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 eight times and ran third once since Oct. 13. They’re worth considering when developing your wagering strategy for online betting or at your favorite track.

AQUEDUCT

Cousin Adam: Broke on top, took control, led by 3 ½ lengths after a half-mile, increased margin under a brisk hand ride and win easily by 7 ½ lengths, covering the six furlongs in 1:11 on Nov. 16.

CALDER

Unshackled Rogue: Bumped at break, raced third in traffic more than 3 ½ lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, rallied three wide from fourth in stretch to make up 3 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a length at 5 ½ furlongs on Nov. 14.

CHURCHILL DOWNS

Vuitton: Raced six lengths behind in seventh after three-eighths of a mile, steadied while in tight, split rivals entering stretch, rallied to make up nearly three lengths and finished second beaten a head at five furlongs on Nov. 10.

DELTA DOWNS

Moreno Star: Raced more than seven lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, lost ground to seventh after six furlongs and rallied four wide in stretch to gain third by three-quarters of a length at a mile on Nov. 15.

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

Hollanita: Broke alertly, led by a length after a half-mile, increased margin to five lengths in stretch and won ridden out by nine lengths covering the six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 on Nov. 11.

HAWTHORNE

Princess Freebie: Ducked outward at break, raced seventh and last early, advanced to fifth 10 lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied from fourth between rivals in stretch to make up more than 3 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a length at six furlongs on Nov. 11.

HOLLYWOOD PARK

Rock Off: Broke a bit slowly, raced sixth more than 7 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, steadied twice in tight on turn, came out for drive, rallied in stretch to make up five lengths and finished second beaten a length at 6 ½ furlongs on Nov. 11.

PARX (PHILADELPHIA PARK)

Howmuchthebestishe: Impeded leaving gate, trailed 12th and last early, moved to 10th very wide 9 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, angled in for stretch run, closed strong along rail from sixth to make up more than six lengths and gained third by a half-length at 6 ½ furlongs on Nov. 11.

REMINGTON PARK

Sooner Superstar: Raced more than 5 ½ lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, rallied from fourth along rail in stretch to make up more than three lengths and finished second by three-quarters of a length at 1 1/16 miles on the turf Nov. 14.

TURF PARADISE

Green Meadows: Raced eight lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, blocked in stretch, found room outside, rallied from fifth inside eighth pole to make up more than 2 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a half-length at a mile on Nov. 16; ran final quarter in 24 3/5.

WOODBINE

Trail of Letters: Raced 5 ½ lengths behind in seventh after a half-mile, rallied from fifth to make up more than 2 ¾ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at 6 ½ furlongs on Nov. 16.

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