Jul 01, 2005
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
DEVIL’S GULCH: Fought it out on pace in latest third-place finish, and figures
shrewd claim for winning Mike Pino barn; excellent overall profile.
EVENING PLEASURES: Blasted free on early pace in latest and simply proved
second best when it came to stretch run; lightly raced 4YO colt coming to hand.
JEANNETTE’S HOPE: Failed as the favorite in latest, but only after running into
traffic trouble for the second consecutive start; juvenile due some racing luck.
ORWICK: Lived up to favored billing taking his latest on the front end; stay on
board with back classy gelding.
PALM BEACH BUD: Set fast pace and gave way when upped in class and moved
to turf for first start off claim by trainer Dennis; rebounds.
SEMORAN’S DECISION: Battled with pace throughout latest and finished a neck
short in second at the wire; proven winner a nice claim for trainer Peter Klesaris.
SKIP A GRADE: Settled for third as the beaten favorite in his latest, when
making first start off claim by trainer McClelland; resume suggests he’s capable of more.
SPANISH CASTLE: Pressed the pace throughout latest, and faded a touch in stretch
to finish fourth; early speed makes him a player in lower-end claiming sprints.
4STARSPECIAL: PRIMITIVE MAN: Battled on hot pace and gave way grudgingly to
finish fourth in latest dash; cracks NW1X allowance ranks next time.
LONGSHOT: MYTHIC: Closed somewhat to be along for fifth in crowded turf group
when making her first start since last-September; moves up in a hurry for Ritchey barn.
ALISSA’S ATM: Finished fifth, but was close up, and would have been even
closer if not for traffic and interference late in deep stretch. Don’t overlook.
ALWAYS FIRST: Finished fourth (moved up to 3rd via DQ), but lost by
only a length and probably would have won if not for trouble in mid-stretch
and again in deep stretch.
ANYONECANDREAM: Bet down to 8-5 in career debut for low-profile
connections, but was slow into stride and finished off the board. May want
more distance, but should benefit from the experience so it’s too early to get off the
BEDUGUL: First starter tried to rally from last to first in a 5 1/2-furlong turf
sprint. Made a couple of moves in the stretch and got up for third and won’t be a
maiden for long.
BELDING: Got bumped around at the start and was unable to show her best
early speed as a result. Can rebound with a better break.
BLACKFIN: Broke a step slow to begin last in a seven-horse field en route to
flopping as the favorite on 6/23. Can make amends with a better start.
CUSCO: Tried to close from last to first in a 5 ½-furlong turf sprint, but was
caught chasing a lukewarm pace and couldn’t get up in time. Stick with her.
DARK BEAUTY: Finished third but was beaten only a length after needing to
look for running room in traffic on the turn and then splitting horses twice in the stretch.
FARNHAM: Set a fast and pressured pace and held on to dead-heat for second
in return from a six-month layoff. Tough in second start back.
LATIN HEART: Showed speed in well-bet return from a nine-month layoff, but
needed the race. Will be tougher next time.
SPECTACULAR BAY: Broke slowly and awkwardly and still managed to
recover and finish a respectable second out of four. Looks good back vs. similar
with a clean start.
VALID AGAIN: Got bumped around and squeezed back to last at the start and
then was forced to chase the front-runners around the track on 6/24. Better luck next time.
VEELA: Battled for the lead and never got a breather at a mile on turf on 6/22. Stil
l a threat to shake loose in a similar spot.
4STARSPECIAL: SPEED TRAP: Got hooked in a three-way, three-length-gap battle
for the lead and held on well for second in return from a nine-month layoff.
Shouldn’t be denied in second race back.
LONGSHOT: THE DEMPSEY LOOK: Steadied in traffic on the turn and didn’t have
enough time to get back into the fray in a short turf sprint on 6/23. Worth another shot.
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