Sep 07, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)
ONEFORTHERECORD: Shipped in from Monmouth, took a drop in claiming price and tried a sloppy track for the first time, raced wide throughout and checked in an even fourth late at 5-1; give this one another shot back over a dry strip, tab.
SARAH’S KITTEN: Four year old filly was claimed back in June out of an $8k NW2L claimer, was given some time, returned against starter allowance company, pressed the pace over the sloppy track and tired some late to finish third; should be all set next out for solid barn.
NOCTIVAGANT: Was coming off a huge maiden win at Penn National against $18k maiden claimers, broke from the rail over a very sloppy track and never really got going in her first try versus winners, give her another shot over a dry track for sharp barn.
SHOOBIE: Two year old made her debut against $40k maiden claimers last out, dropped back early on racing in sixth but did close well to finish third at 11-1, barn doesn’t fair that well with their first time starters so look for improvement next out.
BULL H: Was forced to chase early on over a sloppy track last out, couldn’t go with the leaders on the turn and tired in the drive to finish fifth, that was his first start in over eight months and should improve off that return.
BEST BET: MUTINY: Five year old gelding was a big winner two back, turned back in distance last out, came out running for the lead and set a solid pace into the lane but tired late to finish third at 7-1; sharp runner will be very tough right back.
LONGSHOT: HIT THE BULLS EYE: Had an odd breeding and was making his career debut as a four year old first time starter, chased the sharp early pace last out at 24-1, couldn’t go with the leaders and tired in the lane to finish seventh against $10k maiden claimers, should improve off that effort and the value is there.
ROSEVILLE: Tried the turf for the first time last out, was outrun behind some solid early fractions, made a wide move on the turn to get into contention but could only manage fifth, should improve off that effort and give him another shot over the turf.
PHILZANA: Two year old filly made her debut in a $200k stakes race, broke from post 10, moved from fifth to get into second chasing the odds-on choice but tired in the lane to finish fourth, just about a length off the place spot while going off at 55-1, will be very tough right back with maidens.
BAGANARA: Four year old filly got away in fifth last out, raced in that spot behind some very slow fractions and checked in an even fifth just a few lengths off the winner despite the fact that the race was dominated by the speed, could be very tough with some pace up front.
ROYAL GREATNESS: Was claimed back in June, was given a few months off and moved back to the turf where he basically trailed throughout, is now 0 for 3 over the turf and 2 for 2 over synthetics, follow with a move back to the polytrack.
SPEETHA: Five year old mare tried different tactics last out, she raced off the pace, was hustled four to five wide and then finished well in the drive to get up for third behind the wire to wire winner; give her another shot right back.
BEST BET: SNIPER: Three year old gelding ran his record to 3 for 6, got away in sixth early on, angled out in the stretch and finished up well to score by a half-length at 7-1 against NW3L allowance foes, improving sort should be followed back versus better off solid win.
LONGSHOT: SEPTEMBER SQUARE: Seven year old gelding shipped back in from Fort Erie, moved up to face $25k starter allowance foes, was up close to the pace going 1 and 3/8ths miles and finished well for fourth just about a half-length off the place spot at 27-1; price play right back with similar.
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