#10 Copper Bullet hails from the Asmussen barn with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. This is his 2nd start of the year and made a red hot move in the G3 Razorback at Oaklawn last out missing by a head for the win picture. He has a solid stalking profile and good works at FG to show his readiness to fire. #4 Noble Indy has Johnny V and Pletcher teaming up and making his 2nd start of the year. He has faced some big names from last year and has some great works at Palm Beach. He is 2 for 2 ITM over the course and gets the big acid test stretching out in distance. #2 Lone Sailor is a stone cold closer with James Graham in the saddle for Thom Amoss. They are winning 26% as a team the past 60 days and he makes his 2nd start of the year and could come rolling for a minor award.
Race #11 – The G2 Muniz Memorial – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:10 pm EDT
#3 Synchrony has Joe Bravo in the irons for Mike Stidham and this son of Tapit is a perfect 4 for 4 in the Big Easy. This is his 2nd effort of the year and won the G3 FG Handicap impressively. Look for a stout closing move down the lane to take down the prize. #7 Bricks and Mortar is a son of Giant’s Causeway who has been off for 56 days. He is bred to love the turf and looking for his third straight victory. His dam Beyond the Waves has 7 starters, 7 winners, 4 stakes winners, and 6 turf winners to her credit. #8 Inspector Lynlee is a son of Lemon Drop Kid for Shug McGaughey. Jose Ortiz in the irons and he was ultra impressive winning at Tampa Bay Downs. His 2nd off the layoff and coming in with fresh legs from Payson Park should have him ready to close from the back of the pack.
#2 Serengeti Express is a speedy filly from the Tham Amoss barn. James Graham is the reinsman and 2nd start of the year. She drew off impressively winning Rachel Alexandra and is 1 for 1 at FG. Toss out her BC race and she is tough as they come. Catch her if you can. #7 Slewgoodtobetrue hails from the Peter Eurton barn coming from the west coast. She has a perfect stalking style and picks up the services of Florent Geroux. Look for a ground saving trip ready to mix it up around the far turn. #8 Liora is a speedy daughter of Candy Ride and picks up the blinkers for the Wayne Catalano stable. Channing Hill in the driver’s seat and he is an excellent speed rider winning 20% on this type of runner. Look for her early and outside looking for the position.
BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Spinoff / #6 – War of Will / #11 – Hog Creek Hustle
#10 Spinoff is a lightly raced son of Hard Spun for the Pletcher barn. His last win by 11 in the O.C. $75,000 arena at Tampa was more impressive than first glance. John Velasquez in the irons and his works are sparkling coming into the race. A perfect stalker who can light up the tote board as War of Will is going to take a big chunk of the money. #6 War of Will is looking for his 4th straight win. Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Mark Casse and they look to have a fine runner. But I’m looking down the road a bit when they hit Louisville on Derby day. This son of War Front has gotten better with every start since coming off the turf. Looking for a better price is no sin and they’ll want to keep him out of trouble as much as possible. If he has his own way he’ll be tough to handle. #11 Hog Creek Hustle comes from the Vickie Foley barn and picks up a new rider in Miguel Mena. He has a strong late kick and when he’s ready he’ll come rolling. Take a look at the 59.3 5f work which was 2 outta 53 for the distance and the day. I think he can get a big piece of the pie if he sticks to his guns and keeps his mind on business.
#2 Midnight Bisou has been on the shelf for 48 days and has the services of Mike Smith in the irons. This daughter of Midnight Lute is 12 for 12 ITM lifetime and Smith fits like a glove for the Steve Asmussen barn. She is a perfect 5 for 5 at the distance and her Fair Grounds works have been very nice. #4 Eskimo Kisses hails from the Ken McPeek barn with Alex Canchari in the saddle. She’s been off for 5 months getting beat as the odds on chalk in the G1 Spinster at Keeneland. She has been vacationing at Payson and comes in fresh. Eskimo has been in many races with MB and she may be a well rested gal looking to start the year off right. #5 Elate comes from the Bill Mott barn and has been off for six months. Jose Ortiz gets the call and he wins 20% when hooking up with Mott. She was beaten by a neck to Abel Tasman last out at Saratoga and some hot works at Payson Park coming into the race.
