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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – July 13

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Saratoga Race #3 – The G3 Sanford – 6f – 2:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Cucina / #5 – By Your Side / #2 – Raging Whiskey

#3 Cucina hails from the Mark Casse barn with Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle. This son of Northern Afleet should be right with the leaders from the break. Solid maiden win in the slop at Belmont and should relish the added ground. #5 By Your Side comes from the barn of Eddie Kenneally with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. They came flying late in the lane to grab a maiden win at CD and should get another strong late kick with Ortiz in the saddle. His sire Constitution wins 44% with first timers and did not disappoint in Louisville. I’m looking for a strong late punch at the top of the lane. #2 Raging Whiskey is a son of Bourbon Courage for trainer Doug O’Neill and Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat. They are shipping in from SA going 4.5f last out and the added distance should give a perfect stalking trip.

Race #9 – The G1 Diana – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Homerique / #4 – Sistercharlie / #2 – Rushing Fall

#6 Homerique is a daughter of Exchange Rate for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle makes a 3rd off the layoff move where they win 23%. She cuts back in distance and seeks her 3rd in a row. She’s a closer and Irad wins 23% with strong late runners. #4 Sistercharlie hails from the Chad Brown barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. She’s been off for eight months since the Breeders’ Cup F&M Turf where she won. Brown wins 29% with runners off a long layoff. Her works are sharp as Johnny V looks to score her 3rd in a row. #2 Rushing Fall is a daughter of More Than Ready for trainer Chad Brown and Javier Castellano. She’s a speedy gal who is one for one at the Spa. She was ultra impressive winning the G1 Just A Game and now seeks her 5th straight win. She’s going to be ultra tough if she handles the inner turf.

Indiana Grand

Race #9 – The G3 Indiana Derby – 1 1/16 – 10:02 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Mr. Money / #10- Math Wizard / #5 – Frolic More

#11 Mr. Money is a son of Goldencents for trainer Bret Calhoun with Gabriel Saez in the irons. Calhoun is 2 for 2 ITM at Indy and he’s looking for three in a row in top form. His works are strong over the CD oval and he should stalk up close. #10 Math Wizard is a son of Algorithms with Edgard Zayas in the saddle. He’s a stalker cutting back in distance getting beat in the final strides. He should relish the lesser ground 2nd off the layoff. His dam Minister’s Baby has 7 starters, 6 winners, and a stakes winner to her credit. He’s come a long way since being claimed for $25k and looks to be finding his own stride. #5 Frolic is a son of More Than Ready for Dallas Stewart and Corey Lanerie aboard. He moves from a sprint to a route where they win 17% for the barn. Stewart is 38% ITM with his shippers and is known to come alive when the big money is on the table.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 9/1/18

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Saratoga Race #10 – The G1 Spinaway – 7f – 6:13 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Nonna Madeline / #3 Virginia Eloise / #7 Chasing Yesterday

#5 Nonna Madeline is making her 3rd start for trainer Todd Pletcher with John Velasquez in the irons. Last time she was off a bit slow and still managed to finish a solid 2nd as the beaten favorite. She has four solid works under her belt and Pletcher scores 25% coming back off a beaten favorite angle. She gets added distance and this race should fit her nicely. #3 Virginia Eloise is a daughter of Curlin for the Pletcher barn. She broke her maiden at first asking and raced a little green last out while putting together a big run down the lane. Javier Castellano in the saddle and she’ll track the pace looming a major danger. #7 Chasing Yesterday is a daughter of Tapit for the Bob Baffert barn. “Money Man” Mike Smith in the saddle as she was an impressive maiden winner on July, 28th. Her works have been solid and her dam Littleprincessemma has 5 starters with 5 winners from her babies.

Saratoga Race #11 – The G1 Woodward – 1 1/8 – 6:47 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 Gunnevera / #1 Yoshida / #10 Seeking the Soul

#9 Gunnevera comes to post for trainer Antonio Sano with Edgard Zayas in the saddle. This son of Dialed In ran into a wall in the Dubai World Cup two races back and came in off a 5 month layoff to score easily in the perfect prep. He’s had some problems in the past but looks healthy and ready for a big coming out party. He’s 2 for 2 ITM at Saratoga and makes the 2nd off the layoff move. I’m looking for a mature and ready runner to strut his stuff. #1 Yoshida is a Japanese bred runner for trainer Bill Mott. Joel Rosario in the irons and comes off a good effort at Ascot two back in the Gr1 Queen Anne. One thing for sure. Mott would not have him entered if he had any doubts about his ability. Bill Mott is 40% making the turf to dirt switch and it would be best not to count him out just yet. #10 Seeking the Soul is a son of Perfect Soul for talented trainer Dallas Stewart. He was a beaten favorite at Indiana last out and that was his last start since the Pegasus Cup in January. He’s 2 for 2 ITM at Saratoga and owns some very nice works to show readiness.

