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Dec 09, 2011

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


LAUREL

HERE COMES MIKEY: Has shown anything this year up until this point but did close well in the lane to finish third at 88-1 outlasting the 1-9 favorite for the show spot, give this one another shot at this level, especially in exotics.

FIX YOU: Hard hitting six year old mare returned from a July layoff last out, set the pace right from the start before succumbing late to the favorite in a sharp time, respect this runner right back as she loves to win, follow.

JAZZY IDEA: Two year old filly rated last out while racing in between horses in a short field, angled out into the lane and put in a solid run to outfinish the 1-2 favorite, improving runner should be followed at the next level.

OH WHAT A KNIGHT: Has had three career starts now, two at the maiden claiming level, with one win and one second, most recent maiden breaker should be followed with winners if placed in a realistic spot, stay close.

PEACE CAT: Three year old gelding took over the lead past the ¼ mile mark, held a clear advantage to the top of the lane and stayed on safely to the wire over a good/sealed track, ready to start moving up the claiming ladder for the very sharp Ness barn.

BEST BET: DISTINCTLY DONOVAN: Sent off as the longest shot in the race last out, pressed the early leader past the ¼ mile mark, put away the odds-on choice and just got nailed late to finish second just a neck behind, two year old will be very tough in a similar spot.

LONGSHOT: MASABI KING: Speedy three year old gelding came out running from the rail last out, set the pace while under pressure but did stay on well in the lane to finish fourth, tough right back with $5k claimers at a decent price.

 

 

 

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

AVANDA’S DESTINY: Was returning from a July layoff last out and dropping from maiden special weights into an $8k maiden claimer, broke out at the start, battled on the lead and tired some late to finish in a dead heat for fourth, respect right back with similar.

QUIET HOME: Likes this track, returned from a brief respite last out, battled head to head for the early lead through some very solid fractions and tired when it counted to finish fifth, should move forward off that effort especially if she can clear for the lead early.

TROJAN PRIDE: Four year old gelding broke his maiden over this track back in May, returned from a June layoff last out, battled for the early lead through a sub 46 half and tired in the drive to finish fifth, respect off that effort right back.

GRANBY BOY: Shipped in from Suffolk downs for his last start against $8k claimers, chased the pace while racing in fourth early on and stayed on well for an even effort at 40-1, has two wins and a second from his last three starts, tab at a price.

SOUL OF A GEM: Three year old filly was an easy winner in her career debut at Suffolk Downs, shipped in for her last start against allowance company and stretched out in distance while moving to the turf, got away in midpack but couldn’t do no better than fifth, is well bred for the turf and should move forward off that effort.

BEST BET: BLACK BELT: Chased the pace right from the start last out when trying the turf for the first time, was still battling into the lane but couldn’t finish it off tiring late to finish fifth, backclassy gelding should be given another shot over that surface but he does handle the main track as well.

LONGSHOT: STARSHIP SUPREME: Was returning off a three month break last out, battled head to head for the lead over the turf, was still there into the lane but tired when it counted tiring to finish sixth at 13-1, speedy runner can lead a similar group with that race under his belt.

 



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