Horses to Watch May 19 – by Rod Young Turfdom
BEN’S DUCHESS (May 16): Three year old filly for John Sadler tried the Angel’s Flight stakes on
Preakness day at 7 furlongs on the main for 3 year old fillies. Off at 9/2 in just a five horse field, she
broke with the leaders and was two lengths back of the leader at the half mile pole. She put in her run at
the 1/4 pole to get along side of the speedy Fantastic Style, but fell back in the lane when unable to get by
the Baffert speedster. She still finished gamely down the lane to finish third beaten 4 lengths. The
fractions were very strong in 22.39, 44.70 and 1:08.10 for 3/4. They finished up in near track record time
of 1:20.38 on a track rated “good.” “Duchess” still has the first allowance condition available and is a
“lock” to win that condition, even against older. They added the blinkers here and she did show more
early speed, but she can be rated as well. Sadler will find a winning spot for her shortly.
ATTA BOY PETE (May 16): Six year old gelding for Phil D’Amato, who just claimed this one for
$10k four weeks ago, tried the first allowance condition with an optional $20k claiming price at six and a
half down the hill on Saturday. Off at 6/1 in a full field, he went right to the lead under Baze, opened up
two down the hill and into the lane, found another gear at the 1/8th pole, and then just got beat in the
final jump by a late runner. This past classer has already won this condition, so he was in for the claiming
tag of $20k. He has good speed, can run on anything, and is in a top notch barn. D’Amato will find the
right spot, and he lost a heartbreaker today. Follow.
D’YA KNOWWHATIMEAN (May 16): Four year old filly for Peter Miller tried two turns in the first
condition allowance on Saturday on the main track for older runners. Off at 7/2 in a six horse field, she
went right to the lead for Talamo and opened up two on the back side. The favorite came to her at the 1/4
pole and she dug in and tried to fight back, but this filly is a sprinter through and through. She give it up
at the 1/16th pole and finished 4th. This was just her second start off a six month layoff, and this race
tuned her up beautifully for a return to the sprint game by putting ample oxygen into those lungs. She
was stakes placed as a sophomore and now can knock off this first condition. The Miller barn is hitting
on all cylinders these days.
SHAPELY (May 16): Three year old filly for Ron Ellis returned to the races on Saturday after being off
for 10 months in a first condition allowance race sprinting on the main track. Off at 5/2 in a 9 horse field,
she broke a step slow under Talamo and was last early, after unseating her rider in the gate prior to the
start. She fell 11 lengths out of it by the half mile pole, but put in a nice run down the lane to be beaten
about four and a half at the wire, while finishing fourth. Her best races are at two turns and this was a
good prep for her. She can handle turf or dirt and has the talent to win this first condition. Ellis is as good
as they are at spotting his stock correctly, so she should find the winners circle in the very near future.