Horses to Watch March 18, 2008

March 18, 2008 6:00 PM
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Horses to Watch by Richard Saber |

SANTA ANITA

GENTLE GALE: Moved from dirt to the grass for her second start in this straight maiden race and took to it like a duck to water. She stormed home down the lane and won under raps with a ton left in the tank.

SHERRY’S HIGH: Was claimed out of her last race by super owner Bon Bone. That’s always a sign to dig deep and go directly to the window, especially with the trainer being Mike Mitchell. Sherry was in tight, hit the rail nearing the first turn, was bumped hard and got in tight again on the turn. After shuffling back, somehow she got going wide into the stretch and won in an amazing performance.

DOPPIO: Moved up on the bend, but was blocked in upper stretch. Steered out for room and just surged under a strong ride by jockey Bejarano for the win in a very tough field. This guy loves this 6˝-furlong downhill course. Will be right there if he gets one more start before meets end April 20.

STARRY PURSUIT: Hadn’t been seen since June 2007 when breaking her maiden at first asking at Chicago’s Arlington Park. The race that she won turned out to be a key one. It’s interesting that she showed up here for hot trainer Jerry Holendorfer. She won this race like a pro, while in hand late. This girl could be any kind and is one to follow up the ladder. $$$

SANQUINE: First-time starter showed good speed and battled tooth and nail the entire 6˝ furlongs, only to lose by a nostril in a head bob. This guy can flat out run and will be very difficult to down in his second start.

MARISA’S JOY: Was in from Albuquerque, where she had just won for Caesar Domingues’ brother. In this race she was dismissed at 15-1. She broke slow and was far back. I didn’t look anymore, but took a little flyer on her. I saw her coming down the lane like a freight train and she ran her heart out to get the place.

G.I. BETTY: Was coming off a layoff and really had no shot at the lone speed in here. However, she kept digging in and came on with every stride to lose by less than a length. No mistake for this girl in second start of her comeback. $$$.

VENTURA: Won for fun under a very snug hold by Gomez. Next start for this girl will be a stakes race somewhere so don’t miss out.

BAY MEADOWS

GENUINE MAGIC: There will be no magic in her next start for trainer Mike Puype and new owner Bone. They are the magic men.

KOOL COMIC: Had no shot against the odds-on favorite in this race, but did run big at 19-1 and likes this track. A longshot special.

TONY’S LEGACY: Lost a heartbreaker by a nose, but was eight lengths clear of the third place finisher. Looks to be a single in his next start at low odds.

TIZMET: Was sent here to run in this Starter Allowance race by Doug O’Neill, but could not run down another live Steve Sherman horse. If this one stays in the Bay, he should not lose his next start. $$$

NOSEY BRITCHES: One of the few horses sent down here from Southern Cal by trainer Art Sherman to son Steve that didn’t get the win. However, he was facing a very live opponent. Britches was gaining late and finished second 10 lengths clear of the rest of the field.

STREET NUMBER: Claimed for 8k out of his last by Steve Sherman for owner Bone. Next stop, the winner’s circle.