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BetPTC.com Travers Stakes Day Preview – Aug. 24

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview

By: Ed Meyer

 

Saratoga

Race #8 – The G2 Ballston Spa – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:35 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Secret Message / #8 – Starship Jubilee / #2 – Fifty Five

#3 Secret Message is a daughter of Hat Trick (JPN) making her second trip off the layoff while dropping down a notch in class. She gets a rider change to Jose Ortiz who is winning 23% at the Spa. His dam Westside Singer has 2 starters, 2 winners, 1 stakes winner, and 2 turf winners to her credit. She’s a closing type and owns a bullet work while cutting back to a perfect distance. #8 Starship Jubilee ships in from Woodbine off a 56 day layoff. She is bred to relish the greensward and her works are solid. Jose Lezcano in the saddle and trainer Kevin Attard wins 18% with graded stakes. The forecast calls for sunny and dry conditions and she hasn’t seen a firm turf since January at GP. A stalker who should be just off Scottish Jig getting a garden trip. Two back she was a beaten favorite to Secret Message and they know each other well. #2 Fifty Five comes from the barn of Chad Brown with Javier Castellano winning 26% together. She is 18 for 19 ITM on the turf and the New York bred can get motoring late in the lane. Look for her at the quarter pole skimming the hedge.

Race #9 – The G1 Personal Ensign – 1 1/8 – 4:12 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Elate / #1 – Midnight Bison / #5 – Wow Cat

#4 Elate comes in for trainer Bill Mott and Jose Ortiz who are winning at 33% as a team. She is 3 for 3 ITM at the Spa and makes her 3rd off the shelf cutting back in distance. After winning the Fleur De Lis at CD she has stepped up her game. She’s been knocking heads with Midnight Bisou and has been finishing behind her. Today is her turn and look for a strong late kick with Ortiz who wins 21% with late runners. #1 Midnight Bisou is a daughter of Midnight Lute for trainer Steve Asmussen with Mike Smith in the saddle. She’s hit the board at the Spa but hasn’t been able to seal the deal. She is seeking her 6th straight win drawing the rail post into the short first turn run. Smith will get her in good shape and look for a renewed battle with Elate. #5 Wow Cat is a daughter of Lookin At Lucky for Chad Brown and John Velasquez in the irons. 2nd start of the year as she is 3 for 3 ITM at Saratoga. This gal was a beaten favorite in the G3 Shuvee and that may have been a perfect prep for today. She shows a snappy work on August 17 and faced some pretty tough gals coming into the race. She’ll be calling late in the lane.

FINALS DAYS!

Race #10 – The G1 Sword Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:49 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Ya Primo / #8 – Channel Maker / #9 – Sadler’s Joy

#6 Ya Primo is a son of Mastercraftsman (IRE) for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. He gave a solid account of himself in the G2 Bowling Green first time in the states getting Lasix. Draws the rail and owns two bullet works looking to stalk the speed and turn it loose down the lane. #8 Channel Maker comes in for Bill Mott and Joel Rosario. 2nd off the layoff and was wide most of his last trip in the G2 Bowling Green. He still managed a solid 4th as the race was better than appeared on paper. He shows good works and Mott wins 22% off a beaten favorite loss. Look for a mid flight trip moving around the far turn. #9 Sadler’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Thom Albertrani and Jose Lezcano. He is 4 for 7 ITM at the Spa and makes his 2nd start of the year. It looks like the Breeders’ Cup is on his mind and was closing quick last out only to get blocked multiple times down the lane. A clean trip and a new rider may make a big difference today.

Race #11 – The G1 Travers – 1 1/4 – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Tacitus / #7 – Mucho Gusto / #2 – Code of Honor

#6 Tacitus comes from the barn of Bill Mott and Jose Ortiz. Blinkers on today and was a beaten favorite last out where the barn comes back to win 23%. 2nd time off the layoff, and if that bullet work is any indication I think we’ll see a tough son of Tapit kicking in late. He runs solid every time and the blinkers should keep his mind on business. #7 Mucho Gusto comes from the barn of Bob Baffert with Joe Talamo in the saddle. 2nd best in the Haskell Stakes and Baffert is 1 for 1 at the Spa. He went home to Del Mar to work and comes back fresh and ready. Look for a closeup trip and Talamo wins 20% with early style runners. This son of Mucho Macho Man should be right near the engine as soon as the gates open. #2 Code of Honor hails from the barn of Shug McGaughey with John Velasquez in the saddle. He’s been off 49 days and 1 for 1 at the Spa. He cruised in the G3 Dwyer as a prep and should be right in the mix. He broke his maiden at the Spa and Johnny V knows this son of Noble Mission well. I like his work tab and Shug comes out strong on marquee days.

