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Horses to Watch - 09-16-2008

Sep 16, 2008 7:02 PM

Horses to Watch by Richard Saber |

FAIRPLEX/GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

(opens Sept.17)

OAK TREE at SANTA ANITA

(opens Sept. 24)

MIDSHIPMAN: Won the Del Mar Futurity on closing day for trainer Bob Baffert who really was heating up toward the end of the meet. This guy looks like a real up and comer as the distances get longer. Also it looks like Baffert may really have his stable ready for a big meet at Oak Tree.

ELETRO NUCLEAR: Brazilian import ran big for in the states for trainer Paulo Lobo who excels with these imports from his native country. Look for this one to pop soon.

VICTORS CRY: Was steadied hard out of the gate when squeezed off at the start and was dead last. He made a big three-wide move into the stretch and stormed down the lane missing the place as one of four heads on the line. $$$

TAP TAP I WIN: Was dropped into this 40K maiden claimer and proved much the best despite lacking room into the lane. He swung out, gathered momentum and blew them away in deep stretch to win going away. This looks like a good claim for trainer Ellis.

MADAME STRIKER: Hadnt been seen since last December at Hollywood Park, but came back in this straight maiden race. Was big steam, but did not run a step with Gomez in the saddle with no excuse. I would give this filly one more shot at what should be a much better price.

KULA GIRL: Just won at .50 cents on the dollar for 8K at Fairplex. Claimed by Mike Mitchell, who just does not make many bad claims. Look for this girl to get his 8K back in a hurry at Oak Tree.

SHELBYDELL: Just loved this girl in this straight maiden race. She had last raced at Turf Paradise in April and now showed up in this sport for trainer Jeff Mullins. She fought it out from start to finish, losing by a slim neck late. Next time. $$$

CHANJO: Was far back early in this 1 /16 route, but just stormed home despite the rider losing his whip and the bob. He will like the wider turns at Oak Tree much better than the tight Fairplex turns.

PLAY NINE: Broke outward and lost ground, then was wide to the stretch. Kept to her task and was still closing in at the wire in a much better than looked effort.

BELLECTON: Trainer Neil Drysdale had been trying everything to get his girl to break her maiden. She finally found the spot today, winning wire to wire by seven lengths. He never gave up on her still must think she has some upside. Once these type graduate they can come back and repeat.

TALKIN TO MOM ROO: Was last seen running second at Santa Anita in March. Showed up here in what looked to be a prep for Oak Tree and made a huge run to score easily. Look for more good stuff from Mom when they get to Oak Tree.