Horses To Watch At Saratoga - 07/11/13
Two Horses To Watch At Saratoga
We are just over a week away from summer at 'The Spa' and after watching most of the Belmont Park Spring/Summer meet, a few horses have been impressive in their final starts there as they prepare to move north. I will highlight just two of them today with plenty more to come throughout the Saratoga meet.
Bad Hombre - It took seven tries before he broke his maiden on May 11th at Belmont. Prior to that he was thrown in the mix with the likes of Vyjack, Violence, Kingofalldiamonds, Titletown Five and Orball graded stakes runners with some winners mixed in. Since breaking his maiden though, he has not run a bad race. Finishing second to Integrity in an Allowance Optional Claimer on Belmont Stakes day in June, he proved his maiden win was no fluke. He came back this past Saturday, July 6th to win an allowance, non-winners of two. He was impressive to say the least. Bad Hombre stalked the lead and then took over around the far turn. He had the lead at the stop of the stretch and closed in 24.47. The win paid back $13.60. Bad Hombre will most likely run next in the G-II Jim Dandy on July 27th at Saratoga or the $100,000 Curlin on Friday July 26th. It will be his toughest test for sure, but the improvement from two years-old to three cannot be overlooked.
TouchofStarQuality - An impressive win for a first time starter. He broke very poorly, giving all but one other horse a 12 length lead. From there though, he settled in and began to make up the lost ground. He ran the final 1/4 mile in 24 seconds flat. It's a testament to his stamina after running like mad to catch up after his bad start. He ran the final half mile in just over 47 seconds and won driving. TouchofStarQuality paid $14.20 to win. I would not expect that the next time he goes out, but keep an eye on him, he should be fun to watch.