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Feb 25, 2005

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


PHILADELPHIA

BIG BLACK SKY: Fell too far out of it early and then lost ground while

 very wide on the turn when trying to rally. Worth another shot.

DARN WILD: Dueled for the lead and finished off the board in return

 from a 2 1/2-month layoff. Can shake clear in second off the layoff.

DIRECT CALL: Broke sluggishly and then rushed up to the lead and tired

 late as a result of those early efforts on 2/15. Try again.

ICEBERG WAYNE: Z pattern horse showed good interest early and late

 at 13-1 odds, but lost the race due to trouble when shuffled back on the

 turn last time out. Don’t overlook.

JOHNNY MAC: Ran into a winning 2-5 odds buzz-saw in return from

 a six-month layoff. Should benefit from the outing in second off the layoff.

NOA’S TOY: Had some trouble on the first turn and went on to finish

 fourth out of five. Can improve off the Seeger claim.

ONE SMART LADY: Finished mid-pack in return from a 5 1/2-month

 layoff. Can win off the claim by Shuman/Gill.

ONMYOWNTERMS: Started 11th in a 12-horse field and soon hustled

 up close to the pace and did all she could do for third. Needs to get into it earlier.

SATURDAY DETENTION: Pressed the pace and never got a breather

 up front when beaten by a perfect-trip stalker in four-length loss on 2/12.

 Stay with her.

SEE YOU AT SIRO’S: Tried to come from off the pace at 5 1/2 furlongs

 but got hung up in traffic and lost crucial time on the turn. Better luck next time.

 

4STARSPECIAL: STORMIN CHIEF: Got hooked in a duel for the lead on

 the inside and held on for third, beaten just 3/4 of a length while

four clear of the fourth horse. Tab.

LONGSHOT: FITTING TRIBUTE: Took an awkward step out of the gate

and then rushed up into a duel for the lead before getting cooked and

finishing last. Just needs a clean break.

 

TURFWAY

BIG LORD NELSON: Chased the pace while racing three wide and ran

down the loose on the lead front runner and showing his gameness; follow

 with $5k claimers.

BONUS PACK: Seven year old gelding got the job done the other day

in a small stakes race, putting it away late and should be followed with any

 kind here.

CHICKEN SOUP KID: Laid down some very quick fractions after battling

 for the lead through the first quarter mile but did hold on well for the

place spot; next time.

COUNT COMMANDER: Ran evenly throughout getting into third at the

 top of the stretch before settling for fourth. Was 37-1 that day and will offer

 value next out.

KIDS SPIRIT: Was held early on, made a strong wide move on the turn

 to get within a half length of the winner before tiring in the drive. Follow

with maiden claimers.

LETTUCE PRAY: Was quickly clear to the lead and never looked back

increasing his advantage at every pole; was claimed from that effort

and can continue to move forward.

MATTIE CAKES: Made the lead early on, took on some challengers but

 had to settle for fourth in the drive; can wire three year old claimers.

MOM’S JULE: Didn’t get the best of trips last out getting bumped at

the start, bobbling twice, squeezed before racing wide; price play with maidens.

ONE LUCKY STORM: Was easily beaten last out finishing second, seven

 and a half lengths behind the winner but was easily clear of the third

place horse. The time of the race was good and she must be respected next out.

PLUMWOOD: Closed well to finish second at 30-1 behind the wire to

wire winning favorite; try right back with restricted claimers.

TROUPE: Stalked the pace past the half, took over and easily broke his

maiden by more than six lengths. Well bred 4yo can score versus winners, tab.

 

4STARSPECIAL: QUOTE ME LATER: Forced the pace from his inside post

 and battled from the half mile pole home, finishing second by a head

with optional claimers, sharp now.

LONGSHOT: CHAMPAGNE NOW: Has been trying NW2L claimers for

awhile now but her most recent third at 17-1 says that maybe she is ready to get by this condition.



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