Horses to Watch - April 8, 2008

Apr 8, 2008 7:00 PM

by Richard Saber |


RIVER GLOW: Broke like a flash, setting the pace and drawing away in the stretch while under a tight hold by jockey Tyler Baze. This girl could have gone around the oval a second time. Will be mighty tough when she resurfaces.

DIAMOND DAVE: Ran big in this 32k 6½ furlong downhill turf sprint. Cleared down the lane with ease and was drawing away late. This one looks like a repeater on the move up in class.

HEATHERSDADDYSBBY: Just another wire-to-wire turf winner ridden by Sutherland, who really knows how to relax these turf horses on the front end. Maybe that’s her Canadian turf experience. This mare got claimed by Mike Mitchell so you can bet your bottom dollar he will have her perfectly placed to get his 50k investment back in a hurry. $$$

THE SUPPLY PROGRAM: Was dropped into what looked to be a good spot to get his first win this season. He did make a little run late, but came up short. He was red tagged by trainer Frank Monteleone. If he brings this one back with his main man Espinoza in the irons, go to the window. Just dig deep and bet. $$$

JUSTICE IS BRIEF: This was one strange race. She looked much the best on paper and was in a perfect spot, but came too late in an effort I will excuse. Look for a big rebound and a trip to the winner’s circle in next start sprinting downhill on the grass.

TEXAS DEVIL: First-time starter broke slow and was far back early. He was taken out leaving the turn, but got in tight and was checked off heels while three deep into the stretch. He got going again and closed fast to get up for the place in a super try. $$$

BIG BIEN: First-time starter hopped in a slow outing and was steadied in the opening strides. He then settled down on the rail and made a little late gain as the jock did not abuse him. There is more speed there than he showed. This one could offer some nice value in second start.

MY FRIEND LOUIS: Broke slow and settled down on the inside. Came out in the stretch and closed like a rocket, while five wide on the line. If this one is stretched out on the grass in his next start take a big shot.

ONLY HIM: Looked to be making a big move on the second turn, but got steadied hard while in tight. Had to wait off heels past midstretch and again late, which cost this one his best shot. Just toss this effort and give him a big upgrade in next start.


STAR PROTOCOL: Got hammered at the windows from 8-1 morning line to 2-1 at post time in her first try going long on the grass. She made a nice wide late run and was coming on late, but had to settle for the show dough. Maybe next time.

TWO TURNS: In from Santa Anita and taking a big drop in class, he destroyed this bunch and had a ton left in the tank. This guy will move up and repeat. $$$

TWO TRAILS: Was boxed and had to wait for room to the stretch. When he eased out, he had lost his chance by then. This guy will be a nice price in next start going long on the grass. A longshot special.

BIG MOTOR: Hopped at the start which may have cost him. This one is sitting on the maiden breaker.

HIGH INTEREST: First time starter out of the Tommy Town Thoroughbreds put in a better than looked effort at 23-1. She was claimed by Lloyd Mason and his main jock Contreras was the rider of High Interest. I wonder if he had been working her in the mornings and put in a good word to Lloyd. This girl can run a little and at 32k may be a bargain.

TIMELESS PASSION: Steadied sharply off heels at the start. Dropped back to dead last and lost any shot at the win. Did make a big late run to pick up the show.