Horses to Watch – Sept. 22, 2014


SNOWBELL (Race 1 @BEL, September 14, 2014, 6 ½ furlongs, Allowance 1X) Second choice had a bad start and was pulled back, then forced to advance and was in position when entering the far turn. She was then steadied sharply with the rider standing up in the saddle. She advanced again but began to lose interest after the traumatic trip.

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ANNABIRD (Race 9, September 14, 2014, 1 1/16 miles turf, AOC 3X) Longshot was away in good order and ran near the back in the early going. Tried to advance down the backstretch but waited a while. Entered into the far turn further behind than earlier in the race but began to rally and then checked slightly in turn. She had to wait more and had an opening once into stretch and rallied very well then suddenly forced to check sharply close to furlong marker and slowed a great deal, re-rallied and passed others with ease to finish third only a couple of lengths from the winner.


SKY BLUE PINK (Race 5 @GP, September 13, 2014, 1 1/16 miles turf, Claiming $12,500) The fourth choice traveled near the rear most of the race and advanced well before the far turn. Began to move easily in the turn but was checked hard and then had to wait. He had room at the top of the stretch and ran wide thereafter just missing victory by a neck.


SMART RETURN (Race 5 @MTH, September 13, 2014, One mile turf, Claiming $25,000) The second choice veered in at the break was righted and began last, far, far back. Gradually moved forward and was sixth entering the far turn. The 2 year old was forced to go wide in the turn and swung wider into the stretch and then slightly moved outward toward the grandstand before moving forward in a straight line. He made a big run to finish second and it was an excellent effort considering he was a first time starter and a juvenile going two turns.


KINGPIN RYNO (Race 7@PRX, September 16, 2014, 7 ½ furlongs turf, Claiming $16,000) The favorite broke poorly and was instantly last. After making progress wide into the backstretch he was poised to make a good run just before the far turn but was checked and pulled back and then checked slightly again. He was in tight restraint behind the top flights and moved very wide into the stretch where he was adjusted and then swung out to have a run even though it was much too late. He rallied well to finish fifth.


BLUSHING BRAT (Race 5 @WO, September 13, 2014, 7 furlongs, Starter $12,500) A longshot was off very slow and traveled behind the bulk of the field near the inside. Before the field entered the far turn the rider took the gelding to the far outside for no apparent reason instead of staying nearer the rail and saving ground. As a result the horse traveled very, very wide throughout the entire turn and then entered the stretch even wider and then ran well, finishing sixth from ten and only about 5 lengths from the winner. Prepping for something else?

DON’T LEAVE ME (Race 5 @WO, September 13, 2014, mile turf, Stakes) The second choice uncharacteristically began very slow and was left far behind. She was next to last at the quarter pole and wide, rallied to finish sixth in a field of a dozen.

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