Horses to Watch - 04-07-09

Apr 7, 2009 5:06 PM
Horse Racing Betting Tips by Richard Saber |


PEDO VIEJO: Took the big drop in class to this 32K maiden claimer and crushed them despite trouble on the turn when she had to wait and check off heels. She exploded in the stretch and won going away. This girl was claimed by a sharp trainer so look for another big effort.

TURKISH VICTORY: Was last seen running at Hollywood last May. He was really eager to run as he sped to an early lead in the 6½ furlong downhill sprint, but hopped when crossing the main track and that may have cost him.

IDONTBELIEVEMYEYES: Took a shot with this girl at better than 71-1, but she stumbled at the start and was dead last. Despite that she gathered herself and made a little progress. This girl could light it up in her next start.

IDAHO JOE: This guy is a tough cheap claimer and gutted it out for a nice win over $12,500 claimers last time out. He did get claimed by Jerry Hollendorfer, who also will be sole owner. Look for a quick return on that investment.

ON THE VIRG: Was considered a Kentucky Derby prospect last year, but never got his form back after getting trounced by Colonel John in the 2008 Santa Anita Derby. He looked bad in his comeback this year for 50K, was dropped in for 25K and won with ease. He moved up and ran for 32K in his last start and won again. This time he was claimed and could head back up the ladder with his confidence back.

MAGIC LUNCH: Had been running very good in her straight maiden races. Was dropped in for this 40K tag and crushed them while never being asked. Maybe trainer Gaines was playing a little poker but it didn’t work. She got claimed for 40K.

ACTION CALL: I love this 2yo season and watching the babies run, trained by Walter Solis, who is a master with the babies. Just got wiped out at the start and lost all chance. Give him a big shot next time out.

HEROI DO BAFRA: Old pro and one-time Frankel class horse was dropped to this 50K level again. He just missed the place by a nose, but ran his normal game race. Redtagged by Mike Mitchell, who must have a vision for him going longer. $$$


KATIE G.: Was in from Santa Anita and looked perfectly spotted, but got pinched back at the start and lost her chance. She did finish third, eight lengths clear of the rest. Claimed by top trainer Miyadi. Look for move up and the score. $$$$$

BABU: Won the head bob under hard-trying jockey Leon, who is struggling to make ends meet at the gate. The all powerful stewards launched an inquiry as Babu brushed with The Supply Program in the stretch. Program was ridden by Baze who has 10 zillion winners in Northern California and like an 8-foot center up against a 5-footer. They took this guy down and Mr. Baze chalked up another win and a sad one at that. I would like to see Russell Baze ride an entire meet at Santa Anita, Gulfstream, Belmont or Saratoga and see how good he really is!

ONE MORE WEEK: This looks like a very good claim for 5K. Expect a repeat.