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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – July 6th

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Belmont Park Race #7 – The G1 Belmont Oaks – 1 1/4 miles on turf – 4:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Newspaperofrecord / #4 – Concrete Rose / #5 – Cafe Americano

#2 Newspaperofrecord hails from the Chad Brown barn winning 30%. Irad Ortiz in the saddle of this daughter of Lope De Vega who has four starts and two turf winners to her credit. She is a pure speedster and is 3rd off the layoff and a beaten favorite last out. She should grab the lead and carry it from start to finish. #4 Concrete Rose is a daughter of Twirling Candy for trainer Rusty Arnold. Julien Leparoux in the irons as she comes off a two month layoff. She’s looking for three in a row and is a perfect stalker. She beat “Newspaper” last out in the G3 Edgewood impressively and is four for five with wins lifetime. She’ll be a little closer with added distance. #5 Cafe Americano is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro for Chad Brown. She is a perfect two for two and been working lights out in the morning. Javier Castellano in the saddle and he is winning 23% on the turf. Look for her to launch a strong rally as she gets the acid test.

Race #8 – The G2 John Nerud Stakes – 7f – 5:05 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Do Share / #9 – Promises Fulfilled / #4 – Nicodemus

#7 Do Share is a son of Candy Ride for trainer Mike Maker with Tyler Gafflione in the saddle. He was bumped soundly last out in the G1 Churchill and still finished a game fourth. He is three for six ITM at Belmont and with a sharp 4f work coming into the race is looking for a top effort. #9 Promises Fulfilled hails from the Dale Romans barn. This son of Shackleford has Luis Saez in the saddle exiting the G1 Metropolitan. He has plenty of speed and turns back to 7f. Going from a route to sprint to route they win 35%. #4 Nicodemus is a son of Candy Ride for trainer Linda Rice and Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. He is a late closer and gets an added half a furlong to come rolling. Ortiz wins 14% on closers and Rice excels with sprinters winning 25%.

Race #9 – The G1 Belmont Derby – 1 1/4 on turf – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Seismic Wave / #12 – Demarchelier / #8 – Social Paranoia

#3 Seismic Wave is a son of Tapit for trainer Bill Mott and Joel Rosario. He is a stone cold closer who is 2 for 2 ITM over the course. Rosario is winning 22% with closers and fits this colt like a glove. #12 Demarchelier is a son of Dubawi (IRE) for Chad Brown with Javier Castellano. This is his second off and is a perfect 3 for 3. He’s a strong late runner and look for him to come calling late in the lane. #8 Social Paranoia is a son of Street Boss for trainer Todd Pletcher and Manny Franco in the saddle. He’s been a beaten favorite in his last two trips and is looking to reward his backers. He should stalk mid flight and make a run at the pacesetters.

Race  #10 – The G2 Suburban – 1 1/4 miles dirt – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Lone Sailor / #11 – Pavel / #3 – Rocketry

#5 Lone Sailor comes in for trainer Thom Amoss with Irad Ortiz aboard. He came flying in the G1 Gold Cup. A rider switch from Flavien Prat and Amoss adding blinkers where he wins 38% on the equipment change. Look for him late on the scene with a rider who wins 22% with closers. #11 Pavel hails from the Doug O’Neill barn with Mario Gutierrez in the saddle. 2nd off the layoff and shipping back from the Dubai World Cup as the barn wins 22% making the second time off the shelf. This son of Creative Cause will get a good stalking trip from the outside waiting from the rider to give the cue. #3 Rocketry is a son of Hard Spun for trainer James Jerkins with Joel Rosario. He can roll quickly in the lane and his last bullet work shows he is locked and loaded. Rosario wins 22% with stout closing types.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 9/22/18

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Parx Race #9 – The G3 Gallant Bob – 6f – 4:14 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Firenze Fire / #1 – Still Having Fun / #4 – Engage

#10 Firenze Fire comes to post for Jason Servis with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. This is the 2nd start off a brief layoff and takes a plunge down the class ladder. He was rolling late in the G1 H.A. Jerkins and bumped soundly getting forced wide. There is plenty of speed to set him up and trainer Jason Servis is winning at a 23% clip. #1 Still Having Fun is a son of Old Fashioned for Timothy Keefe. Joel Rosario in the irons making his 2nd start off the layoff move. He won the G2 Woody Stephens and got caught wide in the G1 H.A. Jerkins and should relish the turnback in distance. #4 Engage comes to post for Chad Brown and has the services of Jose Ortiz in the saddle. 3rd time off the shelf and has two solid preps coming into this race. He always fires and Ortiz fits him like a glove.

