Dec 27, 2013
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
MUCH STRONGER: Had a good springand then ran well at Saratoga, turned back to a sprint last out, chased thefavorite throughout and had to settle for a well beaten second at 7-1; handlesa distance of ground as well, tab.
STAR MAGNOLIA: Stalked the earlyleader last out through the first ¾’s of a mile, couldn’t go with the leadersand tired to finish 9th at 47-1; needs a drop into a maiden claimerto show her best.
ROSEMARIE: Has had threestarts now all against maiden special weight company and in all of them she hasshown good early speed before tiring, most recently a decent sixth at 30-1;this one would be solid versus maiden claimers, tab.
SOKITUMI SAMURAI: Four year oldgelding was bumped at the start last out, made a middle move to get intocontention around the turn but tired to finish sixth at 32-1; a drop back downinto claimers will do the trick.
SHIPWRECKED: Ran a better thanlooked seventh in his debut, added lasix last out but couldn’t do any betterthan seventh again, a stretchout in distance can help his cause and the pricewill be right.
HOWL: Two year old coltran a much improved race last out when finishing second to the odds-on favoriteat 32-1, improving Mott trainee should be very tough next out.
IN THE BEAT: Four year oldgelding was claimed three back for $20k, ran up the track in his next start andthen checked in an even fifth after chasing the pace when dropped in for $12.5kclaimers, has the backclass to call on and fits with basement claimers.
WRAITH: Well bred runnerdidn’t run a step in her debut checking in 10th of 11 at 47-1; mayhave needed the race and a stretchout in distance will also help her cause.
HEIDI’S HOLIDAY: Took a drop inclass last out, was away in 10th early on, came wide on the turnwhile running into some trouble but did finish up well to just get beat a nosefor second at 14-1; fits with conditioned $12.5k claimers.
WINTER GAMES: Well bred runnerhas run two solid thirds since moving into the Jeremiah Englehart barn but justcouldn’t get to the top two last out, improving sort must be given one morechance.
BEST BET: HERE HE FITZ: Was off to a bad startand then checked thereafter, moved to the inside and started to move upapproaching the far turn, had to check again losing valuable ground and wasstill in contention into the lane checking in sixth a little more than twolengths off the winner.
LONGSHOT: CORYBANT: His only win has come overthe inner track, chased the favored wire to wire leader for more than a halfmile but tired in the lane to finish sixth at 52-1; respect this runner versusNW2L $12.5k claimers at a long price.
CLASSIFIED: Two year old coltwas claimed for $30k back in September at Churchill Downs, faced off against$50k maiden claimers last out, chased the early leaders and hung in well forthird at 12-1; fits nicely at this level.
LARISSA’S LOVE: Has some earlyspeed but is clearly better on the turf than she is on the dirt, chased theleader in an off the turf event most recently and tired late to finish fifth at6-1; follow back on the lawn.
MY ORTHODOC: Five year oldgelding was making just his second start off a year layoff last out, moved fromfourth to get into second past the half but tired to finish fifth, all set now.
NOTTE D’ORO: Two year old fillystayed in last out when the race came off the turf and she made her careerdebut going 1 mile and 70 yards, was reserved early on, steadied on the farturn losing some ground and checked in an even 7th, should moveforward off that race and a switch to the turf is in order.
TWENTY THREE DARBY: Was moved into theSteve Asmussen barn last out for her second start, chased from third from theinside, stayed inside in the lane and got up for second late behind the favoredwinner, turf looks like an option.
BEST BET: SILVER LINING JOHN: Three year oldgelding was coming off a June layoff, pressed the pace from the rail last out,was still there into the lane but couldn’t go on with it checking in a close-upthird at 14-1; tab.
LONGSHOT: PURGENALITY: Five year old gelding wassent off at 46-1 last out over the turf, he was away in 8th earlyon, moved five wide into the lane and closed well for third, is now 0 for 9over the turf but he is improving and the price will be right.
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