Aug 02, 2013
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
PHILADELPHIA (PARX RACING)
SCENIC VIEW: Was away in third last out when trying winners for the first time, chased three wide around the turn but couldn’t go with the leaders and checked in third at 14-1; should continue to get better, tab.
NO LA HACE: Six year old gelding knows how to win with seven wins from 15 starts, chased a very sharp pace throughout most recently but couldn’t finish it off tiring to third, very tough if he can clear on the lead next out.
JAKE RATTLE N ROLL: Eight year old gelding shipped in from Colonial off a good second in a small stakes over there, was outrun early on going five furlongs against optional $25k claimers but did run on for third late behind the two speeds, stay close.
LITTLE OFTEN ANNI: Seven year old mare never seemed comfortable down on the rail last out against a tough field of starter allowance foes, raced near the back of the pack early on and had no run when it counted checking in 8th at 16-1, look for a bounce back effort next out at a solid price.
RESERVED FOR TWO: Four year old filly was making just her second start off an April layoff, pressed the sharp early pace from second, moved to the lead into the lane but couldn’t finish it off checking in a close-up third; all set right back.
BEST BET: LEXI’S PAL: Three year old filly came out running from the inside last out, battled through a sharp pace, was still there into the lane but tired to finish fourth at 10-1 in a solid effort, give her a look right back especially with a better post.
LONGSHOT: AVERYON: Was sent off at 45-1 for his debut run against $40k maiden claiemrs, for a barn that hasn’t seen the winners’ circle this year, chased the pace right from the start, was still in contention approaching the stretch but tired to finish fourth about 10 lengths behind the winner, should improve and needs a drop into a lower level maiden claimer.
RARE PENNY: Made her second start last out and her first over the turf, took plenty of money on the board and in all exotics, got away in third behind a long leader but didn’t have any kick and tired to finish seventh and last, is a well bred runner for the Al Stall Jr. barn and should be given another shot at a better price.
MOLLY JORDAN: Was sent off at 17-1 for her debut last out, raced in 8th and last for the better part of the race and passed a few runners in the lane to finish fifth, should improve off that effort and turf may be in her future.
STAR CHANNEL: Was claimed two back for $62.5k claiming tag, got away in 10th and last when trying the Johns Call stakes, raced behind moderate splits and closed well to finish fifth, give him a look right back.
VIVA RAFAELA: Was making her first start in this country after racing in Brazil for all of her career, she was also making her first start since November, got away in good order early on but was rank for the first half in the race, moved wide on the turn but didn’t have a big kick when needed and checked in fourth, should improve with that race under her belt, follow right back.
QUAY: This three year old filly by Tapit has shown that she has ability with a second in her debut over the dirt and then a solid second when making her turf debut, well bred runner should stretchout and handles all distances, stay close.
RIVER BOSS: Was away in 10th and last after getting bumped from both side at the start, raced in 10th until the top of the lane and finished well for fifth in a race that saw the top 4 finishers basically going 1-2-3-4 around the racetrack, was claimed, stay close.
IRON POWER: Was squeezed back at the start of his turf debut which came at 5 ½ furlongs, came with a four wide around the far turn but his run flattened out and he tired to finish sixth at 7-1; follow right back off that effort.
SELECT CAT: Was claimed three back from a $15k claimer, returned over a month later to score against the same company in wire to wire fashion, tried the turf last out from a tough rail post; chased a solid pace early on but tired to finish 8th, gained conditioning from that effort and should be followed with a move back to the dirt.
ILLAPA: Took some money for her debut run which came over the turf when she was sent off at 6-1; got away in third early on, was still in contention past the ¾ mark but tired to finish sixth when it counted for the Nick Zito barn, should improve off that effort right back, tab.
SECRET UNION: Tried the turf last out for the first time from a tough outside post 10, was forwardly placed early on behind decent splits but tired to finish 10th and last, always though this one had some ability so follow on the turnback and a move back to the dirt, tab.
RODINIA: Got away in fifth last out, moved wide into the lane like she was going to win, hung just a bit and did finish in a dead-heat for fourth just missing by two lengths, give her another look right back with NW2L $20k claimers.
KID SIDNEY: Four year old gelding had been off the board in his last six starts prior to his most recent race, he was sent off at 30-1 in a tough NW1X allowance race, got away in seventh early on, started to move on the turn and finished well for third just missing the place spot, a drop to a middle level claimer can get him a winners’ photo, tab.
BEST BET: SILENT THUNDER: Four year old gelding was making just his second start off a 13 month layoff last out, moved to the turf for the first time, chased the sharp pace right from the start, couldn’t go by but did hang around for a good fourth place finish at 14-1; was claimed out of that race by the Jacobson barn and could be tough right back on either surface.
LONGSHOT: LA BELLA VALERIA: Made her second start over the turf last out, raced wide in fourth early on, moved to the lead into the lane but couldn’t finish it off tiring to third at 28-1 in a solid effort, must respect this runner right back at a solid price.
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