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BetPTC.com Preakness Stakes Preview – May 18

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Pimlico Race #10 – The G3 Gallorette – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:05 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Mitchell Road / #7 – In the Lee / #1 – I’m So Fancy

#4 Mitchell Road is a daughter of English Channel for Bill Mott. Joel Rosario is aboard and they’ve been off for three months. She is seeking her third straight and Rosario should send right to the front. She is 6 for 6 ITM and a solid candidate for the win. #7 In the Lee is a daughter of Tapit for Shug McGaughey. This is her 2nd start of the year and beaten chalk at Keeneland last out. Shug wins 26% coming back off a beaten favorite effort looking for payback. #1 I’m So Fancy comes from the barn of Arnaud Delacour with Florent Geroux in the saddle. She’s been off for 8 months and gets first time Lasix where the trainer wins 31%. She comes in from the Curragh in Ireland and Delacour wins at a solid clip with fresh runners.

Race #11 – The G3 Chick Lang – 6f – 4:42 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Preamble / #7 – Pyron / #3 – Malpais

#8 Preamble comes in for the Rodolphe Brisset barn. 2nd start of the year and has Florent Geroux in the saddle. He is a perfect 3 for 3 and cuts back to 6f. The barn wins 19% with graded stakes and 23% second time off the shelf. He’ll get a perfect stalking trip breaking from the outside. #7 Pyron hails from the barn of Steve Asmussen with his main rider Ricardo Santana in the saddle. This son of Candy Ride is a perfect 2 for 2 and ships in from Oaklawn stepping in class. Look for a stalking trip and Santana to hit the gas at the quarter pole. #3 Malpais comes from the Joe Sharp barn with Luis Saez in the driver’s seat. Ships in from Charles Town turning back in distance as he looks for his 3rd straight win. This son of Hard Spun has wicked speed and may be tough to catch.

Race #12 – The G2 Dixie Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 5:39 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #12 – Catholic Boy / #11 – Inspector Lynlee / #5 – Have At It

#12 Catholic Boy is a son of More Than Ready with Javier Castellano in the saddle. He’s been off six months since the B/C Classic and sports two bullet works. He is 4 for 5 with wins on the sod and Castellano wins 24% on the grass. Look for a mid pack closing move around the turn. #11 Inspector Lynlee is a son of Lemon Drop Kid for Shug McGaughey. Jose Lezcano is the reinsman and exits a perfect prep winning at Aqueduct. He gets added ground and will launch a strong closing effort. #5 Have At It a son of Kitten’s Joy for Christophe Clement. He’s been vacationing the past five months and faced some tough guys last year. He’s a perfect stalker and Jose Ortiz in the irons is a real plus when they turn for home.

Race #13 – The G1 Preakness Stakes- 1 3/16 miles dirt  – 6:48 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Improbable / #2 – Bourbon War / #7 – Alwaysmining

#4 Improbable is a son of City Zip for Bob Baffert with Hall of Famer Mike Smith in the saddle. This closer was a beaten favorite in the eventful Derby and he’s faced some of the toughest runners this year. He is 5 for 6 ITM lifetime and looks for a solid effort to rebound off his KY Derby performance. #2 Bourbon War is a son of Tapit and gets blinkers for trainer Mark Hennig. He’s been off since for the G1 Florida Derby and this long range closer has Irad Ortiz in the saddle and he wins 22% with this type of runner. #7 Alwaysmining is a son of Stay Thirsty with Daniel Centeno in the irons. He has a quick turn of foot and plenty of early speed going six in a row. He won the Federico Tesio which has been a long time prep for this race.

BetPTC.com Weekend Stakes Preview – 12/29/18

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Gulfstream Park

Race #8 – The Tropical Park Oaks – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:39 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Too Cool to Dance / #6 – Proud O’ Paddy / #13 – Angel of Mischief

#1 Too Cool to Dance has Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Chad Brown. They are winning 18% on the year and bring a daughter of Kitten’s Joy who’s been off for three months. They are cutting back in distance and the connections win 29% with layoff runners. #6 Proud O’ Paddy is a daughter of Paddy O’Prado for Jane Cibelli. She is 4 for 5 ITM at GP and been off since October. She won her last start and the barn wins 23% with repeat runners. Nik Juarez is the reinsman and should have her close to the pace. #13 – Angel of Mischief hails from the Norm Casse barn with Julien Leparoux in the irons. Toss out her race in the G2 Mrs. Revere at CD and she is a perfect 2 for 2 on the sod. Casse is going to do big things in racing and the meet at Gulfstream may kick it off.

