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Apr 23, 2004

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


CHURCHILL DOWNS

ADVENTURE: Broke her maiden at 7-1 going 1 and 1/8th miles and this well bred filly may excel with

a switch to the turf.

BOGANGLES: Was bumped at the start, tracked in fourth behind a quick pace, made a wide move on the turn

but had no late kick; tab with lesser.

CATCH MY CAT: Was never too far off a quick early pace and then swept wide to take over and score by three lengths.

Fits nicely with straight three year olds.

DARBY’S CHARM: Made the lead from an outside post and held that advantage into the stretch before getting rundown

late to finish second at 24-1. Can lead a long way at Churchill Downs.

ERHU: Showed good early speed, took on the favorite when the challenge came but had to settle for the place spot; graduation

day looms.

HEROIC DEED: Ran well in first try on the turf just missing by a neck and should be right there next out over the weeds.

LIFE SAYVER: Was a well beaten fourth last out against $15k claimers and was claimed by the potent Thomas Amoss barn.

Look for a much improved effort next out.

PARTY QUEEN: Closed well from far back to just miss by a neck and a nose and should find the Churchill Downs course to

her liking.

PISCES: Ran well to finish third last out behind the two favorites in a solid field of turfers, follow closely.

VALIANT STYLE: Closed well to finish third behind the top two choices in the race and can call on backclass to score with

$10k claimers.

 

4STARSPECIAL: SKIP POKER: Closed well in the lane to finish within two lengths of the winner but had to come from

well out of it while racing very wide; try again.

LONGSHOT: SENOR AMIGO: Looked like he was going to have a solid career after his first two starts but has tailed off of

late. Look for a turnback in distance and a much better performance.

 

HOLLYWOOD PARK

ARCHIE’S DREAM: Was the only horse in his race to rally from off the pace, getting up for third while just a neck out of

second. Ready to graduate.

BATTLE RED: Popped and stopped and finished third in return from an eight-month layoff. Should wire maiden claimers if

able to benefit from that return effort.

BELEIVE A CAPER: Needed a race after a six-month layoff and ended up fading in the stretch on 4/14. Fits vs. maiden

claimers.

BLUE CAY: Broke slowly and had too much ground to make up from the back of the pack in a 5 1/2-furlong race. Still finished

just a nose out of third.

BRIGADIER JONES: Broke through the gate before the start on 4/16, and then sprinted up to battle for the lead with a

4-5 favorite in first start off a layoff. Better luck next time.

DUBAI DOLLY: Broke sideways and veered into rivals at the start to lose all chance on 4/18. Don’t ignore back against

maiden claimers.

FIRST CLASS TRIP: Stumbled badly at the start and lost his best chance on 4/18. Can win with a clean break off the

claim by Aguirre.

GRINDING IT OUT: Bobbled and broke slowly and then rushed up toward the pace set by a wire-to-wire winning 3-5 favorite.

Worth another shot.

JUSTWHATINEEDED: Needed to chase the front-runners after getting off to a slow start and running into some traffic from

off the pace in 4/16. Can improve with a good trip in second race off the layoff.

MINISTER BLAIR: Broke slowly and lost ground while wide around both turns before finishing fourth as a result on 4/16.

Can rebound.

SUTTER STREET: Drew the deadly far outside 11 post in a mile turf event and could never get into the race after going

wide on the first turn. Deserves another look.

T.H. APPROVAL: Outran 15-1 odds for third, and would have been second if he didn’t need to check sharply in traffic in

mid-stretch. Should graduate on the lawn at Hollywood.

TAMWEEL: Got hooked in a four-length-gap duel for the lead and held on for third after her early challenger faded to last

in a mile turf race 4/14. Try again.

TEST THE WATERS: Had a troubled trip but still finished mid-pack in return from a two-year layoff. Too early to give

up hope.

TOP SPINNER: Was too far back off a slow pace and then got boxed-in in the stretch and couldn’t hit the board. Don’t

overlook in next.

TYVARA: Ran seventh at 54-1 odds, but lost the race by just 4 1/2 lengths and had a bad trip. Not the craziest longshot

at huge odds.

 

4STARSPECIAL: DAMAR WAYNE: Showed good interest both early and late but settled for fourth after some traffic trouble

on the turn cost him the race. Can make amends.

LONGSHOT: KRISMAS: Outran 69-1 odds for fourth, beaten just one length in return from a long layoff. Prepped and ready, and

hopefully still flying under the radar next time.

 



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