BetPTC.com Weekend Stakes Preview
BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Elate / #3 – Mopotism / #5 – Unbridled Mo
Race #9 – G2 Delaware Handicap – 1 1/4 – 5:35 pm EDT
#6 Elate is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro for the Bill Mott barn. Mott does well with layoffs as she comes in off an eight month layoff. She was a beaten favorite last out in the BC Distaff, and Mott wins 19% with fresh runners. There’s a ton of speed in here, and with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She’ll be close stalking just off the pace keeping eye on the leaders. She’s a solid gal going 8 for 10 ITM lifetime and 1 for 1 over the course.
#3 Mopotism is a daughter of Uncle Mo for Reddam Racing Llc. Doug O’Neill and Mario Gutierrez team up as she makes her third race off the shelf. Her last effort in the G2 Fleur De Lis at Churchill showed good promise as she looks to seal the deal today.
#5 Unbridled Mo is trained by Todd Pletcher and has the services of John Velasquez in the saddle. They win 39% as a team and she makes her 2nd start off a layoff dropping in class. She’ll come rolling late as Johnny V knows just when to push the button.
Race #8 – G3 Indiana Oaks – 1 1/16 – 9:01 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Talk Veuve to Me / #7 – Skeptic / #6 – Kelly’s Humor
#5 Talk Veuve to Me comes to post for Rodolphe Brisset who was a longtime assistant to Bill Mott. She exits the G1 Acorn off a game effort against Monomoy Girl and gets added distance to dictate the pace. Julien Leparoux in the irons and she should be tough to reel in.
#7 Skeptic is the daughter of Tiznow for trainer Rusty Arnold. The barn is one for one at Indy and has the look of a midpack stalker. B.J. Hernadez Jr. in the driver’s seat and she moves up in class off two straight wins. This is the acid test she’s been wanting.
#6 Kelly’s Humor is a daughter of Midnight Lute for trainer Brad Cox. In a race filled with speed, this could set up her plans stalking just off the pace. Florent Geroux in the driver’s seat and that moves her chances up greatly.
Race #9 – G3 Indiana Derby – 1 1/16 – 9:48 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #8 King Zachary / #9 Funny Duck / #4 Dark Vader
#8 King Zachary should heavily supported at the windows from the Dale Romans barn. This son of Curlin has looked like a new runner since a dismal effort in the Wood Memorial. The way Robby Albarado guided him to victory in the G3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs was impressive. He’s on the improve and is poised to pounce in the 24th edition of the Indiana Derby.
#9 Funny Duck comes in off a 4th place finish in the G3 Matt Winn. It was blistering hot that night and was forced to steady at the start. Let’s toss that as a bad night. Rusty Arnold is the conditioner with B.J. Hernandez Jr. in the saddle. He ran 4th last out and I’m looking for some big improvement today. His race record the last four is one good and one bad. Maybe it’s time to fire off a big effort.
#4 Dark Vader is the son of Tale of Ekati for trainer Peter Eurton. This Ohio bred ran a big race in the Easy Goer getting beat a neck after bobbling at the start. He’s a good stalker making his 3rd off the layoff. He has a sharp morning work at Santa Anita preparing for this race and seeing a huge effort would not surprise me at all.