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

BetPTC.com Selections /#2 – Monomoy Girl / #5 -Separation of Powers / #7 -Midnight Bisou

#2 – Monomoy Girl should be a heavy favorite in this event for the Brad Cox barn. She is looking for her 6th in a row and sports good early foot. Florent Geroux in the driver’s seat and he’s looking to keep her record a perfect six for six. She’s gonna be tough to beat. #5 Separation of Powers is a daughter of Candy Ride for the Chad Brown barn. Jose Ortiz has the call and she is a strong stalking closer. I see her getting a garden trip rating behind the speed and she’ll make a  run at the top of the lane. #7 Midnight Bisou comes in for trainer Steve Asmussen with Mike Smith aboard. She was a beaten favorite in the G1 Alabama and cuts back in distance today. Asmussen wins 25% on the beaten chalk angle and she is showing good morning works over the deep Oklahoma training track.

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

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – McKinzie / #10 – Bravazo / #7 – Mr. Freeze

#8 McKinzie is a son of Street Sense for trainer Bob Baffert. He is 4 for 4 ITM and exits the G2 San Felipe and been on the shelf for 6 months. He has some speedy works in California and Baffert wins 34% with his shippers. #10 Bravazo is a son of Awesome Again for D. Wayne Lukas. Luis Saez in the saddle and exits a solid trip in the G1 Travers, This is a 3rd off the shelf move and he owns some solid works over the deep Churchill oval. He’ll be rolling late in the lane. #7 Mr. Freeze comes from the barn of Dale Romans with Robby Albarado in the irons. This son of To Honor and Serve is 4 for 4 ITM and likes to launch a late bid. He’s been off for 49 days and shows some very nice morning works at CD. He should be a very good value play and his price may have you tossing him into your exotics.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 8/4/18

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Saratoga

Race #8 – The G1 Test Stakes – 7f – 5:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 Seperationofpowers / #7 Mia Mischief / #2 Spectator

#6 Seperationofpowers is a daughter of Candy Ride for the Chad Brown barn. She had an eventful trip last out stumbling and forcing to steady. She still came flying with Jose Ortiz, and he stays aboard to seal the deal. She has the look of a very solid player.

#7 Mia Mischief comes in for trainer Steve Asmussen and his go to rider Ricardo Santana. They are looking to rebound off a beaten favorite effort in the G3 Victory Ride at Belmont. She takes a step up in class and gets added ground today. She’ll be showing the way when they turn for home.

#2 Spectator rolls in for the Michelle Nevin and John Velasquez. She’s making a 2nd start off a brief layoff and should be stalking close to the leaders. The barn wins 26% with graded stakes.

 

Race #9 – The G1 Whitney – 1 1/8 – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 Diversify / #2 Backyard Heaven / #4 Mind Your Biscuits

#6 Diversify is a son of Bellamy Road with Irad Ortiz as the reinsman. He is one for one at the Spa and cuts back from a mile and a quarter. He should be right there having a major say in the pace of the race. His bullet work shows all systems are go.

#2 Backyard Heaven comes in for the Chad Brown barn. He’s a beaten chalk from the G1 Stephen Foster and he’s been away for 49 days. His races are always an honest effort and I’m looking for a big move forward with a sharp and fresh runner today.

#4 Mind Your Biscuits is a talented son of Posse. He’s 3 for 5 ITM at Saratoga, and just got beat in the G1 Metropolitan last out. Joel Rosario in the saddle and he’ll have his high cruising speed in top gear as they turn for home.

