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Horses to Watch 09-25-2008

Sep 23, 2008 6:57 PM

Horses to Watch by Richard Saber |

OAK TREE at SANTA ANITA

GRAY BLACK N WHITE: Just blitzed a bunch of 20K claimers at Fairplex, powering his way down the stretch to win going away at .40 cents on the dollar. He was red-tagged by trainer Jeff Mullins, who may have the Santa Anita turf course in mind for this gelding.

HAVENS LAKE: Broke sharp and dueled for the early lead while along the fence. Dropped back quickly when in tight and never recovered, though he kept plugging till the end. Give this one a big shot at Santa Anita.

EVALUATE: Was a very easy fourth lengths winner at Fairplex when motoring home while under a hold. Trained by Bob Baffert, he is just one of many that Mr. Bob has ready to roll at the Oak Tree meet.

IN SESSION: Hadnt been seen since Bay Meadows of last year but ran decent in this 32K maiden claimer. Could pop at a big price in his next start. A longshot special.

MALUSITA: Just ran third in the Barretts Debutante at Fairplex as she chased inside then split rivals on the second turn. Was between foes into the stretch and switched back to the inside but could only muster show dough. This girl has ability but needs a quick pace to unleash her big closing kick.

ONE CHIN AGAIN: Stumbled at the start as he almost went to his knees in starting far back and in another galaxy. He came out on the second turn, moved up wide into the stretch and just missed the place by less than a length. $$$

I CATHERINE: Showed good early foot while along the inside on the backstretch. She was steadied hard when trying to move through an opening on the rail and had to take back. It cost her the race, but she came back on and just did miss the place by a nostril. This girl is sitting on a monster race at a fair price. $$$

VIRGIN: One of several very live horses that trainer Frank Monteleone sent out at Fairplex. This one had a little trouble both at four furlongs and in a short sprint. Look for this one to break her maiden at Oak Tree.

PERFECT VINTAGE: Was bumped and forced wide into the first turn which cost her dearly. She did run a much better than looked race in finishing a good fourth.

KIZZYS CHAOS: Had no shot at the runaway speed in this race, but ran on despite chasing early. Showed a lot of courage for coming back late for the place. This one is just sitting on the maiden breaker. $$$