Oct 25, 2013
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BERNIE’S BEST: Four year old was making his first start for the Robert Barbara barn, added blinkers, was away near the back of the pack, moved up around the turn, was caught up in between horses in the lane and just missed by a nose when finally clear, should have won easily and could get there next out versus similar.
CAKE N COOKIES: Took some money for her debut when sent off at 13-1; got shuffled back around the turn, made a move up the rail to gain some position but tired in the drive to finish ninth, the value is there next out, take it.
COCOA: Didn’t run badly in her debut which came over the turf checking in fifth at 38-1 just about four lengths off the winner, should move forward for Bob Dunham barn and the price will be right.
CORYBANT: Came out running from the start last out when trying the turf for the second time, set a sharp pace right from the start, was still there into the lane but tired late to finish a good fifth at 36-1; follow back in a NW2L claimer on either surface.
FOREVER AND ALWAYS: Three year old filly by Frost Giant was making her first start since April, was away in fifth early on, moved into second at the top of the lane but tired some late to finish a good fourth, follow right back over the lawn next out.
KEEN KATANA: Two year old filly debuted last out in a 12 horse field, was sent off at 23-1; was away in midpack, moved up a bit on the turn but couldn’t go on with it checking in sixth over a speed favoring track, is well bred for the turf and could be tough with a move to that surface.
ODEON: Was making his first start off a May layoff, was outrun to the top of the lane behind sharp fractions, moved wide into the lane and finished well to get up for fourth late, should be all set now.
SHESABRONXBOMBER: Was in a no win position last out when sprinting against Cluster Of Stars, was outrun to the lane behind sharp splits but could only pass one horse late for fifth, a move back to the Big A can do the trick on either surface.
SUN AND MOON: Chased the pace while wide from third last out in her debut, moved into second at the top of the lane but couldn’t go with the sharp leader checking in third at 9-1; should improve next out and will be tough right back.
WHERE’S DANNY: Moved back to the turf last out but was in against a solid field of allowance optional claiming foes, was outrun early on and never did much after that checking in seventh at 25-1; respect this runner with a move back to the dirt.
WOKE UP TIRED: Well bred two year old New York bred debuted with blinkers on, didn’t break very sharp, raced wide and green around the turn before tiring to finish third, should have gained plenty from that race and will be tough next out.
BEST BET: CAPTAIN GAUGHEN: Was sent hard to the lead two back and got used up in the duel, was taken back last out trailing the field behind moderate splits and couldn’t make up any ground through a 34:3 final 3/8ths, needs a ride somewhere in the middle.
LONGSHOT: SANDCASTLE: Was making just her second start back off an August layoff and only her fourth start since March of 2012, is now 0 for 5 over the turf but ran very well last out setting the pace from the start, was still there into the lane before tiring to finish fourth just about two lengths off the leader when sent off at 59-1; price play right back.
FERMIN ES ELEGANTE: Was making just his second start off an August layoff most recently, was off a step slow, rushed up to battle head to head for the lead, was still there in the lane but tired to finish fifth at 14-1; a better break can lead to large mutuel.
GOLDEN LIONESS: Trainer Leonard Espinoza had this five year old mare ready to roll off an April layoff last out, she was sent right to the lead, set a solid pace and never looked back scoring by three lengths at 12-1, can repeat with a similar effort.
GREEN MEADOWS: Shipped in from Canterbury for her last start, came out running battling head to head through sharp fractions over the turf, was still right there at the top of the lane but tired some late to finish third, likes this course and will prove tough right back.
SALADO TRIBE: Was coming off a couple of bad efforts at Canterbury, shipped in here, dropped into a $20k claimer over the turf, battled head to head for the lead before tiring to finish fourth at 13-1; loves this turf course and should be all set now.
TALLY STICK: Was off since August, shipped in from Hastings Park and made his first start over this track, was sent off as the 9-5 second choice, was never far back racing in fifth, came very wide into the lane and finished well for second behind the runaway favored leader; gets there next out.
BEST BET: MYHORSEOFCOURSE: Moved into the potent Mike Chambers barn last out, was outrun behind some moderate splits over the lawn but did pass a few runners in the lane to finish fourth at 5-1; needs more ground and may have just used that as a prep, follow.
LONGSHOT: CASUAL ENCOUNTER: Seven year old mare was last seen here back in April winning at 30-1; has been in decent form over her last three starts and put in a good closing third at 15-1 last out; fits at this level and the price will be right.
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