Horses To Bet by Greg Melikov 10/01/06

Compiled by handicapper/racing writer Greg Melikov, who picked three winners and finished second seven times since Aug. 20.

BELMONT PARK
Dandy Mandy: Chased pace in third more than 2 lengths behind in third after a half-mile, angled out in stretch, made up 2 lengths and lost by three-quarters of a length at a mile on the turf Sept. 13.

Pulpiteer: Broke next to last from outside post, raced eighth early, moved up to sixth more than 3 lengths behind after a half-mile, lost ground while steadied in traffic through stretch, closed fast to make up 4 lengths when clear and lost by a half-length at a mile on a good turf course Sept. 9.

Verkhotina: Raced ninth early, advanced between rivals to sixth more than 4 lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied to fourth inside entering stretch, altered course in deep stretch, made up nearly two lengths and was nosed out at six furlongs on a good inner turf course Sept. 8.

CALDER

El Lobo: Pressed pace in third a head and a length behind after a half-mile, steadied while full of run nearing stretch, slipped through along rail once finding room, gained lead briefly between calls in mid-stretch, but weakened and lost by a length at a mile on Sept. 16.

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Music Is My Life: Raced fifth early, moved up to third more than two lengths behind after a half-mile, dropped back to fourth after six furlongs, steadied sharply behind tiring leader at head of stretch, split horses in fourth and finished best of all, beaten a length at a mile on Sept. 9.

Lilredwagon: Raced sixth early, steadied in first turn to avoid running up on third-place finisher, advanced to third four lengths behind after a half-mile, dropped back to fourth after six furlongs, angled outside leaders on far turn, made up 1 lengths in stretch and lost by three-quarters of a length at a mile and 70 yards on Aug. 20.

Ashlee the Great: Stumbled at start, raced fifth more than two lengths behind after a half-mile, angled outside leaders losing ground entering stretch, made up more than three lengths and lost by a head at 6 furlongs on Aug. 12. (Raced in sixth more than 5 lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, swung out for stretch run, rallied from fifth to make up four lengths and won by a neck at seven furlongs on Sept. 1.)

Causeway to Heaven: Raced ninth more than 4 lengths behind after a half-mile, steadied in heavy traffic on far turn, angled out for drive, rallied from fifth to make up more than two lengths in stretch and lost by a half-length at 1 1/16 miles on a good turf course July 16.

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DELAWARE PARK

Turbulent Reprized: Trailed early, advanced to sixth six lengths behind after a half-mile, moved up to fourth after angling out four wide in upper stretch, closed fast to make up 4 lengths and gained second by 2 lengths at six furlongs on Sept. 17.

All Night Show: Raced third early, dropped back to fourth more than 1 lengths behind after a half-mile, stuck between horses in traffic on turn, rallied gamely in stretch to make up nearly 2 lengths and lost by a head at six furlongs on Aug. 23. (Prompted pace to stretch, but was no match for winner while holding second by three lengths at six furlongs on Sept. 13.)

Durajazz: Raced 6 lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, rallied in stretch from fourth to make up 3 lengths and lost by a length at six furlongs on a sealed good track July 15.

ELLIS PARK

Golden Glen: Raced four wide 3 lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, rallied in stretch to make up more than 2 lengths and lost by a neck at a mile on Aug. 18 at Arlington Park; ran final quarter in 24 3/5.

HAWTHORNE

Regent's Hope: Raced fifth more than nine lengths after a half-mile, angled out for drive, rallied to second making up more than 3 lengths and lost by a neck at six furlongs on Sept. 17.

Thong View: Raced 8 lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, angled out in stretch, made up nearly four lengths and was nosed out at 1 1/16 miles on a good turf course Sept. 2 at Arlington Park. (Tracked pace two lengths behind in third after a half-mile, angled out to rally to second, but couldn't close gap at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 15.)

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LAUREL

Parado: Stumbled at start, raced fifth more than 6 lengths behind after a half-mile, split rivals in stretch, made up nearly three lengths and was nosed out at 6 furlongs on Aug. 13 at Philadelphia Park. (Raced seventh more than 4 lengths behind after a half-mile, raced wide entering stretch, rallied from sixth to third drifting in near sixteenth pole and gained second by two lengths at a mile on Sept. 7)

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Ode d'Punch: Raced seventh more than 5 lengths behind after a half-mile, swung very wide in upper stretch, gained lead by a head in mid-stretch and drew off by 3 lengths at seven furlongs on Aug. 17. (Tracked pace in third more than 3 lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied to second in stretch, ran erratically drifting in between the eighth and sixteenth poles, flattened out and couldn't close gap on winner at a mile on Sept. 9.)

LOUISIANA DOWNS

Red At the Helm: Raced eighth more than 16 lengths behind after a half-mile, roused for the drive inside, finished well from fourth to make up six lengths and lost by a half-length at seven furlongs on Sept. 9; ran final three furlongs in 34 4/5.

Lilbillsbullet: Raced 10 lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, rallied in stretch to make up five lengths and gained second by a neck at 6 furlongs on Aug. 26.

