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Apr 25, 2014

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


BELMONT

BORN IN BROOKLYN: Had waited for a while to see this horse run over the turf, finally got on that surface last out, was sent off at 55-1; stalked the leaders while racing wide, dropped back a bit on the turn and ran on some in the lane to finish fifth, should improve in his second start over the turf and the value is there.

COOL IT: Finally broke the string of three fourth place finishers when he closed to finish third last out against NW2L $12.5k claimers at 16-1; is a good fit at this level and the price will be right.

DONTTELLYOURMOTHER: Was a solid maiden winner three back scoring wire to wire, moved up to face starter allowance foes against winners, two back showed good speed and stopped and most recently, the same pattern, showed good early speed before tiring to finish fifth and last, follow this one back while sprinting over the turf.

DUSK TO DAWN: Well bred three year old took plenty of money for his debut run going off as the 5-2 second choice, pressed the pace while in between horses through a half mile in 45:2, began to tire into the lane and checked in 7th and last, needed that race and hails from the sharp Mike Hushion barn, follow closely.

GOURMET DINNER: Six year old gelding has the backclass to call on but didn’t run a step last out over the turf checking in sixth and last at 10-1; was claimed by the Anthony Dutrow barn and should be respected, stay close.

SACRED GROUND: Was forced to chase the pace last out when racing a mile behind the two speed horses, was still in third heading into the lane and closed well to finish second, fits well in these on turn races and especially at Belmont his style should fit perfectly, tab off the claim.

SPINNING FOR HOME: Three year old gelding was making his second start of his career last out and his first over the turf when returning from a November layoff, he moved into the Michelle Nevin barn, he stalked the pace from third, was in contention into the lane but tired to finish 8th, follow right back over the dirt next out.

STOCK FUND: It took her 23 starts to finally break her maiden, she was outrun early on behind sharp splits when returning from a December break and was really running on well late to finish third, should be all set now.

STRIKE ACCORD: Ran on well for second last out despite running into some traffic around the far turn, needed that race since November and is poised to have a big year.

WISDOM OF OZ: Coming into her last race she had four thirds and one second in her last five tries, was away in fourth last out against NW1X statebred allowance foes and checked in fourth late after chasing the pace from third in a race dominated by the speed.

BEST BET: SMOKEY BROWN: Four year old was coming off a November layoff last out, broke from post 10, was away in 9th early on, raced wide around both turns and was really running on well late to finish second at 5-1 against NW2L $25k claimers; will be very tough right back.

LONGSHOT: SOLAR SIDE UP: Four year old filly made her debut last out going 1 and 1/16th miles over the turf, was sent off at 44-1; got away in fifth, made a very wide, premature move to challenge the leader into the far turn but couldn’t go on with it tiring some late to finish fifth about three lengths off the winner, follow at a big price right back.





WOODBINE

ARTHUR’S PASS: Was sent off at 11-1 for his debut last out, settled off the pace early on racing in sixth behind moderate splits, started to gain some ground around the turn and passed some rivals to finish fourth, like his chances next out off that effort.

CALGARY CAPER: Off since November heading into his last start, got away in fifth early on behind a sharp half mile, started to move on the turn and finished well to finish third at 18-1 in a solid final 1/8th of a mile, must respect right back.

LUNAR LIGHT: Four year old colt was sent off at 7-2 for his debut, got away in third last out going five furlongs, made a move to take over into the lane but came up a neck short checking in second; keys your exotics next out.

POWER PHIL: Was coming off a December layoff last out, set a pressured pace throughout to the top of the lane but tired in the drive to finish fourth as the slight favorite, should improve off that effort and can offer some value next out.

SHANNON’S POSSE: Four year old gelding was away in good order last out, pressed the leaders for a half mile but tired late to finish fifth at 8-1; needed the race and must be followed at a square price next out.

BEST BET: ROOTHAM TRIPLE E’S: Broke outward when returning from an October layoff last out, stalked the pace from third, chased the pace around the turn and then tired to finish sixth at 5-1; improves off that effort right back.

LONGSHOT: JOEY BATS: Came off a December layoff last out, got away in midpack racing in sixth, came wide around the turn but didn’t kick on and checked in an even sixth at 74-1; tab at a big price with a drop into a maiden claimer.





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