BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 10/21/17

BetPTC.com / Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Keeneland

Race #9 – The G2 Raven Run – 7f – 5:30 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Nonna Mela / #7 – Tequilita / #9 – Classy Tune

#4 – Nonna Mela = Daughter of Arch from the Todd Pletcher barn. She exits the G2 Prioress at Saratoga where she ran a very game 2nd place finish. She’s been away for 48 days and goes from 6f to 7f. The race sets up for her to be forwardly placed and if you go back two races she relished the distance winning by 4 1/2. #7 – Tequilita = Daughter of Union Rags comes from the Michael Matz barn. She is a perfect 1/1 at Keeneland breaking her maiden over the course, and last out won the G2 Charles Town Oaks. She is 4/4 ITM going 7f and is a late closing runner who will rely on Fergal Lynch to call the shots turning for home. #9 – Classy Tune = Daughter of Maclean’s Tune ships in from Del Mar where the barn wins 18% of the time. She’s been away for 46 days and was a beaten favorite last out where Simon Callaghan wins 29% on this move.

 

Belmont

Race #5 – The $300,000 Empire Classic – 1 1/8 – 2:34 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #3 -Twisted Tom / #4 – Control Group / #7 – Testosterstone

#3 – Twisted Tom = Javier Castellano for Chad Brown winning at a 22% clip the past two months. This son of Creative Cause is 2/2 in his efforts facing New York company and was ultra impressive winning the $250,000 Albany Stakes at Saratoga. He’s been away from the races for 57 days and a perfect 2/2 at the distance. He should get a perfect close up stalking trip and when given the cue should make his presence felt. #4 – Control Group = Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Rudy Rodriguez and this son of Posse does every well against New York runners. This is a huge step in class, but the colt is looking for his 4th straight win and there seems no better time to test the waters. #7 – Testosterstone = John Velazquez in the irons for Gary Sciacca and this son of Birdstone has been racing outside of New York company for awhile. When he does face New York-breds, he owns a strong late kick evident at Finger Lakes back in the summer.

Race #10 – The $250,000 Empire Distaff – 1 1/16 – 5:19 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #6 – Bonita Bianca / #8 – Literata / #9 – Five Star Rampage

#6 – Bonita Bianca = Daughter of Curlin has been off for 57 days and ran a huge effort in the Fleet Indian at Saratoga going 1 1/8. She turns back to 1 1/16 and is a perfect 2/2 over the course. She won the $250,000 Maid of the Mist last year and looks to notch another big payday here. #8 – Literata = Daughter of Read the Footnotes is making her 2nd start off a brief summer freshening. She drops back in against New York company and has been very effective against state-breds. She’ll be in mid-pack looking for a time to strike. #9 – Five Star Rampage = Daughter of Quality Road looks to make it 3-in-a-row. She is 2/3 ITM over the Belmont oval and owns a bullet work going 3f in 37.1 – She’ll be forwardly placed and Johnny V can use her tactical speed to her best advantage.

Laurel

Race #10 – The $150,000 Maryland Million Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:13 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #2 – John Jones / #9 – Clubman / #11 – Ghost Bay

#2 – John Jones = Speedy son of Smarty Jones is making his 2nd start of 2017. The last race was 6f on the turf and looks like a perfect prep. Stretching back out to 1 1/8 should not be a bad thing as he is 2/2 ITM going this far. Jevian Toledo in the irons and trainer Lacey Gaudet does well in non-graded stakes. #9 – Clubman = Sheldon Russell in the saddle as he is looking to make it 4-in-a-row. His runner owns a glowing bullet work as he makes his return to the races off a 57 day rest. #11 – Ghost Bay = Horacio Karamanos in the driver’s seat for this son of Ghostzapper. The barn is making the turf – dirt switch where they score 17% and 7/12 ITM over the course. He has a solid late run and will try and get in the game when they turn for home.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 10/15/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The last big weekend is in the books and the countdown to the Breeders’ Cup has officially started. At the time of this post, there are less than 21 days. You’ll want to keep tabs on final workouts, shipping schedules and the overall health reports you’ll find in many Thoroughbred publications. The summer is over and the races are in the books. Now is the time to keep on top of your reading and combing over race replays. – In the meantime, here are some runners that may come right back and build your bankroll. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com!

