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Aug 05, 2005

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


SARATOGA

CHETTEN COUNTY: Has had two career starts now and in each one the trips were horrible. Her most recent second place finish had her locked in on the inside behind a very slow pace and she still ran on for the place. Graduation day looms.

EX CAELIS: Was a little reluctant to load for her career debut but when she did she ran on well for third. Two year old may appreciate a switch to the turf, follow.

GOODTIMES AT HOME: Was one for one on the turf heading into his last race and ran well to finish third last out behind the favorite. Should be right there with NW1X statebred allowance foes.

I’M ON IT: Has a solid turf breeding and took good money for her turf debut but never fired while checking in sixth in her turf try. Look for improvement next out.

JIMMY THE K: Showed good speed last out, took on many challenges and held very well to just miss by a nose and a neck; follow with straight three year old claimers.

KEEN LASSIE: Ran an improved race last out with blinkers when running as a maiden versus winners. She made a wide move to get into contention while checking in sixth. Follow at a price right back.

LAST SAMURAI: This may be the last time you see him on the dirt as a switch to the turf is imminent as this well bred sort should excel on the lawn, be there.

MILKY WAY GUY: Hard hitting veteran loves to win but may have been in over his head last out against a very good optional claiming field but still ran on well for fourth. Follow back either here or back in Boston, tab.

MOTION: Didn’t take any money for her career debut going off at 44-1 but she broke a bit slow and then rushed up into the pace before fading in the drive. Look for further improvement next out and the price will be right.

MY FRIEND C. Z.: Chased the pace from the start last out from the outside but could not go on with it in the stretch and tired to finish sixth. Very well bred three year old must be giving another shot.

OBERON’S GIRL: Raced evenly throughout last time to finish sixth over the turf. She came to the paddock very washed out on very hot day and should be followed back at a price.

RETRIBUTION: Stalked a fast pace last out, took over and just missed by a neck last out. Will be very tough right back on the turf with similar.

SECRET RUN: Showed good speed last out and looked like he was home before tiring in midstretch. Was claimed by Scott Lake and will be tough right back.

STRUMMER: Was chasing the pace three wide from an outside post and stayed on well for third gradually making up ground late to just miss by a nose. Two year old should improve for solid barn.

WILD BERRY: New York bred didn’t run that badly after showing the way versus open company when checking in fourth after showing the way early on. Tab at a price next out.

 

4STARSPECIAL: HE DICHO: Hesitated at the start last out while getting away awkwardly and then raced greenly on the inside thereafter to finish fourth. New York bred will be very tough with maidens next out with a clean break.

LONGSHOT: SPEEDJAMA: Made a solid middle move to the leader but could not reach and tired in the drive to finish fifth. Should be set for best next out.

 

THISTLEDOWN

FLORIDA MAN: Showed improved and much-needed early speed and overall interest in latest fourth-place finish when taking appropriate class drop; all set now.

FREE DOCTOR: Raced evenly in latest when trying to step up in class following strong score in prior start; filly figures plenty capable of bouncing back to best stuff.

GHAZI’S IMPALA: Typically gives a rally to land a share and is worth inclusion in your gimmicks; Jeffrey Radosevich barn winning at 23-percent clip this year.

HIPPOGATOR: Brings plenty of class and although she flopped giving chase and stopping in her first local start she remains a threat for Hollendorfer barn.

LAC GRAPE: Tried open company rivals without much success in latest, but did give chase behind hotter pace/race to which he is accustomed; benefits.

ROCKIN EDDIE: Equaled his lifetime best "fig" in latest when back over this course, and can improve from here; 3YO gelding headed in right direction.

SPRING CAT: Was asked to turn back from route to sprint in latest and did respond with rally along the inside for third; sharper for experience.

TETHRA’S WARRIOR: Found her best stride late and rallied for third in her latest when stepping up in class off claim by trainer Chad Skelton; must follow.

 

4STARSPECIAL: CLEVER JIMMY C: Brings plenty of early pace to any party, but has been caught up dueling with leaders in each of last two following failed route attempt; sharper going forward.

LONGSHOT: GOLDEN DINNER: Veteran has been showing subtle improvement of late, and could surprise the right group of lower-end tag types; 13-time winner.



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