Greg Melikov’s Horses to Watch

By on Dec 13, 2011

Category: Horse Racing

Horses worth watching, a list of runners compiled by handicapper/turf writer Greg Melikov, should do well next time out. These thoroughbreds won four times, finished second nine times and ran third three times since Nov. 5. They’re worth considering when developing your wagering strategy for online betting or at your favorite track.

AQUEDUCT

Law Enforcement: Broke seventh and last, trailed by more than 4 ½ lengths after a half-mile, closed fast from fourth in stretch to make up three lengths and gained second by three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on the inner track Dec. 4.

DELTA DOWNS

Crème de Cacoa: Raced more than 7 ½ lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, rallied four wide on far turn, closed fast from fifth in stretch to make up more than three lengths and finished second beaten a head at 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 7.

FAIR GROUNDS

Dreams Cut Short: Reluctant to load, raced eighth early, dropped to ninth more than nine lengths behind after a half-mile, came three wide into stretch, jockey lost whip nearing eighth pole and battled gamely to finish second beaten a head at about a mile on the turf Dec. 3.

GULFSTREAM PARK

Roman Bay: Raced more than 6 ½ lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, saved ground around turn, rallied in stretch to make up 2 ¾ lengths and gained second by three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on Dec. 8; ran final quarter in 23 4/5.

Minister Colin: Raced ninth early, dropped to 11th more than 9 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, swung out for stretch run and closed well from fifth to finish third beaten a head and a neck at a mile on the turf Dec. 4.

HAWTHORNE

One More Tap: Steadied a bit nearing turn, raced fifth more than 5 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied between rivals in stretch to make up four lengths and finished second beaten a half-length at six furlongs on Dec. 4.

PARX (PHILADELPHIA PARK)

Cantona: Raced seventh and last early, advanced to sixth more than five lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied very wide from fourth to make up more than 3 ½  lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a half-length at six furlongs on a good surface Dec. 6; ran final quarter in 24 3/5.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

Pack Attack: Roughed up breaking 12th and last, advanced to seventh more than 5 ½ lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, rallied from fifth in stretch to make up nearly three lengths and finished second beaten a neck at 5 ½ furlongs on Dec. 7.

TURF PARADISE

Complete Rule: Steadied after start, advanced from fifth to third three lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied in stretch to make up 2 ¾ lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at six furlongs Dec. 5.

TURFWAY PARK

Justifiably Salty: Raced sixth early, dropped to eighth more than 10 lengths behind after a half-mile, swung eight wide leaving turn, rallied in stretch to make up more than 6 ¼ lengths and finished third beaten a neck and a half-length at six furlongs on Dec. 4.

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