Belmont

10/7/17

Race #5 – Starter Allowance – 1 1/16 on the turf – #2 – King of Spades

#2 -King of Spades = Son of Street Cry who is 3/5 ITM at Belmont and cutting back from 1 1/4 to 1 1/16. He was dropping in class and had the services of Joel Rosario in the saddle. He was bumped soundly at the start and was pinched back. He got back on task and managed to finish 5th this day. – A cleaner trip has him right in the mix.

Race #8 – The G1 Champagne – 1 mile on the dirt – #4 – Enticed

#4 – Enticed = Son of Medaglia d’ Oro coming in off a strong maiden win. Kiaran McLaughlin trainee who ran green but still got the win at first asking. He owned a bullet work coming into the race and a solid work tab keeping all systems ready. He did an excellent job of tracking the pace but was shuffled into the 6 path at the top of the lane. It doesn’t take much to get a two-year-old off task and he put together a solid run finishing 3rd this day.

Race #9 – The G3 Hill Prince – 1 1/8 on the turf – #6 – Bricks and Mortar

#6 – Bricks and Mortar = Chad Brown trainee and a son of Giant’s Causeway. He was 2/2 at Belmont with wins and was a beaten favorite in the G3 Saranac at Saratoga. His late punch has been his calling card and Joel Rosario was in the saddle. – He was in tight after the break and forced to take up and steady. He made a good late run for the show dough and will be heard from next out with a little cleaner start.

Race #11 – Allowance – 1 1/16 on the turf – #4 – Minsky Moment

#4 – Minsky Moment = Chad Brown runner with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. This son of Flatter has been heavily bet the last 5 of 6 starts and has yet to run on the turf. His breeding suggests he should relish the sod and Ortiz win 18% on the greensward. He was bottled up around the far turn and was forced to tap on the brakes a few times. He tipped off the rail and made a strong late kick weaving in and out of traffic.

Keeneland

10/7/17

Race #5 – The G2 Woodford – 5 1/2f on the turf – #1 – Conquest Panthera

#1 – Conquest Panthera = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Mark Casse. They were dropping in class and cutting back from 1 mile to 5 1/2f. This son of Kitten’s Joy has faced some tough runners and the sprint this day was coming off his 3rd off the layoff – 17%. He broke slowly from the gate and saved ground the entire trip. Albarado tipped off the rail and made a strong late challenge finishing a very game 4th place.

Race #7 – The G1 First Lady – 1 mile on the turf – #3 – Dona Bruja

#3 – Dona Bruja = Declan Cannon in the irons for Ignacio Correas. She exited the 1 3/16 G1 Beverly D and was a beaten favorite that day. Ever since coming in from Argentina she has looked better with every effort. She is 11/11 ITM on the turf and was turning back to a flat mile. – She kicked going 6 wide and made a strong late run. Maybe a little more ground would be to her liking and if she gets the right distance she will come rolling late in the lane.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 10/8/17

This upcoming Saturday is going to be more than super! – There are many runners putting on the final touches before the Breeders’ Cup, and you don’t want to miss a single race. – Belmont and Keeneland offer up some best racing action of the season and don’t leave out Ohio as they offer up the “Best of Ohio” showcasing runners from the Buckeye state. This is a great time to be a racing fan! – In the meantime, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for these runners. They may have had a good excuse or give us plenty to look forward to watching next out. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

Belmont

9/30/17

Race #3 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 1/16

#4 – Road to Meath = Jose Ortiz in the saddle for Chad Brown. Three wide into the turn and 4 wide into the stretch. This was his 2nd start lifetime and was cutting back in distance from 6 1/2f – 1 1/16. Maybe a little less distance may be just what the doctor ordered.