#8 Galilean is a speedy son of Uncle Mo for Jerry Hollendorfer. Flavien Prat in the driver’s seat and he wins 57% when aboard for Hollendorfer. This Cal bred has tons of early speed and Prat wins 24% with early runners. Catch him if you want to beat him. #9 Improbable comes in off a three month rest and is a perfect 3 for3 lifetime. His victory in the Los Al Futurity was super impressive and Van Dyke stays in the driver’s seat for Baffert. He has a perfect stalking stride and can be dangerous anywhere on the track. #1 Extra Hope makes his 2nd start of the year and Richard Mandella gets the hot boot, Mike Smith after Prat stays on the speedy Galilean. He is a nice stalker and maybe maturing just at the right time.
#5 Game Winner is a son of Candy Ride who is a perfect 4 for 4 with Bob Baffert. Joel Rosario is the reinsman as this colt is making his first start of the year. This colt is a monster stalker and with plenty of early foot, he looks like a big time candidate to put in a huge effort. #8 Gunmetal Gray is making the third off the layoff angle and has tangled against Game Winner. Flavien Prat is back aboard and Hollendorfer brings another maturing runner to post. This son of Exchange Rate is a stone cold closer. He’s gonna need plenty of early pace and get the jump on Gamer Winner to be the best on this day. #7 Our Braintrust is a son of Freud for the Mark Casse barn. He ships in from Aqueduct and gets a rider change to David Cohen winning 23% at the meet. He cuts back in distance and has some sharp works to prepare.
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 –
CHELTENHAM DAY 1 – TUESDAY MARCH 12
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.
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 –
CHELTENHAM DAY 3 – THURSDAY MARCH 14
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 –
CHELTENHAM DAY 4 – FRIDAY MARCH 15
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.
#4 Syndergaard has the services of John Velasquez in the saddle and is 3 for 3 ITM at Aqueduct. A versatile sort who is cutting back from a mile where trainer John Terranova is 51% ITM. Johnny V will have him in a perfect stalking position and he’ll move around the far turn to be in position for the stretch drive. #3 Skyler’s Scramjet is a speedster from the Michelle Nevin barn. He’s been off for 49 days and his works are sparkling. Look for Dylan Davis to be right at the front, and if the freshening has him ready he’s gonna be a handful. #5 Bavaro is a son of Freud looking for his fourth straight win. Junior Alvarado is the reinsman and he is rolling at meet winning 23%. Look for him right on the engine duking it out with anyone who has enough early speed.
Race #10 – The G3 Gotham – 1 mile – 5:09 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Instagrand / #3 – Mind Control / #5 – Haikal
#6 Instagrand is a son of Into Mischief who is a perfect 2 for 2. He ships in from Del Mar off a 7 month layoff and a couple of ten length wins. Jerry Hollendorfer and Javier Castellano team up for a big run. His works are hot and Castellano moves up his chances to put on a big show. He should be right on the hook and tough to deal with. Catch him if you can when they turn for home. #3 Mind Control has John Velasquez in the saddle and makes his 2nd start of the year. Two back he tossed in a clunker in the BC Juvenile after getting caught in tight and forced to check. He came right back and rolled in the Jerome and should lay just off the speed. #5 Haikal is a deep closer who should enjoy a field chock full of speed. He is a neck short of being three in a row and Rajiv Maragh calls the shots for the Kiaran McLaughlin barn. He will come flying late and should enjoy the added distance.
