Top Horses to Bet on Today – August 6th

BetPTC.com Analysis – Saturday, August 6, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Saratoga

Race #9 – The G1 Test Stakes – 7f dirt – 5:07 pm ET

BetPTC.com Analysis / #1 – Matareya / #6 – Hot Peppers / #3 – Elm Drive

#1 Matareya is a daughter of Pioneer of the Nile for Brad Cox and Flavien Prat. She comes off a 56 day break and cuts back in distance from a mile where she is 2 for 2 going 7f. She is looking for her fifth straight win and Prat has guided her into the winner’s circle the last three. She should stalk just off the pace and get moving before they enter the home stretch. #6 Hot Peppers hails from the Rudy Rodriguez barn with Luis Saez in the saddle. She has loads of early foot and will be the major pace player in here today. Saez wins 23% with early style runners as she is looking for three in a row. #3 Elm Drive is a stalker from the Michelle Nevin barn with Manny Franco in the irons. They ship in from California and win 19% on the move. This is her 3rd start of the year and should be right off the leader.

 

Race #10 – The G1 Whitney – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 5:43 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #2 – Hot Rod Charlie / #6 – Life is Good / #4 – Olympiad

#2 Hot Rod Charlie is a speedy son of Oxbow for Doug O’Neill. He gets his old rider back in Flavien Part for this race. The G3 effort at Monmouth was the perfect prep coming back from Dubai. He lost by a head and was the betting favorite. In the hands of Prat, he can grab the lead or settle in as a close stalker. He’s been off for 49 days and went to KEE to work and prepare in the pristine setting. They add blinkers and he gets his old rider back aboard. This looks like a perfect setting for a summer campaign to begin. #6 Life Is Good hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with Irad Ortiz in the driver’s seat. He has blistering speed, and a hot work to prepare. Ortiz takes over for Prat, and the distance should be no problem for a rider who wins 31% with route speed horses. #4 Olympiad is the stalker in the race for Bill Mott shooting for his 6th straight win under Junior Alvarado. Mott wins 33% off a last race win and has this guy ready to give a top effort. That bullet work shines like a new penny and this son of Speightstown can put them to bed early if the right pace scenario erupts.

 

Race #11 – The G1 Saratoga Derby Invitational – 1 3/16 miles on the turf – 6:20 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #4 – Nations Pride / #10 – Stone Age / #6 – Annapolis

#4 Nations Pride hails from the Charlie Appleby yard with William Buick picking up the mount from Frankie Dettori. This son of Teofilo (IRE) came flying last out and Buick was his regular rider in the past. The G1 Belmont Derby was perfect as a prep for bigger things down the road. But we’ll start here and look for a strong late kick down the lane. #10 Stone Age goes post ward for Aiden O’Brien and just missed by a neck from besting Nations Pride. John Velasquez takes over for Ryan Moore, and this son of Galileo (IRE) was 6 wide closing stoutly. #6 Annapolis is a son of War Front for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz aboard. 3rd off the layoff and is lightly raced and has a sparkling bullet work to prep. Ortiz wins 29% with Pletcher and looks ready for acid test moving up in class.

Top Horses to Bet Today – July 30

BetPTC.com Analysis for Horses to Bet On – Saturday, July 30, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Saratoga

Race #8 – The G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt – 6f  dirt- 4:50 pm ET

BetPTC.com Analysis / #4 – Jackie’s Warrior / #3 – NY Traffic / #2 – Willy Boi

#4 Jackie’s Warrior is 4 for 4 at Saratoga for Steve Asmussen with Joel Rosario in the irons. He is coming off a 50 day break and fires well coming off the shelf. Cutting back to 6f may allow him to settle in and track just off the pace if needed or grab the lead and not look back. Very talented son of Maclean’s Music sports a sharp work over the Oklahoma Training Track. #3 NY Traffic is a stalker for Saffie Joseph and Irad Ortiz in the saddle. He’s gonna have to up his game if he wants to head to the winner’s circle, but Joseph knows how to spot his runners. Ortiz is 19 for 38 ITM the past week and has a solid work to show readiness. #2 Willy Boi ships in from GP and looks to make it four in a row under Chantal Sutherland. He has the perfect stalking ability to seal the deal and will have to bring his top game today.

