Horses To Watch - 09/11/06

Compiled by handicapper/racing writer Greg Melikov, who picked eight winners and finished second three times since Aug. 13.

ARLINGTON PARK

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.

Alpha Tejano: Broke last, moved up to seventh 6 lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, waited for room in stretch, made up more than 5 lengths when clear and was nosed out at five furlongs on the turf Aug. 23; ran final furlong in 12 2/5.

Polly the Dolly: Bumped at break, dropped to last, trailed by more than eight lengths after a half-mile, rallied in stretch from fifth to make up more than four lengths and lost by a length at 5 furlongs on Aug. 13.

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CALDER

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.

DELAWARE PARK

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.

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.

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DEL MAR

Midnight Lute: Bobbled at break, dropped back to ninth, moved to eighth more than 4 lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced outside on turn six wide for drive, closed willingly in stretch to make up more than two lengths and lost by a half-length at six furlongs on July 28. (Pressed pace in third through turn, took lead by a half-length in stretch and drew off by 3 lengths under some urging at seven furlongs on Aug. 20.)

Record: Steadied at start, trailed early, inched up to eighth more than 7 lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced on turn, came out for drive, steadied off heels of rival in upper stretch, rallied between foes from fifth to make up 4 lengths and lost by a neck and 1 lengths at 6 furlongs on July 27. (Broke last, trailed by more than 4 lengths after a half-mile, swung five wide into stretch, rallied to grab lead and pulled away under left-handed urging to win by more than 32 lengths at 6 furlongs on Aug. 31.)

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.

LAUREL

Ode d'Punch: Chased pace early in eighth, shuffled back between rivals on first turn to ninth, raced more than 10 lengths behind after a half-mile, angled out six wide for drive, closed fast from fourth to make up nearly 3 lengths in stretch and lost by a head at a mile on July 23 at Delaware Park. (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.)

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LOUISIANA DOWNS

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.

J C Engineer: Bothered slightly early, raced 4 lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, rallied outside to third entering stretch, made up more than 1 lengths while being carried out late by winner and lost by three-quarters of a length at a mile and 70 yards on Aug. 17.

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.)

Gran Punch: Off slow, moved up early from last to fourth, raced 3 lengths behind in third after three-eighths of a mile, angled out slightly looking for room in mid-stretch, bumped with third-place finisher, made up 1 lengths and lost by a half-length at 5 furlongs on July 28. (Tracked pace in fourth more than 2 lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, advanced outside to third in stretch and won by a half-length at 5 furlongs on Aug. 13)

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 sixth to gain lead in upper stretch and cruised to 6 -length victory at 5 furlongs on Aug. 26.)

Thornhill: Raced more than seven lengths behind in ninth after a half-mile, rallied five wide on far turn, finished full of run to make up more than seven lengths in stretch and gained second at 7 furlongs on the turf July 2. (Raced eighth more than 7 lengths behind after a half-mile, angled to far outside for drive, rallied from seventh in stretch to make up three lengths and lost by 1 lengths at 7 furlongs on the grass Aug. 13.)



MONMOUTH

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.

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 a mile and 70 yards on Aug. 26.

Briefcase Beauty: Raced sixth early, advanced to fourth 4 lengths behind after a half-mile, steadied looking for room entering stretch, clipped heels of third-place finisher nearly unseating rider and recovered quickly to gamely take second by three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on July 20. (Trailed early, inched up to sixth 5 lengths behind after a half-mile, eased out some in stretch, made up 2 lengths and lost by 1 lengths at six furlongs on Aug. 18.)

Pulpit Talk: Raced third early, dropped back to fourth more than a half-length behind after a half-mile, lost ground to fifth angling five wide near the quarter pole, dueled though stretch and lost by a neck at 1 1/16 miles on the turf July 1.

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.

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.

Soldier's Promise: Pressed pace in third about a length behind after a half-mile, steadied repeatedly in traffic through far turn, forced to wait for room after failing to slip through inside of winner near quarter pole, eased off rail at head of the stretch, came again in deep stretch and lost by a neck at a mile on Aug. 6.

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, beaten only 1 lengths at a mile and 70 yards on a good turf course July 8.

RETAMA PARK

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, raced seventh more than three lengths behind after a half-mile, raced three wide on turn losing ground, angled in near furlong marker, finished fast rallying from fourth in stretch to make up 3 lengths and lost by three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on Aug. 19.

Bullet Crane: Broke next to last from outside post, trailed by more than 6 lengths after a half-mile, lacked room entering stretch, rallied outside to make up more than two lengths and gained second by 1 lengths at 7 on the turf Aug. 18. (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.)

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.

SARATOGA

Imperial Reign: Raced fifth in second tier more than 5 lengths behind after a quarter-mile, boxed at three-eighths of a mile into stretch, looked for room, split rivals in fourth at three-sixteenths pole and gained second by 1 lengths at 5 furlongs on Aug. 10. (Broke on top, dueled between rivals to upper stretch and drew clear by 1 lengths under steady urging at 6 furlongs on a good surface Sept. 2.)

Keen Lassie: Raced sixth more than 6 lengths behind after a half-mile, swung out five wide at the quarter pole, finished strongly to make up more than 2 lengths in stretch and lost by two necks at a mile on the turf Aug. 6. (Steadied entering fist turn, race seventh more than 6 lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied three wide on final from sixth and won by a half-length at a mile on the turf Sept. 2; returned $12.80 on the front end.)

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by Greg Melikov at wagerweb.com on September 12, 2006


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