BetPTC Horses to Watch – January 22, 2014

January 20th  Trips

Fairgrounds

INTEREST FREE (Race 5@FG, January 16, 2014, 6 furlongs, AOC $40,000) The odds-on favorite busted through the gate prior to the race, was retrieved and allowed to participate in the proceedings. Raced behind the first flight most of the way, was then boxed in between rivals and stuck behind the first flight throughout the turn. Shook free at the top of the stretch but didn’t have enough gas to catch the top pair and finished third. The early antics and a small amount of trouble during the race appeared to have cost this big favorite the race.

Gulfstream

MOONWALKER (Race 3@GP, January 16, 2014, 5 furlongs, turf, Claiming $50,000) The seventh choice in a field of 10 hopped at the start and began her running from the rear of the field. Advanced up behind a large first flight of horses that created a wall in front of her. As she tried to move forward when going into the turn she was steadied and forced to pull back, came again and went wide the final half of the turn and widest of the leaders entering the stretch, gained the lead but couldn’t hold it long enough. She finished a very respectable second after a difficult trip.

ACK RIDER (Race 9@GP, January 15, 2014, one mile turf, Maiden Claiming $35,000) The favorite had a terrible start and was shuffled back quickly to the rear. He was still last as the field approached the far turn when he rallied widest of all and stayed widest throughout the entire turn but passed horses without difficulty. Was third at the top of the lane and eventually moved up to collar the leader with about a 1/16th remaining and blew past that one, winning by 4 lengths in the end while being pulled up. An outstanding performance especially considering the trouble.

Oaklawn

BROKEN BLUES (Race 6@OP, January 16, 2014, 6 furlongs, Allowance 1X) Fourth choice on the board was slammed and shuffled at the start and went outside to have a clear run after the poor beginning. She quickly made up ground but was caught very wide throughout the entire far turn and entering the stretch. Moved up and went to the leader in mid-stretch, kept her mind on business and won like a professional. She would not have needed to work so hard with a better start and a trip far less wide.

PARX

CHASING TWILIGHT (Race 2@PRX, January 13, 2014, 6 furlongs, Maiden Claiming $25,000) The second choice had a terrible beginning; he was squeezed, stumbled, left behind. Ran wide down the backstretch and entered the far turn wide after passing the back marker in the field. Midway in the turn he was squeezed in between two rivals and was carried wide into the stretch. He then broke free, took to the inside and began to rally. He finished fifth after all of that but was running well at the end.

Santa Anita

MAJESTIC MOMENT (Race 4@SA, January 16, 2014, 1 1/8 miles, Claiming $10,000) The sixth choice in a field of nine bobbled on his own to start and was then bumped from one side and into another rival just a few steps after the gates were open then retreated to last. Was widest of all in the first turn and down the backstretch, and in the far turn and entered the stretch very wide and almost garnered the lead just after leaving the quarter pole. He finished fifth but lost a tremendous of ground and was heavily compromised at the start.

STREET ICON (Race 7@SA, January 16, 2014, 6 1/2 furlongs turf, AOC $80,000) The second choice broke well and stayed to the inside the entire trip. He had plenty of run at the top of the lane but was boxed in and forced to wait. The opportunity lessened between the quarter pole and the 1/8 pole and he was steadied and held until there was room to run. Once free he accelerated quickly and dashed home to prove better than all others, but could have won by much more.

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