May 07, 2010
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
AGNES M.: Raced in range, put in middle move to contend, and gave out to finish fourth when asked to stretch back out to mile for latest; can handle route, but may have needed the race.
BLACK MAGIC MAMA: Gave chase along the inside and faded to finish fifth as the failed favorite for her latest; Budrewicz barn (23% in 2010) finds right spot for rebound.
CLOUD BLUE: Put in big try to finish a narrowly beaten second – albeit as the public’s choice – in her first try with winners most recently; next time for daughter of Maria’s Mon.
FIVE GRAND GIRL: Plunged in class and whipped five rivals over sloppy ground when back from lengthy break for her latest; does it again for strong R. Dutrow Jr. outfit.
GOSMON: Now has a pair of third-place finishes under his saddle since back from November-layoff; can stay in range, put in rally, and get the trip for score next time.
RIDIN’ HARD: Showed a bit more early and overall interest when fourth in fair return to form most recently; finally cracks NW2L condition, and at square ticket.
WILREIGN: Showed speed on stretch to route for just her second career start, but gave way to finish fourth; can continue to progress for Reid barn (32% this year).
4*SPECIAL: BULLET RAIN: Chased wide, made the lead in the stretch, and stayed on gamely to finish a close third when maintaining good form most recently; grabs brass ring next time.
LONGSHOT: BLUSHING JULIET: Put in a wide run to gain third on drop to appropriate claiming spot most recently; mare with good overall mark can now keep form and still offer value in right spots.
BIG CHAMP: Shot free on the pace, got collared in the lane, and stayed on gamely to finish second, beaten just a neck, as the odds-on choice for his latest; makes amends.
DIOSA INDIAN: Made the pace and remained clear for maiden score as a fresh face by way of GP for her second lifetime start; daughter of Indian Charlie with some clear upside.
EXCITING TIMES: Battled on the front end and gave way to finish sixth most recently, but in his first start since March; 8YO gelding reserved the right to need a leg-stretcher, and strong Lake barn can get him back in win column.
GENTLE EDWIN: Chased the pace, loomed a threat, and weakened late to finish only a fair third at ALW level by way of AQU most recently; spin over this surface helps the cause for next time.
HALF CRAFTY: Never got involved in his first try here and in first attempt with winners off easy maiden romp off a break at OP; bounces back the right way for winning Hobby barn.
SHOW ME THE GOLD: Shook off brief early heat, opened up on the front end, and drew off to romp on class dip for winning Cox barn most recently; right back for another.
WILL’S AFLEET: Put forth promising debut run for second behind easy winner; son of Afleet Alex goes for Ritchey barn and is a likely 3YO worth following.
4*SPECIAL: STAR OVER MALIBU: Returned from claim/freshening with barn show of confidence on class rise, but managed only to chase and finish fourth; proven mare with more to give.
LONGSHOT: QUARTERBACK’S CALL: Returned from an August-layoff to meet winners for the first time in her latest, and put in a middle bid for sixth; clear upside, and value.
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