Apr 13, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)
NORTHERN BERKSHIRE: Five year old mare was outrun some early on behind a runaway leader, started to move at the top of the lane and finished up well for second at 26-1, may be rounding back into form and fits nicely with time restricted $7.5k claimers.
REWARD THE LADY: Was up against it last out trailing the field of six behind moderate fractions when going 5 ½ furlongs last out, raced wide into the lane and finished third behind the two favorites, was claimed back by the Farro barn and needs a better pace scenario next out, tab.
AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN: Four year old colt was making his career debut last out against $25k maiden claimers, was outrun early on behind decent early fractions, started to rally wide into the lane and finished well for fourth at 13-1, should move forward off that effort for solid barn, follow closely.
NORTHPOINT COSTAS: Six year old gelding is a hard hitter who has hit the money in 50% of his races, showed the way early last out when sent off at 25-1 in a five horse field but did hold on well for third, tab right back.
KIMBERLEY DIAMOND: Six year old mare was coming off a July layoff last out, was never far back early on despite racing in sixth, started to move on the final turn and finished well between horses for the place spot; likes this track and fits as a one run closer.
BEST BET: PRIVATE TALE: Well bred four year old gelding was two for two in blinkers, both of those wins coming in sprint races, stretched out to two turns last out, was never that far back after breaking from the far outside post 9, split rivals on the final turn and then had some traffic late to finish a close-up third, should be ready to roll right back.
LONGSHOT: ON THE LEVEL: Has been off form for a while now and has lost 23 in a row, however, despite being sent off at 39-1 she ran on well in the lane to just miss by ¾’s of a length finishing second, will be a big price right back and should be used in all exotics.
OLIVIA’S SONG: Was coming off a July layoff last out, faced off against NW3L allowance foes, was outrun some early on but did close well through the lane to finish second at 6-1, this four year old filly is 1 for 1 over the turf and this served as a good prep for a return to that surface.
HORSESHOE HILL: Three year old filly was making her third start last out and her first since November, raced off the sharp early pace of the leader, was three and four wide on the final turn and just got up for second by a neck to the runaway winner; may have needed that race and a move to the turf may be in order.
GREAT RENDITION: Three year old gelding was making his debut last out against a full field of 12, chased the very sharp early pace while between horses but did hang on well for fourth at 12-1, should improve off that effort and offers some value right back.
SPANISH ACADEMY: Returned from a November layoff last out, took a drop into a NW3L $40k claimer, stalked the leaders from the outside, moved to the leaders into the lane and drew off smartly to score by almost four lengths at 13-1; taken to repeat.
MYTHICAL CHIMES: Three year old filly returned from an October layoff last out, showed good speed from the outside post 10, set the pace into the lane but tired to finish fourth about 10 lengths behind the winner, may have needed that race and could be prepping for a turf race.
BEST BET: TEXAS BLITZ: Seven year old gelding was coming off a November layoff last out exiting three 2 furlong races, stretched out to five furlongs, battled head to head for the lead while outside the even money favorite, put that rival away into the lane and lead to deep stretch before fading late to finish fourth at 11-1; should have gained plenty from that race and will be tough right back.
LONGSHOT: AONE SAUCY MISS: Four year old was given a break since December, was outrun early on in a five furlong event and closed well while in between horses to finish third at 41-1, needed that race and should be ready to stretchout.
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