BetPTC Horses to Watch – April 21, 2014

Horses to watch are never automatic bet-backs.

Keeneland

MOVING WEST (Race 1 @KEE, April 4, 2014, 1 1/16 miles, Claiming $10,000) The second choice, one who normally stays very close to the lead, was pinched back and checked at the start and forced to begin the proceedings last, was then extremely wide in the first turn and was rushed into contention. Faded just before the stretch. The early trauma took its toll.

DYNAMIC ROYAL (Race 3 @KEE, April 4, 2014, 1 1/16 miles, Claiming $10,000) The fourth choice traveled the widest of all participants throughout the entire race. He was also forced to try and catch a winner that set a pedestrian pace, but he was the only one gaining at the end and closed very well for the place position.

COUNTY CORRECTIONS (Race 3 @KEE, April 5, 2014, 7 furlongs, Maiden Claiming $50,000) The favorite had an interesting start from beginning to end. Broke in at start and bumped, then went after the leader along the inside. Almost even with the pacesetter and checked slightly, then had to check and pull up when crowded about the half mile pole and fell all the way to next to last losing 8-10 lengths. Rallied just before the stretch along the inside but had nowhere to go. Moved in and out before moving to the center of the track late while still closing. Finished sixth about 6 lengths back, but much better than the running line will indicate.

Oaklawn

WILD BY NATURE (race 4@OP, April 3, 2104, 6 furlongs, Maiden Claiming $12,500) The favorite broke through the gate before the start of the race. Competed for early lead and was eventually shuffled back and a good bit off the lead around the half mile pole. Started to rally wide in turn and came very wide into the stretch still a long way from the lead. Closed very well and took command winning by a couple of lengths; an impressive win after an eventful beginning and trip.

PARX

SLIPPINGONOUTTHERE (Race 3@PRX, March 31, 2014, 6 furlongs, Maiden Claiming $15,000) The second choice stumbled badly, almost to her knees, was corrected and darted forward to offer the only challenge to the leader. Easily took command at the 5/16 marker and then embarrassed the field by 9 lengths despite the terrible beginning.

Tampa

APPLE ORCHARD (Race 1@TAM, April 2, 2014, 7 furlongs, Maiden Claiming $25,000) The third choice broke outwardly and bumped at the start and was last in the early going. He moved up just before entering the turn and was wide for most of the turn showing an interest. He moved down to the rail while still in the turn and was then steadied and had to wait for lack of racing room. He was able to get rolling again just before the 1/8 pole and closed well to gain place.

SALUTE THE MUSIC (Race 3@TAM, April 2, 2014, 6 furlongs, Allowance Optional $75,000) The fourth choice broke in and bumped and was then bumped from the other side. Moved up to track the leaders when going into the turn and then steadied, waited and forced to retreat eventually going all the way to last as the field hit the top of the stretch. She then closed well and secured the third position only a length from second and a pair of lengths from the winner.

Turf Paradise

BUBBA FIZZ (Race 4@TUP, March 31, 2014, 6 furlongs, Claiming $4,000) The fourth choice was off a beat slow and last early. Began to move when the field entered the turn and hit the stretch last and about 7 wide. Was in tight at the 1/8 pole and then rallied furiously to dead heat for place less than a length from the winner.

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