Feb 25, 2005
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
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.
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
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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