Dec 20, 2013
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
GREEN GATTO: Hails from a low
profile barn and was making his first start since October while adding the
blinkers back on, rushed up to take over the lead, held that lead into the lane
and held on well for second at 28-1; price play with $50k maiden claimers.
INDY SEA: Four year old
gelding was turning back in distance last out and taking a drop in class into a
$35k conditioned claimer, got away in fourth, angled off the rail into the lane
but couldn’t finish it off checking in second at 6-1.
KING KONGRATS: Two year old colt
took a drop into a maiden claimer, was outrun some early on, moved wide into
the turn and took over to score despite lugging in late, can repeat with
LUDO BAGMAN: Was coming off a
poor effort heading into his last start, was away in seventh, had to check
around the far turn, got outside into the lane and closed well to finish third
at 13-1; follow right back.
MANHATTAN GIN: Was an easy maiden
breaker two back versus statebred maiden claimers, moved up to face winners
last out and was sharp again scoring by two lengths, stays sharp.
PERFECT TRIPPI: Four year old
gelding was coming off a September layoff last out, came out running for the
lead, battled head to head for more than a half mile but tired in the lane to
finish 9th, give him one more chance at the $12.5k claiming level.
PONTUS: Was not sent hard
to the lead chasing the pace from fourth early on before finally tiring to
finish sixth at 27-1; may need a drop in class to show his best, stay close.
RONNIE’S WHEY: Was sent off at
23-1 in his debut, got off to a very slow start and was outrun thereafter,
caught up to the field around the turn and checked in a well beaten sixth,
improves off that debut run and will offer value right back even with a drop in
TONY D: Was the best last
out when checking in second despite racing very wide throughout when dropping
back down into a maiden claimer, should prove tough right back with $50k maiden
VIOLET HOUR: Was coming off a
July layoff when last seen racing in Ireland, came out of the gate running, set
the pace from the start and drew away into the lane to score by almost six
lengths, can repeat versus better.
BEST BET: BARATTI: Well bred two year old colt
was sent off at 11-1 in his debut, was outrun early on while racing greenly,
passed one rival in the lane to finish fifth in his debut but was running well
in the lane, should improve with that race and more distance.
LONGSHOT: BURNED BRIDGES: Both of his wins have
come over the inner track, was away in fifth last out behind some very slow
fractions, made a middle move to get into third but tired some late to finish
fourth at 19-1 in his first start since May, needs a bit more pace and should
be all set next out.
ARRIVED HOME: Four year old
gelding was sent off at 29-1 in an off the turf race last out, got away in
fourth behind moderate early splits but did close some ground in the drive to
get up for second behind the 1-2 favorite, tab.
HE’S SO FINE: Three year old
gelding was outrun some early on and raced at the back of the pack, moved off
the rail around the turn and finished well for third at 7-1; all set now versus
NW2L $30k claimers.
ORIGINAL KITTEN: Four year old filly
shipped in from Aqueduct for her last start at 5 ½ furlongs over the turf,
raced near the back of the pack early on and closed some ground to finish
fourth at 7-1, moves forward off that effort, tab.
RIVERBOAT BANDIT: Is now 0 for 9 over
the Fair Grounds, was away in third early on, made a move to take over the lead
past the ¼ mile mark, was still there
into the lane but tired late to finish third at 25-1; the value is
TOUGH JEANS: Three year old
filly shipped in from Delta Downs, was away in 7th, started to move
up wide around the turn, got into second but couldn’t go with the front running
winning favorite; must respect next out.
BEST BET: AT THE PULPIT: Four year old gelding
was away in fourth last out behind moderate splits over the turf, made a move
to get into second at the top of the lane but couldn’t go with the runners
checking in third, may have needed that race, his first since July, all set
LONGSHOT: SHE’SABREES: Four year old filly was
coming off a February layoff last out against NW2L $30k claimers, broke from
outside post 7, moved up three wide on the turn to get into second but tired
some late to finish third at 27-1; can improve next out at a square price.
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