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Race #9 – The G2 Jim Dandy – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 5:37 pm ET

BetPTC.com Analysis / #5 – Zandon / #2 – Epicenter / #3 – Tawny Port

#5 Zandon hails from the Chad Brown barn with Flavien Prat aboard. He’s been off two months since being 3rd in the Derby and had some needed rest to prepare for a summer campaign. Prat appears to fit this closer well and wins 31% teaming up with Chad Brown. Today’s distance should fit much better when the real running begins. #2 Epicenter is a close up stalker from the Steve Asmussen barn with Joel Rosario in the irons. He was rolling late in the G1 Preakness getting bested at the wire. The distance should allow him to stay a little closer or press the pace at will. Rosario wins 38% teaming up with Asmussen. #3 Tawny Port goes to post for Brad Cox and Irad Ortiz. He’s been taking some of the less chosen races but has been keeping his game sharp. This son of Pioneer of the Nile is the perfect candidate to pull the upset under Ortiz at a square price. Use in your exotics and don’t overlook before heading to the windows.

 

Del Mar

Race #8 – The G1 Bing Crosby – 6f dirt – 8:30 pm ET

BetPTC.com Analysis / #4 – Drain the Clock / #2 – Shaaz / #3 – Bagboss

#4 Drain the Clock is a speedy stalker from the Saffie Jospeh barn with Drayden Van Dyke getting the call. He exits the G3 Smile Sprint first out after shipping back from Dubai. His head was turned at the start and may have cost him the race after being bet down heavily. He has speed and stalking ability which can make him dangerous today. Joseph wins 24% with his sprinters and he sports a sharp morning work. #2 Shaaz is a son of Uncle Mo for Bob Baffert and Juan Hernandez today. He is lightly raced and turns back in distance which can make him the one to beat stepping up in class. He may improve greatly at the shorter distance and come calling as they turn for home. #3 Bagboss is going for three straight for Brendan Walsh and Umberto Rispoli. Comes off a 48 day break and moves up in class shipping in from CD. His stalking style is attractive today.

 

Top Horses to Bet on Today – July 23 Haskell Stakes Day

BetPTC.com Analysis – Saturday, July 23, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Saratoga

Race #5 – The CCA Oaks – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 3:16 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #5 – Secret Oath / #3 – Nest / #2 – Society

#5 Secret Oath hails from the D. Wayne Lukas barn with Luis Saez in the saddle. She’s a solid closer who exits the G1 Preakness running an honest 4th place. She comes off a two month break and sports a bullet work for the Coach today. She is 2 for 2 ITM at the distance and should make a splash into the scene at the top of the lane. #3 Nest is a daughter of Curlin for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz in the irons. She exits facing the boys in the G1 Belmont. At first glance she is 2 for 2 ITM on softer tracks, and if Mother Nature gets wet it may play into her hands. Ortiz wins 33% with the Todd Squad. #2 Society is an undefeated daughter of Gun Runner for Steve Asmussen and Tyler Gaffalione. Today she steps up into a new level and will have to have her top game on display to make a dent in the top three. She is lightly raced making a 3rd off the layoff move and will be forwardly placed.

 

Monmouth

Race #11 – The G1 United Nations – 1 3/8 on the turf – 5:09 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #10 – Gufo / #1 – Adhamo / #3 – Temple

#10 Gufo is a late runner for Christophe Clement and Joel Rosario. This son of Declaration of War was a beaten favorite last out and the barn comes back to turn the tables at a 25% win clip. He is 2 for 2 ITM at the distance and Rosario is the regular reinsman. Look for good things when the real running begins. #1 Adhamo hails from the Chad Brown barn with Flavien Prat getting the call. He looks to relish the distance and Prat wins 24% with his late running grass runners. Chad Brown wins 25% getting 2nd time Lasix and should provide a strong late kick into the lane. #3 Temple goes to post for Mike Maker and Jose Ortiz in the saddle. Coming off a three month break and must raise his game to knock around with G1 company.

