Dec 31, 2004
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
ANWAR: Was forwardly placed early on while racing very wide but did finish up well for the show spot and fits nicely with maiden claimers.
BUBBA’S COLORS: Finished up nicely for third last out when closing for third only a length off the winner. Fits nicely at the $10k claiming level and should get the job done with similar.
COPPER RIPPLE: Made a strong move into the favored leader, but didn’t have enough left when it counted.
EROBERER: Three year old crushed a solid field, going wire to wire last out scoring by more than six lengths. Up and comer should be followed with any kind.
LIVELY CLASSIC: Was sent off at 21-1 last out and led into the stretch before tiring to fifth; a drop into claimers should help her cause.
MELADRIE: Took pressure throughout the five furlongs last out and had to settle for second. Is a danger to lead all the way next out.
TOPSECRETCLEARANCE: Broke running from post 12, set the pace throughout, before settling for second behind the favorite while being sent off at 69-1. Should still offer value with maiden claimers.
TREAT: Well bred 3YO broke his maiden last out showing the way throughout and can score with winners if properly placed.
TWO ROWS OF GOLD: Was up close early on while racing wide and the ground he gave up cost him late as he tired to finish fifth. Solid with NW3L claimers.
U GOT THE TOUCH: Middle moved into a quick half mile but flattened out late to finish fourth. Solid fit at the NW2L claiming level.
4STARSPECIAL: DADDYS SHOES: Showed high early speed last out leading into the stretch but tired late to finish second behind the favorite. Leads gate to wire with NW2L claimers.
LONGSHOT: SWEET TAFFY: Easily outran her 80-1 odds last out when just getting up for the place spot and fits nicely with $6.25k claimers, tab at a price.
CENTCOM: Was having a tough time versus winners since notching his maiden Nov. 8, but bounced back with a third-place finish Dec. 26. Gets it done versus $10k claimers.
GINGERBREAD MISS: A real nightmare debut for this filly. Stumbled at the start and was steadied on the turn when seventh Dec. 27. Lives to fight another day.
GLOBAL TRADER: Connections are lucky they didn’t lose this guy in his debut [won by 12 ½ lengths for a $32k tag]. Handles a bump up in class.
NAUITI NINE: Posted a sharp maiden score off the layoff Dec. 10, then may have bounced in her first attempt versus winners, finishing fifth Dec. 27. Gets ‘em next time.
OBSIDIAN: Son of More Than Ready stepped up with a third-place finish in his turf debut Dec. 26. Part of trainer Todd Pletcher’s loaded string.
OLD FORESTER: Has done very little wrong since moving to the weeds. Notched his first stakes success in the Santa Claus S. Dec. 26; bigger and better things on the way.
PADUA’S GIFT: Was steadied multiple times in recent fourth-place finish. Looks like he’s starting to get it in his last two; tab.
PLUM WONDER: Expecting this filly to improve off the Norman Pointer claim. Haltered for $16k, but may be moving up the ladder.
PRECISE STAR: Came flying for second after breaking slowly in his debut at odds of 11-1. A New York-bred with a future.
SHY HARBOR: Showed little at first asking, finishing sixth beaten 20 lengths, but improved second time around, finishing third behind razor sharp winner Andromeda’s Hero. Heading in the right direction.
SIPHON’S MISS: It clearly looks like she’s a cut below maiden special weights. It’s time to drop her in for a tag.
4STARSPECIAL: HIGH FLY: Newly turned three-year-old has looked incredible in both of his Calder victories and has been working well since. Remember the name, because he’s going to make some noise versus stakes company down the line.
LONGSHOT: SEA MISTRESS: Know this filly is capable of better than she’s showed in both of her Calder efforts. A drop down in class will help the cause.
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