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May 20, 2005

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


CALDER

B L’S BOUTIQUE: Beaten 2-1 chalk in her debut finished fifth after breaking from the tough one post.

Give this juvenile another shot.

DUCHESS D’OR: Needed nine starts to break her maiden so we’re willing to give her one versus winners.

Ready to go next time.

EDITOR’S WILD NOTE: Had a lot of ground to make up after getting bumped and squeezed back at the start.

Moves forward off fourth-place finish.

GOLD SUCCESS: Son of 2004 champion freshman sire Successful Appeal had a tough go in his debut finishing

sixth after hesitating and ducking in at the start as the 2-1 choice. Makes amends.

IT’S OFFICIAL: Fought her way clear to post a solid 2 ½-length maiden tally. Bianconi filly should be tough

right back at the next level.

J’S JULE: Overcame a January layoff and a bad start to finish third last out. Looks like a solid play at

the $10k level.

JOHN DAVID: Turned in a good fourth at 24-1 off since Jan. 20. Won’t be facing much if kept at the

current level.

LIGHT SAND: A bit inconsistent, but he is a $10k claimer. Worth including in the exotics if the price is

to your liking.

LOX AND KIPPERS: Didn’t miss a beat with all the time off [ran second Sept. 18] placing second in his most

recent start. Can’t see him remaining a maiden for long.

OH PEGGY SUE: Looks like the freshening did this filly well. Now winless in 15 career starts, but that second

at 13-1 is encouraging.

STARLET LADY: Has faced tougher company in her last two starts since returning from the sidelines. Will be more

 competitive if dropped back to $40k claimers.

 

4STARSPECIAL: CONVINCING: Lightly raced seven-year-old made it three straight victories with her May

 15 score. No reason to believe she’s going to slow down now.

LONGSHOT: TRIBAL PRINCE: Showed some added interest when stretched out in distance. There’s nothing

wrong with running fifth at 51-1 in our book.

 

 

PIMLICO

BRAZIL NUT: Forced the pace and weakened to third of five in latest – nine furlongs may have been a bit

of a stretch; clear lead and/or shorter trip could help matters.

BULL POWER: Has been hung wide in each of his last two and is due some racing luck going forward; spot

 on the lead versus NW2L types could cure all.

CARD GAME: Fell a head short when second in latest, and can take the measure of similar next time; raises

 the stakes.

FRED BOB: Came up empty in latest when dropped to appropriate NW2L spot, but can clearly perform better;

another chance.

GAIL’S DRIVE: Have long loved this veteran who made it three straight wins as the favorite with latest; can’t believe

 he’ll stop living up to expectations.

IVARS MS MAYHEM: Showed good early speed but tired to finish a close third in her latest; early zip makes

her a major player in sprints, turf or dirt.

KALLIE BIRD: Stepped up nicely with second-place finish in the second start of her current form cycle most

recently; 7YO mare now primed for best.

MUSCLE MAGIC: Overcame tough start to battle on pace and stay on to finish when a close third most

recently; stays sharp.

SALARY CAP: Raced up close early, dropped back a bit, then came on again through stretch to make up ground; better

 than effort even suggests.

SLOW AND STEADY: Raced wide to nowhere throughout latest when fourth of five; prior form suggests she

deserves at least one more chance.

 

4STARSPECIAL: LOVE POINT: Should only move forward following a third-place finish when meeting winners

for the first time in her latest start; learning rating lessons has helped, too.

LONGSHOT: FIRST TRIP: Chased and faded at 17-1 price in latest, but more interestingly was claimed for $4K by

trainer Alecci (26% this year); rebounds.



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