Horses to Watch by Richard Saber April 29, 2008

April 29, 2008 7:00 PM
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HOLLYWOOD PARK

ACCOPELA CHOIR: Shipper looked live for trainer Cerin, but just got wiped out at the start. She was down on the inside, got steadied hard on the backstretch when in tight and her race was over. There is much more to this girl than this race. She may be a real good bet in her next start. $$$

SMOOCHER: Thought this guy had a big shot in this race, but never really got untracked as he ran a one-paced race. The big thing is that he did get red-tagged by trainer Mike Mitchell for super owner Bone. Look for a much-improved effort when this guy returns to the races at Holly Park.

CARMAN: I love these kind that take a while to graduate, especially when they have showed some very good ability. Carman finally got the job done and it was in super style on this downhill turf course coming out of post 1. Look for another top effort and the price will be right.

FLASHOVER: You just had to see this race to believe it. This first-time starter coming out of post 1 took a left turn at the gap and almost ran into the fence. Jockey Rosario did all he could to stay aboard. Somehow he got her straightened up, took to the far outside and made a big late run to gain an amazing win.

KILDERRY: This was this gelding’s first start off the 100k claim. Why would a person claim a 3yo maiden gelding for 100K ? They may be right. This guy took to the grass like a good thing and got $28,800 of that investment right back. This one is a must play on the move up.

STING’N IN THE RAIN: Was wheeled back on the grass after a very good win on the synthetic, but never ran a step. You will be able to take a big shot with this girl when she resurfaces back on the cushion track at Hollywood.

MODIFICATION: Looked to have a good shot, but was bet down to 7-5 with Nakatani riding for O’Neill. I hate overbet horses, but here is a jock that has lost about 20 some races in a row riding for Mr. D. If I were Doug or one of the owners, I would never let him ride another horse for me. After deciding the race was lost, he just took hold and got beat for the place. If he kept riding, place money would have come easy and a lot of people would have hit the exacta. Instead of the owners getting $9,600 for second they got $5,760 for a third. That’s a lot of vet bills they could have paid. If no Corey this one is a big get in next start.

SCOUT ABOUT: Had been off since Del Mar of last year, but took some big action in this tough maiden special race. She got into some trouble, which may have cost the race. Next time. $$$

BAY MEADOWS

MR. CHAIRMAN: Was released as a single on the www.gamingtoday website and stormed home an easy winner at 6-1. This guy had not been out since October of 2006 at Santa Anita. Trainer Doug O’Neill tipped his hand when scratching this guy’s stablemate, who would have been the favorite and let Mr. Chairman get drawn in from the also list. He had a purpose in this claim proof starter allowance race so look for the move up in class and another trip to the winner’s circle. $$$

A DAISYFIELD: Rare claim up north for trainer Ted West so beware.

STARS PROMISE: Shipper won so easy despite trouble it was scary. Look for the move up and another win.

HEINOUS: Had no shot at the runaway winner after she stumbled badly at the start and racing green. Did get it going late and finished second, well clear of the rest.

PUNCH UP: Just failed to get to the odds-on 70 cents on the dollar winner, losing by ľ of a length. Still he did finish five lengths clear of the third place finisher. No mistakes for this guy in next start. $$$

SWEETEST ONE: First-time starter out of the Steve Sherman barn was somehow let go at 18-1. Was getting to the odds-on winner at the wire while seven clear of the rest. No 18-1 next time, but she will see the winner’s circle.