Friday Night Australian Racing, January 20th, 2017

Race 1A Australia (Randwick) Friday, January 20, 2017.  AUSTRALIAN FIRE HOSE PLATE ($100K) 8:40pm EST (7:40pm CST, 5:40pm PST).  W, P, S, Ex, Qu, Tri, Super 2yo OPEN class.  5 furlongs, Apprentices Can Claim.  Picks 6-11-2.

#6 Ultramarine (7/1 ML) looked OK in his recent trial and I think he has some early tactical speed and the ability to finish a bit, which may be useful in this spot.  Usually when Blake Shinn rides for the Snowdens they are trying to win “bigly.”  A caveat – if the Snowdens are actually “live” this horse will be 4/1 or lower odds at post time.  #11 Sweet Bouquet (13/1 ML) has a lot of early speed and drew the rail, so I think we found our early race leader.  By “sneaky good” sire Dream Ahead (he was Frankel’s main competition in England when they raced against each other), this filly could be a really nice surprise package at double figure odds.  #2 Eden Rock (5/2 ML favorite) can close from farther than mid-pack and it was obvious that they were not trying to win their latest trial.  I will use this one in the exotics.

 

Race 1B Australia (Moonee Valley) Friday, January 20, 2017.  WILLIAM HILL (BM78) ($80K) 9:00pm EST (8:00pm CST, 6:00pm PST) W, P, S, Ex, Qu, Tri, Super 3yo BM78. 6 furlongs, Apprentices Can Claim.  Picks 4-5-1.

This is a handicap, which means the more successful horses have to carry more weight.  The horses to bet on are the horses that have shown some ability but have yet to be “heavily weighted.”  #4 Awake In Grinzing (7/1 ML) won its first race nicely, then was put in stakes races and high level handicaps, running OK speed figures but not finishing well.  Takes 2 steps down the class ladder to a BM 78 handicap, is back to the 6 furlong winning distance, and gets 7 pounds from the top weight, #1 Invincible AL.  #5 Malaise (4/1 ML) is taking two or three jumps UP from Maiden, a level that he cleared in his second career start for O’shea and Godolphin.  Runs here off two trials and a nearly 5-month break.  Usually the Godolphinites don’t waste a race.  I think Malaise will be ready.  #1 Invincible Al (9/2 ML) has put together four good races in a row with decent speed figures and is a fairly consistent horse (9-2-2-2).  However, he does not seem like a horse with much improvement in him.  I doubt he will beat both Awake In Grinzing and Malaise.

Graded Stakes Preview, Saturday 1/21/2017

Rain, Rain Go Away.  At the Fair Grounds We Want to Play!

There are two graded stakes at the Fair Grounds this week, the Grade 3 Col. E.R. Bradly at a mile and 1/16th on turf and the Grade 3 LeComte for 3yo at one mile and 70 yards on the dirt.  As of this writing, the New Orleans area is getting hit with heavy rains on Thursday, and is expected to get more rain on Friday and heavy thunderstorms on Saturday.  Because of the heavy rain, I would expect the Col. E.R. Bradley race (and the other FG grass races on the day) to come off the turf.

Here are a couple of potential mudders if the Col. E.R. Bradley comes off the turf – which may come in handy, as only One Mean Man has an “off track win” in the field.  Rocket Time caught a wet-fast track off the layoff when he was facing much better horses at CD on October 1, 2016.  His Wet-track pedigree numbers are good and he should match up class wise.  Western Reserve has a great Wet-Track pedigree number and he was third in an N3X 7 furlong dirt sprint at Saratoga on a fast track, which means he fits well here class wise.

 

The LeComte Stakes – A Riddle Enveloped by an Enigma!

FG Race 11 (post 6:00 Eastern) The LeComte Stakes (Grade 3), 1 Mile 70 yards

Class:  Most of these runners are coming off restricted stakes efforts or maiden wins.  I’ll take Running Mate as he has won an open N1x allowance at the Fair Grounds in decent time.

Expected Pace:  I think it will be quick, but there does not look like there are many quality closers in the field.  That may allow a “dyed in the wool” front runner like Running Mate to lead a long way and possibly steal the race.

Consistency:  Saint’s Fan is two for two wins in Louisiana-bred company it looks like he has a decent closing kick.

