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Jul 27, 2012

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)

SOUPA MAN: Four year old gelding has some sharp early speed, had to battle again through some very solid fractions last out but tired to finish fourth at 7-1, can be very tough if he can clear off early on, tab.

FABULOUS FRANCES: Was off for over a year heading into her last race, she came out of the gate running, took over a clear lead past a half mile and stayed on well for second, has the backclass to call on and should be respected off that effort.

LUCY’S FINALE: Stretched back out to a two turn mile last out, made a move to get into contention at the top of the lane but flattened out late checking in fourth just about a half-length off the place spot, is better as a one run sprinter.

LAWDY ME: Was back on her preferred surface last out (turf), made the lead after the quarter mile mark and stayed on well through the lane to finish third at 11-1; fits with $25k optional claimers.

NOAH’S EXPENSE: Was off since February and shipped up from Tampa Bay for her last effort, was outrun a bit behind solid early fractions for this class and closed some ground in the lane to finish third, fits nicely with NW3L claimers, tab.

BEST BET: ZWIEBACK: Ran a much improved race last out checking in fourth at 45-1 but was only beaten about a half-length for the whole thing, improving two year old is sitting on a big one at a solid price.

LONGSHOT: SENOR LOUIE: Finished third two back in his first start off the claim and then followed that up with another solid third place finish against starter allowance foes, has shown flashes in the past and can pop at a nice price with similar.

 

 

WOODBINE

ARGENTINE TALISMAN: Four year old gelding took a big drop off the $50k claim two back to race against $12.5k claimers but came up short finishing second to the wire to wire winning favorite by three lengths, that was his first start since January, was claimed again and handles the turf as well, follow.

R LITTLE SWEETHEART: Took some money for her debut going off at 8-1 off a 20-1 morning line, set the pace right from the start before tiring some late to finish fourth, should have gained plenty from that race and must be respected next out.

ARIEL’S BAY: Took a drop into a NW2L $20k claimer last out and moved into a new barn, took back from her rail spot, raced in 8th early on but did close nicely to finish third at 20-1, respect this runner versus similar.

CRYPTOCRAFT: Sent off at 18-1 for his debut, broke outward, then settled in midpack, made a move to get into contention as they approached the top of the lane and stayed on well for a good fourth, will be very tough right back at a square mutuel.

LOVE ME OR NOT: Moved to the turf last out, show improved speed getting pressed throughout while setting solid fractions into the lane but tired late to finish fourth, follow right back on either surface.

BEST BET: IS IT COOL: Three year old filly tried the turf for the first time last out, chased the pace while racing wide from post 11, was in second into the lane but couldn’t go with the leaders tiring late to finish fifth at 19-1, should improve second time turf at a solid price.

LONGSHOT: WHO BY FIRE: Four year old gelding was on the chase right from the start, was in third heading into the lane but couldn’t get to the runaway leader and just missed second by a head at 40-1, tab with NW2L $12.5k claimers.



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