Horses To Watch

March 19, 2002 5:18 AM
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SANTA ANITA

LA RONGE: Off four months, turned in a very good but troubled fourth place finish in a little handicap at 6½ furlongs on the turf. Was prepping for longer and better race. Jump aboard at a mile or longer on turf.

SAINT BERNADETTE: Up and coming 3-year-old filly got blasted at the start and was last. Made her move on turn, steadied, then had to wait off heels. Came out to split horses, got bumped again and somehow managed to run second. Follow this girl all the way.

MAYOR MURPHY: Hard luck maiden keeps running good enough to win, but some stranger seems to snatch it from him. Should get there next time at 6½ or longer on turf.

GOLDEN STATE

DAN THE BLUE GRASSMAN: Named after a well-known Las Vegas host. Was Bafferts last hope for Kentucky Derby. Ran second in a mediocre El Camino Real Derby, but you had to see what happened. Jock Flores dropped his whip in the stretch with a clear lead. Then in a very heady move snatched off his goggles and used them as a whip. Good job David. No roses for this guy.

TEAM ZACHARY: Flash- ed good early foot while lugging out. Had to take back, but came again for third. Sitting on a win if he can run a straight path.

AQUEDUCT

JOINT CUSTODY: Railed entire trip, battled out to the end in a very game effort. Will break maiden going a mile or longer in next.

SURF CLUB: Stumbled at start or would have cleared and gone wire to gate. This girl will wire in next and very soon. Don’t miss, just send it in.

PRACTICAL STAN: First timer ran third by a head in a very troubled effort. This well meant guy will pop in next.

GULFSTREAM

BAG OF MISCHIEF: Was bumped hard at start to be off-stride. Recovered to make a race of it, but had to settle for second. All set to graduate for Zito.

LIGHTNING SPEED: P. Day showed up on this E. Walden speedball and almost wired at first asking. Day had trouble dictating her speed in this race, but that won’t be the case in next. Wire to wire, easy money.

STEP WITH STYLE: Had to steady hard at top of the stretch, while making a winning move. Look for this girl on the turf in a quick return.