Mountaineer

Race #8 – The G3 West Virginia Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:35 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Once On Whiskey / #2 Draft Pick / #8 Mr. Freeze

#5 Once On Whiskey is a son of Bodemeister making his second off the layoff move. Trainer Bob Baffert had him cranked up in the Los Al Derby going to the winner’s circle. He has the hot reinsman Flavien Prat aboard, and his connections win 33% with shippers.

#2 Draft Pick got beat in the Los Al Derby for trainer Peter Eurton. Ever since the spring he appears to be putting it all together. Eurton wins 19% with graded stakes and has a sharp work coming into the race. He should be right at the front calling the shots under the guidance of Joe Talamo.

#8 Mr. Freeze hails from the barn of Dale Romans with Robby Albarado in the irons. He was 3 wide rolling late in the Iowa Derby and needed a little more distance. The added ground today may fit with some solid pace, and look for him to come calling in the final furlong.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 7/14/18

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Delaware Park

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Elate / #3 – Mopotism / #5 – Unbridled Mo

Race #9 – G2 Delaware Handicap – 1 1/4 – 5:35 pm EDT

#6 Elate is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro for the Bill Mott barn. Mott does well with layoffs as she comes in off an eight month layoff. She was a beaten favorite last out in the BC Distaff, and Mott wins 19% with fresh runners. There’s a ton of speed in here, and with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She’ll be close stalking just off the pace keeping eye on the leaders. She’s a solid gal going 8 for 10 ITM lifetime and 1 for 1 over the course.

#3 Mopotism is a daughter of Uncle Mo for Reddam Racing Llc. Doug O’Neill and Mario Gutierrez team up as she makes her third race off the shelf. Her last effort in the G2 Fleur De Lis at Churchill showed good promise as she looks to seal the deal today.

#5 Unbridled Mo is trained by Todd Pletcher and has the services of John Velasquez in the saddle. They win 39% as a team and she makes her 2nd start off a layoff dropping in class. She’ll come rolling late as Johnny V knows just when to push the button.

Indiana Grand

Race  #8 – G3 Indiana Oaks – 1 1/16 – 9:01 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Talk Veuve to Me / #7 – Skeptic / #6 – Kelly’s Humor

#5 Talk Veuve to Me comes to post for Rodolphe Brisset who was a longtime assistant to Bill Mott. She exits the G1 Acorn off a game effort against Monomoy Girl and gets added distance to dictate the pace. Julien Leparoux in the irons and she should be tough to reel in.

#7  Skeptic is the daughter of Tiznow for trainer Rusty Arnold. The barn is one for one at Indy and has the look of a midpack stalker. B.J. Hernadez Jr. in the driver’s seat and she moves up in class off two straight wins. This is the acid test she’s been wanting.

#6 Kelly’s Humor is a daughter of Midnight Lute for trainer Brad Cox. In a race filled with speed, this could set up her plans stalking just off the pace. Florent Geroux in the driver’s seat and that moves her chances up greatly.

Indiana Grand

Race #9 – G3 Indiana Derby – 1 1/16 – 9:48 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 King Zachary / #9 Funny Duck / #4 Dark Vader

#8 King Zachary should heavily supported at the windows from the Dale Romans barn. This son of Curlin has looked like a new runner since a dismal effort in the Wood Memorial. The way Robby Albarado guided him to victory in the G3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs was impressive. He’s on the improve and is poised to pounce in the 24th edition of the Indiana Derby.

#9 Funny Duck comes in off a 4th place finish in the G3 Matt Winn. It was blistering hot that night and was forced to steady at the start. Let’s toss that as a bad night. Rusty Arnold is the conditioner with B.J. Hernandez Jr. in the saddle. He ran 4th last out and I’m looking for some big improvement today. His race record the last four is one good and one bad. Maybe it’s time to fire off a big effort.

#4 Dark Vader is the son of Tale of Ekati for trainer Peter Eurton. This Ohio bred ran a big race in the Easy Goer getting beat a neck after bobbling at the start. He’s a good stalker making his 3rd off the layoff. He has a sharp morning work at Santa Anita preparing for this race and seeing a huge effort would not surprise me at all.