Race #12 – The G1 Haskell Stakes – 1 1/8 – 5:45 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #2 – Taiba / #7 – Jack Christopher / #1 – Cyberknife

#2 Taiba is a son of Gun Runner for Bob Baffert and Mike Smith. The Haskell has been kind to the barn winning 9 times, 5 seconds, and a 3rd place finish. If you toss out the Derby, this lightly raced colt has tons of upside. He looks to sit the perfect stalking trip and Smith wins 28% with his route runners. Baffert is back and bringing along Money Mike for a reason. Take a look at his sharp work at SA, and you may want to keep on the top of your tickets. #7 Jack Christopher is an undefeated son of Munnings for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. This is his 3rd off the shelf and Brown wins 22% and 33% with Ortiz as his pilot. Look for a controlling trip going 9f and Ortiz scores 20% with early type runners in his hands. #1 Cyberknife hails from the Brad Cox barn with Florent Geroux in the driver’s seat. Draws the rail and his last race was a welcome sight after tossing in a clunker in the Derby. The rail is winning at 23% and he sports a sharp work to have him ready for the big race. If he can return back to G1 Arkansas Derby form he’ll be a tough customer.

Top Horses to Bet on Today – July 16

BetPTC.com Analysis – Saturday, July 16, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Saratoga

Race #8 – The G1 Diana – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:03 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #2 – Creative Flair / #3 – Bleeker Street / #4 – Rougir

#2 Creative Flair hails from the Charles Appleby yard with Jamie Spencer in the irons. She comes off a five month layoff and sports a solid late punch and does very well off a long layoff where the barn wins 43% on this move. Candidate for the winner’s circle. #3 Bleeker Street 7 for 7 lifetime and goes to post for Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz. Daughter of Quality Road and a late runner who looks the one to beat. The barn wins 28% off a last race win as they seek to keep undefeated streak intact. Chad Brown comes in off a superb Belmont meet and should be loaded for the summer. #4 Rougir is under the handling of Chad Brown and Flavien Prat as they win 32% as a team. She’ll be running late in the patient hands of Prat who wins 24% with turf closers.

 

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Race #9 – O.C. $80,000 N1X – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:39 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #11 – Dripping Gold / #4 – Credit Event / #3 – Summer Anthem

#11 Dripping Gold makes a 2nd time off the layoff move where the Shug McGaughey barn wins 19%. Flavien Prat has the mount, and this son of Lemon Drop Kid should enjoy class relief from two back in the G1 Summer at Woodbine. Prat should be a welcome addition to the team today. #4 Credit Event hails from the barn of Chad Brown with Irad Ortiz in the irons. A son of Not This Time will come calling as they turn for home. Blinkers off today and the Brown wins 35% with the equipment change. #3 Summer Anthem is a son of Temple City for Mike Maker and Tyler Gaffalione. 3rd time off the layoff and drops in class from the $200,000 Audubon at CD. Should get a perfect stalking trip in the hands of Tyler G.

 

Race #10 – The G3 Sanford – 6f – 6:13 pm 

BetPTC.com Analysis / #4 – Forte / #6 – Mo Strike / #9 – Andiamo a Firenze

#4 Forte hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. They win 35% as a team and this two year old son of Violence scored easily while running green. His dam Queen Caroline was a stakes winner and has 1 start, 1 win to her credit. He won by more than 7 lengths and has the look of bigger races in his future. #6 Mo Strike is a son of Uncle Mo for Brad Cox and Florent Geroux in the saddle. Broke his maiden at CD and should be forwardly placed today. Add in a sharp work in the mud at CD and his dam Featherbed is a stakes winner with 5 starters, 5 winners, and 1 stakes winner. #9 Andiamo a Firenze comes from the barn of Kelly Breen with Jose Ortiz in the irons. Impressive New York bred who won at first asking going wire to wire. Look for a quick turn of foot from the gate.

