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BetPTC.com Arlington Million Preview – Aug 10th

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Arlington Park

Race #9 – The G1 Beverly D – 1 3/16 on the turf – 5:53 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Sistercharlie / #1 – Fleeting / #6 – Magic Wand

#7 Sistercharlie comes in for Chad Brown with John Velasquez in the irons. Her 2nd off move gets the barn a 24% win clip as she rolls in with an impressive win in the G1 Diana. She is 1 for 1 at AP and looks for a repeat in this race. She’s a long range closer with solid work tabs. #1 Fleeting is a daughter of Zoffany (IRE) from the Aidan O’Brien yard. Ryan Moore makes the trip and finished a game 2nd in the Gr2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot. She is 6 for 8 ITM lifetime and adds Lasix drawing the rail. #6 Magic Wand is a daughter of Galileo from the Aidan O’Brien yard with Wayne Lordan in the irons. She had a dismal outing in the Gr1 King George & Queen Elizabeth and adds Lasix for her rebound. O’Brien wouldn’t send her if he felt she wasn’t ready.


Race #10 – The G1 Secretariat – 1 mile on the turf – 6:28 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9- Crafty Dandy / #6 – Fog of War / #7 – Valid Point

#9 Crafty Dandy is a son of Scat Daddy for Brad Cox and Florent Geroux in the saddle. He was rolling in the G3 American Derby for a trip over the track and a sharp work following his last race. #6 Fog of War is a son of War Front for Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz. He steps up the class ladder off a beaten favorite effort at Belmont. A rider change from Castellano to Irad Ortiz who excels with fast closing runners. 3rd off the layoff and has sharp morning works to make him a player. #7 Valid Point is a son of Scat Daddy for Chad Brown with Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat. He’s a perfect 2 for 2 coming off a two month layoff. He’s moving up in class and Brown spots his runners very well when they are ready to step up.


Race #11 – The G1 Arlington Million – 1 1/4 on the turf – 7:12 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3- Bricks and Mortar / #1 – Robert Bruce / #8 – Captivating Moon

#3 Bricks and Mortar is a son of Giant’s Causeway for Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz in the irons. Ortiz won this race last year on his birthday aboard Robert Bruce. They are looking for his 6th straight win and beat Robert Bruce in the G1 Manhattan last out. He is 2 for 2 at the distance and comes off a two month layoff. Ortiz wins 21% with late runners and this guy is something special. #1 Robert Bruce is a Chad Brown trainee with Javier Castellano in the saddle. Game effort in the G1 Manhattan which is the same race he used last year to prep for the Million. Castellano wins 24% with Chad Brown and they are 1 for 1 at AP. Look for a solid pace from Hunting Horn and the top two will come calling late in the lane. #8 Captivating Moon is a son of Mailbu Moon for trainer Chris Block. He’s a long range closer and Jose Valdivia is 51% ITM on the turf. He will be a player at a square price to complete your exotics.


Race #9 – The G1 Fourstardave – 1 mile on the turf – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Raging Bull / #8 – Hembree / #3 – Uni

#4 Raging Bull is a son of Dark Angel (IRE) for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. Exits the G1 Manhattan finishing 3rd against the top two selections in the G1 Arlington Million. This colt loves the Spa going 2 for 2 off a two month layoff. There are solid morning works and Ortiz picks up the mount winning 18% on the turf. Look for this colt to launch a strong late bid. #8 Hembree comes from the barn of Mike Maker with Luis Saez aboard. 3rd off the layoff and 4 for 5 ITM at the Spa. Steps up a notch on the class ladder and Saez wins 31% for Mike Maker. He’ll be running quickly late in the lane. #3 Uni is a daughter of More Than Ready for Chad Brown and Joel Rosario. She always comes running and is 2 for 2 ITM at the Spa. 2nd off the shelf and Brown wins 24% on this move. She seeks her 6th straight win.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 6/27/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Summer is moving quicker than the speed of light. – I can’t believe we’re already talking about the 4th of July, and before we know it the Breeder’s Cup will be on everyone’s mind. Just slow your pony down a notch ! – The summer is just getting ready to unveil some of the best racing of the year, and you better be ready when they call the runners to post. – Before you start putting away your shorts and flip-flops, sit back and enjoy the red-hot racing that awaits. In the meantime, here are some runners you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled. They had a compromised trip and they deserve a good hard look before making your next wager. – Have a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Belmont Park

6/22/16 – Race #4 – #7 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#7 – Wild Chatter = A three-year-old filly going for three-in-a-row on the greensward, and she deserves a good play next time out. Junior Alvarado in the irons and his mount was shut off at the 1/8th pole and was forced to shift off the rail. Once he found clear sailing he finished up with a great late kick in the final stages.

