Hoop Tea's Hooptie Handicapper finds Horses to Watch at Parx, Indiana Grand & Churchill Downs
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

Hoop Tea's Hooptie Handicapper finds Horses to Watch at Parx, Indiana Grand & Churchill Downs

Horses to Watch are first-timers, maidens and low-level racers with a big upside. Perfect for your virtual stable.

Horses To Watch

5.22.2021

By The Hooptie Handicapper

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It's time to play catch up after being gone for a week.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

We’ll start with Race 5 at Parx on May 10. This was a $40K Maiden Claimer and let’s focus on the 5 horse, My Cousin Rich. This was his debut race. As you can see, he broke poorly from the gate.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

Being patient with him, jockey Abner Adorno got him settled on the backside and managed to weave him through traffic and into position.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

Spinning through the turn, he took in a lot of kick back into his face and kept fighting on and passing horses – always a great experience for first time starters.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

Adorno ended up swinging My Cousin Rich onto the rail and he found a game rallying fight.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

To end up just missing by just ½ length. This was an excellent effort by a first time starter and a heck of a learning experience. Look for a win next time.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

Our next race features Indulge, the 2/5 favorite in the 5th on May 18th at Indiana Grand. As you could see from the break, he's nowhere near the front.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

As they make their way toward the turn, he finally gets a little daylight and starts to creep up on the two leaders.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

Then, unfortunately, the horse gets wild and green and goes way wide on the turn, totally out of it.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

Once jockey Fernando de la Cruz got him into the stretch, he had a great burst of speed almost catching winner Knicks Front. If he went off at 2/5 this time, you are not going to get better odds in the next, however, keep an eye on him and Knicks Front because both have excellent upside.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

Finally, our most impressive winner yesterday, Artos. Making her second start, the 2yo daughter of British sire Kodiac, jumped out to the early lead and ran well into the turn.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

When she made her way into the turn, she started running green, turned her head and Julien Leparoux had a fight on his hands.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

On the rail, you can see her jump as she’s spooked by the horses on her inside. Leparoux got her settled back down.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

Then she ended up behind two horses, losing sacred ground late in the race.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

Impressively, Artos and Leparoux were game enough to gather themselves, swing to the outside, and make the run for the finish line.

Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.
Horses to Watch: May 22, 2021.RT

To win by the narrowest of margins. This was unequivocally the best performance I've seen in a long time, especially by a 2-year-old.

Pay Attention To This:

I pointed out yesterday that a horse named Rock Along won in a race the day before. Artos and Rock Along raced in their debut together and hence, I was betting Artos. That is called a Key Race. Below is a list of the other horses that have yet to race from that race. Keep an eye on them. Key races can be a freak of nature.

Ruthin

U So Money Baby

Pammy’s Ready

Miss Chamita

Promptly Done

Diva Dixie

Happy Hunting 😊

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