BetPTC.com Selections:

1st – #9 Running Mate (10/1)   2nd – #12 Saint’s Fan (5/1)   3rd #10 Takeoff (6/1)

RUNNING MATE definitely is the speed of the speed and it looks like they tried to rate him last time at 2/5 odds.  Expect a “take no prisoners” front running ride on Saturday.  10/1 on this kindg of horse would be a gift.  Saint’s Fan is flashy, but he’s unproven at the route distance and I would want to get 8/1 on him in a field with some decent horses.  Takeoff is a bit of a stab but trainer Mark Casse and jockey Florent Geroux usually go well together, and over the last 60 days they are 4 for 8 wins, 6 for 8 in the money, for a 40% flat bet profit.

 

The Santa Monica at Santa Anita – BC Filly and Mare Sprint Champ Finest City Returns!

SA Race 5 (post 5:30 Eastern) The Santa Monica Stakes (Grade 2), 7 Furlongs

Class:  Finest City likes these longer one turn sprints and she won the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last November.  She has some bullets in her work tab so I assume her connections are hoping for close to full effort.

Expected Pace:  Fantastic Style is the only natural lead horse in the field and should clear.  Her problems have been related to finishing races well.  Her last three races have been below par for her.

Consistency:  Bad Ju Ju has won three non-claiming races in a row in Southern California since Peter Miller claimer her away from Doug O’Neill for $40,000 on October 8th, 2016.

BetPTC.com Selections:

1st – #4 Fantastic Style (5/2)   2nd – #1 Finest City (6/5)   3rd #2 Bad Ju Ju (2/1)

Doug O’Neill just got FANTASTIC STYLE from Bob Baffert, and I think it would really help O’Neill out a lot if he can get this mare to beat the reigning BC champ.  Having drawn well in post 4 of 5, Fantastic Style should be able to control the pace and get that big win.  Finest City probably can’t lose if she fires her “A” game, but that only happens once every four or five races.  She might be vulnerable here.  Bad Ju Ju isn’t a Southern California Grade 2 horse and 2/1 is in my opinion a huge underlay.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 1/16/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Thoroughbred racing is starting to kick up as 2017 is in full swing. The winter ovals are running and the marquee races are starting to pop-up every weekend. – Oaklawn, Gulfstream, Fair Grounds, Santa Anita, Tampa Bay Downs, and “The Big A” Aqueduct.  Just keep your eyes peeled as it’s just a matter of time before the road to the Derby starts to sort itself out. It’s never too early to get your bankroll going, and here are some runners who are sure to make your day a winner. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Gulfstream Park

1/14/17

Race #2 – #6 – Powerful Instinct – 1 1/8 on the turf

Luis Saez rode a perfect race and did everything but win. At the 1/4 pole Saez tipped off the rail and went six wide. He finished with a flourish weaving through the field getting the second prize this day.

Race #3 – #6 – Run and Go – 6f

First timer from the Pletcher barn and Javier Castellano did a masterful job guiding this daughter of Union Rags. She drew off to an easy 4 length victory with the greatest of ease and she’ll only get better off this effort. She deserves a play back off this impressive win.

Race #6 – #8 – Dickinson – 1 1/16 on the turf

Shipped in from Belmont Park after a two month break. Daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro who is 2/2 over the sod. Moved up in company this day to the (G-3) Marshua’s River, and John Velasquez had her in perfect position. She was forced to steady at the top of the lane, and gathered her composure to finish a strong 4th place effort for McLaughlin barn.

Turfway Park

1/14/17

Race #1 – #3 – Stormy Mission – 6f on the AW

Stumbled badly at the break and rushed up and grabbed the lead to show the way by two lengths. John McKee tried to settle his mount but came up a little short down the lane.

Race #2 – #6 – Devil Alert – 6f on the AW

John McKee in the saddle for Dan O’Hallaron barn. She was sent off the odds-on favorite and didn’t give a strong performance as a closer picking up the pace. She managed a fourth place effort, and maybe “The Devil” will do better going 6 1/2f or getting a red-hot pace to close into.

Race #7 – #3 – Porter Street -1 mile on the AW

First time starter from the Wesley Ward barn. Alonso Quinonez was off a beat slow and clung to the rail saving ground. At the 1/4 pole he was forced to tap on the breaks stopping his momentum and still managed to finish with a very string effort to get bested at the wire.

Friday Night Australian Racing, 1/13/2017

Track Conditions at Flemington and Randwick:  Good 4, similar to North American “Good.”

