Jan 13, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)
D’ WILD AFFAIR: Seven year old gelding has now put two wins in a row basically in wire to wire fashion, after breaking from the outside post 7 last out, he set the solid pace while kept in midtrack, entered the lane in clear fashion and never looked back scoring by more than three lengths, respect right back even with a bump in class.
BUSHWACKER JOE: Took some early money for his debut last out but drifted up to 39-1, got away a step slowly and never really did much running checking in eighth and last, the value is there and even with a drop to the bottom level maiden claimer the value will still be there.
WORLD RECORD: Well bred five year old gelding has been in restricted lower level claimers for a while now with not much success, was unhurried early on last out behind a decent early pace and closed some ground late to finish a close-up fourth, a turnback in distance to a seven furlong race can do the trick, possibly at a price.
SPRING FLOWER: Improved from her troubled debut to score an easy maiden victory two back, tried winners last out, was outrun some early on but closed well to finish a clear second, may improve further with a stretchout to two turns, follow closely.
DIXIE’S COMFORT: Took a slight drop in class last out, came out of the gate running and battled head to head for the lead through a solid half mile in 45:2 and tired some late to finish a close-up fourth, fits at this level and will be dangerous if she can clear off early on.
BEST BET: JALEOS: Improving runner has been sharp of late with a solid win two back versus NW2L claimers, moved up to the next level, was chasing the wire to wire winner soon after the ¼ mile and stayed on well for second at 22-1; his turn next out.
LONGSHOT: MAINE INGREDIENT: Showed some ability over this track back in 2010, was sent off at 73-1 last out from the rail, broke slowly from the inside but rushed up to chase the pace and stayed on well through the lane to finish fifth, will offer value right back against $5k claimers, tab.
THE PRINCE: Was outrun early on behind some very fast fractions in a very tough $12.5 claiming race, still ran on well to finish third at 6-1, backclassy sort fits well at this level and should be followed closely.
FINANCIER: Four year old gelding was outrun early on over a muddy track, started to move into the lane and finished up well for third at 29-1 behind the two favorites who raced 1-2 around the racetrack, tab.
FARRAGOTS FOLLIES: Nine year old tried to stretchout in distance last out, took some pressure on the lead through some slow fractions but tired in the drive to finish fourth, a turnback will suit so stay close.
BEPPJ: First time starting four year old filly didn’t take any money for her debut going off at 24-1; she was outrun early on, raced far off the rail but did finish up well for fifth, should improve off that effort and the value is there.
QUIET INTENT: Was outrun a bit early racing in 8th, started to move up on the turn while racing four wide, closed well through the lane to finish second to the runaway winner, fits with $5k claimers and should offer value right back.
BEST BET: STRANGERINTHENIGHT: Came out of the gate in fourth last out, raced three wide for most of the race, moved to challenge at the top of the lane but came up a half length short at 45-1; fits nicely at this level and is still improving, tab.
LONGSHOT: RUN TOMMY RUN: Added blinkers last out for the first time in his seven race career, and he ran a much improved second to the 1-2 favorite at 27-1, that was a huge improvement over his first six races which he was beaten a combined 158 lengths, follow right back with $7k maiden claimers.
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