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Aug 05, 2011

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


CALDER

 

ALL AMERICAN STAR: Showed speed and reported home a good second in her debut, but took a step backward in her next start after ducking out early. Gets another shot if the price is right.

GOLDEN MAGGIE: Showed some late interest to complete the trifecta at 47-1 in her second career start. Stranger things have happened.

I’VE GOT THE BLING: Really seems to enjoy placing third, and has proven that he can handle turf and dirt. Easy to like this son of Too Much Bling.

MIA’S DOUBLE: Coming into her own since dropping down the maiden claiming ladder. Can fire for low-profile barn.

SIR PHILIP: Consecutive well-beaten third-place finishes at 27-1 and 37-1 in off the turfers, then could do no better than ninth on the green stuff. Include at a price on the main track.

EXCHANGE GIRL: Bet to win in debut at 2-1, ran into some traffic and crossed the line a well-beaten fourth. Follow off the claim.

4 STAR SPECIAL: CRACKLIN: Has looked like a new horse in three attempts following the trainer change and layoff. Very solid overall record at Calder.

LONGSHOT: CLERY’S MAGIC: Last couple of efforts at 45-1 and 20-1 are a step in the right direction. The early warning signs are there; head to the window.

 

NO. CALIFORNIA FAIRS

 

BEERTALK: Really likes to finish second, apparently. Doesn’t seem to get much respect from the wagering public, but is always worth considering if kept at the $8k maiden claiming offering.

BLACK SOX: SoCal reject woke up with an impressive rallying third at 16-1 in her second attempt in these parts. El Corredor filly is on her way.

EASY GOES BY: Gave a good account of herself at 21-1 in her debut after drawing the dreaded one hole. From the Roger Hansen barn.

HE’S SO STYLISH: Owns dangerous early speed and hooked a lot tougher at Hollywood and Santa Anita. Swallow the short price.

JUMPIN JANET: Cheap claimer runs over all surfaces and has been turning in solid efforts throughout the season without getting her picture taken. Ready to pop.

VENOM G: Fired off the bench at 10-1 to get his picture taken, then got rolling too late to place a well-beaten fourth in his next attempt. Pretty solid basement claimer.

VRONSKY STAR: Turning him back in distance made a big difference as the gelding responded with a very respectable fourth at 39-1. An upset in the making.

WHERE’S HENRY: Think there’s still room for improvement in this son of Rockport Harbor. Should offer better value than his first two starts, and hails from a live barn. Take a closer look.

4 STAR SPECIAL: CAN DO IT AGAIN: Has turned into a real nice racehorse since shipping west. Exceeded expectations with a runner-up effort in $50k stakes in latest; keeps on rolling.

LONGSHOT: QUIET ADVICE: Lightly raced seven-year-old mare sneaks in a good race on occasion, but isn’t very camera friendly. Can’t hurt tossing her in the exotics.

 



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