AGOS Horses to Watch – May 27, 2017

Horses to Watch for AGOS Visitors

Belmont

5/13/17

Race #3 – Switzerland – 6f dirt

Javier Castellano in the irons for Chad Brown. The colt shipped in from Keeneland stumbling badly at the start and lost his footing during the race. Castellano tried to recover and made a solid move for 4th as the beaten favorite. He’ll be on my betting radar with both hands.

Race #5 – Major Force – 1 1/16 on the main

Javier Castellano aboard for Arnaud Delacour. They broke from post #13 on a sloppy sealed track. He spun out five wide and was forced to check losing momentum. – A clean trip would have  a winner’s circle visit in the plans.

Belterra Park

5/13/17

Race #3 – Dollar Billy – 1 mile turf

Gabriel Lagunes tracked just off the pace and made a strong move at the 3/8th’s pole. He grabbed the lead and was beaten by a neck on the wire. He’ll be looking for payback next time out.

Race #6 – Mad Heiress – 1 mile

Dean Sarvis in the saddle for Matt Hebert. She shipped in from Fair Grounds and made a strong late kick when the real running began. She drew off to win by 3 1/4 and I’m looking for a repeat next time out for a red-hot trainer.

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5/14/17

Race #4 – War Ready – 5 1/2f dirt

John McKee in the saddle for Eric Foster and was at the back of the pack for most of the race. Once he commenced a rally his action had McKee splitting horses and running on with good effort getting beat one length for the win picture.

Race #5 – Under the Table – 1 1/16 turf

Dean Sarvis for the hot barn of Brett Santangelo. Sarvis stalked just off the pace and tipped off the rail making a solid run down the lane. He looked the like a runner with the best chances and was pushed out down the lane. He was second and put up in a DQ.  The barn and the rider must be respected as team and a repeat effort is not out of the question.

Race #7 – Nikki My Darling – Tomboy Stakes – 1 1/16 turf

Luis Colon was in town to ride for Jeffrey Radosevich. Carrying the colors of Loooch Racing, the grey filly stalked the leaders and made a winners move down the lane. She was beaten a tough length by Someday Soon who exited the (G-1) Ashland Stakes at Keeneland. She’ll be back to lock horns, and they better bring their “A” game.

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