Jun 25, 2010
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
MR. COMMISSIONER: Raced a bit flat early but finished well to finish sixth, beaten less than three lengths, in his latest following big placing in prior start; back to best stuff next time.
PHOTONIC: Rallied for second behind blowout winner in his latest; Rogers trainee rarely runs a poor one and must be included in gimmicks.
ROCKPORT RADIANCE: Raced in even order when third in dash debut run, but figures to improve; juvenile daughter of Rockport Harbor showed enough to be tough to handle next time.
SILVER PRISM: Shook off pace pressure to stay on gamely for score on class drop and remain perfect on turf in her first local start; stay on board for strong Ness barn (29% this year).
WANNABE: Pressed the pace but couldn’t keep pace in late stages and settled for a narrowly beaten third most recently; must use veteran who has finished in the exacta in 18 of 48 tries.
4*SPECIAL: CHAMPAGNE RHYTHM: Rallied up the inside and found her best stride late when a good fourth in her first start since late-April most recently; fresh face moves up big off course return.
LONGSHOT: SAARFACE: Tipped out and put forth minor run to pick up third behind blowout winner in his first try off claim by trainer J. Gerace most recently; note, colt was up in class and can build on effort.
BEAR NAKED: Raced wide with the pace and could only mount even stretch bid when fourth of nine in 4 ½-furlong dash debut; stay with daughter of Sky Mesa for Gonzalez barn.
CONJOB: Returned from brief break, raced up close early, dropped back, and then finished in fair order to be fourth; eligible for NW2L claiming spots for best stuff.
FIREPOLE: Chased wide and gave out to finish a distant fourth of six behind dominant winner in his latest; open stakes level might just be a bit much for juvenile NY-bred son of Hook and Ladder.
FOUND JEWEL: Found her best stride late and made some headway to finish sixth of 13 under five-pound “bug” in what should prove educational debut to build on; 3YO daughter of Peaks and Valleys to follow.
GABBA GIRL: Put in a big run to finish third in a blanket finish and was beaten just a head most recently; keeps moving up as a fresh face new to WO and Gensler barn.
RED SIERRA: Raced close up throughout and finished with energy to be second, beaten just a neck, and continues to improve through three starts now; maiden win in the works next time.
VELVET HAMMER: Gained from way back and between rivals late to finish fourth of 10 in just her second start since last-December; Smart Strike mare moving in the right direction.
4*SPECIAL: AWESOME VOW: Raced in range of the pace, led in the stretch, and stayed on to finish a narrowly beaten fourth in her latest; headed the right way for winning Lynch barn.
LONGSHOT: NORTHOFFIFTY: Raced wide to nowhere in seventh-place finish on move back to turf most recently; success has been on the turf, so give one more shot at long ticket.
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