Horses to Watch - 10-14-2008

Oct 14, 2008 4:58 PM

Horses to Watch by Richard Saber |

OAK TREE at SANTA ANITA

J P JAMMER: Was making just his second start, while stretching out and running in the 11/16 California Cup Juvenile. Breaking from post position No. 13 he was hung out four-wide on the first turn and was forced to stay out there into the stretch. He kept running till the end and just did miss the show dough by a nose in what was a super effort. $$$

SAUCY EVENING: Just destroyed this nice bunch of Cal Bred fillies in the California Cup Juvenile. Came from last to first and just blew by them down the lane to win going away by almost three lengths. This girl has a ton of ability and will be able to move up and face open Stakes company.

EXCEEDING: Broke slow and was sent up on the inside to stalk the pace, but got in tight and had to be steadied hard into the turn. He was then switched to the outside and came back for the place in what was a very good effort.

KELADORA: Looked like a winner as she came through on the rail and stormed to the front. However, the one she passed came back on to get the win. This was a rare claim by top trainer Carla Gaines, look for her to get a quick return on the 50K investment for the claim.

PRINCE ANDREW: Looked like a good thing in this straight maiden race and was sent off as the 6-5 choice, but really never got untracked and finished up the track. Just don’t know if he did not like the track or just did not feel good today. If able to run like his previous start, he will get a win. Let’s give him another shot and hope he was just having a bad day today.

CEE MISTER B: Was 12-1 on the morning line and looked longer, but money kept pouring in. He finally settled at 6-1 at post time. He put in a big time effort and just did miss the place by a head.

MASSONE: Just love this guy today. When he wanted to run, the jockey just took a hold and would not let him loose. He then got in a tight spot into the turn and his race was over. Russell Baze is not having a good meet as he is winning at just a 5 percent clip and with rides like this I can see why. Give Massone a new jock and he will win next time out.

CARRIE WITH A C: This win machine was trying grass for the first time and put in a very good effort running second to the 7-5 chalk. She will most likely return back to the main next time and paying a visit to the winner’s circle.

FORTY DATES: I gave this girl a shot in here as she was shipping in from Emerald Downs and showed up in the Doug O’Neill barn. She was let go at almost 18-1 and ran a good second. This one can run and may still offer some value in her next outing.

DIXIE HAWKS: Was all in on this girl in the last race on Oct. 2. I needed her first or second for all the marbles, but it was not to be as she just did miss the place. She is sitting on a win. Maybe next time, but I won’t be all in this time around. Well, maybe half in.

FIRE N’ BRIMSTONE: This girl is a workhorse, but has become a place player’s dream. She has finished five of her last eight starts, so remember use her in the second spot next time. You will cash a ticket.

SHOWTIME APOLLO: Was a Mike Mitchell first-time starter that got off at 16-1. You just have to take a shot when getting a Mitchell-trained maiden at this price. She came five-wide into the stretch and was just storming down the lane from far back. Was just a little late and had to settle for the show. Next time. $$$

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

SHESOURKINDAGAL: First time starter was taken out of the race when bumped very hard at the start and was dead last until the stretch when she got into stride and made a big late run.

CELESTIAL TOPPER: Shipped in my Southern California trainer Dan Hendricks and was stretching out on the grass for the first time. He ran good and may be ready for the maiden breaker.

AWESOME JARED: If you bet on this guy on Oct. 4 in Race 6, you should be sick. He was best, but just got a horrible trip. It would take too much space to write about it. Just take a big shot with him next time and a bigger shot with a new jock. $$$