Horses to Watch 6-24-08

Jun 25, 2008 6:57 PM
Horses to Watch by Richard Saber |


JB WINE: 2yo first-time starter took all the action, but as luck would have it he got steadied and shuffled back into the turn. Came four wide and strong down the stretch, but could not run down the winner. He was claimed out of this race. Looks like his new trainer will get a quick return on his 32k investment.

BABY GOTHAM: Was eager to go early when showing good speed, but was forced four wide into the stretch. Made a quick bid for the lead, but tired late and had to settle for the show dough in a good try.

TRICKY VIVIANA: Had some previous problem as she was coming off the vets list and was let go at almost 20-1. She lagged far back and then unleashed a big four wide move into the stretch. Came from last to second in a single bound, but could not get to the 6-5 winner. But, all seems to be well.

STARSTRUCK KRISTEN: Ran big while winning this $12,500 claimer. May be heading north as she was red tagged by top Northern California trainer William Morey, who has been on a claiming rampage of late. Watch for this girl to show up at the gate.

ATHENRY: Was bumped at the start and then pulled his way along the far outside chasing the pace. Came four wide into the stretch and lost more ground while running on for the place. This guy is improving and could get it done next time out.

LORD IN COMMAND: First-time starter broke slow then was bumped and steadied to be far back. Looked to be finished, but made a big five wide move into the stretch like being shot out of a cannon. Was put under a strong hold and won going away in a spectacular effort for a 25k maiden claimer. Claimed by Wesley Ward, who doesnít dip in for many. Look for another big run in next start for new connections. $$$

WIZZEN MIZZEN: I gave this girl a big shot in her last race at 13-1, but she packed it in down the lane and finished in a better than looked effort. Super trainer Mike Mitchell claimed her for 32k and I donít think she will stop next time out. $$$

CEDAR MOUNTAIN: Was dripping wet when he came out on the track for the running of the Round Table, but ran like a horse possessed. He exploded down the middle of the track winning with ease in track record time. When he came back to the winnerís circle he was dry as a bone and not even breathing hard after running a mile and 3/16. This guy is an up and comer. $$$


(Pleasanton opens June 25)

PRIVATE ASSETS: Hadnít been seen since last year at Santa Rosa. Showed up here for the live connections of Mercedes Stables and, at 10-1, I was all in. He broke slow then advanced into the lane, but got blocked in upper stretch. Was eased out while trying to find some running room and came on fast to lose in a three-horse photo finish. No mistakes for this guy next time out going long on the grass, but there will be no 10-1.

ORNAMENTAL TORCH: Was shipped in from Hollywood off a good win and showed up in the Dean Pederson barn for owner Robert Bone, which you donít see often. He ran like a stakes horse beating the 7-5 Baze/Hollendorfer chalk by four widening lengths. This one will repeat. $$$

CRAFTY POWER: Ran big at 23-1 when finishing third despite trouble, while not racing since December. Look for a trip to the winnerís circle in next start.

CONTROL SEEKER: First-time starter had no shot at the runaway winner, but was better than five lengths clear of the third place finisher. He will be hard to deny in his second start for trainer Lloyd Mason. $$$

CAPTAIN ROY: Past HTW. Heís one tough animal to figure out. Comes from behind, goes to the front, falls back and rallies again. He can run, though, and is a must use in the exotics until he finds his correct racing style.

LITTLE MISS RULER: Moved up behind a wall of horses on the turn and had no place to run. Once clear, she came on with a strong rally. Looks ready for the win next time out.

MISS DIXIE DANCER: First-time starter, out of the very live barn of Adam Kitchingman, demolished this bunch by some eight lengths. No claims in for this 2yo first timer. I think Mr. K got away with one here.