Kentucky Downs Race #8 – The $750,000 Tourist Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 6:26 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 Bound for Nowhere / #1 Mr. Misunderstood / #3 Camelot Kitten

#8 Bound for Nowhere comes to post for trainer Wesley Ward with Julio Garcia in the saddle. This son of The Factor has good speed and can throttle it back when needed. His last effort at Royal Ascot was promising and should be on the lead when they make the run into the undulating turn. #1 Mr. Misunderstood is a son of Archarcharch for the Brad Cox barn. Florent Geroux aboard and these guys win at a 33% clip as a team. He’s looking to make it three straight and owns some sharp works in the morning. The rider scores 14% on the turf and Brad Cox wins 30% on the sod. #3 Camelot Kitten hails from the Mike Maker barn for Ken and Sarah Ramsey. This son of Kitten’s Joy is a closer and may relish the drop from graded company. Tyler Gafflione in town and he scores at a 19% clip on the turf.


BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 9/2/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

When the Travers results hit the history books you know the summer racing season is nearing the finish. The days of sun and fun are slowly creeping toward fall racing and the Breeders’ Cup. – When handicappers see Labor Day on the calendar, it’s time to start thinking Keeneland and Fall Stars weekend. But hold your horses! – There’s plenty of summer action in the plans and wagering opportunities await. While you’re making your plans to hit the track, keep these runners in mind. They may have something more to offer and reward you the next time they hit the track. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 



Race #6 – Mdn Claiming – 1 mile on the turf

#5 – New Canaan = Jose Ortiz in the saddle for Linda Rice (23%), and they were dropping in class and going from 5 1/2f – 1 mile. She was sent off the odds-on chalk and was forced to check up sharply at the break. Sometimes a bad start can end the race before it begins, and this race needs to be kept in mind as a very good excuse.

Race #7 – The Yaddo Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf

#7 – Ack Nasty = Joel Rosario in the saddle for Chad Brown. This gal was making her 2nd off the layoff (21%) and 5/6 ITM at the Spa. She stalked at the rear of the field and was blocked badly down the lane this day.

Race #8 – Seek the Ante Stakes – 6 1/2f

#7 – Newport Breeze = Jose Ortiz in the irons for Peter Eurton. They were coming off a win at Del Mar moving up the class ladder. Ortiz had her moving around the far turn this day and looked to be running “green” as a youngster sometimes does. She was forced to settle for 2nd money this day and she’ll only benefit from this effort moving forward.




Race #10 – The G1 Sword Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf

#5 – Money Multiplier = Javier Castellano aboard this son of Lookin At Lucky making his 2nd start of the season. He was 3/3 ITM at the Spa and probably on the same plan as last year heading into the Breeders’ Cup. He’ll most probably move to Belmont putting the finishing touches on his plans. This plan looks exactly like 2016 and could be a good time to be on the watch. He swung out 6 wide at the top of the lane and started to pick up ground getting bested at the finish. This race is a good sign of things to come.

Race #11 – G1 Travers – 1 1/4

#11 – Gunnevera = Edgard Zayas aboard for Antonio Sano. This son of Dialed In was making his second off a break from the Triple Crown run. He scored easily in a $100k stake at GP and owns a bullet work coming into this race. He was bumped hard at the start and rebounded nicely looking the major danger. The freshening and maturing may be coming at the right time for a fall campaign. He looked very good this day but caught a tiger named West Coast.

Race #13 – Mdn Claiming – 1 1/16 on the turf

#2 – Admirals Cove = Manny Franco in the driver’s seat for David Donk. This son of Hat Trick has been off for 3 months and dropping down in class (20%). – He stumbled badly at the start and finished with a good late kick showing promise for his next effort.




BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 12/19/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Santa’s sleigh is warming up, and it’s only a matter of days before St. Nick makes his way down the chimney. – You can always put out the traditional cookies and milk, but why not leave Santa a few horses to watch ? – Even the big man loves pulling his sleigh into the track to watch and wager on the ponies.  Just leave him a list of horses to play next out and your sure to be off the naughty list for life. – Best of luck your friends at BetPTC.com !

