May 14, 2010
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
CAVANAL: Broke slowly and got back into the race with a good inside middle move before running out of gas late due to those early efforts. Stick with him.
CLASSY ATTRACTION: Got hooked in a speed duel and emerged to hold on for third, beaten just a neck and a nose by a pair of perfect-trip stalkers. Worth another chance.
CLUBHOUSE RULES: Well-bet first starter got off to a slow start and didn’t have enough time to recover in a short 4 1/2-furlong sprint. Too early to give up on him.
DOLRDOLRBILLYALL: Set a blazing fast pressured pace and held on extremely well for second in return from a nine-month layoff. Threat to shake loose.
FOLK DANCER: Toss out the last-place finish when she stumbled at the start. Try again at likely overlay odds.
FREEBIEHADTHEMOVES: Pressed and set a live 6 1/2-furlong pace and finished the best of the front-runners for third while comfortably ahead of her early challengers.
LAUREN C: Bobbled at the start in return from a three-month layoff, but did well to get up for second, beaten only a neck. Can win second race off the layoff.
MINDBLOWER: Broke a half-step slow and lost ground three-wide on the first turn to begin at too tough of a disadvantage. Finished fourth, but was only a nose and a head out of second behind a runaway winner, and just needs a clear start to improve.
PURE CLASS: Was too far back off a modest pace and came up short in third, just a neck out of second. Needs a better pace to chase.
SOUL CANDY: Showed good late interest after dropping back to last, and his late charge only came up a neck short behind the 3-5 favorite. Don’t overlook.
TEA PARTY TIME: Battled for the lead after needing to send from the rail and never got a breather up front on a fast 6 1/2-furlong pace. Still held on for third and may not remain a maiden for long.
TIZ GOLDEN: Steadied back to last when crowded at the start and then had his work cut out for him from the back of the pack. Passed eight horses for fourth and can improve with a better break in second career start.
TRIBAL WISH: Broke badly and steadied on the first turn in career debut in a 4 1/2-furlong dash that favors speed horses and those who zip out of the gate. Closed for fourth in a good effort and can graduate with as bit more distance.
UNIONIZE: Pressed the pace and held on well for second in a game effort. Cannot ignore back in a similar spot.
BEST BET: FIERY TRIPPI: Got caught in an early three-length-gap speed duel and still nearly beat the 9-5 favorite before succumbing by a neck while five lengths clear of the third horse.
LONGSHOT: HOLLYWOOD AFFAIR: First starter finished with interest after steadying in traffic at the quarter pole and getting caught behind horses in mid-stretch. Won’t be a maiden for long.
BOURBON TRAIL: Swerved in at the start to begin last in a six-horse field, and did as well as he could do there for third behind the loose lone speed winner and the 2-5 chalk.
CANNON’S CALL: Closed gamely behind a loose lone speed wire-to-wire winner and got up for third despite traffic in return from a six-month layoff. Can win second off layoff.
CHANTILLY LADY: Got hooked in a three-length-gap battle for the lead in a distance turf race, and still held on for the win after her early challenger tired to fifth.
JINGLE JANGLE: Was bothered at the start but then passed everyone except the loose lone speed runaway winner to finish a clear second. His turn to graduate vs. maiden claimers.
LANDERS: Was bumped and pinched back at the start and fell too far back off the pace as a result, resulting in no better than a third-place finish. Can improve with a clean start.
LEFT IT IN VEGAS: Was too far back and had to settle for third, just a nose out of second in a better-than-it-looked effort behind a lone speed wire-to-wire winner.
MARGO’S DELIGHT: Got caught in tight quarters and was forced to steady at the start and then had too much work to do from too far behind a slow pace. Still managed to outrun 17-1 odds for second, beaten only by a winning 8-5 favorite.
ROCKINWITHER: Was up close throughout before getting shuffled back and needing to come again for third. Fits well vs. the local cheapie claimers.
SHIP FROM ABROAD: Got off to a rough start and then rushed up to set the pace as far as he could go in return from a 10-month layoff. Needed that race, beware in next.
YEP: Got cut off in the stretch but still closed well for second in a good effort behind only the 8-5 favorite. Knocking on the door.
BEST BET: TRIGGER FISH LANE: Ran a big one off an eight-month layoff, finishing second beaten only nose while seven lengths clear of the third-place finisher. Can win second off the layoff.
LONGSHOT: MICHAEL MOE: Broke poorly and then rushed up to press the pace while sitting the dirty work trip chasing a loose speed horse. Just needs a better start.
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