Race #11 – The G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks – 1 1/8 – 6:37 pm EDT
#10 Somelikeithotbrown is a son of Big Brown for the Mike Maker barn with Tyler Gaffalione in the irons. His victory in the John Battaglia Memorial was impressive as he makes his second start of the year. He has a quick turn of early speed and should be right in the top flight. Gaffalione coming in from Florida and Maker being loaded with quality stock looks like the race is for place if he gets a clean start. #9 Curlin Grey is a strong closer for trainer Ken McPeek. This is his 3rd start off the layoff and McPeek wins 19% going from dirt to synthetic surfaces. McPeek always has to be respected when he ships into Turfway. #4 Dabo is a son of Temple City and has a nice late punch. Dale Romans is the trainer and last out he looked like he needed one closing stoutly in the John Battaglia. Luan Machado in the irons and he has done incredibly well at Turfway. This is his 2nd of the year and the distance should be no problem. Look for him to rolling as they turn for home. I like his chances overall and it wouldn’t be a big surprise if he improves off his last race to take down the prize.
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BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Jaywalk / #3 – Another Time / #5 – Champagne Anyone
#1 Jaywalk has been away from the races for four months since the BC Juvenile Fillies. She is looking to strike at first asking and that would make her five in a row right off the bench. Joel Rosario travels in from California and he has been aboard her last two impressive outings. She cuts back in distance off her victory in the BC and she has plenty of solid works at Palm Meadows. She draws the rail and that spot has been winning at 21%. #3 Another Time ships in from Woodbine two back and picks up the services of Irad Ortiz. She ran a very game third effort at TBD even though it was a troubled trip. I think it takes a couple races to get acclimated back to the dirt and she happens to have a red hot reinsman calling the shots. Look for a strong closing punch. #5 Champagne Anyone is a daughter of Street Sense looking to ship in from CD out of the G3 Forward Gal. She has a good late kick and hails from the Ian Wilkes barn. Chris Landeros makes the trip and she will come rolling late in the lane.
Race #13 – The G2 Fountain of Youth – 1 1/16 – 5:32 pm EDT
#6 Signalman comes from the barn of Ken McPeek with B.J. Hernandez in the driver’s seat. He is 5 for 5 ITM lifetime and won the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club at CD. He looked promising at two and his three year old season looks promising. He has a strong late punch and his works at GP have shown promise. #8 Global Campaign is a perfect two for two and hails from the Stanley Hough barn. He is a perfect stalking sort and his races have really shown a sign of good things to come. His works at Palm Meadows have been sparkling and I’m looking for a big effort. #7 Hidden Scroll is a lightly raced colt who is an impressive one for one. This son of Hard Spun drew off to win by 14 and Joel Rosario is aboard for a good reason. Trainer Bill Mott has been on a roll winning at a super 20% so far this meet as his runner looks to duplicate his last explosive win.
Race #14 – The G2 Mac Diarmida – 1 3/6 on the turf – 6:06 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Channel Maker / #9 – Kulin Rock / #5 – Vettori Kin
#11 Channel Maker hails from the impressive Bill Mott barn. He is making his 2nd start off the layoff and has the services of Joel Rosario. He can be a versatile stalker, and drawing the outside post may allow him time to get into position. #9 Kulin Rock has Jose Ortiz aboard for trainer Mike Maker. This son of Lonhro is 3 for 5 ITM over the GP green and Ortiz picks up the mount after a $50k starter claiming race loss. He should make a good late run and Ortiz moves him right into the game. #5 Vettori Kin ships in from Woodbine facing some very tough company. He is 5 for 11 ITM on the sod and trainer Ken McPeek can bring them ready in a hurry. B.J. Hernandez in the saddle and a big effort would not surprise at all. He is the deep closing sort and look for his silks at the top of the lane.
