Mar 18, 2005
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BIRD OF PARADISE: Overcame a bad start to rally for fourth in his turf
debut. Looks like this son of Birdonthewire has found a home on the weeds.
CAIMAN: Back classy foe can move forward off the claim for trainer
Scott Lake. On the rise off a solid second for $50k.
DEPUTY LAD: Is a new horse since moving into the Mike Mitchell barn
and should be followed versus any kind on the turf.
EXCITING METRO: Chased the pace throughout and stayed on well for the
place spot to the wire to wire favorite, fits nicely versus similar.
FLYING CIRCLE: Hit the gate leaving the start, so second-place finish
last time is even more impressive than you think. The "Circle" marks the spot.
HONEYMOONER: The drought continues for this mare, but some more
distance may be just what the doctor ordered. Follow at a price.
KEG TAP: Proved his third-place debut at 34-1 was no fluke with a nice
maiden tally Mar. 11. Steps up right out of the box.
LADY CAVALIER: Delaware invader ran a great race off the May layoff.
Pressed the early pace, opened up a clear lead in the stretch, then got tired
late fading to third. Will be tighter for her next attempt.
MARCHING RHYTHM: Put forth her best effort to date, setting the
pace, then fading to fourth in the stretch. Best chance comes if able to dictate
the early pace.
RARE TRUTH: Flying Zee colorbearer has encountered some trouble in
her last two starts. Can graduate versus a similar group of maiden claimers.
RUSSIAN BAY: Really outran his 31-1 odds in his debut, finishing a
creditable third against a full field of 12. May offer value again.
SKU: Always hinted at ability but could not break through, the drop into maiden
claiming $45k was the right spot and must respect with winners.
SUPAH JACKIE: Sprung back to life in recent off-the-turfer running third
behind a couple of solid fillies. May be a sign of better things to come.
THEFULLCIRCLE: Was taken back early on, angled out and closed well
for a close-up fifth, four necks off the winner, calls on backclass to score.
TOGOODTOBEADEVIL: Her two starts so far are like night and day.
Finished 10th in her debut after checking at the start, but redeemed herself
to finish third second time out after showing speed. Very interesting.
TRIGGER FISH LANE: No worse than third in three starts as a juvenile, but
clearly needed a start off the layoff, finishing seventh. Reels ‘em in next time.
4STARSPECIAL: GYGISTAR: Winner of the GI King’s Bishop a couple years
back, he gave every indication that he’s ready for a tilt with the best with a
razor sharp allowance tally Mar. 11. Look out!
LONGSHOT: HE’S THE LAST: Fifth-place finish wasn’t all that bad last time,
considering that he was 82-1. Due to make something happen; stay close.
DOWN BY THE SEA: Got the job done at 23-1 last out over optional claimers,
scoring wire to wire in a very quick time; the value will be there again.
GAILPICKEDTHISONE: Was quickly clear to the lead, opened up at the top
of the stretch and never looked back. Is taken to repeat with lower level claimers.
IL CAPRICCIO: Failed as the odds-on choice last out when tiring to third
after showing the way early on. Can lead all the way next out at a slightly better price.
JUNKET: Vied for the lead after breaking a step slow and may have been
used up in the pace, settling for fourth; a clean getaway leads to victory.
LITTLE YEOMAN: Was up close to the pace last out while racing in third before
making a move to the lead in the stretch only to get rundown in the stretch
and stayed on for the place. Gets there with $5k claimers.
LOOK AHEAD: Ran on for fourth last out at 33-1 but it was tough to make
up ground as the top three stayed that way start to finish; can pop at a
big price with NW2L taggers.
MELLOW CIELO: Was within striking distance last out, dropped back to fifth
while wide but closed well for second to the favored winner. NW2L claimers
should do the trick.
SIR TWISTER DALE: Was making up good ground in the stretch to finish
third, four lengths of the winner at 30-1; try this one with NW3L claimers.
SLEW IN: Set a very quick pace last out setting a half mile fraction in
45:3 but had to settle for second to a perfect trip winner who scored by
six lengths. It is his turn next out with NW2L claimers.
THAWED: Trailed the field early on was forced to steady and was carried out
but still did well to get up for the place spot. Gets the job done with NW2L claimers.
4STARSPECIAL: HOMEM RA: Has some backclass to call on and ran well to
finish second last out in a quick time. Scores with $10k claimers.
LONGSHOT: PRIVATE GROUND: Battled hard from the inside, picked it
up after a half mile and stayed on nicely for the place spot. Can lead all the
way at a price.
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