BetPTC Horses to Watch – October 12, 2014

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Arlington

FLY TO THE SKY (Race 10 @AP, September 27, 2014, 5 ½ furlongs turf, Claiming $16,000) The fourth choice was far back early and moved up along the inside to within reasonable range midway in turn but had to hesitate in tight quarters at that point. She then advanced only to be steadied off heels around the 3/16th pole and was still far back and appeared hopelessly beaten. She was finally able to get out and run, passed 5 horses and made up about 7 lengths from the furlong marker in a breathtaking rally to win.

Belmont

JOHN’S ISLAND (Race 2 @BEL, September 27, 2014, 6 ½ furlongs, Allowance 1X) The fourth choice was away near the back of the pack and stayed there even in tight between rivals midway through the turn. Had to wait just before the quarter pole and then went to the inside to find a place to run. He was then moved outside around the 3/16th pole and was behind horses before moved further out to be widest in the stretch. Rallied very well and was narrowly defeated by a nose for the show spot only 3 lengths from the winner.

Churchill

LITTLEBITCRANKY (Race 2 @CD, September 27, 2014, 6 furlongs, Claiming $7,500) A big longshot was pinched back and bothered at the start and left far behind in last. She gradually made up ground against something of a slow pace, began to advance in earnest midway in the turn, but was forced out about eight wide when entering the stretch. She came down the middle of the track and picked up all foes and winning by a length.

Gulfstream

DEVINE AIDA (Race 7 @GP, September 27, 2014, 5 ½ furlongs, MSW) The favorite was bumped hard at the start and worked to make up ground. She followed a wall of foes into the turn and was in wait mode for quite a while. She couldn’t get through on the rail and then shifted out when asked and ran well to finish second behind the leader that had the better trip. A good debut effort for a 2 year old filly.

 

 

 

Laurel

CALVADOS (Race 10 @LRL, September 27, 2014, 1 ½ miles turf, Stakes) The sixth choice was under tight restraint and wide in first turn, and then steadied in the stretch the first time around before being hung out and very wide in second turn. He was wide down the backstretch, came back after losing ground, and was wide in the final turn. Was steadied and placed under tight restraint in the turn at the quarter pole and entered the stretch very wide. Made a great run to get the lead just before the wire only to lose it in the final jump. The neck defeat was nothing compared to the ground he lost in the race.

PARX

DIRTY BLONDE (Race 7 @PRX, September 27, 2014, one mile, Starter $25,000) The fifth choice was at the back of the pack the first half of the race and moved up along the inside when the field entered the far turn. She was blocked behind a wall of three foes with the eventual winner slipping through along the rail. The filly was then moved out widest of all after losing considerable ground to the eventual winner and closed very well to be defeated only by a neck.

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