#3 Stonesintheroad is a daughter of Bustin Stones. Rajiv Maragh stays aboard looking for this 3rd straight about this talented filly. She has easily handled the distance last out and her finish showed plenty in the tank. Trainer Jeremiah Englehardt wis off to the races winning 17% and 26% with last race winners. #4 Forgotten Hero is a speedy gal by Mission Impazible. Mike Luzzi in the irons for John Toscano. She’s going to be forwardly placed but if someone give her the press she’ll get the acid test moving forward. Her last effort was all that and trip to the winner’s circle and Luzzi wins 13% with speed ball runners. #2 Maiden Beauty can layoff the pace and make a bid. She is on the turn back from a mile and I like the idea of mixing her surroundings up a bit. Manny Franco in the saddle and he is scorching at a 23% win clip so far at the Big A. this is her second off the layoff and owns a bullet work to get ready. Winner at a solid price?
#5 Quip is a son of Distorted Humor from the Rodolphe Brisset barn. Keep an eye on this lad as he’s worked with some of the biggest names in racing. Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat and has been off for 9 months since the Preakness. His works at Payson have been solid and the barn is 44% ITM off long range layoffs. He faced the tough guys last year and cuts back in distance preparing for his spring campaign. #7 Copper Town is owned by Win Star Farm and China Horse Club International for Todd Pletcher. Javier Castellano in the irons and he’s been rolling at a 22% clip to the winner’s circle. I think they’re still trying to find the true meaning of this colt and makes a 2nd off the layoff move since a troubled trip in the gate as a beaten favorite. #3 Breaking Lucky has Luis Saez in the irons for George Weaver. Another runner still trying to find himself and that’s what makes spring at GP attractive. Look for a midpack break second time out this year.
Race #9 – The G2 Buena Vista – 1 mile on the turf – 7:20 pm EDT
#9 Vasilika is a talented daughter of Skipshot. She is 9 for 9 ITM at SA on the weeds with 8 wins tom her credit. She is 13 for 18 ITM going this far and has the ultra talented Flavien Prat abord winning 24% at the meet. Jerry Hollendorfer is the conditioner and she should calling at the top of the staying out of traffic on the outside. Looks like a lock in this race. #8 Elysea’s World has been off for 4 months coming in from Woodbine in the G1 EP Taylor. She tossed in a dud that day ad comes to California off the break. Bravo to Rosario is a plus on the left coast as he is winning at a 23% number. She is a deep closer and look for her to come rocking at top of the stretch. #6 Amandine is a filly with tactical speed. Drayden Van Dyke aboard and she is 2 for 3 ITM over the SA turf. Look for a close up and DVD to try his hand at wiring the field at a big price.
#5 Lone Sailor comes from the Thom Amoss barn and they are winning at a 21% clip. He has been off for three months and ships in from CD. His last effort was in the BC Classic and had an eventful trip tossing in a 7 wide dud. Regular rider James Graham back in the saddle and sports a bullet to get ready. He is 2 for 3 ITM at FG and looks prepared for a sharp effort. #9 Flameaway is a speedy son of Scat Daddy who has been on the shelf for five months. Tyler Gafflione in the irons and was a beaten favorite last out at Parx where trainer Mark Casse comes back to score 25%. Tyler will send from the gate break and be tough to catch if left alone to his own. His early turn can be effective as Gafflione wins 21% with speed type runners. #13 Quip is making his 7th career start off a 9 month layoff. Luis Saez has the mount and can be forwardly placed from the start. After getting bested in the Preakness he is looking to get his 2019 campaign on track. The bullet work at Payson may be a great sign of things to some and a little maturity can make him a new runner starting off the year.
Race #10 – The G3 FG Handicap – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:57 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – First Premio / #7 – Combatant / #9 – Synchrony
#6 First Premio is a son of Pure Prize for the red hot Mark Casse barn winning 25%. He is 2 for 2 ITM over the course and 4 for 5 ITM on the sod. B.J. Hernandez in the irons and he is winning at 38% this meet. This is his second off the shelf and steps back up in class. The Big Easy may be his kickoff point for the 2019 campaign. #7 Combatant has Jose Ortiz in the irons for Steve Asmussen. This son of Scat Daddy is only 1 for 4 ITM on the green and has faced some tough guys in his past. His dam Border Dispute has 9 starters, 8 winners, and 5 turf winners to her credit. There may be some hidden nuggets of gold with this runner once they hit the weeds. #9 Synchrony has Jersey Joe Bravo in the driver’s seat and this son of Tapit is a perfect 3 for 3 on the FG sod. He was the beaten chalk in the G2 Seabiscuit and was forced to steady 4 wide in the lane. He is 10 for 11 ITM on the weeds and is bred to relish the sod and distance.
