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Apr 19, 2013

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)

SAILING FOR HOME: Speedy four year old gelding came out running last out, set a solid early pace, was still there into the lane but couldn’t go with the favorite late checking in second in a solid final time, fits going 5, 51/2 furlongs, look for him at that distance versus restricted winners.

SMALLTOWNMAN: Seven year old gelding was outrun early on behind a sharp half mile in 47 flat, started to close the gap around the turn and checked in fourth late behind the odds-on winning favorite; must respect this runner next out for top barn.

HUFF ‘N HUGHES: Six year old gelding had won two of his last three heading into his most recent effort, got away in sixth behind some sharp early fractions, came with a wide run around the turn and finished up well second at 24-1; fits at this level, tab right back off the claim.

JAZZ TUNE: Well bred runner had some gaps in the works leading into her debut last out, broke from post 11, raced behind sharp early fractions while racing wide and finished up well checking in fifth late at 7-1; respect this runner next out with that race under her belt.

MAYVILLE: Four year old filly was bumped on the backstretch, battled head to head for the lead through some sharp early fractions but couldn’t go with the leaders late checking in a solid fourth at 13-1; a drop back to a claimer gets it done.

BEST BET: MONTY HAUL: Dropped out of a starter allowance race into a NW3L $16k claimer last out, was right up on the pace early on through sharp fractions, was still right there into the lane and just missed late by a nose to a backclassy runner, follow right back.

LONGSHOT: NO VEGGIES: Four year old filly was shuffled back at the start last out, made a move to get into fourth at the top of the lane but never threatened checking in fifth at 10-1, will offer value right back, must respect.

 

 

 

BELMONT

D’ORO DANCER: Six year old gelding stretched back out in distance last out when coming off a two month layoff, was in contention near the top of the lane but tired in the drive to finish seventh at 5-1; a turnback to a sprint when Belmont opens can do the trick.

RISK MANAGEMENT: Got off to a terrible start last out losing all chance when trying winners and the turf for the first time and never did much running checking in 8th and last; throw that race out and give him another shot.

JOLIENNE: Added blinkers back for her last race, chased the pace early but tired in the lane after racing wide for most of the race, was claimed out of that race by the Dominic Galluscio barn and a move back to Belmont is all they need.

LITIGATE: Five year old gelding took a brief two month break, was off slowly near the back of the pack, angled out into the lane and rolled by for an easy win, can get on a roll now so follow closely.

ALYKELA: Ran a solid second two back, when making her second start back off an October layoff, made a sharp move on the turn last out and rolled on by for an easy win at 18-1; must be followed right back in current form.

ANJOU: Well bred three year old filly from the Darley stable was just making her second career start last out, was outrun early on but did pass a few rivals in the lane to finish sixth at 53-1; a move to the turf could be in order.

HOBOKEN JOE: Three year old colt took money for his debut against statebred $25k maiden claimers, got away in last, moved up some to get into fourth but couldn’t keep up in the lane tiring to finish seventh at 7-2 over a muddy/sealed track, follow off the claim by the Jacobson barn.

YIELD BOGEY: Was claimed for $35k back in January, returned from that three month layoff with blinkers on, came out running for the lead, was clear around the turn and right there into the lane before tiring to finish seventh, needed that race and is better when sprinting, stay close.

ALL THAT: Didn’t run badly in his debut chasing the pace throughout checking in third behind the favorite at 9-1; may have needed that race and a move to the turf could be in order for this son of Big Brown.

ARCHER HILL: Tried the dirt for the first time last out, battled head to head for the lead through some sharp early splits but couldn’t go with the leaders late tiring to finish fourth at 8-1; should improve off that effort and must be given a look right back on either surface, tab.

BEST BET: SHMOOZ TALKER: Five year old gelding has been a different hose since changing tactics to a one run sprinter, got away in fifth last out, moved wide on the turn and rolled on by the leaders to score going away by four lengths, like his chances right back in current form.

LONGSHOT: QUIET KISS: Took some early money for her debut last out before drifting up to 14-1, got away in fifth behind decent splits but didn’t have anything when it counted checking in a well beaten seventh at 14-1; had been working on the turf in Florida and could be all set now for a move to the lawn.

 



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