Race #9 – The Via Borghese – 1 3/16 on the turf – 4:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Peru / #7 – Danceland / #2 – Silver Shaker

#5 Peru comes from the Mike Maker barn and is a daughter of Motivator. Jose Ortiz in the irons and she is 3 for 6 ITM at Gulfstream Park. She gets added distance and should be drafting right behind the top flight. Ortiz fits her like a glove and wins 21% with Maker runners. #7 Danceland is a daughter of Tapit for Shug McGaughey. John Velasquez is the rider and she’s making her 2nd start off a layoff. The barn wins 21% on this move and she takes a drop down from graded company and switches back to Johnny V. #2 Silver Shaker comes from the Chad Brown and is making her 2nd start off the layoff. The trainer wins 24% on this move and is 8 for 9 ITM on the green. Irad Ortiz in the irons, and just got bested at the wire last out. She will be forwardly placed in this group.

Race #11 – The Tropical Park Derby – 1 1/16 on the turf – 5:12 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Breaking the Rules / #12 – Rose’s Vision / #11 – Therapist

#4 Breaking the Rules is a son of War Front for the Shug McGaughey barn. Irad Ortiz has the call and was an impressive winner last time out. He’s been away for two months and ships in fresh from Belmont after some solid works at Payson Park. #12 Rose’s Vision is a son of Artie Schiller with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. He’s been away from the races since August and working regular at Palm Meadows. Trainer Stuart Simon scores 25% off a last race win. #11 Therapist is a son of Freud for trainer Christophe Clement. He is 2 for 2 ITM at GP and 7 for 9 on the greensward. Tyler Gaffalione has the call and comes in fresh and ready to fire.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 10/20/18

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Belmont Park Race #7 – The Maid of the Mist – 1 mile – 3:42 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – She’s Trouble / #7 – Cartwheelin Lulu / #9 – Elegant Zip

#4 She’s Trouble comes to post for Linda Rice and Irad Ortiz in the saddle. Her name is fitting as she has encountered trouble in most of her races and this daughter of Into Mischief stretches out and Rice wins 42% on the distance change. Irad will have her settled out with the added distance and have plenty of time to get into stride for the homestretch run. #7 Cartwheelin Lulu hails from the barn of Jeremiah Englehardt winning 20%. John Velasquez has the call and she broke her maiden in open company and won in hand easily at Belmont last out in a stake. An excellent rider who is 3 for 5 the past week and her dam Reprieve has 3 starters, 3 winners and a stakes winner to her credit. #9 Elegant Zip is a daughter of Run Away and Hide for trainer David Donk. She has solid early speed and the added distance should be welcome as she’ll be on the engine from the gate break.

Race #8 – The Sleepy Hollow Stakes – 1 mile – 4:15 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Poppy’s Destiny / #4 – Bankit / #3 – Strive for a Cause

#1 Poppy’s Destiny is a son of Orb for trainer Linda Rice. Javier Castellano is the reinsman and stretches out from 7f to a mile. Castellano wins 20% going long and looks to overcome an eventful trip last out. Going sprint to a route yields 42% winners for Linda Rice. With all of the early speed, the rail trip may work out nicely. #4 Bankit comes to post for trainer Steve Asmussen with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. He has blistering speed and will be pushed from the gate break. The one turn mile should fit his style and with a cleaner trip, he could be a handful on the front end. #3 Strive for a Cure is a son of Goldencents for trainer Dale Capuano. He is 1 for 1and has a quick turn of late foot. Stretching out from 6 1/2f to a mile combined with the early speed should have him motoring down the lane.