Scratches: There are no scratches in tonight’s feature races.

Race 1B Australia (Flemington) Friday, January 13, 2017.  BETTER BEYOND (BM78) ($80K) 8:48pm EST (7:48pm CST, 5:48pm PST) W, P, S, Ex, Qu, Tri, Super 3yo BM78 7 furlongs, Apprentices Can Claim.  Picks 1-3-5.

#1 WIDGEE TURF (5/2 ML) has a nice race record and just missed in a AUD $100,000 stake at Moonee Valley on December 31st.  This is a significant drop into lower level handicap racing with an $80,000 purse.  He also has a win at Flemington going 7 furlongs, usually a key factor in winning at the Flemington 7f distance.  #3 Emptor (3/1 ML) is two to three lifetime for the O’Shea/Godolphin operation, but has yet to try the 7 furlong distance at any track.  #5 Fudged (20/1 ML) has been facing weaker opponents, but has two wins in four starts and the wins were at 7 furlongs and 1 mile, so she should be finishing well late.

 

Race 2B Australia (Flemington) Friday, January 13, 2017.  SEASCAY (BM84) ($80K) 9:22pm EST (8:22pm CST, 6:22pm PST) W, P, S, Ex, Qu, Tri, Super 3yo+ FM BM84, 1 1/4 miles, Apprentices Can Claim.  Picks 2-1-3

#2 HONEY CARA (3/1 ML) is getting 10 pounds from the highweight and is trained by expert stamina trainer Darren Weir.  #1 Hell Or Highwater (3/1 ML) is in great form right now and she shows one of my favorite angles: Playing milers like her to stretch out to the longer 10 furlong distance.  Giving away 10 pounds or more to the field is a concern, however.  #3 Vandancer (7/2 ML) appears to be going the right way off a win at this level on December 24th.

 

Race 2C Australia (Randwick / Ascot) Friday, January 13, 2017.  #THERACES (BM78) ($100K) 9:40pm EST (8:40pm CST, 6:40pm PST) W, P, S, Ex, Qu, Tri, Super 3yo+ FM BM78, 6 furlongs. Apprentices Can Claim.  Picks 4-6-3

#4 RAIMENT (2/1 ML) is back at the same handicap level where he lost by a nose.  He seems well spotted to improve his record tonight.  Actually loses a pound from the last nose loss on December 31st.  #6 Thelittleracketeer (15/1 ML) wins often enough to have a competitive earnings per start figure and seems ready to make a go for a top four finish.    #2 Sangiovese (6/1 ML) is moving up the adder nicely and is well bred.  A great horse to use in the exotics.

Graded Stakes Preview, Saturday 1/14/2017

Fillies and Mares are set to go in Gulfstream’s Marshua’s River Stakes

GP Race 6 (post 2:30 Eastern), the Marshua’s River (Grade 3, turf).  8.5 furlongs.

Class:  Slight edge to Sandiva.  She has earned $620,040 in 21 turf starts.  Isabella Sings also has earned well, $523,470 in 18 starts.

Expected Pace:  Isabella Sings will go as far as she can on a quick pace, pressured by turf sprinter/miler Dickinson.

Consistency:  Sandiva has a great record at Gulfstream turf, which can be a tricky track (6-3-2-1), and a good record at the 8.5 furlong distance (4-2-0-1).

BetPTC.com Selections:

1st – #3 Sandiva (3/1)   2nd – #7 Isabella Sings (9/5)   3rd – #5 Sea Coast (7/2)

We think SANDIVA is well spotted here second off the layoff and that the 8.5 furlongs might give her enough distance to chase down top threat/stablemate Isabella Sings.  Sea Coast has been a strong second twice to Isabella Sings, both times at good odds.  7/2 probably is too short for a win bet or an exotics play this weekend.

Older Turfers Throw It Down in Gulfstream’s Ft. Lauderdale Stakes

GP Race 10 (post 4:34 Eastern), the Ft. Lauderdale (Grade 2, turf).  8.5 furlongs.

Class:  Divisidero.  He has earned $718,850 in only 9 turf starts.

Expected Pace:  Heart to Heart figures to go as far as he can.  It looks like Diamond Bachelor will try to keep up.

Consistency:  Divisidero is (9-4-1-2) on turf and Rose Brier is also extremely reliable for the exacta (32-13-10-3).

