May 25, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
SUMMER SHARE: Six year old gelding was claimed back by the trainer that he did the majority of damage with, basically trailed the field of six throughout most recently over a muddy track and can offer value back on a fast track against slightly lesser.
SLAMBO: Very rarely do you see a six year old first time starter but this is just what this gelding was, sent off at 7-1 for his debut, he moved to challenge the leaders past the half but couldn’t go on with it tiring to finish fifth, is in the right class and should be given another shot with that race under his belt.
STREET BALLAD: $250,000 yearling purchase by Street Cry was sent off at 13-1 in his debut which came over the dirt in an off the turf race, trailed the field early on behind solid splits and passed a few horses in the drive to finish seventh, should be better with that race under his belt and a move to the turf.
GLAD IT’S MAY: Had a spotty worktab that was published in the racing form, was sent off at 5-2 in a $50k maiden claimer that came off the turf, made a move to challenge the leaders on the final turn but tired some late to finish fourth, look for much improvement second time out.
SASTA GO LUCKY: Was bumped hard at the start last out, raced near the back of the pack for most of the race but then closed good ground through the lane to finish third, was claimed by sharp barn will be very tough right back.
MR. PRANKSTER: Had run well in the past over the dirt and synthetics and was trying the turf for the first time last out, he ran hard right from the start in the Tiller Stakes, setting a pressured pace and stayed on well for a close-up third in a solid final time of 1:20:3 for seven furlongs.
GLORIOUS VIEW: Three year old filly came out of the gate running last out for her career debut, she set some very solid fractions but couldn’t finish it off checking in fifth at 22-1; got some needed experience and a move to the turf can be in order.
JET TO CLASSICS: Five year old gelding was returning from an October layoff last out, came out running for the lead chasing the sharp early pace before tiring some late to finish fifth at 12-1; should be ready for a solid effort right back.
NATIVE WAVE: Three year old ran on well to finish a close-up fourth last out when trying the turf for the first time last out at 24-1; hails from the powerful Anthony Dutrow barn and should improve further second time over the lawn.
SCHILLERETTE: Returned from a December layoff last out making her first try for the Rudy Rodriguez barn, was bumped at the start and then was outrun racing behind a sharp early pace before finishing up well to check in fourth at 10-1, like her chances off that effort right back.
BEST BET: BUNHEAD: Three year old filly ran well in her career debut closing to finish fifth beaten just four lengths, showed much improved speed last out setting some solid fractions to the top of the lane before tiring to finish sixth at 5-1; all set now.
LONGSHOT: STORIESINTHEDARK: Hinted at some improvement two back when checking in seventh beaten 6 lengths, got away in fourth last out when sent off at 84-1 against NW2L $20k claimers over the turf, moved to get into second at the top of the lane and held well for third, respect at long odds with similar.
THEDAMAGEISDONE: Six year old mare was making her first start since February last out, was outrun early on behind a 46 flat half mile and couldn’t make-up ground late as the pace was heating up, should have gained plenty from that race and must be followed back at a price.
BEALE STREET BELLE: Three year old filly was bet down to 2-1 for her career debut, got away in seventh early on but never had much of a rally checking in fifth late, well bred runner should improve off that effort and the more ground the better.
FIRST ACQUITAL: Has been off form for a while now and was returning from an October layoff last out when trying the turf for the second time, was outrun early on behind some very swift splits, started to move on the final turn and finished up well for third at 59-1 behind the two favorites; the price will be right, tab.
ROCKPORT PICTURE: Has a few layoff lines in her short 9-race career, made an improved run last out to finish third at 16-1, a move to the turf may be the answer for barn that knows how to get the job done.
QUICK SAND MISS: Four year old filly made her debut against Jersey bred maiden special weights last out off of two published works in the racing form, chased the pace early on but tired to finish seventh and 18-1; improves off that effort and the value is there.
BEST BET: JOEY TOMATO: Made his first start off a November layoff two back, showed early speed in that race before tiring to finish seventh beaten 5 ½ lengths, got away in good order over the turf last out, dropped back a bit when coming wide into the lane and finished well for third at 22-1; fits with similar right back.
LONGSHOT: PAULSBOURBONBABY: Four year old had her second start back off a November layoff last out and ran on for an even fifth at 45-1, is better around two turns and should have the bottom to stretchout now, tab.
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