Horses to Watch July 21 – by Rod Young Turfdom
HOT LIGHTNING (July 16): Three year old gelding for Vann Belvoir finally got his chance to go two
turns and ran huge in Thursday’s 7th event, a starter allowance race for non winners twice who broke
their maiden for $50,000 or less. Off at 6/1 in a full field of runners, he broke well to set the pace, but
never got a breather the entire trip. He put the other speed away at the 1/4 pole, but then had to hold off
the late runners and was extremely game the entire length of the stretch. He got nailed right at the wire
but it was a very impressive performance. Belvoir always does well at this meet and this one is sitting on
a victory as long as they keep him at two turns. He’s “single” material next time out.
FINEST CITY (July 16): Three year old filly for Eric Kruljac made her debut in Thursday’s ninth, a
maiden special weight event for fillies/mares 3 and up on the main track at six furlongs. Off at 33/1 in a
12 horse field, she made the running from the 12 hole right from the start, and contended for the lead
throughout under Nakatani. She stuck her nose in front at the top of the lane and continued gamely down
the stretch, but got nailed very late to lose by a half. They paid $85k for her at the Keeneland yearling
sale and being by City Zip, she is bred to win early. Kruljac rarely has all the screws tightened in their
debut and does much better second time out. She should get her diploma at this meet.
RAMONA’S WILDCAT (July 17): Four year old filly for Doug O’Neill is rounding to form and she
tried the second allowance condition on Friday at 5 furlongs on the grass for fillies/mares 3 and up. Off at
10/1 in a 10 horse field, she broke well but was pretty much void of any speed and quickly fell 7 lengths
off the pace. Jockey Alex Solis kept her wide all the way and took the overland route turning for home
and she was a good six to seven lengths wide. She kept to her task but couldn’t catch the favorite and was
beaten 3/4 at the wire. O’Neill has been trying her in stakes which are just too tough for her, and five
furlongs on the grass is a tad too short for her. But her dirt races are good and as long as he keeps her at
this allowance condition, she can find the winners circle. Tab and follow.
UNCLE LINO (July 18): Two year old colt for Gary Sherlock made his debut in Saturday’s third event
at 5 furlongs over a sloppy race track for maiden juveniles. Off at 15/1 in a “salty” group of 8 debut
runners, he broke a step slow, but quickly engaged the 4/5 favorite for the lead. He put him away at the
top of the lane then gamely held off a filly on the outside, but then got nailed in the final jump. This son
of Uncle Mo brought $52K at the Keeneland yearling sale and he is cut out to be a runner. He tipped his
hand with a strong 46.6 gate drill on July 5 and he won’t be a maiden much longer. Should get his
diploma at this meet.
DREAMY ART (July 19) Two year old filly for Adam Kitchingman made her debut in Sunday’s sixth,
a five furlong dash on a sloppy track that was as dead as can be. Off at 15/1 in a seven horse field,
reduced due to late scratches, she made the running but couldn’t keep up with a very fast Baffert runner,
who was the even money favorite. She got close to her at the top of the lane, but the favorite pulled away
late to win by 4. Still, she beat some awfully nice other fillies, and the winner seems like a monster.
“Dreamy” will break her maiden shortly as she is a runner.