6/22/16 – Race #6 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#2 – T R Crew = Angel Arroyo had the call and he did a perfect job of stalking along the rail saving precious ground. He was in the second flight and shifted off at the 3/16th’s pole and had to battle between runners to find a gap for a few strides. Once he broke free he was drawing down on the leader and was beaten by a dirty nose. – A cleaner trip gets this runner right in the winner’s circle next up.

6/25/16 – Race #5 – #8 – One mile on the main

#8 – Guyana Cat = Jose Ortiz returned from his suspension and came back ready to pick up his business. – His mount was bumped soundly at the break and dropped back to the rear of the field. He was forced to swing three-wide at the top of the lane and finished with a sense of purpose. – If Jose Ortiz stays aboard next out bet early and often.

Arlington Park

6/24/16 – Race #7 – #7 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#7 – Montana Kid = Jose Valdivia had the call for Larry Rivelli and his mount bobbled at the start and was taken back to the end of the field. – He was so far back he looked in another zip code and I started thinking he had no chance. As the field rounded the 1/4 pole he kicked into an incredible strong gear and started weaving through traffic like the Indy 500. – He was on track to thread the needle and go right past when a quitting runner nudged and bumped him a little and detained his late run by a stride which caused him to not get his picture taken this day. – He needs a better break, and there is no doubt that this runner who was coming off two wins in  and dropping in class will show much better next out.

Belterra Park

6/25/16 – Race #2 – #3 – One mile on the dirt

#3 – R Dirteater = Marco Ccamaque had the mount and his runner was off slowly from the break and saved ground all the way around. Once he angled out for clear sailing he finished with good interest and should bring the heat next time to the races.

6/25/16 – Race #8 – #4 – 1 mile and 70 yards on the main

#4 – Infiltrate = John McKee was the reinsman and had a perfect trip saving ground. Once produced, he kicked into another gear and finished with a solid late kick. He was beaten by a head in the affair right at the wire, and the winner lost his whip in the direction of Infiltrate in the last 40 yards. That tiny distraction was enough to keep him out of the winner’s circle.

6/26/16 – Race #8 – #8 – 6f  on the dirt

#8 – Upright Stuff = Euclyn Prentice Jr. was in the irons and he was going for his 4th win on the card. – He tracked the speed and made a move at the 3/8th’s pole weaving in and out of traffic. Once they past the 1/4 pole he was attempting to go through a hole that closed very quickly on him forcing him to take off heels and shift to the outside finishing fourth. – Watch this runner next up as he won’t disappoint.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 8/17/15

BetPTC.com – Ed Meyer

The eyes of the racing world were focused on Arlington Park, and all went according to plan except the excessive rain that arrived late in the card. I hope you had a solid day, as there was plenty of money on the table to be swooped up for the taking. – This handicapper had the dreaded three-outta-four lament when Secret Gesture (GB) was disqualified and placed third drifting out nearing the wire. – The turf course was firm the race prior and yielding the next. It took me back in the time machine when young Jamie Spencer was taken down from a winning effort aboard Powerscourt years earlier. – But he did turn the tables rolling right back the following year and showing his heels to the field. – With the bevy of racing action going on this time of year, there are plenty of races to examine. Here are a few that ran into some trouble causing them not to give their best effort. You’ll want to follow these right back when they hit the track next out.

Saratoga – 8/10/15 – Race #9 – #11 – 5 1/2f on the turf

Sanfiera = Joel Rosario aboard for Wesley Ward and this usually produces good things. The daughter of Sunriver looked good at first asking, and she was part of a pace that turned 21.4 and 44.3 in the early fractions from the outside post. She was beaten by a fast closing Aussie Prayer, and with a better post the barn wins 20% with turf runners. Keep your eyes peeled for this gal to come right back and run big

Monmouth – 8/14/15 – Race #4 – #3 – 5f on the turf

Sterling’s Maximus = Trevor McCarthy was dead last going short and began to put together a run that made him look like he was about to overcome the poor beginning. This run was put on hold being shut down along the rail at the 1/8th pole and will fit under the “beaten favorite” angle for handicappers next out. A clean trip has her mowing them down in the stretch.

Saratoga – 8/14/15 – Race #4 – #1 – 5 1/2f on the turf

Tiz a Chance = Irad Ortiz and Graham Motion had a nice runner here, but the bumping and checking made it impossible to get into stride. Doesn’t sound like much in the big picture, but the race was decided by a head. 2nd time Lasix next out and a top notch barn gives him wings down the lane.

