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Sep 23, 2011

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


BELMONT

IN HER HEY DAY: Has definitely showed improvement when switched to the turf with a second and two solid fourth place finishes, most recently at 59-1, she fits in turf sprints so stay close at long odds, be there.

IRON ORE: Took some money for his debut at Saratoga but didn’t much running at all, was claimed from that race by the Rudy Rodriguez barn and showed improvement in start two, getting left in the gate, rushing up to the battle for the early lead and then holding safe to the wire for the win, fits with restricted winners right back and turf may also be an option, tab.

POST RANCH: Big lanky type horse made his debut going mile last out, settled in behind a decent early pace while never that far back and just finished evenly late to check in third at 15-1; should improve off that effort and turf may be in his future.

PRAYING FOR MIKE: Three year old gelding was returning from a January layoff last out, came out running setting the pace past the half but tired into the lane to finish fourth, should gain plenty from that effort and must be followed right back versus $16k maiden claimers.

R J HOPE: Five year old gelding comes from well back and last out was no different racing in ninth behind some very slow fractions and flew home to finish third at 14-1, will be very tough with any kind of pace up front, follow.

REACH FOR A PEACH: Sent off as the longest shot in the race last out in her debut at 37-1, got away in last early on and closed ground late to finish third just missing the place spot by a nose, improves off that effort and should be tough right back.

RUGGED RASCAL: Ran well in his debut at Saratoga on July 23rd, closing well through the lane despite going extremely wide on the final turn, was given some time off and moved into a maiden special weight event and didn’t disgrace himself checking in fifth at 31-1, could be very tough right back if they drop back down into maiden claimers, and offers value if they stick to special weights, follow.

SLEW: Gotta love the name and this two year old by Tiznow out of an A. P. INDY mare can definitely run closing well to finish a clear second to the heavy favorite in his debut, improves off that effort and should improve the further they go.

SPRINGCOURT: Didn’t get the best of rides last out, getting away near the back of the pack, ran into trouble a few times behind some very slow fractions and then came very wide into the lane finishing 8th; give him another shot with a better trip, at a better price.

BEST BET: FEEL WHAT’S REAL: Looked good closing from last early on to roll by the whole field to score by almost two lengths in her maiden win back in August at Saratoga versus maiden claimers, got away in a good spot in first try against a solid allowance field and hung on well for fourth at 17-1; should be all set now off that effort.

LONGSHOT: PROWLER: Is probably at his best when he can make one run and last out when adding blinkers he rushed up to challenge the lead, battled for a bit but then backed up when it counted to finish fifth at 15-1, give him another shot off that speed and fade effort.

 

MONMOUTH PARK

CADENCE KING: Hard hitting five year old gelding usually puts in a run and most recent effort

closing to just miss by a head despite the slow early pace was a prime example, is a must use

right back at a decent price.

FIVECARROTSPARKLE: Tough to endorse a 1 for 38 six year old mare, however, she did chase

the early pace while wide throughout but stayed on well to finish fourth at 50-1 behind the even

money favorite, she might not win but she can be right there at long odds; a must use in all

exotics.

L’ ANIMAUX: Three year old gelding turned back in distance last out but still showed sharp early

speed while under the gun from post 1, set a solid pace through a half in 45:3 but tired when it

counted to finish fifth, respect this runner right back versus $5k claimers, stay close.

NICKY RED: Four year old gelding came out running, battled head to head for the lead through

a decent half mile, put away the odds-on choice but couldn’t hold on and tired to finish third at

11-1, give him another shot at a solid mutuel.

ROCKSTAR LIFE: Two year old colt took some money for his debut going off at 6-1, was off a bit

slow, raced between horses to the turn but couldn’t go with the leaders and checked in fifth for

the Jane Cibelli barn who is having a great meeting but doesn’t win very often with firsters, should

be all set now.

WHO’DATHUNK: Three year old filly made her debut last out at 1 and 1/8th miles over the turf,

she was sent off at 74-1, was right up on a slow early pace, outlasted the leader and fought right

down to the wire to finish second at huge odds, ready to break through next out over the turf.

BEST BET: NORTHWOOD BULLY: Three year old gelding showed some life two back closing to

finish fifth beaten only four lengths after four well beaten efforts to start his career, stretched out

in distance last out for the first time and broke from post 11, raced very wide early on but settled

in and closed with a solid late run to finish third at 39-1; may finally be figuring it out so follow right back at a similar level.

LONGSHOT: ANOTHER CARROT: Laid off the sharp early pace last out versus NW2L $5k

claimers, started a wide run into the lane and finished up well for second at 68-1; is obviously at

the right level and the price will be right, take a shot.

 



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