Vision of Speed: Raced eighth early, dropped back to ninth more than 10 lengths behind after a half-mile, steadied in tight quarters entering far turn, advanced five wide from eighth to fourth for drive, made up more than 1 lengths in stretch and gained second by 1 lengths at 1 1/16 miles on the turf Aug. 11. (Raced seventh more than 5 lengths behind after a half-mile and gained second by a half-length at a mile on the turf Sept. 3; returned $5.60 for place.)

Cajun Hot Sauce: Chased pace in third more than 2 lengths back after a half-mile, advanced on two leaders into turn, steadied, moved out for drive, carried farther out in stretch by winner in stretch, resumed rally nearing wire and lost by a neck at seven furlongs on July 16. (Trailed by more than 5 lengths after three-eighths of a mile, rallied on turn from six to gain lead in upper stretch and cruised to 6 -length victory at 5 furlongs on Aug. 26.)



MONMOUTH

I've Got Honor: Bobbled at break, trailed early, advanced to fourth more than two lengths behind after a half-mile, angled out on turn, rallied three wide to make up two lengths and lost by a neck at six furlongs on Sept. 17.

Waltz Brightly: Raced 10th more than nine lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced in the three path into the lane, finished well to make up 3 lengths in stretch and lost by three-quarters of a length at a mile and 70 yards on Sept. 7.

Fit Faze: Trailed by more than nine lengths after a half-mile, angled out through far turn, rallied in stretch from fourth to make up four lengths and lost by a head at a mile and 70 yards on Aug. 30. (Trailed by 6 lengths after six furlongs, rallied to second in stretch, but couldn't close gap at 1 1/16 miles on a sealed sloppy surface on Sept. 14.)

Keta: Raced fifth more than 2 lengths behind after a half-mile launched drive in three path on far turn, rallied from fourth to make up nearly four lengths in stretch and lost by a head at a mile and 70 yards on Aug. 26.

PHILADELPHIA PARK

Brooke Haley: Raced six more than 7 lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, rallied from fourth, splitting rivals in stretch to make up five lengths and lost by a half-length at five furlongs on Sept. 3; covered final furlong in 12 1/5.

Kissin Damsel: Broke on top from outside post, held easy length lead after a half-mile, cruised to 12 -length victory in a snappy 1:38 4/5 on a sealed sloppy surface at a mile on Aug. 27.

Red Magic: Chased pace four lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, blocked repeatedly on far turn, angled wide for drive, made up nearly two lengths in stretch and gained third by a head, beaten only 1 lengths at a mile and 70 yards on a good turf course July 8.

RETAMA PARK

Preacher George: Raced seventh more than 6 lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, launched rally four wide on turn, finished fast from sixth in stretch, made up more than 3 lengths and lost by three-quarters of a length at 5 furlongs on Sept. 8.

Happy Jackie: Threw head at start, broke a step slow, raced seventh early, dropped back to last more than 7 lengths behind after a half-mile, shifted three wide outside quarter pole, rallied in upper stretch from fifth to make up more than 2 lengths and lost by three-quarters of a length at a mile on the turf Sept. 6.

Diva de Amante: Broke last from an outside post, raced eighth more than eight lengths at a half-mile, steadied inside quarter pole, closed well alongside leader, bumped and forced into the winner near sixteenth pole and lost by a neck at a mile on the turf Sept. 3.

Night Ryde: Raced sixth more than 5 lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied in upper stretch from 5th to make up more than 4 lengths and gained second by 3 lengths at six furlongs on Aug. 31.

Molly's Gem: Broke last, jostled after start, blocked repeatedly looking for opening along backstretch, raced seventh more than three lengths behind after a half-mile, raced three wide on turn losing ground, weaved out and in looking for room in stretch, angled in near furlong marker, slipped through along rail finishing fast from fourth to make up 3 lengths and lost by three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on Aug. 19. (Tracked pace in fourth early, advanced to second 2 lengths behind after a half-mile, lost ground to third in stretch and rallied to gain second by a length at six furlongs on Sept. 13.)

Bullet Crane: Raced fifth early, steadied along backstretch, boxed in while trying to find an opening in second tier nearing turn, was more than two lengths behind after a half-mile, bided time on far turn looking for opening, split rivals to reach leaders in mid-stretch, but weakened during horrible trip beaten two necks and a half-length at a mile on turf Sept. 2. (Raced second early, dropped back to third after a half-mile, lost ground to fourth after six furlongs, shifted out near the furlong marker and closed fast to win by a half-length at a mile on the grass Sept. 13.)

Prospector Mattie: Leaned out at start, brushed with rival, raced third early, dropped back to fourth after a half-mile, waited while saving ground on turn, rallied from third near the eighth pole, closed willingly and lost by a neck at 6 furlongs on Aug. 17.

Expectant Diva: Trailed by more than 6 lengths after a half-mile, swung out at top of the stretch, rallied from fourth to make up more than 2 lengths and gained second by a neck at six furlongs on Aug. 12; ran the final quarter in 24 2/5.

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by Greg Melikov at wagerweb.com on September 26, 2006


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