Race #7 – G1 Vosburgh – 6f

#6 – Celtic Chaos = 3rd off the layoff and moving up in class for Kiaran McLaughlin. Tons of early speed and he was 3-4 wide closing into to be 4th. Maybe dropping back to New York company may help as this race offered up positive signs.

Race #8 – G3 Pilgrim – 1 1/16 on the turf

#5 – Voting Control = Son of Kitten’s Joy from the Chad Brown barn looking for two-in-a-row. Javier Castellano snatched up his mount and was squeezed back shortly after the start. After the early shenanigans, he rallied up to be 2nd money.

 

Santa Anita

9/30/17

Race #8 – G1 Front Runner – 1 1/16

#8 – Solomini = Son of Curlin for the Bob Baffert barn looking for two-in-a-row. He was 4 wide into the turn and was wide throughout and caught a very tough Bolt d’ Oro winning by 7 3/4. He should rebound nicely and give us more to look forward to watching.

Race #9 – G1 Rodeo Drive – 1 1/4 on the turf

#3 – Responsibleforlove = She is 2/3 ITM at Santa Anita and was coming off a 45-day rest. She saved ground and stalked and was forced to tap on the brakes multiple times. After this eventful trip, she managed to finish a solid 3rd.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 10/7/17

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Belmont

10/7/17

Race #8 – G1 Champagne – 1 mile on the main – 4:13 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #1 – Cowboy Karma / #8 – Aveenu Malcainu / #12 – Firenze Fire

#1 – Cowboy Karma = Son of Kodiak Cowboy exits the G3 Sapling as the beaten favorite for the Larry Jones barn. Draws the rail and owns a bullet work after this fast closing effort for second money. Alex Cintron in the irons and the move up in class looks to be the next logical level. He has a solid late kick and should get a ground-saving trip along the rail. #8 – Aveenu Malcainu = He is 2/2 with wins and is a son of Into Mischief. Jeremiah Englehart is the conditioner and has a perfect stalking style. He’s been traveling at a sprint distance and the added ground may be a welcome addition to the day. The bullet work at Belmont signals readiness. #12 – Firenze Fire = Colt from the Jason Servis barn and was two-in-a-row going into the G1 Hopeful. It may have been a clunker and is worth tossing out as a race to measure his ability. Going two turns should have him closer to the pace as a measured stalker.

Race #10 – The G1 Jockey Gold Cup – 1 1/4 mile on the main – 5:23 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #7 – Keen Ice / #5 – Rally Cry / #6 – Destin

#7 – Keen Ice = Son of Curlin who exits the G1 Whitney and had an eventful trip stumbling at the break and still managed to make a solid run finishing 2nd to Gun Runner. Jose Ortiz for Todd Pletcher and they are 3/3 ITM over the deep Belmont oval. He is 3/8 ITM at the distance and two back won the G2 Suburban going 1 1/4. #5 – Rally Cry = Son of Uncle Mo for the Todd Pletcher barn. A Very solid colt who brings his best every race. He is 3/4 ITM at Belmont. John Velasquez in the saddle and they are winning at a 27% clip. #6 – Destin = Luis Saez for Pletcher and the “Todd Squad” are coming loaded into this race. 3/3 ITM at Belmont and offers up an up-close style that may be effective going 1 1/4.

Keeneland

10/7/17

Race #5 – The G1 First Lady – 1 mile on the turf – 4:35 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #6 – Dickinson / #3 – Dona Bruja / #4 – Roca Roja

#6 – Dickinson = Paco Lopez in the irons for Kiaran McLaughlin and is 1/1 at Keeneland winning the G1 Jenny Wiley. Lopez is a very underrated rider and they cut back from 1 1/16 on the turf. #3 – Dona Bruja = Declan Cannon in the saddle and has been on fire since shipping in from Argentina. She cuts back from 1 3/16 and should be an effective closer on the lush greensward lawn at Keeneland. #4 – Roca Roja = Chad Brown trainee and she makes her second start off the layoff. She is 8/10 ITM on the grass and is a solid closer who will be rolling down the lane.