Gulfstream Park – 8/14/15 – Race #4 – #2 – 5f on the turf

Whisperonthestreet = Tyler Gaffalione broke through the gate before the start with this filly and that us usually a bad omen for gamblers. She was fresh off the claim from the Wesley Ward barn, and came off a beat slow to hustle up in between runners. Once she was in position, she dropped the anchor down the lane for another day. At (5-2) the public was on her like a cheap suit and she’ll reward her backers when she gets loose on the lead and shows heels and hind quarters next out.

Gulfstream – 8/16/15 – Race #11 – #3 – 1 mile on the turf

Overseer = Eddie Castro was forced to steady into the first turn and settled his mount out nicely. He made a nice run around the 3/8th’s pole and encountered traffic problems once again nearing the 1/4 pole. He still managed to work a solid effort into the race by finishing second, and with a little better trip this runner will scold the field next out for keeping him in the pocket.



BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 7/20/15

Ed Meyer

Mother Nature spoiled many track conditions around the nation, but as expected the show goes on. – Horse players are resilient and will capitalize on finding an edge no matter what the track condition. Over the weekend there are a few runners who need some extra attention next time they are entered. – Best of luck this week, and keep your eyes peeled for the next out efforts for the runners mentioned below.

Belterra Park – Race #8 – 7-18-15- #6

Lady Buckeye – Very impressive winner from the Tom Drury barn. This is one you’ll need to keep an eye peeled for.  I would look for Team Drury to find a nice stake at Thistledown, and it wouldn’t surprise many if she comes right back and wins at a square price. Her late turn of foot gave a new definition of acceleration down the lane.


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BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 7/13/15 – Ed Meyer

You know summer is in full swing when you start hearing about the upcoming meets of Saratoga and Del Mar. – Horse player’s keep time by what track is in session, and with the “Million Day” preview card at Arlington Park,  the Arlington Million is about a month away. With that in mind, here are some runners you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for next out. Best of luck, and remember that “fortune favors the bold.”

Up With the Birds = Arlington / Race #6 / #2 / 7/11/15 – The grass course had plenty of cut by all reports, and it seemed a little better from this handicapper’s eye. Up With the Birds had the services of young Drayden Van Dyke who may be one of the best up-and-coming turf riders for the future. He broke well and stayed along the rail down the backstretch. Just about the time he was given his cue, he was soundly bumped by Yankee Dealer and Coco Mon nearing the 1/2 mile mark. After the bustling he kicked out four wide and attempted to make a rally, but came up a bit empty. You can bet trainer Graham Motion will have the bugs ironed out the next time he enters the paddock.

Roman Approval = Arlington / Race #7 / #3 / 7/11/15 – When a runner does very little wrongs and still gets beat, you just hold your breath until the next outing. Julien Leparoux broke on the lead under a hammer lock and tried to control the early pace of his efforts. He held sway all the way around until he was bested down the lane by the ultra-tough runner The Pizza Man. – He was only beaten a neck and you can bet if he faces runners in his ability range, it may be a different outcome.

African Fighter = Belmont / Race #7 / #6 / 7/11/15 – Luis Saez had the mount for Todd Pletcher and they were shipping over from Monmouth for this venture. He stumbled at the start and regained his footing. Going down the backstretch he started picking up momentum but ended up in the parking lot all the while gaining ground at a good clip. Give him a better start and we’ll end up having a very nice runner to play.

Willow U = Belmont / Race #10 / #9 / 7/11/15 – She stumbled at the start getting a snout full of race track to begin. This is usually pretty tough to overcome, but started to get in gear about the 3/8th’s pole. His interest was keen and swing three wide to finish up for the show money. Junior Alvarado did an excellent job all the way around, and if she doesn’t go face down in the dirt next out, she’ll be a factor to be reckoned with about the 1/4 pole.

Donsandroses = Belterra Park / Race #8 / #9 / 7/10/15 – Remember the name Jordano Tunon. He’ll be a really nice rider over time, but the young jockey had everything but the kitchen sink tossed at him in this race. He broke out and hit the gate at the start, settled out, and started gaining to have the lead at one point by a head. He was drifting about and just looked to be lost on this day. Claiming $5,000 N2L is not the Queen’s Plate, but sometimes the small tracks offer a player or two that deserve a good look next time out. After speaking with the chart callers following the race, we all agreed he was one for the watch list as he appeared to have other things on his mind. If you liked 6-1 this last time out, I’ll bet dollars to donuts he’ll be about the same price if not higher next up.

Sapphire Spitfire = Ellis Park / Race #6 / #2 / 7/12/15 – B.J. Hernandez did nothing wrong for the record. He broke alertly and settle in nice. He started closing in on the leader, but was bested by a monster by the name of Dothraki Queen who won by a commanding 7 lengths. – I like to call this effort “running a winners race” but not getting your picture taken. Two-year-olds mature rapidly at this time of year and she’ll be money in the bank next out.