BetPTC Graded Stakes Analysis – 6/5/2021
by: Ed Meyer
Race#12- The G3 Monmouth Stakes – 1 1/8 miles on the turf – 5:30 pm ET
BetPTC.com 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.
Race#7 – The G2 Monrovia – 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf – 7:52 pm
BetPTC.com 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.
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.”
BetPTC.com 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.