Race #8 – The G1 Breeders’ Futurity – 1 1/16 – 5:10 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Ten City / #7 – Givemeaminit / # 9 – Free Drop Billy

#4 – Ten City = Corey Lanerie picks up for the mount for Ken McPeek. – The trainer said early on this was one of the most talented runners he has trained. He broke his maiden at Keeneland and has two tuff races running into trouble. He owns a bullet work coming in and should be the major player. #7 – Givemeaminit = Dallas Stewart trainee who is a maiden, and a son of LA-bred Star Guitar. His effort in the G1 Hopeful was better than appears as he was bumped soundly. #9 – Free Drop Billy = This son of Union rags for the Romans barn is getting better with every race. He has a strong late kick and owns a bullet work to signal readiness. He can very easily take this race but may need a little pace to run down.

Race #9 – The G1 Shadwell Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 5:45 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #7 – Mondialiste / #8 – Miss Temple City / #12 – Offering Plan

#7 – Mondialiste = Fergal Lynch for David O’Meara. This son of Galileo has been knocking heads with some Euro tough guys. He rallied strongly at Woodbine and gets 2nd time Lasix. He’ll come calling down the stretch. #8 – Miss Temple City = Solid filly by Temple City who is 4/4 ITM at Kee. She comes in off a nice prep win at Kentucky Downs and should be ready to do battle on a track she loves. Graham Motion knows how to bring them ready and she’ll give them fits. #12 – Offering Plan = New York-bred from the Chad Brown who could make some big noise this day. He is making his 3rd start off the layoff and has a devasting late kick.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 10/2/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Summer gave most of the country a last blast of heat and humidity. The sweltering heat will soon be replaced by cool winds and nature’s foliage show. There are less than 40 days until the Breeders’ Cup sets up shop at Del Mar and we’ll see the best-of-the-best lock horns and do battle. Until then, here are some runners to keep on your radar. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

Belmont

9/23/17

Race #3 – G3 Noble Damsel – 1 mile on the turf

#2 – Sassy Little Lila = Daughter of Artie Schiller and bred to relish the turf. She was making her 2nd start after facing the boys in the G2 Four Star Dave. She grabbed the lead and did nothing wrong this day. She caught a much tougher gal in Off Limits and will give them fits next out. I am keeping her at the top of my list as this was a winning effort running 2nd.

Race #10 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6f on the turf

#10 – Lutheran Rags = Son of Union Rags for the Christophe Clement barn making his 2nd lifetime start. The barn wins 18% on this move and he rolling 4 wide into the lane showing a strong late kick. This race was a promising effort for next time out.

Churchill Downs

9/23/17

Race #1 – Claiming – 6f on the main

#4 – Doggerwinii = 2nd start off the layoff and this daughter of Maltese Dog showed very good early speed. She stretched out from 5 1/2f to 6f and shipped in from Indiana Grand. She was squeezed at the start and still managed to take the lead. A clean trip gets her in the winner’s circle.

Race #3 – Mdn Claiming – 7f on the main

#1 – Something Bird = 3rd off the shelf for the Mike Tomlinson barn. Son of Birdstone dropped down the class ladder (27%) and drew the red-hot rail post. He was caught in tight and forced to check up sharply. He managed to get back on task and grab the show dough this day.

Belterra Park

9/23/17

Race #5 – Claiming – 1 mile on the main

#5 – Lookin at Grace = Daughter of Lookin at Lucky and was making the turf – dirt switch (25%) for the William Brumley barn. She dropped down in class and had an awkward start. She circled the field quickly but was very wide the entire race.

