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Dec 14, 2012

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


AQUEDUCT

GUYANA STAR DWEEJ: Ran well over the inner track earlier this year and was up against it last out in the slop in a small stakes last out, give this one a look right back over a fast track.

MAH JONG MADNESS: Broke from the rail last out and got away in seventh over a sloppy/sealed track, came very wide into the lane with her run but couldn’t get to the leaders checking in fifth, don’t dismiss this runner right back off that effort.

SMOKIN HERO: Broke running from the outside post 8 most recently, set a good pace in the slop going one mile but couldn’t go with the leaders when it counted tiring to finish third, is a better sprinter and must be followed right back off the claim.

RESERVED QUALITY: Was outrun some early on behind decent splits, started to move on the far turn but was caught very wide into the lane before closing strongly in the lane to get up for second, must respect this runner right back off that effort.

TAPROOT: Was in good form heading into his last race, his first try over the sloppy track, chased the early pace but gave it up on the turn tiring to finish sixth and last, was claimed by the Jamie Ness barn and would like to see him back on a fast track, tab.

SELF DESTRUCT: Was inside saving ground last out, moved out into the lane and ran down the leader over a sloppy/sealed track most recently, that was his second career win and both came over wet tracks, follow this one going forward over a wet surface.

GRAZIE MILLE: Was sent off at 6-1 in her debut last out, was outrun early on behind decent splits involving a three way duel, came wide into the lane and ran on well for second to the favorite, like her chances right back if she stays in town, follow.

ELNAAWI: Two year old colt was sent off at 5-1 for his debut, well-bred runner, who is a half-brother to TO HONOR AND SERVE, was outrun early on over a sloppy/sealed track but did do some running late to get up for third about 8 lengths off the winner, should improve a ton off that effort, follow.

LITTLE GABBY GIRL: Was off a bit slow in her career debut when sent 33-1, raced near the back of the pack early on before closing some ground late to finish seventh at 33-1; New York bred would appreciate a stretchout in distance, tab.

LOST DECADE: Was ridden a little indecisively last out from the rail and then found some trouble in the lane to finish a close-up fifth at 3-1; fits with these $15k claimers right back, follow.

SOVEREIGN DEFAULT: Was in for $50k last out when making his first start since July 5th, chased the early pace last out from third behind solid fractions, was still in reasonable contention until the top of the lane but tired in the drive to finish seventh at 7-1; give him another shot right back off that effort.

BEST BET: REACHING OUT: Got the job done in his career debut when he was sent off at 1-5 but the time was nothing special and he was sent off at 9-1 trying stakes company last out showing some speed before tiring to finish sixth, look for this one stretching out to two turns, tab.

LONGSHOT: PERCUSSION: Has been a horse that has mostly competed in sprint races but did put in a nice effort last out at 24-1 when closing along the inside part of the track to just miss by about a neck, going a two turn mile in  a sharp time at 24-1; must respect this runner next out at a square mutuel.

 

  

 

 

FAIR GROUNDS

BRITE DESIRE: Is now 0 for 3 over this track but is facing off against basement claimers and can catch a field that he can take wire to wire, most recent effort where he battled head to head early on but tired to finish fifth at 8-1; tab.

NO SUPRISES: Was off over a year last out, dropping from New York state bred maiden special weight company on the dirt into a $25k maiden claimer on the turf, didn’t break well and dropped back to last while being ridden along checking in ninth and last, follow back off that race back on the dirt.

JILLIANDOLLARBABY: Two year old filly dropped into a maiden claimer and tried the turf for the first time, stalked the leaders from third over a yielding course and hung on well for the show spot at 61-1; follow right back with similar.

UNITAS: Tried the Louisiana Sprint race on Champions day, came out running last out chasing the sharp early pace, was still there past the half mile mark but tired to finish last of seven, can find a race here that suits him, follow.

NUBIN RIDGE: Two year old gelding has shown that he knows how to win in his short career with two wins from five starts and his most recent effort wasn’t bad checking in fifth in the Louisiana Juvenile on Champions day, must respect this runner right back for good barn.

BEST BET: MISCHIEVOUS MAMA: Two year old filly had the unenviable task of breaking from the rail in her career debut last out, broke just a half step slow, moved up while along the inside to get into contention and then stayed on well for a good third at 9-1 beaten about 10 lengths, all set now and will be very tough right back.

LONGSHOT: ITSY BITSY WALK: Two year old colt didn’t take any money for his career debut against $12.5k maiden claimers going off at 62-1 but after being outrun early on he closed to finish third, just missing the place spot by a nose, stay close right back at a price.



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