Sep 30, 2011
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
CLEARANCE SALE: Was returning from a November layoff last out, was bet down to 3-1, got away in last and never really did much running checking in a well beaten 6th, should improve off that race and turf is an option, tab.
DISTINCTIVE ALIBI: Three year old gelding stretched out to two turns for the first time over the dirt last out, opened a clear lead through a solid half mile but couldn’t go with the leaders and tired to finish third late, won’t be a maiden for long.
FRONT ROW YO: Shipped in from Canterbury Park for his last start but came up short to the favorite in a quickly run race, moves through condition next out and a stretch out in distance will help.
PURR DIN ALICE: Five year old gelding battled head to head for the lead, couldn’t finish it off into the lane and stayed on well for fourth; dangerous if he can clear off early, follow closely with similar.
RICHIE THE THIEF: Got away in fourth last out, raced near the back of the six horse field to the top of the lane and checked in sixth and last out against NW2L claimers, 1 for 22 four year old gelding is better on the turf, follow this runner in that spot at long odds.
BEST BET: SUCCESSFUL CLOSER: Broke his maiden for $7.5k maiden claimers, followed that up with a good second and then a win versus NW2L $10k claimers, moved up to face NW1X allowance company, set a very fast pace and stayed on very well to just miss to the favorite at 24-1, improved three year old will be tough right back.
LONGSHOT: GARP: Hasn’t won a race in two years now, raced in seventh early on behind a decent pace for this level, came with a five wide move and finished well to get up for third at 18-1, just ¾’s of a length off the place spot; a must use in exotics.
AUTUMN GOLD: Took a 3 month break heading into her last race, stalked the leaders over a muddy/sealed track from fourth, started to move wide into the lane and got up late by a nose over the favored leader, connections may have the turf as an option again, tab with winners at a decent price.
BASKETBALL BELLA: Three year old filly is better when she comes from just off the pace, stalked the leaders from fifth last out over a muddy/sealed track and closed well to finish third at 20-1; is a must use with a similar group.
DEVILISH GAIT: Got back to the winners’ circle last out against a NW1X allowance field last out taking the off the turf field wire to wire despite battling head to head for the lead right from the start, handles all surfaces and he has his confidence back, tab.
GO ALLIE: Was returning from an 11 month layoff last out, took some money for her return, chased the pace from the inside pace and then faded to finish sixth over a sloppy/sealed track, is back at the right level and should moved forward off that effort, stay close.
GRANTED TIGER: Six year old mare was returning from an April layoff last out, got away near the back of the six horse field, tried to circle the field while four wide but didn’t have any response checking in sixth and last, is better on the turn and should be all set now.
BEST BET: ALBRECHT: Couldn’t get out of his way as a three year old but returned this year as a new horse, with four wins and two seconds in six starts, broke his maiden for $5k maiden claimer at Charles Town and has steadily moved up the ladder most recently scoring over NW1X allowance foes at 16-1, stay close at a price.
LONGSHOT: PAPA CARLOS: Two year old colt by Perfect Soul stayed in the race last out when it was taken off the turf, was racing in midpack most of the way behind a decent half mile and then closed some
ground to finish fourth just a head off the show spot, needed that race and will move up over the turf.
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