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Oct 22, 2010

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


LAUREL PARK

DE CHERA: Dueled on the pace and stayed on willingly to the wire when second in his latest; makes his early speed count in conditioned claiming spot.

DERBY HOPEFUL: Lagged early and then made some progress to pick up fifth in main track sprint by way of PID most recently; trip over surface helps the cause for nine-time winner next time.

PARADE OF COLORS: Showed expected improvement in second lifetime start, and posted 3 ¼-length graduation score in off-the-turf sprint; juvenile filly can continue to progress for Keefe barn.

RHAPSODY IN ROAN: Showed improved early speed in making a clear pace and staying on for second in her first start since late-August; gets overdue NW2L score before long.

SHOCKRAHAWN: Dueled on the pace and gave out to finish fourth over sloppy ground in off-the-turf sprint most recently; can catch the right claiming case at NW2L level.

THE SPANISH LIFE: Gained from well back to pick up second over sloppy ground in his latest; recent form seems headed in the right direction, so count on him to continue to pick up checks.

WICKED THUNDER: Has yet to run a poor one through four starts, including recent game win in which he survived pace pressure throughout; juvenile worth following.

WINDY ANGEL: Couldn’t overcome awkward start and had to settle for fourth of six as the failed favorite in her latest; gets a shot to atone.

YOGI’S VALENTINE: Put in a wide run and managed third of 10 in good try off claim by trainer J. Salzman Jr.; keeps good form.

4*SPECIAL: SHOPPERS RETURN: Now has a pair of good efforts under her saddle since racing here as a fresh face; has been game in routes, but wins came sprinting, which her pedigree would seem to favor.

LONGSHOT: CAKE WALK: Shot free on the pace and gave way in the lane when a distant third in her latest by way of PHA, but can prove more than worthy $5K-claim for trainer Pincione.

 

KEENELAND

BAYOU TORTUGA: Putin a strong wide run to best 11 rivals in nice maiden win when racing with blinkers added for first synthetic surface start; climbs class ladder.

FLATTER ME ROSE: Raced wide and never really threatened, but new face in town was okay in seventh-place try from which he was claimed for $7,5K by trainer Matthews; could surprise.

HOME FRIES: Gained somewhat, but could only manage seventh of 12 in first start off yet another break most recently; quick return and the right NW2L spot can work.

JOJO’S MOJO: Rallied from wide and way back to pick up third of 12 in productive racing debut; son of Ghostzapper develops nicely from here for McPeek barn.

RHONDDA GARDENS: Made the pace from widest post (12) in her racing debut and weakened in the stretch, but did manage third; daughter of Flower Alley worth following.

SABER: Made the pace and stayed on for second as a new face in town for his latest; son of Forest Wildcat goes for strong W. Catalano barn.

SUYETA: Rallied from just off the pace with a nice run to post a game neck victory in his first start since claimed for $50K by trainer Borel in June; right back.

SUZ SLEW: Got through traffic and put in a run for third by way of PID for her latest; has been in exacta in nine of 21 lifetime trips, so use.

WISE GOODBYES: Rebounded from eighth-place AP finish with fair third from chasing spot when back over synthetic surface here for her latest; spot on the pace helps the cause for next time.

4*SPECIAL: SPANISH COMEDY: Chased the pace and came up lacking late when fourth off a two-month break for her latest start, but was in good company; recent form seems on uptick.

LONGSHOT: THE GREAT MCGEE: Battled between rivals and gave out to finish ninth in disappointing try off the bench most recently; better than effort suggests, but thinking turf for rebound.

 



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