Horses to Watch

Dec 28, 2010 7:04 AM

SANTA ANITA

J P'S GUSTO: Obviously a 2yo with a ton of talent. The race he ran in the Cashcall Futurity was just extraordinary, especially after a long wait for the winner to get a new shoe. J P stalked the early pace sitting third, fell to seventh on the second turn, swung out for room into the stretch and came on strong. Finished second more than three lengths clear of the rest was gaining on the winner with every stride. This one may get better as the distances get longer on the Kentucky Derby trail. $$$$$

MUTUALLY BENEFIT: Had run two good races on the grass and looked to be the one to beat in this 1 1/16 straight maiden, but the race was taken off the turf. She was left in to run and really never got going. We will keep an eye on this filly when she returns on the green.

CHAMPAGNEANDLILIES: Was coming off a layoff for trainer Cerin who can pop with a fresh horse. She was bumped hard at the start, took back and made a nice late run to be a clear second. This girl is ready for the maiden breaker.

BELLINGHAM: John Sadler’s first-time starter was sent off at even money in this 5 furlong straight maiden grass sprint. He broke last but made a nice quick run while three wide into the stretch and came on fast for show dough. No mistakes next time out at a little longer distance.

PRIDE OF SILVER: Had earned a big number when running second in his last start and looked great on the track. He won this race while under a long hold late. This 2yo looks like he will be moving into the big time in the near future. One to watch.

BESTDRESSED: Was coming off a little layoff but he just loves this 7 furlong distance. He tossed his head at the start and broke slow to be dead last. Made a huge late run just missing by a head. This race did him a ton of good and will be very hard to beat next time out.

CALL ME LATER: Was fractious in the gate and opened his stall before the start. Came four wide into the stretch, got in tight when between horses and was able to get up for the show dough despite the trouble. He will be ready to win at Santa Anita.

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

WILD CYCLE: Looked to be making a winning move but was checked hard and had to be steadied off heels into the stretch. Shifted out for room, but it was too late.

INFINITY N' BEYOND: Was looking for a route on the grass but this one was shifted to the main. She showed a ton of early speed but tired late. We will take a nice shot with this filly when she shows up in a turf race. The price will be boxcars. $$$

GENERAL DAN: Was fractious in the gate and threw his head at the start. Looked hopelessly beaten, but circled rivals five wide and drew clear late for a very impressive win. Look for a repeat.

LAMA CHANT: Really loved this guy on the grass but passed when they took it off. He won with ease going wire-to-wire. We will put him on our HTW list if he returns in a grass race.

MARINE FOG: Turned his head as the gate opened and the field had about four lengths on him before knowing the race started. Somehow he came out into the stretch, put in a determined rally and won.

NATURAL DREAMS: Was crowded and checked back, but rallied to just miss.