BetPTC Horses to Watch – August 13, 2014

Arlington

SUPERSTAR LEO (Race 10 @AP, August 2, 2014, 6 furlongs, MSW) The favorite was bumped on both sides out of the gate and was then held back early. Once he was in the turn he was in tight quarters and forced to wait and even checked momentarily just before the stretch. In the stretch he waited for another foe to pass him before swinging out just inside the 3/16 pole, but once he was clear to pull out he drove past all foes under a hand ride with no whip and won with great ease by 3 lengths still going away. It could have been much, much worse for his opponents.

Del Mar

NEXT SPEAKER (Race 2 @DMR, August 2, 2014, 6 ½ furlongs, Claiming $16,000) The second choice was a little slow to begin but challenged early before being taken back behind the leaders. He followed the pacesetters into the turn and stayed inside and began to move in the stretch. Just before reaching leaders inside the furlong marker he became trapped, had to wait and lost all chance because of no room, watching the others go to the wire. He finished fifth 2 lengths from the winner but was better than the running line will indicate.

Delaware

SWISS ARMY WIFE (Race 2@DEL, August 4, 2104, one mile turf, Claiming $50,000) The second choice was steadied slightly underneath wire the first time and soon thereafter was steadied extremely hard in the first turn. She stayed along the inside full of run and was just behind the leaders in the far turn when she was steadied in traffic. She finished fifth about 5 lengths form the winner after an eventful trip.

PARX

GREYGOOSE MISS (Race 1 @PRX, 5 furlongs, MSW) The odds-on favorite stumbled badly at the start and was then used hard to get the lead. She held the lead and fought bravely losing in a photo with the terrible start costing her the race.

Saratoga

UNBEILEVABLE DREAM (Race 8@SAR, August 4, 2014, one mile turf, Allowance) The second choice bobbled at the break and then was very uncooperative with her rider, who kept a tight restraint on her for most of the race. She saved ground along the rail and had little place to go. She had to wait the entire turn and began to rally to when room opened up between the furlong marker and the 1/ 16th pole. She ran on with interest and finished fifth only a few lengths from the winner.

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Woodbine

RESERVED (Race 6@WO, August 2, 2014, 6 furlongs, 2YO, MSW) The third choice was squeezed and checked at the start and began last. She followed the field into the far turn and advanced with ease behind the leading group but was always in a wait mode with nowhere to go. She stayed along the rail and made up ground when free and was going to swing out but then swung back to the rail and rallied very well just missing the debut win by a nose. Clearly appeared to be the best filly in the race.

PANKHURST (Race 1@WO, August 3, 2014, 5 furlongs, 2YO, MSW) The fourth choice for trainer Mark Casse and rider Patrick Husbands broke alertly from the outside and was then positioned behind several frontrunners but wide. She wasn’t asked for run until the turn when she began to pass horses without encouragement but was kept widest of all. When in the stretch she was still kept wide and safe and Husbands appeared not to be encouraging the filly, but yet schooling her. She ran evenly in the stretch with no problem. This race appeared to be a public workout for this debut runner and she seemed to follow instructions well.

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