Greg Melikov’s Horses to Watch – Edition 82

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Lookin’ Swell: Raced sixth, more than 3½ lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced inside on turn to fifth, came wide for drive, angled in the stretch, made up nearly three lengths and lost by a head at a mile on April 22.


Allaboutmack: Trailed inside by more than 7½ lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced on the far turn, angled out in the stretch, rallied from fourth to make up more than 3¼ lengths and lost by three-quarters of a length at a mile on a good turf course on April 13.


Polished Arrow: Raced fourth, more than 1½ lengths behind after a half-mile, angled out for racing room in the stretch, bumped with third-place finisher nearing wire, made up a length and lost by a head at six furlongs on April 6.


Bold Man: Raced eighth early, advanced to fifth, more than 5½ lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied three wide into the stretch, made up 5½ lengths and lost by a neck at six furlongs on March 30.


HAWTHORNE


Buster Bailey: Broke from outside post, raced seventh, more than 10 lengths behind after a half-mile, came five wide into the stretch, made up nearly 2½ lengths and was nosed out at 1-1/16 miles on April 22.


Chicago Style: Raced on rail, 11 lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, rallied from fifth in the stretch to make up nine lengths and lost by a half-length at six furlongs on April 9.


Key Storm: Raced fourth early, shuffled back to fifth on the turn, steadied behind rivals awaiting racing room along rail, leaving 5/16 marker, angled out in mid-stretch, closed fast to make up more than 2½ lengths and lost by a length at six furlongs on March 4.


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Sans Win: Raced fourth, more than 5½ lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied in the stretch to make up five lengths and gained second by 5½ lengths at 6½ furlongs on April 23.


Sign Post: Didn’t break alertly, raced sixth early, advanced to fifth more than six lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied inside into the stretch, closed gamely from fourth to second making up two lengths and lost by a length at 5½ furlongs on April 11.


Imachadancer: Raced sixth, more than 3½ lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied to fourth in the stretch, closed well to make up 5½ lengths and lost by a length at six furlongs on a sloppy surface on April 8.


Just Thunder: Prompted early pace, dropped back from second to fifth, more than three lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied willingly outside in the stretch after losing ground, made up 3½ lengths and lost by a neck at six furlongs on April 1. (Pressed pace from onset, took lead in mid-stretch and drew clear by 2¾ lengths at 6½ furlongs on April 11.)


PIMLICO


Tam I Am: Appeared washy before post time, raced 7½ lengths behind in third after a half-mile, dropped back to fourth after six furlongs, angled out very wide in the lane, closed steadily to make up six lengths and lost by a neck at 1-1/16 miles on April 23.


TAMPA BAY DOWNS


Cimarrona: Raced five lengths behind after a half-mile, came six wide into the stretch, made up nearly 3½ lengths and lost by a neck at six furlongs on April 23.


Unreal General: Broke from outside, raced sixth early, dropped back to seventh, two lengths behind after a half-mile, slipped through along rail leaving furlong marker, closed fast from sixth to make up more than five lengths in stretch and lost by a head at a mile on the turf April 15.


Dynamic Contour: Raced 6½ lengths, behind in eighth after a half-mile, blocked through the far turn, angled out for clear racing room in the upper stretch, swung back inside to make up more than two lengths and lost by a half-length at 1-1/16 miles on the turf on April 7.


Load’im Up: Pressed pace, 1½ lengths back in fourth after a half-mile, lost ground on the turn, angled to mid-track in the stretch, made up 2½ lengths and lost by a neck at 1-1/16 miles on March 31.


Mr. Hogan: Broke through gate before start, raced within two lengths of leader after a half-mile, rallied down middle of track to gain lead in the stretch, caught late and lost by a length at six furlongs on March 19. (Chased winner throughout, couldn’t close gap, but held place by a head at six furlongs on April 3.)


El Soprano: Raced 3½ lengths, behind in fifth after a half-mile, dropped back from sixth to seventh looking for room in the upper stretch, closed fast when clear making up four lengths and lost by a neck at 1-1/16 miles on the turf on March 7. (Broke sharply to gain early lead, drew off by 3½ lengths in the stretch and won by three-quarters of a length at 1-1/16 miles on the grass on April 11.)

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