Race #10 – The Empire Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:23 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Twisted Tom / #8 – Sea Foam / #10 – Pat on the Back

#5 Twisted Tom is looking for a repeat from last year in this race. This is his 3rd start of 2018 and was a beaten favorite his last two. Joe Bravo gets the call and “Jersey Joe” wins 28% with route runners. He’s been off two months and comes in fresh and ready. His works at Monmouth show promise of things to come. #8 Sea Foam is a son of Medaglia d’ Oro for Christophe Clement winning 24%. He’s a three year old facing older and gave a solid effort in the G3 Oklahoma Derby showing good early speed. Joel Rosario back in the saddle and look for a quick break from the gate. #10 Pat on the Back is a son of Congrats. He is 7 for 7 ITM at Belmont and Dylan Davis has worked out well in the saddle. His last effort in the Evan Shipman was promising moving forward. He has a perfect stalking style and should be respected at the windows.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 9/8/18

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Kentucky Downs

Race #6 – $500,000 Juvenile Turf Sprint – 6 1/2 on the turf – 4:55 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 Mae Never No / #10 Moonlight Romance / #2 Chattel

#11 Mae Never No is trained by Wesley Ward and making her 2nd start off the layoff. She is 2 for 2 facing the gals and ran a game 3rd in the Tremont as a beaten favorite. Ward wins 21% with his first time grass runners and been working around the dogs at Keeneland. Albin Jimenez in the saddle looking for a perfect stalking trip to make a run in the long home stretch. #10 Moonlight Romance comes from the barn of Wesley Ward and has Jose Ortiz in the irons. She comes back from Royal Ascot and a daughter of Liaison for Ken & Sarah Ramsey. Blinkers off today and she broke her maiden at Belmont last out on the turf. #2 Chattel has Kendrick Carmouche in the driver’s seat for this son of Giant Oak. He was impressive in the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga and makes the trip to Kentucky to try the undulating course.

Race #7 – Ladies Turf – 1 mile on the turf – 5:26 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 Hallie Belle / #8 In the Lee / #10 Dubara

#7 Hallie Belle is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro for the Michael Stidham barn. This is her 3rd off the layoff and “Jersey” Joe Bravo comes down for the mount. She’s dropping down a notch from the G2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes and her dam Charity Belle has 4 starters / 2 winners / 1  stakes winner / 2 turf winners to her credit. #8 In the Lee comes from the stable of Shug McGaughey with Jose Ortiz in the saddle. She is 6 for 7 ITM on grass and been off for two months since Belmont. Shug wins 21% with layoff runners and Ortiz is 49% ITM on the sod. #10 Dubara has the services of Adam Beschizza for this daughter of Dubawi. Her dam Kibara has 6 starters / 6 winners / 6 turf winners to her credit. Since coming across the pond she seems to be enjoying Lasix and the grass racing. This course may be to her liking.

Race #8 – G3 Ladies Sprint – 6 1/2f on the turf – 5:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 Lull / #7 Originator / #1 Brielle’s Belle

#6 Lull is a daughter of War Front and 2 for 2 with wins over the KyD course. Christophe Clement is the conditioner and has B.J. Hernadez in the saddle. Runners that like the track usually come back and show a good effort. She comes in off a solid effort in the G2 Royal North at Woodbine. She’s in perfect shape heading back to Kentucky and was sprinting 6f last out and gets added distance this day. #7 Originator hails from the Ian Wilkes barn with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. She is a daughter of Artie Schiller and is 5 for 6 ITM on the greensward. She’s a closer and Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace. I really like her chances today. #1 Brielle’s Appeal is a speedy filly by English Channel who’s going to grab the lead for trainer Al Stall. She has been away for 47 days at Saratoga and could be a handful if turned loose from the gate break.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 12/16/17

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Gulfstream Park

12/16/17

R-5 – Race #5 – G3 Rampart – 1:05 pm 2:05 PH

BetPTC.com Horse Selections = #1 – Curlins’ Approval / #3 – Lewis Bay / #4 – Kings Ghost

#1 – Curlins’ Ghost = 7/8/ITM for this daughter of Curlin exits the BCFM Sprint. Ships back to GP from Delmar and for the barn of Happy Alert. Luis Saez in the saddle and he fits the stalker like a glove. #3 – Lewis Bay = Ortiz aboard this filly for Chad Brown. She has not raced for a year and has tons of back class. Could pop up and win in a blink. #4 – King’s Ghost = 1/1 at GP for the barn of Marty Wolfson. She been’s for two months and should get a super stalking trip.

