HORSES TO WATCH LIST – March 17, 2020

TIZ A MASTER  (March 14): Four year old filly for Richie Baltas, off for five months, appeared in Saturday’s opener, a 7 furlong sprint on the main for older runners with a claiming tag of $20,000. Off at 6/1 after taking considerable early action, she came out running under Cedillo and set all of the pace with fractions of 23.08 and 46.02 over a track rated as “good”. She opened up two lengths at the top of the lane, battled gamely down the stretch and got nailed late by a perfect tripper, to lose by a half at the wire. The five month layoff and the demanding distance of 7 furlongs cost her in the drive. She will come out of this race much tighter and she can go short or long and is a Cal bred to boot. She’s a soon winner for the leading barn and they will find the right place for her to be posing for pictures.

BLAZING CHARM (March 14): Three year old filly for Len Powell made her debut in Saturday’s 8th, a maiden claimer at ¾ on the main for Cal breds with a $50,000 tag. Off at 9/1 under Prat, she broke very slowly and veered in at the start. She was dead last early and 12 lengths back by the half mile pole. Prat allowed her to find her stride and didn’t rush her even with the bad start. She started to move at the ¼ pole, was six wide at the top of the lane, and then finished with good courage out in the middle of the track to nail down second. She was beaten two at the wire, but had a strong gallop out and was past the winner 50 yards past the wire. She has some talent and as long as they keep her with Cal breds, she’s a soon winner for a barn that flies well under the radar. Follow.

FRIAR’S ROAD (March 15): Three year old colt for Mike McCarthy made start #2 in Sunday’s opener, a very “salty” maiden special weight affair at a flat mile on the main, 3 and up. Off at 10/1 under Prat, he broke well enough but didn’t have enough speed to stay with the leaders early. He settled in sixth down the back side about five lengths off the pace. Prat kept him on the rail and he made a move at the 3/8 pole to get within three, then got shuffled back a bit. He got within two of the wire to wire winner at the 1/8 pole, but couldn’t stay with him and settled for second, beaten three at the wire. It was another three back to two very nice horses, Lane Way and Yeng Again. This son of Quality Road is a runner and he will break his maiden in the near future. He wants to go long and if Prat rides him back, go to the windows. They paid $500K for him at the Keeneland yearling sale.   

HANG A STAR (March 15): Four year old filly for Ian Kruljac made her second start this year in Sunday’s 7th, a first allowance condition sprint at six and a half on the main. Off at 21/1 in just a six horse field, she got a ground saving ride by Rispoli and chased a fast pace down the back side. Rispoli kept her on the rail turning for home, and she found a seam on the rail and forced her way through, and caught the heavy favorite in the late stages. She won by two and galloped out very strong past the wire, like two turns is well within her reach down the road. On a day when the outside lanes were the best, her move down on the rail looks twice as good as normal. She’s come back a better filly this year as this was just her second start since last June. She can win on the raise. Up the ladder.