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The Case for Blended Citizen

Well, this is why you need to watch replays if you are going to expect to win money at the races.

by Justin Dew for BetPTC

It seems as if some combination of Hofburg, Bravazo, and Vino Rosso will assume the role of Belmont Stakes wagering choices two through four, with the Anointed One the clear favorite [Justify] at something around even money. Tenfold will attract his share of the wagering dollars too, and the rest are headed for big prices.

I liked Vino Rosso in the Kentucky Derby as a major exotics player. Same for Hofburg. In the Preakness, I dismissed Bravazo and Tenfold, and that decision cost me money. And while I try not to be stubborn in this game, the way the Belmont Stakes is shaping up, I am very likely to dismiss all four of them next Saturday in favor of a horse who, in my opinion, has run some of the most sneaky-impressive races on the Triple Crown Trail this year. I’m talking about Blended Citizen.

For starters, let’s go back to the end of Blended Citizen’s juvenile campaign. Trainer Doug O’Neill moved him to the grass and he responded with three really solid efforts, including a maiden win and a respectable fourth in the Eddie Logan at Santa Anita. As a three-year-old, the preferred surfaced seemed to be synthetic, as Blended Citizen ran 3rd and 1st in the El Camino Real Derby and Jeff Ruby “Steaks”, respectively. So he liked grass and synthetic, right? Big deal. Well, this is why you need to watch replays if you are going to expect to win money at the races. Go back at watch his first two starts this year. And what you will see is a horse that spent a lot of time time in traffic and then kept on running. I’m not saying he had troubled trips. I am saying he spent more time in and among horses than perhaps any other horse on the Derby Trail this year. And what’s more, he just runs and runs like a locomotive through the wire, never giving up. So, yes, those first two starts were on what may be his preferred surface. I’ll give you that. But for me, the takeaway is that the horse has heart and ability.

So then they tried the dirt again in the Blue Grass Stakes, and he ran really well again, finishing 5th. If you are looking at PPs that reference late trouble, ignore the comments. He had no trouble. But he DID, again, run in traffic and persevere late while others were stopping. So the ability to be in-between horses for 3/4 mile or more and have something left late is becoming a theme at this point. He doesn’t have anything resembling an explosive turn of foot. But he just keep grinding.

That brings us to the Peter Pan Stakes. I bet him that day, and with 1/4 mile to go, I was pretty sure I was a loser. But then Blended Citizen did what Blended Citizen does. He just kept cranking out :12 and change 1/8ths, and got up for the win as the fourth choice in the wagering. A cursory review of his PPs shows he loves to come home his final 1/8th usually well under :13, regardless of the early pace. And he did it again in the Peter Pan.

Now, as for Justify, he’s obviously really good. He’s has put away the horse who I thought was the best of the crop, Good Magic, twice with ease. And I don’t think anyone can predict with confidence that Justify will lose the Belmont Stakes. But I don’t think he’s the mortal lock that some people feel he is. And even if he DOES win, you can still make money. We saw that in the Preakness.

So the key for me is Blended Citizen. I’ll likely bet him to win and place, and then figure out a way to make money if Justify wins. Maybe by keying Justify and Blended Citizen 1-2 in the superfecta, over ALL/ALL. Not sure yet. But I am sure that Blended Citizen will be the key to a successful Belmont Day for me. And if you take the time to watch the replays of each of his starts this year, I think you’ll be hard pressed to dismiss him.

Early Look at Justify and the 2018 Preakness Stakes Hopefuls

By Justin Dew

With the announcements Sunday morning that Good Magic and Lone Sailor are confirmed for the Preakness, we are getting a better look at the probable field and can start thinking about how we might want to attack the race as bettors. Justify will be the odds-on favorite, and deservedly so. Good Magic figures to be the solid second choice. I don’t believe Bolt d’Oro is confirmed just yet, but he’ll take some money if he runs, as will Arkansas Derby runner-up Quip. From there, we have Bravazo, Tenfold, Lone Sailor, Sporting Chance, and Diamond King on the list of Preakness hopefuls. So, let’s call it an expected field of up to 9-10 at the moment.

Bravazo will remind people of Oxbow, who won the Preakness in 2013 after an also-ran effort in the Derby for Calumet and Lukas. And if you want to bet on the big forward jump for Bravazo, be my guest. But I don’t see it. And I don’t see Sporting Chance getting it done either.

Tenfold was the hot horse going into the Arkansas Derby and ran ok, but just wasn’t up to the class of Magnum Moon, Quip, or even, dare I say it, Solomini. He’s probably got a number of nice wins in his future, but the Preakness seems just a touch out of reach for him.

Now, for Justify and Good Magic. They clearly asserted themselves as the top two of this crop. Both ran fantastic races in the Kentucky Derby. And they drew clear late. Good Magic was my Derby pick, and I almost lost my voice with a 1/4 mile to go. I swear I thought Jose had Justify beat. But then as we all saw, Mike Smith got another gear out of Justify and the race was over as Good Magic barely held 2nd.

I saw something in the video of Travis Stone calling the Derby from the booth that disappointed me as a Good Magic fan. As Justify was galloping out nicely after the wire, even after running those fast early fractions, Good Magic was completely stopping. He was spent. Nothing left. The race had taken everything he had to give. Now, word is he came out of the race very well, and I’m sure that’s true. And the Preakness is 100 yards shorter than the Derby. So if you’re a Good Magic fan, like me, there are things to hang your hat on. But if I’m being honest, I can see him running 5th easier than I can see him winning. And he’ll be a one-third the price that he was in the Derby.

