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Aug 28, 2004

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


PHILADELPHIA

ARGETTA DARLING: Broke straight to the right out of the gate from the outside post and lost her best chance as a

result last time out. Still finished a close fourth beaten by only three lengths.

BRENT’S TUNE: Outran 34-1 odds for second in first race back from a five-month layoff on 8/17. Gets it all next time out.

CHRIS’SLITTLEGIRL: Well-bet first starter finished mid-pack after chasing the pace set by a loose-on-the-lead wire-to-wire

3-2 odds winner. Should benefit from the debut effort.

CLASS YANKEE: Returned from an 11-month layoff to run a good second at 13-1 odds at a mile on turf. Prepped and r

eady to win.

DAHLIA’S DIAMOND: Got KO’d in a duel for the lead with the 3-5 favorite and tired badly as a result in first race back from

a long layoff. Try again in second off the layoff.

SWEET TIME: Set a fast and pressured pace and just got nipped at the wire to finish third. Won’t be denied in next.

TIVA: Got hooked in a 2 1/2-length-gap speed duel and held on for third in a race that set up for the closers. Too early to

give up on her.

 

 

4STARSPECIAL: MISSING ASSIGNMENT: Bobbled at the start and then rushed up into a duel for the lead and settled

for third as a result. The horse to beat back at the same nw2x level.

LONGSHOT: PLEASE THE MIND: Broke slowest in an 11-horse field and then rushed up while needing a race off a five-month

layoff. Finished seventh, but was just three lengths out of third and only four lengths out of second. Live overlay in

second off the layoff.

 

 

 

 

PIMLICO

ARTILLERY MAN: Easily earned the four-furlong bullet Aug. 21, posting a :47 3/5 move at Pimlico. It’s time to head to

the windows.

DAYLIGHT RUN: Out of two grass starts, he has one win and one fourth. Toss seventh-place finish on the dirt for this extremely

lightly raced six-year-old; he’s turf meant.

DRIVEN TO GAMBLE: Has been a lot more competitive since the drop down to $25k. Ran second July 19, third Aug. 8, then

fourth last out Aug. 22; tab.

FIRE STEED: Got little respect shipping in off a Philly Park allowance score, but did well to outrun her 15-1 odds with a fourth-place

showing. Respect.

GOOD EXPECTATION: Beaten chalk in last two, but speed duels have compromised his chances. Michael Gill/Mark Shuman team

adds to his appeal.

HURRICANE BAY: Beaten chalk in Aug. 20 turf start has done her best running [three second-place finishes] on the main oval.

Gets it done back on the dirt.

JAHAR: Sprung back to life off a pair of dismal efforts with a third-place finish at 32-1 when cut back to a sprint in latest. Looking

good at a price.

JOMA: Has closed well on the sod in his last two, including a third-place finish at Pimlico Aug. 22. Rallies for a piece of

the exotics.

PROSPECTIVE SLEW: Very rough trip for this filly last out. Was blocked leaving the turn, swung out very wide and rallied for fifth.

Follow off the claim.

SANDIFOSS: Finished an educational fifth in her first start versus winners Aug. 20. Benefits from that one under her belt next

time around.

SQUEEZ BLOSSOM: Needed eight starts to graduate, but has now won her last two starts by a combined 17 lengths. Think she’s

got it all figured out now.

TIME IN GRADE: Wasn’t going to get to runaway winner in latest, but being blocked in deep stretch couldn’t have helped her

chances. May get overlooked versus maiden claimers.

 

 

4STARSPECIAL: PROMENADE AGAIN: Proved the drop in class was all she needed when dropped to maiden claimers with

an authoritative 8 ¾-length tally. Right back versus winners.

LONGSHOT: PETITE TOUT: Posted consecutive claiming victories May 26 and June 18, but has gotten crushed since stepped

up to allowance company. Finds the circle on a class drop.



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