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Jul 23, 2010

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


MONMOUTH PARK

ANOTHER VICTORY: Was pretty cold on the board for his debut run, showed some speed for about a quarter mile but then tired in the lane to finish 8th and last, give this one another shot for sharp barn and a possible drop to the basement maiden claimers.

B B FRANK: Has some backclass to call on and ran an even fifth last out after making a huge middle move to get into third but couldn’t get by the leaders and tired a bit in the drive, was claimed by Sydney Dutrow for Michael Dubb and expect a big effort right back.

DANZIG’S JADE: Raced off the rail early on while racing near the back of the pack, advanced on the turn to get into fourth but couldn’t get any further finishing fourth at 90-1; this nine year old gelding may still have something left so use him in all exotics right back.

EMILY ALLSTAR: Hard hitting five year old mare ran like she needed her most recent effort, her first since January of this year, she checked in fifth in a six horse field of solid allowance runners and should be tighter off that effort.

MOBIL FORUM: Three year old gelding opened up a big lead last out scampering away by eight lengths down the backside through solid splits but tired in the drive to finish seventh; was claimed by very shrewd barn and must be followed back for new connections.

MONSTER BOOTS: Didn’t get a big pace to run at last out when finishing fifth against basement claimers and this five year old gelding may be better as a one run sprinter; tab on the turnback.

RIVER BLADES: Four year old filly battled head to head for the lead from the outside post seven; was still there at the top of the lane but couldn’t finish it off checking in third.

BEST BET: TAYLORS TOUGH: Three year old gelding took plenty of money for his debut run last out, broke ok and was pressing the leaders from the inside, couldn’t go on with it when it counted and checked in fifth, gained plenty of experience from that effort and must be respected going forward.

LONGSHOT: MISS BETTE M: Broke from the far outside post 11 last out when shipping in from Suffolk Downs; pressed the leader through a very quick pace but tired in the lane to finish seventh in a decent effort, a better post and better pace scenario can get her there at a price.

 

 

 

ARLINGTON

 

BEAUTIFUL ZORA: Closed well as the only horse in the race to gain ground from behind and lost by only a neck behind the wire-to-wire winning 4-5 favorite while four lengths clear of the field.

CANARY KID: Was bumped early and briefly held up in traffic at the quarter pole en route to a big effort for second in return from an eight-month layoff, beaten only by the 9-5 favorite.

INSIDE DEAL: Juvenile maiden first starter finished second of eight, passing a couple horses late at 5F behind the loose on the lead wire-to-wire winner. May not remain a maiden for long.

MAWAAQEF: Broke slowly in 5F return race off a nine-month layoff, but still finished a solid third and must be respected in second race off the layoff.

MIGHTY RULE: Set a fast and pressured 6 1/2-furlong pace and held on very well for third in a race where the closers finished 1-2 after the other front-runners tired.

ONE STAR: Two-year-old maiden first starter passed several horses en route to second in debut, which is normally a good sign of talent, especially as the juvenile distances increase.

RICHIESGIRLGOTGAME: Got caught in a three-length-gap duel for the lead and held on well for second behind only the 1-2 favorite. Finished four lengths clear of the rest of the field and looms large in next.

SUMMER RANGE: Got shuffled back in tight quarters soon after the start and had too much ground to make up from far back in short sprint return from an eight-month layoff. Worth another shot.

THERION: Maiden first starter wanted to show speed, but only belatedly got to flash some zip after breaking poorly. Overcame the early difficulty for third, just a neck out of second, and shouldn’t be a maiden for long.

 

BEST BET: COLLIDIN: Got hooked in a three-length-gap speed duel but still held on for second, beaten only a nose by a perfect-trip stalker.

LONGSHOT: DIAMOND STEAL: Swerved outward from the far outside post and then rushed up to be part of a pace that completely collapsed. Toss out the sixth-place finish and try again.

 

 

 



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