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Jan 29, 2004

Horses To Watch


GULFSTREAM

CAPEHEART: Took a failed try on the dirt and faded after a half mile. Well bred filly will fare better back on the turf.

CHILLY ROOSTER: Was an even fourth last out while chasing the pace and top barn has the option of turf

or dirt.

COMANCHE STAR: Was off to a slow start but still made up good ground to just miss the place spot by nose. The winner

of the race looks like a solid prospect so stay close to this one.

DIXIE’S BAND: Just missed by a nose last out when dropped in for $10k claimers. Has the backclass and was

claimed last out for crafty barn, follow.

FORMAL FANNY: Just crushed the field last out, going right to the lead and never looking back scoring by more

than six lengths. Taken to repeat with better next out.

GANNETT PEAK: Chased the pace while racing inside but could not stay with the leader and got beat for second

on the wire at 44-1. The price should still be right next out and is one to use in all exotics.

ORPHAN BRIGADE: Made a strong move into a quick three quarter time before settling for the third spot. Will be right

there next out with similar.

POINT OF AMERICA: Seems to be rounding back to his top form of a few years ago with two straight wins. Follow this

speedy veteran closely.

RECORD TIDE: Showed much improved speed last out quickly sprinting clear only to get tired very late in the drive losing

to the favorite. Will be tough to beat with a similar effort.

REGGIE FOR THREE: Was off to a bad start but did recover to come flying late to just miss by a neck. Should graduate

next out and is an interesting prospect for the Bond barn.

SALTY PUNCH: Set the pace last out and held well until the top of the stretch only fading late to finish third at 22-1. Can

lead at a price with slightly lesser.

SERENITY’S SMILE: Showed the way in a short field of $100k optional claimers and held well for a close-up fourth. New

York bred needs a slight drop in class to get the job done.

SPEEDJAMA: Ran very well in first try around two turns and hung in very well for third. Is this New York bred a slightly lesser

version of FUNNY CIDE?

 

4STARSPECIAL: ALNAHAAM: Was the easiest kind of winner last out drawing off to score by more than three lengths and

will expect to see this one out of the claiming ranks next out; follow closely.

LONGSHOT: TIME FOR A GRANSLAM: Chased the pace from the inside and tired late in the drive to finish sixth behind yet

another solid prospect from the Pletcher barn. Taken to improve with that race under his belt.

 

SANTA ANITA

BELLA NUNZI: Got stuck in traffic and clipped heels and finished seventh as a result on 1/23. Better luck next time.

BOOMSLANG: Got shuffled back in traffic but didn’t run badly for fifth, just missing third on 1/19. Can win first start off the

claim.

C D CRUZER: Broke slowly and then lost ground while four wide into the first turn on 1/22, but still finished just a length out of

second at 13-1 odds. Don’t overlook.

ERIC DA BOMB: Got hooked and cooked in a speed duel after a :22.3 first-quarter fraction at 1 1/16-miles on 1/24. Worth another

shot.

GRANT MARTY A WISH: Broke slowly and awkwardly and then rushed up into a duel for the lead and tired as a result on 1/23.

Toss out that effort and try again.

HARBOR PRINCESS: Got slammed coming out of the gate and lost all chance at the start on 1/19. Still just missed third in a promising

effort at 19-1 odds. Live overlay.

HOOVERGETTHEKEYS: Made a good middle move behind his loose-on-the-lead wire-to-wire winning entrymate and settled for a

close-up fourth in return from a layoff on 1/19.

MINISTERS WILD CAT: Was blocked and stuck behind horses with nowhere to go for much of the stretch on 1/24. Can improve with

clear sailing in second race off the layoff.

OUTOFTHE BLUE SLEW: Reared at the start to begin behind the field and lose his best chance on 1/19. Rates another look in

second start off the layoff.

RED LIFESAVER: Stumbled a step out of the gate and lost her best chance on 1/22. Deserves another shot and should be an

overlay.

ROJO TORO: Speedster didn’t get the lead in return from a layoff, but needed the race and should be shaper in second race back

off the long layoff.

ROUNDTREE: Toss out last-place finish on 1/23 when she was interfered with in the stretch. Shouldn’t be ignored.

SHADOW OF ILLINOIS: Had some traffic troubles and a rough trip and could do no better than fifth as a result on 1/19. Try again.

TIMELY ACTION: Finished fourth but lost by only about a length after same bumping in the stretch on 1/25.

TWISTER ALLEY: Was squeezed back and steadied sharply at the start, but really didn’t run a bad race thereafter on 1/24. Fits well

at a price vs. maiden claimers.

 

 

4STARSPECIAL: MISS MARK: Got off to a rough start and then rushed up into a three-length-gap speed duel and still held on

for a close-up fourth-place finish on 1/24. Ready to graduate off the claim.

LONGSHOT: ALOHA BRAEDON: Missed the break from the rail in a 10-horse field and sill managed to outrun 64-1 odds for a

close-up fourth in a 5 1/2-furlong career debut otherwise ruled by front-runners on 1/22. Won’t be a maiden for long.



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