Top Horses to Bet on Today – July 9

BetPTC.com Analysis – Saturday, July 9, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Belmont

Race #4 – The G2 Suburban – 1 1/4 miles dirt – 2:32 pm  

BetPTC.com Analysis / #5 – Dynamic One / #1 – Untreated / #4 – First Captain

#5 Dynamic One is a closer from the Todd Pletcher barn with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. This son of Union Rags had a great prep win last out in the $200k Blame Stakes at CD and ships to Belmont with a summer campaign on his mind. Ortiz wins 31% with his route runners and has a strong yet patient hand in the reins. #1 Untreated hails from the Pletcher barn as well with Joel Rosario getting the call. This son of Nyquist comes off a 50 day break and will be laying off the pace. The rail post is winning 23% and has some sharps works under his belt. #4 First Captain goes to post for Shug McGaughey and Luis Saez. This son of Curlin has a nice late kick and should be a factor turning for home.

 

Race #7 – The G1 Belmont Oaks – 1 1/4 on the turf – 4:06 pm 

BetPTC.com Analysis / #3 – Haughty / #4 – With the Moonlight / #6 – New Year’s Eve

#3 Haughty is a lightly raced filly making her 2nd start of the year for Chad Brown and Flavien Prat. She has a solid late kick and Prat is one of the best turf riders in the country winning 25% with his turf mounts. She comes in freshened and ready for a summer campaign to lead her into the fall. Prat wins 34% with Team Brown and will be a major player when the real running begins. #4 With the Moonlight is a daughter of Frankel (GB) for Charles Appleby and Frankie Dettori in the saddle. This is her 3rd start off the layoff and Appleby wins 47% with graded stakes runners and her dam Sand Vixen (GB) has 4 starters, 3 winners, 3 turf winners, and 2 of which are stakes winners. Toss out her last in the Gr1 Cazoo Oaks and she looks to right in the mix turning for home. #6 New Year’s Eve is a lightly raced daughter of Kitten’s Joy for Brendan Walsh and Luis Saez. She is 4 for 4 ITM and gets the acid test moving up in company. Her late run can keep her right in the running if she is ready for the next step. Comes off a two month break with sharp morning works.

 

Race #9 – The G1 Belmont Derby – 1 1/4 on the turf – 5:12 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #10 – Nation’s Pride / #9 – Tiz the Bomb / #11 – Emmanuel

#10 Nation’s Pride hails from the Charles Appleby yard with Frankie Dettori getting the nod. Switches rider from William Buick and should be effective in the barn of Appleby who scores with 25% of his shippers. He is 2 for 2 at the distance and give them all they can handle. #9 – Tiz the Bomb should relish the turf going to post for the Ken McPeek barn with Dylan Davis in the saddle. He won the G3 Jeff Ruby Stakes on synthetic and has the look of a versatile runner who can come calling late on any surface. #11 Emmanuel is a speedy colt for Todd Pletcher making his 2nd effort off a win on the greensward. He is a son of More Than Ready, and Pletcher wins 18% with his 2nd try over the weeds. Tough post, but Irad Otiz wins 27% with his speed style turf runners can get into position.

Top Horses to Bet on Today – July 4

BetPTC.com Analysis – Monday, July 4, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Belmont

Race #6 – Allowance $92,000 N1X – 6f on the turf – 3:34 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #1 – Alado / #4 – Subsidize / #5 – Ring of Fire

#1 Alado hails from the Saffie Joseph barn drawing the rail under Irad Ortiz. Makes the dirt to turf switch and going a route to a sprint yields a 25% win clip for the barn. I’m looking for a heady ride from Ortiz who is a strong finisher winning 27% with his turf sprinters. #4 Subsidize is a stalker from the Mike Maker barn with Flavien Prat aboard. Cutting back to a shorter distance may be the answer today with turf master Prat in the driver’s seat. He wins 29% with turf sprinters and can launch a late bid as they pass the quarter pole. #5 Ring of Fire is a late runner from the Rudy Rodriguez barn with Luis Saez getting the nod. He has been off for 51 days and comes fresh off the claim where the barn wins 21%.