Race #7 – Allowance – 6f on the main

#7 – Conundrum Red = Filly by Trappe Shot for the Doug Cowans barn. 2nd start off the layoff and she won easily under wraps by 7 1/4 on this day. She was on the wrong lead and still moved with fluent motion. – I’m keeping this little lady on the short list to follow right back.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 9/30/17

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Belmont

9/30/17

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Takaful / #5 – Mr. Crow / #2 – El Deal

Race #7 – G1 Vosburgh – 6f on the main- 4:04 pm ET

#4 – Takaful = Son of Bernardini exits a solid effort in the G1 H Allen Jerkins and cuts back in distance from 7f to 6f. He sports a bullet work and if you go back to last October you’ll see this guy broke his maiden over “Big Sandy” going 6 1/2f. The shorter distance, the bullet work and returning to a track he enjoys may be all good signs at the betting windows. – #5 – Mr. Crow = Son of Tapizar for the Todd Pletcher barn and he has rolled off two impressive wins. Today is a big step in class, but if the past efforts hold any good news is that he may be ready for this move. Luis Saez and Pletcher have been 4/14 the last two weeks as a team. #2 – El Deal = Speedster from the Jorge Navarro barn who has rolled off three straight wire-to-wire wins. He has plenty of speed and exits a win in the G1 Vanderbilt. He’s been off for two months and has been working a regular clip at Monmouth Park.

Race #8 – G3 Pilgrim – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:37 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #6 – Maraud / #5 – Voting Control / #8 – Evaluator

#6 – Maraud = 2-yr-old son of Blame who was ultra impressive in his maiden win. His dam has 3 starters, 3 winners, and 3 turf winners. John Velasquez aboard for Todd Pletcher and they have been winning 29% the past few months as a team. He was heavily bet in debut and did not disappoint. This next step looks well within his scope if his last race was any indicator. #5 – Voting Control = Son of Kitten’s Joy is well-bred to relish the sod for the Chad Brown barn with Javier Castellano aboard. He was 6 wide and made an impressive late punch over the Belmont green getting his maiden win at first asking. #8 – Evaluator = Joel Rosario in the irons and this New York-bred won at first asking and had a troubled trip in the G3 With Anticipation for New York runners. He was a beaten chalk that day, and the public will probably be using the Mike Dilger runner to complete exotic wagers.

Race #9 – G1 Beldame – 1 1/8 on the main – 5:11 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #1- Elate / #7 -Eskenformoney / #5 – Money’soncharlotte

#1 – Elate =Bill Mott trainee who exits a win in the G1 Alabama. She has a couple very nice works, and two back was a bullet over the Oklahoma training course. She cuts back in distance and ran an eventful trip against Abel Tasman in the G1 CCA where she was trapped in tight along the rail this day. Ortiz is named, and he and Mott have had a good run as a team winning 27% the past 60 days. – Look for a strong late run from this little lady. #7 – Eskenformoney = Javier Castellano and Pletcher hook up and she is 2/3 ITM at Belmont. She put the finishing touches on her efforts with a solid morning work. She always brings her “A” game. #5 – Money’soncharlotte = Kelly Breen brings his daughter of Mizzen Mast for the George Hall barn. She has rolled off three straight and makes a big jump up the class ladder. She’ll be forwardly placed and may try and take over about the 5/16th’s pole. A solid stalker who is in very good form.

Race #10 – G1 Joe Hirsch – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:45 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Sadler’s Joy / #5 – Beach Patrol / #1 – Money Multiplier

