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May 24, 2007

Horses Worth Watching By Greg Melikov

ARLINGTON PARK

Altercation: Bumped at break, trailed by more than six lengths after a half-mile, rallied from 10th to fourth in stretch, made up 2 ½ lengths and lost by a neck and 1 ¼ lengths at six furlongs on May 13; ran final quarter in 24 flat.

Sadler’s Trick: Taken up at break, raced seventh early, trailed 6 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, ranged up six wide for drive, moved from eighth to fifth in stretch and rallied late to third beaten a nose and a neck at a mile on May 5.

BELMONT

Dave: Steadied along inside early, raced eighth more than two lengths behind after a half-mile, came wide into stretch losing ground; rallied from fifth to make up four lengths and lost by a half-length and neck at 1 1/8 miles on a good turf course May 13; ran final furlong in 11 3/5.

Sweet Ransom: Rank in the gate, raced 9 ½ lengths behind in third after a half-mile, rallied wide to challenge leader at six furlong marker, bumped with winner in upper stretch and lost by three-quarters of a length at a mile on the turf May 4.

Against the Grain: Raced third early, dropped back to fourth more than three lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied three wide approaching stretch, bumped with winner in upper stretch, gained lead briefly by a head, steadied when that rival came out near wire and lost by a length at a mile on a good surface April 13 at Aqueduct. (Contested pace right from the start between rivals in second a half-length behind after a half-mile, responded when roused to take lead on far turn and drew clear by 5 ¾ lengths at a mile on May 3.)

Fearless Vision: Chased pace 2 ½ lengths behind in third after a half-mile, swung four wide for drive and gained second by a head at 1 1/8 miles on March 31. (Tracked pace outside in fourth close up, rallied to second in stretch, dug in gamely and finished third beaten a nose and a neck at 1 1/8 miles on May 20.)

CALDER

Angel Wings: Flew out of the gate on rail to the front, led by three after a half-mile, drew off through the stretch to win by 12 ¾ lengths in a hand ride at six furlongs on May 14.

Lady Tropicana: Trailed by 13 lengths after a half-mile, swung out in 10th for the drive, rallied to sixth in stretch, made up 4 ¾ lengths and finished full of run to grab second by a head at a mile on the grass May 6; ran final quarter in 23 1/5.

Swift Mercedes: Pinched back at break, trailed by more than 10 lengths after a half-mile, closed well from seventh in stretch to make up more than 4 ½ lengths and finished third beaten a half-length and three-quarters of a length at a mile on the turf April 25.

CHURCHILL DOWNS

Hold the Salt: Bumped at break, forced out on rival, raced fifth more than 1 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, lost ground rallying five wide to third in stretch, made up nearly 2 ½ lengths and lost by a neck at five furlongs on the turf on May 13.

Whatsthescript: Encountered trouble racing fifth along backstretch, advanced to fourth 2 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, steadied on far turn, dropped to sixth, worked way out five wide for drive, blocked briefly in stretch, closed from fourth to make up 3 ½ lengths and lost by a half-length at 1 1/16 miles on a yielding turf course May 9.

Tell It All: Raced fourth more than two lengths behind after a half-mile, steadied when faded rival lost rider, carried extremely wide around turn losing ground to last, recovered advancing to fourth in stretch, rallied to make up more than 2 ¼ lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at a mile on May 1.

Nonesuch Kiss: Broke awkwardly, trailed early, raced seventh more than 8 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came eight wide entering stretch in fifth, bumped, forced out by third-place finisher at sixteenth pole, recovered, made up more than 2 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a half-length at seven furlongs on April 21 at Keeneland. (Raced sixth more than seven lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied five wide approaching stretch, took over about sixteenth pole and drew off by 1 ¼ lengths at seven furlongs on May 16th; returned $16.20 on front end.)

DELAWARE PARK

Queen of the Turf: Raced sixth early, fell back to eighth more than 3 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, checked in tight quarters on far turn, dropped to ninth four wide for the drive, angled in advancing to fifth in stretch, rallied to make up more than three lengths and finished second beaten a neck at 1 1/16 miles on the turf April 27 at Calder.

HOLLYWOOD PARK

Mimosa Mist: Raced eighth off rail seven lengths behind after a half-mile, angled in on turn, came out four wide in stretch in seventh, closed gamely between rivals late to make up three lengths and lost by a neck and a half-length at six furlongs on May 6.

Vaunt: A bit slow to begin, trailed inside by three lengths after a half-mile, came out entering stretch, closed willingly from fourth to make up more than 2 ¾ lengths and finished second beaten a neck at six furlongs on the turf April 27.

Red Opal: Raced seventh early, dropped to eighth more than 7 ½ lengths after a half-mile, came three deep into stretch, drifted in a bit, rallied to make up more than 4 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a neck at six furlongs on the turf April 25; ran final quarter in 22 4/5.

LOUISIANA DOWNS

Livvy Leigh: Raced 10th more than 10 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came widest for the drive, closed fast from seventh losing ground entering stretch to make by 12 lengths and lost by a head at a mile on the turf May 13; ran final quarter in 24 3/5.

MONMOUTH

Absolved: Raced third early, checked in traffic at half-mile pole, dropped to fourth 2 ½ lengths behind, saved ground to turn, made up two lengths in stretch and lost by a half-length at six furlongs on May 12.

PHILADELPHIA PARK

Storm a Brewing: Raced fifth early, dropped to sixth more than seven lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied wide into stretch, made up more than seven lengths in stretch and finished third beaten a half-length and a nose at six furlongs on May 12.

Precisely Sue: Tracked pace more than 2 ½ lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, shuffled back between rivals midway around turn, closed in final furlong to make up nearly 2 ½ lengths in stretch and lost by a head at six furlongs on March 27.

Top of the Town: Trailed by more than 5 ½ lengths after a half-mile, moved up from eighth wide on far turn, rallied from fourth to second in stretch, made up more than two lengths and lost by a half-length at a mile and 70 yards on March 13. (Raced more than 1 ½ lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile and rallied from fourth in stretch to gain second by a nose at a mile on April 17.)

Cabo Rojo: Raced seventh more than five lengths behind after a half-mile, moved up inside to fifth in stretch, made up more 2 ½ lengths and lost by a half-length at six furlongs on Feb. 17.

PIMLICO

Andiamo: Steadied in tight soon after start, trailed by nine lengths after a half-mile, raced nearly four wide advancing from 10th to seventh in stretch, angled in leaving eight pole, made up more than 4 ¾ lengths and lost by a head and 1 ¼ lengths at six furlongs on May 19; ran final quarter in 23 3/5.

Red Da Riotact: Fractious in gate, raced eighth more than 6 ½ lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, checked in traffic near quarter pole, rallied outside from sixth to make up 5 ¼ lengths in stretch and finished third beaten 1 ¼ lengths and a neck at five furlongs on the turf May 6.

SUFFOLK DOWNS

Could Be You: Unprepared for break, trailed by seven lengths after a half-mile, angled out six wide for drive, closed well to third in stretch, made up by 4 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a length at six furlongs on a wet fast surface on April 27; ran final quarter in 24 3/5 at Pimlico. (Dueled for lead inside a half-length in front after a half-mile, surged clear under urging in stretch and drew off by 7 ½ lengths at six furlongs on May 9.)

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