Greg Melikov’s Horses to Watch
Horses worth watching, a list of runners compiled by handicapper/turf writer Greg Melikov, should do well next time out. These thoroughbreds won five times, finished second three times and ran third eight times since June 22. They’re worth considering when developing your wagering strategy for online betting or at your favorite track.
Nolan’s Territory: Raced more than 8 ½ lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, altered course sharply in stretch, closed fast from fifth to make up 8 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a head at 6 ½ furlongs on July 22; ran final 2 ½ furlongs in 30 seconds.
Mr Nu Nu: Raced more than 4 ½ lengths behind in sixth after three-eighths of a mile, steadied on turn, swung out for stretch run and rallied from fifth to gain second by a neck at 5 ½ furlongs on July 26.
Patatuz: Raced 3 ½ lengths behind in fifth after three-eighths of a mile and closed fast five wide in stretch to finish second beaten a neck at 5 ½ furlongs on Jul 25.
Belle Gallantey: Tracked paced more than 3 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, waited for room on turn, blocked off heels of rivals entering stretch, split foes in mid-stretch, rallied to make up more than three lengths and finished second beaten a half-length at a mile on July 25.
Six Strong Lady: Raced more than eight lengths behind in 10th after a half-mile, split rivals heading home, rallied from fifth in stretch to make up 2 ½ lengths and gained second by a length at 1 1/16 miles on the turf July 21.
She Loves Runnin’: Veered at start, straightened, led by a length after a half-mile, increased margin to four lengths in stretch and won ridden out by 9 ¾ lengths covering the six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 on July 26.
Double Berg: Raced fifth early, dropped to sixth more than six lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied from fourth along rail in stretch to make up 2 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a half-length at 1 1/16 miles on a good turf course July 27.
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Bayona: Forced in after start, heels clipped, raced eighth more than 7 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, closed fast in stretch from fifth to make up 5 ¼ lengths and gained second by a half-length at six furlongs on July 24.
Stephanie’s Kitten: Raced sixth early, brushed rail nearing first turn, dropped to eighth and last more than 12 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, launched rally from sixth in upper stretch, lacked room from eighth pole to sixteenth pole, worked way inside and gained fourth beaten a neck and two heads at 1 1/16 miles on the turf July 25.
Flying Aptitude: Raced ninth and last more than nine lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced widest into stretch, rallied from fifth to make up 6 ¼ lengths and finished third beaten a neck for second at a mile on July 25.
Twenty Black: Raced fifth early, dropped to seventh more than four lengths behind after a half-mile and rallied gamely in stretch to gain second by a nose at six furlongs on July 25.