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Horses To Watch December 4

PROUD EMMA (November 30): Two year old filly, who just shipped into the Mike Machowsky barn from the Midwest, was entered in a starter allowance race Friday, for non winners twice and who broke their maiden for a claiming price of $50K or less. Pounded down late to the 8/5 favorite under Mike Smith, she broke well and laid mid pack down the back side about 4 lengths off the pace. She went after the leaders on her own at the ¼ pole, inherited the lead at the top of the lane without being asked, and cruised home under a hand ride to win by a length and a half at the wire. With any urging from the rider at all, she could have won by five or six. But Smith, the veteran, was saving something for her next start, and she will be hard to beat wherever Machowsky runs her, probably the first allowance condition. This was just her third start and she was a $9000 bargain buy at the Keeneland yearling sale. Up the ladder.

SPEND SPEND SPEND (December 1) : Three year old filly for Brian Koriner came back to the races in Saturday’s second, a maiden special weight sprint at six and a half on the main, 3 and up. Off at 3/2 and the second choice in the wagering, she had not been to the post since last January, but she came out running and dueled the favorite into the ground on a track rated fast, but on the dull side due to recent rains. She put the 6/5 choice away at the top of the lane, found another gear, and closed the door on the field with a final quarter in 24.82 to win by five quite easily. This was just her third career start and she is cut out to be a nice filly as they paid $225K for her at the Ocala two year old sale. She will probably step into the first allowance condition and based on this effort, she will be tough right back.

CALCULATOR (December 1): Six year old full horse for Peter Miller, away from the races since last April, returned to the battles on Saturday in a third allowance condition at five furlongs on the lawn. Off as the 7/5 wagering choice in a field of five that started as 10, he tracked the leaders under Prat down the backside from the rail, waited for a seam to get through at the top of the lane, but one never developed. He had to check at the 1/8th pole, then swerve out to the four path, but by then this race was over. This is a very short stretch and there is just no room for mistakes in these five furlong sprints. Calculator rallied for second but was beaten two at the wire. He may have been best. Nonetheless, it sets him up nicely for those grass sprints down the hill up at Arcadia, where he has already won 3 of them. He is best at this condition or a stakes that is not graded at this stage of his career, and Miller should find a spot for him at Arcadia. Follow.

KINGLY (December 1): Looks like Baffert has yet another promising juvenile as this son of Tapit made his debut on Saturday going ¾ on the main for maiden special weights. Off as the 4/1 second choice in the wagering, he came running from the 4 hole and dueled for the lead from the inside throughout the race. He never got a breather at any point, found another gear at the 1/8th pole, and pulled away from the odds on favorite to win by a length, then had a very strong gallop out, well in front of the field. This one is bred to be any kind and looks like a very special two turn horse. If he can stay healthy, he should be heard from on the Derby trail over the winter.

DR WYSONG (December 2): Two year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her debut in Sunday’s sixth, a maiden special weight for Cal breds going ¾ on the main. Off at 7/1 and breaking from the 9 hole, she was totally void of any speed and dropped back to last. By the 3/8 pole she was still last and 14 lengths off the solo leader. Prat got her to the outside at the top of the lane and she put in a nice run late to get third, but was never a threat to the winner. She was beaten 3 at the wire but ran the final quarter in 24.82, which was six lengths faster than any horse in the race. She looks like a filly that will get better as the furlongs increase and D’Amato should be able to find a spot for this daughter of Cyclotron. She has talent, just not much early speed.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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