Horses to Watch

December 19, 2000 6:25 AM
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HOLLYWOOD

VENESAUER – Came off a win to lose a tough decision, finishing third in a three-horse finish for the top spot. She closed strongly on the outside and gave the appearance that she would do very well when the races are stretched out a bit.

MAJESTIC HELLO – New connections may change this guy’s running style. He’s been trying to stay with the early leaders but when it comes time to pour it on he’s been coming up empty. Has the ability to deal with $20,000 claimers.

SARIGOR – This Irish-bred 5-year-old was permitted to lag too far back when traveling a mere five and one-half furlongs on the turf. His closing brush came up short. Needs added distance or must be pushed a bit more out of the gate.

OLD MIZZOU – Looked much the best while beating maidens with a $25,000 tag. Too bad the "stews" took his number down. But that means you can bet a winner against maidens next time he meets the same kind.

GOLDEN GATE

FABLED FOG – Looked like this guy was going to notch another when he moved to the front in the stretch after having been in a perfect stalking position. But, that wasn’t to be. Actually, he just didn’t have enough ammunition left and was passed by three opponents. Still turned in a good effort.

BREANNA – Should show massive improvement off her debut. She showed talent but also showed that she had no idea what was expected of her in a maiden sprint. She’ll gain confidence off this past trip.

 AQUEDUCT

FREE OF LOVE – Turned in a bummer as the public’s choice in his last. He was kept off the early pace, yet certainly within striking distance. But when he was asked to pick it up he just loped along and really never got into a drive. Look for improvement from this one.

STELLIANOS – This juvenile responded like a seasoned veteran in beating a field in a maiden special weight affair. The race was at a mile and 70 yards and he showed fighting spirit early while challenging the lead and then just blew away in the stretch; should move up.

CALDER

STORM LASS – The rains came and it appeared that this filly just didn’t like the elements and never did extend herself. Besides, she had to be steadied on the first turn and that didn’t improve her disposition.