Dec 21, 2012
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BAD DEBT: All this 5-year-old does is hit the board every time he sets foot on the track. Take a closer look; impossible to knock.
BROOMSAGE: Showed no speed in her unveiling while racing toward the back for most of the way before rallying to a promising fourth-place finish at 37-1. One to keep an eye on from the Matz barn.
INDYGO FASHION: Didn’t run a step in her Keeneland debut, but has taken a nice step forward in her last two, including a recent third when switched to the lawn. Playable on turf or dirt.
LA TORERA: Began to tail off a bit in October, but certainly has some back form that’s good enough to get it done at $10k. Include if the price is right.
LONG LEGGED GIRL: Toss her one try on grass and her overall form is pretty solid. Good luck seeing 26-1 on this filly again.
NAVY SEAL BRUCE: Very quietly threatening to run a big one since returning from the bench, including a recent fifth at 78-1. Ignore at your own risk.
POSH SOX: Canadian invader didn’t seem to care for the dirt one bit in her local unveiling. Deserves another chance when back on grass.
PUSHTHEBUTTONMAX: Was sky high on this son of Friends Lake following his Churchill maiden win, but he just didn’t sit the right trip when stretched to a mile as the heavy chalk in local debut. Gets a chance to redeem himself when turned back to a sprint.
RHYTHM QUEEN: Took money in a salty Gulfstream optional claimer, but never got going after racing toward the back through glacial fractions. Calder wins were solid enough to give another chance.
SHOCK LEADER: Forced to close into slow fractions after getting shuffled back at the start, and still ran decent to report home fourth. Bernstein colt has potential on the weeds for Timmy Hills.
STANDUP PADDLE: A much-improved second-place finish when stretched to a mile off a well-beaten fifth going six furlongs in his Belmont unveiling. Onward and upward.
VALID DISTINCTION: Hard-knocking filly got back on track with a solid third at 47-1 in her first try over the Gulfstream main strip. Don’t sleep on her; live over either surface.
BEST BET: MY DADDY’S DOLLARS: Love this son of Gottcha Gold’s early lick, and he certainly came back from the September freshening ready to run, staying on for second. Very dangerous at current level.
LONGSHOT: MAGICPAGE: Overall record is horrible, but she’s been facing much tougher in her last two. Can light up the tote board on either surface with proper drop.
ALOHA MR. HAND: A little time on the bench has helped this guy a ton. Finally broke through with a maiden win at 15th asking, then came within a neck of making it two straight. Firing on all cylinders; ignore the record.
DO WHAT U DARE: Rallied to finish a close third at 11-1, then ran into some traffic troubles in latest. More than capable of delivering at the current level.
ELAINA’S PAPOU: Stretch to a mile really brought out the best in this filly with a solid runner-up effort at 11-1. Appears to have finally turned the corner.
FINISH RICH IN NYC: Gotham City mare is a bit camera shy, but always seems to run her race in defeat. A must-use for the gimmicks.
GIANNONATTI: Showed good speed in her unveiling, dueling through a half mile in :45.82, before tiring to finish third. Should move forward with that one under her belt.
JUMPIN JANET: Lit up the tote board at 27-1 in August, and has been rounding into form nicely since the break. Looking good following second-place finish at 20-1.
LOVE MOBILE: She’s better on grass, so you have to excuse her last two tries in those off-the-turfers. Makes up for back-to-back fourth-place finishes in a hurry if the rain stays away.
MACHA: Daughter of Majestic Warrior looked like the goods in her unveiling, running away with a 5 ½-length tally for Team Hollendorfer. Primed for stakes company.
MASSONE: Doesn’t like to win, but has more than enough back class to do some damage here. Playable over either surface.
MIND THE LADIES: Followed a close third at 22-1 with a repeat performance at 6-1 versus similar. Ready to get his picture taken.
MONET: Two strong efforts since dropping to $8k following a break, including a good second at 12-1. Ready to graduate.
PEACHY GIRL: Starting to come around with racing experience, finishing within a couple of lengths at 76-1, then placing third at 10-1. Tab versus cheap maiden claimers.
BEST BET: SWEET TESS: Took money at 2-1 in her unveiling and overcame a tardy break to complete the trifecta going a mile. Exits the maiden ranks shortly.
LONGSHOT: AMERICAN ARISTOCAT: Has outrun his odds in two out of his last three tries, including a third-place finish at 14-1 in October. Don’t ignore.
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