Horses to Watch by Richard Saber |
ORIENTATION HALL: A horse that always showed ability, but just could not find the winner’s circle. He finally broke his maiden going 7 furlongs at Oak Tree. These type come right back and run several more good ones. The price will be right.
TOMMYS LUCK: Was trying the green for the first time and came storming home from the far outside to win with ease. Tommy is one tough gelding and may find the Hollywood grass to his liking.
DREAM OF KAYLEE: Was last seen collecting show dough at Churchill Downs back in May. He showed up in this straight maiden race and destroyed this bunch. If he wasn’t under a stranglehold late, he could have went around again. Look for some good stuff from this 2yo colt. $$$$$
TERRAIN: Was my pick along with Ralph Siraco and Vic Vivio at the Palace Station seminar to win the BC Juvenile after going off better than 15-1. He got steadied hard along the inside leaving the first turn, putting him far back for the first half mile. He moved forward between horses, angled wide into the stretch and closed like a rocket to finish just a half-length out of show money. This guy can flat out run and will be a serious contender in his 3yo season on the Kentucky Derby trail. $$$$$
CITY STYLE: I gave this 2yo a big shot in the BC Juvenile turf, but just wasn’t lucky. He went off at 29-1 and I dug deep to use him first, second and third in the trifectas. He got bumped hard at the start and was far back for the first six furlongs. After swinging out for room into the stretch, he stormed home to just miss the show by a head to cost me the tri. This one is a must follow when he shows up.
MADEO: Was making a huge run along the rail, but lacked room in upper stretch to midstretch. Once clear, he just surged along the fence to barely miss by a neck in a super try.
CHOICE CAT: 2yo first time starter blazed early in this 5½ furlong sprint with times of :20.4 and :43.4. This one can roll early. If able to harness some of that speed, look out.
QUITE THE MAN: Was being stretched out for the first time and ran a huge race. Battled the entire 11/8 distance, but had to settle for the place. He was claimed out of this effort by top guy Jerry Hollendorfer, who should get a quick return on his 25k. $$$
HI HARRY/STORMY VOW: Two first-time starters that never ran a step yet got claimed by the sneaky Steven Miyadi. They could both improve.
FRUMIOUS: Was rank in the early going and really wanted to run early, but jock took hold when a loose horse pushed by him. He was carried seven wide by the loose horse into the stretch and bumped several times. Somehow he kept going and won in an amazing effort. $$$
LITTLE MISS RULER: Came wide on the second turn and got bumped repeatedly. Was steadied hard and shifted out for room, but got impeded. Had to be steadied hard again and lost her chance.