Race #9 – The $100,000 Manila – 1 mile on the turf – 5:12 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #2 – Annapolis / #6 – Smokin’ T / #7 – Double Clutch

#2 Annapolis hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with Irad Ortiz in the irons. 2nd time off of the layoff yields a 23% win clip and takes a big drop down the class ladder. This son of War Front is a stalker and exits off a beaten favorite effort where the Todd Squad comes back to score 26%. The one to beat. #6 Smokin’ T goes to post for Shug McGaughey and John Velasquez getting the call. He is bred to relish the grass and his dam Wine Princess has 4 starters, 4 winners, and 3 turf winners to her credit. Look for a stalking trip poised to pounce when the real running begins. #7 Double Clutch is lightly raced from the Rusty Arnold barn with Manny Franco in the saddle. He has shown two strong late closing punches and should give the same effort.

Los Alamitos

Race #9 – The G2 – Great Lady Stakes – 6 1/2f – 8:00pm 

BetPTC.com Analysis / #3 – Becca Taylor / #5 – Ain’t Easy / #1 – Lady Mystify

#3 Becca Taylor makes her 3rd start off the layoff looking to make it three straight for Steven Miyadi and J.J. Hernandez in the irons. The barn wins 75% with graded stakes and should be right off the leader’s flank waiting to make the winning move. The rider is winning 67% from a small sampling and should be on her toes today. #5 Ain’t Easy comes off a 59 day layoff from graded competition for Phil D’Amato and Kyle Frye. She sports a sharp morning work and ships back from CD as the barn wins 18% with graded stakes. #1 Lady Mystify hails from the Peter Eurton barn with speed rider Edwin Maldonado in the saddle. They make the route to a sprint move where the barn wins 24% and the rider wins 19% with speed types and scores 25% with the trainer. The rail post is a plus with early foot.

 

Top Horses to Bet on Today – June 25

BetPTC.com Analysis – Saturday, June 25, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Thistledown

Race #10 – The $250,000 Lady Jacqueline – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 4:48 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #6 – Army Wife / #9 – Maracuja / #5 – Crazy Beautiful

#6 Army Wife hails from the Mike Maker barn with Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle. She is making her 2nd start off the shelf and has a stalking style. She is eligible to improve 2nd time out and sports a sharp workout in preparation. #9 Maracuja is a late closer from the Rob Atras barn with Kendrick Carmouche in the irons. This daughter of Honor Code exits the G1 Apple Blossom and should enjoy a little class relief today with the drop down in class. #5 Crazy Beautiful goes to post for Ken McPeek with B.J. Hernandez in the driver’s seat. She should be forwardly placed and drops down in class with a couple of bullet works coming into the race.

Race #11 – The G3 Ohio Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:35 pm 

BetPTC.com Analysis / #4 – Ethereal Road / #7 – Tawny Port / #1 – Barese

#4 Ethereal Road hails from the D Wayne Lukas barn with Rafael Bejarano in the irons. This son of Quality Road gets Lasix back, and the three [past efforts with the medication has very good outcomes. His off the pace win in the $100,000 Sir Barton with bullet works should have him sharp and ready. #7 Tawny Port is a strong closer from the Brad Cox barn with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. This son of Pioneer of the Nile has been off 49 days since the Derby and sports a bullet work leading up. Ortiz is a strong finishing rider and wins 25% with his closers. Look for a big effort to take the prize. #1 Barese is a New York bred for trainer Mike Maker and Kendrick Carmouche as the reinsman. He adds Lasix and was a beaten chalk last out, and Maker comes back to turn the tables 22%. He returns to a route of ground off a 2 month layoff.

Belmont

Race #8 – The G2 Mother Goose – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 4:40 pm 

BetPTC.com Analysis / #1- Shahama / #5 – Ju Ju’s Map /#2 – Venti Valentine

#1 Shahama hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with Flavien Prat aboard. She had a tough trip in the Kentucky Oaks and prior to that was racing in Dubai undefeated. She has not raced in 50 days and drops back in class along the red hot rail which wins 21% of the time. #5 Ju Ju’s Map goes to post for Brad Cox with Florent Geroux in the saddle. Cox is winning 30% and comes off a super prep win at CD and looks to stalk and pounce. #2 Venti Valentine is a speedy gal who comes off a horrible trip in the Ky Oaks getting slammed around. She has not raced in 50 days and is undefeated at Belmont. Look for a quick break and find a place along the rail to patiently set up shop and look to get the rail trip.

