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Oct 24, 2014

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


CHURCHILL DOWNS

FIERY CAT: New face in town following debut fourth on turf at IND rallied for second on dirt stretch out most recently; can handle maiden crew next time.

BUCK MAGIC: Had some early trouble, fought on the pace, and weakened to third in the lane on class rise most recently, but has kept good form of late; son of Broken Vow worth keeping on tickets.

TAKE IT LIKE A MAN: Set the pace and rolled to a 6 ¾-length romp as the favorite when dropped in class and switched to dirt for his latest; proves worthy $32K-claim for owner/trainer C. Peery.

BE WELL: Contended pace wide and weakened to finish an acceptable fourth when on yielding ground in his first career turf attempt; worth following, turf or dirt.

RUN ZIPPY RUN: Took some tote play for her racing debut and gave an even effort for fourth; daughter of City Zip deserving of another shot for trainer K. Gorder (19% wins this year).

EDDY GOURMET: Fought it out on the pace, shook free to lead by two lengths in the stretch, and weakened late when third of 11 as the favorite in her latest; post position 11 of 11 probably was a tough ask.

ZAMQUICK: Gained third when hung in outside post position in a field of 12 in her latest turf sprint; solid sort from winning E. Kenneally barn has been on the board in seven of nine starts.

HOME TOWN GAL: Took noteworthy class drop when in from RP for her latest, finished second to favored winner, and bears watching off $20K-claim for trainer E. McCann, Sr.

TALE OF HONOR: Chased wide and weakened to finish fourth of six in his first try with winners most recently; should benefit and might appreciate return to CD, scene of his maiden score.

4*SPECIAL: ALMOST ENGLISH: Battled on the pace and weakened to fifth of 11 on move to starter allowance level in first start following $25K-claim for trainer J. Sharp (seven-for-14 to begin career); next time.

LONGSHOT: BAJAN: Never got on track when eighth of 11 most recently, but barn showed confidence with Grade 2 Raven Run placement off April-layoff; could surprise now.

 

PENN NATIONAL

TRINIDAD LADY: Gained from last of four early to pick up second in her latest when clearly hurt by lack of pace and sloppy ground; another chance for beaten odds-on favorite.

HOOSIC TUNNEL: Managed even effort for third in his latest over sloppy strip, and was bumped at the start; likely to show more from the start next time at this reduced class level.

GENEVIEVE’S BREEZE: Scored in front-running style when making her first start since January, and did so off claim/class rise; takes another for trainer A. Albright.

NILE SAPPHIRE: Raced wide to nowhere (post position 10 of 10) in her racing debut after showing brief early interest en route to seventh-place finish; can improve for strong Todd Beattie barn (21% wins this year).

RUNS FOR LUCK: Rallied for third in blanket finish when making his racing debut at age 3 for strong B. Houghton barn; benefits from late introduction to racing experience.

4*SPECIAL: QUALITY SILVER: Showed speed and weakened to finish third in worthwhile racing debut that could move her forward; solid for winning B. Houghton barn.

LONGSHOT: TOTAL THIEF: Tried allowance company and managed third after winning her racing debut easily and being haltered for $18K-tag by trainer B. Servis; barn has options now.



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