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Horses to Watch 6/20

June 20, 2007

By Handicapper Greg Melikov

ARLINGTON PARK

Dr. Feelgood: Broke 10th, raced more than 18 lengths behind in 11th after a half-mile, advanced to fifth in stretch, made up 6 ? lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at 1 1/16 miles on June 14.

Poschner: Raced more than six lengths behind in seventh after a half-mile, moved up in the stretch to fourth, made up three lengths and finished second beaten a neck at 1 1/8 miles on the turf June 9.?

Metts Ready: Raced off rail in fourth more than two lengths behind after a half-mile, lost ground entering stretch, made up more than 4 ? lengths and gained second by a nose at 6 ? furlongs on May 26. (Raced third early, dropped back to fourth more than 1 ? lengths behind after a half-mile, surged to lead in stretch and drew off by 3 ? lengths under urging at a mile on June 10.)

BELMONT

Victory Assured: Raced fourth early, dropped back to sixth more than 3 ? lengths behind after a half-mile, steadied in traffic on far turn, steadied in stretch racing fourth and finished second beaten a length at 1 1/8 miles on a good inner turf course June 13.

Rizzi's Twist: Stumbled badly at start, bumped, raced eighth more than nine lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced to fifth in stretch, closed fast to make up more than 6 ? lengths and finished third beaten a half-length and three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on June 10; ran final quarter in 24 1/5.

Exton: Broke eighth, crowded at start, raced three wide in sixth more than 3 ? lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced to third in stretch, finished well to make up 3 ? lengths and finished second beaten 1 ? lengths at 1 1/16 miles on the turf May 24. (Led by a head from the start pressed by three different rivals, dug in gamely in stretch and prevailed by a nose at 1 1/16 miles at Belmont on June 13.)??

Sweet Ransom: Rank in gate, raced 9 ? 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.? (Pressed pace a length back in third after a half-mile, advanced three wide approaching stretch, drew clear in mid-stretch by 1 ? lengths and won by a half-length at 1 1/16 miles on June 7.)

CALDER

Angel Made: Hit gate at start, raced seventh early, advanced to sixth in stretch and gained second by a nose at 4 ? furlongs on a sealed sloppy surface June 15.

Cajulena: Hit gate at break, steadied to avoid pulled up rival on backstretch, raced four lengths behind in fifth after three-eighths of a mile, rallied to third in stretch and gained second by a half-length at five furlongs on a good turf course May 25.

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 ? 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 drive, rallied to sixth in stretch, made up 4 ? lengths and finished full of run second by a head at a mile on the grass May 6; ran final quarter in 23 1/5. (Raced 4 ? lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, angled three wide on far turn, grabbed lead by five lengths and won by 12 ? lengths ridden out at 1 1/16 miles on May 27.)

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 ? lengths and finished third beaten a half-length and three-quarters of a length at a mile on the turf April 25. (Broke alertly, went right to the front, led by 2 ? lengths after a half-mile and cruised to a 7 ?-length victory at six furlongs on June 7.)

CHURCHILL DOWNS

Smokin' Spirit: Bobbled at break, swerved out, rushed up to press pace a half-length back after three-eighths of a mile, lost ground entering stretch, made up 1 ? lengths and lost by a length at 5 ? furlongs on June 15.

Smart Bunny: Drifted in at break, raced sixth more than five lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied four wide into the lane, made up nearly three lengths in stretch and finished third beaten a head and a neck at six furlongs on June 9; ran final quarter in 24 1/5.

Euphoric: Bumped at break by third-place finisher, trailed early, advanced to sixth more than 4 ? lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied four wide to fifth in stretch, made up more than 3 ? lengths and gained second by three-quarters of a length at 6 ? furlongs on May 25; ran final 2 ? furlongs in 30 4/5.

Whatsthescript: Encountered trouble racing fifth along backstretch, advanced to fourth 2 ? 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 ? 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 ? lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at a mile on May 1.

Nonesuch Kiss: 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 ? lengths at seven furlongs on May 16; returned $16.20 on front end. (Raced fourth early, dropped back to fifth more than 2 ? lengths behind after a half-mile, circled rivals into the stretch to gain second and prevailed by three-quarters of a length at a mile on June 9; returned $34 on the front end.)

HOLLYWOOD PARK

Big Bad Leroybrown: Raced ninth early, dropped back to 10th more than 5 ? lengths after a half-mile, lost ground entering stretch, rallied between rivals from eighth, made up more than 5 ? lengths and finished third beaten a neck and three-quarters of a length at 7 ? furlongs on June 14.

