Horses worth watching compiled by handicapper/racing writer Greg Melikov, who picked four winners and finished second seven times since Oct. 4.
Sal the Pal: Stumbled at start, raced inside three lengths behind in third after a half-mile, lost ground entering stretch, made up three lengths and was nosed out for second at six furlongs on Oct. 25.
Dug In: Steadied, clipped heels on first turn, dropped back two places to seventh, raced 3 1/2 lengths behind after half-mile, steadied again leaving backstretch to avoid clipping heals again, saved ground into stretch, altered course outside leaders to find racing room, bumped with winner rallying to second near wire and lost by a head at a mile on a good turf course Oct. 29.
Chatham: Raced more than 6 1/2 lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, came out advancing to third in stretch, made up nearly 3 1/2 lengths and lost by a neck at six furlongs on Oct. 29.
Lady Takum: Raced seventh more than 2 1/2 lengths behind after a half-mile, worked way out six wide to fourth while losing ground entering stretch, drifted in a bit at sixteenth pole while making up 2 3/4 lengths and gained second by three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on Oct. 29.
Hope's Intention: Raced sixth more than 6 1/2 lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied in long drive to make up nearly 3 1/2 lengths in stretch and lost by a neck at a mile on a sealed sloppy surface Oct. 28.
Kalki's Pride: Raced seven lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, eased out on far turn to fourth, made up more than two lengths in stretch and was nosed out at a mile on a sealed sloppy surface Oct. 28.
Safety Zone: Raced seventh more than 3 1/2 lengths behind after a half-mile, saved ground into stretch, closed fast from sixth to make up more than 3 1/2 lengths and lost by a neck at a mile on a yielding turf course Oct. 27.