08/03/2015 12:51PM

Pocono: Horses to watch from July 28 - August 2

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Tuesday, July 28

CELEBRITY BOMBAY (NW9000) brushed, trotted away strongly and absolutely crushed foes. Prohibitive favorites bring smiles to the faces of their backers when they win like that.

MAJOR WAR (NW2/3-4YO) put up quick numbers in off the charts variant buster and held well while tiring. Should be able to take another even if he goes slower and gets more tired.

JIMS DRAGON (NW6000) left well to the top, yielded and was shuffled, pulled to the third panel, went to the leader, battled nose to nose before being proven second best. All this at 23-1 and has to be give his kudos for good try.

FASHION MAVEN (NW3/3-4YO) left and took a seat in the early pocket, got the shuffle to third and was totally wrapped up third best on the board and the track. Should be able to find a field of his own soon.

SHE SAID (NW2/3-4YOFM) was well used to finally gain the lead, set a pressed pace and tired but gutted out an impressive second. She said any kind of easier trip will work to her benefit.

Wednesday, July 29

SOUTHWIND TRINI (NW13500M) put in a game uncovered effort, wore down the odds-on pacesetter but wasa nailed by the late rush of the 20-1 wake up horse.

BUFFALINO HANOVER (NW14000) took the lead, yielded and was shuffled, pulled, chased, tucked the pocket by the third panel, tipped in the final turn and closed to win going away. Three moves, each better than the other.

OVER AND OUT (NW14000) got shuffled in the final turn, slipped out, found room and closed well chasing the top one to the wire in second best effort.

ALL ABOUT KISSES (NW7000M) was buried after a final turn shuffle, found a way through stretch traffic and finished willingly. Better luck--next time?

COLLAGE (NW7000M) took an early tuck, pulled to the half, grinded up the third panel, took a shot at the pacesetting favorite in game style but came up a bit short.

Friday, July 31

GJ PHOTO VICTORY (CLM7500/10000) was out and tucked early, pulled and challenged as the speed settled but had to take the pocket tuck, sat to the lane, rallied inside but was outkicked by the fresher covered up winner. Beaten favorite should return to the winner's circle.

SCIROCCO BLUE CHIP (Mdn/2YO) rated the half, stepped up the pace to the third panel and tired in the lane. The third panel and the pocket horse was a bit too much.

STAR RECRUIT (CLMHCP5/7500) was parked early and bothered by the breaker, got stuck on the rim, pressed the pace to early stretch before tiring.

DREAMFAIR BOGART (NW3000) was a game second best in last. Took the lead, yielded, got shuffled, pulled, tucked around a weak one to sit pocket, tried again in the lane but was unable to dent the margin.

Saturday, August 1

R GAUWITZ HANOVER (CLM15000) sat pocket, rallied when ready and crushed the field and the variant.

MR RIGHTNOW (CLM1000) put in a good down the road effort putting all away by the pocketsitter.

ACTON ONELASTTIME (CLM20000) left, tucked, pulled and chased the favorite the last three-eighths but was second best on the board and on the track.

IDEAL RACE (CLM25000) rallied well uncovered challenging the odds-on favored pacesetter but was second best. 

Sunday, August 2

HARPER LEE (NW3300M) was parked the mile, challenged all the way and dug in gamely.

OUR LAST PHOTO (NW4500) was in the pocket and could not step it up. May have better served on the front end. Beaten favorite should atone quickly.

ESCAPADO (NW300) saved ground, rallied willingly up the rail and would be no surprise in next. 

DESERT RUNNER (Mdn/2YO) was the quickest winning 2YO on the card and did it with an uncovered effort.

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