Horses To Watch

Aug 26, 2003 8:50 AM

DEL MAR

MIDDLEWEIGHT: Was headed past the eighth pole but gamely came back and got the win while pulling away again. Big effort and may turn out to be a heavyweight on the grass.

WILLIAMS CREEK: Was a little too close to the pace in last. Needs to be taken back and make one big run, this guy is sitting on a big one at the right price. Just needs a fast pace to run down.

LA SORPRESA: Was 23-1 in last and ran a much better the fifth place finish. Big price in next and definitely worth a little plunge. Long shot special.

TACTICALFORTYNINER: I think trainer Bill Spawr really put this one over. After not racing since Del Mar of last year, Spawr put a jock on that hadn’t won a race in eons. Horse was let go at 9-1 and just destroyed this field by five lengths. Will move up into those starter races now and repeat.

JUNIPER SPRINGS: Put forth a much-improved effort. Showed more speed and held on well to be second. No mistakes in next as she will break maiden wire to wire.

FRESAL: Balked at loading, and just didn’t seem to have much interest. Must give this girl another shot, plus the price will be better.

WESTERN RODEO: Was off slow then steadied when squeezed back. Moved outside, made a four wide rally on the turn and stayed wide into the stretch. Got the place in an inspired effort for a first time starter. $$$

OUT OF MIND: Looked to be making a winning move but had to wait leaving the bend. Slipped through along the inside but lost in a turf duel to the wire.

HAGERSTOWN: Four wide on the backstretch and into the turn, continued three deep into the stretch and was coming back at the winner late. Hope to see the girl back soon. Worth a nice lay down. $$$

SHARP BOI: Was last into the final turn, swung out into the stretch and finished fastest at the end to get show dough. This guy not big on winning but a must use in all your exotics. May pull one off soon.

SARATOGA:

BANYU DEWI: Steadied sharply between horses going into the first turn. Runaway winner in super effort. More good stuff in store.

YAEGER: Steadied and dropped back to last soon after the start. Raced far back for six furlongs, came off the rail and made a big run only to lose by a neck. Was claimed out of this race and could come back very quick for sneaky trainer. Bet with confidence.

NEAR AND DEAR: Bobbled at the start, raced in the middle of the pack for five furlongs, checked in traffic on the turn and then just lost interest. This girl will have a big shot in next at a big price.

RAINBOW RIDER: Waited patiently for room while behind a wall of horses on the turn. Angled five wide at the quarter pole and got up for second in a nice effort. Showed a lot of guts. Should break maiden in next.

PACIFIC ISLAND: Was bumped hard and steadied at the half-mile pole and again on the far turn, but that was that. Will see redemption in next for new trainer.

D’OHANA: Fell behind a wall of horses while blocked at the quarter pole. Made strong rally to finish second. $$$