Jun 24, 2005
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
BIRDIES SECRET: Lived up to favored billing when a winner in her course
debut; fresh face figures tough around here.
BUSY PROSPECT: Showed major improvement with second-place finish on class
drop for second start of current form cycle; primed for even better now.
CROSSLANDER: Made turf an intriguing option going forward when he finished
second in his first career try on that surface most recently; proves shrewd Feliciano claim.
FREE DIP: Brings nice overall profile and went well for fourth when switched to
turf for latest; winning Cox barn an added bonus.
ISN’T TRUE: Chased and rallied from wide spot to pick off second behind
blowout winner – for the second consecutive race; his turn next time.
MISS MAGNOLIA: Returned from lengthy break with a perfect prep (pace, drifted
and weakened – a sure sign she needed race) fourth; daughter of Forestry all set.
NEWSBREAK: Figures primed for upcoming third start of current form cycle
following latest traffic-trip fifth; needs pace/racing luck to set up late rally.
OUT OF FOCUS: Returned from January-layoff with a tough trip (broke slow,
battled between) third when tried on turf for the first time; all set now.
PINCAY: Has finished third as the beaten favorite in each of his last three efforts,
but might bite back favorite players when least expected; needs pace/racing luck.
TIMETOSHUFFLEOFF: Chased the pace and faded to fourth when making his first
start since January; shows improved early speed/staying power going forward.
4STARSPECIAL: MINUTES OF FAME: Returned from April-break to earn
diploma over 12 opponents; lightly raced 3YO colt has look of Sheppard trainee set to blossom.
LONGSHOT: VIRGINIA BIDDER: Raced wide and passed tired foes for
fourth-place finish in debut, but the nine furlongs worth of conditioning gained
will only help; pedigree punch.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FAIRS
A LIL’ ALIMONY: Proved she can handle turf in a recent optional claiming
start. Trainer Greg Gilchrist has plenty of options.
ABUSE OF POWER: Second-place finish at 50-1 was no fluke last time. Was very
speedy a couple of months ago, but looked great closing like a freight train June 19.
BLIZZARD OF OZ: All eyes were on this Cal-bred after a sharp four furlong move
in :47.60 at Golden Gate. Bullets in the holster.
DESERT BLUES: Posted three mediocre efforts at long odds since returning from
the layoff. An interesting sort for the exotics at a big price.
DEVONS SMOKIN: Snapped out of seconditis with a powerful maiden score
June 19. Jeff Bonde trainee is ready for allowance foes.
I’M JACKIE’S BOY: Was wheeled back off eight days rest and ran a tired sixth
June 19. Winless in 10 attempts this season, but is due to get off the mark.
MUSIC AND MAGIC: Flashed good speed from the rail in her debut before racing
greenly in the stretch. Can only move forward for dangerous connections.
NIGHT GIG: Turf Paradise invader has held his own since shipping in, finishing
second May 28 and fourth June 19. Sophomore is the real deal.
SEGUIDILLA (IRE): Really likes to run second [seven times out of 16 starts], but
there’s nothing wrong with that. Use accordingly.
SMOKING LOVE: Makes a key trainer change off his dismal 11th-place debut. Can
really only move forward if you think about it.
SPEEDY WAYS: Reported home a sharp wire-to-wire winner cutting out :21.42
and :44.75 fractions in her debut June 19. Ready for the next level.
4STARSPECIAL: LOOK QUICK: On a good roll in his last four starts, winning one,
placing second twice and finishing third once. Very solid $20k tagger.
LONGSHOT: I B BOLD: Has shown little in three starts versus maiden special
weights, including a seventh-place finish on the grass last time. May show some
new life if dropped in for a tag.
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