Dec 17, 2004
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ANOTHER BRIANNA: Was well back early on while racing three wide and closed strongly to get up for the place spot at 42-1; tab.
COUNTRY DOVE: Could not get to the 1-2 favorite last out but did make up good ground in the lane to finish second after trailing early, is right there with $10k claimers.
JEAN DE ACTRESS: Showed speed early, dropped back slightly but came on at the end to finish second at 40-1, just missing the whole thing by a neck. Follow with NW2L claimers.
JOE’S COMMAND: Just missed by a head last out after saving ground early and then swinging out for the drive. A better post keys the victory with $8k claimers.
NEW SCIENCE: Chased ridiculously fast fractions last out but was still there at the wire just missing by a nose.
NOBLE SOUTHERNER: Stalked the pace five wide while breaking from post 10 and tired in the stretch to finish fifth. Price play.
TIA’S MISS: Outran her 31-1 odds last out when closing for third in the lane over the turf. Use this one in all exotics next out.
4STARPSPECIAL: LIGHTLIVELY: Was a close-up third last out on the turf with NW2X allowance foes. Improving filly should be followed on the lawn.
LONGSHOT: CARIBENO: Was solid late closing for third through a solid final 1/16th of a mile and should be followed right back.
BEAR ON MY MIND: Returned from a four-month layoff and finished third as the only horse in his race to make up any ground from off the pace on 12/12. Looks good in second off the layoff.
COUSINEAU: Needed a race off an eight-month layoff, but should benefit from the run over the course on 12/10. Can do in second off the layoff.
DECISIONAL: Steadied when bumped and squeezed back at the start and lost his best chance in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint on 12/10. Try again.
DIGIT DANCER: Raced all over the stretch looking for racing room but had to settle for fourth on 12/11. Can surprise with clear sailing.
DITCH DIGGER: Broke slowly and had too much ground to make up behind a loose wire-to-wire winner on 12/11. Can make amends as an overlay off the claim by Duncan.
DOWNTIME: Got caught in a three-way battle for the lead in a race that set up for the closers after the pace collapsed at the top of the stretch. Worth another shot.
FORTUNATELY: Got caught wide on the turn after breaking from the 11-post in return from a seven-month layoff on 12/10. Prepped and ready now.
GLOBAL TRADE: Well-bet first starter couldn’t recover from a very rough start in a 5 1/2-furlong race when seventh on 12/12. Too early to give up.
MYSTERIOUS CAT: Stalked the pace and rushed up with a big middle move to take the lead before the late runners had the final say on 12/8. Better luck next time.
NYRAMBA: Foreign invader broke slowly and awkwardly in a dirt sprint try in first race back from a three-month layoff. Can benefit from the effort and improve for Drysdale.
REVELLO: Got hooked in a three-way duel for the lead and outlasted his early challengers for third, beaten less than two lengths. Don’t overlook next time.
STERNY: Didn’t give his best effort after getting squeezed and steadied at the start in a short sprint on 12/11. Can rebound.
THIRTIETHSTREET: Broke slowest of all in a 12-horse field going 5 1/2 furlongs in career debut, and still outran 10-1 odds for third on 12/10. Won’t be a maiden for long.
4STARSPECIAL: LOWER SHORE: Was washy at the gate and then broke slowly from the far outside post and rushed up to the pace only to go six wide into the first turn and lost all chance due to those early efforts. Ready to graduate with a better start from a better post.
LONGSHOT: LOOKN EAST: Toss out 10th-place finish on 12/10 when he stumbled badly at the start and had to rush up back into contention. Just needs a clean start.
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