.
ESTIMATOR: Reached contention on the turn when sent off at 60-1 but couldn’t get to the easy wire to wire odds-on leader and tired to finish fifth, however, a drop in class can do.
FOUR STAR GENERAL: Was the easiest kind of winner last out with NW3L $7.5k claimers, drawing away from the odds-on choice late, based on the age conditions of the race should be very tough with a similar group.
KIND REGARDS: Took a ton of late money to go off at 2-1 in his debut but never did much running finishing a green sixth, could improve for a solid barn.
MEESE ROCKS: Was outrun early on most recently when moved up in class after a few wins in a row and was still running on late to finish fourth; a stretch in distance may not be out of the question, tab.
OVEREXTENDED: Was just too far back to really have a chance last out when finishing 8th but that may help his price next out so give him another shot with a similar group.
PAPALEO: Checked out on the turn losing a lot of position, dropped back to sixth and then had to re-rally on the turn to finish a good third behind the two favorites; sharp runner should be followed right back.
PARADE CLOWN: Has some backclass to call on and may have needed that race last out, his first since November should improve for the Levine barn.
RAFFINATOR: Checked at the start in his career debut and raced well back for the better part of the race but did pass some horses through the lane for a well beaten fourth at 13-1, improves in his second start for a barn that does better with second time starters.
BEST BET: BOBITY BOO: Three year old filly ran like she needed her debut effort last out when a wide throughout third, should gain needed experience from that effort and will be very tough right back.
LONGSHOT: A GIRL NAMED MARIA: Showed some improved speed last out when chasing the pace from her rail post; couldn’t go with the leaders but ran an even fifth at 57-1, a drop can do at a nice price.
COUNTESS CAPOTE: Ran on well to finish third behind the two favorites that got away with some very slow early fractions and fits with $7.5k claimers.
GOODGIRLGONEBAD: Put in an even effort last out from post nine when she was sent to the lead, was taken on past the half mile mark and battled to the top of the lane before tiring to finish fourth at 23-1; is a must use in all exotics next out.
MENHALA: Bobbled at the start which put 9th early on and well behind the leaders, came with a three wide run into the turn finished up well to nail down the show spot at 20-1, tab with NW2L $7.5k claimers.
ROSE ROCK: Settled early on in her career debut, made a five wide move to get into contention and was right there in midstretch and tired late to finish fourth; should be much tighter off that effort.
TEXAS ROAD HOG: Broke slow in his career debut, raced three wide on the turn but did pass some horses in the lane to finish fourth, just a half length off the place spot, should improve off that effort.
BEST BET: DIPPI TRIPPI: Set a pressured pace last out while battling down inside, put away those rivals and battled right down to the wire to just miss by a half length at 11-1, will be very tough right back off that effort.
LONGSHOT: SHESACOUGAR: Shipped in from Charles Town for her last effort, her first since June 27; chased the sharp leader to the top of the stretch and tired to finish fifth at 11-1; should move forward off that effort.
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