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Sunday’s Haskell

Race #12 – The G1 Haskell Invitational – 1 1/8  5:47 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Maximum Security / #5 – Mucho Gusto /#1  King for a Day

#7 Maximum Security hails from the Jason Servis barn who is winning at 29% at the meet. Luis Saez in the saddle and after the Derby DQ he had a nice prep in the Pegasus over the track and should be knocking heads on the lead. Look for a big effort today. #5 Mucho Gusto son of Mucho Macho Man for Bob Baffert who has won eight runnings of this race. He is 3rd off the layoff and 7 for 7 ITM lifetime. There is plenty of speed and Joe Talamo should be able to lay just off the main speed waiting to push the button. #1 King for a Day comes from the Todd Pletcher barn with John Velasquez in the irons. This son of Uncle Mo is making a 3rd off move and the barn scores at a 22% clip. The rail has been winning at a 24% clip and owns a sharp work coming into the race.

Del Mar

Race #4  – The G2 San Diego  1 1/16  6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1  Catalina Cruiser / #2  Core Beliefs / #4 Draft Pick

#1 Catalina Cruiser is a son of Union Rags for John Sadler with Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat. 2nd off the layoff and the barn wins 16% on this move. He is a solid stalker with sparkling works. He’ll be closer to the pace today and give them plenty of trouble down the lane. #2 Core Beliefs hails from the Peter Eurton barn with Flavien Prat in the saddle. Blinkers on and has been off for 54 days. He’s a nice stalker who is dropping down a notch in from the G1 Gold Cup and cuts back to a kinder distance. #4 Draft Pick comes from the Peter Eurton barn with this son of Candy Ride. Martin Garcia in the irons and makes his 2nd start of the year. His work tabs look like he’s gearing up for a top effort.

Race #8 – The G2 San Clemente – 1 mile on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Mucho Unusual / #5 – Apache Princess / #8 – Stillwater Cove

#3 Mucho Unusual is a daughter of Mucho Macho Man for Tim Yakteen. Joel Rosario in the saddle making a 2nd off the layoff move where the barn wins 14%. This California bred should relish all of the speed to set up a good stalking trip. The faster they go the better she’ll like it. #5 Apache Princess comes in for Keith Desormeaux with brother Kent Desormeaux in the saddle. They’ve been off two months shipping in from Golden Gate. Kent D rolled off three straight going 6 1/2f on the weeds and they usually take to the mile distance with gusto. Look for her late in the game. #8 Stillwater Cove rolls in from the Wesley Ward barn with a daughter of Quality Road. Victor Espinoza in the irons and he wins 24% on the turf. The barn has been winning 26% for the year.

 

 

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Churchill Downs

Race #9 – The G2 Golden Rod – 1 1/16 – 4:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Restless Rider / #8 – Break Curfew / #1 – Gold Credit

#5 Restless Rider is a daughter of Distorted Humor exiting the BC Juvenile Fillies finishing a solid second. She is 3 for 3 ITM at CD and drops down from G1 company to face an impressive group of ladies. She’s a strong closer for trainer Ken McPeek, and he has said nothing but sweet things about this gal. There should be a solid pace and she’ll mow them down with B.J. Hernandez in the irons. #8 Break Curfew comes in for the Chad Brown barn under Javier Castellano. She wired the field in her debut and was very impressive. She stretches out to two turns and should show the way down the backstretch. If she duplicates her last effort she could be extremely dangerous. #1 Gold Credit is a daughter of Goldencents for Ignacio Correas winning 33%. She won going 7f at Keeneland and had an eventful trip. The rail has been winning 18% and John Velasquez has the call. Correas wins 18% with his graded stakes runners.

