Horses to Watch - March 25, 2008

Mar 25, 2008 6:00 PM

by Richard Saber |


GEORGIE BOY: One of the Top 10 Kentucky Derby prospects just ran another huge race in the San Felipe Stakes, stretching out for the first time going 11/16. He pulled his way on his own into a good stalking position, waited for room, shifted in and out entering the stretch and shot past the leader from the far outside. This guy is a real runner, having won on four different types of synthetic surfaces. If able to transfer to dirt, he will be very dangerous on the first Saturday in May.

CHATTAOOCHEE WAR: Was coming off a layoff for Bobby Frankel, who always has had high expectations for this horse. Breezed to the lead and went wire to wire with ease. Has the looks of horse ready for some big time action.

COLGAN’S CHIP: First time starter was entered in the last race on March 15 with a big Pick 6 carryover when the rains came. Was totally overlooked at the betting windows, going off at 34-1. In the pouring rain, he was a beautiful looking grey bouncing all over the track. I took a shot and he looked to be the winner when getting the lead in deep stretch, only to be nailed at the wire by a first time starter.

INSPIRATION WITHIN: Hadn’t been seen since last June at Hollywood Park, but ran a big race today at 12-1 despite trouble. Put in a strong late rally to get the place.

JUMPIN CHARLIE: Todd Pletcher’s first-time starter was trying a flat mile at initial asking, which is no easy task. This guy made a big late run and just did miss the place by a nose. He was almost 7-1 then, but won’t see that in second start.

DOWN: Was coming back in just five days for trainer Frankel and that’s against the norm. Frankel usually gives his horses plenty of time. This girl may have been best in here, but went wide into the lane and was blocked. Made a strong wide rally late to barely miss.

EL LAGADO: Was last seen running fourth at the Oak Tree meet last November, but came back in this race running. Picked up the place, despite being steadied hard in upper stretch. This guy is sitting on the maiden breaker and should get there very soon.

SMOOTH PERFORMER: Was trying the green for the first time, but is well bred for the turf. Ran to her breeding, finishing second by ½-length despite trouble. She was beaten by another longshot ridden by C. Sutherland, who seems to have all of her mounts running big.

STAR NICHOLAS: Was bumped hard leaving the gate and then forced six wide into the stretch. Closed like a freight train and just did miss by a neck. This guy was very unlucky to lose this race.

PLAN FOR FUN: Talk about a horse that was cranked up for a huge performance. This guy broke sharp from the inside and was sitting second. Took back and make a wide run, while dropping to seventh. Inhaled his rivals down the stretch and won going away. Look for the big move up and another huge win. This guy is really feeling his oats or whatever that stuff is that Mullins feeds them. $$$


BONK: Looks like a good claim. This one should come back and run a winning race.

CASTLE DERMONT: Hadn’t been seen since Santa Rosa last August. Stormed home at 13-1 for an easy win in that race with a lot left in the tank.

SEXY SOLDIER: Wow what a performance as trainer Miyadi got away with one here. There were no claims in, while this girl won by 12 lengths. Never had to break a sweat.

TOPPER’S TREASURE: Could not run down the live Steve Sherman filly in this race. Was five lengths clear of the rest and should find the winner’s circle in next start.