Graded Stakes Preview / Saturday, September 16, 2017

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Churchill Downs

9/16/17

Race #10 – The G3 Iroquois – 1 1/16 – 5:20 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Hollywood Star / #1 – Ten City / #7 – Flameaway

#2 – Hollywood Star = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Dale Romans. 2-yr-old son of Malibu Moon and won his Mdn start at CD and came back to run a game effort in the G2 Saratoga Special. His numbers are strong and exits off a sparkling work at CD. I’m thinking there may some distance questions down the road but the 1 1/16 in definitely in his scope. #1 – Ten City =Jack Gilligan aboard for Kenny McPeek and the trainer was quoted as saying “this may be one of the most talented runners he has trained.” – His last effort at Ellis was surprising as a beaten chalk who goes from 7f to 1 1/16. Should get a good stalking trip close to the rail. #7 – Flameaway = Julien Leparoux in the irons for Mark Casse. The barn has faced some tough Euro-turf runners. This son of Scat Daddy is 2/2, and the distance should not be a problem. I went back and watched his last replay and it may be better than the results may tell. I like his chances today.

Race #11 – G2 Pocahontas – 1 1/16 – 5:50 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #3 – Snowfire / #8 – Sunny Skies / #10 – Upset Brewing

#3 – Snowfire = Daughter of Tapit for the Mark Casse barn. Julien Leparoux in the saddle and owns an impressive maiden win at CD with a troubled trip at Saratoga in the G3 Schuylerville. She looks to rebound off a beaten favorite trip (24%) and Leparoux has been on-fire going 14/23 the past week. Julien may be staying in Louisville looking for a gal to take to the big dances coming up. #8 – Sunny Skies = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Ken McPeek and 1/1 at CD. McPeek wins (20%) going sprint to a route and this daughter of Animal Kingdom may be a major player. #10 – Upset Brewing = 2/2 ITM at CD for trainer “Buff” Bradley. She always brings her best and owns a razor sharp work coming back to Louisville. Look for an up-close stalking trip ready to pounce.

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Woodbine

9/16/17

Race #8 – G2 Canadian – 1 1/8 on the turf -4:29 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #5 – Elysea’s World / #1 – Quidara / #5 – Starship Jubilee

#5 – Elysea’s World = Jose Ortz in the saddle for Chad Brown = (39%). Daughter of Champs Elysees and she should relish the lush greensward. Her dam Ideal has 4 starts with 4 turf winners and is making her 3rd off the layoff move and adding distance. She could fit the race with a well timed Ortiz ride. #1 – Quidara = Daughter of Dubawi and looks to be the one to beat from the Motion barn. Junior Alvarado aboard and she exits the G1 Diana at Saratoga bested by a head from the turf monster Lady Eli. The race goes through this filly if you want the winner. #5 – Starship Jubilee = 2nd off the layoff move and cuts back in distance from 1 3/8. She’s locked horns with the boys in the G2 Sky Classic and is a close-up stalker in the hands of Eurico Da Silva.

Race #10 – The G1 Northern Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:31 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – Messi / #8 – Hawkbill / #5 – Pumpkin Rumble

#4 – Messi = Jose Ortiz in the irons for Graham Motion. He is 1/1 at Woodbine and been in the shelf for 57 days. He should be forwardly placed and Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace. Solid work tab and well-rested runners do well for the barn (19%). #8 – Hawkbill = Colm O’Donoghue for Charles Applebee. This is a son of Kitten’s Joy and gets Lasix shipping in from Group 1 company in Germany. He is 8/13 ITM on turf and faced some very tough Euro turfers. He is 3/3 ITM at the distance and should be mid-pack today. #5 – Pumpkin Rumble = Speedy son of English Channel who should be the pace setter. Jesse Campbell in the irons and 2/3 ITM going this distance.