Race #11 – The G2 Kentucky Jockey Club – 1 1/16 – 5:56 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Signalman / #13 – Knicks Go / #7 – Limonite

#1 Signalman hails from the KenMcPeek barn with B.J. Hernadez in the irons. The rail has been the place to be and locks horns against Knicks Go once again. “Knicks” should be flying from the gate once again and Signalman is 2 for 2 ITM at CD and goes third time Lasix. I like his chances today as he looks to turn the tables. He will come calling late in the lane. #13 Knicks Go is a son of Paynter for trainer Ben Colebrook. Two back he shocked Keeneland winning the G1 Breeders’ Futurity at boxcar odds. He has a quick turn of foot and ever since he came off the synthetic in Chicago he has matured nicely. If left alone he could turn out the lights quickly. #7 Limonite is a son of Lemon Drop Kid and was a beaten chalk last out at CD. This is a jump up the class ladder and he looks to be a nice runner. He may be that perfect addition to your exotics.

Del Mar

Race #7 – The G2 Seabiscuit – 1 1/16 on the turf – 6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Synchrony / #1- Caribou Club / #2 – Big Score

#7 Synchrony is a son of Tapit for the Michael Stidham barn. Joe Bravo reunites after the G1 Shadwell Mile at Keeneland. He’s been off for 49 days and gets a drop in class. His 9 for 10 ITM on the sod is impressive, and this horse is a deep closer. He is 2 for 2 ITM at the distance; look for Bravo rolling at the top of the lane. #1 Caribou Club hails from the Thom Proctor barn with Joe Talamo in the irons. He is 3 for 4 ITM at the distance and stretches out from 6 1/2f to 1 1/16. He’s been off for 57 days and Proctor wins 18% with his turf runners. He likes Del Mar and I’m looking for a big effort coming off the shelf. #2 Big Score is a son of Mr. Big for trainer Tim Yakteen. He’s been off for 49 days since the G1 Shadwell Mile and has a sharp work to prepare for the race.

BetPTC.com Breeders’ Cup Preview – 11/3/18

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

The 35th edition of the Breeders’ Cup will take place this Friday and Saturday. There are fourteen Breeders’ Cup races with the best runners in the world converging on Louisville, Kentucky. We will cover races 8-11 which make up the $3 million dollar guaranteed late pick-four.

Churchill Downs

Race #8 – The Breeders’ Cup Mile – 1 mile on turf – 3:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Expert Eye / #5 – Oscar Performance / #2 – Next Shares

#7 Expert Eye is the son of Acclamation for Sir Michael Stoute. He gets first Lasix and has been a little short of getting the mile distance. Europeans have a way of getting added distance on these days and has the services of Frankie Dettori in irons. The 55 days away from the races may have him in top order and the connections like their chances. #5 Oscar Performance is a son of Kittens’ Joy for trainer Brian Lynch with Jose Ortiz in the saddle. He is a perfect 3 for 3 at the distance and exits the G1 Woodbine Mile which has served as a great prep for this affair. Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace and should try and wire the field. #2 Next Shares is a son of Archarcharch and exits the G1 Shadwell Mile at Keeneland. Also a key prep for this race and 6 for 9 ITM going the distance. Respected rider Tyler Gafflione in the saddle and trainer Richard Baltas wins 17% on the turf. This closer will come calling late.

Race #9 – The Breeders’ Cup Distaff – 1 1/8 – 4:16 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Monomoy Girl / #2 – Abel Tasman / #10 – Blue Prize

#11 Monomoy Girl is a daughter of Tapizar for trainer Brad Cox. She is 3 for 3 ITM at Churchill and was a beaten favorite in the G1 Cotillion at Parx.  She won and was disqualified but her works are showing readiness to roll. Florent Geroux in the irons and she is 2 for 2 at the distance. If she runs back to the G1 CCA Oaks she’s gonna be tough to handle. #2 Abel Tasman comes to post for Bob Baffert and Mike Smith in the saddle. Toss out the last race where she bobbled and came off slow. According to Baffert she spiked a fever and wasn’t feeling herself. 3rd start off the layoff, solid works and 4 for 4 ITM at the distance makes her a player. #10 Blue Prize is a daughter of Pure Prize for Ignacio Correas. “Jersey” Joe Bravo in the saddle and she is 5 for 5 ITM at CD. That was a nice win in the G1 Spinster and Correas is winning 44% looking for 4-in-a-row.

