BetPTC Horses to Watch

The following 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.

At Keeneland

SLAMMIN ROSE (Race 1 @KEE, April 10, 1 1/16 miles, Maiden Claiming $40,000). Second choice in a big field was off slow and dropped to last and then traveled wide until out of the first turn. She made a huge rush down the backstretch and was sixth entering the far turn, only a few lengths from the leader. The filly was forced to wait throughout the entire far turn and even lost ground trapped on the rail. When entering the stretch she swung very wide and immediately made progress toward the winner with another foe to her inside. A determined run got her the show position only a neck from victory. The eventful trip proved costly to the best horse in the race.

WAR DANCER (Race 7@KEE, April 10, 1 1/16 miles, Allowance 1X). Heavy favorite leaped at the gate, and after jockey Alan Garcia got control,  the son of War Front was left hopelessly behind with no visual chance of recovery. The Ken McPeek trainee made it to the back of the pack as the field entered the far turn and then launched a second rally that swept by the back and middle flight while traveling wide. The 3 year old colt continued to run and caught the leader, who had four appearances in graded stakes, a few lengths before the wire and appeared to have plenty left in the tank.  This was a good field for an entry level allowance and this colt could have whipped them by much, much more.

PAROLED (Race 6 @KEE, April 7, Allowance 1X, 1 1/8 miles, Turf). Gelding broke in air and was quickly a dozen lengths from the front runner. The rider settled the horse and he advanced in behind others at the rear but running with them with ease. Entering the turn traffic thickened and the rider was forced to enter the stretch extremely wide before mounting a solid rally. It was a good effort only a nose from the show spot in a field of ten.

ALMOST AN ANGEL (Race 6 @Kee, April 11, Cl50-2L, 1 1/16 miles). Tough luck trip for this filly who could have easily won this race. She was steadied hard on the far turn, losing critical position and momentum. Made another move inside turning for home of the short stretch run and finally got clear too late. Flew home in the final yards to be a fast closing third.

At Oaklawn Park

DANCINGOVERTHELINE (Race 5 @OP, April 11,  6 furlongs, $10,000 Claiming). Second choice in the wagering was away well and looked to have excellent position. The Steve Asmussen trainee got in tight quarters at the half mile pole and shied away from another horse that looked to be bearing in, which caused the horse to abruptly break stride and slow down. The filly lost all interest and refused to participate, finishing last. Watch closely to see if she can rebound next time out.

At Parx

STROUD POINT (Race 2 @PARX, April 8, 6 furlongs, AOC 2x). The odds on chalk in a field of nine leaped at the start causing a poor break. The filly then raced wide the entire backstretch and was then somewhat wide into the turn as she approached the leader. The Patricia Farro trainee put her nose in front at the top of the stretch but the eventual winner, who had a perfect ground saving trip came back to win. The bad start and rushing wide down the backstretch cost this favorite more than most eyes will see.

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