Race #12 – G1 Woodbine Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 6:34 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Deauville / #8 – Mondialiste / #1 – World Appeal

#6 – Deauville = Jamie Spencer for Aidan O’Brien. They bring a son of Galileo exiting the Arlington Million as a beaten favorite. Spencer takes over for Ryan Moore and they cut back from 1 1/4 – 1 mile and a shot at a qualifying spot for the Breeders’ Cup. He’s run well on this side of the pond and lesser distance could play into his plans. #8 – Mondialiste = Jose Ortiz in the irons for David O’Meara. 1/1 at Woodbine and the Lasix sure helped his causes in the past. He is 9/16 ITM at the distance and been off since York in late August. #1 – World Appeal = John Velasquez for Mark Casse and exits a strong win in the G1 FourStarDave. Casse comes into the race loaded, and a stalking trip just off the pace might be in the cards.

Graded Stakes Preview – August, 5, 2017

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Saratoga Race #8 – G1 Test Stakes – 7f – 5:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #10 – American Gal / #8 – Faypien / #4 – Tequilta

#10 – American Gal = 2nd start of the year from trainer Simon Callaghan (21%) with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She is 5/5 ITM and has a sharp work at Del Mar on 7/29. Add in an impressive win in the G3 Victory Starlet after stumbling at the start. #8 – Faypien = Bejarano / Baffert team up (33%) the past two months and she’s been away from the races 49 days. She has plenty of workouts to prepare and cuts back from 1 1/16 – 7f where she is a perfect 2/2. #4 – Tequilita = Luis Saez for Michael Matz and this daughter of Union Rags has been off since the Kentucky Oaks. She’s been working regular and is 1/1 ITM at the Spa.

Race #9 – G1 Whitney – 1 1/8 – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Gun Runner / #5 – Keen Ice / #4 -Tu Brutus

#6 – Gun Runner = Impressive son of Candy Ride for the Asmussen barn. He ran a solid 2nd in the Dubai World Cup and came back 3 months later to score in the G1 Stephen Foster. He ran 3rd in the Travers last year and owns some bullet works over the Oklahoma training track. He is maturing into a machine and has some big plans for later down the road. #5 – Keen Ice = Jose Ortiz for Todd Pletcher (23%) the past 2 months. They bring a son of Curlin to post and made the same travels as Gun Runner and came back to win the G2 Suburban at Belmont. He’s 1/1 at the Spa and has the hot hand of Ortiz. #4 – Tu Brutus = Speedy son of Scat Daddy who will try to go flag to finish. He was a beaten favorite last out and this Chilean-bred can set some blistering fraction if left alone with Irad Ortiz.

 

Mountaineer

Race #8 – G3 West Virginia Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:21 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #3 – Patch / #5 – Impressive Edge / #7 – Colonelsdarktemper

#3 – Patch = 3-yr-old son of Union Rags exits the Belmont and been off for 56 days. Cuts back from a distance which may be more to his liking. They score (22%) off long layoffs and if you go back to Fair Grounds he was a close 2nd to Girvin who won the Haskell last weekend. Tyler Gafflione in the saddle and will have an honest pace to take a closing run. Rider and trainer have been winning (38%) the past two months and today they wear the Calumet silks. #5 – Impressive Edge = Robby Albarado for Dale Romans and they are 2nd off the layoff. They bring a son of Harlan’s Holiday to post and have faced some tough guys in his past. Albarado rides well for Romans (19%) and could be very dangerous today. #7 – Colonelsdarktemper = Son of Colonel John and has been knocking on the door. He owns some sparkling works including a bullet after the G2 Indiana Derby. Ever since the Pat Day Mile, he has looked better with every start.

 

Del Mar Race #6 – G2 Sorrento – 6 1/2 f – Two-yr-old fillies – 7:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Diamondsandpearls / #1 – Surrender Now / #2 – Spectator

#6 – Diamondsandpearls = Mike Smith aboard for Bob Baffert (67%) the past 60 days and this daughter of Congrats had an impressive maiden win. Her works are hot and a stalking trip off the pace may be the order of the day. Smith comes alive for the big races and it is never too early to start finding yourself a 2-yr-old filly for down the road. #1 – Surrender Now = Flavien Pratt and Peter Miller come to post with a daughter of Morning Line. Her sire wins (19%) with her first-time starters and did not disappoint that day. #2 – Spectator = Daughter of Jimmy Creed wins (31%) with his firster’s and did not disappoint winning by 5 3/4 for the Phil D’Amato barn. Jamie Theriot aboard and has every possibility for a big move forward.

