Aug 03, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
HANNIBAL LECTER: Has been in tough in his two return starts, one in a stakes race against a solid field and the other trying the turf for the first time, was in contention but faded in the drive, give this one a chance against NW1X allowance company right back.
ZAZZ: Took a bit of action for her debut, moved on the turn to get into contention but didn’t have anything left for the drive tiring to finish seventh and last, well bred runner should have gotten needed experience and a move to the turf should be in order, be there.
BARREL OF LOVE: Is better sprinting on the turf but did stretch out last time, pressed the pace, took over into the lane and stayed on relatively well to finish a close-up fifth at 9-1; sharp runner can score at the mile right back, tab.
TWO MOONS: Set a ridiculous pace last out when moving up in class last out, lasted for about a half mile but tired to finish seventh and last, needs a drop in class and should be followed right back.
STORMY ACRE: Three year old gelding took some early money for his debut, drifted up to 12-1, had no early speed, came two to three wide into the lane and finished a decent fourth in a solid field of $35k maiden claimers, should improve for Rudy Rodriguez barn.
FEDERATION: Got one of those trips that everyone saw last out, hopelessy checked and blocked for the better part of the race and still only missed by a half-length checking in fourth, might move up in class next out to face stakes runners and should be followed with any kind.
TYCOON CAT: Moved back to the dirt last out and moved up to face a tough NW1X statebred allowance field, checking in a well beaten fifth, a turnback in distance and a drop in class on any surface is in order.
THINGAMAJIGGER: Raced evenly throughout to finish fourth over a muddy track in his debut at 10-1; two year old colt by Holy Bull has turf on the dam’s side as well and should be all set to go now.
CAT FERRAD: Speedy five year old mare came out running last out, set some solid early fractions and held on well late to score by a half-length in 1:10:2; taken to repeat in current form.
SCORCHER: Moved into the Juan Carlos Guerrero barn for the first time last out, made his first start since June 21st, got away in seventh early on and closed very well to get up for second missing by just a half-length.
IN HER HEY DAY: It’s amazing that this four year old filly still hasn’t gotten a win over the turf in 11 tries with some very solid efforts, her most recent try against a solid restricted $20k claimer when she checked in fourth at 42-1; she is a must use in all exotics next out.
BEST BET: GIANT SLEEP: Six year old mare made her career debut back in early July, closed well to get up for the win in a solid final 1/8th that went in under 12 seconds, came out running for the lead against winners last out, set a solid pace throughout and never looked back; follow right back even with the bump in class right back off the claim.
LONGSHOT: MOONLIGHT SONG: Not sure what this well bred five year old gelding is, started out his career going long on the dirt, winning both starts going two turns, has turned back in distance two run twice at a mile and once at 6f and once at 6 1/2 , maybe a move back to two turns does the trick, tab.
VISION OF NOAH: Broke in sixth last out, raced wide down the backside, around the turn and into the lane but couldn’t pick up the leaders late checking in fifth about 2 ½ lengths off the winner, stay close.
CALL FIRST: Ran well in his turf debut to get up for the win at the win in the middle of July, followed that up against better with a strong closing second despite racing wide, like this four year old gelding moving forward, tab.
UNCLE GARE: Two year old colt didn’t take much money for his debut last out going off at 18-1, was bumped at the start, raced in midpack and checked in fifth late, respect this runner moving forward and turf may be an option.
SHIPWRECKSTREASURE: Moved up in class off a huge win versus $7.5k claimers, chased a very sharp pace last out from the outside but tired to finish sixth, is better on a clear lead and turf is also an option.
MOMMA’S HAPPY: Was making just his second start off the Juan Serey claim last out, stalked the early leaders from fourth, made a quick move to take over the lead past the ¾ mark but tired when it counted to finish third at 5-1, losing by just a half-length.
VICTOR’S BOY: Showed some promise in the past but is in against NW2L $7.5k claimers now, made a wide move on the turn most recently to get into contention but could only manage fourth behind moderate early fractions, respect this runner right back especially in a race with some early speed.
BEST BET: MASTER ACHIEVEMENT: Doesn’t have a bad record on the turf with two wins and a third from five starts but was sent off at 21-1 last out, chased the sharp early leader, moved to the front but couldn’t finish it off getting that aforementioned third place finish last out, should be all set now.
LONGSHOT: BE MY CANDY: Had a very tough task last out breaking from post 12, chased the pace while racing three wide but didn’t do much running after that checking in ninth at 37-1; looks like she might be better over the turf and may offer some value right back.
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