Horses to Watch

Sep 1, 2009 5:02 PM

 

DEL MAR

BRUCES DREAM: Was our play of the day here on the website and this guy won like a horse on a mission despite much trouble as he got squeezed off at the start and then had to be steadied when making his move on the turn. But once clear, he stormed to the front and owned it going away. His unbeaten streak is intact.

FAIR CHASE: We took a big shot with this first time starter out of the Sadler barn as she was let go at almost 10/1. She broke slow and was taken to the inside. She sat in wait, and when room developed she made a big surge and just did miss in a three-horse photo finish. $$$$$

ANDWHATELSE: Jeff Mullins returnee chased wide the entire trip but kept coming, finishing third beaten by less than a length and a half. Next time out you will see this guy in the winner’s circle.

LINDA LOU: Was being bet like a good thing but it looked like there was some other speed in the race and she could get cooked in a speed duel. Trainer Richard Mandella had something new in mind as jockey Flores put her under a tight hold down on the inside and did not let her loose until midstretch. She cruised home for an easy win in this allowance race going a mile on the grass. Look for more good stuff from this up and coming filly. $$$$$

STICKY CANDY: May have been best in here but got shuffled back early and then had to check off heels on the turn. She was switched to the outside for room and came four wide with her run but could not catch the lone speed. She was claimed for 32k out of this race and will go from one good barn to another.

VISCOUNT: Ran huge when finishing second behind Pearl Fisher losing by a neck after running up the heels of the horse in front of him, then swinging out for room, and coming home fast to just miss.

SIDNEY’S CANDY: Was exiting our HTW list and was bet down to odds- on but ran like a future stakes horse when setting a new track record for 5 ½ furlongs. Up, up and away.

JACOB’S LITTLE BRO: Looked good in this race but got stuck down on the inside. He split rivals into the stretch but had his jock lose the whip if that’s what you want to call it. The new soft whips have little or no impact on a horse as they just make a cracking sound when they hit the animal. The horse feels nothing and some just do not respond. Jacob did end up a good third and looks to be sitting on the maiden breaker.

CYPRESS SAM: First-time starter out of the Hess stable took some big action in this 32k maiden claimer, but as the race gods would have it, he hopped and was steadied in a slow start, was far back and looked hopelessly beaten. He made a big five-wide move into the stretch and came home like a freight train, picking up the place in what was a big time effort for a 32k maiden claimer.

Golden Gate Note

If you were checking picks here online, you would have scored big with our release in the fourth at Golden Gate on Sunday, Aug. 23. We released Okie Dokie Petey as our pick to go wire-to-wire. Okie rewarded his backers with a wire-to-wire easy win and paid $54.60.