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, April 24
BELMONT

CALL FOR THE CLOCK: Had an odd trip two back when checking in fourth and then was sent off at 4-5 last out in a five horse field but didn't do much running checking in fourth again, was claimed by the solid Nevin barn and will improve right back.

FINDING CANDY: Returned from a January layoff two back, stalked the pace in that race, took over into the drive but came up a half-length short, was claimed out of that race, moved up into a $40k claimer and held well for third after setting the pace, was re-claimed by the previous trainer and should be all set right back.

FIRST RANGER: Came out running for the lead last out and set a pressured pace through a half mile in 45:4, couldn't go with the leaders but held on for fourth behind the favorite at 30-1; slight drop can do.

GIMME JIMMY: Shipped in from Gulfstream off a maiden win against maiden $20k claimers, was racing in sixth early on behind some very slow fractions, finally got into the clear but didn't have any punch late checking in third, was claimed by the Nevin barn and should improve right back.

GOLDEN ITIZ: Turned back in distance last out and dropped from a $62.5 claimer into a $32k claimer, was outrun early on but did finish up some for third at 7-2; was claimed by the Jacobson barn and handles many distances.

KITTY RIDE: Was an easy winner in her debut run scoring wire to wire over $40k statebred maiden claimers, showed good speed two back against NW1X allowance foes and tired to finish 8th, returned at the same level but showed speed and stopped again, a drop into a NW2L claimer will get the job done.

MY ONE AND ONLY: Is now 1 for 20 after her last loss in an off the turf race, trailed the field of six throughout but is a better horse on the turf, with come bad efforts recently should offer value when she gets to that surface.

SAHARAN SERENADE: Was riding a two race winning streak heading into her last start, moved on the far turn, trying to follow the favorite, was no match for the very impressive winner but lost second late after her premature move, tab right back against NW1X statebred allowance company.

WENT THE DAY WELL: Didn't run at all last out checking in seventh and last over a muddy/sealed track, that was his second poor effort over a wet track tab right back on a dry surface.

BEST BET: JACK'S R WILD: Was sandwiched at the start last out and had to race in ninth and last early on, was still well back into the lane and he finished well for fifth at 12-1; a clean break and a pace gets this one to the winners' circle at Belmont Park.

LONGSHOT: NILE PRINCESS: Didn't get the best breaks from the rail last out and trailed the field of five throughout checking in fifth at 11-1; give this three year old filly a shot over the turf at a solid price.

PIMLICO

GRADY: Broke from the outside post 7 last out, came out running on the lead, held that lead into the lane but couldn't hang on late checking in third against time restricted claimers at 8-1; stay close.

JUSTTHEWAYITIS: Four year old gelding was making his fourth start over the turf last out but had yet to hit the board over that surface, was away in sixth early on behind moderate splits, moved into third into the lane and stayed on well for fourth at 39-1; can get into your exotics at a price.

RACY: Eight year old gelding shipped in from England for his first start since October, added lasix for that run and finished up well in the drive to finish second to the even money choice, should be all set now off that effort.

SHALER: Five year old was re-claimed by his current trainer two back, returned with similar, got away in fourth early on, moved to take over the lead past the ? mile mark but couldn't hold off the even money favorite late checking in second at 3-1; gets there next out.

ZOO: Showed some ability last year over the turf, was off since November head into his last start, got away in ninth early on before closing well to finish third at 46-1; use this one right back in all exotics.

BEST BET: DUNNE HALL: Three year old colt by Street Boss made his career debut last out against maiden special weight company going five furlongs over the turf, was off 12th and last but started to move on the final turn and finished well for third, keys your exotics right back.

LONGSHOT: PINCH OF SALT: Was a big winner in his first start off the claim two back against straight three year old $25k claimers, moved up to face off against NW1X allowance company, broke outward, trailed early on before closing to finish fourth at 14-1; follow.

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