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Mar 25, 2005

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


LAUREL

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

trainer Rigattieri.

HITTHEDANCEFLOOR: Showed talent in third-place debut then regressed

when showing speed and tiring to seventh in latest; bounces back, and at a

price now.

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

our tickets.

JOHNNY OLA: Dropped to bottom claiming level in latest, he responded

with second-place finish behind runaway winner; holds form off claim by

trainer Lezell.

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.

 

BAY MEADOWS

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

 in distance.

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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