BetPTC.com Selections:

1st – #7 Divisidero (4/1)   2nd – #1 Heart to Heart (3/1)   3rd – #5 Rose Briar (15/1)

DIVISIDERO has Grade 1 back class and a 59 flat breezing turf work on January 1st.  We expect trainer Buff Bradley to have this guy ready.  Heart to Heart is a horse to use in your pick 4/pick 5, because he win races and MIGHT get loose.  Hard to swallow what could be a short win price.  As noted above Rose Briar is just going so well it is hard to leave him out of the exotics.  At the 15/1 ML quote we would try to find a way to use him.

Older Dirt Males Get Line Up in Gulfstream’s Hal’s Hope Stakes!

GP Race 11 (post 5:05 Eastern), the Hal’s Hope (Grade 3).  One Mile/One Turn.

Class:  Amy’s Flatter.  He has earned $425.717 in only 7 fast dirt starts.

Expected Pace:  I think either Unbridled Outlaw will set the pace of force it from the outside post.  The unknown factor is Dolphus, who showed excellent pace in a sloppy track win against “off the turf” foes after adding blinkers.  Bird Song and Mr. Jordan figure to be up close.

Consistency:  Mr. Jordan has never won at Gulfstream Park (5-0-3-1), but he usually runs OK.

BetPTC.com Selections:

1st – #3 Bird Song (6/1)   2nd – #8 Mr. Jordan (5/2)   3rd – #2 Tommy Macho (9/2)

BIRD SONG figures to get a really nice trip and as noted above, Mr. Jordan is no sure thing at Gulfstream Park.  Tommy Macho used to be one of the best dirt milers on the East Coast.  His Gulfstream Park record (2-1-0-1) is acceptable and if you have the faith 9/2 would be a square price.

It’s not pronounced Ca-na-da.  It’s the La Can-ya-da Stakes!

SA Race 5 (post 2:30 Pacific, 5:30 Eastern), the La Canada (Grade 2).  8.5 furlongs/two turns

Class:  Vale Dori.  She has earned $447.019 in only 9 fast dirt starts.

Expected Pace:  Vale Dori will be sent from her rail draw.

Consistency:  Vale Dori (10-5-3-1) only finished out of the money once, taking on males like Lani in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Derby.

BetPTC.com Selections:

1st – #1 Vale Dori (1/5)   2nd – #3 Wild at Heart (9/2)   3rd – #2 Enduring Erin (8/1)

We are not really the strongest Vale Dori fans, but she definitely will run her race and probably grind out a popular victory at short win odds.  Wild at Heart is a nice animal, but probably not up to the Grade 2 level for a victory unless she runs back to big speed figures earned while sprinting on Feb 8, 2015 or Oct 9, 2016.  Enduring Erin is a claimer showing new energy after a claim on July 31, 2016.  On paper her recent races compare well with Wild At Heart.

Dubai Racing Carnival Live Blog – Thursday Jan. 12

Live Blog Dubai World Cup Carnival week two live blog!
 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 1/9/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Rain, bitter cold, and sub zero windchill’s covered many ovals this past weekend. – It never stopped the mailman, and the horsemen always try to put on the show. When the winds start making that five degree night in the minus zone and rain holds court in areas that see little to no precipitation. Thoroughbred racing is at the mercy of Mother Nature. – Rest assured, the rain and cold won’t last forever and you’ll be seeing a full compliment of red-hot racing action soon.  In the meantime, here are some runners you’ll be waiting to see hit the entry box as they’ll offer up some good value at the windows. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com ! 

Gulfstream Park

1/7/17

Race #3 – #4 – Summer Luck – 6f on the dirt

Javier Castellano in the irons for Mark Casse. A solid daughter of Lookin at Lucky had her first start in 57 days. She was bumped at the break and checked back shortly after. The good news is she managed to get it all together and turn in a very impressive 3rd place effort. She was turning back from a mile at Churchill and this race may be sign of good things to come.

Race #4 – #2 – Shiraz – 7 1/2f on the turf

Paco Lopez in the saddle for Mike Maker, and they brought a son of Tale of the Cat to post. It was his second off the layoff shipping in from New York and he checked off heels losing his action. The upside was he still managed a show placing after getting a tough trip.

