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Top Horses to Bet on Today – June 5th

BetPTC Graded Stakes Analysis – 6/5/2021

by: Ed Meyer

Monmouth Park

Race#12- The G3 Monmouth Stakes – 1 1/8 miles on the turf – 5:30 pm ET Selections / #4 – Devamani / #6 – Tribhuvan / #5 – Serve the King

#4 Devamani is a late runner from the Chad Brown barn with Nik Juarez in the irons. This is his 2nd start of the year and is 5 for 7 ITM going this distance. Takes a drop in class and is eligible to better this outing. The barn wins 28% making a 2nd off the layoff move and wins 28% shipping to another track. His dam Darayakana (FR) has 3 starters, 4 winners, and 4 turf winners to her credit. #6 Tribhuvan hails from the Chad Brown barn with Carlos Hernadez in the saddle. Brown is 2 for 2 ITM at Monmouth and makes a 2nd off the shelf move. His dam Mahendra (GER) has 7starters, 3 winners, and 3 turf winners under her belt. #5 Serve the King is another Chad Brown trainee with Dylan Davis aboard. He’s a strong closer and comes off a 7 month layoff. The rider is 6 for 8 ITM the past week. The distance should play to his liking.

Santa Anita

Race#7 – The G2 Monrovia – 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf – 7:52 pm Selections / #3 – Constantia / #8 – Superstition / #7 – Venetian Harbor

#3 Constantia has Umberto Rispoli in the irons for John Sadler. Rispoli is winning 24% on the turf and a scorching 58% ITM. Been off for 49 days and is a fast closer mowing them down in the stretch. She is 3 for 3 ITM at the distance and Sadler scores 22% off a last race win. #8 Superstition is a daughter of Ghostzapper for Richard Mandella and Abel Cedillo in the driver’s seat. She is 5 for 5 ITM at SA and comes off a 49 day break. Look for a mid pack stalking move and should be closer at the distance. #7 Venetian Harbor is a speedy filly for Richard Baltas and Mario Gutierrez. A seven month layoff coming into the race and drops down in class. Look for improvement at the shorter distance. Mario G wins 18% with turf runners.

Sunday with BetPTC!  181st edition of the legendary Qatar Prix du Jockey Club, a race reserved for 3-year-old thoroughbreds, will be held on Sunday 6/6 at Chantilly racecourse

Epsom Downs (UK)

Race#5 – The Group 1 Cazoo Derby – 1 1/2miles on the turf – 11:30 am ET Saturday morning

The Derby stakes known as the Epsom Derby, or the Derby, originated in 1780 to be run over Epsom Downs Race Course in Surrey. The race is still is prestigious and for sponsorship rights, is known as “The Cazoo Derby.” Selections /  #2 – Bolshoi Ballet / #4 – Hurricane Lane /#5 – John Leeper

#2 Bolshoi Ballet is 4 for 5 ITM lifetime for the Aidan O’Brien yard with Ryan Moore aboard. This son of Galileo (IRE) is a perfect two for two this year, and the distance should be no problem as his sire was a distance specialist. Bolshoi Ballet looks to relish a little more solid ground than most in the field but has proven himself over every surface. Champion jock Ryan Moore is an excellent judge of pace and will sit patiently still until the time comes to answer the question. #4 Hurricane Lane is a son of Frankel (GB) and a perfect three for three with William Buick in the saddle. His dam Gale Force (GB) has 2 starters, 2 winners, and 2 turf winners to her credit. Today is the test he’s been waiting for and could upset the apple cart with a superb effort. #5 John Leeper hails from the Ed Dunlop yard with the always dangerous Frankie Dettori in the irons. He is two for three lifetime and is a son of Frankel (GB). Lightly raced and faces his toughest task to date, and will need every bit of Frankie’s magic touch when the real running begins.




Why Watch Horse Racing Replays?

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Are you a handicapper that is only a numbers guys or do you like to look at replays? My opinion, numbers do not tell you the entire picture. There are more numbers guys than replay guys. To get the value you need in this game, get on the side of the minority of horse players.

The replays are found on most track websites but BetPTC has the feature built in for you to view all tracks and all races shown on the website. I use it all the time and rarely not use it for every race I am capping.

What to look for (or not) when watching a replay:
-The start of the race, how did the horse break
-a speed horse needing to be near the lead, break poorly –  very important
-a closer that usually is at the back – not as important
-Horses making middle moves
-outside losing ground on the turn –  important
-outside in the back stretch  – not as much because not losing lengths, but still good to see
-begins a move and has to check and loses their momentum – very important
-How much the jockey has to go to the whip
-If the jockey is already using the whip early, usually means the horse doesn’t want to run and needs to get interested
-If no whip is used until the stretch or very little in the race, I like seeing this, horse is giving it his all and wants to run, game
-Finishing the race
-I like to see good gallop outs after the race, especially if the horse is stretching out after this last race
-Did the horse have nothing left at the wire with their win, or lots left, says the horse can move up in class if has some left

Why watch replays, here is another reason. Do not trust the comment lines. What I mean by this, the charter might not put the important part of the race in the limited comments line.

