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BetPTC Horses to Watch

The following trip horses have been spotted as trip note runners and horses to watch in their subsequent starts. Keep in mind that these horses are never automatic bet-backs.

Arlington Park

BONNIE (Race 2@AP, July 5, 2013, 6 furlongs, Claiming $5,000) Fourth choice in the wagering broke a little inwards, was forced to steady and shuffled back to last and didn’t leave that position until the top of the stretch. The mare came up the rail and then shifted out at the top of the turn, was forced out a little wider at the furlong marker and closed very well to get second place. Considering her trip and the slow fractions set by the winner, BONNIE proved far better than her running line will indicate.

SWEET CHARISE (Race 7@AP, June 28, 2013, 6 furlongs, Maiden Claiming $12,500) Mare was slow to begin mostly to avoid early traffic trouble, which placed her last. She was still last when the field entered the stretch and she went 6 wide to have a clear run. Passed 8 foes and made up close to 20 lengths in the final quarter mile.

Delaware Park

LIL MR B (Race 4, July 10, 2013, One Mile 70 Yards, turf, Allowance 1X) The fifth choice broke well and took position on the rail. Through the stretch for the first time he was checked and held back and in tight quarters. Was forced to check again moving into the turn and threw his head about and it seemed that he wanted to be on the outside. He settled while going down the backstretch staying a couple of lengths off of the three pacesetters and moved well into the turn along the rail where he was steadied again. Continued to pursue the leaders and had a brief chance to gun for the lead at the top of the stretch but was blocked on the outside. He then lost interest and ran along to finish fifth.

ART CLASS (Race 6, July 10, 2013, One Mile 70 Yards, turf, Maiden Claiming $30,000) Third choice was off a little sluggishly and was caught wide into and throughout the first turn. He advanced well down the back stretch and was within a half length at the top of the stretch. Was forced out most of the stretch having to regroup twice and was even steadied some around the sixteenth pole. He finished a respectable fourth considering the circumstances.


MONEY TALKER (Race 3@WO, July 13, 3013, 1 1/16 miles, Optional Claiming $62,500) Terrible start with the rider almost falling off. Left to very last, the gelding was hurried somewhat to get into contention and traveled wide in the first turn. Challenged down the backstretch and got the lead but the early trauma took its toll and he faded in the second turn before entering the stretch.

YELLOW BOAT (Race 4, July 6, 2013, 7 furlongs, Stakes) The favored filly was taking on stakes company for the first time and had nothing but trouble. She was behind a wall of opponents and was waiting for a place to run when entering the turn. She did nothing but wait the entire turn. When the field hit the stretch she tried moving inside and out but found avenues blocked every time. She was steadied a couple of times from the 1/8 pole to the 1/16 pole. She finally had a chance to run about 50 yards from the wire, which left her with a fourth place finish.

CREATIVE THUNDER (Race 5@WO, July 7, 2013, 6 ½ furlongs, MSW) The colt was making only his second start of the year and coming back from a near 60 day freshening. He was toward the rear at the start and was waiting behind a wall before moving into turn. He was taken out to follow the eventual winner but was forced to go 6-7 wide to have room to run. Rallied well down the stretch like an experienced horse but lost a very tight photo for the win.

O WANDERLUST (Race 6@WO, July 5, 2013, 1 1/16 miles, Claiming $40,000) Next to the longest shot on the board was much better than the public thought. The gelding suffered a terrible start being squeezed and taken back. He traveled in first turn and the first half mile contesting the last position in the field. He made a very quick move just when the field entered the turn and was in contention when he was forced to take up and wait. The gelding had to restart along the rail and passed horses at first opportunity. He closed well and gained the show spot.

VINDY’S LUCKYSTRIKE (Race 3@WO, June 29, 2013, 1 1/16 miles, Claiming $10,000) Six year old mare looked as if she would not come out of the gate at all, then finally made an appearance when she spotted the field at least 10 lengths. Was hopelessly left behind but was still hurried to reach contention and used down the backstretch, eventually reaching third in the turn. The unusual circumstances gave her little hope and she mare threw in the towel at the top of the stretch. She is much better than this race will indicate.

SILENT TREAT (Race 10@WO, June 29, 2013, 6 furlongs, turf, Allowance 2L) The favorite was part of a rodeo finish at Woodbine and she was victimized no less than four times in the stretch. It was a constant stop and go drill as foes drifted in and out in front of her the entire stretch.  She was eventually elevated to fourth after a disqualification but that is little consolation for a horse that was clearly best and was almost moving in reverse the length of the stretch.

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