Mar 16, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
SIX FLINGS: This six year old New York bred always showed ability but didn’t like to win with only four wins from 44 tries heading into his last race with 18 seconds and thirds, came away running from the start last out, took over past the ¼ mile and never looked back scoring by more than seven lengths, was claimed by should be very tough in current form.
DOWNTOWNCANDYBROWN: Three year old came out running but quickly conceded the lead, dropped back to sixth but re-rallied in the lane to finish third at 6-1; is probably best when he is just sent hard, give him another try at the $35k maiden claiming level.
WORTH A BUCK: Had two wins and seven second from 17 tries heading into his last effort, got away near the back of the pack but moved up down the backside while wide, took it to the odds-on favorite and edged away late, maybe finally learning how to win with two wins out of his last three efforts, was claimed by sharp barn and is taken to repeat.
EZZY: Backclassy runner was outrun early on behind a solid half mile in 45:3, closed some ground in the lane to finish third about seven lengths behind the winner; was claimed back by the Rudy Rodriguez barn and handles all surfaces.
HARD LIFE: Shipped in from Golden Gate after being claimed out there, stalked the leaders from fifth early on, made a quick move to the leaders at the top of the lane and drew away for the easiest of wins, was claimed by the Richard Dutrow Jr. barn and is ready for better, tab.
JOHNNY BEAUTIFUL: Stretched out to two turns last out, was outrun early on behind moderate splits, trailed the field into the lane and managed to close for third albeit 15 lengths behind the winner, wait for the turf for this three year old New York bred.
SYLVESTRIS: Four year old filly shipped in from England for her last start, her first since September and her first over conventional dirt, took the blinkers off and added Lasix and checked in an even sixth in what looked like a prep for the upcoming turf season, handles the turf and should be all set now.
DEERSLAYER: Was sent right out of the gate last out and set the pace against a solid starter allowance field, was still there into the lane but couldn’t go with the leaders checking in fourth at 21-1, handles the turf as well and the connections have options.
SAMMZILLA: Was coming off a November layoff last out and it was just her third start since July, was outrun some early, found traffic in the lane but flew home to just get up for second late at 14-1 in a very solid effort, should be followed right back especially with a relatively quick return.
NORTHERN WARRIOR: Has been very sharp of late with two wins and a second from her last three starts, she raced much closer to the pace last out, took over into the lane and drew away smartly, was claimed by very sharp barn and is ready for better.
BEST BET: FREUD’S NOTEBOOK: Five year old mare turned it around two back with an easy win over optional $14k claimers when making her first start in a new barn, she was claimed out of that race and scored an easy wire to wire win over the odds-on choice drawing away in the lane, has the backclass to call on and can continue winning streak.
LONGSHOT: BRAVO ROMEO: Four year old colt returned from a June layoff two back but has now run twice in five days and finished a good third at 16-1; will probably get some time off now but has a good bottom under him, follow for solid barn.
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PAM’S BREW: Returned from a November 2010 layoff last out and tried the conventional dirt for the first time, she cleared off to the lead and never looked back scoring by more than two lengths, follow this runner right back with restricted winners.
A B ALLIEBELLE: Four year old filly had never hit the board in her first 12 races, sent off at 76-1 last out against maiden $8k claimers, she made a good move from ninth to get into 5th past the half and finished up well for third, offers value right back with similar, tab.
CALIPARI: Well bred five year old showed some promise early in his career but then was off for over 17 months and his first two races back have been poor, showed improved speed last out over the turf before tiring to finish fifth at 33-1; may be rounding back to form, all set now.
MISS GIACOMO: Was sent off at 10-1 in her debut, a five furlong race over the main track, got away in sixth but did finish well late to finish a close-up fourth, will improve with more ground.
ACCENT: $250,000 yearling purchase back in 2009 she has shown some ability but did improve with blinkers on last out closing to finish third despite coming off a November layoff, tab this runner right back against maidens on the lawn.
BEST BET: LOTS OF LOVE MOM: Five year old gelding has gone wire to wire in all three of her wins, all coming over the turf, he cleared off early on through solid fractions last out but tired to fourth late, respect with similar.
LONGSHOT: EXCELLENT RATE: Has been off form for a while now but this seven year old mare got away in good position early on in fifth, moved up to get into contention at the top of the lane and just missed late by a half-length at 57-1; the price is right.
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