Dec 17, 2010
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ARTIE’S CHAPTER: Stretched out to two turns last out, got away seventh over a sloppy/sealed track, started to move on the turn and took over the lead in the lane only to get run down late to finish second, a turnback would suit, tab.
BRAVO ROMEO: Two year old colt was coming off a 2 and ½ month layoff and moved into the Rudy Rodriguez barn got a nice stalking trip from third, took over in the lane and edged away late while drifting in slightly; improving sort can also stretchout, tab.
CHRISTINA D’ORO: Well bred two year old filly took some early money for her debut run, she drifted up to 10-1 at post time and then just ran evenly in a race dominated by the speed checking in fourth, will improve off that race and should handle more ground also, follow.
FUZZY’S STORY: Moved up slightly in claiming price last out, broke from the rail and rushed up to battle for the lead through some very swift splits, held a clear lead into the lane but couldn’t hold off the late runners and tired to finish third, speedy runner will be a threat each time he runs this winter.
GOOMBADA GUSKA: Was sent off the as the longest shot in a four horse race in the Cosmic Bob Stakes last out, trailed the field in fourth early on, made a move on the turn to get into contention and then rolled by the leaders when it counted to score by three lengths; may have a big winter ahead.
MARINA MARKET: Hard hitting six year old gelding always shows his speed but hasn’t been in great form of late, came out running last out, set the pace over the odds-on choice and then dug in through the lane to finish a game second while 11 lengths clear of the show horse; follow right back.
SAY GOODBYE: Ran a big race in his debut, showing good speed while under pressure from the start, putting away all those rivals and then holding game to the wire to finish third, should gain plenty of experience from that race and will be tough right back.
TAPITUDE: Well bred two year old filly was purchased for $250,000 as a yearling back in August 2009; was bumped at the start from the rail post, angled out into the lane and finished up well for third, probably wants more ground and should break through very quickly.
TOUGH MARKET: Two year old filly took a drop in class last out into $40k maiden claimers, stalked the leader right from the start and then took over past the ¾ mark before drawing away for an easy score; ready for winners if properly placed.
BEST BET: RHYS: Never seemed very comfortable over the sloppy/sealed track last out, settled in third, dropped back a bit on the turn and then re-rallied to finish third well behind the winner; should benefit from that effort and will be much better on a fast track.
LONGSHOT: SAWTOOTH MOUNTAIN: Four year old colt was outrun early on racing in 11th, never really made an impact checking in 8th at 13-1 in a race dominated by speed; give this one another shot at the same level especially at a price.
PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)
CELERITAS PLUS: Three year old colt comes from well back and did just that last out to finish fourth despite some moderate splits up front; like this ones chances when he can get a pace up front.
CLAIM ME PLEASE: Showed some improvement in second start off over a year layoff finishing up an even fifth at 29-1; should be ready to go in his third start back at a very nice price, follow closely.
IRISH MAJESTY: Keeps winning but keeps producing decent prices, hard hitting seven year old gelding has now put three in a row and does have the backclass to call on so respect this one right back even with a bump in class.
MISTER DEAN: Continued his solid form with his third win in five starts; hails from high percentage barn and this three year old gelding can start his way up the claiming ladder, tab.
OMEGA GIRL: Three year old filly stalked the pace of the odds-on leader, cut the corner as they turned for home and drew away smartly to score by nine lengths over a muddy/sealed strip; ready for better right back.
BEST BET: INGER MANAGEMENT: Four year old gelding was getting pressed on the lead last out in his first start off the Richard Vega claim, put that rival away but couldn’t hold off the backclassy winner and settled for a solid second, speedy runner can get on a roll, stay close.
LONGSHOT: OUT DRINKIN’: Five year old gelding ran last of five in his most recent start over a sloppy/sealed track that went in a solid time; was claimed out of that race from a barn that was 0 for the year, should improve off the claim and the price will be right.
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