Race #10 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:56 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #12 – Waldgeist / #2 – Enable / #1 – Talismanic

#12 Waldgeist is a son of Galileo for the Andre Fabre yard. This is his 3rd start off the layoff and ran a game 2nd in the Gr1 Arc de Triomphe. He looks to be sitting on a huge effort and the top shelf connections have been speaking good things all week. #2 Enable is an ultra talented filly for trainer John Gosden. She has rolled off eight straight wins and looks to be the one to beat. Frankie Dettori is the reinsman and she’s been training well at Churchill Downs applying the final touches. She is 3 for 3 at the distance and her only knock is that Arc winners are 0 for 8 winning this event. #1 Talismanic exits a key race in the Gr1 Arc and won this event last year paying a handsome price. Is a repeat in the cards? He has excellent breeding and will come calling late in the lane.

Race #11 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic – 1 1/4 – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2- Thunder Snow / #14 – Accelerate / #6 – McKinzie

#2 Thunder Snow has been looking good in the morning works over the CD oval. This is his 3rd start off the layoff and ran a huge effort in the G1 Jockey Gold Cup getting bested by a neck at the wire. He is 3 for 4 ITM going 1 1/4 and should be in mid pack poised to pounce. #14 Accelerate is looking to go four in a row for trainer John Sadler. Joel Rosario is the reinsman and has been aboard his last two impressive wins. He loves the distance going 4 for 4 and won the G1 Pacific Classic by 12 lengths. Loves the distance, the rider fits like a glove, and he’s gonna be tough down the lane. #6 McKinzie is a son of Street Sense who won the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert and Mike Smith team up and they do every good work when the money is on the line. Should be forwardly placed with a rider who is an excellent judge of pace. Can be a major player today.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 8/25/18

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Saratoga

Race #7 – The G1 Personal Ensign – 1 1/8 – 2:59 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 Abel Tasman / #6 Elate / #4 Wow Cat

#1 Abel Tasman is a daughter of Quality Road for trainer Bob Baffert. “Money Man” Mike Smith in the irons looking to duplicate their effort in last year’s G1 Coaching Club Oaks. There’s plenty of speed in the field and she has a strong late punch. She’s been on the shelf for two months and Baffert wins 24% with fresh legs coming back to the races. I’m looking for a big rally at the top of the lane. #6 Elate comes to post for Bill Mott. She is two for two ITM at the Spa and makes a 2nd off the layoff move shipping in from Del Mar. Jose Ortiz in the saddle as he looks to turn the tables on “Abel” from last year’s meeting. Her works have been solid over the deep Oklahoma training track. Ortiz will know just when to push the button. #4 Wow Cat is a daughter of Lookin At Lucky for trainer Chad Brown. This Chilean bred was bumped soundly leaving the starting gate last out as a beaten favorite in the G3 Shuvee. Overall, it was a perfect prep and John Velasquez will have her as a major player on the lead.

Race #10 – The G1 Sword Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:49 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 Sadler’s Joy / #6 Bigger Picture / #4 Hi Happy

#10 Sadler’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Thom Albertrani. Javier Castellano in the saddle and is 4 for 5 ITM over the course. He made a strong late rally last out in the G2 Bowling Green and gets more distance today. Look for a sustained rally as he comes calling at the top of the stretch. #6 Bigger Picture comes to post for trainer Mike Maker. This is his third off the shelf move and has Irad Ortiz in the irons. He was 6 wide in the G2 Bowling Green and Ortiz is one of the best finishers in the game. Look for a big time effort today. #4 Hi Happy is a son of Pure Prize from the Todd Pletcher barn. John Velasquez in the saddle and was a beaten favorite in the G2 Bowling Green. All three selections exit this key race.  This was his first effort in a month and Pletcher wins 25% with beaten favorites. They look to turn the tables today.

