Jun 06, 2014
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
GOLDEN SUCCESS: Was claimed two
back, moved up a bit, was away in fifth early on, moved into second past a half
in 44:4 but just couldn’t finish it off checking in fourth, was claimed again
and is all set now.
HOTCHA DO IT: Ran well last out
when scoring off a two month layoff, moved up to face off against NW4L $20k
claimers, came out running again last out, was overtaken past the ¾ mark racing
in third, but came back again to finish second, sharp now.
SEMESTER ABROAD: Six year old mare
was sent off at 12-1 in an off the turf event, was away in fifth, moved up to
challenge for the lead but was outkicked to finish third, follow back on the
SHE’S ALEX: Sent off at 7-2 in
her debut, was outrun over a muddy/sealed and checked in an even fifth, must
respect this runner right back especially with more ground, follow.
WINNING DEAL: Five year old
gelding was sent off at 15-1 last out against NW4L $7.5k claimers last out, got
away in fourth early on, made a big move to get into second at the top of the
lane but faded some to finish third behind the odds-on choice, tab.
BEST BET: G. I. JOEY: Five year old gelding was
making his third start back off a February layoff, turned back in distance and
showed sharp early speed, set a good pace from the start and into the lane but
tired to finish third at 17-1; gets there next out at a price.
LONGSHOT: WAR BELLS: Three year old filly tried
the turf for the first time last out, chased the early pace but was done after
¾’s and tired to finish 10th at 37-1; a move back to the dirt gets
the job done, follow closely at a big price.
INMYFATHERSIMAGE: Was claimed back in
the beginning of April, turned back to six furlongs, got away in fourth behind
a sharp half mile, started to move into the lane and just missed by a nose,
handles many distances.
SHIPWRECKED: Tried the turf two
for the first time, had a very tough trip racing very wide after getting
squeezed at the start, was in behind the leaders last out but was tough to
handle, started to give way into the lane and finished a well beaten ninth,
will offer some value right back.
BORN IN BROOKLYN: Was waiting for
this one to get on the turf, was run over that surface two back and didn’t run
badly checking in an even fifth at 55-1; took a drop into a maiden claimer and
just got a terrible trip, was bottled up while in between horses, had no room
in the lane while getting shuffled back and checked in an even fifth again, one
SLEEPLESS KNIGHT: Eight year old has
the backclass to call on, got away in fifth behind some very slow fractions,
made a very wide move to get into contention but flattened out late checking in
fifth, needs a slight turnback in distance to show his best.
DENDRITE: Was an easy maiden
winner three back, ran fourth in an off the turf race last out, was sent out to
the lead last out, set some solid fractions but tired late to finish third
behind a runaway winner, handles sprint distances as well, stay close at a
SMOKEY BROWN: Was away in fifth
behind a sharp early pace, came wide into the lane and was beginning to gain
late coming up just ¾’s of a length short, improving four year old could have a
big year ahead, tab.
REVISE: Four year old filly
has plenty of early speed, showed very good speed in her debut back in March
before tiring in the lane to finish fourth, showed even more speed last out but
was done by the top of the lane, well bred runner from the Mott barn has the
ability and will offer better value next out.
OLD HARBOR: Made her second
start over the turf last out, was in contention heading into the lane but ran
into some trouble possibly costing her the win checking in a close-up third at
MULHEB: Tried the turf
again for the second time last out, chased a sharp early pace but just couldn’t
keep up tiring badly to finish 9th and last, is a better horse over
the dirt so stay close.
HARPOON: Three year old from
the Pletcher barn moved to the turf last out for the first time, was away in
ninth and last behind slow splits, moved outside into the lane but could only
pass a few rivals in an extremely fast final quarter mile, must be given
another shot over the lawn.
BEST BET: AMERICAN PROGRESS: Well bred runner by
Mr. Greeley showed some gameness winning his second career start back in
January, returned versus winners for the first time last out, came four wide
into the lane while following the heavy favorite but just got a bit tired late
to finish third at 15-1; has a future ahead of him and should be all set now.
LONGSHOT: ALYSARO: Broke well and came out
running last out, was quickly challenged from the inside battling for the lead,
took over into the lane but just couldn’t sustain that run and tired to finish
fourth at 12-1; the value is there, take it.
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