Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer
The second jewel in the Triple Crown gave players an excellent chance to play some new shooters. Always Dreaming opened up as the morning line favorite and Classic Empire was second choice. Going into the race it looked as if the Derby winner could notch another victory or Classic Empire could show why he was the two-year-old champ. – Classic Empire gave a good account, but the fresh legs of Cloud Computing came calling late to win by more than a head. – If you didn’t hit the Preakness, no worries. The Belmont stakes will be up and around in three weeks ! – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !
Race #2 – #5 – Initiate – 1 1/16 on the turf
Irad Ortriz in the saddle Shug McGaughey. This daughter of Pioneer of the Nile shipped up from Tampa Bay and has been off for 49 days. Ortiz grabbed the lead and did everything to perfection. He was beaten in the shadow of the wire and should improve greatly off this effort.
Race #7 – #8 – Lull – 7f on the turf
Kendrick Carmouche in the saddle with a nice filly by War Front. She was getting 2nd time lasix and exited the G-3 Appalachian at Keeneland. The rider was in striking distance from the leader and lost the whip at the 1/16th pole. – She should do better next out and may reward her backers.
Race #8 – #10 – Tiz a Chance – 6f on the turf
Paco Lopez in the irons for Graham Motion. Forced to steady off heels at the 1/16th pole losing momentum down the lane. The drop in class was a target race for Motion and this New York-bred is in good order to fire right back.
Race #2 – #5 – Gloton – 1 1/16 on the main
Gabriel Lagunes in the saddle. Once the gate broke he was thrown in the air and his mount broke inward hitting the gate and went down. Unseating the rider and going down was tough, and he was the second betting choice this day. The horse and rider jumped right back up and this race is a toss out. Handicapper’s enjoy an angle like this as many cappers will dismiss him as a bad actor. Cross this race off and move forward. He’ll reward his backers.
Race #5 – #9 – Momma’s Gift – 4 1/2 f for two-year-old fillies
Apprentice Caroline Quast in the saddle and this filly was erratic to say the least. She was shipping in from Keeneland and went wide, ducked in, and finally dove to the rail making a strong late bid. She needs a good playback and if the unseasoned apprentice is aboard she’ll get a square price.
Race #7 – #13 – Hurricane Bay – 1 mile and 70 yards on the main (off the turf)
John McKee in the irons for onwer / trainer Dan O’Hallaron. The Fairmount invader made a solid late bid hooking a runner who benfitted from a speed bias. “Hurricane” looks to be rouding into form and will pay dividends for players who back him. Fairmount runners do well over the track, and last year his barn did very well at Belterra making the trip.