Race #11 – The G1 Travers – 1 1/4 – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 Good Magic / #5 Vino Rosso / #8 Mendelssohn

#9 Good Magic is a talented son of Curlin for the Chad Brown barn. Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat and they are making their 2nd start off the layoff. He owns a bullet work in preparation as he is maturing into quite a special runner. He has a talented reinsman in the saddle and looks to be finding himself. Look for a very strong account of his talents today. #5 Vino Rosso comes in for the Todd Pletcher barn. He’s a son of Curlin and was a beaten favorite in the G2 Jim Dandy showing strong signs. Toss out the Triple Crown races and you’ll see a runner who is deceivingly good. If you get anywhere near double digit odds he’ll be tough not to use. Look for a solid effort against a very nice field. #8 Mendelssohn is a solid son of Scat Daddy for trainer Aiden O’Brien. Ryan Moore stays in the saddle and was a beaten favorite in the G2 Dwyer. He still gave a good account of himself and is capable of much more. O’Brien thinks enough of him to have him in this talented field and that’s good enough for me to use in exotics. I think we’ll see a rejuvenated runner ready to give an A + effort.

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Saratoga Race #9 – The G1 Alabama – 1 1/4 – 5:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 Midnight Bisou / #8 Talk Veuve to Me / #2 Eskimo Kisses

#3 Midnight Bisou is a daughter of Midnight Lute for trainer Steve Asmussen. “Money Man” Mike Smith in the saddle and she looks to be the one to beat. There’s no Monomoy Girl here, and that’s a big plus for this gal going 3rd off the layoff. She should relish the stalking trip just off the speed and be a push button runner for Smith at the quarter pole. 

#8 Talk Veuve to Me comes in for trainer Rodolphe Brisset.  After running 2nd to Monomoy Girl in the G1 Acorn she put on a solid effort at Indiana Grand winning by daylight. She’ll be the speed and Leparoux fits her like a glove. She’ll have to be on task as Midnight Bisou will be tracking very closely. 

#2 Eskimo Kisses comes from the Kenny McPeek barn and has the services of Jose Ortiz. She’s only run once since the Kentucky Oaks finishing 4th. She has the look of a wildcard in here, and maybe she’s matured making her 2nd start off the layoff. This will be a big test and should get a piece of the pie. 

Del Mar

Race #8 – The G1 Del Mar Oaks – 1 1/8 on the turf – 8:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 Colonia / #6 Paved / #12 Animosity

#7 Colonia is a daughter of Champs Elysees for the Graham Motion barn. Joel Rosario in the irons as she makes her 2nd start since shipping in from Saint Cloud in France. She won the Hatoof in Chicago on her first effort in the states, and this begs the question how good is this gal? Since leaving the synthetic and getting Lasix she was pretty impressive closing from the clouds. 

#6 Paved is a daughter of Quality Road with Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle. She is one for one ITM at Del Mar and makes her 3rd start off the layoff for Michael McCarthy. She won the G2 Honeymoon at Santa Anita and gets a new rider. Overall she is 5 for 6 ITM on the turf. 

#12 Animosity goes to post for trainer Patrick Gallagher. Tyler Gaffalione in town to ride this daughter of Animal Kingdom, and should be a major pace player in here today. 

Del Mar Race #10 – G1 Pacific Classic – 1 1/4 – 9:43 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Accelerate / #1 The Lieutenant / #4 Roman Rosso

#5 Accelerate is son of Looking At Lucky for trainer John Sadler. He is 4 for 5 ITM at Del Mar and exits an impressive win in the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Sadler is loaded this year with Catalina Cruiser and this fella has been pointed to this race. Joel Rosario is the pilot and he knows his way to the winner’s circle.

#1 Lieutenant is a half brother to Justify for trainer Michael McCarthy. He was a handsome price finishing 2nd in the G2 Suburban and the rail is winning 25% so far this meet. This is a tough test but he has faced some big names in the past. Don’t count him out. 

#4 Roman Rosso hails from the Bob Baffert barn with top rider Flavien Prat aboard. This Argentinian runner is 6 for 8 lifetime and Baffert tosses him in the deep water. There’s some real upside to this South American tough guy and Baffert wouldn’t have him in if there wasn’t some promise. 

