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Jul 25, 2014

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


SARATOGA

ALL MINE TONIGHT: Was coming off a January layoff last out, broke from a tough rail post while sprinting over the turf, was outrun early on racing in 10th, moved up three wide into the lane and closed to finish fourth at 9-1; all set now.

BRANDED HAND: Broke from the rail last out but was immediately taken back to race in 10th after being fractious in the gate, swung out into the lane and finished well for fifth, just needs a little more aggression early on.

BROADWAY BAY: Was sent off at 12-1 in his debut, was outrun early on racing in ninth behind a sharp half mile but was finishing very well through the lane to check in third, is bred to stretchout, stay close.

BUILT IN A DAY: Was sent off 5-1 in her debut, was well back early on behind a decent half mile against $40k statebred maidens, started to gain into the lane and finished fourth about 15 lengths off the runaway winner, was claimed out of that race and should improve.

COSMO STORM: Two year old colt was shipping in after prepping for his debut at Fair Hill, chased the leader early on but couldn’t go with the runners through the lane checking in fifth at 11-1; may move up with a move to the turf, tab.

KISSES FOR ROMEO: Showed a big work a week before her race on July 23rd, was sent off as the 5-2 second choice, got away in third while racing three wide, was still there into the lane but tired to finish fourth, goes forward off that effort.

LEMON ROYAL: Two year old broke a step slow last out, got away in fifth, started to move up on the far turn and checked in fourth, should improve off that effort and may want turf and more ground, tab.

MOONLIGHT FANTASY: Well bred three year old filly was sent off at 8-1 for her debut, was off a step slow, raced near the back of the pack, started to move up on the turn but didn’t go on with it checking in 7th, needed that race and a move to the turf is an option.

POLIZIANO: Six year old gelding came out running from the inside last out, battled on the lead with the favorite but tired in the lane to finish fifth, a slight drop will do, tab.

SIR LESLIE: Was ridden out of the gate to gain positioning, dropped back to race in sixth behind some sharp fractions and picked up a few spots in the lane checking in fourth, four year old gelding could be tough if he can relax early on.

WITH EXULTATION: Broke from post 11 last out, raced wide around the turn when going 5 and ½ furlongs over the turf and finished well checking in a clear second to the favorite, will be very tough to beat with similar next out.

BEST BET: MAXIMOVA: New York bred has plenty of talent but she has been very rank over her last few starts, most recently racing in sixth early on behind slow early splits, moved wide into the lane and closed well for a close-up third, will be very tough as long as she behaves.

LONGSHOT: THOMAS HILL: Five year old gelding broke from a tough rail post last out while sprinting over the turf, was steadied near the back of the pack, came wide into the lane and finished up well for fourth at 6-1; hasn’t been getting the best of trips and can offer value next out.

 

 

 

 

MONMOUTH

AMBER MORNING: Four year old filly was away in seventh early on last out going 5 ½ furlongs over the turf, started to gain as they moved into the lane and finished well for second at 19-1; fits with similar right back.

HORN BUCKLE: Got up to score by a nose two back running down the heavy favorite, moved up a bit last out, was outrun early on behind a sharp half mile, started to gain into the lane and finished well to just miss by a neck; sharp now.

I’M JULIE: Well bred firster came out running last out and got a good spot in behind the leaders racing in fourth, couldn’t go with the leaders in the lane and tired to finish seventh and last at 4-1; give this one another shot.

MONEY GAME: Moved into the Pletcher barn three races back, ran well to score two back and was finishing well in a small stakes race last out checking in a close-up fourth at 13-1; must respect.

THINKING OF MOM: Three year old filly by Artie Schiller made a big middle move in her debut but tired to finish 8th, was sent off as the slight 5-2 favorite last out, was rank early on while racing in second and tired to finish 9th, should offer a better price next out and must be followed right back.

BEST BET: LASSO: Was a bit keyed up in the paddock last out, showed good speed while under pressure and stayed on well for third against $12.5k claimers over the turf, was claimed by the Navarro barn and will prove tough right back.

LONGSHOT: SIERRA ANCHA: Five year old gelding New Jersey bred was making just his second start off an October layoff, was outrun behind some sharp splits before passing some horses to finish fourth at 44-1; should be all set now and a stretchout in distance is in order.



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