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Mar 20, 2015

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


AQUEDUCT

AWESOME HEART: Stretched back out in distance last out, trailed the field early on behind moderate splits but did close some ground to finish third at 23-1; is better sprinting, tab on the turnback.

COPERNICUS: Was dropped into a $32k claimer last out, got away in third and was chasing the pace while racing wide, was still in contention into the lane but couldn’t get the job done, settling for second late, was claimed by sharp barn and must be respected right back.

FILLY IDOL: Was sent off at 9-2 for her debut last out, broke from the rail and chased the pace from fifth but didn’t have any kick in the lane checking in seventh, respect this runner right back off the claim, turf may be an option as well.

FLAG ON THE PLAY: Chased the pace from third last out but just didn’t have it when it counted into the lane tiring to finish fifth, was claimed by sharp Jason Servis barn and should be tough, tab.

GOPHER JR: Three year old was sent off at 28-1 in his debut, got away in sixth from post 10 over a sloppy track and finished an even fifth, beaten about nine lengths, should improve off that effort and the price will be right.

KE IN MOTION: Is a much better horse when able to make a clear lead but was rated in third early on last out over a wet track, give this one another look next out especially with a more aggressive ride.

PRAIRIE STONE: Four year old filly came out racing in second chasing the loose on the lead frontrunner from the start and into the lane but tired to finish fourth, follow this one back on the main track next out.

SPECIAL OPS: Wintered in Florida after finishing second against $40k maiden claimers back in December over the inner track, stalked the leaders from fourth, moved to take over into the lane and drew away smartly to score by more than five lengths, improving sort, follow.

SWIVEL: Returned from a December layoff last out to face winners for the first time, was outrun some early on and close some ground in the lane to finish fourth at 16-1 behind the odds-on choice, should move up off that effort and turf could be in his future.

BEST BET: REPARTEE: Well bred three year old filly from the McLaughlin barn was sent off at 3-1 in her debut, she got away in fourth early on, dropped back a bit but then was running well at the end to finish fourth, will be very tough to beat right back, follow.

LONGSHOT: KING DIX C: Was easily the longest shot on the board at 48-1 last out, was outrun over a sloppy/sealed surface for most of the race, started to gain on the inside through the lane, angled out and finished well for second, tab with NW3L $12.5k claimers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAUREL

BALLYKISS: Four year old filly came away running in third early on, was still there into the lane but tired to finish sixth at 11-1; follow this runner right back and look for a move to the grass, tab.

CAVITY: Three year old colt made his debut last out against special weight company and was sent off at 11-1; rated in the back of the pack early on before passing a few rivals to finish fifth, should improve with more ground.

FLASH HEART: Four year old got away eighth behind some moderate splits, made a big move to get into third but couldn’t get to the two leaders, follow with NW2L $5k claimers.

GATOR GOLD: Five year old gelding came out running for the lead last out when making the first start off the claim and finished up well just missing by a head, will prove very tough right back with similar.

LIGHTNIN FAST GIRL: Four year old filly came out running last out, set the pace while under pressure over a muddy/sealed track and stayed on well for second, over nine lengths ahead of the show horse, follow.

BEST BET: PRIDE OF WILKO: Was making her first start off the claim last out, broke from the far outside post 10, raced in 7th early on while very wide and closed some ground to finish fourth at 5-1; tab with a better trip.

LONGSHOT: MY VET’S A GENIUS: Has been off form since August of last year but did put in a good effort to finish fourth at 115-1 behind the two favorites, must respect right back especially with a drop in class.



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