BetPTC.com Stakes Preview – 7/21/18

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Saratoga

Race #9 – G3 Sanford – 6f – 5:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Dream Maker / #1 Sombeyay / #7 Bano Solo

#5 Dream Maker is a son of Tapit for trainer Mark Casse. Julien Leparoux is the reinsman and they score 23% as a team. His only effort was a stout move circling the field at Churchill. He gets an extra furlong to run and has a sharp workout over the track.

#1 Sombeyay hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with Javier Castellano in the irons. He’s had two eventful trips but his race in the Tremont was impressive. He stumbled at the start and came rolling late. He sports a bullet work over the deep Saratoga training course putting the final touch on his preparation.

#7 Bano Solo is a son of Goldenscents from the Steve Asmussen barn. His sire fires 16% first time winners and did not disappoint at Churchill. His workout pattern has been sharp and I’m looking for a top effort.

 

Race #10 – G1 Diana Stakes – 1 1/8 on the turf – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 A Raving Beauty / #1 Sistercharlie / #2 Proctor’s Ledge

#6 A Raving Beauty is a daughter of Mastercraftsman for trainer Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle and they score at a high percentage as a team. She rolled off two wins at Belmont and the German bred should be forwardly placed with a tactical rider calling the shots. She’ll give them all they want.

#1 Sistercharlie comes from the Chad Brown barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. Since getting Lasix two back she has had more gas in the tank. She cuts back from a mile and a quarter and was a beaten favorite last time out rolling late.

#2 Proctor’s Ledge has Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat for trainer Brendan Walsh. A daughter of Ghostzapper who is 2 for 2 over the course and finished a solid place effort in the G1 Just A Game at Belmont. She loves the course and has some solid works under her belt.

 

Del Mar

Race #7 – G2 San Diego – 1 1/16 – 8:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 Accelerate / #9 Dabster / #2 Dr. Door

#7 Accelerate is a son of Lookin At Lucky for John Sadler. He exits a big win in the G1 Gold Cup at Oaklawn and has been resting for 56 days. He has solid works and loves the course going 4 for 5 ITM at Del Mar.

#9 Dabster has Flavien Prat in the saddle for trainer Bob Baffert. This son of Curlin is 2 for 3 with wins and comes off a long layoff effort in the G2 San Carlos. He should be in mid pack and has a record of 1 for 1 at Del Mar.

#2 Dr. Dorr comes in for Bob Baffert with Joe Talamo aboard. He’s going to be forwardly placed as Baffert looks to notch his second win in this race loaded with two solid runners.

 

Race #8 – G2 San Clemente – 1 mile on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 West Palm Beach / #10 War Heroine / #3 Flammetta

#9 West Palm Beach is a daughter of Scat Daddy and crossed the pond running on the synthetic surface. She was a beaten favorite in the G3 Senorita and comes in fresh off a two month layoff for trainer Simon Callaghan with Flavien Prat in the irons.

#10 War Heroine is a solid daughter of Lonhro for trainer Peter Miller. She’s been off for two months and two for two on the greensward. Today she makes a jump in class and gets the acid test to prove her ability.

#3 Flammetta is entered for trainer Richard Baltas with Geovanni Franco in the saddle. She should be placed in the mid pack flight and owns 3 wins from 4 efforts on the turf.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 11/30/17

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The winter ovals are opening the doors and we’re ready to follow the horses as they make their next stop. But as we ready for the next oval, we need to keep our eyes open for problem runners who have an excuse. They may not have had a good break, stumbled or blocked down the lane. As handicappers, we are always looking to build our bankroll and there is no better time than now. – Just keep your eyes peeled and have these runners on your radar. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

Churchill Downs

11/18/17

Race #4 – #9 – Sky Promise – 1 1/16 on the turf 

#9 – Sky Promise = Son of Sky Mesa for the Ken McPeek barn. He was adding first-time blinkers and had the services of Robby Albarado. The track was listed as yielding and he seems to enjoy a surface with a little “cut” to it. This day he was tracking from the back and made a strong 4 wide bid to get the show dough.

