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Feb 12, 2004

HORSES TO WATCH

By: ATC


GOLDEN GATE

CARLY’S A TWIN TOO: Ran one of her best races to date when third beaten two lengths last out.

Play this filly going a flat mile.

EL CURIOSO: Ignore the dismal career record. Just take a look at those last two starts and the ground

he’s made up; he’s due.

FIVE STAR MEETING: Returned from October with a game wire-to-wire victory after dueling through fast fractions.

Shoot for the stars!

KILGOWAN: Gained valuable experience with a fourth-place finish in the Golden State Mile S. Feb. 8. Looking good

for sharp connections.

MARY CASSATT: Was aggressively spotted in an allowance contest while running ninth in her debut. Drysdale trainee

should be awfully dangerous up against maidens with that start under her belt.

NOBLE SILENCE: Has flashed sharp speed in his last two, but has tired badly. Back classy colt may need another drop down

in order to get it done.

PIPES DREAMCATCHER: Like what he’s shown in his first two races, including a solid third last time out. All set to graduate.

RIVER ELLA: Broke her maiden versus allowance company on the turf at 29-1. Filly has always been solid on the lawn; don’t

get burned again.

SANDS OF TIME: Ran well to be fifth after an uneventful beginning (bumped and forced into a rival). Tallies up another one on

the grass.

TENDER TRAP: Had her two-race win streak snapped when overmatched on the turf in latest. Will be hard to down back on the

main track versus taggers.

THISCATSKRAFTY: Normally goes off at a good number and rarely runs a bad race. Hard not to like.

WESTERN HAWK: Just hasn’t been the same horse since returning from the layoff two starts back. Willing to give him another shot

though at the right price.

 

4STARSPECIAL: TREVANIAN: Won with something left in his maiden victory Feb. 8. Tab this son of Conquistador Cielo at the

next level.

LONGSHOT: MAGNETIC HILL: Zero-for-18 runner is going to move forward second start off the three- month layoff. McAnally will have

him ready.

 

OAKLAWN

CHRISTIAN GULCH: Showed improvement to gain for fourth when making second start back from break of more than two months; needs

hot pace to set up rally.

CREEKER’S SURPRISE: Raced a bit greenly yet still rallied for place when facing 10 rivals in career debut; 3YO filly worth

following.

HOW GOOD IS THAT: Chased and faded in latest, but in first start since last-July; extremely well-bred colt is lightly raced 3YO and with

that comes plenty of upside.

ONE SPECIAL JUDGE: Could only manage an even stretch bid when fourth in latest start, but was claimed by winning Norman barn; onward

and upward.

ROYAL CHALICE: Can build off local debut, in which he managed fourth when racing for the first time in four months; sharper workouts

lead to better effort.

RUDY’S FINEST: Made it two straight wins when handling 10 foes from tough outside post in first attempt versus winners most recently;

plenty of potential here.

SONYA’S SMILE: Has yet to finish off the board in five career starts and comes from winning Asmussen barn – enough to keep her on

your tickets, no?

TAKE HOLY OUT: Should improve after middle-move/fade try in first start since last-November; initial experience over local course a big

plus, too.

TEXARKANA: Has shown flashes of ability on both dirt and turf, but remains a well-bred underachiever at this stage; improves off sixth

in local debut.

TIGER SIX: Twelve-time career winner brings early sprint speed that cannot be ignored; now 4 for 7 over local strip after getting caught

in chasing role last time.

 

4STARSPECIAL: COUNT ORANGE: Set the pace and battled through the stretch when second in 2004 return; have always liked

this gelding’s ability.

LONGSHOT: LIFE SAVIOR: Raced in tight early and never got a chance to show her early speed making first start since last-December; improves

upon fifth-place try.



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