Dec 05, 2014
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BAJAN SUMMER: Four year old
gelding chased the pace and tired some two back when going a mile, turned back
in distance last out, made a good move to take over into the lane but had to
settle for second, sharp now.
BERNARDO: Four year old colt
was coming back off a July layoff last out, was outrun some early on behind
solid splits, made a move to get into contention before checking in fifth,
needed that race and should be all set now on the stretchout.
CALL WIL: Three year old
gelding got away in good order last out, made a good move to take over the lead
into the lane but tired some late to finish third, in good form, stay close.
DOC ALMON: Made his first
start off the claimed for the Gary Gullo barn last out, chased the even money
favorite from the start and checked in a clear second in a good time for the
day, follow right back off that effort.
JACK O LIAM: Ran a decent fourth
in his debut, moved up into a maiden special weight race, came out running from
the rail, chased the pace from third and tired to finish fifth at 10-1; could
appreciate more ground, stay close.
LUNAR SURGE: Shipped in from
Churchill Downs for her last race, she had run over the inner track before and
run well, stalked the moderate pace but tired in the lane to finish fourth and
last, give her another look at a square price.
METAURUS: Six year old
gelding was sent off as the longest shot in a six horse field at 21-1, stalked
the leaders from third early on, made a good move to challenge the leaders into
the lane and held well to finish a close-up third, tab right back.
STATE FLAG: Was against the
inside speed favoring track last out, raced in fifth early on, came wide into
the lane and got up for third late, give this one another look right back over
a fair track, follow.
SWIFT TAYLOR: Five year old mare
had been in good form up at Finger Lakes, chased the pace over a muddy track
last out but checked in fourth and last, give this one a look right back over a
THIRD FRONTIER: Took some money for
his second career start and his first over the dirt while also switching barns,
didn’t break well and trailed early over a good track but did make up some
ground to finish sixth, should move forward off that effort, tab.
BEST BET: AMERICAN PROGRESS: Thought this three
year old had some ability early in his career, dropped in class last out, was
gunned to the lead setting solid splits over a muddy track, couldn’t go on with
it in the lane tiring to finish seventh, was claimed by the Rudy Rodriguez
barn, follow right back.
LONGSHOT: ONECATS CHANCE: Didn’t break super
sharp, rushed up to battle head to head for the lead through some sharp
fractions and tired to finish 8th and last, might appreciate a move
to two turns, tab at a price.
BOURBON MAN: Three year old colt
came out running in sixth early on, made a good move to get into second but
couldn’t get to the leaders checking in third late; tab with NW3L $5k claimers.
LOVE’S ILLUSION: Two year old filly
by Tapit was sent off at 36-1 for her debut, she chased the pace from third
early on, was still there into the lane but tired late to finish third over a
muddy/sealed strip, must respect right back.
ONE MASSIVE CAT: Two year old filly
came out running for the lead last out, set a pressured pace over a
muddy/sealed track and drew away for an easy score, is now 2 for 3 with a
second albeit against claimers but can string a few in a row, tab.
RATION: Four year old
gelding was returning from an October layoff, came out chasing the sharp pace
over a muddy/sealed surface but couldn’t get to the winner coming up a
half-length short, must respect right back at the $16k claiming level.
WINDHOEK: Three year old
filly by Mineshaft took plenty of money for her debut going off at 7-2, got away
in fifth over the muddy course but couldn’t do any better than sixth, should
improve with experience.
BEST BET: HITEC DAVE: Broke from post 11 last
out, chased the pace while three wide but just couldn’t go on with it checking
in fifth late at 11-1; can prove tough if he is able to get to the lead.
LONGSHOT: SAWDUST: Was shipping in from Woodbine
for his last start, got away in seventh, made a big move to get into contention
but came up a head short at 73-1; tab at a big price right back.
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