Horses to Watch - 12-23-2008

Dec 23, 2008 5:04 PM
Horse Racing Betting Tips by Richard Saber |

SANTA ANITA

TUDOR BLUE: 40K maiden claimer had a bad trip or may have been in the winner’s circle. He broke on top from his far outside post, but got hung out and lost his position. He then came three wide on the turn and four into the stretch to just miss by less than a length. This one looks set for the maiden breaker.

LASER POINT: I used this first-time starter out of the Jeff Mullins barn with one of his go-to jocks up, Clinton Potts. He was let go at 64-1 and just did miss the show dough by a neck which would have made my super pay a lot more. Laser Point was slow to begin and raced green behind horses while well off the rail. He came four wide into the stretch and was really rolling late. This one could off a nice price in start No. 2.

BOOTED: High-priced A.P. Indy colt was very highly regarded as a 2yo, but had problems. He showed up in this 6K maiden special turf race and just got hammered at the windows. He looked beautiful on the track and wore down the lone speed, winning like a horse that can really run. If able to stay sound this one will move way up in class.

MAYOR MARV: Was in from Aqueduct and took some action in this tough 11/16 maiden special route. He showed good speed, but could not hold off the even money winner The Pamplemousse. He did finish more than three lengths clear of the rest. This guy will not be a maiden for long.

ICEMANCOMETH: Was being dropped by trainer Mike Mitchell into this $62,500 1-mile turf route. He showed his class and drew away once challenged into the stretch. With money hard to find there have not been a whole lot of claims at the meet. One of John Sadler’s main clients Gary and Cecil Barber put up the $62,500 for this gelding. Look for Sadler to place this guy in the perfect spot so he can get a quick return on two of his favorite clients’ investment. $$$$$

EL SPANIARD: Was being dropped from the straight maiden ranks into this 25K maiden claimer. They were looking for the win, but had to wait off heels when trying to make a move in midstretch. He was steadied hard when in tight, then took back and came out but was too late. Next time with a clean trip.

NO KA OI: Had a little early trouble but got clear when down the stretch and made a big four-wide run. He was one of five on the line, but had to settle for the show. He did get claimed by trainer Steve Knapp, who can pop first off the claim. Look for this guy in the winner’s circle at Santa Anita.