May 17, 2013
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
PIONEER TIGER: In from FG for his first start since
late-February and off move to owner/trainer J. Gomez, he ran well through
traffic to pick up third; stay on board.
VOO DOO LOVE: Set a clear pace and stayed on gamely to
finish third in his first start since last-July; lightly raced 7YO gelding
should have a productive turf season.
BENDANIE: Angled wide and rallied nicely to finish a
narrowly beaten second on return to turf in his first start since mid-February
at HOU; R. Urbina barn has won with two of first nine starters this year.
MALLARD’S BRO: Remains a maiden through seven career starts,
but most recent placing was solid and marked his first turf attempt; graduation
INDIAN BLUFF: Rallied wide and just missed second when third
on move to turf most recently; versatile sort offers value, brings solid
overall record, and should be included in exotics.
SILENT LEGACY: Outran her 13.20-1 tote price when a strong
second in her latest; a winner of five of 15 lifetime starts, she can move
forward in upcoming third start of current form cycle.
4*SPECIAL: BIG LEVI: Didn’t have much racing luck (“Bumped
start, steadied”) when well supported on tote and fourth; atones in upcoming
second start since mid-March.
LONGSHOT: MACH TWO DOC: Chased and couldn’t make much of an
impact behind easy tempo in latest fourth-place finish; can rally with pace up
front and some racing luck.
UPON REFLECTION: Rallied wide through the slop to pick up
third of six when in from HAW and taking a suitable drop in claiming price for
his latest; interesting, and perhaps a candidate for turf given pedigree.
MY FRIEND JIMMY: Chased wide and gave way to finish a
distant fourth behind blowout winner in sloppy track off-the-turf route most
recently; follow son of Purim back to turf.
CASINO DAN: Now has two starts under his saddle since back
from lengthy break, and hasn’t had the best racing luck in either spot with
tough posts and outside trips; primed for top C. LoPresti barn.
YOU’RE MY BUDDY: Gained third over a wet fast strip when
making his first start off the claim for owner/trainer T. Ice; stay with him.
MIRACULOUSMO: Chased wide and continued in fairly even order
when a useful fourth in his racing debut over wet fast ground; 3YO son of J Be
K can show more early and throughout next effort.
STANLEY CUP: Rallied between rivals to finish second of 10
when behind a blowout winner in his racing debut; 4YO benefits immensely from
BRILLIANT FUTURE: Set the pace and weakened to fourth when
after repeat in just her second start back from winter vacation; bounces back
for trainer J. Scott (23% wins this year).
OUR EDGE: Didn’t have the best trip (“bumped start, four
wide”) when fourth as the betting choice in his latest; proven veteran likely a
worthy $16K-claim for trainer J. Woodard.
PURE SENTIMENT: Returned from November debut and managed
fourth through trouble in good effort; must follow for always patient and
dangerous N. Howard barn.
4*SPECIAL: D’WILDCARD: Moved up to starter allowance level
for his latest and turned in game try to finish second, beaten only a head,
when after repeat score; too sharp to ignore.
LONGSHOT: YANKEE SCHOLAR: Never rallied when sixth over
sloppy ground (off the board in only prior wet track start) in his firsts start
since late-March at TP; deserves another shot.
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