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American Turf - Horses to Watch

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RULES OF PLAY: In our opinion, each horse listed below (and in our newsletter) has a reasonable chance to win or run well for second. If there are two recommended horses running in the same race, play both to win and place and in the exacta and/or quinella. We suggest giving precedence to a selection in a more recent report or, if you like, play the horse with the higher odds.

NOTE: Our recommendations have a life of one month, so you may want to print this page to keep for your handicapping. If, however, you find there are too many horses to watch simply discard the oldest issue in the one-month cycle. Horses switching tracks remain plays, and sometimes become our best plays as shrewd trainers place fit horses in excellent spots on other circuits, so keep an eye out in these instances. Good luck and always bear in mind: Play with your head, not over it.

Friday, December 5


BAJAN SUMMER: Four-year old gelding chased the pace and tired some two back when going a mile, turned back in distance last out, made a good move to take over into the lane but had to settle for second, sharp now.

BERNARDO: Four-year old colt was coming back off a July layoff last out, was outrun some early on behind solid splits, made a move to get into contention before checking in fifth, needed that race and should be all set now on the stretchout.

CALL WIL: Three-year old gelding got away in good order last out, made a good move to take over the lead into the lane but tired some late to finish third, in good form, stay close.

DOC ALMON: Made his first start off the claimed for the Gary Gullo barn last out, chased the even money favorite from the start and checked in a clear second in a good time for the day, follow right back off that effort.

JACK O LIAM: Ran a decent fourth in his debut, moved up into a maiden special weight race, came out running from the rail, chased the pace from third and tired to finish fifth at 10-1; could appreciate more ground, stay close.

LUNAR SURGE: Shipped in from Churchill Downs for her last race, she had run over the inner track before and run well, stalked the moderate pace but tired in the lane to finish fourth and last, give her another look at a square price.

METAURUS: Six-year old gelding was sent off as the longest shot in a six horse field at 21-1, stalked the leaders from third early on, made a good move to challenge the leaders into the lane and held well to finish a close-up third, tab right back.

STATE FLAG: Was against the inside speed favoring track last out, raced in fifth early on, came wide into the lane and got up for third late, give this one another look right back over a fair track, follow.

SWIFT TAYLOR: Five-year old mare had been in good form up at Finger Lakes, chased the pace over a muddy track last out but checked in fourth and last, give this one a look right back over a dry track.

THIRD FRONTIER: Took some money for his second career start and his first over the dirt while also switching barns, didn?t break well and trailed early over a good track but did make up some ground to finish sixth, should move forward off that effort, tab.

BEST BET: AMERICAN PROGRESS: Thought this three year old had some ability early in his career, dropped in class last out, was gunned to the lead setting solid splits over a muddy track, couldn't go on with it in the lane tiring to finish seventh, was claimed by the Rudy Rodriguez barn, follow right back.

LONGSHOT: ONECATS CHANCE: Didn't break super sharp, rushed up to battle head to head for the lead through some sharp fractions and tired to finish 8th and last, might appreciate a move to two turns, tab at a price.


BOURBON MAN: Three-year old colt came out running in sixth early on, made a good move to get into second but couldn't get to the leaders checking in third late; tab with NW3L $5k claimers.

LOVE'S ILLUSION: Two-year old filly by Tapit was sent off at 36-1 for her debut, she chased the pace from third early on, was still there into the lane but tired late to finish third over a muddy/sealed strip, must respect right back.

ONE MASSIVE CAT: Two-year old filly came out running for the lead last out, set a pressured pace over a muddy/sealed track and drew away for an easy score, is now 2 for 3 with a second albeit against claimers but can string a few in a row, tab.

RATION: Four-year old gelding was returning from an October layoff, came out chasing the sharp pace over a muddy/sealed surface but couldn't get to the winner coming up a half-length short, must respect right back at the $16k claiming level.

WINDHOEK: Three-year old filly by Mineshaft took plenty of money for her debut going off at 7-2, got away in fifth over the muddy course but couldn't do any better than sixth, should improve with experience.

BEST BET: HITEC DAVE: Broke from post 11 last out, chased the pace while three wide but just couldn't go on with it checking in fifth late at 11-1; can prove tough if he is able to get to the lead.

LONGSHOT: SAWDUST: Was shipping in from Woodbine for his last start, got away in seventh, made a big move to get into contention but came up a head short at 73-1; tab at a big price right back.