Race #5 – #4 -Expedition –  1 1/16 on the main

Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat for Todd Pletcher. This son of Pioneer of the Nile bobbled at the break and got back on path down the backstretch. He was in a striking position to make a run and appeared to call it an early day. This was his 2nd lifetime effort and he should improve for the trainer next out as the barn is known for getting all the bugs out ready to roll.

Race #7 – #7 – Something Awesome – 7f on the dirt

Corey Lanerie was in the saddle and his mount was making his 1st start in 55 days. He shipped in from Woodbine and came rolling 7 wide late with very good energy.

Race #8 – #6 – Inflexibilty – 1 1/16 on the turf

Joel Rosario in the saddle for Chad Brown. They brought a daughter of Scat Daddy who was a first timer coming off a solid work tab at Palm Meadows. She was bothered at the start and this took her mind completely off business. Brown will have her more focused as he wins (25%) on the turf.

Race #9 – #7 – Bellavais – 7 1/2f on the turf

John Velasquez was aboard this filly making her first start in 59 days shipping in from Aqueduct. She was hammered in and threaded the needle at the top of the lane. At the 1/4 pole she tipped off making her run when an opponent struck her with a whip across her nose. She jumped a shadow and tried to bite the other horse. – The good news is she won by 3/4 and will only get better from here.

Tampa Bay Downs

1/7/17

Race #3 – #4 – Big Bad Kitty – 6f on the dirt

He was a first time starter with Erick Rodriguez in the irons. Sent off the odds-on favorite he hit the side of the gate upon leaving and was off very slow. – This race is one for the trash bin as he’ll come back ready to reward his backers.

Friday Night Australian Racing, 1/6/2017

Race 1A Australia (Warwick Farm) Friday, January 6, 2017 HAPPY 2017 HCP ($100K) 8:40pm EST (7:40pm CST, 5:40pm PST) W, P, S, Ex, Qu, Tri, Super 2yo OPEN 6 furlongs Apprentices Can Claim.  Picks 4-1

I think #4 Radiant Choice (3/1 ML) is the speed of the speed in here, which may allow him to turn the tables on #1 Single Bullet (7/5 ML).  Coming out of a $202,200 purse/stakes to an open $100,000 handicap they both would seem to have a major class edge on the others.

 

Race 2A Australia (Warwick Farm) Friday, January 6, 2017.  TAB REWARDS (BM70) ($100K) 9:20pm EST (8:20pm CST, 6:20pm PST) W, P, S, Ex, Qu, Tri, Super 3yo BM70, 7 furlongs. Apprentices Can Claim.  Picks 5-1

#5 Argent D’or (15/1 ML) has acceptable form and gets 7 pounds from the top weight (and my second pick), #1 Redouble (7/2 ML), who also has the top speed figures.

Graded Stakes Preview, Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Let’s All Hit the Dania Beach!

GP Race 4 (Post 12:30 pm Eastern), The Dania Beach S. (Grade 3, turf), 3 yo, 7.5 f

Class:  Made You Look has had the most success in open company around two turns, including a Grade 2 stakes win at Saratoga on August 31st, 2016.

Expected Pace:  Squadron and/or Hey Mike will lead.

Consistency:  In a limited number of starts these runners look closely matched and consistent.

Bet PTC.com Selections:

1st – #1 Kitten’s Cat (3/1)   2nd – #7 Made You Look (9/5)  

3rd – #3 Minister’s Strike (4/1)

KITTENS CAT has faced some toughies, is the best bred horse for the grass and comes from a hot barn.  Not a great price at 3/1 on the morning line but appears to tick some boxes.  Made You Look is a stakes-quality grass runner that also well-bred for the grass.  Minister’s Strike is well bred for the grass and has won its first two starts against moderate quality.  He needs to finish stronger to win a graded grass stakes.

 

Down The Hill in the Las Cienegas at Santa Anita

SA Race 3 (Post 4:30 pm Eastern), The Las Cienegas (Grade 3, turf), F&M 4up, 6.5 f

Class:  Prize Exhibit is not a very consistent animal,, but she has earned $572,404, which is more than her four other competitors have earned on turf combined.

Expected Pace:  Watch This Cat probably makes the early lead with her nice outside draw.

Consistency: Watch This Cat is 2 for 2 wins down the hill,, no meat feat.

