Horses To Watch December 3
KENZOU’S RHYTHM (November 29): Five year old gelding for Jeff Mullins was in for a $28,000 claiming tag in Friday’s 4th, a mile event for older horses on the main with a top claiming price of $32,000. Off at 6/1 in a six horse field shortened by scratches, he made the running right from the start and dueled between horses through quick splits of 23.13 and 47.15 over a track rated as “good”. He put the inside speed away at the ¼ pole but had no answer for the one on his outside, but he battled gamely down the lane and didn’t give it up until the 1/16 pole, and still held second at the wire. This was just his second start off a long layoff and he got nothing out of his previous start. He’s sitting on a win, though he might need a slight class drop. Either way, if Prat rides him back, he’ll be in the winners circle. Follow.
CLASSY RULER (November 30): Two year old filly for John Shirreffs made her debut in Saturday’s 7th, a maiden special weight affair at ¾ on the main. Off at 9/2 in an 8 horse field, she broke well enough and settled in third down the back side five lengths off the pace. She made her move at the ¼ pole, but never could get to the odds on leader and ended up beaten two at the wire. It was another four lengths back to the third horse. The winning time was 1:09.72 over a drying out track that wasn’t playing very fast. This daughter of Empire Maker is a runner and she will only get better as the furlongs increase. She will have her diploma before the New Year rings in. Be ready.
IMPOSSIBLE TASK (November 30): Two year old gelding for John Sadler was finally stretched out to a mile off of three previous sprints and found his calling in the finale on Saturday. Off at 7/2 in a field of six that was taken off the turf and had seven late scratches, this son of Liam’s Map dueled on the lead throughout under heavy pressure, yet still found another gear at the top of the lane and held the favorite safe late, to win by a length. Sadler thought enough of this one to claim him for a $100K back in August at this track. He’s now run two good races since he was gelded and he’s good enough to win the first allowance condition. Up the ladder. BIG RUNNEUR (December 1): Four year old colt for Victor Garcia is all race horse. He tried two turns on the grass for the first time in his career, and in just his third start nearly pulled it off. Off at 9/2 in a full field going a mile for the first allowance condition, he settled in 4th down the back side, but just 3 lengths off the pace. He started a move under Asa Espinoza at the 3/8 pole, stuck his head in front at the top of the lane, then battled gamely the entire length of the stretch but came up a head short. This son of the good grass sire Stormy Atlantic is a cinch to knock out this condition up at Arcadia. He has a good mixture of speed and stamina. Don’t be surprised if they make a rider switch in his next start, as he was moved too soon in this race. Tab and follow for this soon winner.
LAST OPPORTUNITY (December 1): Two year old Irish bred colt for Neil Drysdale made his first start in this country and 1st around two turns in a Grade 3 stakes on Sunday at a mile on the turf. Off at 30/1 in a field of 13, he broke slowly from the 12 hole and the rider ushered him straight over to the rail. He was well back into the clubhouse turn and about 11 lengths back at the half mile pole. They were walking on the front end with splits of 26.04 and 50.89 for the half, and that didn’t help matters any. Eastern based rider Manny Franco kept him on the fence and he was in heavy traffic turning for home, but finally found a seam, and finished with good courage to get third, beaten four at the wire. He was one of just two that was closing as the winner went wire to wire. This one isn’t bred for a lot of yardage but he is good up to at least a mile. He is owned by Team Valor, so they might take this one on the road looking for opportunities, no pun intended. Put this one in your stable mail and follow.
By Rod Young (Turfdom)