Horses To Watch
"HORSES TO WATCH LIST"
April 5 - April 9
Selected List Of Horses Ready To Win Now
NOTE: Below is a list of horses that have run recently at Aqueduct Race Track and Gulfstream Park that have indicated they are ready to win soon under the conditions noted. You should bet these horses the next two times they run, as long as they do so under the conditions noted and stop on them after they win or fail twice.
BRAVO ROMEO - Second tough start in a row kept the 30K claimer from gaining his second career win last time out, but all he needs to get it next time is a clean trip. The 4-year old Bwana Charlie colt bobbled at the break, rushed into contention and weakened as he settled for the show spot two races back and in his last was bumped soundly at the break yet managed to miss by a neck despite having to alter course while rallying in the stretch in the 6 ½ furlong affair. Gets it done next time under the same conditions.
COSMIC KING - Hard trying allowance gelding was too far back in most recent but once again made a late run through the stretch. The Dale Romans trained son of Lon Heart has now run eight straight good ones (2-2-2-2) and has been on the cusp of following through vs entry level allowance runners or mid-level claimers at two turns, either on dirt or grass. Will win another soon...stay with him.
DENDRITE - The son of Rockport Harbor returned to the grass in a one mile MSW test in his last and likely need the race. After a pair of place finishes on the green here last November the David Donk trainee failed to fire on the IDT in late December and didn't return until his most recent. He settled early, moved toward the leader in the stretch and was nosed out for the place after being caught by the winning favorite. Should be ready to break his maiden soon if kept on grass.
GOODTIME BOY - First try on turf and only his second as long as a mile in last was promising. The 3-year old gelding faced 25K claimers in the mile turf test and just missed getting his second lifetime win. The Dominic Schettino trained son of Stonesider tracked from the outside, got into the battle at the quarter pole and dug in until nosed at the wire. It was another 3 ½ lengths back to the show horse. Claimed out of the race by new trainer Richard Dutrow look for him to beat the same or slightly better soon.
HARD LIFE - The jockey got caught in a no win situation in the short (5 horse), no pace mile allowance/optional 50K claimer in last. The 4-year old filly was stepping up following a 15K claim two back and once asked at the 5/16ths pole she continued a prolonged rally from the back of the pack. She did a good job to catch the 2-5 favorite and secure the place spot and only needs an honest pace to beat the same group soon.
PENTHOUSE PARTY - The MSW daughter of Offlee Wild liked the switch from dirt to turf and made her seventh lifetime start a winning one. After a pair of mile dirt tries at Laurel trainer Mary Eppler shipped the NYSB filly back here for this mile grass event vs restricted peers and the 3-year old took to the sod willingly while under a loose hold early. She moved up steadily, came out at the top of the lane and pulled away. She won't be very long getting her restricted allowance win if kept at two turns on the grass.
SHREWD ONE - The 5-year old NYSB horse appeared to need his first start since facing open company at Gulfstream Park in early January. The Phil Serpe trainee stalked early on in the restricted second level allowance/optional claimer, moved past the pace setter at the eighth pole but couldn't hold off the winner while keeping the place spot. The son of Smarty Jones got a bit tired late in the 6 ½ furlong test and should be fit enough to pass this condition next time.
STREET SWAG - Addition of lasix helped the MSW son of El Corredor carry his speed deep into the lane in the 6 ½ furlong NYSB test in last. The Joe Lostritto trainee was making only his third career start and added an extra ½ furlong after chasing the winner and fading to an 8 ½ length beaten second two back. In his most recent he rated just of the virtual wire-to-wire winner, kept coming at that one in the stretch and dropped a ½ length decision while 5 lengths ahead of the show horse. Gets his NYSB MSW victory next time.
THIS HARD LAND - The NYSB colt just missed grabbing a restricted second level allowance win in his most recent. The son of Saarland is in good form right now, having won twice (MSW four back and entry level win two back) and also finished third and second overall in his last four races. In the one mile test last time he was dismissed at 14-1 but tracked just off the leaders, rallied three wide into the lane and grabbed the place spot, missing it all by a half length. Stay with him racing a mile vs the same.
Note: The Gulfstream meet is over, but these are horses that should still be watched as they will likely be running soon at Calder, Keeneland / Churchill, and Aqueduct / Belmont.
