Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer
At the time of this entry there are 18 days and six hours until Breeders’ Cup. You can probably guess this handicapper is targeting selections to be filtered down as we draw closer. – The sweltering heat of summer has been replaced with the cool autumn air. As the wind gently blows through the trees, you start to notice the slightest foliage color changes from brilliant green to gold, brown, and deep red. The fall racing season is upon, and there is no better time to be a handicapper. – Be sure to take a closer look at the runners listed below, as they may hold the key to the winner’s circle next time they are entered. – Best of luck !
Belterra Park – 10/8/15 – Race #7 – #1 – 5 1/2f on the dirt
#1 – Stetson Gal = John McKee was in the irons for Tom Drury who was winning at a white-hot 61% for the meet. His filly broke a little slow and hustled quickly along the rail to get into perfect striking position. – After chatting with Mr. Drury, he felt she needed a cleaner start and she’ll benefit greatly next time out. His plans were to run her at Turfway Park on the poly track, and this is one you won’t want to miss.
Belterra Park – 10/8/15 – Race #7 – #7 – 5 1/2f on the dirt
#7 – Chatter = Geovany Garcia was aboard for the Jeff Greenhill barn. She drifted out at the start costing her precious ground as they were sprinting 5 1/2. – Once she got her feet under her, a sustained rally was produced to run down Miss So So. – She didn’t look settled, and weaved in and out down the lane as the leader switched off the rail to the center of the track. – Call this a “key race” to watch as two runners who finished just off the winner ran a perfect race. – Look for this gal at Mahoning Valley, or Turfway Park. Team Greenhill spots runners where they need to be, and he does quite well on the travel.
Belterra Park – 10/10/15 – Race #5 – #5 – 8f on the dirt
#5 – Good Time Rambles = Azael Deleon was the pilot and his mount went right to his knees at the start compromising his chances at showing his best ability. At the 3/8th’s pole he started a powerful rally to come up a bit short right at the wire. – A cleaner start should have this runner in a good position turning for home.
Keeneland – 10/7/15 – Race #7 -#10 – 6 /12f on the dirt
#10 – Carina Mia = Julien Leparoux was aboard for Bill Mott on this first time starter. She broke alertly and set the pace going three deep from the #10 post. Once she opened clear, she dropped over to the rail and saved ground. She fought gamely down the lane, but the salty fractions may have taken a little out of the tank to get bested nearing the wire. – She did everything right and just didn’t get her picture taken. Mott will have her ready as the second time out should have her ready to roll.
Keeneland – 10/10/15 – Race #9 – #3 – (G-1) 1 1/8th on the turf
#3 – Miss Temple City = Drayden Van Dyke was aboard for Graham Motion, and this team can be awfully tough when they come together on the turf. Van Dyke is quietly becoming one of the best turf riders in the country. She settled out nicely and did everything right until his mount was forced to steady when the real running began at the 3/16th’s pole. – Give him clear sailing and he’ll give a better account of himself down the lane.
Belmont Park – 10/10/15 – Race #1 – #6 – 6 1/2f on the dirt
#6 – Mister Popsicle = “Jersey” Joe Bravo up for David Jacobson. Bravo’s mount broke awkwardly at the start, and chased the pace setters while going four wide at the 1/4 pole. – I think any smoother trip could move him right into the winner’s circle next time out.
Belmont Park – 10/10/15 – Race #5 – #5 – 1 1/16 on the turf
#5 – Summer Candy = Elvis Trujillo aboard this first timer for the Christophe Clement barn. He was bumped at the start, and forced to take up briefly. As he was trying to settle his mount he was forced to go four wide and offered up a late kick that showed interest down the lane. He finished 6th on this day, but good things are coming very soon for this colt.