Race #8 – G2 Yellow Ribbon – 1 1/16 on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Pretty Gal / #7 – Cambodia / #4 – Juno

 #6 – Pretty Gal = Mike Smith in the irons for Paulo Lobo. Smith wins (20%) with his turf runners and this daughter of Harlan’s Holiday is cutting back from 1 1/8 – 1 1/16. She drops in class from the G1 Gamely and could track from the back of the pack looking to make a sustained late rally. She is 6/10 ITM on the sod and is in the right hands today. #7 – Cambodia = Draden Van Dyke for Thom Proctor and they bring a daughter of War Front to post making her second off the layoff. She ships in from Parx and Proctor wins (21%) with a new face in the barn. She is 8/8 ITM on the green and can play the role of an up-close stalker. #4 – Juno = Gary Stevens is the pilot for Neil Drysdale and he wins (23%) on the weeds. She can dictate the pace and lose the field if left alone. She is 7/10 ITM on the greensward, and since getting Lasix three back she’s been knocking on the door.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 7/30/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The prior weekend was filled with ups and downs. On the left coast Arrogate proved that even Superman has kryptonite, and Abel Tasman gave us a glimpse of old time race riding. – Bob Baffert loves to compete, and the weekend showed the highs and lows of Thoroughbred racing. The racing world was all eyes and could feel the pressure of the world on his shoulders. – Here are some runners who you need to keep on your radar screen. They may have had a bad trip or a good excuse. Be sure to follow them back the next time they hit the track. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

Saratoga

7/22/17

Race #7 – AOC $62,500 – 5 1/2f on the turf – #10 – Vici

Vici = Irad Ortiz for Ben Colebrook as they brought a son of War Front to post. He made a flying move going 6f on the sod getting beat at the wire. They dropped him back to 5 1/2f on the weeds and he was 3/3 ITM going this distance. He came into the race with a bullet work at Keeneland and tipped off going four wide to get rolling. The four wide trip became 7 wide and was beaten by a head in a photo by his ultra talented brother Jose. This wasn’t the first Ortiz brother exacta, and it surely won’t be the last. But this guy will come guns blazing next out at the Spa.

Race #9 – The G3 Sanford – 6f on the main – #4 – Free Drop Billy

Free Drop Billy = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Dale Romans. This son of Union Rags was (15-1) on the morning line and was sent off (3-1). – He was an impressive winner at first asking at CD and had a blistering work over the deep Louisville track two works back in 1:00.03 1/32 for the day and distance. The public hammered him at the windows and so did Admiral Jimmy leaving the starting gate. Once he got rolling he went 4 wide chasing down the leader only to settle for the place spot. – Kentucky runners are doing well at Saratoga and you can’t keep Romans off your ticket if you want to cash it right after the race.

 

Saratoga

7/23/17

Race #7 – Claiming – 6f on the main – #6 – Nisha

Nisha = Irad Ortiz in the irons and was shooting for three-in-a-row. He stumbled badly at the start and recovered his action only to slam into Courtmewithcarats. After that little smash-up, he was pinched back and made a stout five wide move to be third. He’ll come back nicely and probably it will be on the Saratoga lawn.

Race #11 – Mdn Claiming – 1 mile on the turf – #11 – Prognostication

Prognostication = Jose Ortiz for Chad Brown and is a good stalker. Ortiz sensed average fractions and made a quick move and jumped into 2nd keeping an eye on the leader. He was a beaten chalk last out and was sent off the odds-on choice today as well. – He couldn’t have looked any better with the talented Ortiz aboard but got leg weary down the lane getting the show dough. Next out he’ll be a major player.

 

Belterra Park

7/23/17

Race #8 – Claiming – 6f on the main – #4 – Super Franchise

Super Franchise = Gabriel Lagunes for Webster Rosello (28%). He was dropping down from condition $10,000 to condition $7,500. – He hopped at the start and was off poorly. Lagunes had him in high gear and put together a late rally that really caught my eye as he finished a solid third.

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Belmont Day Recap – Ed Meyer

Ed Meyer provides his recap of the stakes-filled Belmont card from June 11, 2016.

