Horses to Watch Feb. 21 – by Rod Young Turfdom

DENMAN’S CALL (February 18): There was no doubt who the best horse was in Saturday’s third, a first condition allowance sprint on the main track. Off as the 3/2 choice in a field of 8, “Denman” completely blew the start and was instantly six lengths behind the last horse. He was 12 back by the half mile pole, then put in a quick turn of foot down the lane racing on the worst part of the track, and was beaten just a length for all of it. This Kentucky bred for Doug O’Neill was graded stakes placed as a sophomore, and knocking off this first allowance condition should just be a formality. He’s a soon winner. WEST COAST (February 18): It’s extremely difficult to break your maiden going two turns in your first race, but this 3 year old colt for Baffert gave a good account of himself in his

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Horses to Watch Feb 14 – by Rod Young Turfdom

RIRI (February 10): Four year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her return to the races in Friday’s opener at six and a half down the hill for the second allowance condition for older runners. Off at 4/1 in a field of 9, she broke well under Bejarano and settled in third coming down the hill. She was in good striking position at the top of the lane, but sort of “hung” in the final furlong and raced like a horse in need of the outing. She finished 4th but was only beaten a length and a half at the wire. This race should set her up nicely to stretch out to a mile and she’s good enough to win this second condition. She’s in the hands of the best turf trainer on this circuit. She’s a soon winner. MERRILY MERRILY (February 10): Four year old filly for Sean McCarthy

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Horses to Watch Feb. 7 – by Rod Young Turfdom

DIAMONDINTHECENTER (February 3): Three year old filly for Jeff Bonde tried the first allowance condition on Friday after just breaking her maiden in the mud the race before. Off at 13/1 in this 7 horse field at 7 furlongs on the main track, she grabbed the lead quite easily and set fast fractions of 21.99 and 44.73 for the half. The heavy 3/5 favorite rolled up to her at the 1/4 pole and they raced as a team to the wire with the favorite prevailing, but it was a strong effort for the “Diamond” just the same. She was beaten 3 at the wire, but the winner is graded stakes placed and it was 3 lengths back to the third horse. Bonde has a good one here from the hot sire Gemologist, and she will knock out this condition this winter. Tab and follow. REACH THE WORLD (February 4): Trainer

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Horses to Watch Jan. 31 – by Rod Young Turfdom

DELITEFULL LADY (January 26): Three year old filly for Richard Baltas made start # 2 in Thursday’s second, a maiden special weight at 3/4 of a mile on the main track. Off at 8/1 in just a six horse field, and not having to face Unique Bella, the best sophomore filly on the West Coast, she broke running under Bejarano, then was eased off the pace and sat third down the back side. She made her move turning for home, eased past the favorite at the 1/8th pole, and widened to win by five under a hand ride in the good time of 1:09.63. This one is stakes material and she may go through her allowance conditions first, should those races fill. Up the ladder. GILES (January 27): Six year old gelding for Kristin Mulhall had not been to the post in 10 months and was entered Friday for a

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Horses to Watch Jan. 24 – by Rod Young Turfdom

CHEEKABOOMBOOM (January 20): Three year old gelding for Peter Eurton made the second start of his young career in Friday’s fifth, a mile event on the main track for maiden special weights. Off at 10/1 in a field of eight for Cal breds on a sloppy race track, he laid back in the pack early, had plenty of horse on the inside turning for home, but was no match for the runaway leader who wired the field on a speed friendly surface. “Cheekaboo” rallied for second but was beaten a good six lengths at the wire. This son of Unusual Heat can act on any surface and Eurton may make a rider change in his next start. He’s ready to pose for pictures on a fair surface, turf or dirt. PALMER’S WAY (January 21): Three year old colt for Peter Miller made his debut in a very “salty” maiden special

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Horses to Watch Jan. 17 – by Rod Young Turfdom

MOMMA’S BABY BOY (January 13): Three year old colt for Jerry Hollendorfer made the second start of his career in a “salty” maiden special weight dash in Friday’s sixth. Off at 10/1 in a 7 horse field, he broke well enough, then settled in way off the pace and was 10 lengths back of the leaders by the half mile pole. But he made up ground steadily over a muddy surface and rolled home the final 1/8th to garner third beaten about 3 lengths by the two favorites in the race. All in all it was a very good showing and this Kentucky bred should find no problems with two turns. He can run some and this five and a half furlongs was definitely too short for him. A good one to follow, who still has some wagering value. VALIANT MINISTER (January 14): Four year old colt for Bob Baffert

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Horses to Watch Jan. 10 – by Rod Young Turfdom

SILENT BIRD (January 6): A really good race horse can run on any type of race track, and this five year old full horse for Mark Glatt proved just that on Friday, when he handled a muddy surface and two turns for the first time in the day’s feature race. Off as the 4/5 choice in a field of six, he was content to lay back early, made his move at the 1/4 pole, went extra wide at the top of the lane, collared the leader at the 1/8th pole and prevailed by a head. This was his 5th consecutive win and he is now 4/4 at this race track. Glatt has circled the San Antonio stakes for his next start and although that race is going to come up awfully “salty”, don’t discard this hard trying son of Summer Bird. He might just upset the apple cart. WATCH THIS

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Horses to Watch Jan. 3 – by Rod Young Turfdom

PAVELSKI (December 26): Two year old colt for Phil D’Amato made his debut in Monday’s third in a very salty maiden special weight sprint at the tough distance of 7 furlongs. Off at 12/1 in a 10 horse field, he broke slowly and was well back by the half mile pole about 10 lengths off the pace. He made a good mid race move then flattened out badly in the lane and was well beaten by about 8 lengths finishing sixth. This one is well thought of by the D’Amato barn and is bred to win early (Street Boss) and we all know how horses can improve in their second start. Plus the rider lost his whip at the sixteenth pole and never abused him in the lane. I still think he’s a runner and he hasn’t lost any wagering value at all. Certainly worth following for a top barn.

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Horses to Watch Dec. 6 – by Rod Young Turfdom

DOMESTIC VINTAGE (December 2): Two year old filly for Neil Drysdale made the second start of her young career in Friday’s fifth at a mile and a sixteenth on the lawn for maiden special weights. Despite landing post 12 in a full field, she was still sent off as the 3/1 wagering choice, and she caught a wide trip into the first two turns leaving the chute. She stayed wide the entire trip, was bumped by the winner entering the stretch to lose her momentum, then regained it and came on for second beaten two lengths. With a better draw and a clean trip, she could have been posing for pictures. However, this was just her second start, first time around two turns, and first time Lasix. She should be ready to rumble this winter at Santa Anita and she’s a soon winner for this Hall of Fame trainer. HARD

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Horses to Watch Nov. 29 – by Rod Young Turfdom

AOTEAROA (November 24): Five year old gelding for Leonard Powell, off since April, came back in Thursday’s 3rd, a mile on the turf with a claiming tag of $50,000 and ran a bang up third. Off at 9/1 in an 8 horse field, he tracked the leader throughout through moderate fractions, stuck his nose in front at the top of the lane, then held on gamely in a long stretch drive and was only beaten a half at the wire. This one is a hard knocker on the turf, can get a mile or handle the six and a half down the hill with equal effectiveness, and always seems to get overlooked in the wagering. He doesn’t look any worse for wear with the time off and should have a good winter campaign. Tab and follow. EVICTED (November 25): Three year old colt for Tim Yakteen tried the mile turf

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