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Jan 14, 2011

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


GOLDEN GATE 

 

CAHIRA: Clearly needed one off the December 2009 layoff, but ran decent enough to complete the trifecta. Top barn adds to her appeal.

COMMENDABLE QUEEN: Has run well in two off-the-board finishes since returning from a lengthy layoff. Live at a price.

LEGAL SEPARATION: Doesn’t like to win, but always shows up ready to run. Ignore at your own risk.

LETHARGIC: Has posted wins at 20-1 and 27-1 in two out of his last three starts. Maybe it’s time to pay this guy some respect at the windows.

MIGHTY TIZZY: Some time off, switch to an all-weather surface and drop in company have added to this filly’s improvement. Can make some noise at a price.

MIXED INTENT: Spent a year on the shelf, but has come back running, hitting the board in two attempts. City Zip mare has a lot to offer.

MO STEAM: Stone-closer has really turned it on in his recent form versus $4k taggers. Get ready for some “Mo.

STORM MAGIC: Pretty consistent for a horse that’s only one-for-12 lifetime. Ready to pull off a disappearing act.

WAVY LASS: A rare off-the-board finish for this mare when fourth most recently at $20k. Overall, still bats for a high average; hard to ignore.

4 STAR SPECIAL: JIM’S NO PREACHER: Has looked like the real deal in each of his career starts. Bright future for this Cal-bred.

LONGSHOT: NOBLE CAVALIER: Winless in 10 career attempts, but has run better in his last three since trainer change. Coming along.

 

 

SANTA ANITA

 

ARRESTING OFFICER: Lost at odds-on after cooking three other horses in a four-way speed duel, losing to a perfect-trip closer. Sunshine Millions threat.

BATHING BEAUTY: Was the only closer to make a dent in a race ruled by speed on a an inside speed track. Don’t overlook.

BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN: Got hooked and cooked in a blazing speed duel, but did the best of the speedsters just to hold on for fifth after a :22.1 opening quarter mile in a route.

CAMOCIRY: Set a blazing :22.2 and :45.2 two-turn pace and still managed to hold on for third in a race ruled by closers.

COCKTAILS AT SEVEN: Passed five horses in the stretch to finish second behind a wire-to-wire winning favorite. Won’t be a maiden long.

DANI REESE: Was the only horse in her race to make up ground from behind on a speed-favoring day. Worth another chance.

DUKE OF ASPEN: Needed a race off an eight-month layoff and closed for second vs. a bias behind only the winning 8-5 favorite.

LUCKY TIMING: Got squeezed back to last at the start in a 13-horse field but still managed a mid-pack finish in career debut. Too early to give up on her.

LUCY GOT LUCKY: Sat the dirty-work trip for third, forced to make a middle move but settling for third behind a lone speed wire-to-wire winner.

NIKKI’SGOLDENSTEED: Closed to be third in a race otherwise ruled by front-runners on a speed-favoring day. Can rebound.

QUEEN MARTHA: Got KO’d in a speed duel on unrealistic :22.1 and :45.2 two-turn fractions. Toss out the 7th-place finish and try again.

REAL ROCKPORT: Set a fast and pressured 7 furlong pace and held on best of the front-runners for third. Can make amends.

RIVER GLOW: Bobbled at the start and then rushed up toward the lead but spent the whole race chasing the front-runners on a speed favoring track. Try again.

SHE’SFITFORAKING: Outran 24-1 odds for second after making a wide move for second on a track where inside paths excelled. Don’t ignore.

STERLING OUTLOOK: Set a fast and pressured pace and held off several challengers before losing to a pair of perfect set-up closers.

STREETS OF HEAVEN: Finished off the board but lost the race by just a head and two noses after the toughest trip of all.

THREE POINTER: Finished with interest for third on a day when horses with inside paths and speed did the best. Worth another try.

BEST BET: BAUBLE QUEEN: Broke slow to start four lengths behind the field and appeared hopelessly beaten on a speed-favoring track, but then closed for second in very promising career debut. Ready to graduate.

LONGSHOT: MISS ADDY KISS: Had saddle trouble prior to the start and then wasn’t ready for the break from the rail. Rushed up toward the lead and tired as a result of the early efforts, but can’t be ignored next time with a better start.

 



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