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Jun 26, 2003

Horses to Watch


MONMOUTH PARK

ALL ABLAZE: Ran a much better race second start of the cycle. Will be hard to down,

especially against state-breds.

ALLEN’S HEIRESS: Took a major step forward second time out, but was DQ’d for

interference (finished third but was placed seventh). Better luck next time.

CHEVAUX D’OR: Improved drastically with the drop to maiden claimers on the stretch out.

Further improvement is expected.

DOPPLER RADAR: Philly invader normally holds his own over this strip. A win is predicted

in the forecast.

FARNO: Hadn’t run since his second-place finish in last year’s GIII Sapling S. until his

victory on June 20. In that outing he dueled around the track and dug in gamely for a

narrow victory. Right back.

FILMORE: Turned in a mediocre fourth in his latest try, but should improve off the Peter Walder

claim. Follow on the way up; about to ride the claiming ladder.

FINAL TABLE: Gave it a good try in his first race since Dec. 4. Back class will take this one over

the top in the claiming ranks.

HOLLOR BACK: Broke his maiden at Aqueduct in a maiden claimer, then flopped in an allowance

at Delaware. Next he made his debut at the Jersey Shore in a $40k claimer and ran well to

finish second. Tab in a similar spot.

JUST JACKIE: Keeps moving forward in each of her starts this year. Beat state-breds June 20

and will be a threat right back.

MOUNTAIN CREEK: Had his two race win streak snapped, but was further off the pace than normal.

Proper placement is the key for this Storm Creek colt.

OH FUDGE: Had to deal with a sloppy track off a 10-month layoff. Still ran an okay third though and

we still haven’t seen her best yet. Scary.

PRETTY IMPOSING: Always ran well while showing speed and the new tactics of taking back are

working just fine too. Gives her rider plenty of options.

PRIME JEWEL: Just didn’t fire in her last start but overall is a very consistent runner. Redeems herself.

ROCK LAYER: Has been dull in his three starts this season. However, he has had to cope with

an off track in two of those outings. Another chance couldn’t hurt.

SPRING JET: Is now 0-for-20 over this course after his June 21 ninth-place finish. Will be dangerous

if he can run back to his 2002 form.

 

4PSPECIAL: WAR’S PROSPECT: Son of Lion Cavern was sharp in his debut. He dueled, drew

clear and held second over a messy track. Graduation day is set.

LONGSHOT: FALSE SIGNAL: Keeps dropping hints, but continues to get overlooked. A drop to maiden

claimers or a try versus state breds can make this one a winner.

 

COLONIAL DOWNS

CHLOE’S CHOICE: Rallied wide to be along for second as the favorite in her career debut; in good hands,

she’s plenty eligible to improve rapidly.

COZY DREAMS: Chased wide and weakened when moved to turf for latest; has now taken money in both

career sprint starts, but figures best when sent a route given pedigree.

FRENCH SILK: Battled on pace and drew out to easy score when returned from break and moved back to

turf for latest; note, no takers for class-dropper, so tab right back.

GOLD SONG: Circled and then faded from contention when dropped to suitable class level most recently;

speed gets him to winner’s circle versus similar before long.

GREY PRIDE: Rallied for second behind blowout winner when moved to turf by top Dickinson barn most recently;

Lukas castoff does have some pedigree appeal.

HOT HEAD: Never posed a real threat when along for fifth as failed favorite in latest; 5YO better than efforts suggests,

and can prove that in second start of form cycle.

MCMERRY: Battled throughout and stayed on well to finish second of 13 when switched to turf for latest; stamp

daughter of Awad’s diploma past due now.

PILLOW TALK: Lightly-raced sort probably has had her share of problems, but figures better than her flat fifth in

course debut; steps up for Smith barn.

PRIVATE SLIP: Bobbled at the break, raced unhurried early, and then understandably flattened out after

middle-moving in needed return from layoff; classy and speedy.

SAINTS GO MARCHING: Battled between horses and gave way when switched to turf for latest

(barn had thought turf, only to be rained out for a while); pedigree, so stay on board.

 

4PSPECIAL: GOLDEN MOON: Attracted Dunkelberger for local debut, but raced wide to nowhere in

likely prep making her first start since last-November; has sprint speed and should make impact locally.

LONGSHOT: CORDELIA: Chased and faded in return from brief break most recently; assuming key quick return,

solid barn should have her primed for better given course experience gained.



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