Mar 25, 2005
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
FEB ELEVEN: Dueled on pace and faded to third in latest, and improvement
upon seventh in his first start back from break; worthwhile $20K-claim for
HITTHEDANCEFLOOR: Showed talent in third-place debut then regressed
when showing speed and tiring to seventh in latest; bounces back, and at a
JOANN JR: Set pace along the rail, battled gamely, and stayed on for a close
fourth in latest; she’s a winner of seven of 17 starts with a reserved spot on
JOHNNY OLA: Dropped to bottom claiming level in latest, he responded
with second-place finish behind runaway winner; holds form off claim by
POR FAVOR: Likely needed his latest start, in which he managed third
making his first attempt since early-January; expect more speed and staying
power going forward.
SEVEN TALENTS: Rated and rallied to powerhouse victory while overcoming
rocky start in latest; too sharp to ignore right now, so tab right back.
SUPERSTAR PROSPECT: Rated wide, angled wider, and finished
willingly for third in latest sprint; prior win was impressive, and 4YO seems in
top form right now.
UNBRIDLED LASS: Rallied for second behind runaway winner in latest, just
her second start since January; 3YO filly appears headed in right direction now.
4STARSPECIAL: SISTER KEELSON: Met winners for the first time in her
latest and went well for third when asked to race between foes; a must-follow
off claim by trainer Houghton.
LONGSHOT: AMERIFLY: Showed some life when third at long odds in
latest, and remains worth using in gimmicks at square prices; in and out type.
BUBBLES AGAIN: Continues to move forward off the claim. Finished third
in her first start for new connections, then graduated by four lengths last
time. Onward and upward.
DANGEROUS WOMAN: Only one win from 22 starts, but keeps hinting
that she’s ready to break through. Was last seen closing to finish fourth at
odds of 21-1 in the slop.
HARRY BAILEY: The light switch has really been turned on [two wins,
one second] since getting claimed by shrewd barn Jan. 22. Takes another.
HOT NOSE: Flashed sharp speed in recent third-place finish going a quarter
in :22.04 and a half-mile in :44.98. Speedy and dangerous.
INTREPID GEM: Overall pretty consistent if willing to excuse 10th-place
finish Feb. 25. Can build off third-place showing at 12-1 Mar. 18.
MARLINS DANCER: Think it’s clear that she doesn’t like the turf after
finishing eighth over the Bay Meadows sod Mar. 17. Gets back on track
in a dirt route at the basement.
REFLECTED LITE: Was gaining ground late in fourth-place finish while
making her first start since last September. Armando Lage calls the shots.
REMO: Southern Californian invader couldn’t get the job done in 10
starts in those neck of the woods, but ran a good second in local debut
after stumbling at the start. Long overdue.
SOLONGFAREWELL: Ducked out twice in the stretch going one mile in
the slop last time. Showed a better kick going short, so tab on the cut back
TIME TO BE ON TOP: Was a sharp maiden winner at Golden Gate
Jan. 29, then finished seventh versus Santa Anita state-bred allowance foes
Feb. 27. Looks like she’s back on track based on third-place finish after
pressing the pace at Bay Meadows Mar. 17.
TOP INGREDIENTS: Back-to-back wins by open lengths means it’s time
to pay close attention to this mare as she rides the ladder.
4STARSPECIAL: REAL QUIET GUY: Delivered two solid performances
at different distances and surfaces [won Feb. 27, second Mar. 17] since
shipping in from Hst. Moves in silence.
LONGSHOT: LITELUCKY: Still waiting for her to recapture her form from
last fall, where she ran third and second by a nose. The price should make
it worth the while.
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