Here is a recent example:  SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 – Century Mile Race #11 horse#2 Bang on.   Please watch it.
Tell me if you agree with the comment line, Fractious, needed more.
Sept. 25 at CTM Race #8   Horse #5 Bang on.  raced next time out. Watch this one.

Anyone not like $12.60 to win after the Sept. 6th replay?

There are many more of these out there.  Just watch some races, make some stable notes and look out for some nice prices that the numbers guys don’t get.

Good racing,
Stretch / Cheltenham Festival is March 12 – March 15th

It’s here! The Cheltenham Festival is the meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom, with race prize money second only to the prestigious Grand National event. It is a week-long racecard where many of the best British- and Irish-trained horses race to an extent which is relatively rare during the rest of the season. Cheltenham is often noted for its atmosphere, most notably the “Cheltenham roar,” which refers to the enormous amount of noise that the crowd generates as the starter raises the tape for the first race of the Cheltenham festival.

The Festival takes place March 12 – March 15th:

Day One Champion Day – 


Officially billed as Champion Day, the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is packed with top quality and starts with a bang as the best young hurdlers go to the post in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The Racing Post Arkle will end up crowing the champion two-mile novice chaser.  The headline race on day one is the Unibet Champion Hurdle, won for the past two years by the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D’Air, who returns to defend his crown this year.

Sign up for the BetPTC Cash is King XI tournament – offering up spots to Saratoga (2), Keeneland and the big one, the Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship!

Day Two is Ladies Day – 


Ladies Day consists of a perfect blend of speed and stamina, with the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase one of the most interesting races as the fastest two-milers compete around Prestbury Park’s demanding chase course.

The RSA Chase is a severe examination for burgeoning staying talent and the Cross Country Chase gets better by the year, with last year’s winner – Tiger Roll – famously going on to claim Grand National glory at Aintree.

Day Three St. Patrick’s Thursday – 


The St Patrick’s Thursday crowd has every reason to celebrate with a couple of cracking Grade One contests in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase.

The JLT Novices’ Chase also carries top-class status while the Pertemps Network Final provides a fantastic puzzle for punters to solve as a huge field scrap for hurdling honors over three miles.

Day Four Gold Cup Day – 


Gold Cup Day is decided on the final day of the Festival and always promises to provide the greatest spectacle.  It is one of the most sought-after titles in racing

The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup is a race associated with the elite of the sport and nothing can rival the Cheltenham roar as the horses charge up the famous hill.  The 2018 battle between Native River and Might Bite will live long in the memory and connections of the 2019 contenders will be dreaming of something similar.

The JCB Triumph Hurdle and Albert Bartlett also crown top-class talents, while the 28th and final race see quality two-mile handicappers vie for glory in the Grand Annual Handicap Chase.

Horses to watch:

Apple’s Jade – Champion Hurdle

Supasundae – Champion Hurdle

Altior – Queen Mother Champion Chase

Samcro – Stayer’s Hurdle

Waiting Patiently – Ryanair Chase

Clan Des Obeaux – Cheltenham Gold Cup

Al Boum Photo – Cheltenham Gold Cup

Cheltenham Racecourse presents Four Days of Extraordinary. Make plans to join the pinnacle Jump racing event of the year, an event with an atmosphere that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Graded Stakes Preview – 6/30/18 Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer


Race #9 – G1 Highlander – 6f on the turf – 4:51 pm EDT Selections / #8  Belvoir Bay / #6  Long On Value / #2 Imprimus

#8 Belvoir Bay has the services of Tyler Baze for Peter Miller. She ships in from Santa Anita where she rolled off three straight wins. This daughter of Equiano will come calling late in the lane and cuts back from 6 1/2 to 6 panels. Miller scores 18% with shippers and 24% off a last race win.

#6 Long On Value comes off a 2nd time off the layoff move for trainer Brad Cox who wins 27% with freshened runners. He closed stoutly in the Mighty Beau Stakes at Churchill and ran in the G1 Woodbine Mile last year where he had a bumpy trip. Florent Geroux in the saddle and has two solid works to signal readiness.

#2 – Imprimus ships in from Pimlico and is a perfect 4/4 with wins. He’s moving up in class and Joel Rosario is the pilot. He gets an added furlong to run and today will be the acid test to see what his future holds. His last win in the Turf Sprint at Pimlico showed signs of ready to move to the next level.



