Feb 23, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ORANGE’S LIL SIS: Broke her maiden over this track at the end of January in a slow time over a pretty deep track, came back against winners and did the same wiring a field of $10k claimers in a relatively slow time, she is now 2 for 2 and was claimed, can continue winning ways right back.
LAWYER DAVE: Raced in fifth last out when making his first start with Lasix, moved into third on the turn but couldn’t get to the top two who got away from the field in the lane, should improve second time Lasix and a move back to one turn may also help, tab.
BLADING SILVER: Four year old gelding got away in 4th last out behind moderate splits, moved into third heading to the half mile and then stayed on well through the lane to finish third at 18-1; fits with NW2L $5k claimers and must be respected right back at a price.
MORE REUBENS: Couldn’t do better than fifth in a very tough optional claimer over this track last out when sent off at 41-1, has shown some ability and just needs a drop in class to show his best, follow.
MISS SHOPPIN DIVA: Four year old filly got away in fourth early on, moved to the lead at the head of the lane but couldn’t hold on checking in third late to the favorite in a decent time for seven furlongs, sitting on a win, follow.
BEST BET: CRACK THEPAT: Speedy six year old gelding blasted out of the gate last out, set the pace to the top of the lane but couldn’t finish it off checking in third late, may have needed that race and should be all set right back, tab.
LONGSHOT: MO’S BRO: Six year old gelding ran a good third two back, came out running on the lead last out stretching out to a mile, battled back and forth on the lead to the head of the lane but tired some late to finish seventh at 30-1; respect at a long price next out.
IRISH LION: Got off to a bad start and then checked soon thereafter, trailed the field of six past the quarter, started to move on the final turn but had to check late costing him second place to the runaway winning odds-on choice, give this runner a shot right back.
NINA’S PRIDE: Was sent off at 12-1 in her debut against $35k maiden claimers last out in only a five horse field, bobbled a bit at the start, chased wide in third while racing greenly but did stay on well for third, gained plenty of experience from that effort and should be followed right back.
RED LEADER: Took the blinkers off and was first time gelding last out, saved ground for most of the race but did put in a nice run up the inside to finish second to the perfect trip winner, fits nicely for solid barn right back.
SASTRE: Came out running for the lead last out, couldn’t clear the inside horse, pressed the pace to the top of the lane and tired to finish sixth, was claimed back by previous barn and be given another look right back.
MY MAN MARTY: Chased the early leaders from third last out behind moderate splits for that level, didn’t have any kick through the lane and checked in a well beaten fourth in a six horse field, I think the distance experiment should be over and this horse should be followed back when turned back to a sprint.
CRESCENT’S MON: Five year old gelding got away in sixth early on after breaking from the rail, moved up on the inside on the turn and then closed well through the lane to finish second to a sharp runner at 24-1, five year old gelding definitely fits well at this level.
ROUGH WINTER: Showed more speed last out pressing the favorite right from the start, couldn’t get by that rival and had to settle for third late, three year old filly has shown improvement over the last two races and should be followed right back at a square price.
GROUND FORCE: Hard hitting four year old gelding found himself in an impossible spot last out in the Hollie Hughes Stakes for New York breds and wound up an even fifth at 59-1, will take the needed drop next out and will be a threat if properly placed, tab.
SLIGHTLY STUNNED: Took good money for her career debut going off at 9-1 from a 20-1 morning line, pressed the pace early on, disposed of those rivals but tired to finish fourth late, should improve off that effort and fits with statebred maiden $25k claimers.
NORTHERN WARRIOR: Didn’t get the best of trips last out versus NW2L $7.5k claimers, had to check into the first turn, was taken wide on the final turn and rolled on by for the easy win, the competition gets tougher next out but should be given a shot at a better price.
CAP THE MOMENT: Stumbled at the start and was off slowly, raced in seventh early on behind a decent half mile, swung wide into the lane and closed very well in the lane to finish third at 20-1; has a big chance right back with a clean break.
BEST BET: ROCK YARD: Five year old was returning from a June layoff last out and found himself in a five horse field with an odds-on speed horse, chased from the rail to the top of the lane and then ran on well for third well behind the winner, got some useful conditioning and should be ready to roll next out for Anthony Dutrow stable.
LONGSHOT: CONNIE THE QUEEN: Didn’t get the best of trips two back when checking in fourth and then was just simply outrun last out never making any impact at 14-1 finishing fifth, she fits with the basement claimers and a stretchout to two turns can key a wire to wire score at a solid price.
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