Mar 31, 2005
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BANNER ELK: Brings early speed to sprint ranks, but might need a
class drop back to claiming scene for winning effort; consider in any spot, but
upgrade if dropped.
BEST BLUFF: Has raced in fair fashion in each of his last two – both
off-the-turf affairs – and can crack the maiden ranks once back on turf;
BOLSHOI BALLET: Has held nice turf form on main track in recent
off-the-turf routes; 4YO filly is consistent and gives barn some nice options.
ELECTORAL COLLEGE: Dueled until the late stages and finished a close
third in latest when claimed by trainer Cibelli; has our vote for next time.
JAMAICAN JUSTICE: Middle moved while wide before flattening out in
latest, and prior tries indicate he can do much better; stay close.
PATRIOTS PEAK: Running strongly over the course of his last two, he
simply seems to have found level to succeed at; hard to leave off tickets in
SLAMMING BABE: Showed breakaway early speed and just failed to last
when a narrowly beaten second making his first start in two months; maiden
win past due.
THE GIN GAME: Made middle move to contention and continued in fairly
even order when sharpened on turn back in distance for latest; primed for
third start of form cycle.
4STARSPECIAL: U.S. JETS: Proven veteran lived up to favored billing when
rallying strongly for latest win over lower-end claiming types; right back
off claim by trainer Stodghill.
LONGSHOT: DANCE SPECIAL: Flashed improved speed and staying power
when fourth after dueling in crowded group most recently; primed for maiden
win in third start of current form cycle.
BARTOK’S BANCO: Got off to a rough start in career debut in a race ruled
by two front-runners and still got up for third. Should graduate soon.
CABO’S DAWN: Got blocked in traffic in the stretch and finished off the board
as a result. Better luck next time.
CRONENBOLD: Finished fifth, but lost by only a length and could have won if
he wasn’t blocked through the stretch-run. Just needs clear sailing.
DIAMOND INDY: Finished fourth in very difficult nine-furlong assignment in
return from a five-month layoff. Should benefit from the return effort.
FORTYTHREEDAYS: Outran long odds in return from a layoff, losing to
only the 1-5 favorite while four lengths ahead of the next horse. May not
be a maiden much longer.
HE’S HICKORY: Got off to a bad start and had a nightmare trip in his
sixth-place finish on 3/25. Deserves another chance.
JUST WONDER: Couldn’t make up ground from off a slow pace in return
from an eight-month layoff in a difficult 1 1/8-mile assignment. Try again.
LINEOUT: Returned from a 10-month layoff with a turf sprint prep race on
3/26. Should be ready to roll now.
MAYNE ATTIRE: Got hooked in a five-length-gap speed duel with the
favorite and finished five lengths ahead of that challenger. Still a threat to
OUTFOXEM: Missed the break and lost all chance at the break after starting
12 lengths behind the field. Didn’t run poorly from there on out.
SILENT KINGDOM: Got hooked in a three-way battle for the lead and
finished far ahead of her early challengers. Don’t ignore in next.
SKYWALKER RED: Set an unrealistically fast pace in a two-turn turf race on
3/26 and still held on for a close third. Must respect.
SNATCH THE CASH: Got hooked in a speed duel in blazing fast fractions
and still held on for third. Owns dangerous speed.
SOONEST: Returned from a year and a half layoff with an even effort in a
turf sprint. Will improve in subsequent races.
SUSPICIOUS TOWN: Steadied when squeezed back at the start and had
too much ground to make up in a 5 1/2-furlong race. Worth another shot.
TRADE FAIR: Flopped for Frankel off an eight-month layoff, but is prepped
and ready now.
4STARSPECIAL: FRANKELSTEIN: Lost ground five wide early and then hustled
up to a contested fast pace and still held on best of the front-runners in his
race on 3/23.
LONGSHOT: FREE TO PLEASE: Needed a race off a five-month break, and
had too much to do from near the back of a 12-horse field going six furlongs.
Very tough in second off the layoff.
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