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Jul 05, 2013

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)

DOUBLE DOWN VINMAN: Hard hitting eight year old gelding was coming off a three month layoff last out, set a sharp pace over a muddy/sealed track, was still there into the lane but couldn’t hold off the odds-on winner late checking in second at 8-1; will be very tough right back and loves this track.

TUCKED IN FRONT: Four year old gelding was coming off his maiden win over the turf last out, faced off against starter allowance company, was sent right to the lead, set solid splits and then drew away into the lane, is an improving sort, follow right back.

A BOY NAMED EM: Was coming off an April layoff last out and his first start off the claim, was away in third from the rail over a muddy/sealed track but couldn’t make up any ground on the leaders in the lane, may be better as a one run sprinter, tab on the turnback.

GILL’S TERRACE: Well-bred four year old by Thunder Gulch was sent off at 6-1 in his debut going one mile, didn’t show an ounce of speed and trailed throughout checking in sixth, that experience helps and a move to the turf could be in order.

XANTHOS: Chased the sharp early pace last out over a sloppy/sealed track, tired in the lane but did battle back to get up for third behind the two favorites, give this one another look off the claim, tab.

BEST BET: POLLARD’S BOY: Four year old gelding came out running, moved to the lead past the ¼ mile mark through a solid half mile in 44:3, was still there into the lane but just couldn’t hold on late checking in a close-up second in a solid effort, was claimed and will be very tough to beat right back.

LONGSHOT: M J PLUS: Raced near the back of the pack last out over a sloppy/sealed track behind moderate splits, was racing wide throughout and finished well to check in second behind the 1-2 favorite, could be sitting on a win.

 

 

 

BELMONT

PARADISE ALLEY: Two year old filly from the Todd Pletcher barn broke well from the rail in her debut, chased the favorite around the racetrack but just couldn’t go with that leader in the lane when it counted checking in a tiring sixth, should have gained plenty from that race and expect a bounce back effort.

DIVADORA: Is probably at her best when she can sit just off the pace, was forced to go from her inside draw last out, battled on the dead rail around the whole turn before tiring to finish fourth as the favorite, respect this runner right back off that effort.

JAMES JINGLE: Was away in last most recently over a good turf course, raced behind moderate splits to the top of the lane but just couldn’t make an impact late checking in a well beaten seventh, a drop into a NW2L claimer could do the trick.

INDY SEA: Four year old gelding returned from a 13 month layoff last out, was away in third behind a half mile in 47:2, moved three wide into the lane but just couldn’t finish it off checking in third late at 9-1; should move way up off that effort.

RHONIN VICTORIA: Has been in decent form over the last few months with two wins a second and a third heading into her last effort, was outrun early on behind sharp fractions after trouble soon after the start, moved wide as they entered the lane but could do no better than sixth at 22-1 in a tough optional claiming event, give her a look right back with some class relief.

TREBLEMAKER: Three year old gelding tried the turf last out for the first time in the Spectacular Bid Division of the New York Stallion series, came out running for the lead, set some sharp fractions to the top of the lane but couldn’t go with the leaders tiring to finish seventh, should have gained plenty of conditioning from that effort and a move back to the dirt could be in order.

UMAN CANDY: Well bred three year old filly took some money for her debut going off at 5-1, stalked the leaders to the middle of the turn but just couldn’t finish it off late checking in fifth at 5-1 in a solid final time of 1:08:4, will prove very tough right back with that race under her belt.

MOONLIGHT SONG: Six year old gelding started his career going two for two, lost five races in a row after that start but did return from a seven month break two back to score in impressive fashion, came out running again last out, set a solid pace into the lane but came up just a head short to the odds-on favorite, very sharp right now.

PECKY’S BOY: Five year old gelding knows how to win as evidenced by his nine wins from 20 starts, was coming off a January layoff last out against a starter allowance/optional claiming field, got away in fifth, raced wide around the turn but couldn’t do any better than an even fifth late, improves next out and handles both turf and dirt, tab.

BEST BET: SATIN SHEEKS: Was up against it two back when trying to close from well back off a long layoff checking in fifth, got a good spot early on last out, was still in contention into the lane but just couldn’t find any room checking in 8th late, should be tough right back at a better price, get on board.

LONGSHOT: INDY TUNE: Looked sharp winning against $15k claimers two back, moved up to face off against statebred allowance foes last out, pressed the pace off the odds-on favorite past the half and tired in the lane to finish fourth at 9-1; don’t dismiss this hard knocking runner right back.



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