Apr 16, 2010
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
CHAMPION ECLIPSE: Took forever to graduate, but ran another good race in his first attempt versus winners on a clear early lead. A much better horse when he can dictate the early tempo; note.
CONCERTOS SONG: Ran into some trouble when fourth at 17-1 in his most recent attempt over the Gulfstream lawn. Overdue to get his picture taken.
HIGH DOLLAR ESCORT: Better going short, but returned from a January vacation with a decent third going a mile at 18-1. Should be all set for a sprint now.
SHE’S GOT BLING: Now has three starts under her belt since the layoff, and was most recently a pretty respectable third at 15-1. Ready to light up the tote.
TAXES TAXES TAXES: Recovered to vie for early command after ducking in at the start. Getting better with each attempt since returning from the shelf.
VALENTINOS GOLD: Reported home a decent fourth in his debut in the slop, then was second-best to a runaway winner on grass. Long odds in both attempts; deserves another shot.
4 STAR SPECIAL: ENTERTAINING: Songandaprayer filly runs first or second at a high rate, and has gotten back on track in her last two efforts. Keeps on rolling for Gleaves.
LONGSHOT: RAYO DE LUZ: Doesn’t always show up, but is capable of sneaking in the mix at a big price. Most recently a well-beaten fourth at 30-1 and has also placed third at 78-1 and second at 30-1 not that long ago; include.
BEETHOVEN’S ART: Failed to land a blow going six furlongs in her debut, but has hit the board in a pair of subsequent attempts going a mile. She’s on her way.
BEV’S EX: Very lightly raced seven-year-old couldn’t cut it in SoCal, but has finished no worse than third in five attempts since shipping in. Dangerous at the basement.
GLOWING BERTIE: Late blooming four-year-old filly continues to get better with racing experience. Recently third at 32-1 after bobbling at the start; on her way.
MAJESTIC AMERICAN: Switch to grass and stretch to a mile woke up this old boy, completing the trifecta at 51-1. Try again on the lawn.
NORTHWIND LUCK: Off since December, but training lights out for a return. Winless in nine attempts last term, but was pretty solid the season before; wouldn’t be surprised if he turned it around. Price play.
SANTA ROSA CREEK: Encouraging third at 11-1 in her second start off a layoff. May offer value at the basement.
SIX PACK MAN: Failed to get it done in three attempts at PM, but has run well here in the past. Smart three-furlong bullet in :35 1/5 Apr. 11.
TAYLOR JEAN: Only one-for-10 lifetime, but love what she’s done in three attempts since returning from a long layoff. Finally has her act together at the age of five.
TRAPPER’S BOUNTY: Dueled through hot splits and tired to finish fourth against a salty group. Early speed always makes this filly dangerous.
4 STAR SPECIAL: HUNTER CREEK: Steve Sherman has this guy breathing fire for a while now. Plenty of wins and second-place finishes since last fall; a big win and place bet is warranted.
LONGSHOT: RIVER ISLAND HONEY: Followed a runner-up effort at 32-1 with a decent fifth at 19-1. Worth including in the gimmicks at $4k.
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