Aug 10, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ZIPCO: Shipped in from Fort Erie for his last start off a closing sprint victory, came out running last out from the start, battled head to head for the lead through a solid half mile but couldn’t hold on late just getting nailed at 20-1, fits at this level.
A C. ACQUALINA: Sent off at 24-1 in her debut, showed some early speed, dropped back a bit but then ran on well through the lane to finish third behind the favorite, offers value right back, stay close.
SAVANADANA: Three year old filly raced off the pace early on behind moderate splits, made a good move to get into second but couldn’t continue on tiring late to finish fifth at 14-1; sharp runner can produce a big price right back.
MERCENARY: Was outrun early on behind some very solid early fractions, moved to get into third at the top of the lane and inched a bit closer as the pace was slowing down checking in a close-up third at 16-1; follow this two year old right back off that solid debut.
BIBI’S DOLL: Made her second try over the turf last out and ran on well through the lane to finish a good second to the 2-5 favorite while going off at 22-1; has been in decent form of late and fits over the turf.
BEST BET: OH CANADA: Has some backclass to call on, added blinkers and dropped back down in class keying an easy victory by more than three lengths, follow this one right back up the claiming ladder, tab.
LONGSHOT: STRANGRTHANFICTION: Was off since May heading into his last start, turned back in distance and moved back to the turf, chased the sharp pace, took over from that rival but tired to finish fourth at 26-1; six year old gelding must be respected at a price on either surface right back.
OUR NINO: Was right up on the lead from the start last out, took over the lead briefly but then was overhauled by the 1-2 favorite but dug in gamely through the lane to finish second at 34-1, fits with NW2L $5k claimers.
JUBILEEBRA: Took some money for her debut going off at 3-1, saved ground right from the start, and gained some ground late to finish an even fourth, Jersey bred should moved forward off that effort and turf may be in her future.
SCALLION: Has the backclass to call on, dropped into a $10k claimer last out, was off to a very slow start, began to move on the final turn and closed to finish third at 6-1; fits at this level and will be very tough to beat with a clean start.
HOTNSLICK: Put in a huge effort two back scoring by more than 16 lengths when stretched back out in distance, came back in less than two weeks last out and didn’t do much running tiring to finish fifth at 8-1; handles sprints and should be given another look with NW2X statebred allowance foes.
I’M BOUNDTOSCORE: Like this two year old by Even The Score, looked good in his turf debut closing very well through the lane to score two back but didn’t get the best of rides last out when finishing a solid second, like his chances if he sticks around.
SILENT APPEAL: Showed good speed last out leading the way for more than a half mile through a 47:1 split before tiring to finish fifth and last behind a very interesting prospect, needs some class relief and can offer value right back.
BEST BET: WE ARE DUE: Was bumped at the start getting away in fifth early on, started to move on the final turn while racing wide and ran down the leaders when it counted to score going away, has some backclass to call on and can repeat right back with similar.
LONGSHOT: DELPHINUS: Was sent off at 6-1 for her debut which came over the turf for the Jane Cibelli barn, pressed the pace early on behind moderate splits but tired badly in the lane to finish ninth and last, needed that race and must be given another shot for sharp barn, on either surface.
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