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Jul 10, 2003

Horses To Watch


 

PHILADELPHIA

CHARIOT: Finished third in a turf sprint in return from a brief freshening.

Looms a threat back in a similar spot.

DANNY BOY O’LEARY: Looped the field with a big middle move but ran

out of gas behind a couple front-runners. Sitting on a win.

FREE DREAMIN KELLY: Broke slowly in a 4 1/2-furlong race and lost her best

chance on 7/1. Rates another shot.

HUDSON STREET: Toss out last-place finish on 7/1 when he took-up sharply after

showing some early speed. Too early to give up on him.

POP UP JOE: Got hooked and cooked in a three-length-gap duel for the lead on 7/1.

Toss out that race and try again.

RAMBLIN GYPSY: Broke slowly and rushed up toward the pace only to get stuck behind

traffic and checked sharply on the turn on 6/30. Just needs a better trip.

SMOKEY SPRINGS: Returned from a layoff only to get caught in a three-way speed duel,

but still did well to hold on for a close-up fourth-place finish. Can do in second off the layoff.

TOP OF THE BAY: Broke slowly and rushed up to set a fast and pressured pace and tired

as a result. Can make amends with a clean break.

WAR WOMAN: Pressed and set a fast pace in a race where the three other front-runners tired

badly and all finished more than a dozen lengths behind her. Don’t overlook.

 

4PSPECIAL: SILENT PREY: Showed interest both early and late in the race

on 6/30, but lost his best chance when shuffled back in traffic on the turn. Worth another try.

LONGSHOT: STAR OF ROANOKE: Got hooked in a three-way battle for the lead and

finished fourth, beaten just two lengths while well ahead of his early speed challengers. Tab.

 

COLONIAL DOWNS

CASTLE CONCERT: Handled class bump to easily defeat $25K MCL’s in turf sprint most recently;

brings useful speed and pedigree punch to handle added route if asked.

EDNA PEDNA: Chased the pace while outside and gave way in her second start following

brief break, and figures to improve for winning barn.

GIVE UP THE CASH: Was outrun in local debut by way of Florida, but can move forward following

first start since last-July, especially for barn doing well with limited ’03 starters.

ISLAND DELIGHT: Raced wide much of the way when a useful fourth in her local debut; lightly raced

4YO filly should benefit and graduate versus similar stock.

PARISINO: Scored in clear fashion racing on the front end in local debut; no takers for Wolfendale trainee,

so tab right back at similar level.

PUSH PLAY: Took plenty of tote play as betting favorite for career debut in turf sprint, and went well rallying

from wide spot into stretch to pick up third-money; next time.

STRIKE ZONE: Now has two races under his belt since returning from Sept. ’02 layoff, and the most recent

placing should have the 10YO primed for even better.

TOTALLY CRAFTY: Added blinkers for latest, but never got on track when trailing in a field of five; has been

in some tough spots on turf, so not giving up on her just yet.

WARM UP: Showed expected and needed improvement when second in her second start since returning

locally following a brief break; primed for third try of form cycle.

WILD PUNCH: Never got on track in second straight sprint stakes appearance on turf here, but is a better filly

than running lines indicate; has trained well, so stay on board.

 

4PSPECIAL: DREAM COUNTER: Chased the pace four-wide and raced willingly throughout

when a game second in tough turf sprint; fresh face figures a local force.

LONGSHOT: GREAT SENARIA: Raced wide and weakened in much faster (1:44 2/5 vs. 1:46 4/5) split

division MCL turf race; return without break proves key for overdue filly.



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