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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – May 25

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Santa Anita Race #5 – The G3 Daytona – 5f on the turf – 6:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Brandothebartender / #3 – Eddie Haskell / #1 – Kanthanka

#5 Brandothebartender makes his 3rd off the layoff for trainer Craig Dollase and Joe Talamo. He is 8 for 15 ITM at Santa Anita and cuts back in distance from a mile. Talamo fits the gelding and should relish sprinting where he is 6 for 7 ITM at the distance. #3 Eddie Haskell hails from the barn of Mark Glatt. He’s been off for 55 days and is 13 for 16 ITM on the turf. A perfect stalker for Kent Desormeaux and he fires well off the shelf. #1 Kanthanka comes in for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. He was a beaten favorite in the G2 Kona Gold as the barn wins 23% looks for payback. Flavien Prat in the saddle is a plus as he’s winning 26% on the greensward.

 

Race #7 – The G2 Charles Whittingham – 1 1/4 on the turf – 7:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – United / #3 – Marckie’s Water / #7 – Ashleyluvssugar

#5 United is a son of Giant’s Causeway for Dick Mandella. Flavien Prat gets the call as he makes his 3rd off the layoff. They are making the move to change riders to turf master Prat. He gets added distance and should stalk from just off the pace. #3 Marckie’s Water goes to post for Richard Baltas. This son of Tribal Rule is 6 for 10 ITM at Santa Anita and has proven himself going long. I’m looking for a solid stalking trip. #7 Ashelyluvssugar is a son of Game Plan for trainer Peter Eurton. This is a 3rd off the layoff effort for a versatile runner. He can grab the lead of lay just off the pace. Brice Blanc is the pilot and should be on the front at the gate break in this field.

Race  #8 – The G2 Triple Bend – 7f – 7:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – American Anthem / #3 – Law Abiding Citizen / #5 – Nero

#1 American Anthem hails from the barn of Bob Baffert. Mike Smith in the irons as they ship back from CD as a beaten favorite in Louisville on Derby weekend. This son of Bodemeister cuts back in distance where he is 5 for 5 ITM going 7f. Look for an up close effort under the guidance of Smith. #3 Law Abiding Citizen goes to post for trainer Mark Glatt. This son of Twirling Candy hasn’t run in 55 days and makes a turf to dirt switch. He won the G3 San Simeon and has some sharp morning works coming into the race. He will be forwardly placed at the gate break. #5 Nero is a son of Pioneer of the Nile for Bob Baffert. Drayden Van Dyke gets the nod and the colt has been working sharply. He’s been on the shelf for 55 days and I’m looking for an up close effort.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 6/4/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we gathered with family and friends honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, Memorial Day was a special time for my family. We would celebrate the lives of those no longer with us, and later meet at the corner of Stokesay and Oak St. to watch the hometown parade. There’s something about a small town parade that brings life all together. – The men decorated in full unform, and the stoic look of pride as they proudly walked our hometown streets. Bands played and sirens wailed crating the soundtrack of the days festivites. – It would be about 15 minutes after the parade when we would join my grandparents for a picnic lunch under the large oak tree at River Downs. Memorial Day was a time to honor the past and look to the future. Going to the races was a yearly trek that was the official signal that summer was finally here.

5/27/17

Belmont

Race #1 – #4 – The Crocheron Kid – 6f on the turf

Jose Ortiz in the irons for David Donk. This guy had an overland trip spinning wide into the lane costing precious ground. He scored this day, and is a perfect candidate for a repeat preformance at the windows.

Race #7 – #9 Vigor – 6f on the turf

Jose Lezcano in the saddle for Bill Mott and they do very solid work together. He was wide grabbing the lead and later inhaled by a solid winner Rublinda. Give him a hard look next out, and catch him if you can !

#2 – Fear No Evil – (Same race)

Luis Saez at the controls for trainer Thom Albertrani. He was tracking perfectly and shut off trying to tip off the rail. He dove right back to the inside and found no room. Saez wrapped up on his mount and saved plenty of gas in the tank for next out.

