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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 6/30/18

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Woodbine

Race #9 – G1 Highlander – 6f on the turf – 4:51 pm EDT

BetPTC.com 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.

 

Woodbine

Race #10 – $1,000,000 Queens Plate – 1 1/4 – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com 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.

 

Monmouth

Race #11 – G1 United Nations – 1 3/8 on the turf – 6:01 pm EDT

BetPTC.com 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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BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 12/11/17

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Aqueduct

12/11/17

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.

Gulfstream

12/9/17

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.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 11/30/17

BetPTC.com – 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 BetPTC.com! 

Churchill Downs

11/18/17

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

11/18/17

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

11/19/17

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.

 

BetPTC.com 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 BetPTC.com!

Churchill

11/4/17

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.

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Keeneland

10/27/17

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.

 

Belmont

10/28/17

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

10/29/17

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.

 

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 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 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.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 9/12/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As the nation is reeling from Mother Nature’s fury, many have been focused on friends and loved ones in the destructive path. – Racing is a golden opportunity to gather together and celebrate a beautiful day. – Nothing like a day at the races to come together. – As we enter the beginning of the fall racing season here are some horses to keep on your radar. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com!

Belmont

9/9/17

Race #2 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6f on the turf – #5 – Solid

#5 – Solid = Manny Franco in the irons for the Kiaran McLaughlin barn. He is a son of Smart Strike and has the breeding to suggest he will relish the turf. – He was off slow from the start spotting the field extra ground. He made an excellent drive to get back in the game and made striking move splitting runners down the lane to be 3rd this day.

Race #4 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 mile – #5 – Coal Truth

#5 – Coal Truth = A son of Mineshaft was making his 2nd career start for the Chad Brown barn (27%). He was a beaten favorite his first time out and going from a sprint to a route where Brown scores at a (32%) clip. – He made contact with some runners this day and the two-yr-old was squeezed back at multiple times. He ran third but was put up to 2nd as the result of a DQ. – Keep this race on your “key races” to watch runners who exit.

Race #9 – AOC – 1 1/16 on the turf – #2 – Vision Colors

#2 – Vision Colors = Speedster shipping back from Parx. This son of Pollard’s Vision loves Belmont going 10/11 ITM at “Big Sandy.” – Manny Franco in the irons and stumbled at the start and still managed to get to the lead and show the way. He led all the way and called it a day at the top of the lane. Maybe the distance was too much or it was the compromised beginning that caused him to use up his early speed.

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Kentucky Downs

9/9/17

Race #2 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6 1/2f on the turf – #4 – Shirl’s Ready

#4 – Shirl’s Ready = This son of More Than Ready was off four months coming in from CD. Ricardo Santana aboard and he looked to be heading for a big effort. – He sported a nice work at Ellis Park and shifted out and dug in gamely showing a very solid turn of late kick. He will most probably be heading back to CD and we’ll be looking there and possibly Keeneland for a trip over the greensward.

Race #4 – Mdn Sp Wt -6 1/2f on the turf –  #7 – Jolly Good

#7 – Jolly Good = Daughter of Paddy O’ Prado making her first start in just a shade over 4 months coming in from Keeneland. She is bred to relish the turf and was coming off a 6 1/2f effort on the dirt and getting her day on the undulating turf. – She was slow to begin and forced to steady. Her late kick was evident and she can easily stretch out in distance. Keep your eyes peeled for this gal.

Race #8 – KyD Ladies Sprint – 6 1/2f on the turf – #2 – Fair Point

#2 – Fair Point = 3rd start off the layoff for the daughter of Smart Strike. She was exiting some nice stake races in New York and getting added distance. Her efforts put her in the mix looking for a hole and was forced to steady at the 1/4 pole and some back later down the lane settling for 4th with plenty left.