The (G-1) Acorn Stakes – One mile on the dirt

There was a solid group of six who went to post and the big chalk was the incredible Cathryn Sophia. All of these gals glimmer in their own right, but here is one you’ll want to keep on your watch list for future racing.

Go Maggie Go – This daughter of Ghostzapper has done very little wrong and comes to the races from the Dale Romans bran. This was her worst finish in her brief career (4th) and I’m looking forward to her races down the road. She has two 1 1/8 races under her belt and looks to be finding herself with every race. She responded well to the rider’s commands and looks like this race is just a stepping stone for bigger things to come.

The (G-1) Ogden Phipps Stakes – 1 1/16 on the dirt

Seven fillies and mares took to the track led by Curalina who was the public favorite this day.

Sheer Drama – This daughter of Burning Roma doesn’t have to take her track with her. She is consistent and shows tactical ability at all distances. She lunged at the start this day and was wide before trying to uncork a bid. – This race is a “toss out” and handicapper’s beware. This young lady is going to blossom into a real monster with a little racing luck.

The (G-1) Just a Game Stakes – One mile on the turf

A field of thirteen fillies and mares assembled and with a field this size you may have to go back and watch the replay three or four more times to get the correct read. Here are a couple of gals who will should be on the radar screen for handicappers down the line.

Faufiler – Drayden Van Dyke was aboard for Graham Motion, and both rider and trainer are well versed on the greensward. This daughter of Galileo is a stone cold closer. As long as there’s a solid pace she’ll come rolling from the clouds. In time I think we’ll see her a few strides closer to the pace setters, and that will make double dangerous to pick off runners late in the lane. She mainly has travelled a flat mile, but her breeding suggests she may enjoy added ground. After shipping across the pond from France, she appears to be getting better with every start.

Recepta – She has a late punch that could knock down the champ at any oval. John Velasquez was in the irons this day, and she did very little wrong except come up a bit short nearing the wire. She’s well traveled and merits respect anywhere she’ll run. Her best efforts may range from 1 mile – 1 1/8 on the turf. – Things look very bright for the future.

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The (G-1) Metropolitan Handicap – One mile on the dirt

Frosted – Just like a well-aged wine I think this runner will only improve with time. The time figures from every publication are off the charts and he dismissed the “Dubai-Jinx” after getting beat at Meydan and putting on one of the best shows of his career. His late summer-fall campaign will be one to behold if all goes well, and right about when the Breeders’ Cup frenzy is at a fever pitch this will be one of the runners we’ll all be talking about.

The  (G-1) Manhattan Stakes – 1 1/4 on the inner turf

Nine runners went to post and the public made Flintshire from the Chad Brown barn the public choice at the windows.

Flintshire (GB) – This world traveler from the Chad Brown barn had the services of one of the best turf riders in the game with Javier Castellano. – Her passport is stamped in Hong Kong, France, Dubai, and the United States. He missed by a 1/4 length in the 2014 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, and this son of Dansili looked like he has yet to find his best gear. – One thing is for certain, every time he takes to the track he will be one of the tough guys to contend with, and if this race is any indication I can’t wait until we see him back on the weeds.

The (G-1) Belmont Stakes – 1 1/2 – The Test of Champions

As the media missed an opportunity to see Nyquist return for some payback from his Preakness loss, and the rumors swirled around Kent Desormeaux for personal problems. The fans we’re treated to a full field of thirteen runners and in the end  one incredible finish for the Triple Crown.

Destin – This son of Giant’s Causeway has the look of maturing colt at the right time. Add in some well deserved rest and a plan for the later part of the year and we’ll have one tough cookie going to post. – Take nothing away from the fast closing effort of the winner Creator who received a well timed ride from the ultra-talented Irad Ortiz Jr. – Looking ahead, I see a runner with tactical ability who will be feared as a front end presence or stalking just off the hot pace. He should probably find his best races in 1 1/16 – 1 1/8 events. His tactical style fits like a glove and this kind of ability plays well on any oval. By the time Breeders’ Cup is in full view, he’ll be one of the major players on everyone’s tickets.