Race #8 – #4 – Kitten’s Cat – 7f on the turf

John Velasquez for trainer Joe Sharp. It was a quick pace and he came flying late in the lane, but couldn’t pass the impressive winner Big Handsome. Shipping in from Churchill Downs;  his second time out in the “Big Apple” will make this son of Kitten’s Joy ultra tough.

5/27/17

Santa Anita

Race #5 – #1 – Avenge – 1 1/8 on the turf

Flavien Pratt in the irons for Dick Mandella. She grabbed the lead from the rail and was heavily backed at the windows. She faced a monster this day with Lady Eli and if she catches anyone else she’ll give them all they want next time she hits the track.

5/29/17

Belmont

Race  #4 – #7 Ancient Secret – 1 mile on the turf

She was making her first start of the 2017 season for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle and was tracking perfectly in the two path and weakened down the lane to finish 4th this day. – Toss this race as needing one and you’ll be pleasantly surprised next time she hits the track.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 8/26/15

Horses-to-Watch: Ed Meyer

The summer goes by faster than when we were kids yearning for just one more weekend. – You know the end of the season is around the corner when you start hearing the words Travers Stakes. – If you didn’t catch the weekend action, or were living under a rock. You may have missed one of the greatest performances of the year as Beholder became the first female to win the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Trainer Dick Mandella is 64-years-young, and his runners do the talking. When you hear the words “she’s one of the greats.” – Etch that into stone and take it to the bank. – Around the country there were other races of note, and here are some runners you’ll want to keep an eye on when they make their next start.

Saratoga – 8/19/15 – Race #2 – #9 – 6f

Governor Malibu = Joel Rosario had the call, and was bet down to (5-1) and beaten by a solid (3-5) shot. This fits the angle of “running a winner’s race and finishing 2nd.” – Todd Pletcher does very well with second up runners and if the first race is any indication, I think we’ll see plenty of upside with his second outing.

Belterra Park – 8/20/15 – Race #6 – #3

Como Luz = There was a gate malfunction, and the #2 & #3 gates did not open on time. Como Luz was forced through the gates by his rider Christian Rojas after spotting the field about 15 lengths. He was far back in the field, and I dismissed the race to toss in the trash heap until they started nearing the 1/4 pole. – Como Luz had made up ground very quickly and finished strong to run third. This handicapper is waiting to see the Angel Quiros barn wheel the runner back to the races. He appears to relish the oval, and after he was declared a non-starter. I’m going to dive deep into multi-race exotics to find value.

Belterra Park – 8/22/15 – Race #6- #6 – 5f on the turf

Draw Nigh = First off the layoff, and the colt was cutting back in distance and making the dirt-turf switch where the barn wins (25%). – He was in perfect striking position and was fighting to work off the rail. Perry Ouzts kept him in the pocket forcing him to seek a spot along the rail that never opened. The rider choked up on the reins, and appeared to wait for another day. I think that day will be his next start on the greensward.

Saratoga – 8/22/15 – Race #6 – #5 – 1 1/16 on the turf

Life Imitates Art =  Irad Ortiz was in the irons for his go-to-man Chad Brown. They do really good work as a team, and this two-year-old led all the way around and was running green down the lane. – Ortiz couldn’t convince his mount to stop tossing his head about, and cocking it to the outside down the lane. He was bet down as the big chalk, and you can bet dollars to donuts that Chad Brown will have this all worked out for the next start. Oh, and after looking around and acting like a toddler, he only finished a neck back from the winner.

Saratoga – 8/22/15 – Race #10 – #4 – 1 1/4 on the dirt

I’m a Chatterbox = Florent Geroux had a rough trip, and his filly is ready for another chance to fight. – She lunged at the start and bobbled a bit, and in a quality field that can put out your lights quick. Once she got into the bit, she looked all systems were go until she was fanned out wide making her run. She lugged in down the lane and just couldn’t get to the winner on this day. – Most handicappers will dismiss her effort and look elsewhere. I’ll be keyed on her in a big way hoping for a better price and a cleaner trip.