Race #8 – G3 – My Charmer –  1 mile on the turf – 3:35 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 -On Leave / #8 – Gianna’s Dream / #9 – Defiant Honor

#5 – On Leave = Shug McGaughey trainee is a talented daughter of War Front. She ships back from the left-coast in the Goldikova. She is 9/13 on the turf, and wins 18% with her shipper starts. She’s knocked heads some with some tough gals. #8 – Gianna’s Dream = Daughter of Twirling Candy is looking for 3-in-a-row. Ships back from Remington Park and has plenty of tactical speed. #9 – Defiant Honer = James Toner runner who has had a complex campaign. She has faced some good company and spring up and anytime and get her picture taken.

Race #10 – G3 Tropical  Turf – 1 on the turf – 4:37 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Blacktype / #2 – Camelot Kitten / #1 – Tower of Texas

#7 – Blacktype = Clement trainee with Rosario in the irons. 16/24 on the turf and will need a little pace to set him as he is 6/9 in the distance. Look for Rosario to launch a big bid at the top of the lane. #2 – Camelot Kitten = This son’s of Kitten Joy has been racing mainly in New York. Irad Ortiz for Chad Brown and they have been winning 33% the past 60 days. #1 – Tower of Texas = Draws the rail and is 10/15 on the sod. Son of Street Sense has faced some tough foes and exits an impressive win at Woodbine, and won the LaBeeb Stakes.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 10/2/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Summer gave most of the country a last blast of heat and humidity. The sweltering heat will soon be replaced by cool winds and nature’s foliage show. There are less than 40 days until the Breeders’ Cup sets up shop at Del Mar and we’ll see the best-of-the-best lock horns and do battle. Until then, here are some runners to keep on your radar. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

Belmont

9/23/17

Race #3 – G3 Noble Damsel – 1 mile on the turf

#2 – Sassy Little Lila = Daughter of Artie Schiller and bred to relish the turf. She was making her 2nd start after facing the boys in the G2 Four Star Dave. She grabbed the lead and did nothing wrong this day. She caught a much tougher gal in Off Limits and will give them fits next out. I am keeping her at the top of my list as this was a winning effort running 2nd.

Race #10 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6f on the turf

#10 – Lutheran Rags = Son of Union Rags for the Christophe Clement barn making his 2nd lifetime start. The barn wins 18% on this move and he rolling 4 wide into the lane showing a strong late kick. This race was a promising effort for next time out.

Churchill Downs

9/23/17

Race #1 – Claiming – 6f on the main

#4 – Doggerwinii = 2nd start off the layoff and this daughter of Maltese Dog showed very good early speed. She stretched out from 5 1/2f to 6f and shipped in from Indiana Grand. She was squeezed at the start and still managed to take the lead. A clean trip gets her in the winner’s circle.

Race #3 – Mdn Claiming – 7f on the main

#1 – Something Bird = 3rd off the shelf for the Mike Tomlinson barn. Son of Birdstone dropped down the class ladder (27%) and drew the red-hot rail post. He was caught in tight and forced to check up sharply. He managed to get back on task and grab the show dough this day.

Belterra Park

9/23/17

Race #5 – Claiming – 1 mile on the main

#5 – Lookin at Grace = Daughter of Lookin at Lucky and was making the turf – dirt switch (25%) for the William Brumley barn. She dropped down in class and had an awkward start. She circled the field quickly but was very wide the entire race.

Race #7 – Allowance – 6f on the main

#7 – Conundrum Red = Filly by Trappe Shot for the Doug Cowans barn. 2nd start off the layoff and she won easily under wraps by 7 1/4 on this day. She was on the wrong lead and still moved with fluent motion. – I’m keeping this little lady on the short list to follow right back.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 9/26/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The sport of racing lost a shining star. A personality that defined a time that needed a hero as the world stood in awe of her “Big Red.” – Penny Chenery, the beloved owner of Secretariat whose influence on the sport spanned decades and whose standing inspired generations of women in racing, died Saturday at her home in Colorado from complications of a stroke at age 95. – Rest in peace, Ms. Chenery.

Here are some runners to keep on your radar screen as we move forward into the next season. They may not have had a clean trip or were compromised in giving their best. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com!  

