May 27, 2010
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
GREEN BANANAS: Took a drop into maiden claimers last out moving back to the dirt, was unhurried early on after stumbling at the start, raced six wide into the lane and drew away late for the score; tab with winners right back.
HIGH PRIZE: Didn’t run that badly last out when trying the turf for the first time, chased the sharp pace right from the start and didn’t run that badly to finish fifth at 32-1, give him another shot at a decent price.
HILL: Took some money for her career debut, she raced well back behind moderate splits, she passed some rivals in the lane to finish fifth, well bred three year old filly should be all set to roll next out.
KING ANDREW: Chased the pace right from the start last out, lost some ground to the leader in the lane but continued on gamely to get up to score by a neck; was claimed out of that race and a return to the dirt will work also, solid.
SUPER SHAPE: Raced wide throughout while chasing a sharp early pace, got to the leader in midstretch and got up to score by a head late, was claimed back by former trainer and can start back up the claiming ladder, tab.
THE PLOT THICKENS: Set a sharp pace last out over the turf getting the half mile in 46:3, held that lead into the lane but couldn’t hold off the even money favorite, wires similar next out.
TREAT HER RIGHT: Has sharp early speed but doesn’t finish and showed the same pattern last out, making the lead through very quick splits but tiring to finish fifth in the lane, a slight turnback suits with NW2L $25k claimers.
WE GET IT: Didn’t run that well off the claim by the Rudy Rodriguez barn racing evenly to finish fourth but may have been too far back, give him another shot at a better price.
WHO’S WILLIE FITZ: Broke on the lead last out, was taken back to save ground while racing behind some solid fractions and then raced evenly to finish fourth just a neck off the show horse, is probably best just making one run, tab.
BEST BET: LOTS OF STONES: Took a brief break after her maiden win, got the right trip last out in her first try versus winners but scored going away by more than five lengths; statebred three year old filly is on a roll, follow.
LONGSHOT: EAST COASTER: Broke from the far outside post eight, raced in sixth for most of the way, started to make a big move on the turn to get into contention and ran on well for third at 45-1 in her first try over the turf.
LONE STAR PARK
EAGLE TWO HUNDRED: Six year old gelding came out running last out in a five furlong turf event, battled head to head for the lead through some very solid fractions and stayed on well to finish third at 15-1, can pop if he can clear off early on, tab.
HASTY PANCHO: Returned from a brief February break with three solid races but has yet to get the victory, is sharp now and fits nicely with NW2L $12.5k claimers; the price will be right.
IMACROOK: Got away near the back of the pack most recently, got a good pace to run at and flew home through the lane to finish third, just a head and a neck off the winner, his turn next time.
MAD AT CHA: Six year old gelding trailed the field of six last out while racing behind moderate splits but did close well in the lane to finish second as the pace was heating up, sharp runner will be very tough right back.
TRAFFIC COMMAND: Four year old gelding showed much improved speed last out while turning back in distance, tired some in the lane to finish fourth, but looks like he will be very tough with similar right back.
BEST BET: GOLDEN SAINT: Had four prior tries over the turf but could only manage a fifth place finish eight lengths off the winner but ran a much improved race last out when adding lasix for the first time closing well to finish third at 43-1; stay close.
LONGSHOT: TENACIOUS J: Five year old gelding has been off form for a while now but did put in a nice effort last out closing to finish a close-up third at 39-1 over the turf; maybe returning to form and must be respected at a big price.
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