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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, October 17

KEENELAND-CHURCHILL DOWNS


HIGH MYSTERY: Chased in third throughout in a better try following a seventh-place finish at IND in prior return from break; on the board in 23 of 33 lifetime starts.

DOM THE BOMB: Showed good front-running speed and weakened late to finish fourth when in from AP following debut score in early-August; plenty of upside.

PERKY KITTEN: Showed improved early and overall interest when third after racing on the pace with switch to dirt for his latest; brings back checks, so use in gimmicks.

SKYLANDER: Jumped up class ladder when in from KD in search of repeat most recently, and fared well to finish third, beaten a length; on board in 10 of 16 lifetime starts.

LIZ PENDENS: Now has a pair of races in her since back from brief respite, and should benefit from a fitness standpoint off her latest sixth-place finish in route over soft ground; might surprise right group.

LOVELY MARIA: Came up second best behind easy winner when in from DEL off her debut maiden win; promising juvenile filly for always strong Larry Jones barn.

GET SET GO: Couldn't threaten but managed a fair fifth of nine in her racing debut; daughter of More Than Ready from an Unbridled mare should benefit from experience and more ground.

COLONEL JANE: Battled on the pace and weakened to third as the favorite in her latest; can prove worthy $20k-claim for trainer J. Sharp, a former M. Maker assistant who has begun his training career strongly.

BRINK OF WAR: Gave way early to finish ninth in latest disappointment; perhaps colt returned a bit quick following second-place finish in September return from two-month break and can now rebound.

4*SPECIAL: WOULDN?T YOU KNOW: Fought it out on the pace and weakened to third when dropped to MCL ranks for his first start since late-December; primed now for trainer D. Miller.

LONGSHOT: ZIP N RUN: Showed speed and gave out to finish fourth when switched back to dirt and making his first start since early-August; value play next time.

PENN NATIONAL

PEARL OF WISDOM: Raced wide throughout latest route and understandably faded from contention to finish sixth in his first start since mid-July; another chance.

MICHAEL'S TRIBUTE: Couldn?t follow up sharp Sept. 24 placing when fifth on stretch to route for her latest; seems as though she needs sprint trip for best.

ESTRADA'S GIRL: Rallied wide to be up in time to post her third victory from last four starts most recently; in the exacta in 14 of 31 starts, so plenty of room on our tickets for her.

PINK HERO: Raced inside and didn't threaten in latest fourth-place finish on return to main track following pair of turf sprints, but figures sharper for next time; proven veteran.

RINKA DOT: Showed some interest late to be along for fifth in useful return from late-July break most recently; offers value, so consider in exotics.

4*SPECIAL: GLOBAL RISK: Moved to contention, but didn't give his best finish in fourth-place try when after repeat score in his latest; can rebound for solid Cody Beattie barn (26% wins this year).

LONGSHOT: KISSED AND MISSED: Battled inside on the pace and gave out to finish fifth in his latest; might surprise the right group if able to shake free from the bell.