Belmont

9/16/17

Race #2 – Mdn Claiming – 1 1/16 on the turf – #10 – Culture Carrier

#10 – Culture Carrier = Son of Kitten’s Joy for the Chad Brown barn. He is bred to relish the turf and had the services of Javier Castellano in the saddle. He tracked at the back of the pack and tipped off going two wide making a very strong bid. He finished 4th this day and his 2nd effort out should show a much-improved runner ready to seal the deal.

Race #5 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 mile on the turf – #9 – City Day

#9 – City Day = Daughter of City Zip for Christophe Clement. She was getting first time Lasix (24%) and making her second start moving from the dirt to the turf. Her dam has 6 winners from 9 starters on the weeds and she had a couple works on the deep Oklahoma training track at Saratoga. – She tracked near the back and swung out 4 wide making a solid bid to be 3rd. This is a great building block race for efforts to come.

Race #7 – A.O.C – 1 mile on the turf – #10 – Black Tide

#10 – Black Tide = He is a blistering speed type under the handling of Jose Lezcano. He is 6/9 ITM over the Belmont turf and exits the $150k West Point stakes. Trainer David Cannizzo has him cranked up and he shows his early foot every time. He led all the way and floated out 7 wide in the turn and when Lezcano got him back on task he did some bumping down the lane. He got the show-dough this effort and can wire them easily. Just keep your eyes peeled for race lacking a torrid pace.

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Race #9 – The G2 Sands Point – 1 1/8 on the turf – #10 – Inflexibility

#10 – Inflexibility = Daughter of Scat Daddy shipping in from Woodbine. She broke her maiden on the Belmont turf and is 3/3 ITM on the sod. She has a good late kick and was making a step up the class ladder against this field. Chad Brown trainee with Javier Castellano in the irons. – She was wide early on and was forced to steady off of heels early and gave her best effort to be 4th. I think she is sitting on a big effort but you just can’t strut your stuff against better when you have any kind of traffic problems.

Race #10 – Claiming – 1 mile on the turf – #12 – Performance Bonus

#12 – Performance Bonus = Chad Brown runner breaking from the far post this day. He is a solid 3/3 ITM over the Belmont green and was dropping down in condition claiming levels. He was a beaten chalk the last race and Brown comes back to win (30%) on this move. He was hung even wider after the break and saw about an 1/8th of a mile if not further than the rest. Javier Castellano managed to rally for 3rd and this was a respectable effort all things considered.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 9/23/17

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Belmont

9/23/17

Race #3 – The G3 Noble Damsel – 1 mile on the turf – 2:32 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #5 – Off Limits / #2 – Sassy Little Lila / #1 – Celestine

#5 – Off Limits = Joel Rosario for the Chad Brown barn and the race is filled with plenty of speed. This daughter of Mastercraftsman is a stone cold closer and with a salty pace expected he should benefit greatly. He is 2/3 ITM at Belmont and the barn is 13/26 the last 14 days. Look for a big run at the top of the lane. #2 – Sassy Little Lila = She has a blast of speed to be respected. A daughter of Artie Schiller and Julien Leparoux in the irons for Brad Cox. She faced the boys last out in the G1 4 Star Dave. – If she grabs the lead she could be a tough customer this day. #1 – Celestine = Irad Ortiz aboard for Clement and draws the rail with plenty of early foot. She is 3/4 ITM over the course and exits the G1 Just a Game. Plenty of tactical speed under a talented reinsman.

Race #8 – The G2 Kelso – 1 mile on the turf – 5:45 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Divining Rod / #5 – Sharp Azteca / #1 – Tom’s Ready

#4 – Diving Rod = Daniel Centeno returns to take over the call for Arnaud Delacour. They are 3rd start off the layoff (28%) and exit the G1 Forego. –  This son of Tapit should be up close to the pace and tactically look to strike. #5 – Sharp Azteca = Big speed fro the Jorge Navarro barn. This son of Freud won impressively last out at Monmouth and has the services of Paco Lopez who wins with (25%) of early style runners. #1 – Tom’s Ready = 2nd start off the layoff for the Dallas Stewart barn and draws the rail with Joel Rosario in the irons. This son of More Than Ready is a solid closing type and going from a sprint to a route the barn wins (18%).

