Mar 22, 2013
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)
VALLEY NEWS: Hard hitting five year old mare came out running last out over a sloppy/sealed surface, took pressure on the lead through a half in 46:3, couldn’t go with the leaders in the lane and tired to finish fifth at 7-1.
NEBIKON: Was sent off at 7-2 last out over a sloppy track, got away near the back of the pack, and never really got going checking in a disappointing sixth, hard hitting four year old gelding should be followed back with a move back to a fast track.
CANDY TUNES: Speedy three year old filly usually has the lead early but doesn’t hold on in the lane, blasted clear last out, was clear into the lane but this time she dug in to hold on by a neck, is always a threat with straight three year old claimers with that sharp early foot.
BATTLE HARBOUR: Five year old gelding turned back in distance last out into a seven furlong race, was outrun early on in sixth, came with a wide run around the turn and finished well for third at 8-1; give him a look right back with similar.
ADELICATE MISS: Came out of the gate running last out, opened up into the lane and was clear in midstretch but that November layoff started to get to her as she tired to finish a close-up third, seven year old mare will be tough to beat right back.
BEST BET: NO VEGGIES: Got a big rider change last out but was up against it coming from seventh early on behind some very slow fractions but did well for third at 3-1 behind the two speed horses; all set next out in third start back off a September layoff.
LONGSHOT: MIAMI MAKO: Was outrun early on until the stretch, made a good move to get into second at the top of the lane but just didn’t go on with it checking in fourth late just about a half-length off the place spot at 27-1; tab.
BELL TOWER: Four year old gelding was claimed two back, made his first start for the new barn last out, moved up in class, was sent right to the lead, battled early on, started to open up into the lane and drew away to score by more than 10 lengths at 15-1; ready for better next out.
CIMMARON KID: Five year old gelding was making just his second start in a new barn, moved into contention last out over the turf but couldn’t get to the two favorites checking in third, respect right back on either surface.
EILEEN IS A SAINT: Was coming off a big win two back at 13-1; pressed the leader through solid splits and was still there into the lane but tired in the lane to finish fourth at 6-1; fits at this level and is a must use right back.
FACE YOUR FEAR: Five year old gelding was making his third start back off a year layoff, pressed the leader early on to the top of the lane, edged away in the drive and held on for the win, look for this runner right back versus better in current form.
MY LITTLE TWEETY: Three year old gelding tried the turf for the first time last out, showed good early speed, was right there into the lane but couldn’t go with the top two checking in third at 9-1; that was a good effort for the first turf run and first run around two turns, follow right back.
BEST BET: VIA PAVION: Four year old filly broke her maiden two back in a sharp time at odds-on, moved up to face NW2L allowance foes last out, came out running, battling through a sharp half mile in 44:1 but tired in the lane to finish fifth at 7-2; a drop into a NW2L claimer gets the job done.
LONGSHOT: DISTANT RAINBOW: Has been awful for a long time now, took blinkers off for his most recent start, came out of the gate running, set the pace to the top of the lane but couldn’t hold off the powerful late run and checked in second by a nose at 40-1, is a must use right back with $3.5k NW2L claimers, follow.
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