Race #7 – #2 – Like a Haint – 6f on the main

#2 – Like a Haint = Filly by Archarcharch is fresh off two straight claims and was a beaten favorite the last two. She loves CD going 5/6 ITM. She had the services of apprentice Edgar Morales and was rallying strongly on the outside. The leader and eventual winner floated out a little bit near the wire and won by a head. Some would call it race riding and others would dismiss it as a bad streak of luck. – You’ll need to follow her back as she’ll probably head to Turfway Park.

Fair Grounds

11/18/17

Race #2 – #9 – Much Trouble – 1 and 70 yards on the main

#9 -Much Trouble = Miguel Mena in the saddle for Thom Amoss. Shipping in from Indiana Grand and was a beaten favorite last out. He owned a bullet work over the course and looked to fit. He was carried out at the 3/4 and forced to check up sharply at the 1/8th pole. After all this, he still managed a strong place finish.

Del Mar

11/19/17

Race #7 – #10- Pants on Fire – 1 mile on the turf

#10 – Pants on Fire = Corey Nakatani in the irons for Richard Baltas.  3-yr-old filly by Sir Percy (GB) is regally bred for the green. She came flying and would have taken flight if she had wings. The way she maneuvered through runners and weaved in and out closing like gangbusters. – Follow her right back.

Race #8 – #2 – Solid Wager – $100k Cary Grant – 7f on the main

#2 – Solid Wager = Peter Miller is the conditioner and he has been red-hot winning 33%. He was a beaten favorite last out and was left at the post this day. – Victor Espinoza saved ground and swung out gamely making a strong 5 wide move. Everything seemed to fit and he’ll give them fits next time out.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 11/18/17

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Churchill Downs

11/18/17

Race #10 – The G3 Cardinal Handicap – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:24 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #12 – Dona Bruja / #7 – Beauly / #4 – La Piba

#12 – Dona Bruja = Ricardo Santanna in the irons and she is 1/1 at Churchill. She is by Storm Embrujado and has 4 starts / 4 wins / and 2 turf wins to her credit. She exits the G1 First Lady at Keeneland and finished a fast-closing 4th. Since coming in from Argentina the mare has relished the turf and addition of Lasix to her regimen. Solid works and a top-notch rider make one of the top targets to chase. #7 – Beauly = Corey Lanerie for Brendan Walsh and they bring a daughter of Sea the Stars to post. She’s been knocking on the door with 3 straight 4th place finishes. Exits the G1 Flower Bowl and drops in class coming back to Louisville. She is a stone cold closer and Lanerie will have her rolling late in the lane. #4 – La Piba = Jon Court aboard for Brad Cox. This daughter of Lookin At Lucky exits a 1 5/16 event at Kentucky Downs and faces a distance that may be more to her liking. The trainer wins 30% on the turf.

Race #5 – $80,000 – Bet On Sunshine – 7f – 2:55 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #8 – Limousine Liberal / #2 – The Truth of Else / #7 – Uncontested

 #8 – Limousine Liberal = Corey Lanerie in the driver’s seat for Ben Colebrook. He is an HFC going 5/6 ITM over the Churchill oval. 2nd start off a layoff and was a beaten favorite his last two efforts and the trainer wins 17% 2nd start off the layoff. #2 – The Truth of Else= Robby Albarado in the saddle for Kenny McPeek who is winning 23%. Son of Yes It’s True ships back from Seoul, Korea where he ran a solid 4th in the Keeneland Korea Sprint. He has a string of good works coming in and capped off with a bullet over the Keeneland surface. He’ll launch a rally at the top of the lane. #7 – Uncontested = Wayne Catalano trainee exits the G2 Phoenix and is 2/3 ITM at CD. He owns a bullet work and makes a drop down the class ladder coming back to a course he enjoys.

Del Mar

11/18/17

Race #5 – $100,000 Desi Arnaz – 7f – 5:30 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #3 – Midnight Bisou / #6 – Dream Tree / #2 – Ms. Bad Behavoir

#3 – Midnight Bisou =Rafael Bejarano in the saddle for Bill Spawr. Daughter of Midnight Lute just missed last out and was closing in a hurry. She gets added distance from 6f – 7f and gets a stronger rider in the saddle. The barn wins 25% making the second time out move. #6 – Dream Tree = Speedy daughter of Uncle Mo for the Bob Baffert barn. She gets first-time “blinkers off” and Baffert wins 26% on this equipment change. She battled gamely down the lane last out besting Midnight Bisou and has a couple solid works looking to make it 2-in-a-row for Team Baffert. #2 – Ms. Bad Behavoir = Tiago Pereira is the reinsman for Richard Baltas. This daughter of Blame was very impressive on her maiden win and is a speedster who can put their lights if left alone on the front end.

