Horses to Watch August 4 – by Rod Young Turfdom
TIZCANO (July 29): Three year old gelding for Peter Miller returned to the races after a five month
freshening and was gelded while on vacation. Miller entered him in a second condition allowance race at
5 furlongs on the grass in Wednesday’s third race, the start of a massive pick six c/o. Off at 6/1 in a 7
horse field, he broke well from the outside and then laid 5 lengths off the pace. His jockey, Espinoza,
found a seam at the top of the lane and Tizcano finished with good energy to miss by just a length at the
wire. This distance has been favoring speed and it is very difficult to win from off the pace. However this
race sets him up nicely for two turns and he has the talent to knock out this condition before the end of
the meet. Miller goes all out to win at this meet and he’ll find the right spot for this one. Tab.
FANTASY OF LUCK (July 31): Two year old filly for Bob Baffert made her debut in Friday’s 4th, a
six furlong dash for Cal bred maiden special weights. Off as the even money choice, she completely
missed the start to be six lengths behind the field. She then put in an eye opening move to reach
contention by the 1/4 pole, but flattened out badly in the lane to finish off the board beaten 9 lengths. She
was probably well meant today but the start surely did her in. Willing to give her another shot before the
end of the meet. Just needs a decent break and she can nab that diploma.
OH GREAT IDEA (August 1): Two year old filly for Peter Miller made her debut in Saturday’s 7th, a
sprint on the main track for maiden special weights. Off at 4/1 in a 10 horse field, she broke a step slowly
from the two hole and was away last. However, she quickly made up that ground on the inside and was
contending for the lead by the 3/8 pole. She had every right to throw in the towel at that point, but she
kept right on trying and finished second although well beaten by a Baffert runner. This one has a lot of
talent and worked well over the track prior to her debut. She can get her diploma before the end of the
GUNSLINGER (August 2): Three year old colt for Simon Callaghan made the second start of his career
at the basement level of $20,000 maiden claiming in Sunday’s 4th event, at a flat mile on the main track.
Sent off at the 2/1 second choice in the wagering, he demolished this field to win by 21 lengths, and was
geared down the final sixteenth. He cost $625,000 at the Keeneland two year old sale and they were
willing to give him up for just $20K. Even if he has a bowed tendon, he’s worth five times that much in
the breeding shed. He’s eligible for a starter allowance non winners twice now, but off this performance,
they might go right into the first allowance condition. Callaghan’s bluff was called and he moves over to
the Doug O’Neill barn in a three way shake.
SEMPER FORTIS (August 2) Two year old colt for Doug O’Neill made his debut in Sunday’s 7th, a
maiden special weight at 5.5 furlongs on the main. Off at 4/1 in an 8 horse field, he broke well and made
the running, but took all the worst of it racing inside with another runner laying on him most of the way.
He put away the other speed at the top of the lane but couldn’t hold off another runner, who was very
impressive in his debut, Blameitonthelaw. Fortis was beaten 4 lengths at the wire, but it was 12 lengths
back to the third horse. He will only get better as the distance increases and this $525k yearling purchase
has a bright future. Tab and follow.