BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer
Thistledown Race #9 – The G3 Ohio Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:10 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Owendale / #4 – Global Campaign / #6 – Bethlehem Road
#2 Owendale comes in for trainer Brad Cox with Florent Geroux in the saddle. He is 3rd off the layoff exiting a closing effort in the Kentucky Derby. He was seven wide and moving quickly and turns back in distance today. Geroux will have him in mid pack waiting to push the button. #4 Global Campaign is the son of Curlin for trainer Stanley Hough. Luis Saez in the irons exiting a strong win in the G3 Peter Pan. Solid morning works and the trainer wins 40% with graded stakes. #6 Bethlehem Road is a son of Quality Road for Dee Curry. He is a perfect 3 for 3 and sports quick speed. He dusted the competition at Parx making the ship in move. Catch him if you can.
Race #10 – The G3 Iselin Stakes – 1 1/16 – 5:00 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Zanotti / #5 – Diamond King / #3 – Runnin’toluvya
#6 Zanotti is a son of Gio Ponti for trainer Juan Guerrero with Jorge Vargas in the saddle. This is his 2nd start of the year and had a sprint prep last out to get ready for two turns. He had a place finish last year in the G3 Monmouth Cup as a beaten favorite that day. Vargas is winning 20% on the year and wins 19% with pressing style runners. #5 Diamond King is a son of Quality Road for trainer John Servis. Jose Ortiz aboard the stalker and can be on the pace or just off. Ortiz wins 19% with close up close runners as they make a switch in riders. #3 Runnin’toluvya is a speedy gelding seeking his 11th straight victory shipping in from Charles Town where he wins flag fall to finish. Angel Suarez in the irons and he’ll be tough to catch.
Race #11 – The G1 United Nations – 1 3/8 on the turf – 5:28 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Bigger Picture / #4 – Focus Group / #6 – Zulu Alpha
#1 Bigger Picture is from the Mike Maker barn with Jersey Joe Bravo in the saddle. He scored in the G2 Elkhorn at Keeneland and is a stone cold closer. He’s been off two months and is 5 for 9 ITM going the distance. The rider is well acquainted with the New Jersey track. #4 Focus Group is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Chad Brown. 3rd off the layoff and exits the G1 Man O’ War as a beaten favorite. He is 2 for 3 ITM at the distance and a stout closer. Jose Ortiz wins 21% with Brown and 18% on the turf. #6 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry for Mike Maker. Channing Hill has the call as they make the 3rd off the layoff move. Hill fits the runner as they reunite from 2018 winning efforts.