My City by the Bay: Broke last, trailed by more than six lengths after a half-mile, swung three deep into stretch, made up more than 2 ? lengths and gained second by three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on the turf June 10.

Brooker: Trailed early, raced six lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied outside three deep into stretch, rallied from fifth to make up more than 2 ? lengths and finished second beaten a half-length at six furlongs on May 25; ran final quarter in 24 flat.

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 ? 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 ? lengths after a half-mile, came three deep into stretch, drifted in a bit, rallied to make up more than 4 ? lengths and finished second beaten a neck at six furlongs on the turf April 25; ran final quarter in 22 4/5.

INDIANA DOWNS

Hold the Salt: Raced sixth four wide six lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, closed determinedly from third in stretch and won by a half-length at five furlongs on May 28 at Churchill Downs. (Chased leader three lengths behind in second after a half-mile, saved ground moving to lead in stretch and drew off by 5 ? lengths at a mile on the turf June 16.)

LOUISIANA DOWNS

Trivali: Steadied leaving chute, fell back to eighth in tight on backstretch, advanced a bit, steadied again, dropped to ninth more than seven lengths behind after a half-mile, came four wide into the lane, rallied to fourth in stretch and dead-heated for second at seven furlongs on a sealed sloppy surface June 10.

Livvy Leigh: Raced 10th more than 10 ? lengths behind after a half-mile, came widest from seventh losing ground entering stretch, made up 12 lengths and lost by a head at a mile on the turf May 13; ran final quarter in 24 3/5. (Raced eighth early, dropped to last more than 8 ? lengths behind after a half-mile, encountered heavy traffic turning for home, advanced to sixth in stretch, altered course to outside looking for room at furlong marker, closed fast to make up 5 ? lengths and gained third by a half-length at about a mile on the turf May 25; ran final quarter in 24 3/5.)

MONMOUTH

Chollie One: Trailed early, moved to sixth more than 4 ? lengths behind after a half-mile, saved ground into the lane, rallied from fourth between rivals to make up nearly 2 ? lengths in stretch and finished third beaten a nose and a head at six furlongs on June 13.

Collision: Raced fifth more than four lengths behind after a half-mile, went four wide into stretch, made up more than 2 ? lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length on June 9.

Absolved: Raced third early, checked in traffic at half-mile pole, dropped to fourth 2 ? lengths behind, saved ground to turn, made up two lengths in stretch and lost by a half-length at six furlongs on May 12. (Dueled for lead a head in front through a half-mile and finished second by 2 ? lengths at six furlongs on May 28.)??

PHILADELPHIA PARK

Yo Cuz: Raced 2 ? lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, lost ground to fifth going widest entering stretch, rallied to make up more than 1 ? lengths and finished second by a nose beaten a half-length at 5 ? furlongs on June 17.

Thermostatic: Raced outside fifth after a half-mile, lost ground entering stretch, closed with a late surge to make up more than three lengths and finished second beaten a half-length at 7 ? lengths on the turf June 9.

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 and finished third beaten a half-length and a nose at six furlongs on May 12. (Raced more than 3 ? lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, split rivals at quarter pole and won by 3 ? lengths at six furlongs on June 9.)

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

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

PIMLICO

Songapproved: Raced 10th more than 10 ? lengths after a half-mile, rallied along rail in stretch from sixth to make up more than 3 ? lengths and finished third beaten 1 ? lengths and a neck at 1 1/16 miles on the turf May 24. (Raced 10th more than 7 ? lengths behind after a half-mile, entered stretch very wide, grabbed lead by a length and won by 1 ? lengths ridden out at 1 1/16 miles on the turf June 7; returned $15.60 on the front end.)

Red Da Riotact: Fractious in gate, raced eighth more than 6 ? lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, checked in traffic near quarter pole, rallied outside from sixth to make up 5 ? lengths in stretch and finished third beaten 1 ? lengths and a neck at five furlongs on the turf May 6 at Pimlico. (Raced third more than two lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, lost ground to fourth entering stretch and finished third on a muddy track at five furlongs June 4 at Philadelphia Park.)

SUFFOLK DOWNS

Could Be You: Dueled for lead a half-length in front after a half-mile, surged clear in stretch and drew off by 7 ? lengths at six furlongs on May 9. (Raced three lengths behind in third after a half-mile, battled gamely in stretch, but couldn't improve position and finished third beaten a nose and a half-length at six furlongs on June 2.)

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