May 20, 2005
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
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
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.
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
FRED BOB: Came up empty in latest when dropped to appropriate NW2L spot, but can clearly perform better;
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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