BetPTC Horses to Watch – April 8, 2014

Trips  March 31

Gulfstream

LILY THE PINK (Race 8@GP, March 26, 2014, one mile turf, Optional Claiming 1X) The fourth choice was checked no less than four times during the course of the race; once into the turn, three times down the backstretch and then was forced to wait just before entering the stretch. Swung wide in stretch but had lost all interest by that time.

SPRING LIKEACOBRA (Race 9@GP, March 26, 2014, mile 1/16 turf, Optional Claiming $75,000) The fourth choice was compromised quickly in the race being shut off early, then checked and waited and forced to go to the rear before the first turn. Waited until the backstretch until making a wide move for over a quarter mile just to get back to fifth position, but was then caught widest of all throughout the entire turn and while coming close to making the lead, fizzled probably due to the early goings.

Laurel

DEBBIE’S TUDE (Race 4@LRL, March 27, 2014, 5 ½ furlongs, Starter $25,000) Longest shot on board was off a beat slow and then stalked the second flight from the rail. Began to rally at the quarter pole and made progress. Eventual winner came inside and crowded here about 1/16th from the wire, she was checked and taken up, rallied again to get second.

Oaklawn

READY RIVER (Race 1@OP, March 27, 2014, 5 ½ furlongs, Maiden Claiming $12,500) Fourth choice broke out and was bumped hard at start, rushed up into contention when entering the far turn, was boxed in and held up behind a wall of foes for an extended period of time, tried to get through in mid-stretch and was squeezed in between horses and forced to wait. Finally free inside the final 1/16th and closed to get second.

PARX

JAZZIT (Race 9@PRX, March 24, 2014, one mile, Claiming $16,000) The third choice was tangled up and broke poorly instantly 6-7 lengths behind. Stayed along the rail and began to rally when the field entered the far turn. Was boxed in with nowhere to go directly behind leaders at the quarter pole and was forced to wait. Finally got loose and swung to the middle of the track while trying to gain momentum. Finished fourth but only a length form the winner and was closing.

Tampa

YANKEE FORTUNE (Race 9@TAM, March 26, 2014, one mile turf, Claiming $16,000) The favorite had his head turned sideways when the gate opened and he was off a beat slow. Stayed along the rail and advanced up to third but was boxed in almost the entire backstretch. Just before the field reached the turn he had less room and was checked, pulled up, and lost a great deal of ground and several positions. He rallied while in the turn, darted between foes and swung out wide when entering the stretch. Ran well to finish fourth, missing the show spot only a nose, but the slow start and trouble in the turn proved very costly.

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