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May 14, 2004

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


 

EMERALD DOWNS

Bigger Wagner: Gelding with route breeding has had his sprint debut; looked good making up ground the

final 3/16ths on a wet-fast track.

Bub: Ran well in his come-back sprint and needs another allowance prep before he attacks

stakes competition.

Papas Pistol: Came from way back in the slop to finish second on a front-runner’s day. An off track is a plus as

is more distance.

Polo Bender: 3-year-old debuter handled slop well despite his large size. Believe he’ll go much better with more

distance on a fast track.

Pretty French Girl: In her second start ever, this 3-year-old filly ran a bang-up second to a more experienced

odds-on horse. Fits best for $25,000-C.

Sheza Silver Spoon: Well-regarded, MSW filly couldn’t handle a wet-fast track. Needs a dry track and 6 or 6 1/2-F.

Sister Adiba: Looks to rounding into her 2002 EmD form when 4 of her 7 EmD wins came then. Can handle any distance

from 6-F to 1 1/16th.

Stotz: Came running late after a 2-month layoff and a track switch. Stretch-running sprinter is best at 6 1/2-F.

Translation: 3-year-old maiden ran big in sprint debut. Daughter of Demons Begone is better suited for routing. Believe

she’s a good one.

Zany Baby: Rarely wins, but this deep closer usually gets up for part. Is eligible for n/w-year sprints.

 

4STARSPECIAL: Thee Icon: 2-year-old debuter broke awkardly from PP-7 at 4 1/2-F. Was rushed into contention

while very wide, tired late; like him right back under the same conditions.

LONGSHOT: Ashford Silver: Deep closer was allowed to get too far behind. He was left with too much to do down the

lane. Look for a rider change.

 

 

LONE STAR

BOURBON N COKE: Sped clear early and stayed on gamely to finish a close fourth when stretched to turf route for

latest; holding solid form.

FAR SIDE: Now has two races under his saddle since return from October-layoff, and can improve upon conditioning

gained in latest turf route.

FLEET DEPUTY: Tried turf for the first time in latest, and while he never mounted a threat, he is likely to improve as a

result of conditioning gained; has raw talent.

HEMMINGSWAY: Has not had much racing luck of late, including latest start in which he took turn four-wide from post 13; strong

late mover needs a break.

INNOCENT GENT: Showed nothing in latest, but is clearly better than effort suggests; trainer Norman works out the kinks off

$10K-claim.

ITALIAN RIVIERA: Dueled and stayed on to finish fifth, beaten only two lengths, in first attempt versus winners in latest; can

only improve.

MOVING FEVER: Made it two straight wins in latest, and has now won seven of 16 lifetime starts; claimed by Asmussen from

latest, she’s worth following up class ladder.

OPEN PROMISE: Can flat-out fly early and has won 10 of 30 lifetime starts; Norman trainee has failed as favorite in each of

her last two starts; atones.

THE BUTCHER: Has not been up to his best in his last two starts since tried over this course; adjusts in due time for winning

Trez barn.

WISHINGITWAS: Figures primed for big spring/summer season based upon pair of third-place finishes since return from

January-layoff; stay close.

 

4STARSPECIAL: KARATE: Battled on pace in crowded lot (14-horse field) and stayed on to finish a close fifth in hot

maiden sprint; clear shake is all it takes for colt from winning Norman barn.

LONGSHOT: RARE SWEETHEART: Chased and stayed on evenly in the lane when fifth in latest – an impressive try considering

4YO had not raced since March ’03 debut; gets there on fly next time.



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