Melikov’s Horses to Watch, Jun 2011

by Greg Melikov

posted on June 8, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment >>

BinocularsHorses worth watching, a list of runners compiled by handicapper/turf writer Greg Melikov, should do well next time out. These thoroughbreds won four times, finished second twice and ran third four times since May 5. They’re worth considering when developing your wagering strategy for online betting or at your favorite track.

 

 

ARAPAHOE PARK

Brookton: Broke alertly, went to the front, led by a half-length after a half-mile and drew clear in stretch to win by 4 ¾ lengths at 6 ½ furlongs on May 7 at Turf Paradise. (Chased pace two lengths behind in second after three-eighths of a mile, rallied between rivals in in mid-stretch to gain lead by a length and finished second beaten by a half-length at 5 ½ furlongs on May 28.)

ARLINGTON PARK

Lantic: Raced more than 10 lengths behind in sixth after three-eighths of a mile, carried out while rallying in stretch to make up more than 6 ¾ lengths and finished second beaten by a neck at five furlongs on the turf May 21.

Tajaaweed: Raced more than 7 ½ lengths behind in eighth after a half-mile, split rivals entering stretch, rallied from fifth working way inside to make up more than 4 ¾ lengths at a mile on the turf May 8; ran final quarter in 23 seconds.

Rose Mountain: Tracked leaders 3 ½ lengths behind in third after a half-mile, shifted outside in stretch, closed fast to make up 3 ½ lengths and finished second beaten by a neck at six furlongs on May 7; ran final quarter in 22 4/5. (Raced more than 3 ½ lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, rallied in stretch splitting foes, made contact with runner-up and drew clear outside to win by 2 ½ lengths at 6 ½ furlongs on May 28; returned $10 on front end.)

BELMONT

Slamm’n Lou: Raced more than 8 ½ lengths behind in seventh after a half-mile, eased three wide leaving five- sixteenths pole to avoid tiring rival, rallied to make up three lengths in stretch and gained second by a nose at 1 1/16 miles on the turf May 22.

Latin Rocks: Broke well, went to the front, sparred briefly with rival, led by two lengths after a half-mile, increased margin to 5 ½ lengths in stretch and won by 10 ¼ lengths in a hand ride covering six furlongs in 1:10 1/5 on May 11.

Opus A: Tracked pace two lengths behind in third after a half-mile, grabbed lead after six furlongs, increased margin to two lengths in stretch, yielded lead with 70 yards to go and finished second beaten by three-quarters of a length at a mile on April 6 at Aqueduct. (Went to the front inside, led by 1 ½ lengths after a half-mile and held on in stretch to finish second by 1 ½ lengths at a mile on May 5.)

CALDER

Gob Smacked: Tracked pace inside 1 ½ lengths behind in third after a half-mile, bumped rail twice entering far turn, losing ground and rallied in stretch to gain second by three-quarters of a length at a mile on the turf May 22.

Madness n’ Mayhem: Broke slowly, raced 4 ½ lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, rallied in stretch to make up 3 ½ lengths and finished second beaten by a neck at a mile on a good turf course May 8; ran final quarter in 23 3/5.

For Terina: Raced seventh and last by more than seven lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced four wide around far turn, rallied from third in stretch to draw off and win by 2 ¾ lengths at 1 1/16 miles on a sealed sloppy surface taken off turf May 6. (Raced more than six lengths behind in eighth after a half-mile, swung out five wide for stretch run and finished third at a mile and 70 yards on June. 3)

CHARLES TOWN

Gilhooley’s Super: Pinched back at start, tracked pace in third more than two lengths behind after a half-mile, steadied in traffic on turn, closed gamely in stretch to make up two lengths and finished second beaten by a neck at six furlongs on May 7 at Pimlico. (Pressed pace from rail a length behind in second after a half-mile, angled out for drive, rallied to gain lead at sixteenth pole and won by a half-length at 6 ½ furlongs on May 26.)

CHURCHILL DOWNS

Keertana: Raced 10 ½ lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, swung six wide entering stretch, rallied from third to win by 1 ¼ lengths at 1 ½ miles on a yielding Keeneland turf course April 28. (Raced four lengths behind in eighth after a half-mile, angled in on final turn slipping through along hedge, dueled with leader during prolonged drive in stretch and won by a nose at 1 ½ miles on the turf May 28.)

DELAWARE PARK

Dr. Skip: Raced more than 3 ½ lengths behind in eighth after a half-mile, closed fast in stretch between rivals to make up more than three lengths and finished second beaten by a head at 1 1/16 miles on the turf May 30.

Courting Wisdom: Exchanged contact with third-place finisher leaving gate, steadied nearing turn, raced 2 ½ lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, eased six wide into stretch losing ground and rallied to gain second by a nose at six furlongs on May 9.

Mr. McClain: Broke outward, raced more than 7 ½ lengths behind in ninth after a half-mile, came seven wide out of the turn losing ground, rallied to make up 7 ¼ lengths in stretch and gained second by 1 ¼ lengths at six furlongs on March 24 at Oaklawn Park; ran final quarter in 24 2/5.

HOLLYWOOD PARK

Fire Break: Raced more than 1 ½ lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, steadied between rivals a quarter from home and rallied in stretch to gain third by a neck at 1 1/16 miles on May 27.

Clue Me In: Raced four lengths behind in fifth after half-mile, split horses on the turn and rallied outside from fourth in stretch to gain second by a length at six furlongs on May 5.

Zees Chris: Raced more than 3 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, angled outside for stretch run and finished third by 3 ½ lengths at 1 1/16 miles on May 22. (Stalked pace outside 1 ½ lengths behind in second after a half-mile, bumped between horses dropping to fourth at quarter pole and finished third at 7 ½ furlongs on June 4.)

Ultra Blend: Bobbled at break, raced more than five lengths behind after a half-mile, swung four wide into stretch, rallied from third to win by a length at 7 ½ furlongs on April 23. (Raced more than 4 ½ lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, came out in stretch, rallied from fourth between rivals, forced inward by winner and finished second at 1 1/16 miles on May 22, but was advanced to first on interference disqualification; returned $18 on front end.)

MONMOUTH PARK

Goodeveningofficer: Went right to the front, led by a length after a half-mile, increased margin to five lengths in stretch and won in hand by eight lengths at six furlongs on May 28.

Sweet N Sour Nina: Raced seven lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, came three wide into stretch, rallied to make up nearly three lengths and finished second beaten by a nose at a mile and 70 yards on May 15.

PARX (PHILADELPHIA PARK

The Intinidator: Chased pace more than two lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, rallied in stretch to make up 1 ½ lengths and finished second beaten by a nose at seven furlongs on May 21.

Surprise Storm: Raced three lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, rallied around rivals in stretch and gained second by 1 ¼ lengths at six furlongs on March 9.

SUFFOLK DOWNS

Mopleasant: Broke alertly, raced two wide with leaders in heavy fog and drew off in stretch to win by 9 ¼ lengths at a mile on May 21. (Tracked pace three lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced to second after six furlongs, but weakened in stretch to finish third at a mile on June 2.)

WOODBINE

Samsal: Set pressured paced leading by a length after a quarter-mile, came out in stretch to bump rival and won by a neck at 4 ½ furlongs on May 28, but was disqualified to second for interference.

Always Wildcatin’: Raced 5 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, rallied five wide in stretch to make up more than two lengths and finished second beaten by a half-length at six furlongs on May 6; ran final quarter in 23 4/5. (Raced 5 ½ lengths behind in eighth after a half-mile, rallied from fifth along rail and gained third by a nose at six-furlongs on June 5.)

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