BetPTC Horses to Watch – October 7, 2014

Arlington

ROPE A DOPE (Race 5 @AP, September 20, 2014, mile 1 1/16th turf, Claiming $25,000) The fourth choice was shuffled slightly at the start, was along the rail in tight quarters down the stretch the first time and then steadied when in the first turn. He began the backstretch still in tight quarters and under tight restraint and remained behind a wall of horses until the stretch. He swung extremely wide to get out for running room when entering the stretch. He rallied very well and got up for fourth only a couple of lengths from the winner.

Belmont

TIZQUICK (Race 2 @BEL, September 21, 2014, 7 furlongs, Stakes) The fourth choice bobbled at the start then lunged and was then bumped by a foe and began last. She was then used hard to move into contention but the traumatic start and hard ride forced her out of the hunt.

Churchill

HOMETOWN LEGEND (Race 10 @CD, September 20, 2014, 6 ½ furlongs, Claiming $5,000) The second choice chased the pace closely behind a wall of foes down the backstretch. He made progress along the rail and was within a couple of lengths of the lead when a horse in front slowed down and he was then forced to check very hard and retreated, in position, costing him all hope of victory. He rallied again and ran well on the inside to gain third.

Remington

Southern Prospect (Race 3 @RP, September 20, 2014, One mile turf, MSW) The favorite was away and stayed in mid-pack advancing gradually and rallied when the field entered the far turn. She could not free herself from behind a wall of horses at the top of the stretch and tried to find room on the rail. She was checked past the 3/16th pole and was in a constant state of neutral under tight restraint for nearly an eighth of a mile. Long before she could get free the top three finishers closed on the outside and she didn’t have a chance, but ran with determination finishing fourth. By far the best in the race with the worst luck of all.

Suffolk

FOND OF SARAH (Race 7 @SUF, September 20, 2014, 5 ½ furlongs, MSW) The favorite slipped at the start and hit the gate, began to run and arced in and out before going outside, got the lead before the first quarter mile and went on to embarrass her field of opponents and win by almost eight lengths without being pushed in the stretch. A very impressive run by a debut, two year old filly that beat the boys.

Woodbine

COPENHAGEN COWGIRL (Race 4 @WO, September 20, 2014, 1 1/16 miles, Claiming $10,000) Longshot was bumped at the gate and forced to start last, which is not her usual position. She went a little wide in the first turn and began to make progress down the backstretch, She went widest of all in the far turn and entered the stretch wider than all others. She rallied well and ran with determination to get fourth only a couple of lengths from the winner.

SQUEEZE THE KING (Race 9@WO, September 21, 2014, 1 1/8 miles, Stakes) Longest shot on the board was away on the rail and immediately showed plenty of run but was forced to check off heels several times before reaching the first turn. The gelding continued to be forced into tight restraint and remained behind foes with nowhere to go and was never quite free to run. He never quit and finished fourth but it appears that what could have been his best day, past him by.

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