Horses to Watch

Nov 9, 2010 7:06 AM

HOLLYWOOD PARK

 

LUNCH TIME DIVA: First time starter took plenty of action against the hot Baffert first time starter Plum Pretty, who went to the front despite a slow start. Lunch Time Diva stalked outside while wide the entire trip; she surged late and just did miss by a head but was by the winner like a flash past the wire. This 2yo filly can flat out run and looks to have a ton of upside for trainer David E. Hofmans. $$$$$

TUSCAN CHIANTI/MARINO’S PROMISE: Both of these fillies are exiting the same race. Chianti was in a good position but got shuffled back leaving the turn but came on again and was one of three on the line; she looks to be sitting on a win. Marino’s Promise was in a good stalking position and actually got to the front while wide down the lane and just tired late but she was claimed by Mike Mitchell so she may go all the way next time out and if these two meet each other they could finish one two.

RECIPIENT: Was in from Arlington Park for trainer Thomas Proctor. She showed early speed at Arlington, she broke sharp but took back to dead last; she then made an eye catching four wide move into the stretch and just mowed them all down late in what was an impressive maiden breaker. She was claimed for 32k by Jorge Periban and this could turn out to be a nice pick up.

DAPPER GENE: Was stalking the pace while down on the inside, he swung out into the stretch for room but had to check off heels past midstretch; he then split horses and made a strong rally while inside the top two only to lose by a neck in what was a top notch effort.

KEEN BIDDER: Jockey Corey Nakatani is just not in the zone and he may have been best here on Keen Bidder but seems to always get into some kind of trouble. He got squeezed at the start and just took back to dead last and then just took hold despite the horse wanting to run. He finished like a rocket and just did fail to run down the lone speed. We will take a good shot next time out and a real big shot with a jockey change.

STEPHEN’S GOT HOPE: Maiden was last seen running in the Grade 3 Illinois Derby and before that he was up against it in the San Felipe against the likes of Sydney’s Candy and Interactif. There were no such horses in here but he was let go at 10-1, we took a huge shot, he came flying late at the speed and just did fail by a half length, next time. $$$$$

INDUSTRY LEADER: Highly regarded first time starter out of the ultra hot Kristin Mulhall barn did not disappoint at even money just motoring home for an easy win. This 3yo colt looks like a big up and comer, and we will follow as he moves up the ladder.

GOOD BROTHER: Stalked the pace while down on the inside, looked to be making a winning move but had to check hard into the turn and fell back, he came out for room leaving the turn and made a nice late run, picking up the place money.

WARREN’S PRANCER: Was exiting our HTW list; he was let go at 25-1 and actually ran a better than looked fourth in here as he had a good position down on the inside but got bumped hard and had to take up sharply and took back to dead last. He came back on to finish fourth in what was a gutsy effort by the second time starter; look for a jockey change next time out and we will bet.