Horses to Watch April 1, 2008

April 01, 2008 7:00 PM
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SANTA ANITA

SILENT KITTEN: Hadn’t been seen since running tenth last November at Churchill Downs. Showed up here for trainer John Sadler in a 100k maiden claimer. She got hammered at the windows and won by more than seven lengths. No claims, which will make Mr. Sadler happy. This filly may just be something.

VICKI’S MANDATE: First-time starter was bet in half from her morning line of 6-1 to 3-1 when they left the gate. She showed good speed in dueling inside. Fought back with tenacity when challenged, but tired late and settled for show dough. Look for this girl to get loose early in second start and go wire to wire.

ROADSIDE REST: Was coming off a little respite, but showed well early. Could not hold off the fast closing favorite in this race, but finished well to be second best.

COUSINS LEW: Put in another good effort despite breaking from post position 1. Dueled on the rail the entire trip and was claimed by a top notch outfit. If he draws to the outside in his next start, go to the window and bet. $$$

DAKOTA PHONE: Broke slow from his inside post, steadied hard when in tight and got shuffled back to last. Got out in upper stretch and made a nice late run. Was flying late to pick up the show dough, while just missing the place. This guy can run. With an outside post in his next start and a clean break, he will be in the winner’s circle. $$$

CASABLANCA: First try in the U.S., this filly looked great on the track so I took a shot at 8-1. She got squeezed at the start and had to angle in. Then she came off the rail, made a little late run, but had no shot at the runaway winner. I will play this one again Sam, and hope for at least 6-1.

LETHAL HEAT: Now 2-for-2 on this turf course and really improved off her maiden breaker. Low-profile jock Olguin fits this girl perfectly. This was just another one of those Unusual Heat offspring that trainer Abrams has been making a good living on over the years. They just love the grass.

BAY MEADOWS:

NEAR SIGHTED: Was pushed early and set a pressured pace, while off the rail. He was head and toe with a longshot first-time starter that just would not give it up as they battled it out. This guy did bend late, but was seven lengths clear of the third place finisher. Will be mighty tough in his next start. $$$

ME A TEAZA: Was bumped between horses at the start. Made a nice move between horses on the second turn and put in a determined rally until being bumped again late. This girl got off at better than 20-1, but you won’t see that in her next start if on this grass course.

LEADER OF THE BAND: First-time starter broke slow, then shot up on the inside. Was caught behind horses and had to wait. Once clear, she finished strong.

JOE CHANCE: Lost his chance when he stumbled badly at the start. Toss this effort and upgrade his chances in next start.