#4 – Sadler’s Joy = Son of Kitten’s Joy is 3/5 ITM over the course and makes his 3rd off the shelf move. He was an impressive winner in the G1 Sword Dancer and has the services of Julien Leparoux looking to make it two-in-a-row. He is 4/4 ITM going this route of ground, and this is going to be a big plus when they turn for home. #5 – Beach Patrol = Speedy son of Lemon Drop Kid for the Chad Brown barn. They exit a win in the G1 Arlington Million and if he can handle the added distance he’ll be a major player. The rider and trainer are 2/2 as a team the past few weeks and he comes in well-rested being away from the races for 49 days. #1 – Money Multiplier = Son of Lookin at Lucky is making his 3rd off the shelf 25% and was a very game in the G1 Sword Dancer and draws the red-hot rail spot. 2017 has shown us a maturing runner who can very easily take down the prize if given a clean trip. Javier Castellano in the saddle for Chad Brown this day.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 9/26/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The sport of racing lost a shining star. A personality that defined a time that needed a hero as the world stood in awe of her “Big Red.” – Penny Chenery, the beloved owner of Secretariat whose influence on the sport spanned decades and whose standing inspired generations of women in racing, died Saturday at her home in Colorado from complications of a stroke at age 95. – Rest in peace, Ms. Chenery.

Here are some runners to keep on your radar screen as we move forward into the next season. They may not have had a clean trip or were compromised in giving their best. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com!  

Belmont

9/16/17

Race #2 – Mdn Claiming – 1 1/16 on the turf – #10 – Culture Carrier

#10 – Culture Carrier = Son of Kitten’s Joy for the Chad Brown barn. He is bred to relish the turf and had the services of Javier Castellano in the saddle. He tracked at the back of the pack and tipped off going two wide making a very strong bid. He finished 4th this day and his 2nd effort out should show a much-improved runner ready to seal the deal.

Race #5 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 mile on the turf – #9 – City Day

#9 – City Day = Daughter of City Zip for Christophe Clement. She was getting first time Lasix (24%) and making her second start moving from the dirt to the turf. Her dam has 6 winners from 9 starters on the weeds and she had a couple works on the deep Oklahoma training track at Saratoga. – She tracked near the back and swung out 4 wide making a solid bid to be 3rd. This is a great building block race for efforts to come.

Race #7 – A.O.C – 1 mile on the turf – #10 – Black Tide

#10 – Black Tide = He is a blistering speed type under the handling of Jose Lezcano. He is 6/9 ITM over the Belmont turf and exits the $150k West Point stakes. Trainer David Cannizzo has him cranked up and he shows his early foot every time. He led all the way and floated out 7 wide in the turn and when Lezcano got him back on task he did some bumping down the lane. He got the show-dough this effort and can wire them easily. Just keep your eyes peeled for race lacking a torrid pace.

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Race #9 – The G2 Sands Point – 1 1/8 on the turf – #10 – Inflexibility

#10 – Inflexibility = Daughter of Scat Daddy shipping in from Woodbine. She broke her maiden on the Belmont turf and is 3/3 ITM on the sod. She has a good late kick and was making a step up the class ladder against this field. Chad Brown trainee with Javier Castellano in the irons. – She was wide early on and was forced to steady off of heels early and gave her best effort to be 4th. I think she is sitting on a big effort but you just can’t strut your stuff against better when you have any kind of traffic problems.

Race #10 – Claiming – 1 mile on the turf – #12 – Performance Bonus

#12 – Performance Bonus = Chad Brown runner breaking from the far post this day. He is a solid 3/3 ITM over the Belmont green and was dropping down in condition claiming levels. He was a beaten chalk the last race and Brown comes back to win (30%) on this move. He was hung even wider after the break and saw about an 1/8th of a mile if not further than the rest. Javier Castellano managed to rally for 3rd and this was a respectable effort all things considered.

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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 9/23/17

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Belmont

9/23/17

Race #3 – The G3 Noble Damsel – 1 mile on the turf – 2:32 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #5 – Off Limits / #2 – Sassy Little Lila / #1 – Celestine

#5 – Off Limits = Joel Rosario for the Chad Brown barn and the race is filled with plenty of speed. This daughter of Mastercraftsman is a stone cold closer and with a salty pace expected he should benefit greatly. He is 2/3 ITM at Belmont and the barn is 13/26 the last 14 days. Look for a big run at the top of the lane. #2 – Sassy Little Lila = She has a blast of speed to be respected. A daughter of Artie Schiller and Julien Leparoux in the irons for Brad Cox. She faced the boys last out in the G1 4 Star Dave. – If she grabs the lead she could be a tough customer this day. #1 – Celestine = Irad Ortiz aboard for Clement and draws the rail with plenty of early foot. She is 3/4 ITM over the course and exits the G1 Just a Game. Plenty of tactical speed under a talented reinsman.