Bet PTC.com Selections:

1st – #5 Watch This Cat (3/1)   2nd – #4 Prize Exhibit (9/5)  

3rd – #2 Paquita Coqueta (2/1)

WATCH THIS CAT just appears to have found a new career going down the hill at Santa Anita.  “Down the hill” races are largely won by horses that have had success (wins) going down the hill in the past, much more than other types of turf sprints.  Prize Exhibit is a must-use for me in the horizontals:  every two or three months she runs a big race.  Paquita Coqueta is a hard trier who spent her formative years toiling in Santiago, Chile, for low purses, which in part explains why her earnings per start are so low.  In her last race she out-broke the field and was able to “coast” on the front end.  I do not anticipate that happening on Saturday.

 

Time to Expose the Sham Stakes!

SA Race 7 (Post 6:30 pm Eastern), The Sham Stakes (Grade 3), 3yo, 1 Mile

Class:  American Anthem won his debut in very fast time.  The only other horse in this field that can say that is Gormley.

Expected Pace:  Fast!  Many want to lead if they can.

Consistency:  Gormley won his first two races before finding the water a bit deep in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile and a rough trip.  Saturday’s Sham Stakes is full of horses he should easily handle.

Bet PTC.com Selections:

1st – #1 American Anthem (9/5)   2nd – #4 Gormley (8/5)  

3rd – #2 Colonel Samsen (12/1)

AMERICAN ANTHEM can with this race, but we think down the line he will prove to be the best of this bunch.  9/5 is not a great price though, we are banking on future performance over proven ability.  Gormley probably deserves to be the favorite, but at this stage we are not convinced he is a “bona fide” Kentucky Derby prospect.  Colonel Samsen appears to be a slow plodder – because he IS a slow plodder!  But he may be able to avoid getting into trouble if there is a strong speed duel and finish well.  He also has never raced on dirt, and some horses going poly to dirt put up good numbers.

 

Top Notch West Coast Turfers Line Up in the San Gabriel Stakes!

SA Race 9 (Post 7:30 pm Eastern), The Sam Gabriel Stakes (Grade 2, turf), 3yo, 9 f

Class:  Ring Weekend has won $1,101,984 in only 12 starts

Expected Pace:  Sluggish.  Blue Tone is the only E-style runner and he drew the rail, which implies he has to send early.  Flamboyant, Itsinthepost and Ring Weekend will be fairly close to the lead

Consistency:  Perfectly Majestic has finished in the money quite often (18-4-5-6)

Bet PTC.com Selections:

1st – #11 Ring Weekend (5/2)   2nd – #3 Flamboyant (6/1)

3rd – #2 Perfectly Majestic (8/1)

RING WEEKEND is the horse to beat.  We do not expect the 11 post to be an issue.  Keep in mind his barn tends to win more often when they “get a price.”  We have been waiting for Flamboyant to run the 9 furlong distance again.  He just doesn’t have the stamina to win these top-level distance races.  We think 6/1 is a GREAT win price for him.  As noted above, Perfectly Majestic is a very consistent runner, there are just a few toughies in this race.

How are you going to be better in 2017 at the races?

By STRETCH

What are you going to do in 2017 to give yourself a better chance to be successful at the races?

I find so many race players doing the same thing year after year and think this is going to be their year? Why do they think that? Don’t they know the definition of insanity? Well if you don’t, “it’s doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.”

Here are a few tips to help you make a slight change to be even better at the races:

-Getting more information to play the races is getting easier by the day, take advantage of it. Getting your forms or pps. can be sent directly to your email box, you do not even have to leave your house. There is no reason why you can’t take a look at the form online the night before, instead of waiting until the day of the races because you were to lazy to head out to get the form. All the hidden trainer stats are no longer hidden for you, they are easy to find as well

-It is so easy now to watch replays. They are everywhere and usually free. If you are not using a replay feature, start. BETPTC makes it so easy to search for a race or a date and watch it, then head right back to the live races.

-Finding the carryovers, again everyone online, and if you have read my blogs in the past, you know I am on them everyone day. Dead money always makes that bet a better bet.

-If you have been playing the races like I have for over 25 years now, you have experience on your side. The newer players may use their tech savvy side, but the experience and using the new handicapping tools can take you to another level, make it happen. Experience allows you to understand the information you take it that much quicker, take advantage of this.

-Never think you know it all, I know to many horse players that think they do and have stopped trying to learn and improve. Do not be one of these in 2017

Happy New Year and lets make 2017 an even better year at the races