Apr 22, 2005
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BUSY PROSPECT: Blasted clear early but faded in short group at Laurel
most recently; his only win, a dominant one at that, has come over this course.
D’AROAK: Rallied for second behind blowout winner in latest, and was
claimed by winning Dale Capuano barn; next time.
FRED BOB: Never got involved in latest, but seems to do best running when
on or near the pace; eligible to step up when in with NW2L types.
GRAY SUITOR: Has trained well and showed improvement when fourth in second
career start; trainer Graham Motion brings them along the right way and often
points for turf.
HEAVENLY BOUND: Chased and faded when tried in ambitious stakes spot
most recently; have long liked this filly, and wouldn’t mind seeing another try at turf.
JOHNNY OLA: Rallied from just off the pace to score in latest, when making his
first start off the claim by trainer Lezell; takes another.
LOVE RUSH: Chased early, stopped, and was eased in latest when tried at
one-mile distance beyond her best trip; rebounds at shorter trip.
ROCKIN’ BOBBY: Lived up to odds-on billing with dominant win on the pace
in latest; can come from off the pace, too, and figures to hold sharp current form.
SILVER BROKER: Was hung five-wide at one mile and came up empty when
it counted most recently; prior win was a nice one, and he needs only some better
racing luck now.
UNGOVERNED: Chased the pace and faded as the beaten favorite in his latest, but
is better than effort suggests; follow off claim by trainer MacKinnon.
4STARSPECIAL: DOUBLE NO: Set a pressured pace along the inside and battled
gamely to the finish when second in latest; takes similar claiming group next time.
LONGSHOT: HE DEVIL: Owns far more second-place finishes than wins, but
remains interesting as a late mover who picks up checks; needs pace and
racing luck for score.
BADGETT AT NIGHT: Like that she was freshened up in March after going
winless in her first 14 chances. Going to break through one of these days.
COOPERSTOWN HERO: May have bounced last time after finishing a
good fourth off the layoff Apr. 3. Gets another chance to prove himself.
FARGO CALLING: Has run rather even in both of her starts to this point.
A pair of blinkers couldn’t hurt the cause.
HOUSE OF GEMS: Frequently hits the board, but doesn’t win all that
often [one-for-15 lifetime]. Toss in the exotics.
MAD RIVER MAGIC: Was on the shelf since September 2002, but ran a
respectable third in her first start off the bench. Very interesting.
NO SAINT: Handled the stretch out to one mile with a second-place finish
Mar. 24 and a third Apr. 18. Like what we’ve been seeing from him.
PLEAS DEAL: Always shows good speed and is dangerous on turf and
dirt. Can’t find any knocks on her; make the play.
SHE MADE IT HAPPEN: Certainly made it happen last out, breaking her
maiden by 10 lengths. Will be competitive versus bottom taggers.
STREET CARNIVAL: Graduated versus $8,000 maiden claimers, then ran
a dismal ninth against starter allowance foes. Give a look at a price if pitted
at the bottom level.
SWISS SECRET: Was DQ’d from third in her second career start at 54-1. Still
heading in the right direction, so stay close.
THE CASTLE: Just missed by a head, finishing second in her second start off
the layoff. Shows ‘em who’s king of the castle at $5k.
4STARSPECIAL: BIRCH BAY: Rode the ladder to two consecutive victories and
held his own finishing third at $12.5k after dueling for the lead Apr. 18.
LONGSHOT: IN OTHER WORDS: Showed late interest passing some horses
in deep stretch in her first two starts at long odds. A major upset in the making.
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