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May 06, 2011

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


GOLDEN GATE 

 

BIG TIME SUNSHINE: Shipped in off a lengthy layoff, and got it right in her local debut versus $20k maiden claimers, then held her own versus tougher in a starter allowance to finish fourth at 15-1. Feeling very at home here.

CALLDEROLL: Has done little wrong since making the trip from Santa Anita if you toss out his lone attempt on grass. A next out maiden winner.

CEES JEWEL: Lightly raced six-year-old has improved since trying more distance in her last two starts, and also proved that she can handle turf last time. Graduation day is coming soon.

FLYOVERFAST: Training smartly at Golden Gate since rolling a pair of 4s in his first two attempts earlier this season. Ready to rumble off the layoff.

LIFE’S A THRILL: Showed how dangerous she can be when left alone on the lead, staying on for second at 19-1 in latest. Very playable right back.

MELISSA ROSE: Hooked a pretty nice field of allowance fillies while making her first start since November. Tried in a stakes race following maiden win last year; expecting better in her next start.

SMOKELISH: Posted a pair of third-place finishes at 9-1 and 25-1 in two out of his last three trips to post; not facing any monsters at the $4k level.

TWO BUCKS TO WIN: Kicked off his career on the right foot with a good fourth at 18-1 in a $20k maiden claimer on grass. Should improve with that one under his belt.

4 STAR SPECIAL: FEVER RELIEVER: Consistent mare handles both surfaces and always comes with a late rally. Love this basement claimer.

LONGSHOT: INTRIGUING VISION: Turned in another good effort at double-digits in her latest, reporting home third at 11-1 in her first try on turf. Plenty of options for her. 

 

BELMONT

ECOACH: Broke from the outside post nine last out, raced near the back of the pack early on, made a move on the turn while wide to get into contention but couldn’t get by the favorite late just missing by a neck; was claimed by sharp barn and is on the improve, follow.

KRUGER PARK: Has been holding his own with some very solid sprinters over his last three tries in New York; trailed the field of five last out in a very solid final time at 30-1, seven year old gelding needs a drop to mid-level claimers and can score at a price.

LET’S GET FISCAL: Three year old filly came out running and pressed the leader right from the start, was still there heading towards the top of the stretch but tired to finish seventh and last; had been working very well over the turf and follow her back over the lawn.

MAKE MY DAY KAREN: Three year old colt was off since mid January and returned to finish third chasing the two speeds around the racetrack holding safe for the show spot at 25-1; barn has been doing well and should be used right back with three year old claimers.

MAKE NOTE: Has been racing evenly of late and needs a big pace to come running but was up against last out over a speed favoring sloppy track and he could only manage fifth, must respect right back over a fairer surface.

MARRIED AT SEA: Three year old filly was off to a slow start in her career debut over the turf, started to move up on the turn to get into contention and ran on well to finish fourth at 26-1; should improve off that effort and the value is there.

OHBABYOBEYME: Came out of the gate running in her debut over the turf, dropped back a bit to race in sixth on the turn and then came wide with a run to finish an even fifth, should improve off that effort and may appreciate more ground.

SUNNYBROOK: Broke from the inside last out and pressed the even money favorite through a very solid half mile, couldn’t go with those frontrunners and tired to finish, needs a drop in class to get the job done, follow.

TARGHEE PASS: Returned from a December layoff last out in an off the turf event, got away in sixth early on and did pass a few in the drive to finish fourth at 7-1; needed that race and is a much better horse over the turf, follow.

THERE GOES MOLLY: Has been much improved since moving into new barn with a second and two wins, most recently scoring by more than six lengths while racing against the bias, will have to move up again but that may help her price, tab.

BEST BET: PRETTY BOY FREUD: Has run too well over the turf to not have a win over that surface but his most recent third place finish coming off a December layoff should have him all set for a solid Belmont meeting, stay close.

LONGSHOT: CAYO HUESO: Four year old gelding is best when he can clear the lead early on and set the pace, was up against it last out chasing a very speedy runner into the turn and tired in the drive to finish a close-up sixth, give this one another shot at a solid price.

 



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