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Nov 11, 2011

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


PENN NATIONAL

FIRST ROUNDER: Dueled early, shook clear on pace, and then succumbed in lane when second best as the favorite in her latest; should prove worthy $7,5K-claim for trainer P. Graham.

GRACYMYGRACY: Pressed the pace, took over, and gave out in the lane to finish third when back in town by way of LRL for her latest; makes her speed count.

ANGA: Settled for second when after his third straight win most recently, and ran a bigger “fig”; in from PRX, he can continue to make presence felt around here.

JOHNNY JOE: Put in a mild bid to gain third behind blowout winner in his latest; figures more dangerous in spot when able to be more involved from the bell.

DANCING TIGER: Rated, middle moved to contention, and weakened to finish fourth when it counted in her latest, but did take step forward; another shot.

4*SPECIAL: PALIULI: Rallied nicely late to finish third in blanket finish on class drop most recently; handles similar crew to get diploma.

LONGSHOT: SUNSHINE BROTHER: Put in a mild rally to gain fourth when after repeat score on class rise most recently, and did hold form in fair fashion; stay with veteran likely to offer value.

 

WOODBINE

DIAVOLA: Could only manage third when odds-on for her latest, and may have felt effects of prior big placing in her return from break; bounces back.

TOWN OF TOWNS: Rated, rallied to contention, and could only manage an even stretch punch when fourth in his latest; remains a danger with similar crew.

SEPTEMBER SQUARE: Put forth a sustained rally to lead in the stretch, only to finish a narrowly beaten third in game try most recently; big class dropper should break through next time, just not at as big a ticket now.

SUMMER ENDING: Gained wide and finished gamely when third for the third consecutive time most recently; needs pace/race luck to set up late punch, but should keep good form.

BRANDYMAN: Raced in range, moved to challenge, led in lane, and came up second best in useful racing debut; moves up quickly for shrewd R. Baker barn.

SO SOVEREIGN: Gained from very far back to finish a close fourth of 12 in a useful racing debut; juvenile filly did get hot tempo to attack, but she can also improve from here.

4*SPECIAL: DIXIE CHICKEN: Made the pace and gave out when last of five in ambitious takes bid at 10 furlongs most recently; still respect and like overall profile on daughter of Rahy.

LONGSHOT: DR. HARKNESS: Broke 10th of 12 in his racing debut, and managed a fair run for fifth of 12; plenty of upside for C. Day Phillips barn.



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