Horses to Watch - May 20, 2008

May 20, 2008 7:00 PM
Horses to Watch by Richard Saber |


DAWN STAR RISING: First-time starter was far back in the early going, but made up a lot of ground late. This one can run and has the looks of a turf router. Keep an eye open for a longer distance and the grass.

SORCERERS SPELL: This guy is in top form and really won his last race with ease despite a wide trip. He should be able to move up and repeat.

FOREST PHANTOM: Was between horses and got into a tight spot on the turn. After falling dead last, he came with a four-wide rally into the stretch and picked up the show dough in a top-notch effort.

MAGICAL FANTASY: Just watching Alex Solis ride this horse it is evident why trainer Bruce Headley gave him his walking papers. This girl was best in here, but was moved out four wide in the stretch and got beat by a nose.

PRIVATE QUARTERS: First-time starter was let go at 26-1 and just ran a super race losing the head bob while flying late up the rail. No 26-1 next time, but you may see her in the winnerís circle at what still may be a good price.

STOMP DANCE: Was raring to go as he just kept pulling the jock out of the saddle. Went wide on the backstretch and turn, then got bumped. Continued willingly until the end in a much better then looked effort.

SCHAGHTICOKE HILL: Broke slow and went to the inside, then was switched to the outside in the stretch and came between horses late. Just did miss the place by a nostril and the win by less than a length at 16-1. This guy is sitting on the maiden breaker.

SASSOU: Usually close up to the pace but got shuffled back. Had to make a five-wide run into the stretch, but kept trying until the end in a bang-up try.

KHUN DAN: Sometimes you just have to watch the early money on these maidens. In this case, it just poured in on this guy. His price did ease up to almost 6-1 at post time and the race he ran was remarkable. This guy was ready, but may have had a badly judged ride. He showed good early speed and battled for the lead while inside. He then took back and fell to fifth, but found another gear and rallied to pick up the show. $$$

SACRED LIGHT: One of several claims by top Northern California trainer Morey. This really looks like a very good pick-up. The guy is in top form and has the looks of a horse that will do well on the poly track or the grass at Golden Gate. Look for the move up and a quick return on the $40K he invested for this guy. $$$


TIANJIN: Was steadied sharply at the start when in tight early, fell back to last and stayed there. This girl will run her race next time out at a big price.

SHE LAUGHS AN FLYS: Was not asked for her speed and became rank when caught behind horses. The jock swung her out and got fanned five wide into the stretch. She came on, but it was just too late to run down the 9-5 Santa Anita shipper.

TRUST N THE WIND: Russell Baze riding this first-time starter for the low profile trainer Sergio Ledezma so you better just take a look. I did but passed as he was let go at 7-1, which is dead on the board for a Baze horse. This guy was blocked behind rivals at the turn and then checked. Was eased out in upper stretch, while brushing with a foe. Got in tight and bumped once again. Made one big surge to get up for the win.

LEMON KISS: Hadnít been out since last June here at the Gate, a race she won. She came back in this optional claimer breathing fire. Won like a champ by four lengths, while being geared down. $$$