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BetPTC.com Analysis – Saturday, June 18, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Monmouth

Race #11 – The G3 Eatontown – 1 1/16 miles on the turf – 4:47 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #6 – Princess Grace / #2 – Fluffy Socks /#7 – Lemista

#6 Princess Grace is a late runner from the Michael Stidham barn coming off a 6 month layoff. She has been a beaten favorite the last two efforts and Florent Geroux is a big plus in the irons today. The barn wins 21% off 90 day layoffs and she fires well coming off the bench. #2 Fluffy Socks is a stalker in the hands of Samy Camacho. This is her 2nd start off the layoff and her dam Cryptic Message is a stakes winner with 3 starters, 3 winners, and 2 turf winners. #7 Lemista is a late runner by Raven’s Pass for Chad Brown and John Velasquez. She is bred to relish the sod and makes her 2nd start off a nine month layoff from the races. Her back class could put her right in the winner’s circle today.

Race #13 – The G3 Monmouth Stakes – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:47 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #3 – Public Sector / #6 – Sacred Life / #2 – Tax

#3 Public Sector is a late runner for the Chad Brown barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. He drops in class and is regally bred to enjoy the green by sire Kingsman (GB). The class relief should have him right there when the real running begins. #6 Public Sector makes his 3rd start off a break for the Chad Brown barn with Manny Franco in the irons. He is 1 for 1 at Monmouth and has faced some tough foes in the past. #2 Tax hails from the Danny Gargan barn with Joe Bravo back in New Jersey again. He should be forwardly placed and Bravo knows the track better than most when the real running begins.

Race #14 – The G3 Salvatore Mile – 1 mile – 6:15 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #3 – Hot Rod Charlie /#1 – Mind Control / #4 – Shirl’s Speight

#3 Hot Rod Charlie is a son of Oxbow coming off a two month break after running in Dubai for Doug O’Neill and Flavien Prat. He may improve at the shorter distance today and should be right on the pace under the patient hands of Mike Smith. #1 Mind Control hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. He is 2 for 2 ITM at Monmouth and makes his 3rd off the shelf where the trainer scores at a 24% win clip. #4 Shirl’s Speight hails from the Roger Attfield barn with Emma Jayne Wilson in the saddle. The barn wins 19% with graded stakes and his last race was a tough one that needs to be dismissed. He’s a long range closer and should be in the mix at the wire.

 

Top Horses to Bet on Belmont Stakes Day – June 11

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BetPTC.com Analysis – Saturday, June 11, 2022 – Belmont Stakes Day

by: Ed Meyer

Belmont Park

Race #3 – The G1 Acorn – 1 mile – 12:33 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #4 – Matareya / #5 – Echo Zulu / #2 -Inventing

#4 Matareya is a stalker from the Brad Cox barn and Flavien Prat. She is a daughter of Pioneer of the Nile, and she seeks fourth in row. Cox winning 30% at the meet and going from a sprint to a sprint to a route where they win 38%. She is 6 for 7 ITM lifetime and sports a sharp work. #5 Echo Zulu is a speedy daughter of Gun Runner and 1 for 1 at Belmont. She has six starts with 5 wins lifetime and makes a 3rd off the layoff run where Asmussen barn wins 17%. Let her loose on the lead and it can be lights out. #2 Inventing is a late running daughter of Union Rags for Todd Pletcher with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. She has been a bridesmaid her only two starts and will have to kick up her game a few notches to play at this level. Pletcher spots his horses well and will come rolling late.