Race #11 – The G2 Rachel Alexander – 1 1/16 – 6:29 pm EDT
#3 Serengeti Empress is a speedy daughter of Altercation and been away for three months in the BC Juvenile Fillies. She has a powerful turn of foot and her works have shown a new campaign plan. Ever since the Ellis Park victory, she has looked bright and happy. Catch her if you can. #10 Chasing Yesterday has Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle for Bob Baffert and is looking for her 4th straight win. This daughter of Tapit has 5 starts and 4 wins. She is a perfect style as a closer and should relish the early pace in here. #4 Positive Spirit has the services of Manny Franco and looks to duplicate off a strong 10 length win in the G2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct. She is 4 for 4 ITM lifetime and looks to be starting to find herself. A perfect stalker who should sit just off the lead may be dangerous. Her dam Above Perfection has 9 starters and 8 wins to her credit.
Race #12 – The G2 Risen Star – 1 1/16 – 7:02 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Hog Creek Hustle / #14 – War of Will / #13 – Kingly
# 6 Hog Creek Hustle is a Vickie Foley trainee and is 4 for 5 ITM lifetime. This colt has shown glimpses of very good and it is only a matter of time before he gets it all together. He is a strong late closer and his dam Candy Fortune has 2 starters with 2 winners. Florent Geroux has the call and is 2 for 2 ITM over the FG oval. This colt may be ready to get it all together this weekend. #14 War of Will is a son of War Front for trainer Mark Casse. Ever since coming off the turf he has shown big improvement. He is looking for his third straight win and 2nd in a row at FG. Tyler Gafflione in the saddle and is a perfect stalker looking to keep his record perfect at the distance. #13 Kingly is a lightly raced son of Tapit. He was a beaten chalk last out in the slop and his dam has 4 starters with 4 winners. He has the look of a front runner who will get better very quickly. Baffert is off to the races winning 31% this year. The price is right and if he fires he’ll light up the tote board.
#4 Qurbaan is a solid son of Speightstown who is 6 for 8 ITM on the grass. Kiaran McLaughlin is the trainer and Jersey Joe Bravo in the saddle. He is cutting back from 9f to 8.5 not racing in 56 days and is a stone cold closer. He is dropping down a class level and should be a major factor in this event. #2 Inspector Lynlee has the services of Jose Ortiz in the irons for Shug McGaughey. This son of Lemon Drop kid is 13 for 21 ITM on the sod and had an eventful trip in the G2 Ft Lauderdale last out. He is 1 for 1 at TBD and cuts back in distance from 9f. He’s been on the shelf for 56 days and been working a regular clip at Payson. Ortiz will come rolling late in the lane. #3 Divisidero has the services of Jevian Toledo in the saddle and exits the G2 Ft Lauderdale. Two back he ran an average effort in the BC Mile and comes back fresh and ready.
Race #11 – The G3 Sam Davis – 1 1/16- 5:25 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – So Alive / #3 – Knicks Go / #7 – Five Star General
#8 So Alive is a son of Super Saver and has the services of Javier Castellano in the irons. Ever since he caught a fast track he looked like a new runner. Two of his of three races he was forced to negotiate traffic and looked a very versatile colt. Todd Pletcher sends out another runner for the “Todd Squad” and should get a perfect stalking trip from a rider who gets his picture taken at a 20% clip. #3 Knicks Go is a pure speedster under the guided hand of Albin Jimenez. Ben Colebrook is the trainer and after a beaten favorite effort in the G2 Ky. Jockey Gold Cup at CD he has been on the shelf looking for a top effort. His works at TBD have been promising and look for a gate to wire effort. #7 Five Star General is a speedy sort under Jose Ortiz. Ever since his races have been pulled from the turf he has racked up two in a row. Ortiz wins 19% with speed runners and should give an honest account.
