Nov 19, 2010
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
DIGGER KARAKORUM: Ran a big race off a six month layoff two back when finishing up well for second, was making his second start off that layoff last out but did do any running when it counted, should be all set now for his third start back and must be given another shot.
KITNESS: Was fractious before the start of her career debut, dumped the rider and ran off just a bit, in the race chased the pace from third and was really running on well at the end of that event finishing second at 30-1 and galloping out past the winner after the wire, has a future.
KUTAIS: Closed some ground in the lane to finish fourth last out at 35-1 in a solid optional claiming turf race, has handled other surfaces in the past and is going to offer value regardless of where he shows up next out.
MORE THAN A REASON: Hard hitting five year old is as honest as they come and most recent sixth place finish wasn’t that bad as he only missed second by a little more than a length; follow this one on the inner track for shrewd barn.
MOUNTAIN ROSE: Broke from post 11 last out, came out of the gate running and was able to clear over to the lead down the backside and held that advantage to the top of the lane but tired in the drive to finish fifth, has ability on the turf and may benefit from a bit more rating early.
NOW NOW GIRL: Was making just her second start last out and her first since September first, didn’t have the best of breaks and checked in an even sixth while still green, is bred to stretchout and that may do the trick.
NYKID TIME TO JAZZ: Checked in a well beaten fifth last out in a race dominated by the loose on the lead frontrunner while going off at 54-1; needs a drop back into maiden claimers and will offer value.
THE ROUNDHOUSE: Ran well two back but couldn’t pick up any ground last out in a race dominated by the frontrunners, has the backclass to call on and handles many distances, tab.
TRULY DEVOTED: Was acting up in the paddock and before the start of her career debut, broke well from the gate and raced in second, challenged the 1-2 favorite on the turn and battled with that rival into the lane but couldn’t get by and tired some for third; should be very tough next out.
UNCLE SMOKEY: Two year old gelding has definitely shown some ability in his first three starts even though he never hit the board; he tried the Stallion series last out, was outrun early on after breaking slowly again but closed well in the lane to finish third despite having some trouble at the 1/8th pole, stay close right back with maidens.
BEST BET: FLOATING ALONE: Two year old filly still has a lot to learn and raced greenly last out when finishing fifth in a stakes race most recently, will move forward off that effort and should improve with a move to two turns.
LONGSHOT: SOUND CHASER: Three year old colt was outrun a bit from the rail post last out behind a solid half mile, started to level off as they entered the lane and made up good ground to finish third at 29-1, fits with NW2L claimers and offers value right back.
PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)
JUDGE WELL: Four year old gelding is better on the turf but is also better on when going two turns, two recent efforts weren’t very good so get your price when stretch back out in two turns.
NIFTY MAMBO: Four year old gelding was making just his third start for current barn and showed some life closing some ground through the lane to finish fourth at 36-1, is at the right level and must be respected right back at a good price.
TOWZEE: Eight year old gelding has had two starts over the main track and they weren’t great but they weren’t that bad either, has some backclass to call on and maybe a slight drop in class can get him there.
TWO JOYS: Has been showing more speed of late and most recent third place finish when on the chase throughout was a good effort and she should be ready to score over NW3L $7.5k claimers.
WAYNE THE TRAIN: Took a drop back into $25k maiden claimers last out, set the pace from the inside and never looked back scoring by more than seven lengths over a good/sealed track; will be very tough with winners.
BEST BET: NYUK NYUK NYUK: Nine year old gelding has a solid record here at Philly Park, was claimed back in September at Fort Erie and came back here to finish a very solid second with $8k claimers, veteran with experience should be very tough right back.
LONGSHOT: RED HOOK BULLDOG: Had been off form for a while, has just started to round into form but didn’t use his speed to his advantage last out and checked in an even fourth at 26-1, can be very tough if he can clear off early on next out, tab.
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