Horses to Watch for Jan. 12, 2008

January 22, 2008 8:35 PM
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Horses to Watch by Richard Saber

SANTA ANITA

GOOD MAN DAN: Showed good early speed as he was stalking the pace from the inside. Dropped back on the second turn, made a wide move into the stretch but could not keep going. This one will get a big-time barn upgrade in his next start and should be able to carry it through. $$$

ARMY OFFICER: Never ran a step at Hollywood, but turned back in distance for this try on the Santa Anita course and won like a good thing. This guy could come back and pop again at what will be another good price.

RAEBEAR: Looked best in here, but could not run down the lone speed in the race even with an easy pace. This girl will be one tough cookie in her next start. $$$

GROUND FROST: First-time starter out of the Bobby Frankel barn was let go on the tote at better than 46/1. I just had to take a shot. He did put in a little late run to get fourth and enable me to hit a 10-cent super which paid $1,624. You just have to love those 10-cent supers! You won’t see this price next time out, but he will be a must use in the exotics.

CHARM N CHUCK: This is one very good looking Indian Charlie colt out of the Bob Baffert stable. Won his first start with a lot of determination. I know that Mr. B thinks a lot of this guy, but why risk him for 100k if he is this good? We will find out soon enough in his second start. I will have my hard earned bucks on his nose. $$$

WITNESS THIS: Was coming out of post position 1 going 6˝ on the downhill turf course, which is not the best place to be on this course. Ridden by Hall of Fame jock Mike Smith, he stayed down on the inside and swung out in the stretch. Had the looks of a winner, but Mike got behind a horse and I think got a little scared. He loves this course and with better racing luck or an outside post will be there in his next start. $$$

ASTERI: Was claimed for 50k way back when by trainer Cerin. Has been dropping in class like a hot potato ever since, but has been paying his way with wins and in the money performances. The connections have been trying their best to recoup the 50k and unload this guy at the same time. They finally got him claimed for 10k. The problem is that sneaky sharp "Art The Dart" Sherman claimed him. If he returns on the move up, I would take a little shot with him especially if there is a lot of pace.

BEHIND THE SCREEN: Made a big four-wide move into the stretch, but could only pick up the show dough. He will have a huge barn and jockey change in his next start. Moving up and will be well worth a good lay down. $$$

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

DANNCIN CANDY: Was under a snug hold for the first half mile and ready to roll, but lacked room behind horses. Was shifted out and made a huge four-wide move and absolutely blew past them down the lane for a big time win.

TIME TO HONOR: Advanced between horse but was blocked both at the quarter pole and later in the race. Had to drop back to the rail, but somehow got through to make a furious surge for an incredible win.

PEARLY GATES: Ran huge at 58/1 and could be sitting on a win at a big price.

MINI TALES: Was best in here as she just did miss when forced to angle five-wide down the lane. No mistake next time out.

BAHAMA BREEZE: First-time starter breezed to an easy win and was picked up for 20k by top No Cal trainer Steven Miyadi, who also retained part ownership. Look for him to find a nice spot for this guy and get a quick return on that 20k. $$$

NINELEVENTURBO: Was checked off heels in the first turn. Once he got going, had to go wide on the second turn. Did pick up the show dough in what was a better than looked effort at almost 20/1. This one is ready to pop at a price. Longshot special.