Justify, on the other hand, looks better every time I watch the Derby replay. I don’t think there is one thing you can point to as even a potential negative, other than maybe this alleged foot issue that may or may not have cleared up. But, he is, like every other Kentucky Derby winner, trying to come back in two weeks off a tough effort. Does the lack of juvenile seasoning catch up with him here? Did that Churchill Downs surface take a toll? Can you accept 2-5 or lower? For me, the answer is no. Yeah, he’s obviously the most likely winner. You don’t need me to tell you that. But for betting purposes, you have to try to get clever.

For me, the race comes down to three key horses: Quip, Diamond King, and Lone Sailor. I don’t think either horse is in the same class as Justify or Good Magic. But it just may not matter in the Preakness. I think Quip will be the early leader, and if you can envision a scenario where Justify and Good Magic start being ridden hard at the 5/16ths pole, maybe you can see Quip kick clear and two fresh horses closing ground down the lane.

Diamond King passed on the Peter Pan on Saturday for this, and he picks up top rider Javier Castellano. I think he’s live, and he’ll be a price. And Lone Sailor just looks like one of those mediocre stakes horses like Tale of Verve who can suck up late when everyone else has stopped.

So, for the moment, that’s the half-hearted attempt to beat the big favorites in the Preakness. Play Quip to win. And box him with the other two in the exacta, using ALL in 3rd in the trifecta, and maybe getting crazy and using ALL in 3rd and 4th in the superfecta too. Just think what that super would pay with Justify and Good Magic out of the top two spots.

Of course, Justify will probably win by five.

Jump in and Join the Fun – 2018 KY Derby weekend


Rich Nilsen, a 14x NHC qualifier who has a wealth of experience running wagering pools, is the Captain for this swing at these two great days of racing.  He is joined by the Fat Bald Guy, Dan Cronin.  This duo teamed up last year to sweep all three Triple Crown races (see below)!
Nilsen was also the captain of a pool that took down 2 of the 4 winning Pick-6 tickets in the nation when Street Sense won the KY Derby.  That incredible Pick-6 hit returned over half a million dollars!*
Contributions for the 2-day wagering pool begin at $50 and whatever amount you contribute gives you the appropriate percentage of the wagering pool for up to TWO days of action. For complete details on this membership exclusive at, log in and click “handicapping” and then PTC Pools.


A wet, messy track at Churchill Downs was no problem for PTC Pool experts Rich Nilsen and Dan Cronin as they crushed both days of the big weekend by hitting huge, multiple Pick-4 and Pick-5 wagers!  All of the contributing BetPTC members shared in the winnings which was over $20,000 after tax and over $28,000 with withholdings!   The pool, which began with $13,000, nearly tripled upon the conclusion of the KY Derby card.
On Preakness Day, the pool members and contributors lost a heart breaker when Classic Empire was run down in the final strides.  With some proper ticket structure, the pool did have the Pick-5 ending with Cloud Computing, but a huge score would have occured if Classic Empire had hung on.  Despite that tough loss, the PTC Pool eked out a small profit on the day.
Three weeks later on Belmont Stakes Day, the PTC Pool struck again. It was starting to look like a tough day for everyone involved, but then the handicapping duo hit the late Pick-4.  Four double-digit winners in a row, beginning with Ascend in the G1 Manhattan, led to an amazing $23,203.75 hit for fifty cents!  After taxes withheld (which players can attempt to get back on their taxes), the return was over $17,000.
Congratulations to everyone who participated and see you in the next PTC Pool!
* past performances are no guarantee of success.


Early Oaks Thoughts

by Justin Dew

2018 Kentucky Oaks Thoughts According to Dew

It seems pretty clear that Monomoy Girl and Midnight Bisou, both of whom’s names trigger my iPad to tell me that I misspelled a word, are going to be your favorite and co-favorite in the Kentucky Oaks. They’ve done impressive things on the racetrack, and bettors will wager on them accordingly. But the key to betting on any race is to find value, and I think there are reasons to take a stand against one of them while using the other with perhaps a bigger price in the exotics.

First, Midnight Bisou. My gut tells me she will be at her best around one turn. I realize she is a dual-graded stakes winner at 1 1/16 miles, but those wins came against questionable competition. And I’m also not a huge fan of taking a short price on a daughter of Midnight Lute at 9 furlongs shipping east for the first time, especially when I suspect she’ll try to come from behind. She’s good. But I don’t think this will be her best game.

BetPTC member bonusMonomoy Girl confuses me a little. She has two wins coming from way back, and four other wins going wire-to-wire. My guess is she will be part of the Oaks pace, and the way she drew off in the Ashland suggests that she won’t have a problem with the additional 100 yards. The question with her is the price. She’ll be favored. Additionally, she won’t be able to coast alone like she did at Keeneland. So she’ll need to really be the best filly to win this, because I don’t see her stealing it.

As for who are the most logical alternatives, I think there are a few ways you can go. For one, I think it’s interesting that Kieran McLaughlin is pointing the very promising Sara Street to another race Derby weekend. Is that because he thinks Take Charge Paula has a big shot? And what about Coach Rocks, who just beat Take Charge Paula? Does she have another move forward in her? Or do we need to look to the Oaklawn and Fair Grounds preps? Or the Gazelle?

I can probably make an interesting case for five or six of the alternatives to the top two. And since I just don’t love either‘s chances, the key to cashing big on the Oaks, for me, is to figure out who is prime for her best effort at a big price.