Mar 09, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
HOOPSKIRT: Four year old filly has been in solid form over the last three months, her most recent effort when she finished second was another solid performance and she was claimed out of that race by the Richard Dutrow Jr. barn, follow right back.
NUMBER ONE CHERRY: Came out of the gate running last out, set a solid pace into the lane, was clear into deep stretch but tired late to finish third in just her second start in over a year, should be all set right back.
QUIET EYES: Always thought this New York bred had ability, had some trouble in his first three starts against maiden special weight company but came to hand when dropped into a New York State bred maiden claimer and scored going away to win by more than eight lengths, was claimed but should be followed with winners.
LA FESTA E DOMANI: Finally got the job done in his 22nd career start, his first start in the money by the way, he followed that up with a solid second at 29-1 in his first try with winners, tab with NW2L $7.5k claimers.
CLEAN JEAN: Is a different horse since adding Lasix, now with two wins and a second from three tries, her most recent win came wire to wire in her first try around two turns, was claimed out of that race and should be given a shot with better.
FIONA STORM: Was claimed three back by the Bruce Levine barn, he was two solid wire to wire wins most recently scoring by more than five lengths, five year old mare is ready for better, tab.
KEECHI BULLET: Was outrun early on behind a solid half mile last out going 5 ½ furlongs, started to move on the final turn but couldn’t make up enough ground checking in fifth behind the runaway winner, respect this runner right back.
NEFERTINI: Was making her first start since September and his first start over the dirt after three previous efforts over the turf, stalked the odds-on favorite from third, moved to challenge into the lane and out gamed that other rival to win by a half length; she may have a future.
MOLLY’S SHIP: Chased inside last out against NW1X statebred allowance foes, couldn’t go with the leaders and tired some late to finish sixth at 34-1; follow this runner with a drop in class, tab.
POP POP’S SMYLE: Three year old filly tried winners last out when stretching out to two turns for the first time as well, she stalked the leaders from second, took over into the lane but couldn’t hold on late tiring to finish third, this New York bred has ability and will be very tough next out.
SIRTORI: Took money for his debut going off at 5-2 but raced greenly right from the start, never did much running checking in 8th, hails from the Todd Pletcher barn and should improve next out off that effort at a better price.
BLIMEY: Five year old chased the early pace over a muddy/sealed track last out but couldn’t go with the leaders tiring to finish 8th and last, needs a drop into a claimer to show his best, tab.
BEST BET: UNCLE T SEVEN: Hard hitting six year old New York bred gelding made a menacing move on the final turn last out but hung when it counted tiring to finish third, was claimed by the Richard Dutrow Jr. barn and handles all surfaces and distances, respect this runner right back.
LONGSHOT: CAP THE MOMENT: Didn’t do much running last out over a muddy/sealed track, his first try over a wet track in his 12 race career, may be better making one run in a sprint but give this runner another try nonetheless when back on a fast track.
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TURFISTE: Backclassy runner pressed the sharp early pace last out when making his second start since November, chased into the lane but faded to finish fifth, fits at the $12.5k level and turf is an option as well.
NOTHING BUT POWER: Four year old gelding New York bred made his debut here on March 7th, sent off at 5-1 in a field of five, he trailed the field of five while never far back, moved up on the final turn and outgamed the odds-on favorite for the win, not sure where he will wind up next but keep an eye on the entries.
SKATING HOME: Making just her second start over this track and her first around two turns she really improved off her sprint effort pressing the pace into the lane, taking over but settling for a clear second late, respect right back.
ALL THE BASES: Hard hitting six year old chased the sharp pace early on over the turf but couldn’t get to the leader and tired in the drive to finish fourth at 2-1; handles many distances and just need to work out a better pace scenario.
UNO’S WILD ANGEL: Set blistering fractions last out when opening up a clear lead over the turf and tired because of it in the lane checking in fourth at 8-1; needs proper rating to have a big shot right back.
BEST BET: ZANGADO: Five year old gelding broke his maiden two back going seven furlongs, moved up to face NW2L $16k claimers at the same distance last out, stalked the sharp leaders, made a move to take over into the lane and got run down late at 26-1; sharp now.
LONGSHOT: PYRITE MARCI: Seven year old mare came out of the gate running last out, battled for the lead through the first half mile, dropped back a bit but then came on again to just miss third in a photo at 20-1, the value is there, take it.
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