Steve Haskin's Derby Watch; Week 5 (Cont.)

19--Midway Cat/Rick Hiles; Sir Cat-Say forever, by Little Current
Had the worst trip possible strategically in Fountain of Youth, looking the tiger in the eye down the backstretch. His challenge was brief, but he hung on well to finish third in his stakes debut. Certainly room for improvement

20--Supah Blitz/ Emanuel Tortora; Mecke-Boots ├źn Jackie, by Major Moran
Looks like one of those typical Calder horses that run often and pick up pieces of big races without winning much; similar to sire. He does have a victory over Trust N Luck and could pick up some bucks along the way.

21--Ten Cents a Shine/Kenny McPeek; Devil His Due-Aunt Mottz, by Honey Jay
Have to give him another chance after comiing out of Fountain of Youth with a lung infection. He was coming off a hard race just two weeks earlier, and racing over a deep track that was favoring horses on the pace all day didn't help.

22--Spensive/Bob Baffert; Ponche-Operate Quick, by Dr. Schwartzman
Baffert had some good things to say about this colt earlier in the year. Seems to be a notch below the top horses at this point, but never runs a bad race. Put in a strong move on the turn in Sham, but couldn't sustain it.

23--Ocean Terrace; Bob Hess; Saint Ballado-Crystal River, by Black Tie Affair
Remained udefeated with a victory in a 7-furlong allowance race at Santa Anita, winning by a length in 1:22 3/5 over a good track. Has good speed, but is bred to carry it long. Cost $700,000 at Keeneland September yearling sale.

24--Colita/ Carlos Morales; Grindstone-All Sweets, by Dixieland Band
Another unproven new face on the block. He's won two straight over the inner track at Aqueduct and his Beyer numbers are climbing steadily. Trainer had Yankee Victor and is a top horseman. Heading for Sam Davis at Tampa Bay. Will need to be tested for class.

25--Scrimshaw/D. Wayne Lukas; Gulch-Rogue Girl, by Sham
He was making a strong run at the 5/16 pole in the Hutcheson, but flattened out. Had been working sharply for the race, but was dropping back to sprint over a deep, slow track he might not have liked. Not a good track for California shippers. Stablemate ran last in Fountain of Youth.

26--Atswhatimtalknbout/Ron Ellis; A.P. Indy-Lucinda, by Red Ransom
Deserves another chance, and will get it in allowance race Thursday against promising maiden winner Buckland Manor and Nation Wide News. Stretch run in debut was spectacular, but was dull stretching out. Working well and should improve.

27--Apalachian Thunder/Bob Baffert; Wekiva Springs-Doji, by Sunny Clime
Don't know what to make of him yet. Has run two good races for Baffert, and drew off to win last after setting :45 1/5 and 1:09 3/5 fractions. Showed in his earlier races he doesn't need to be on the lead.

28--Champali/Greg Foley; Glitterman-Radioactivity, by Dixieland Band
Can't knock his consistency, having won five of his six starts, and should rule the roost at Turfway until the the heavy hitters come in. He's a horse you'd love to have, but there's a big question regarding his stamina.

29--Funny Cide/Barclay Tagg; Distorted Humor-Belle's Good Cide, by Slewacide
Turned in a sharp half-mile breeze in :48 3/5 at Palm Meadows. Looking for big improvement after troubled trip in the Holy Bull, breaking from the disastrous 13 post. Should be ready for good effort wherever he shows up.

30--Siberland/Kevin Lewis; Siberian Summer-Valley Deb, by Debonair Roger
Had a legitimate excuse in Turf Paradise Derby and now gets to start fresh in San Rafael. This could be quite a battle on the pace wirh Our Bobby V. But we suspect he'll get the lead if he wants it. Should carry his speed longer distances.

30--Nothing to Lose/D. Wayne Lukas; Sky Classic-Cherlindrea, by Clever Trick
Still waiting for him to return to the dirt to prove his two fourth-place finishes were not indicative of his ability to handle the loam. He's been working well on dirt, but showed up in the entries for the Palm Beach on the grass, so we'll still be in the dark.

30--Aristocat/Todd Pletcher/ Tale of the Cat-Mended Fences, by Miswaki
Won a 1 1/16-mile allowance race at Gulfstream, showing a good deal of perseverence against a more seasoned opponent in his first race around two turns. This was an excellent learning experience. Interesting colt.

KNOCKING ON THE DOOR: LONE STAR SKY showed big improvement finishing distant second in Risen Star, but still has to prove he can handle the top colts. Michael Tabor unleashed another promising colt in BRANCUSI, who merely toyed with a maiden field at Santa Anita, winning by 5 lengths with first-time Lasix. Impressive maiden winner BUCKLAND MANOR worked 5 furlongs in 1:00 1/5 over a good track at Santa Anita; takes on Atswhatimtalknbout and Nation Wide News in Thursday allowance race. MIDAS EYES worked slow 6 furlongs in 1:16 4/5 for Frankel. TEN MOST WANTED, trying to bounce back from Sham defeat, breezed a half in :49 3/5 at Hollywood. Stakes winner OUTTA HERE is back on the work tab, turning in a sharp 5 furlongs in 1:00 1/5. If Toccet makes the Private Terms, the horse to beat likely will be GIMMEAWINK, winner of the Miracle Wood Stakes.

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