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Jul 04, 2014

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


BELMONT

ENJOY THE SHOW: Came out running from the start, pressed the leader from the inside through a half in 45:1 before tiring in the lane to finish sixth at 6-1; should benefit from that effort and look for a forward move next out, stay close.

HEAVEN’S RUNWAY: Four year old was coming off a March layoff last out when trying the turf for the first time, was away in sixth behind a half in 44:1, continued to run on through the lane and checked in fourth at 25-1; needed that race and should only get better, tab.

ICE WAGON: Four year old gelding got away in fourth early on, made a sharp move go get into second but couldn’t go on with it checking in third, follow this one with NW2L $25k claimers.

INDIAN STARLIGHT: Hard hitting five year old mare returned from an April layoff last out, chased the leaders from third early on but couldn’t finish it off checking in fourth while easily outlasting the other speed rivals.

KEEN’S CUPLA: Broke from the tough rail post for a first time starter, was away near the back of the pack, was wide on the turn and even wider into the lane closing well to finish second to the runaway winning favorite at 16-1; tough right back.

MAJESTIC RAFFY: Was coming off a claim when heading into his last race, was outrun early on behind sharp splits but put in a solid run through the lane to get up for second as the slight second choice, was claimed again and has some backclass to call on.

MIDNIGHT CITRA: Was sent off at 40-1 in her debut for the hall of fame barn of Bill Mott, was outrun early on but did close well to finish third about six lengths off the winner, should move forward and turf is an option.

NO BRAKES: Hard hitting nine year old gelding was outrun early on behind a sharp half mile, made a big move to get into contention on the turn but tired to finish fourth, was claimed by the Jacobson barn and should fit at two turns at Saratoga.

TAYLOR JAGGER: Broke from the rail last out, was outrun early on against $12.5k claimers, came extremely wide around the turn and was finishing well checking in fourth, needs a rider switch desperately.

WACO: Took plenty of money for his return from a January layoff when he was making his first start as a gelding, was in perfect position but came up empty checking in fourth late, should be all set now.

ZO ZO: Anthony Dutrow trainee took plenty of money for her debut going off at 7-5; moved up into contention on the turn while in behind horses, had to steadied a bit and then did no running, gained plenty of experience and should benefit, tab.

BEST BET: INDIAN RAIN DANCE: Put in a huge effort in his first start when checking in second in a very sharp time against $50k maiden claimers, moved up to face maiden special weight rivals, was forced to chase a sharp pace from third and tired in the lane to finish sixth, offers some value right back with a drop in class.

LONGSHOT: BARGAINING TABLE: Had been in good form at the start of the grass season but her last two efforts were just even tries, didn’t get off to the best of starts last out, raced near the back of the pack before closing some ground to finish fourth, tab at a square price right back.

 

 

 

 

MONMOUTH

CRYSTAL GRIT: Three year old filly came out running last out, chased a sharp pace from the start but just couldn’t match stride with the leader eventually tiring to finish fourth at 5-1; well bred runner may appreciate more ground and turf is an option.

JOANN’S GIRLY: Four year old filly was making her first start off the Claudio Gonzalez claim, broke from the far outside post 11, chased the pace from the start racing in third but tired in the lane, can prove tough if she can clear early on.

KING RACER: Three year old gelding chased the sharp pace from third last out, got into second at the top of the lane but couldn’t finish it off checking in third at 3-1; follow right back with similar.

SHE’S HOT WIRED: Got away in second early on pressing the pace, moved to the lead past the ¾ mark but was outrun badly through the lane to finish third at 7-1; barn has been having a rough meeting so far and a turn back in distance is in order.

THINKING OF MOM: Three year old filly by Artie Schiller was making her career debut last out going one mile over the turf, was pulling early on, made a big move to get into third but tired in the lane checking in 8th at 15-1, stay close.

BEST BET: SEE TROUBLE: Three year old filly broke her maiden two back against $40k maiden claimers, moved up to face allowance winners last out, chased from third early on, was still in contention into the lane but had to settle for third late at 16-1; fits with similar right back.

LONGSHOT: TELL TALE FRIEND: Was coming off a 15 month layoff last out, chased the pace early on against sprinters over the turf but tired in the lane to finish 7th, needed the race and should improve next out going a bit further.



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