Jan 10, 2014
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BOS’N ALWYNE: Five year old
gelding was sent off at 22-1 last out when making just his second start in
about a year, was outrun some early on but closed well to finish a close-up
third, fits with NW3L $20k claimers, tab.
CRAFTY DREAMER: Was coming off an
easy win last out against NW1X other than statebred allowance foes, was sent
off as the 2-1 second choice, was in behind in a bad spot early on and ran on
some late to finish in a dead-heat for third behind the favorite, gets there
FROST BUT FUNKY: Her only win is
over this track last winter, showed good speed last out when moved up to face
statebred allowance company, chased early on but tired late to finish sixth at
15-1; a drop into a NW2L claimer should help her cause.
ENDLESS CHATTER: Four year old filly
was returning from an 11 month layoff last out, was away in fourth early on,
moved into third behind the leaders into the lane but checked in an even third
late at 9-1; hails from the Chad Brown barn and should improve next out.
SCOTLAND: Ran well last out
to finish third in the Grade II Jerome stakes at 6-1 behind the odds-on
favorite, will be odds-on himself against maidens but is the key to all your
MATCHING SKIES: Was away in bad
form over the last four months, took a drop to the basement claiming level
here, stalked the from third, took over into the lane and drew away smartly to
score by eight lengths, should have gained some confidence from that effort and
can start her way back up the claiming ladder.
PIN NUMBER: Was a game winner
two back scoring by a nose over $12.5k claimers, stretched out to two turns
last out, set the pace from the start but began to tire as they were
approaching the top of the lane and checked in sixth at 9-2; needs a turnback
to a sprint.
FIRST RANGER: Was sent off at
48-1 in his debut last out, broke from the rail, was away in sixth, moved into
contention on the turn and finished up well for third; should improve off that
effort and must respect at a price.
KARA’S MATCH POINT: Ran into trouble
two back when checking in a close-up fourth in a four horse field, got away in
sixth last out and ran into a bit of trouble again along the rail and managed
the show spot, should be all set now.
BEST BET: TIZMAS: Was coming off a two month
layoff last out, was in a good spot in third early on but just couldn’t go on
with it when it counted tiring to finish fourth, may have needed the race and
should move forward next out, a turnback to a sprint must respect.
LONGSHOT: D’ WILDCARD: Nine year old gelding with
some backclass to call on was coming off a July layoff last out, was outrun
early on and passed a few horses in the lane to finish 7th at 21-1,
was claimed by the Asmussen barn and should be respected next out at a square
COURTMASTER: Ran an even race
last out when checking in third behind the two favorites in an off the turf
event, improving runner handles the turf well so stay close.
MADMOISELLE ALLIE: Four year old filly
came out running when dropping into a NW2L $5k claimer, set the pace through a
half mile but tired to finish fourth at 5-2; was claimed and should prove tough
in the lower level claimers.
RING NECKED: Was three wide into
the first turn last out when back over the turf, got away in fifth, made a good
move to get into second at the top of the lane but tired to finish third behind
the two favorites; handles the dirt as well, stay close.
ROOKIE DOO: Showed much
improved speed last out, set the pace at 49-1 into the lane against an off the
turf field but had to settle for second late to the favorite; follow right back
on any surface.
TWO LEFT SHOES: Five year old
gelding got away in sixth early on last out, made a quick move to get into
second but just couldn’t go with the leaders tiring to finish third at 6-1; can
offer some value right back with similar.
BEST BET: MARGIN: Four year old colt was coming
off a year layoff last out but had to run on the dirt again as the race was
taken off the turf just like his debut, didn’t run badly checking in fourth and
will improve next out if he can ever get over the lawn.
LONGSHOT: K T’S GOLDEN YEAR: Was eased two back,
turned back in distance last out, was bumped at the start, was away in sixth,
made a move to get into third at the head of the lane but faded late to finish
fifth at 16-1; respect with NW2L $5k statebred claimers next out.
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