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Jun 20, 2014

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


BELMONT

PERFECT DANGER: Four year old colt was coming off almost a year layoff last out, took a drop into a $75k maiden claimer but was facing mostly maiden special weight runners anyway, was involved in a speed duel, put away the other speed rival and held well for second to the perfect trip odds-on winner.

MLLE MARGAUX: Is a better horse over the turf and was just spinning her wheels last out checking in fifth against a mediocre group, I would give this filly one more shot but over the turf, tab.

KATE GREENAWAY: Three year old filly ran well in her debut, chased and tired in her second start two back, was given about seven weeks off, but was basically eliminated at the start when she took a bad stumble and checked in seventh, should offer value right back.

HINES: Was a maiden last out when he tried winners last out, didn’t get the best of starts racing in 8th early on behind some extremely slow fractions, made a wide move down the backstretch to get into contention, came wide around the turn and finished up well for third, follow right back in any spot.

SUMMERDALE: Was coming off a January layoff last out, chased a sharp pace in a turf sprint, was still there at the top of the lane but tired to finish sixth at 8-1; should improve off that race and will be much better next out.

MATCHING SKIES: Made her first start off the Friedman claim last out, chased the pace early on behind a 46:1 half mile, was still there into the lane but couldn’t go with the leader late in a solid final ¼ mile checking in third just a nose off the place spot.

J. QUIRK: Three year old filly made her second start over the turf last out when stretching out to a mile, chased the leader early on while racing in second, was still right there into the lane but tired to finish fourth at 17-1, can score at a solid price next out on either surface.

BIRCHWOOD ROAD: Made his second start off a January layoff last out, moved wide into contention at the top of the lane but couldn’t go on with it late checking in fifth at 9-1; one more shot next out in his third start back.

ATLANTIC’S SMILE: Returned from a November layoff last out, made the lead in and off the turf event and drew away smartly in the drive, handles both the turf and dirt and must be respected right back with better.

BARREL OF LOVE: Was shipped to Tampa for the winter, had two wins and a second, returned from a March layoff last out, was outrun some early on, came wide into the lane closing well to finish third at 18-1; in sharp form right now and should offer some value right back.

GOOD CATHOLIC GIRL: Three year old filly was sent off at 6-1 for her debut in an off the turf race run over a muddy/sealed track, was away in last, came four wide into the lane but never really made an impact checking in seventh and last, tab on the turf.

BEST BET: MR. VIBER: Three year old gelding was making his first start for the Todd Pletcher barn last out when coming off an October layoff, broke in at the start, chased the sharp pace from third early on but tired to finish fourth at 9-1, got some useful conditioning and a move to the turf could be in order, tab.

LONGSHOT: I’M WIDE AWAKE: Showed some life two back when making the lead going a mile before tiring, turned back in distance last out, chased the leaders from fourth, came wide into the lane and checked in fifth just a head and a neck off the show spot at 57-1; can pop at a price.

 

 

 

 

MONMOUTH

AMBLIN EASY: Four year old filly Jersey bred was coming off a September layoff last out, was outrun early on racing in sixth, started to gain into the lane and finished well for third behind the two favorites, stay close.

GOOSE BAY: Six year old gelding raced in ninth early on behind moderate splits, moved out three wide into the lane and closed well to finish fourth at 9-1; 1 for 41 runner very rarely wins but is usually right there, can get there with the right pace up front.

LOVE TO THE MAX: Ten year old gelding came out running from the inside post, was clear through the opening quarter mile, was still there into the lane but had to settle for second behind the runaway winning favorite.

LUCKY BALLADIER: Was sent off at 22-1 for his debut last out, came over on his rivals at the start, raced well back early on before closing come ground in the lane to finish fourth despite having to steadied at the wire, follow this one right back.

ZEALOUS SKY: Broke from the far outside post 10 last out, battled for the lead while racing wide, was still wide caught chasing the leaders to the top of the lane but tired some late to finish fourth at 20-1; stay close.

BEST BET: WISE CHILD: Jersey bred three year old was put up in his debut by D’Q, stretched out two back to face winners, got up late to score again, moved up to face open company last out and closed well to finish second at 8-1; very tough right back.

LONGSHOT: CRAFTY TIME: Six year old gelding was making his third start back off a layoff last out, showed good speed again but couldn’t hold on tiring to finish fifth at 31-1; looks all set now to wire a field at a solid price.



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