May 03, 2013
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
THOMAS HILL: Was coming off a
December layoff last out, had plenty of run but no room at the top of the lane,
was still in traffic in the lane and split horses late to finish third at 12-1;
fits well over the turf and handles multiple distances, follow.
SACRED GROUND: Got away in sixth
last out behind a solid early pace but didn’t make up any ground in the lane
and checked in seventh over a track where it was hard to make up ground, give
this one a look right back at a better price with similar.
FILE GUMBO: Has been up against
it over her last few tries, most recently closing wide to finish third over a
track that wasn’t helping the closers, was claimed by the Jamie Ness barn and
is sitting on a win at a square price.
J W BLUE: Had some breeding
for the turf heading into his last start, his first try over that surface, was
a bit rank early on, dropped back some on the turf but then came running again
to finish a decent fourth behind a much the best wire to wire winner, should
improve second time over the turf and can expect a decent price right back.
UNDERAGE: Ran a much improved
sixth last out after laying close-up to a sharp pace over the turf in just her
second career start when sent off at 89-1; fits with $20k maiden claimers right
back and the price will still be there, stay close.
BUCKEYE HEART: Has been in good
form over the last few months but only has one win to show for it, finished
third last out despite having to check in deep stretch, fits nicely with $20k
claimers and the value is there, take it.
ROMANSH: Chased the pace
last out in his second career start but could do no better than third in a five
horse field, well bred runner and high priced yearling is all set now for a
move to the turf, follow right back.
EAST COAST EXPRESS: Took some money for
her debut early on, drifted up to 14-1 at post time and closed some ground in
the lane to finish fourth behind the three favorites, should improve off that
effort and fits well sprinting on the lawn.
ORINO: Three year old
gelding was sent off at 10-1 for his debut which came at six furlongs over the
turf, got away in fourth behind a solid early pace and couldn’t do any better
than an even fourth behind a solid time, must respect this runner for the H.
James Bond barn and can only improve going forward.
HULETT: Three year old came
out running last out, set some very solid fractions to the top of the lane but
tired to finish seventh at 9-1; may need a drop in class but a move to the turf
could also be in order; follow for the solid Bruce Levine barn, tab.
YOU YOU: Moved up into a
maiden special weight race, chased early on and was still there on the far turn
but couldn’t go with the leaders tiring to finish 8th at 31-1; a
drop back into a maiden claimer and a move to a sprint can be the key to a big
BEST BET: WISE GUIDE: Moved back to the dirt
after a failed try over the turf when trying winners two back, made a good move
to go from sixth into second, was still there in mid-stretch but couldn’t
finish it off checking in a close-up third, sitting on a win with NW1X
statebred allowance foes.
LONGSHOT: STAR BLACK: Three year old filly has
now had three starts over the turf, finished a good fourth in her turf debut,
her saddle slipped in her second start and then came with a very wide run to
finish a well beaten fifth at 37-1 last, can run over the lawn and a drop into
a claimer can key a big mutuel.
ROYAL SLAM: Ended 2012 in sharp
form with a second and a win, returned last out against NW1X allowance company,
got away in fifth, made a good move to take over the lead into the lane but had
to settle for second late; all set right back.
DANCE TO THE MOON: Six year old mare
returned from a November layoff last out, was sent right to the lead, set the
pace into the lane but couldn’t hold off the favorite late setting for second
at 8-1; wires similar right back.
I WANT YOU TO KNOW: Left here last
winter in good form, shipped to Laurel, won two in a row, shipped back here for
his most recent start, chased the pace early on, was still in contention at the
top of the lane but tired to finish fifth late as the pace was heating up, give
him another show and turf could be an option.
MEDIDOCIHOSPISURG: Added the blinkers
back for his last start, raced well back early on, was hard ridden on the turn
and did pass a few rivals in the lane to finish fifth, may have needed that
race and should be tighter next out.
DELEGATION: Got back to
Woodbine last out, a track he was undefeated on coming into the race, was sent
right to the lead, set moderate splits and drew away into the lane to score
easily by 3 ½ lengths as the 2-1 choice, is ready for bigger and better things;
turf is an option as well follow.
BEST BET: PHIL THE
Was coming off his maiden win back in February at Parx, was making his first
try over this track, got away in 8th early on behind sharp
fractions, steadied in upper stretch and finished well for third behind the two
favorites; improves with that race under his belt, solid.
LONGSHOT: GOLDEN ABBY: Was returning from
a November layoff last out, had two poor efforts over this track last year but
put in a much improved effort, chasing the early pace, taking over into the lane
and holding well for second to the favorite at 46-1; respect right back.
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