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Jan 10, 2014

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


AQUEDUCT

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 right back.

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 exotics.

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 price.

 

 

 

FAIR GROUNDS

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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