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Horses to Watch - 07-29-2008

Jul 29, 2008 7:01 PM

by Richard Saber |

DEL MAR

MODEL: Was a bit washy at the gate and when it opened she popped in the air. She didnít start running until leaving the second turn, but had nowhere to go and was checked hard off heels. She made a four-wide move and exploded down the lane to win going away. $$$

WARRENS HIGHROLLER: Just broke her maiden in fine style going a flat mile on the grass. This girl looks like she can get longer and jockey Jose Valdivia fits her like a glove. She will be competitive vs winners routing on the grass.

HUNTER CREEK: Hesitated at the start and was away last. He was kept to the outside and did make a nice late run to pick up the show. This one is sitting on a win at a price. He just may get there very soon for his new connections and a rider upgrade.

UNUSUAL JANE: Was sprinting five furlongs on the grass, which may have been a little short for her. She did make a big, wide late run and just did miss the show dough. This girl can run on the grass may be a prep for longer.

McMURTRY: First time starter out of the Ed Moger Jr. barn was listed at 12-1 on the morning line, but took all the action. He was 5-1 out of the gate, but dropped to 4-1 after opening up two lengths. I just hate that! The entire Moger barn must have bet their wages on this guy as he won for fun.

ELUSIVE DESTINY: Just another horrible ride by Alex Solis, who just does not want any part of the shortest trip home. He was breaking from post position No. 2 and Solis just took back to last. After swinging out four wide, he had no shot. All this one needs is a jockey change.

ONE CHIN AGAIN: This one took some time to break his maiden, but the ability was always there. Today she just got a great stalking strip and mowed them down late for a really nice win. When these type horses win they usually come back and run big again. Look for some more good stuff from this One. $$$

STARDOM BOUND: Highly touted first-time starter broke in the air and was far back. She got going late and just exploded down the lane. Barely missed the win by a nostril. $$$

SENSATIONAL SCORE: And thatís exactly just what this was, despite jumping tracks in the stretch. He just motored home and won by four lengths with a lot left in the tank. I really hope this one comes back one more time here at Del Mar. $$$

FREEBIEHADTHEMOVES: One of the few mistakes that jockey Rosario has made at Del Mar. He got caught down on the inside and had no room. Did manage to get out late and pick up the show.

LET US PRAY: May be a monster in the making. This guy won like something special, despite a ton of trouble. Up, up and away for the red hot Kathy Walsh. $$$

ZEE TOPPER: Likes this track and will get there next time out if she gets a hot pace to make her late run.

SMOOTH PERFORMER: Got a horrible race from jockey Nakatani, who rides like he would rather be out on the golf course. Just toss this race and upgrade in her next start, especially with a jockey change.

DEVIVE: First try at routing, this guy ran big time to miss by a nose. He wonít be a maiden much longer.

TANGLED TANGO: Usually close to the pace, but was way back in this mile turf race for no good reason. If jockey Pedroza gets the ride in his next start just go to the window and send it in with both hands. $$$

TACTFUL: Got caught up in a speed duel on a track that was favoring closers. Out of the Carla Gaines barn she does much better with second time starters. You will see this guy in the winnerís circle in start No. 2. $$$

POCOSINS GAMEBOY: Ran like a stakes horse off the layoff. This guy can flat out run. He will move up and repeat. $$$