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Horse to Watch Notebook

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The horse(s) listed below have been flagged by our professional horse racing handicappers as horses that must be given special attention in their next starts. 


  • Video tape analysis
  • Bad trips
  • Jockey rides
  • Trainer misplacement
  • Other observations that may have effected their performance.

Horse to Watch List

(04/13/19)  ALWAYS FORGIVEN (4th) slow into stride in his debut, was soundly beaten  but did show some late run interest while edging a rival late for the  show. Worth a look next time race with race under his belt.


(05/04/19)  TAGLINE (#5) away a step slowly in debut, awkward early on, found her  best stride around half-mile marker, raced inside only to tire from her  early effort. Daughter of Bellamy Road deserves to be followed down the  road.


(06/16/19) SCORING (2nd) very green and studish in paddock and post parade. Able to turn in a gutty win via DQ by the stews but we saw enough from him here to follow him right back.


(06/23/19) SURVEILLANCE (2nd) closed strongly through the stretch to check, steady and clip heels while stumbling a few strides toward the wire. Colt deserves to be followed next time out.


(07/20/19) SHE'S SO SPECIAL (9th) broke very slowly and awkwardly in debut but finished with courage and galloped out nicely past the finish. Peter Miller trained filly should be given another shot next time out.


(09/27/19) UNDISTURBED (#8) filly turned in an okay effort two-turning for the first time. Experience will work in her favor next time.


(10/04/19) THE EASY WAY (#4) odds on favorite went to nose at the break and was hopelessly beaten. Not abused by Victor Espinoza and a line should be drawn through this race.


(10/05/19) HUDSON RIVER PARK (#1) broke a step slowly in debut and then hesitated. Far back early on (last) and began a nice run on the turn for home, angled out and finished strongly for show. Galloped out sharp and this gelding should be followed.


(10/19) YESTERDAYONCEMORE (#4) forced out into the stretch to lose action and her best chance. Wasn't going to hit the board but this was indeed a better-than-looked effort. Follow.


(10/13/19) STICK UP (#2) first time turf sprinting and filly looked totally out of sorts under Martina Garcia. Hope to see her returned to the dirt but another try over the turf now with experience may yield better results.


(10/25/19) KATLA (#5) sneaky looking first-timer caught our eye in the a.m. but filly wanted no part of the afternoon in debut. Broke inward and ducked in sharrply at the start, went into temporary rail to dump rider Diaz. Filly will need some work at the gate but we'll give her another shot next time.


(10/25/19) MR. VITAMIN (#7) fluke maiden win or a freak? Away very slowly in debut, didn't stride out at all early to race well back, found best stride on turn and angled out to finish full of run for the win. Worth taking a look at next time, his first vs. winners.


(10/26/19) THOUSAND WORDS (4th) had fit at the starting gate in debut, had to be re-loaded, broke well, settled, made nice 3-wide move on turn and gradually wore down rival for the win while under a hand ride. Baffert colt won as much the best and will be interested to see where the son of Pioneerof the Nile shows up next. Follow.


(11/19/19) SHADES OF VICTORY (1st) premature move and came into stretch 5-6 wide. Lost punch through stretch and should be given another look next time.