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Parx

9/23/17

Race #10 – The G1 Cotillion – 1 1/16 – 4:55 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #9 – Abel Tasman / #10 – Salty / #5 – It Tiz Well

#9 – Abel Tasman = The Kentucky Oaks winner brings Bob Baffert and Mike Smith to post. The daughter of Quality Road is cutting back from 1 1/4 and is looking to make it 4-in-a-row. Her morning works are sparkling and the connections are always tough when the money is on the line. Look for a stoute closing effort and the “Money Man” to get rolling late in the lane. #10 – Salty = Tyler Gafflione for Mark Casse. She is 6/7 ITM lifetime and always comes calling late. Look for more of the same as this talented young rider can get to the winner’s circle with a little racing luck. – #5 – It Tiz Well = Drayden Van Dyke for Jerry Hollendorfer and this daughter of Arch is a solid pace player. She should be up close and stalking looking to move just at the right time.

Race #11 – The G1 Pennsylvania Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:45 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – West Coast / #8 – Irish War Cry / #5 – Irap

#4 – West Coast = This son of Flatter is starting to show the signs of a real monster on the track. Bob Baffert and Smith team up looking for 5-in-a-row. After his impressive win in the G1 Travers, he has the full attention of handicappers. He cuts back from 1 1/4 and the trainer wins (35%) off a last race win. His race to lose. #8 – Irish War Cry = This son of Curlin should be forwardly placed under Fergal Lynch for Graham Motion. Ever since the Derby he is starting to look his old self but may be catching a tough guy in West Coast this day. He’ll bring his “A” game and that has to be considered before hitting the windows. #5 – Irap = Ever since winning the Ohio Derby he has gained respect. They are cutting back from 1 1/4 and the lesser distance may fit him well. Mario Gutierrez for Doug O’Neill and they are winning (20%) the past few months as a team. A perfect stalker who can be a major player at the top of the lane.

Graded Stakes Preview – Saturday, July 15, 2017

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Delaware Park

Race #8 – G3 Kent Stakes – 1 1/8 on the turf – 4:55 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #5 – Master Plan (2-1) / #6 – Frostmourne (8-5) / #2 – Lunaire (9-2)

Master Plan = Son of Twirling Candy moves up a notch off his victory in the $50,000 Stanton Stakes. After coming back from Meydan in the UAE Derby he found a new home on turf. Tyler Gafflione in the irons for Todd Pletcher and they are winning (24%) as a team. Pletcher is 2/2 ITM over the course and his runner has faced some tough guys in his travels; Tapwrit, Thunder Snow and Epicharis to name a few. His breeding suggests the turf fits his liking, and the rider is a rising star. Frostmourne = Joel Rosario aboard for Christophe Clement. This is third off the layoff move exiting the G2 Penn Mile. Two races back he received Lasix and this has helped him kick off 2017 in fine fashion. Lunaire = Son of Malibu Moon has the services of Mike Smith and is 2/3 ITM on the turf. He looks to be evolving into a seasoned runner, and in time he’ll be more of a major player.

Race #9 – Delaware Handicap – 1 1/4  on the main – 5:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #5 – Songbird (1-5) / #3 – Weep No More (6-1) / #4 – Line of Best Fit (12-1)

Songbird = Mike Smith aboard for Jerry Hollendorfer and they have a monster of a filly here. She is 13/13 ITM with 12 wins. She has two races at 1 1/8th at two- and is maturing into a gal we’ll be talking about for years. Her works at Santa Anita look solid and is 2nd off the layoff winning the G1 Odgen Phipps at Belmont. Weep No More = 3rd start off the layoff for the Rusty Arnold barn. 1st-time blinkers, and she has run 4th and 5th against Songbird. Even with her “A +” game, she’ll have her hands full, but minor awards are not out of the question. Line of Best Fit = Solid gal who has been very consistent a few class levels below for trainer Kieron Magee (38%). She could easily be a part of the exotics.

