Jun 20, 2014
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
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
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
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.
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
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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