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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 10/7/17

BetPTC.com / Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer



Race #8 – G1 Champagne – 1 mile on the main – 4:13 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #1 – Cowboy Karma / #8 – Aveenu Malcainu / #12 – Firenze Fire

#1 – Cowboy Karma = Son of Kodiak Cowboy exits the G3 Sapling as the beaten favorite for the Larry Jones barn. Draws the rail and owns a bullet work after this fast closing effort for second money. Alex Cintron in the irons and the move up in class looks to be the next logical level. He has a solid late kick and should get a ground-saving trip along the rail. #8 – Aveenu Malcainu = He is 2/2 with wins and is a son of Into Mischief. Jeremiah Englehart is the conditioner and has a perfect stalking style. He’s been traveling at a sprint distance and the added ground may be a welcome addition to the day. The bullet work at Belmont signals readiness. #12 – Firenze Fire = Colt from the Jason Servis barn and was two-in-a-row going into the G1 Hopeful. It may have been a clunker and is worth tossing out as a race to measure his ability. Going two turns should have him closer to the pace as a measured stalker.

Race #10 – The G1 Jockey Gold Cup – 1 1/4 mile on the main – 5:23 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #7 – Keen Ice / #5 – Rally Cry / #6 – Destin

#7 – Keen Ice = Son of Curlin who exits the G1 Whitney and had an eventful trip stumbling at the break and still managed to make a solid run finishing 2nd to Gun Runner. Jose Ortiz for Todd Pletcher and they are 3/3 ITM over the deep Belmont oval. He is 3/8 ITM at the distance and two back won the G2 Suburban going 1 1/4. #5 – Rally Cry = Son of Uncle Mo for the Todd Pletcher barn. A Very solid colt who brings his best every race. He is 3/4 ITM at Belmont. John Velasquez in the saddle and they are winning at a 27% clip. #6 – Destin = Luis Saez for Pletcher and the “Todd Squad” are coming loaded into this race. 3/3 ITM at Belmont and offers up an up-close style that may be effective going 1 1/4.



Race #5 – The G1 First Lady – 1 mile on the turf – 4:35 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #6 – Dickinson / #3 – Dona Bruja / #4 – Roca Roja

#6 – Dickinson = Paco Lopez in the irons for Kiaran McLaughlin and is 1/1 at Keeneland winning the G1 Jenny Wiley. Lopez is a very underrated rider and they cut back from 1 1/16 on the turf. #3 – Dona Bruja = Declan Cannon in the saddle and has been on fire since shipping in from Argentina. She cuts back from 1 3/16 and should be an effective closer on the lush greensward lawn at Keeneland. #4 – Roca Roja = Chad Brown trainee and she makes her second start off the layoff. She is 8/10 ITM on the grass and is a solid closer who will be rolling down the lane.

Race #8 – The G1 Breeders’ Futurity – 1 1/16 – 5:10 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Ten City / #7 – Givemeaminit / # 9 – Free Drop Billy

#4 – Ten City = Corey Lanerie picks up for the mount for Ken McPeek. – The trainer said early on this was one of the most talented runners he has trained. He broke his maiden at Keeneland and has two tuff races running into trouble. He owns a bullet work coming in and should be the major player. #7 – Givemeaminit = Dallas Stewart trainee who is a maiden, and a son of LA-bred Star Guitar. His effort in the G1 Hopeful was better than appears as he was bumped soundly. #9 – Free Drop Billy = This son of Union rags for the Romans barn is getting better with every race. He has a strong late kick and owns a bullet work to signal readiness. He can very easily take this race but may need a little pace to run down.

Race #9 – The G1 Shadwell Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 5:45 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #7 – Mondialiste / #8 – Miss Temple City / #12 – Offering Plan

#7 – Mondialiste = Fergal Lynch for David O’Meara. This son of Galileo has been knocking heads with some Euro tough guys. He rallied strongly at Woodbine and gets 2nd time Lasix. He’ll come calling down the stretch. #8 – Miss Temple City = Solid filly by Temple City who is 4/4 ITM at Kee. She comes in off a nice prep win at Kentucky Downs and should be ready to do battle on a track she loves. Graham Motion knows how to bring them ready and she’ll give them fits. #12 – Offering Plan = New York-bred from the Chad Brown who could make some big noise this day. He is making his 3rd start off the layoff and has a devasting late kick.


You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

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.