Race #10 – $1,000,000 Queens Plate – 1 1/4 – 5:36 pm EDT Selections / #11 Wonder Gadot / #10 Telekinesis / #7 Dixie Moon

#11 Wonder Gadot is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro. She gets first time blinkers for Mark Casse who wins 18% on this equipment change. John Velasquez is the reinsman and she is 2/2 ITM over the synthetic surface. Look for an up close stalking trip and was a beaten favorite last out. Casse comes back to score 26% getting some payback on this move.

#10 Telekinesis ships in from Keeneland going 2nd time off the layoff. He won the Woodbine Plate Trial under Patrick Husbands for Mark Casse. This son of Ghostzapper appeared to relish the surface and should jump right out and dictate the pace today. Catch him if you can.

#7 Dixie Moon is a daughter of Curlin who is 4/4 ITM at Woodbine. She won the Woodbine Oaks beating Wonder Gadot and returns Eurico Da Silva to the saddle. She has the look of a perfect stalker and can easily take down the prize today.



Race #11 – G1 United Nations – 1 3/8 on the turf – 6:01 pm EDT Selections / #5 Money Multiplier / #8 Bigger Picture / #1 Funtastic

#5 Money Multiplier comes in for trainer Chad Brown who sends out four runners to take down the dough. “Jersey” Joe Bravo in the irons and this son of Lookin At Lucky has a strong late punch. He is 3/3 ITM in New Jersey and exits a perfect prep win over the course. He finished 2nd in this race in 2016 and should relish the distance.

#8 Bigger Picture hails from the barn of Mike Maker. He is coming in fresh off a 49 day layoff and has the services of Kendrick Carmouche. He won last year’s edition of this race and is looking to make it two in a row. The morning works show all systems are ready coming into the race.

#1Funtastic has Antonio Gallardo in the driver’s seat for Chad Brown. This son of More than Ready ships in from Belmont and moves up in class off the last race win. Gallardo wins 23% on the sod and he’ll be a little closer to the pace today.


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Race #3 – Clm $32,000 – 1 mile 

#4 – Old Up Start = Steve Asmussen trainer with his go-to-guy Ricardo Santana. 6w down the backstretch, 5w on the turn, and 4 wide turning for home. He beat right at the wire and you can play him right back.

Race #5 – Claiming $16,000 – 6f

#3 – Archival = Joe Bravo in the irons for David Jacobson. He did a perfect job stalking the pace and got beat at the wire for all the money. This was a very good effort to build and was claimed by Robert Diodoro.

Race #9 = $50,000 Stakes – 6f

#12 – Beautiful Buzz – First-time starter by Tuefflesburg. Trained by the Gary Gullo barn and ridden by Angel Arroyo. They teamed up for a very effort solid that will have you chomping at the bit to play him right back.



Race #6 – Pulpit Stks – 1-mile turf 

#6 – Pony Up = Javier Castello for Todd Pletcher. Taken back at the start and started to move going 5-6 wide on the final turn. He finished up a game second and will be one to keep on your big money radar screen. Horses to Watch – 11/30/17 – Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The winter ovals are opening the doors and we’re ready to follow the horses as they make their next stop. But as we ready for the next oval, we need to keep our eyes open for problem runners who have an excuse. They may not have had a good break, stumbled or blocked down the lane. As handicappers, we are always looking to build our bankroll and there is no better time than now. – Just keep your eyes peeled and have these runners on your radar. – Best of luck from your friends at! 

Churchill Downs


Race #4 – #9 – Sky Promise – 1 1/16 on the turf 

#9 – Sky Promise = Son of Sky Mesa for the Ken McPeek barn. He was adding first-time blinkers and had the services of Robby Albarado. The track was listed as yielding and he seems to enjoy a surface with a little “cut” to it. This day he was tracking from the back and made a strong 4 wide bid to get the show dough.

Race #7 – #2 – Like a Haint – 6f on the main

#2 – Like a Haint = Filly by Archarcharch is fresh off two straight claims and was a beaten favorite the last two. She loves CD going 5/6 ITM. She had the services of apprentice Edgar Morales and was rallying strongly on the outside. The leader and eventual winner floated out a little bit near the wire and won by a head. Some would call it race riding and others would dismiss it as a bad streak of luck. – You’ll need to follow her back as she’ll probably head to Turfway Park.

Fair Grounds


Race #2 – #9 – Much Trouble – 1 and 70 yards on the main

#9 -Much Trouble = Miguel Mena in the saddle for Thom Amoss. Shipping in from Indiana Grand and was a beaten favorite last out. He owned a bullet work over the course and looked to fit. He was carried out at the 3/4 and forced to check up sharply at the 1/8th pole. After all this, he still managed a strong place finish.

