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Jul 17, 2015

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


SARATOGA

BAUBLETTE: Three year old filly was sent off at 19-1 for her debut, breaking from the rail she was caught in behind horses with the dirt being kicked in her face but she stood her ground and ran on some late to finish fourth, turf is an option as well.

CHIEF OF STATE: Three year old gelding has now run six times with two seconds and two thirds, most recently closing well to just miss the place spot; improving runner is sitting on a win and may offer some value up at the Spa, tab.

HIDDEN VOW: Took a drop from a NW2X statebred allowance race into a NW3L $50k claimer, was outrun early on, was still well back into the lane before closing well through the lane, altering course late to score going away, tab right with a move up in class.

HUNTER CAT: Made his career debut going six furlongs over the turf, was sent off at 14-1, got away in fourth behind some sharp splits, dropped back a bit but then came again to finish fourth, respect this runner right back off that effort.

LADY LUCIANO: Four year old filly was off since March, hopped in the air and was left well behind the field, made a good wide run to get into contention but faded to finish 7th and last, needed that race and should improve going forward; tab.

MUTIN: Was a winner in his first try in this country last November but has since been off form most recently checking in sixth after being rank early on, give this one a try on the turnback.

NOT NOW JOANIE: Three year filly was dropping into a statebred $40k maiden claimer and returning from a November layoff, pressed the pace from the start and into the lane but tired to finish fourth at 9-2; all set now.

OLDWICK: Was off since the end of May heading into his last race, got away in third from post 2, moved up to challenge the lead but was taken back to race in third just didn’t have any finishing kick over a muddy/sealed track, needs a fast track and is better on the lead.

REVERSIONTOTHEMEAN: Four year old filly was off since October and was sent off at 45-1 against NW3L $35k claimers, was outrun early on behind a half mile in  44:3 but did close well to finish third just missing the place spot by a head.

SPRINGCOURT: Hard hitting seven year old gelding put in a solid late run to finish second to a runaway winner, was claimed out of that race and should make an impact in those two turn races at Saratoga.

BEST BET: UNBRIDLED SONYA: Three year old filly was an impressive winner in her turf debut last September, ran a good fourth in a stake back in October, was returning from that effort last out, chased the pace from third and stayed on well for fifth at 15-1; all set now.

LONGSHOT: TALE STONE: Three year old gelding was sent off at 10-1 for his debut for a barn that doesn’t win with their firsters, after being outrun behind some solid splits he passed one horse through the lane checking in sixth, needed that race and may want more ground.

 

 

 

 

MONMOUTH

LITTLE TOM: Broke running but was caught up in a speed duel basically from the start through fractions of 22:1, 45:2 and was right there to the wire checking in third just a nose and a head off the winner, very tough if he can clear off early on.

OLIVER ZIP: Lost all chance when he lunged at the start and raced well behind the field, made a move around the turn to get into contention but couldn’t do any better than fifth, a clean break could put in back in the winners’ circle right back.

PATIO GAMES: Two year old colt made his debut for his purchase price of $30k, was sent off as the 2-1 second choice, got away in fourth and then was just racing evenly to the wire checking in fourth, is bred for the grass and look for a move to that surface.

TWISTED KICK: Three year old filly broke her maiden back in early May, has failed four times against winners now after holding clear leads into the lane checking in second late, a turnback to five and a half furlongs will get the job done, follow with beaten claimers at the $7.5k claiming level.

TWO MORE JACS: Speedy five year old gelding was making just his second start off a December layoff, came out running for the lead, held a clear lead to the top of the lane but couldn’t finish it off tiring to third at 12-1; can lead all the way with similar.

BEST BET: MIDNIGHTINPOSITANO: Five year old mare raced against the males last out, showed the way from the start and into the lane but had to settle for second to the odds-on winner, was claimed by top barn and should be followed right back, solid.

LONGSHOT: SINGLE HANDED: Five year old mare showed improved speed last out when breaking from post 10, pressed the leader throughout and stayed on well through the lane to finish fourth at 37-1; sitting on a win at a price.

 



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