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, January 16
PENN NATIONAL

RACKMAN: Took the first turn wide, chased the pace, and weakened to fourth when in from WO for his first start since late-November; something to build on.

BET ON JACK: Overcame a slow break and rallied to clear score to post repeat by way of WO for his latest; heavy hitter is true to his name and has been on the board in 21 of 30 lifetime trips.

U S MAUREEN: Chased, led, and weakened to third in an improved try getting back to route trip most recently; stays on our tickets.

START AGAIN: Took the first turn wide and settled for third behind five-length winner when making just her third career start, and first at route trip, most recently; developing sort.

LA GREY ZULIANA: Gave typically solid effort when she made up plenty of ground late to finish second, beaten only a neck, in her latest; in the exacta in 33 of 57 lifetime starts.

4*SPECIAL: BO BULL: Has chased and given out in both starts since back from a two-month break, but didn't have best chance from post position 10 of 10 in her latest; moves up quickly now.

LONGSHOT: BUCK THIEF: Finished fourth, beaten only a couple of lengths for second, in acceptable try on class rise most recently; could surprise similar crew, as prior form was sharp.

OAKLAWN PARK

OVERLAND PARK: Shows long string of workouts dating back to late-October at RP in anticipation of his racing debut; decent works on local surface since arrival make him one to follow.

DIESEL ONLY: Has yet to run a poor one through three career starts, and most recently finished third at CD after show of early speed on Nov. 27; steady local breezes for return.

CAPE SONG: Finished second when last seen in June at MTH, but appears to be training very well locally now; daughter of Unbridled?s Song gets maiden score.

SWEET DIVA: Began her career with a win and subsequent placing at stakes level, only to fade to fifth when last raced in mid-December allowance try at FG; curious to see how 3YO filly handles dirt here.

WE BE STORMIN: Won his maiden in off-the-turf route when making just his second career start at LaD in mid-September and is unraced since; interesting 3YO prospect is working well here.

4*SPECIAL: BLUESMAN: Finished second and then fourth in a pair of tries on dirt at CD to begin his career, then could only manage seventh in latest over FG turf; ready to rebound on local dirt.

LONGSHOT: DENALI SOUTH PEAK: Hasn?t raced since early-September at RP, when he showed speed and faded to fourth; good prior form and recent works here make him one to follow at square ticket.


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