Del Mar


Race #7 – #10- Pants on Fire – 1 mile on the turf

#10 – Pants on Fire = Corey Nakatani in the irons for Richard Baltas.  3-yr-old filly by Sir Percy (GB) is regally bred for the green. She came flying and would have taken flight if she had wings. The way she maneuvered through runners and weaved in and out closing like gangbusters. – Follow her right back.

Race #8 – #2 – Solid Wager – $100k Cary Grant – 7f on the main

#2 – Solid Wager = Peter Miller is the conditioner and he has been red-hot winning 33%. He was a beaten favorite last out and was left at the post this day. – Victor Espinoza saved ground and swung out gamely making a strong 5 wide move. Everything seemed to fit and he’ll give them fits next time out. Horses to Watch – 11/17/17

The Breeders’ Cup is in the books and racing fans from all walks were elated. You’ll start hearing talk about next year’s campaign or making the long deserved trip to the breeding shed. – Just because the biggest weekend of the year is in the books doesn’t mean action-packed racing is over. You’ll start hearing the names of your favorite winter ovals getting ready, and before you know we’ll start smelling the sweet roses of the Derby. – But in the meantime, you’ll have plenty of runners to keep your eyes peeled. – Best of luck from your friends from!



Race #1- A.O.C – 6f – #3 – Dreamers Point

#3 – Dreamers Point = Son of Shackleford making his 3rd lifetime start. He was coming in off a 7f trip at Keeneland and was cutting back in distance. – He was sent off the odds-on chalk this day. Fanned 5 wide at the top of the lane and was slowly getting to the leaders. This is a good building block race for next out.

Race  #5 – Claiming – 1 mile – #3 – Dancing Wave

#3 – Dancing Wave = Filly who showed speed and was dropping in class. She was sent off the odds-on favorite and steadied on the backstretch. Ske kicked out 6 wide on the final turn and came up empty down the lane.

Race #7 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6f – #5 – Mine My Time

#5 – Mine My Time = 3rd start off the layoff for this 2-yr-old son of Discreetly Mine. He was going turf – dirt and cutting back in distance. He was bothered early in the race and shuffled out into the 4 path. He made a bid and hung late in the late.

Race #8 – Alw – 1 1/16 – #3 – Takeoff

#3 – Takeoff = Mark Casse trainee who was making 3rd off the layoff going from turf – dirt. This son of Arch was bumped at the start and bothered on the final turn fanning out 4 wide. He weakened late down the stretch.

Wager on Aussie with Horse to Watch – 11/14/17




Race #2 – M.C $50,000 – 1 1/16 – #2 – Lil Miss Blueeyes

#2 – Lil Miss Blueyes = Filly by Ice Box for the barn of Kenny McPeek has the services of Robby Albarado. She was making her second start off a three-month layoff and was a beaten favorite last out. The barn comes back to score 22% off this angle and she was eligible to move up making her second off a freshening. She was making a solid bid and was blocked badly at the 3/16th’s and never had a clear path. She’ll benefit from this race and come back and show better.

Race #7 – Allowance – 1 mile on the turf – #1 – Mongolian Greywolf

#1 – Mongolian Greywolf = Mitchell Murrill in the saddle and was exiting a solid effort at Kentucky Downs. This son of Paddy O’ Prado had been showing early speed and was under heavy restraint during the race forced to take off heels against the rail. Once he found clear sailing he managed a show effort this day.




Race #5 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 mile on the turf – #9 – Analyze It

#9 – Analyze It = 1st time starter by Point of Entry for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz was in the saddle and he was ultra-impressive in victory. He won by 6 1/4 and is regally bred to relish the turf. – Keep your eye on this Chad Brown runner.

Race #6 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6f on the turf – #5 – Tap Tap Taparoo

#5 – Tap Tap Taparoo = Filly is a 1st timer by Tapit. – Irad Ortiz for Rudy Rodriguez and she has a solid work clip. Her sharp works would catch your eye on paper, and watching her break dead last going 6f on the turf had me thinking about next time out. That was until she started moving at the 3/8th’s and 4 wide into the stretch rolling very quickly. She settled to be a bridesmaid but she’ll walk the aisle very soon.

Churchill Downs


Race #5 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 mile on the main – #13 – Classy Act

#13 – Classy Act = She drew in off the AE list and was a beaten favorite her last two for the Bret Calhoun barn. – She was blocked badly two back for her initial effort at CD and was getting the outside post this day. – She broke game on the far outside and settled out nicely. During the race, she made a couple of moves to zero in the leaders and try to find her best stride. The outside post may have not been to her liking and next out could be graduation day. 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!



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.



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. 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! 



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


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.