Apr 27, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
EZZY: Six year old was making his first start off the reclaim by Rudy Rodriguez, broke from the inside last out, was sent right to the lead and never looked back scoring by five lengths over a sloppy track, has some backclass to call on and can move up the ladder, tab.
SIMPLY STUNNING: Took some early money in the doubles and on the board but was sent off at 12-1 in her debut over a sloppy track but didn’t do much running checking in 8th, hails from the Gary Gullo barn and should improve off that effort.
GOOD KARMA: Was making his first start for the Sandino Hernandez barn last out, was outrun early on behind some decent splits over a sloppy surface, made a big move on the turn to get into contention checked in third late, hard hitting sort is one to follow at Belmont.
JACKIN MY STYLE: His two turf races weren’t bad and his most recent fourth place finish in an off the turf event wasn’t bad and follow this runner at a price back on the lawn.
IRISH MOON: Took plenty of money on the board last out in his debut but after breaking from post 10 he didn’t do much running checking in ninth as the 2-1 favorite, should improve off that race and turf is also an option, tab.
TERM LOAN: Went from a maiden win to face off against Grade II company in the Jerome Stakes last out, broke well but then was very rank and the rider took a strong hold probably giving up all chance as he tired to finish sixth and last, needs a better ride and turf is an option.
MONASTIR: Didn’t get much of a pace to run into last out when making his first start off the claim by the Jason Servis barn, came with a big run into the lane but couldn’t get to the leader and was nosed late for second, should be all set now.
NEVER RIGHT JOEY: Was outrun early on behind a solid early pace, started to move on the final turn but could only manage fourth in a solid final time of 1:10:1; with further improvement next out.
DECORATED COURT: I know we have said it before but this horse has been in over her head and her most recent fourth place effort at 94-1 against a solid statebred optional claiming field was solid, needs a drop into basement claimers.
SYLVESTRIS: Got a nice trip in her second start back off the layoff and moving back to the turf last out but didn’t have any punch when it counted, liked her form overseas and we will give her one more shot next out, tab.
STARFORADAY: Usually a deep closer showed much improved speed last out before tiring to finish 8th and last as the other two speedsters tired as well, look for a move back to his closing tactics, follow right back.
BEST BET: ETERNAL RULER: Looked good splitting horses two back to get up for the win at Gulfstream, shipped in here for his last start but was up against it trying to close into moderate splits over the turf, a move back to Belmont should do the trick.
LONGSHOT: MR. COWBOY: Took some early money last out after making his second start over the turf, got a nice spot into the backstretch but then bounced off the rail and lost his rider, off a line like that should offer value again right back, follow at a price.
INNISFREE: State bred runner ran well in spots here last year and definitely fits with statebreds, follow this one to the windows at a price.
KNOCKOUT PUNCH KID: Speedy jersey bred is very dangerous every time to take the field wire to wire; follow right back.
SHE’S AMBITIOUS: Five year old New Jersey bred mare turned her form around a little bit this winter, offers big time value in the statebred races, respect at a big price.
SILENT SPIN: Has been in good form of late but didn’t run well when running here last year, in sharp barn and her tactical speed should do her well.
SLAMMIN’ SLEW: Broke his maiden here last year and may have been over his head since then, there is some turf in the pedigree as well, tab.
SPIRIT OF COCHISE: Hard hitting seven year old gelding has the backclass to call on and does have tactical speed if needed which should suit him well over this track, be there.
BEST BET: NAUGHTY AND BOLD: Six year old gelding ran very well but didn’t win when last seen over this oval, will be very tough with a pace up front, solid.
LONGSHOT: MRS. DON: Five year old New Jersey bred mare finally broke her maiden back here in October with a solid late run, fits with restricted lower level claimers and the price will be right.
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