Dec 22, 2011
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
KID WANDO: Chased the pace from third last out, was still just a few lengths off at the top of the lane but faded late to finish fifth and last, needs a drop down to the $25k claiming level for sharp barn, follow.
JILLISTANA: Was sent off at 51-1 in her debut, she came out running, battling head to head for the lead before tiring to finish fifth, should improve off that effort and a drop into maiden claimers might do the trick.
TRUELEE SCRAPPIN: Three year old colt was forced to chase from the rail last out on a day when the track was very speed favoring and couldn’t sustain that run tiring to finish fifth, solid runner may want to stretchout to two turns and should be given another shot right back.
CRANBERRY QUEEN: Shipped in from Finger Lakes for her last start, she stumbled at the start, saved ground, moved into second past the ¾ mark but couldn’t get by tiring to finish third late, is now 0 for 5 over the inner track but does have two seconds and two thirds, may offer value right back.
KING ROCK: Broke from the rail last out, stalked the leaders into the backstretch, took over the lead into the lane but got run down late and settled for a clear second, will be very tough versus a similar group.
SCRAP DRAGON: Took some money for his debut last out going off at 8-1, had shown some solid works in the a.m. but never did much running checking in an even fifth, should improve with that race under his belt and a stretchout in distance wouldn’t hurt either.
LUDO BAGMAN: Two year old gelding made his debut last out against open company maiden claimers, was steadied early on last out before closing well to finish third at 16-1; will be very tough next out especially with a move to statebreds.
MY SIRE’S FIRE: Speedy runner was making just her second start since March last out, broke from the outside post 7, battled head to head for the lead but couldn’t finish it off tiring to finish third late, should benefit from that race and can lead a similar group gate to wire next out.
CINNAMON BEACH: Four year old colt finally broke his maiden two back at Penn National as the favorite, moved into allowance NW1X company for his next start, broke from the outside post 8, pressed the favorite every step of the way, put a head in front at the top of the lane but couldn’t finish it off checking in third, just a head off the place spot at 50-1; well bred runner should be followed right back off that effort.
BEST BET: QUIET EYES: Took some money for his debut going off at 7-1; ran away before the start of the race, got eliminated at the start, raced well back early on, came wide into the lane and made up a ton of ground to finish fifth, galloping out well past the wire, a clean break and this one is no longer a maiden, solid.
LONGSHOT: SYSTEM RESTORE: Seven year old gelding was coming off an August layoff last out, was taken out of his game when hustled to the early lead before tiring in the drive to finish seventh, should have gained from that race and handles this track, tab.
TAMPA BAY DOWNS
BACK AWAY: Ran a much improved race in his second career start and his first with Lasix, two year old by Put It Back, broke from the outside post 9, stalked the leaders from fifth and then ran on well in the lane to finish third at 40-1; continued improvement puts this one in the winners’ circle with similar, tab.
RICKYONTHERUN: Was outrun early on behind a solid half mile in 45:4, trailed the field of seven after breaking from the rail and then angled seven wide into the lane closing to finish fourth, may have needed that race and should be all set right back.
CALESITA BAY: Showed big improvement last out when dropping back down to a maiden claimer but more importantly making her first start over the turf, sent off at 66-1, this two year old filly got away in 9th, moved wide into the lane and closed well to finish a close-up third, should be all set right back.
GREMALATA: Speedy five year old mare came out running for the lead, battled head to head through a decent half mile, was still there in mid-stretch and tired late to finish fourth, a slight turnback to 5 ½ may suit, follow.
WEKIVA WACHEE: Six year old gelding was off since October heading into his last start, was outrun behind a very sharp half mile and then closed well to finish third behind the two favorites in a solid final time; should be ready to roll next out and fits with sprinters on the turf.
BEST BET: POT OF GOLD: Was an easy winner two back at Mountaineer on November 1st, was outrun early on when making his first start here, made a middle move to get within a half length of the leader but flattened out a bit late to finish a close-up fourth, should be all set next out and a square price.
LONGSHOT: MONEYSTITETONIGHT: This four year old gelding is now 1 for 37 but he did put in an improved effort last out, chasing the early leader, taking over from that rival past the ¾ mark and then hung on well for third at 55-1, offers value right back and his only win did come over this course, stay close.
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