 

Indiana Grand

Race #8 – G3 Indiana Oaks – 1 1/16 on the main track – 9:21 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – Majestic Quality (3-1) / #8 – Mopotism (7-5) / #6 – Stonetacular (7-2)

Majestic Quality = Kent Desormeaux in the irons for his brother Keith. Ever since she came off the turf four races back, she has been looking better by the step. Her last effort in the G2 Summertime Oaks had her in full gear rolling late in the lane. I like her last two races and feel she is maturing into a fine young lady. They ship in from California and the “Brother’s D” come to the Hoosier state to take down the money. Mopotism = This daughter of Uncle Mo looked great last out and leaves California with a very sharp work to her credit. She was knocked around quite a bit in the Kentucky Oaks and has the look of a freshened filly. Stonetacular = She will be handled by B.J. Hernadez and shows solid speed. She was a beaten favorite last out and the Neil Howard barn comes back to win (28%) off this angle. She is 5/5 ITM moving up the ladder in good hands.

 

Race #9 – Indiana Derby – 1 1/16 on the main track- 9:49 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #9 – Untrapped (6-1) / #2 – Irap (8-5) / #3 – Wild Shot (8-1)

Untrapped = 2nd off the layoff for this son of Trappe Shot. The Ohio Derby run was good but not a peak effort. Ricardo Santana in the saddle for Steve Asmussen and this colt may be feeling his old self again. The last race didn’t use all of his reserves and I think he’ll come back and report home better. Santan has finished no worse than third and fits him well. This colt will come calling late in the lane. Irap = Reddam Racing Llc, Doug O’Neill, and Mario Gutierrez make a good team. He followed the same Derby trail run and it was grueling. Irap was impressive down the lane in the Ohio Derby and is coming back in less than three weeks. We’ll know about two minutes after post time if the Ohio Derby took too much away from this solid colt. Wild Shot = Rusty Arnold brings a nice colt to post. After his win in the Pat Day Mile at Churchill, I started seeing a good deal of talent. Look for an up close stalking effort making a move at the top of the lane.

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BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 4/17/17

Tom Petty said it best; The Waiting is the hardest part. – I’m not rocking out; I’m talking about the countdown to the greatest two minutes in sports. The preps are in the books and the waiting game begins. You’ll start your process of combing through the data and watching replays. You’ll glance over late works and who arrives when. And just when you think you’ve cornered the handicapping zone, there will be a defection or two that may send you back to the drawing board. – In the meantime, time is of the essence and here are some runners who are good candidates to build your bankroll. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com ! 

Keeneland

4/12/17

Race #7 – #4 – Alasaal – 1 mile on the turf

Joe Bravo in the irons for Kiaran McLaughlin as they brought this son of War Front to post. – He led all the way and set some pretty quick fractions. Down the lane Bravo tried to take his mount as far as he could and started weaving a bit down the lane. He drifted into the paths of some other runners and the objection sign hit the board. After a few minutes, there was no action taken. “Jersey-Joe” is a 4% winning rider on the turf, and that is not a true reflection of his ability on the sod. I’m looking for the speedster to take em’ to the winner’s circle at a square price.

Keeneland

4/13/17

Race #4 – #10 Major Force – 6f

Javier Castellano in the saddle for Arnaud Delacour and they were sandwiched and pinched back badly at the start spotting the field at least 10 lengths. He made an “Arazi-like” move around the far turn making up a quick 15 lengths in a few strides. He began weaving in and out of traffic and his fast closing fourth is a promising sign. Hopefully we’ll see a return in the final days of the meet.

Keeneland

4/14/17

Race #9 – #1 – Blacktype – G-1 Maker’s Mile Turf 

Joel Rosario the pilot for Christophe Clement. He was coming in off a 4 month vacation and working well at Payson Park. He drafted behind a rapid pace and kicked off the rail at the 1/4 pole seeking clear sailing. – As they turned for home he was kept in tight along the rail by eventual winner American Patriot under Castellano. – He didn’t get out for the big move and was wrapped up tightly by Rosario. He had no place to go, and you can follow this runner right back with confidence.

Keeneland

4/15/17

Race #6 – #6 – Perro Rojo – 1 1/8

Nik Juarez in the saddle for Nick Zito (20%) and they had a strong son good looking son of Birdstone. – He was only 1/7 ITM lifetime but had faced some of the tough guys multiple times. Names like; Irish War Cry, Gunnevera, Classic Empire, and McCracken. It was the old story of the company you keep, and this (25-1) shot looked the value play. Juarez was stock-still in the saddle and started making a move in the final quarter mile. He made an explosive late move only to be immediately snatched up and checked strongly. This colt will score and light up the board. Just keep your eyes peeled.