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

KIMALLOSA (Race 7 @KEE, April 12,  1 1/16 miles, Maiden, 3 YO). Fifth choice in a field of a dozen was moving like an easy winner in her second career race. The filly advanced along the rail down the backstretch. In the vicinity of the 3/8 pole she was about to take the lead when the others on the front squeezed her just enough to cause a scare. Her retreat took her to last place and all hope was lost. Inexperience may have played a role in the bad trip. Trainer Eddie Kenneally is very capable of having this one rebound quickly.

PERFECT TITLE (Race 5 @KEE, April 13,  1 1/16 miles, Allowance 1X). Fifth choice in field of eleven was taken up a bit at the start and fell far back.  Moved well into the far turn and looked to be a threat when a foe bore out badly forcing the Dallas Stewart trainee to go more than ten wide at the top of the stretch. The colt ran with determination and closed six lengths from the furlong marker to the wire and missed the show position by only a neck and the top spot by less than four lengths.

BYRAMA (Race 8 @KEE, April 13,  7 furlongs, Grade One). The British bred was last early and kept to the inside down the backstretch and was forced to pull back slightly entering the turn while next to last. The eventual winner past her at the top of the stretch and the filly was completely blocked once all were in the stretch. Rider Joel Rosario worked hard to move her to the outside and when it looked like she had room the eventual winner closed her in and bumped her inside the furlong marker. Rosario waited and swung her wide to have a chance. Byrama was going best of all, by far, once free and missed the win by less than a neck. The stewards disallowed Rosario’s objection against the winner for the incident in the stretch. This filly showed tremendous courage and determination. She must be strongly considered next out.

MISS DORA (Race 1 @KEE, April 14,  6 furlongs, $25,000) . Fifth choice in something of an evenly wagered field of eight competitors. This mare was sharp and away well, backed off early speed and tracked the first flight along rail. Moved into and through the turn very well while under a snug hold and then tried to go between the leaders at about the 3/16 pole. She was shut off quickly and then tried to go back toward rail but that avenue closed as well. Rider Marcelino Pedroza had no choice but to pull back to next to last and swing very wide with the wire approaching rapidly. This mare ran much better than her foes in the final 16th of a mile and got up to capture the show position.

HOTEP (Race 7 @KEE, April 14, 2013, One Mile, Turf, Allowance 2X). Fifth Choice in field of ten was next to  last until the far turn and began to make progress along the rail. Once into the stretch the six year old had plenty of room but no place to go. He moved in and out twice before making a final move back to the rail where the opening was too small and too late. Nonetheless, he finished fourth after a disqualification and lost show only by a head, and was less than three lengths from the winner.

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