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May 16, 2014

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


 

BELMONT

ALL MY TRAILS: Stayed in an off the turf race last out, got away in third chasing the leaders over a sloppy/sealed surface, was still in contention into the lane but tired to finish fifth at 18-1; look for this Michael Dilger runner back over the turf.

BLISSTERING STRIKE: Was sent off as the longest shot in the race last out at 18-1; showed good early speed but couldn’t go with the leaders tiring to finish sixth and last, needed that race and probably wants more ground, tab.

FAVOR FACTOR: Four year old colt was coming off a February layoff last out, caught a sloppy/sealed track, was away in 11th and last while rank, came with a four wide run into the lane and checked in 9th at 20-1; look for a move back to the turf.

PERFECT STORMY: Ran on late in the lane to finish third in a five horse field when sent off at 35-1; is clearly better on the turf but needs a drop back into a maiden claimer, tab.

POLIZIANO: Was coming off three straight third place finishes, came wide around the turn when middle moving into a 45:1 opening half mile but tired late to finish fourth, was claimed out of that race and should be respected in a similar spot.

SINISTRA: Four year old gelding was trying the turf for the first time last out, saved ground while racing in fifth throughout but just couldn’t go on with it in the lane checking in seventh and last, a move back to the dirt is in order.

SLEW’S BREW: Ran huge two back to just miss by a head when trying the turf last out, stayed in the race last out despite being moved to the main track, got away in fifth from the rail and stayed on through the lane to finish fourth at 7-1; will prove tough back on the lawn.

SOUNDS OF THE CITY: Was coming off a sixth place finish up at Woodbine, got away in sixth last out behind moderate splits in the License Fee stakes, came with a very wide move around the turn to reach contention but tired a bit late to finish third at 10-1; all set now.

WILD ABOUT DIXIE: Came out running for the lead last out, pressed the pace from the start and into the lane but just couldn’t go with the top two checking in third at 48-1; fits well with $20k maiden claimers.

WOELF DEN: Came out running for the lead, was involved in the early pace, took over after a quarter mile, held that lead into the lane but couldn’t go with the leaders tiring to finish fourth while wandering in mid-stretch; give this three year old another look.

BEST BET: TIZALLHEART: Four year old filly broke her maiden two back against $35k maiden claimers but did look good doing it, moved up to face NW2L $40k claimers last out, was racing well back early on but did close strongly through the lane finishing second and galloping out well.

LONGSHOT: DADDY LOVES GOLD: Was coming off a September layoff last out, broke running from the rail and was caught up chasing a very sharp pace before tiring in the lane to finish 8th at 13-1; got plenty out of that race and should bounce back next out.

 

 

 

MONMOUTH

CHIEF CARLSON: Five year old gelding was shipping back up from Gulfstream, got away in third in a four horse field last out, chased a sharp pace but tired to finish fourth and last, loves this track and was claimed by the Mario Serey Jr. barn, stay close.

INDEFINABLE HUMOR: Took a drop into a $6k claimer last out, set a sharp pace throughout, edged away from his other pace rival but couldn’t hold off the dropping odds-on favorite checking in second, follow.

LUCKY RASCAL: Three year old colt by Discreet Cat was sent off at 7-2 for his debut, got away in fifth behind sharp splits but didn’t factor late checking in seventh, hails from sharp barn and is bred to handle all surfaces.

PINETREE PRO: Shipped in from Tampa Bay for his last start, came out running for the lead, was battling three wide around the turn, was still right there into the lane but couldn’t finish it off tiring just a bit late to finish third at 9-1; follow right back with straight three year olds.

VIVA ALLEGIANCE: Stayed in the race last out when it came off the turf, got away in third behind a decent pace but just didn’t have any run when it counted checking in a well beaten fourth, is clearly a turf horse and may get decent value right back on that surface.

BEST BET: THE LOUISIANA KID: Had a solid record over this track heading into his last race with 3 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third from seven tries, got away in fourth last out and chased the pace while racing three wide but couldn’t do any better than fifth, may have needed this race and should bounce back for sharp barn.

LONGSHOT: CROWN THE CHIEF: Hard hitting eight year old gelding broke from the far outside post 11 most recently, chased the pace from fifth, came very wide into the lane and got up for fourth late at 24-1; the price will right and the has the backclass to call on.



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