Race #5 – The G2 Las Virgenes – 1 mile – 4:30 pm EDT
#3 Bellafina is a speedy filly by Quality Road. Flavien Prat has the call for Simon Callaghan and he is winning 25% at the meet. This is her second start of the year and can grab the lead or sit just off and keep an eye on the leader. She was a beaten favorite in the BC Fillies and looks to get everything tied down for 2019 campaign. #2 Enaya Alraab is a daughter of Uncle Mo and appears to be coming into her own. Mike Smith gets the nod for Doug O’Neill and is rolling at a 32% win clip as a jockey this meet. She has the look of a perfect stalker who will mature like a fine wine. #4 Mother Mother has Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle and gets blinkers back on today. Trainer Bob Baffert wins 21% on this equipment change and this daughter of Pioneer of the Nile has very dangerous speed.
Race #9 – The G2 San Marcos – 1 1/4 on turf – 6:30 pm EDT
#3 Chicago Style is a son of Kitten’s Joy with Drayden Van Dyke in the irons. He is 8 for4 ITM on the grass and gets added distance. Thom Proctor brings him to post and made a very game move last out. I’m looking for that to be a good sign of things to come for this deep closer. #8 Beach View is a son of Giant’s Causeway and has Rafaelo Bejarano in the driver’s seat. He is 6 for 8 ITM on the grass and two races back made a bold move at the top pick Chicago Style only to get blocked. I’m looking for a solid rematch as they swing for home. #6 Sejo has Flavien Prat in the saddle for John Sadler. They are getting first Lasix shipping over from Longchamp in France. He is 3 for 4 ITM on the greensward. Sadler is 35% ITM with runners coming to the states first out.
#4 Feedback is a daughter of Violence and she won impressively by eight lengths under Irad Ortiz. She did this well within herself and gets added distance which should offer no problem. She’s been away from the races for 5 months and has a regular work tab. Chad Brown is the conditioner and he is winning 21% and 28% with layoff runners coming back to the races. #7Bye Bye J is a Ronald Spatz trainee and John Velasquez in the irons. She is a perfect 2 for 2 at GP and 2 for with wins. The only race she lost was facing the boys and been away for 56 days. Her dam Red Pine has 4 starts and 4 wins. #1 Champagne Anyone is a son of Street Sense with Chris Landeros in the saddle. She exits the G2 Golden Rod and ships in from CD after two months on the shelf.
Race #10 – The G3 Swale – 7f – 4:40 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Topper T / #5 – Call Paul / #9 – Zenden
#3 Topper T is a son of Bellamy Road for the red hot Bill Mott barn winning 28%. He is been off for two months shipping in from CD. He’s faced much tougher and should show very good early speed under Javier Castellano. #5 Call Paul is a speedy son of Friesen Fire for the red hot Jason Servis barn winning 43%. The move back to 7f should fit his liking as he won a stakes at Parx last out going the same distance. He should be a perfect stalking trip and pounce at the top of the lane. #9 Zenden is a colt by Fed Biz and is a perfect two for two lifetime. He’s been away for 56 days and his two wins have come over the GP surface.
BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Maximus Mischief / #1 Garter and Tie / #6 – Mihos
#8 Maximus Mischief is a son of Into Mischief who is a perfect three for three winning the G2 Remsen. He grabbed the lead going 9f and cuts back to 8.5f. He has been off for two months and his works have been sharp. #1 Garter and Tie has Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle making his third off the layoff. He is 6 for 7 ITM over the GP strip. The rail post is winning at 27% and may be the place to be. #6 Mihos is a son of Cairo Prince and is making his third off the layoff. Ever since adding Lasix he’s been double tough. John Velasquez picks up the mount for James Jerkins and should be a major player when they turn for home.