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Keeneland

Race #9 – The G2 Raven Run – 7f – 5:30 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Nonna Mela / #7 – Tequilita / #9 – Classy Tune

#4 – Nonna Mela = Daughter of Arch from the Todd Pletcher barn. She exits the G2 Prioress at Saratoga where she ran a very game 2nd place finish. She’s been away for 48 days and goes from 6f to 7f. The race sets up for her to be forwardly placed and if you go back two races she relished the distance winning by 4 1/2. #7 – Tequilita = Daughter of Union Rags comes from the Michael Matz barn. She is a perfect 1/1 at Keeneland breaking her maiden over the course, and last out won the G2 Charles Town Oaks. She is 4/4 ITM going 7f and is a late closing runner who will rely on Fergal Lynch to call the shots turning for home. #9 – Classy Tune = Daughter of Maclean’s Tune ships in from Del Mar where the barn wins 18% of the time. She’s been away for 46 days and was a beaten favorite last out where Simon Callaghan wins 29% on this move.

 

Belmont

Race #5 – The $300,000 Empire Classic – 1 1/8 – 2:34 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #3 -Twisted Tom / #4 – Control Group / #7 – Testosterstone

#3 – Twisted Tom = Javier Castellano for Chad Brown winning at a 22% clip the past two months. This son of Creative Cause is 2/2 in his efforts facing New York company and was ultra impressive winning the $250,000 Albany Stakes at Saratoga. He’s been away from the races for 57 days and a perfect 2/2 at the distance. He should get a perfect close up stalking trip and when given the cue should make his presence felt. #4 – Control Group = Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Rudy Rodriguez and this son of Posse does every well against New York runners. This is a huge step in class, but the colt is looking for his 4th straight win and there seems no better time to test the waters. #7 – Testosterstone = John Velazquez in the irons for Gary Sciacca and this son of Birdstone has been racing outside of New York company for awhile. When he does face New York-breds, he owns a strong late kick evident at Finger Lakes back in the summer.

Race #10 – The $250,000 Empire Distaff – 1 1/16 – 5:19 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #6 – Bonita Bianca / #8 – Literata / #9 – Five Star Rampage

#6 – Bonita Bianca = Daughter of Curlin has been off for 57 days and ran a huge effort in the Fleet Indian at Saratoga going 1 1/8. She turns back to 1 1/16 and is a perfect 2/2 over the course. She won the $250,000 Maid of the Mist last year and looks to notch another big payday here. #8 – Literata = Daughter of Read the Footnotes is making her 2nd start off a brief summer freshening. She drops back in against New York company and has been very effective against state-breds. She’ll be in mid-pack looking for a time to strike. #9 – Five Star Rampage = Daughter of Quality Road looks to make it 3-in-a-row. She is 2/3 ITM over the Belmont oval and owns a bullet work going 3f in 37.1 – She’ll be forwardly placed and Johnny V can use her tactical speed to her best advantage.

Laurel

Race #10 – The $150,000 Maryland Million Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:13 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #2 – John Jones / #9 – Clubman / #11 – Ghost Bay

#2 – John Jones = Speedy son of Smarty Jones is making his 2nd start of 2017. The last race was 6f on the turf and looks like a perfect prep. Stretching back out to 1 1/8 should not be a bad thing as he is 2/2 ITM going this far. Jevian Toledo in the irons and trainer Lacey Gaudet does well in non-graded stakes. #9 – Clubman = Sheldon Russell in the saddle as he is looking to make it 4-in-a-row. His runner owns a glowing bullet work as he makes his return to the races off a 57 day rest. #11 – Ghost Bay = Horacio Karamanos in the driver’s seat for this son of Ghostzapper. The barn is making the turf – dirt switch where they score 17% and 7/12 ITM over the course. He has a solid late run and will try and get in the game when they turn for home.