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Greg Melikov’s Horses to Watch – Edition 83

Aqueduct Bold Man: Raced eighth early, advanced to fifth more than 5½ lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied 3 wide into stretch, made up 5½ lengths, and lost by a neck at 6 furlongs on March 30. (Tracked pace 2 lengths behind in third after a half-mile, rallied three wide on turn, losing ground, made up nearly 2½ lengths in stretch, and was nosed out at 6 furlongs on April 26.) Calder Staria: Steadied at start, checked early, raced more than 5½ lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied 4 wide in stretch, made up more than 4 lengths, and lost by a head at a mile on the turf on April 30. Fortunate Code: Bumped at break, raced 10th early, advanced to fifth 8 lengths behind after a half-mile, swung out for a stretch run, rallied from fourth to make up more than 5¼ lengths, and lost by a head at 6 furlongs on April 25. Churchill Downs Tipperone: Sluggish at start, steadied, trailed by 8 lengths at a half-mile, came off rail very wide for drive, and rallied from sixth to gain second by 2½ lengths at 6 furlongs in the slope on April 30. Hawthorne Gold Hornet: Broke last, trailed by more than 12½ lengths at a half-mile, came five wide into stretch, rallied from fourth to make up more than 2¾ lengths, and lost by three-quarters of a length at 1 1/16 miles on April 30. Buster Bailey: Broke from outside post, raced seventh more than 10 lengths behind after a half-mile, came 5 wide into 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 stretch to make up 9 lengths, and lost by a half-length at 6 furlongs on April 9. Key Storm: Raced fourth early, shuffled back to fifth on turn, steadied behind rivals awaiting racing room along rail, leaving fifth-sixteenths marker, angled out in mid-stretch, closed fast to make up more than 2½ lengths, and lost by a length at 6 furlongs on March 4. Hollywood Park Lucky Stab: Trailed early, raced 6½ lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, came out wide into stretch, rallied from fourth to make up 3½ lengths, and lost by a head at 6½ furlongs on April 28. Midnighter: Chased pace more than 5 lengths behind in eighth after a half-mile, split rivals twice on turn, came out wide, bumping with winner in mid-stretch, made up 2½ lengths, and lost by a head at 7 furlongs on April 2 at Santa Anita. (Broke slowly, trailed inside by more than 5 lengths after a half-mile, advanced 4 wide off turn, drifted in a bit in stretch, and gained second by 4½ lengths at 7 furlongs on April 27.) Philadelphia Park Sans Win: Raced fourth more than 5½ lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied in stretch to make up 5 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 6 lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied inside into stretch, closed gamely from fourth to second, making up 2 lengths, and lost by a length at 5½ furlongs on April 1

1. Imachadancer: Raced sixth more than 3½ lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied to fourth in stretch, closed well to make up 5½ lengths, and lost by a length at 6 furlongs on a sloppy surface April 8. Pimlico Grand Lucenci: Broke last, raced 10th more than 15½ lengths behind after a half-mile, shifted out 8 wide in lane, closed willingly from ninth to make up 9 lengths in stretch, and gained place by a neck, running the final quarter of 6 furlongs in 23 seconds on April 30. Tam I Am: Appeared washy before post-time, raced 7½ lengths behind in third after a half-mile, dropped back to fourth after 6 furlongs, angled out very wide in the lane, closed steadily to make up 6 lengths, and lost by a neck at 1 1/16 miles on April 23. Prairie Meadows Load’im Up: Pressed pace 1½ lengths back in fourth after a half-mile, lost ground on turn, angled to mid-track in stretch, made up 2½ lengths, and lost by a neck at 1 1/16 miles on March 31 at Tampa Bay Downs. (Raced third early along rail, dropped back to fourth after a half-mile, lost ground to fifth, awaiting an opening, leaving far turn, and rallied to gain second by a head at a mile and 70 yards on April 27.) Retama Park Cinnamon Celebrity: Bumped in stretch, racing fourth, and lost by a head at 330 yards on April 30. Man With Money: Finished strongly from outside post in fourth to gain second by a head at 330 yards on April 29. Tampa Bay Downs Sosella: Raced 12½ lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, angled to rail in upper stretch, made up more than 4¼ lengths, and lost by a neck at 1 1/16 miles on April 29. Cimarrona: Raced 5 lengths behind after a half-mile, came 6 wide into stretch, made up nearly 3½ lengths, and lost by a neck at 6 furlongs on April 23. Unreal General: Broke from outside, raced sixth early, dropped back to seventh 2 lengths behind after a half-mile, slipped through along rail, leaving furlong marker, closed fast from sixth to make up more than 5 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 far turn, angled out for clear racing room in upper stretch, swung back inside to make up more than 2 lengths, and lost by a half-length at 1 1/16 miles on the turf April 7. Mr. Hogan: Broke through gate before start, raced within 2 lengths of leader after a half-mile, rallied down middle of track to gain lead in stretch, caught late, and lost by a length at 6 furlongs on March 19. (Chased winner throughout, couldn’t close gap, but held place by a head at 6 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 upper stretch, closed fast when clear, making up 4 lengths, and lost by a neck at 1 1/16 miles on the turf March 7. (Broke sharply to gain early lead, drew off by 3½ lengths in stretch, and won by three-quarters of a length at 1 1/16 miles on the grass April 11.) Bet the Triple Crown @ WagerWeb.com Racebook


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