Race #8 – The G2 Kelso – 1 mile on the turf – 5:45 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Divining Rod / #5 – Sharp Azteca / #1 – Tom’s Ready

#4 – Diving Rod = Daniel Centeno returns to take over the call for Arnaud Delacour. They are 3rd start off the layoff (28%) and exit the G1 Forego. –  This son of Tapit should be up close to the pace and tactically look to strike. #5 – Sharp Azteca = Big speed fro the Jorge Navarro barn. This son of Freud won impressively last out at Monmouth and has the services of Paco Lopez who wins with (25%) of early style runners. #1 – Tom’s Ready = 2nd start off the layoff for the Dallas Stewart barn and draws the rail with Joel Rosario in the irons. This son of More Than Ready is a solid closing type and going from a sprint to a route the barn wins (18%).

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Parx

9/23/17

Race #10 – The G1 Cotillion – 1 1/16 – 4:55 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #9 – Abel Tasman / #10 – Salty / #5 – It Tiz Well

#9 – Abel Tasman = The Kentucky Oaks winner brings Bob Baffert and Mike Smith to post. The daughter of Quality Road is cutting back from 1 1/4 and is looking to make it 4-in-a-row. Her morning works are sparkling and the connections are always tough when the money is on the line. Look for a stoute closing effort and the “Money Man” to get rolling late in the lane. #10 – Salty = Tyler Gafflione for Mark Casse. She is 6/7 ITM lifetime and always comes calling late. Look for more of the same as this talented young rider can get to the winner’s circle with a little racing luck. – #5 – It Tiz Well = Drayden Van Dyke for Jerry Hollendorfer and this daughter of Arch is a solid pace player. She should be up close and stalking looking to move just at the right time.

Race #11 – The G1 Pennsylvania Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:45 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – West Coast / #8 – Irish War Cry / #5 – Irap

#4 – West Coast = This son of Flatter is starting to show the signs of a real monster on the track. Bob Baffert and Smith team up looking for 5-in-a-row. After his impressive win in the G1 Travers, he has the full attention of handicappers. He cuts back from 1 1/4 and the trainer wins (35%) off a last race win. His race to lose. #8 – Irish War Cry = This son of Curlin should be forwardly placed under Fergal Lynch for Graham Motion. Ever since the Derby he is starting to look his old self but may be catching a tough guy in West Coast this day. He’ll bring his “A” game and that has to be considered before hitting the windows. #5 – Irap = Ever since winning the Ohio Derby he has gained respect. They are cutting back from 1 1/4 and the lesser distance may fit him well. Mario Gutierrez for Doug O’Neill and they are winning (20%) the past few months as a team. A perfect stalker who can be a major player at the top of the lane.

Graded Stakes Preview / Saturday, September 16, 2017

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Churchill Downs

9/16/17

Race #10 – The G3 Iroquois – 1 1/16 – 5:20 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Hollywood Star / #1 – Ten City / #7 – Flameaway

#2 – Hollywood Star = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Dale Romans. 2-yr-old son of Malibu Moon and won his Mdn start at CD and came back to run a game effort in the G2 Saratoga Special. His numbers are strong and exits off a sparkling work at CD. I’m thinking there may some distance questions down the road but the 1 1/16 in definitely in his scope. #1 – Ten City =Jack Gilligan aboard for Kenny McPeek and the trainer was quoted as saying “this may be one of the most talented runners he has trained.” – His last effort at Ellis was surprising as a beaten chalk who goes from 7f to 1 1/16. Should get a good stalking trip close to the rail. #7 – Flameaway = Julien Leparoux in the irons for Mark Casse. The barn has faced some tough Euro-turf runners. This son of Scat Daddy is 2/2, and the distance should not be a problem. I went back and watched his last replay and it may be better than the results may tell. I like his chances today.

