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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, July 11

PHILADELPHIA PARK


WHERE IS WILDER: Showed speed and weakened to third behind blowout winner when after repeat score on class rise and stretch out in distance most recently; next time.

MISS ROCKPORT: Chased winner throughout and finished a game second, 3 1/2 lengths clear of third finisher, in her racing debut; T.B. Houghton barn going well this year (26% wins).

BELVEDERE ROAD: Gained and finished a trouble second under the wire - placed first via DQ of rival - in his latest; proves worthy $7,5k-claim for trainer K. Nations (24% wins with limited starters this year).

INDIAN DEFENCE: Rallied through trouble for third in three-horse photo finish in his racing debut; plenty of upside for 3YO son of Indian Ocean and trainer K. Demasi.

PISTORIA: Got back to better form with wide run for second in her latest; solid sort has been in the exacta in nine of 19 lifetime starts.

4*SPECIAL: MAJESTIC KAZ: Raced further back than accustomed in early stages of her latest, then finished wide with some late interest for fourth; primed for third start back from lengthy break.

LONGSHOT: SEVEN STORMS: Has finished fifth and then sixth in a pair of starts since claimed by A. Velazquez barn that has shown confidence in placement; scores at square ticket.

ELLIS PARK

CAR FIFTY FOUR: Showed some late interest following a slow break and picked up third in a field of five when back from a November-layoff; moves forward.

IVAN'S JOY: Chased the pace and settled for third behind blowout winner when in from AP most recently; more speed and staying power in upcoming third start back from December-layoff.

INDIAN FIESTA: Overcame an awkward start to win going away and make it two straight when in with winners for the first time most recently; CD invader stays sharp.

BRIGADE: Made a clear pace and romped as the favorite when in from CD for his latest; son of Tiznow stays sharp for trainer T. Newton (five-for-15 thus far this year).

DR. CALAHAN: Chased from wide spot and weakened to fourth when it counted in his latest when making first start for J. Gammon barn; moves forward.

MAJOR DARBY: Made up a lot of ground to finish a close fourth of 12 when long odds at ALW level most recently; needs pace/race luck to set up his punch, but can maintain good form now.

ALDEAN: Took the turn wide, got to contention, and could only manage an even stretch finish when fifth of nine in a useful racing debut; son of Dunkirk might be meant for races at longer trips.

REASON TO BE PROUD: Has been second in each of his last two - most recently behind a dominant winner - and figures well here in current company; stay on board.

SAHMS SONG: Chased the pace along the inside and weakened to fifth behind a hot tempo in her latest; major player if able to make her way to the front end from the bell.

4*SPECIAL: RIGHT SASSY: Showed some life with return to turf, but weakened to fourth after showing some early speed in her first start since March; capable of more.

LONGSHOT: HOW BOUT THAT: Chased the pace and weakened to seventh when tried on turf for the first time most recently; rebounds.