Aug 29, 2014
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ANCIENT GODDESS: Two year old filly
shipped in from France for her last start in the P G Johnson Stakes, was very
rank after breaking from the rail post, moved up to get into second on the turn
but didn’t have any kick when it counted checking in third at 3-1; should be
tough right back.
ESCAPE TO MALIBU: Three year old
filly made her career debut last out going 1 and 1/16th miles over
the turf, hesitated at the start and then raced near the back of the pack and
never really did much running after that checking in 8th, a move to
the dirt is in order.
FIRST CHARMER: Two year old filly
tried the turf in his second career start, came out running for the lead
battling through a very sharp half mile in 44:4 and hung on well to finish
fourth outlasting all the other pace rivals.
GRACEFUL GAL: Three year old
filly by Curlin made her debut last out in a 5 and ½ turf sprint, was outrun
early on racing in 8th, was still near the back of the pack into the
lane before closing well to finish fourth at 16-1; is bred to want more ground,
LAKEVIEW LADY: Came out running
for the lead last out when setting the pace against NW1X allowance company for
statebreds, set the pace into the lane but tired to finish sixth at 65-1 losing
by less than five lengths, a slight drop into a NW2L claimer might do the
MARBLE FALLS: Well bred four year
old colt was making his career debut last out going seven furlongs over the
dirt, came out running in 8th early on when sent off at 41-1 and was
only able to pass just one rival checking in seventh, should improve off that
effort and turf may be in his future.
PERSNICKITY: Was claimed four
back for $25k, moved up to face $40k claimers and got the job done and then
finished a solid second for $50k claimers just getting beat a neck, put in a
huge effort last out against optional $62.5k claimers last out and was a hard
luck second, very sharp.
PUCA: Moved to the turf
for her second career start last out, raced in ninth early on behind some
moderate fractions and closed well to finish third at 8-1; should move forward
again next out.
STARS ABOVE ME: Was real good in
her North America debut easily scoring two back, was sent off as the slight
favorite last out but didn’t get the best of trips as she was extremely rank en
route to a ninth place finish, look for a better price next out.
THNXTOMYUNCLE: Four year old
gelding was outrun early on racing in sixth after being bumped hard from both
sides at the start and then was checked, raced in sixth and last to the top of
the lane and passed one rival checking in fifth at 29-1; must respect at a big
price right back.
BEST BET: LADY LUCIANO: Ran a good fourth in her
first try over the turf two back against a very sharp field of statebreds, was
turned back in distance last out, got away near the back of the pack, made a
good run around the turn but couldn’t finish it off checking in sixth, was
claimed and should be followed right back.
LONGSHOT: BALDERDASH: Had a good two year old
year last out but has not been very good as a three year old, was sent off at
37-1 last out, raced in ninth early on, made a big move to get into second at
the top of the lane but flattened out a bit late checking in fourth, could be
all set now.
BLACK ANA SPLASH: Scored by over 23
lengths two back on June the 20th, was claimed by the Navarro barn,
returned on the turf versus $12.5k claimers, set the pace but backed up badly
checking in 11th and last, follow with drop back on the dirt.
IMA WILDCAT: Has plenty of
talent but has been caught up in two wicked speed duels in both of his starts
and held on for third last out, a pair of blinkers may do the trick, follow.
JR.’S CHILI PEPPER: Was an easy maiden
winner two back, moved up to face winners in a NW2L statebred $7.5k claiming
event, got to the lead after the ¼ mile, set the pace into the lane and held on
late for the win, can get by the next level right back.
MIAMI MUSIC: Was a big winner
two against conditioned $5k claimers scoring by over four lengths at 36-1;
returned at the same level and again was an easy winner at 15-1; will need to
move up a bit next out but is in career form.
QUEPOS: Was claimed for $5k
two back by the Navarro barn, moved up into a optional claimer/starter
allowance race, battled on the lead throughout when stretching out in distance
but tired to finish sixth in the lane, follow this one on the turnback.
BEST BET: RIGBY: Hard hitting seven year old got
a good spot out of the gate sitting behind the speeds up front, was put in
behind horses around the turn and he seemed to resent that, throwing his head
and running awkwardly, straightened up in the lane but could only manage an 8th
place finish, offers better value right back.
LONGSHOT: GRAEME BAY: Was outrun early on when
trying winners for the first time last out, trailed the field around the turn
but then was basically eased checking in a well beaten seventh, give this one
another look for a shrewd barn, tab.
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