Horses to Watch - 08-05-2008

Aug 5, 2008 6:57 PM

Horses to Watch by Richard Saber |


SHE FLOATS: Was last seen running in Ireland back in last October, but found her way here and landed in the barn of Mike Mitchell for owner Tony Lawlor. There was a huge Pick Six carryover on July 27 and the owner of She Floats needed this girl to win in order to hit the bundle. And, despite trouble, she did by more than five lengths to give Mr. Lawlor a cool $60,499.40. His share of the purse was another 12K for the win end not to mention the 25K after the horse was claimed. All in all, it was a very good day for Mitchell and Lawlor.

GOLD TRIM: I really liked this guy in his last race, but was far back. He did made a big wide late run and just missed by a head at 7-1. Was claimed out of this race and will go from one good barn to another.

FINE FLYER: Looked best in here, but got bumped hard when splitting horses down the lane. He continued between horses and just did miss as there were three noses on the wire.

STREET HERO: Sometimes us horseplayers go through streaks of bad beats and that has been my case of late. This was just a horrible beat as I had this guy some four lengths the best in this race and had him singled all over the board. He came out into the stretch full of run. Jockey Espinoza tried to go between horses, but got scared and steadied him hard. He then split horses in deep stretch, but missed by a nostril as much the best. My hard-earned dollars down the tubes!

MASSONE/SPEIGHT THE HALO: Both exit the same race as the above-mentioned Street Hero. If all come back in the same race, it could be exacta and trifecta time.

EXQUISITE: New Zealand import may have been a little eager in her first start in the USA as she was pulling her jock out of the saddle while four-wide. She was taken to the inside, but had to steady when running up the heels of the horse in front. Once clear she picked up the place in what was a big time effort. $$$

DASHWOOD: Won at first asking while going wire to wire. Did get claimed by the sneaky Steve Knapp, who may be sending this one to the grass course. One to watch.

ADARLYN CAT: Hopped at the start, while exiting post position 1. She then took back and came off the rail. Was trying to get going, but got in tight and lost all shot. This girl could pop at a nice price with an outside post in her next start.

THREAT: Was stretching out for the first time and got hung on the outside while chasing the pacesetter. She did get to the front down the stretch, but got caught late on this closer’s track. This girl can flat out run and if she gets a fair surface next time out will be long gone. $$$

PACK YOUR BAGS: Was a lackluster fifth when last seen running in June at Golden Gate. He was back here and Bejarano was up for trainer Truman. The light went on and this guy stormed home under a hand ride as much the best. Look for the move up and a repeat for his new connections. $$$

GRECIAN: It was the Peter Principle here as I just loved this girl on the front end. She was the only speed in the race and almost 9-1. I was all in. She took a nice easy lead but a loose horse charged her. She was steadied when put in tight and taken 10-to 15-wide when pushed out by the rider-less horse. She did make another late run and somehow came back to finish fourth.