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Dec 12, 2003

Horses To Watch

By: ATC


TURFWAY

BOOK SEVEN: Closed well for 8th to get into the third spot just missing second by a head. Is dangerous versus

similar next out.

CRAZY TALENT: Dominated the field scoring a wire to wire victory by more than six lengths and is ready to move

up the claiming ladder.

DIAZO JO: Dueled for the lead with the favorite and won the battle but lost war, finishing second. Gets there $5k

conditioned claimers.

HOLD YOUR THOUGHT: Battled head to head for the lead and then was quickly clear scoring by five lengths. Can move

up to the next level and score again.

I WILL SURVIVE: Was an even third last out behind a backclassy filly and may need a slight drop in class to get a victory.

MISS E’S REPORT: Battled for the lead with the even money favorite and tired in the drive to finish fifth. Dangerous at a

price if she can make the lead.

MISS OOH LA LA: Broke from a tough post moved up to the lead while racing wide and just got run down late losing by

a half-length.

PADEREWSKI: Was used up chasing the fast pace of the 1-2 shot and tired to fourth in the lane. Look for this one at a price

back with Maiden Special Weights.

REDDICK: Chased the runaway winner and heavy favorite around the racetrack and held a clear second. Was 25-1 in that race

and should offer some value to his backers.

SAY YES: Drew a tough post and then was forced wide on the turns but was still able to close for third. The price is right

next out.

TWIN TALK: Made the lead at the top of the stretch after chasing the pace early only too get run down late in the drive. Is right

there with allowance foes.

VIRGINIA BEE: Was outkicked by the favorite to finish well clear for second. Money allowance company is a good fit.

 

4STARSPECIAL: PAPA M AND M: Sat in third early on before making his move to the lead and scoring an easy victory. 5YO

can start to get on a roll.

LONGSHOT: NORTHLANDER: Tried to take it all the way on the lead last out at 21-1 but could not last tiring late in the drive to

finish third. Speed makes him dangerous.

 

FAIR GROUNDS

AFRICAN SKYLINE: Managed to eke out a nose win at odds-on in latest, and was claimed by trainer Asmussen; onward

and upward for Saint Ballado filly.

ALSALEET: Has needed his two return starts since back from one-year break, and should now move forward rapidly; Peitz barn

geared for big winter here.

DARK BARK: Has early lick and a knack for bringing back checks; in sharp form right now, she’s exactly the kind of mare we want

on our tickets.

DEL NORTE: Has the early speed to be a major player versus Louisiana-bred maidens on sprint scene; rounding to best form since

return from lengthy layoff.

EASY IAN: Lightly raced 4-year-old son of Dixieland Band brings versatility and talent to lower-end claiming route scene; atones for

beaten favorite run on Dec. 7.

FORT PRADO: Gained, but couldn’t give final push late when third as beaten favorite in latest; juvenile son of El Prado remains an

excellent turf prospect in our eyes.

GULF DEVELOPER: Held even position in useful return from brief break most recently; 18-time winner is a veteran worth watching.

JIMMY Z: California transplant fell flat in local December debut, but bears watching going forward; acclimation can be tough, so stay

patient and payoff could be worth it.

OUTRIGHT BUCK: Showed speed and weakened when stretched to turf route following pair of rapid dirt sprints; conditioning and experience

gained can only help.

RUN SARAH RUN: Has early speed to stay in the mix and brings consistent form; 3-year-old filly proves worthwhile $40K-claim for

trainer Montano.

SEVENTH INNING: Has been shipped plenty for lightly raced 3-year-old, and got FG course debut out of the way when third in

latest; settles in for big winter.

SO SYNFUL: Was aggressively spotted taking class hike (nice show of barn confidence) for first local try, but fell flat; class drop

and/or more distance does trick now.

 

4STARSPECIAL: FEHR: Failed as favorite in local return, but did show late pace for fourth in first start since early-October; love his

late pop, and trainer Peitz bears watching this meet.

LONGSHOT: REBRIDLED: Showed just enough late interest in return from brief break to stay on our watch list; back-classy

veteran is now well-prepped for solid winter.



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