Horses To Watch August 25 – by Rod Young Turfdom
LOVENSEEK (August 21): Three year old gelding for Peter Miller tried $40,000 claimers on the turf at
a mile and a sixteenth for 3 year olds Friday. Off at 3/1 in an 8 horse field, Miller put the blinkers back
on and he went right to the front, set quick fractions, got caught at the 1/8th pole, but dug in and fought
back, to lose by a half at the wire. This one likes the turf, but is probably a better sprinter than a route
horse, and six and a half down the hill fits him nicely. Plus he still has that first allowance condition
available and he has the talent to win that condition. He’ll fit nicely in the first condition book at Anita.
ANOTHER HOUSE (August 22): Three year old gelding for Tom Proctor made his first start in
California and his second career start in Saturday’s third, a maiden special weight for 3 and up at a mile
and a sixteenth on the grass. Off at 7/2 in a 9 horse field, he sat in sixth early about six lengths off the
pace, kicked it in turning for home, but couldn’t catch the favorite who got loose on the lead and wired
the field. “House” came up short by 3/4 of a length at the wire but it was a sharp effort. He’ll get his
diploma at the Santa Anita Fall meet as this son of Candy Ride has some talent.
POSHSKY (August 22): Five year old gelding for Peter Miller raced above his conditions in Saturday’s
sixth, a mile and a sixteenth on the turf for the third allowance condition, 3 and up. Off at 9/1 in a 10
horse field, Poshsky raced 4th down the back side only 3 lengths off the lead. Moved at the 1/4 pole to
reach contention, stuck his nose in front at the 1/8th pole, but couldn’t hold off the 3/2 favorite late and
missed by a half. This son of Vronsky is in top form right now and is eligible for the second condition.
As soon as that condition pops up in the book around two turns on the green, I’ve got to think he’s a likely
candidate. Sitting on a victory.
CASINO CALL (August 22): Two year old filly for Jerry Hollendorfer made her debut in Saturday’s
7th, a six furlong maiden special weight at six furlongs. Off at 6/1 in a full field, she broke with the field,
but fell back quickly and was about 7 lengths back of the leaders down the back side. On a day when
speed was good, and the inside was even better, she rallied 4 wide around horses starting at the 1/4 pole,
was still wide at the top of the lane, then wore down the leaders late to win going away. Her victory was
actually accomplished against a double bias to make it all the more impressive. Up the ladder for this
daughter of win early sire Sky Mesa.
PONDER LEA (August 23) Three year old filly for John Sadler made her debut in Sunday’s 7th, a six
furlong sprint for fillies/mares, maiden special weight. Off at 10/1 in a 10 horse field, she got wiped out
at the start as the filly on her right came over on her, she checked, and was away last. The jock rushed her
up into contention, and she was third by the half mile pole, maintained her position down the lane, and
finished 4th beaten 10 lengths, but the winner drew off to win by 7 at 3/5. Considering her poor start, it
was a pretty good race which won’t show in the future past performances. Sadler will find the right spot
and this one is worth following.