Thoroughbred Racing
American Turf - Horses to Watch

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RULES OF PLAY: In our opinion, each horse listed below (and in our newsletter) has a reasonable chance to win or run well for second. If there are two recommended horses running in the same race, play both to win and place and in the exacta and/or quinella. We suggest giving precedence to a selection in a more recent report or, if you like, play the horse with the higher odds.

NOTE: Our recommendations have a life of one month, so you may want to print this page to keep for your handicapping. If, however, you find there are too many horses to watch simply discard the oldest issue in the one-month cycle. Horses switching tracks remain plays, and sometimes become our best plays as shrewd trainers place fit horses in excellent spots on other circuits, so keep an eye out in these instances. Good luck and always bear in mind: Play with your head, not over it.

Friday, September 19


TITLE WINNER: Broke slowly and raced wide when seventh of nine in her racing debut for winning W. Catalano barn; daughter of Tiz Wonderful moves forward for experience.

SISTER KATHY: Rated, put in a bid to contend, and weakened when it counted to finish third in her latest by way of IND; solid sort owns record of 4-4-4 from 22 starts.

MEXICAN MISS: Rallied to reach contention in the lane and then finished up evenly for second in her latest; maiden looms interesting $30K-claim from her 10th lifetime start for trainer J. Sharp.

STROLL TO VICTORY: Chased throughout in second when favored off an April-layoff and in with winners for the first time; son of Stroll from K. McPeek barn can get it done next time.

OCEAN BERTIE: Put in wide bid for second in game try most recently, and was claimed for $62,500 by trainer J. Deegan; must follow.

MALIBU HIGH: Rated wide and was in contention, but weakened to fourth in the stretch when back on the main track for his latest; interesting off $25K-claim by trainer G. Trisler (20% wins from limited runners this year).

CURLINO: Went to the post a 1.10-1 favorite for his racing debut, gained wide, and had to settle for third of seven behind easy winner; $375K auction buy is a son of Curlin with upside for solid M. Casse barn.

SLAVA: Got back on form with third-place finish on move back to dirt and cut back to sprint trip for her latest; stay on board now.

SAINT OF SAINTS: Moved back to dirt and responded with dominant score on the front end when in from IND and moved to trainer D. Stewart for his latest; plenty to build on.

4*SPECIAL: JOGGET: Battled outside, shook free on pace, and then weakened to fourth through the lane when after repeat score by way of ELP for her latest; on board in six of 10 career starts.

LONGSHOT: OL ARMY: Has been in deep of late, but will benefit from his latest sixth-place return from July-break; might surprise the right cast.


MUTTAK BAY: Rated, rallied to the lead in the stretch, and maintained clear edge for score by way of PRX for her latest; solid veteran gets confidence now and can build on it.

RUN PATTY RUN: Moved back to turf off the claim by trainer O. Figgins III for her latest, and responded with pace-setting placing; stay with her.

RELENTLESS RUSH: Dueled and weakened to fifth in his latest subpar effort, but is capable of more; in the exacta in nine of 20 lifetime starts, and in spite of zero-for-seven mark this year.

LAST EMPIRE: Showed more early interest than usual - good sign of sharpness - en route to a fair fifth-place try in his latest; veteran can add value to gimmicks.

BELLA'S REBEL: Turned in fairly even effort for fourth when making her first career attempt on turf most recently; WO invader can do more moving forward.

4*SPECIAL: AIRGEAD: Rallied for third when well bet for just his second start since last-October most recently; primed for next time.

LONGSHOT: HOOSIC TUNNEL: Blasted clear on pace and gave way to fifth with blinkers and front bandages added for stretch out to route first time off the claim by trainer M. Rojas; next time.