Race #4 – The G1 Just A Game – 1 mile on the turf – 1:08 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #6 – Speak of the Devil / #2 Regal Glory / #5 – Wakanaka

#6 Speak of the Devil is a late running closer by Wooten Bassett (GB) for the Chad Brown barn with Flavien Prat aboard. 2nd off the layoff and has beaten the boys in France. She has a wicked turn of foot for Brown who is winning 37% for the meet. The rider and trainer are 5 for 6 ITM the past 2 weeks and she sports a sharp work. #2 Regal Glory is a daughter of Animal Kingdom and exits a win in the G1 Jenny Wiley at KEE. Chad Brown the conditioner and Jose Ortiz aboard. She comes off a 56 day break and has fired well off the shelf during her career. #5 Wakanaka is a late runner for Bill Mott and Joel Rosario in the saddle. 2nd time off the shelf and sports good works. Should get a piece of the minor awards.

Race #6 – The G1 Woody Stephens – 7f – 2:22 pm 

BetPTC.com Analysis / #1- Jack Christopher / #2 – Pappacap / #4 – Morello

#1 Jack Christopher is a stalker from the Chad Brown barn with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. This is 2nd start of the year and is a perfect undefeated 3 for 3. He cuts back in distance and has been working very well in the mornings. #2 Pappacap hails from the Mark Casse barn and is a stalker who should be just off the pace. Flavien Prat gets the nod and he has been working very well in the mornings. #4 Morello comes in for Steve Asmussen and Joel Rosario in the saddle. After the G1 Wood he has been off for two months looking to get back to his undefeated schedule before last the last race.

Race #7 – The G1 Ogden Phipps – 1 1/16 – 3:05 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #3- Malathaat / #4 – Clairiere / #1 – Letruska

#3 Malathaat is a closing daughter of Curlin for Pletcher and John Velasquez. She’s been off for 50 days and exits off a win. Johnny V fits her like a glove and she is 2 for 2 at the distance ITM. #4 Clairiere hails from the Asmussen barn with Joel Rosario aboard. She just got bested in the G1 Apple Blossom by Letruska and looks to turn the tables today. #1 Letruska is a speedy daughter of Super Saver with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She is 8 for 8 at the distance in ITM and be very dangerous if left alone on the front end for the Fausto Gutierrez barn.

Race #8 – The G1 Jaipur – 6f on the turf – 3:53 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #5 Arrest Me Red / #13 – Gregorian Chant /#11 – Chasing Artie

#5 Arrest Me Red hails from the Wesley Ward barn with Irad Ortiz aboard. Son of Pioneer of the Nile who is 7 for 8 ITM on the greensward. Ortiz is winning 31% for the meet and 24% with stalking style runners. #13 Gregorian Chant is a late runner from the Phil D’Amato barn with Joel Rosario in the saddle. This is his 3rd off the layoff move and the rider is 12 for 20 the past week ITM. #11 Chasing Artie goes to post for Saffie Joseph and John Velasquez. A solid stalker who should be in good position for the trainer and Johnny V wins 17% with stalking runners.

Race #9 – The G1 Metropolitan Handicap – 1 mile – 4:43 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #4 – Happy Saver / #1 – Flightline / #2 – Speaker’s Corner

#4 Happy Saver is a stalker from the Todd Pletcher barn with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. 2nd time off the layoff and shortens up in distance. He is 1 for 1 going a mile and should get a good trip under Ortiz who wins 24% with stalkers. #1 Flightline is a speedy son of Tapit who is undefeated and has won by 36 lengths in three efforts. The rail post is winning at a 22% clip and with his victory in the G1 Malibu you can see a big effort ready to take flight today. Flavien Prat aboard for John Sadler. #2 Speaker’s Corner hails from the Bill Mott barn and shows tons of early speed. Junior Alvarado has the call and will keep it an honest pace from the break.

Race #10 – The G1 Manhattan – 1 1/4 on the turf – 5:38 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #2 – Gufo / #4 – Adhamo / #9 – Santin

#2 Gufo is a strong closer for Christophe Clement and Joel Rosario. He is 6 for 6 ITM at Belmont and just missed coming 7 wide at the top of the lane last out. Rider and trainer are winning at a 25% clip as a team. Look for a strong late kick in the final quarter. #4 Adhamo hails from the Chad Brown barn with Flavien Prat in the saddle. His third start in the states since shipping over from France. He gets added distance and Prat wins 25% with closers on the turf. #9 Santin is a tactical stalker for Brendan Walsh and Tyler Gaffalione. He always gives an honest late run and is 5 for 6 ITM lifetime.