Race #11 – G2 Pocahontas – 1 1/16 – 5:50 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #3 – Snowfire / #8 – Sunny Skies / #10 – Upset Brewing

#3 – Snowfire = Daughter of Tapit for the Mark Casse barn. Julien Leparoux in the saddle and owns an impressive maiden win at CD with a troubled trip at Saratoga in the G3 Schuylerville. She looks to rebound off a beaten favorite trip (24%) and Leparoux has been on-fire going 14/23 the past week. Julien may be staying in Louisville looking for a gal to take to the big dances coming up. #8 – Sunny Skies = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Ken McPeek and 1/1 at CD. McPeek wins (20%) going sprint to a route and this daughter of Animal Kingdom may be a major player. #10 – Upset Brewing = 2/2 ITM at CD for trainer “Buff” Bradley. She always brings her best and owns a razor sharp work coming back to Louisville. Look for an up-close stalking trip ready to pounce.

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Woodbine

9/16/17

Race #8 – G2 Canadian – 1 1/8 on the turf -4:29 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #5 – Elysea’s World / #1 – Quidara / #5 – Starship Jubilee

#5 – Elysea’s World = Jose Ortz in the saddle for Chad Brown = (39%). Daughter of Champs Elysees and she should relish the lush greensward. Her dam Ideal has 4 starts with 4 turf winners and is making her 3rd off the layoff move and adding distance. She could fit the race with a well timed Ortiz ride. #1 – Quidara = Daughter of Dubawi and looks to be the one to beat from the Motion barn. Junior Alvarado aboard and she exits the G1 Diana at Saratoga bested by a head from the turf monster Lady Eli. The race goes through this filly if you want the winner. #5 – Starship Jubilee = 2nd off the layoff move and cuts back in distance from 1 3/8. She’s locked horns with the boys in the G2 Sky Classic and is a close-up stalker in the hands of Eurico Da Silva.

Race #10 – The G1 Northern Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:31 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – Messi / #8 – Hawkbill / #5 – Pumpkin Rumble

#4 – Messi = Jose Ortiz in the irons for Graham Motion. He is 1/1 at Woodbine and been in the shelf for 57 days. He should be forwardly placed and Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace. Solid work tab and well-rested runners do well for the barn (19%). #8 – Hawkbill = Colm O’Donoghue for Charles Applebee. This is a son of Kitten’s Joy and gets Lasix shipping in from Group 1 company in Germany. He is 8/13 ITM on turf and faced some very tough Euro turfers. He is 3/3 ITM at the distance and should be mid-pack today. #5 – Pumpkin Rumble = Speedy son of English Channel who should be the pace setter. Jesse Campbell in the irons and 2/3 ITM going this distance.

Race #12 – G1 Woodbine Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 6:34 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Deauville / #8 – Mondialiste / #1 – World Appeal

#6 – Deauville = Jamie Spencer for Aidan O’Brien. They bring a son of Galileo exiting the Arlington Million as a beaten favorite. Spencer takes over for Ryan Moore and they cut back from 1 1/4 – 1 mile and a shot at a qualifying spot for the Breeders’ Cup. He’s run well on this side of the pond and lesser distance could play into his plans. #8 – Mondialiste = Jose Ortiz in the irons for David O’Meara. 1/1 at Woodbine and the Lasix sure helped his causes in the past. He is 9/16 ITM at the distance and been off since York in late August. #1 – World Appeal = John Velasquez for Mark Casse and exits a strong win in the G1 FourStarDave. Casse comes into the race loaded, and a stalking trip just off the pace might be in the cards.