Horses to Watch Mar. 21 – by Rod Young Turfdom

RIVER ECHO (March 17): Four year old gelding is a new horse since transferring into the Peter Miller barn from back East. After winning the first allowance condition in his last start, he tried the second condition on Friday and was best even though finishing second. Off at 7/2 in a strong field, he sat third in the early running with a rail trip just off the speed. Arroyo had a ton of horse turning for home but he had nowhere to run until a brief opening at the sixteenth pole. He burst through but it was too late as a perfect tripper from the outside got the jump on him. He now has two wins and a close second since joining the Miller barn and he wins this condition next out. BOTTLE SERVICE (March 18): Three year old gelding for Mike Machowsky was all over the place in Saturday’s

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Horses to Watch Mar. 14 – by Rod Young Turfdom

ILLUMINANT (March 10): Five year old mare for Mike McCarthy, who had been away from the races for 10 months, came roaring back in the Wishing Well stakes at six and a half down the hill on Friday. Off as the 6/5 choice, she broke well with the field, laid in 4th down the hill just 3 lengths off the pace, easily went to the lead on her own at the top of the lane, then opened up two and glided home to win by a length and a half at the wire over a fairly strong field. She galloped out strong and her connections are pointing for the Jenny Wiley stakes at Keeneland in April, a Grade 1 where she was third last year. Based on this performance, she will have a fighting chance in that race, especially if Tepin doesn’t show up. Plus she will be a price

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Horses to Watch Mar. 7 – by Rod Young Turfdom

NINE POINT NINE (March 3): Four year old filly for Vladimir Cerin tried the second allowance condition on the grass Friday at a mile and a quarter for older fillies/mares. Off at 8/1 in just a six horse field, she went awfully quick early with fractions of 22.68 and 46.20 for the half mile while opening up 8 lengths down the back side. That was way too fast for this distance and she came back to the field at the top of the lane, but just when you thought she would quit, she found another gear and held on gamely through the lane to be beaten just a length at the wire. This race should set her up nicely at a shorter distance by putting some wind in those lungs. She’s sharp enough right now to knock out this condition and she is worth following. MISTER BRIGHTSIDE (March 4): Five

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Horses to Watch Feb 28 – by Rod Young Turfdom

PASCHALITSA (February 24): It was just a $16,000 claimer, non winners of three, on Friday, but this 4 year old filly for Eddie Truman was pretty impressive just the same while going down in defeat. Off at 5/1 in a six horse field over a surface that was very dull, she and the 6/5 favorite went quick early in this one mile race and opened up 10 on the field by the half mile pole while ding donging on the lead. They came back to the field at the head of the lane but while the favorite backed out of it, this filly battled back on the rail and was coming back on at the wire. She got beat a neck and galloped out well past the wire. She can go short or long and if they keep her at this condition, she’s a soon winner. BAR SCENE (February 24):

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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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