MY DUE PROCESS - Sharp effort vs entry level allowance fillies in most recent bodes well for the prospects of the Dale Romans trainee. The daughter of Henny Hughes now has a 10-3-2-1 career mark as she followed up an Ocala Sprint Stakes in her prior by pressing the pace while a bit wide, gaining the front in the lane and pulling away inside the furlong marker in the 6 furlong test. Sprints to a win vs second level allowance foes soon.
EASTER GIFT - Very sharp debut effort by the MSW son of Hard Spun in most recent. The 3-year old colt did not get a particularly quick pace to run at in the 6 furlong event, was sent out by low percentage first out conditioner Nick Zito and after rallying from far back to get the lead inside the sixteenth pole had to dig in to hold off a late challenger. He should only get better and ran as though he'll handle more ground. Wins again soon.
GRAND REALITY - If last is any indication this veteran upper level claiming and starter allowance gelding belongs routing on the turf. After failing to menace on the dirt vs open 40K claimers two back, the son of Grand Slam returned to the grass where he had rallied for second and third in his two prior efforts. In his most recent the gelding rallied smartly in the mile and a sixteenth test and got the show after recovering from a bump at the gate. Wins at this current level soon so stay with him.
MOONSTOCK - In his most recent the Bill Mott trained MSW turf colt made his first start since late January and only his second since last March and rallied sharply to get the place behind HTW Winner Where's The Baby. The 4-year old son of Malibu Moon was four wide and flattened out on 1/29 but in his last he saved ground on the inside in the 9 furlong test, moved out on the far turn and just failed to sustain his rally while securing the place spot. Breaks maiden soon under the same conditions.
NATHAN RIDGE - If his sharp rally for the place in his last is any indication it looks as though there is still plenty of life left in the veteran claiming/starter allowance router. The David Fawkes trainee hit the board for the third time in as many 2012 tries (0-2-1) when he was reserved early on, moved out off the far turn in the mile and a sixteenth starter allowance and closed willingly to take runner-up honors Gets his sixteenth lifetime win soon.
PENN'S GRANT - The Barclay Tagg trained MSW trainee ran into a Todd Pletcher killer last time out but nonetheless turned in a good enough effort in his first try since early October and only the third of his career. The son of Empire Maker (not particularly known as an early development sire) stalked the pace of the one mile event but couldn't stay with the winner while getting nosed for the place by the even money favorite. The 3-year old colt needed the race and is a solid play to break through soon, especially around two turns on either dirt or grass.
SCORCHER - The 3-year old Kitten's Joy colt showed solid improvement when dropped into an entry level allowance turf race in latest and probably would have won if he hadn't been checked sharply in the stretch of the one mile event. The Jose Garaffalo trainee was moving well when impeded and finished willingly once resettled. Only beaten a half length for it all so with a clean trip he should eclipse the level soon.
THE RAHY ANGEL (She has already won for us once as a HTW candidate - and goes back on the list) - The turf loving daughter of Rahy continues to hold good form. In her most recent she just failed to wire an entry level allowance field in the mile and a sixteenth test. In her previous pair she broke her maiden vs 35K sellers and then wired open 50K claimers for us. There is no reason to think the 4-year old filly won't eclipse the level next time for trainer Giuseppe Iadisernia so bet her right back.
VAN CITRA - Nice debut effort by the 3-year old Van Nistelrooy colt in last. The David Fawkes trainee shipped over from Calder following a steady series of evenly spaced drills and after getting pinched at the start willingly moved up to press the pace in the 6 ½ furlong 50K maiden claimer. He dropped back a bit off the turn but found his best stride and rallied for the place, well clear of the even money favorite. Breaks his maiden soon.
RECENT RUNNERS FROM HORSES TO WATCH...
Below is a list of results for the horses from the HTW list that ran during the last week.
Bojan - Flashed speed, got the lead and then took a bad step and faltered. Had to be vanned off. DROP NOW!
Ecstatic Cat - Regressed in second try on list. DROP NOW
Handsome Harbor - No match for even money winner but did well to get the place ($2.90) and definitely deserves his second chance.
Le Bernardin - Pressed the pace right out of the gate and took command to eclipse the entry allowance level...WON $14.20
Queen's Award - Moving in wrong direction following a pair of good third place tries. DROP NOW.
Six Peaces - Stepped up one level and rallied for third...plus was claimed out of that race. Definitely deserves another chance.
Tanzana - Once again showed speed to press the pace but weakened late a settled for fourth. DROP NOW
Uno's Wild Angel - Quick turnaround for the in-form filly got her the entry level allowance win...WON $6.00
Where's The Baby - Followed through on promise shown in shorter distance turf tries and won off...WON $11.40
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