Race #11 – The G1 Belmont – 1 1/2 – 6:44 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #6 – Mo Donegal / #4 – Rich Strike / #3 -Nest

#6 Mo Donegal had a good closing run in the Derby but came up short down the lane running out of real estate for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz. This son of Uncle Mo gets added distance and is 2 for 2 ITM at Belmont. Ortiz does well in New York and short of saying this is homefield advantage, it surely fits his bill. 3rd time off the layoff and back to his home base is a plus today. #4 Rich Strike shocked the racing world winning the Derby, and has enjoyed the time off skipping the Preakness and working like a champ. Sonny Leon stays aboard and this is one of my favorite angles of two off the synthetic surface since running in the G3 Jeff Ruby at Turfway Park. Look for a fresh and ready horse today. #3 Nest is a stalking gal from the Pletcher barn with Jose Ortiz. She is 6 for 6 ITM lifetime and done very little wrong. She beat the boys in the Suncoast at Tampa back in February and was the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Oaks in May. She should enjoy the distance and will put in a solid run as they turn for home.

 

Top Horses to Bet on Today – June 4

BetPTC.com Analysis – Saturday, June 4, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Belmont

Race #9 – The G2 Pennine Ridge – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:12 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #4 Napoleonic War / #6 Emmanuel / #7 – Unanimous Consent

#4 Napoleonic War is a fast closing son of War Front. Flavien Part has the call for Chad Brown and he is bred to enjoy the sod. He moves up in class, but Prat replaces Manny Franco aboard this runner as Franco is riding the favorite for Chad Brown. I’m looking for a huge effort from Prat as he wins 43% with Brown. #6 Emmanuel is a speedy colt for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz in the saddle. Ortiz put on a clinic in California last weekend and returns to his home base to take this colt from wire to wire. #7 Unanimous Consent is undefeated for Chad Brown and Manny Franco and is a perfect three straight. He’ll be right in the mix, but they get an added sixteenth of a mile to run. I think he may come up a bit short and chasing the price is well worth looking to try and beat him today.

Woodbine

Race #8 – The G2 Royal North – 6 1/2f on the turf – 4:59 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #5- Boardroom / #6 Amalfi Coast / #8 – Souper Sensational

#5 Boardroom is a late runner for Josie Carroll and Rafael Hernandez in the saddle. 2nd time off a layoff and has never ran on the grass. The trainer wins 16% with turf stakes and fist time on the weeds yields a 17% win clip. 2nd off the layoff the barn wins 26%. #6 Amalfi Coast hails from the Mark Casse barn with Justin Stein in the irons. Comes off a 7 month layoff and Casse is a wizard at spotting his runners in the right place. She is 3 for 6 ITM over the course and should be a player down the lane. #8 Souper Sensational is a stalker from the Casse barn shipping in from KEE in the G2 Raven Run. She is a daughter of Curlin and will be right in the thick of the action today.

Santa Anita

Race #2 – The G3 Desert Stormer – 6f – 4:33 pm

BetPTC.com Analysis / #5 Becca Taylor / #1 Dance to the Music / #2 – Dynasty of Her Own

#5 Becca Taylor is a stalker for Steven Miyadi and J.J. Hernandez. She is 7 wins from 8 starts and 1 second place finish. She moves up in class and makes her 2nd off the layoff. She is 3 for 3 at SA. The one to beat. #1 Dance to the Music is early speed from the rail for Mark Glatt. Abel Cedillo has the call and should dictate the pace from the rail post. She has faced better and can easily upset the applecart. #2 Dynasty of Her Own is a stalker for Johnathan Wong. 2nd off the layoff going from turf to dirt today in this compact field. Those bullet works are very attractive on the way to the windows.