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Aug 06, 2004

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


THISTLEDOWN

ALL FOR NOW: Ran the best race of his five-start career when fifth at 36-1 over this strip last time out Aug. 1. Should

be able to move forward from this point.

FOREVER NAEVUS: Prairie Meadows invader has put together four solid outings [including a June 14 win] over

this course. Tactical speed keeps her in it.

HERPOTOFGOLD: Speedster has taken three out of four since shipping in from Penn National. Can’t argue with

that; vs. basement claimers.

ITSHARDTOBEHUMBLE: Has turned in three decent fourth-place finishes since making the trip from Florida.

Graduation day has never been closer.

LITTLE FOREST: Blew the doors off the hinges with a 9 ¾-length wire-to-wire victory July 29. Must be taken very

seriously from this point on.

LOVELY DISCOVERY: Gave way pretty easily after setting reasonable early fractions in latest. May need a sloppy

track in order to rediscover the circle.

MISS TAAT: Has run the majority of her races at Beulah, but steps up her game when shipping to Tdn. Get some

bang for your buck.

THE SKELLIGS: A couple of his recent outings aren’t as bad as they look. Is 0-for-8 on the year, but is setting up to

break out in a big way.

WHOS TWINING WHO: Beaten favorite last time ran on gamely to finish third after dueling for the early lead. Tab

while in good form.

 

4STARSPECIAL: SUBLIMINATOR: Undefeated Oh-bred isn’t worth trying to beat. Sits towards the back of the

pack and pounces on ‘em when ready.

LONGSHOT: BUMKIN MCGRUDER: Had a tough time fitting in versus allowance foes after breaking his maiden

in April. Proved he belongs against $10k claimers though with a fifth-place finish July 29.

 

 

 

NO. CAL FAIRS

CASH RANSOM: Has responded with two straight wins since they started sending him to the early lead. Gets there

with an aggressive ride.

CHUBAKA: Southern Californian invader showed instant improvement in his first start in these parts finishing

second at Santa Rosa July 29. Step up.

DON’TASKDON’TTELL: Recent fifth at 16-1 is better than it appears on paper. Had no early speed and

finished with some interest; get some value.

DREAM BOLDLY: Is at her best when able to cut out the early fractions. Claimed by sharp barn two

back; makes amends.

EARLY COTTON: Looked razor sharp in three-furlong :35 bullet workout at Santa Rosa Aug. 4. Play it

accordingly.

LORD ALBION: Took care of business in latest and was claimed by the ever-dangerous Wesley Ward. The

future is looking pretty bright.

MAJESTIC JOEY: Two-year-old has already made nine starts without finding the winner’s circle. In and

out at times, but is capable on his best day.

ON THE RESERVATION: After two fifth-place finishes against maiden special weights, it may be time to

drop him back in for a tag. Stops, drops and pops.

SHANNON ARMS: Showed added speed on the stretch out while second by a neck off the six-month

layoff. Fires for low-profile barn.

SOVIET PARTY: Willing to excuse his last start due to the lengthy layoff. Lightly raced seven-year-old

should take a major step forward.

TIME FOR PRIDE: Really had a tough trip in Santa Rosa attempt Aug. 1. Was slow into stride, steadied

and blocked on the far turn, then tired after turning in a brief run. Follow off the claim.

TREATHERLIKEALADY: Turned in a decent fourth making her first start back since November. Gets the

job done versus cheapies.

TY THE SCORE: Recovered to press the early pace after stumbling at the start, but had little left for the

stretch drive fading to fifth last out. Deserves another shot.

 

4STARSPECIAL: EXORBITANT: Began her career with two horrible performances [12th beaten 17,

ninth beaten 32] at Hollywood, but has completely turned it around since shipping north. Doesn’t need

the early lead to be effective.

LONGSHOT: PURPLE JEWEL: Ran better than expected at odds of 45-1 in his debut July 29. Can move

forward off sixth-place finish; use in exotic wagers.



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