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Sep 14, 2012

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)

COULDASHUDDAWOODA: Took a drop into a NW2L $25k claimer last out, showed good speed from that inside rail post, was still there at the top of the lane but tired to finish a well beaten third, will be tough with similar right back.

GULF OF ADEN: Closed well to finish second last out just a half-length off the winner over the turf last out, has shown that he can handle the main track as well, follow on either surface right back.

CONJOB: Closed well in the stretch to finish second to the runaway winner when shipping in from Woodbine last out and trying conventional dirt for the first time, should get a win here before long.

OUR BELLINI BIKINI: Five year old mare has two wins and two seconds from her last four tries, battled on the lead a bit early on but took over into the lane and drew away for an easy score, was claimed out of that race and can continue that winning streak versus better.

ANEARFUL: Five year old mare got away near the back of the pack, made a big wide move to take over a clear lead into the lane but just got nailed late by a neck while more than 13 lengths clear of the show horse, sharp now.

BEST BET: JERSEY BROTHER: Was a good winner over this track three back, failed in a recent effort at Monmouth, came back here for his last start, trailed the field early on before coming with a very wide run to take over the lead before getting nailed on the wire by a nose in a tough beat, very tough if he stays here for his next start.

LONGSHOT: JONATHAN’S GIRL: Five year old mare improved big time in her second start back off a February layoff getting up to win by ¾’s of a length in a very game effort; loves this track and should be followed right back even with the bump in class.

 

BELMONT

SQUEAL: Well bred two year old filly got away in fifth in her debut going a mile, started to move on the turn and finished third about seven lengths off the winner; should improve off that race.

ACT ONE SCENE ONE: Three year old gelding took a drop into $25k maiden claimer that came off the turf, was sent right to the lead, set the sharp early fractions and was very game to the wire for the win, tab with NW2L winners right back.

JANE OF ALL TRADES: Made the lead early on while being pressured, opened up into the lane but couldn’t hold on late tiring to finish third easily outlasting all the speed over a course favoring closers.

BAB HOMBRE: Ran a decent fourth in his debut but followed that up with a well beaten fifth and last in his second start, a move to the turf may be in order now and the price should be right.

BRUJO DE OLLEROS: Shipped in from overseas and has made two starts since arriving in this country, finished an even fourth over the dirt two back, tried the turf last out and checked in a well beaten fourth, look for a move back to the dirt for his next start.

FROSTY BAY: Took plenty of money for her debut going off at 5-1, broke near the back of the pack early on while saving ground, was still near the back of the pack into the lane but didn’t make an impact checking in 8th, should improve off that effort and must be respected right back.

LADY GRACENOTE: Made her first start off the Jason Servis claim last out, was outrun behind some very solid early fractions, moved wide on the turn but could only check in an even third, look for more improvement next out.

BACKDOWN: May have been in a bit over his head last out and chased the sharp early pace to no avail as he tired to finish 8th and last, a slight drop gets this one back on track.

CANDY RAIDER: Got a decent pace to run at in his turf debut, came wide on the turn but couldn’t make up any ground through the lane checking in seventh at 7-1; a move back to the turf may be in order.

IVANHO: Showed more speed last out when stretched out to seven furlongs over the turf, was hung wide most of the way but couldn’t do better than fourth in a solid final time of 1:21:4; all set next out.

BEST BET: LAKE SUPERIOR: Was outrun some early on behind a solid half mile in 45:1, raced in midpack into the lane but could only manage a well beaten fifth late at 5-1; well-bred runner probably needed that race and should improve with more ground.

LONGSHOT: TATOO ME: Has been off form since March, returned from a two month layoff last out, got outrun early on behind solid fractions but put in a very strong run in the lane to finish a fast closing third galloping out well past the wire at 68-1; follow right back with similar.

 



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