Tampa Bay Downs


Race #2 – #4 – High Pitch – 1 1/16 on the dirt

This filly shipped in from Presque Isle and stumbled badly at the start and was forced to take up off heels. She was heavily backed at the windows and sometimes it takes two efforts off of the synthetic to get acclimated to the dirt.

Race #7 – #7 – Dreamup – 1 mile and 40 yards

This daughter of Bernardini shipped in from Keeneland for the Eoin Harty barn. – Paco Lopez was on cruise control winning by 5 lengths and looked to have plenty in the tank. – Right back off the impressive win she deserves a playback at the windows.



Race #4 -#7 – Proud Lily – 6f

First time starter and she brushed the starting gate at the break and was forced to rush up. Once the rider got her settled, she put in a game effort finishing a solid 4th. She’ll benefit from this race for future trips to the paddock.

Race #7 – #3 – Sir Alfred – 6f

Jose Ortiz had his bumped around at the start and he rushed him up to grab a short lead. Ortiz settled him nicely, and he finished an honest 4th this day. – Good things are coming for this runner from the Todd Pletcher barn.

Gulfstream Park


Race #1 – #1 – Eklipsado – 1 mile on the dirt

This runner jumped right to the lead and duked it out down the backstreet. He bumped his rival and  was DQ’ed from the win and placed second. Edgard Zayas was aboard and I love to play back a winner who was disqualified. They know how to win and I see the next effort firing right back.

Race #5 – #7 – Golden Point – 1 1/16 on the turf

Shipper from Churchill who was a beaten favorite this day. The hot hand of Antonio Gallardo was forced to go five wide and still managed a quick finish for the show spot this day. – Be on the look out for this runner as he’ll be sure to give you plenty to cheer about.

Race #7 – #2 – Break Away – 7 1/2f on the turf

Paco Lopez had his filly stalking down the backstretch when she clipped heels with another runner and lost the rider. She was backed heavily at the windows and she’ll be looking for payback next time out.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 10/31/16

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Gulfstream Park West


Race #6- #1 – Our War Eagle – 5f on the turf

Edgard Zayas had the call for Eddie Plesa and this two-year-old by Unbridled’s Song came flying late in the lane. He missed by a nose in this maiden affair and I think we’ll be hearing from him down the road.



Race #6 – #5 – Excessivespending – 6f on the dirt

Joe Bravo in the saddle and this daughter of Shakleford is going to mature and Churchill Downs may be in her future.  She stalked off hot fractions and dueled it out to the wire with eventual winner Perfect Wife. – Keep her on your radar for good things to come.



Race #7 – #10 – Awesome Type – 6f on the dirt

Made his first start at TBD in April and this was a stretch-out for added distance. He grabbed the lead and fought a valiant effort to be second best this day. He’ll be a major player in the conditional claiming ranks if not a bump higher.



Race #1 – #7 – Donwell – 1 1/16 on the turf

Joel Rosario in the irons for Bill Mott. This first time starter was dead last for 3/4 of the race and made an impressive move going 4 wide to finish for third money. This two-year-old will only improve and get better with each start. – His last odds were handsome on the board and you may be rewarded with a sweet payday coming very soon.

Race #5 – #8 – Completely Bonkers – 6f on the turf

Irad Ortiz in the irons for Phil Serpe as this colt was making the winning move when forced to steady at the 1/16th pole. Maybe a little more distance or a clean trip has him right in the direction of the winner’s circle next out.

Race #6 – #6 – Heaven Is Waiting – 1 mile on the turf

Javier Castellano aboard for Chad Brown. – This beaten chalk was headstrong and tough to handle. Checked multiple times in the first 6f and never seemed to settle out. You can bet dollars to donuts the Chad Brown barn will have all the nuts and bolts tightened down next out.


BetPTC.com – Horse to Watch – 2/15/2016

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Most of the country is still in the grips of Mother Nature. But even as the cold wind whips and snow continues to fall. I can feel the gentle warmth of spring just around the corner. Horse players are the eternal optimist. We are always looking to the big day, marquee race, or favorite meet. It won’t be long now as we cut the corner and straighten away for the stretch drive. To keep you warm and thinking sunny thoughts, here are some runners who deserve a piece of your wagering bankroll the next time they take to the track. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !


Race #3 – 2/11/16 – #3 – 6f on the inner track

#3 – Lilikoi = She tossed her head at the break and refused to run. She was backed by the public at (7-2) and when runners refuse to exit the starting gate, you can bet dollars to donuts the barn will have her in top order next time she heads to the paddock. She looked very good on the track, and we’ll just toss this as a “clunker” and move on to bigger and better things for this filly.

Gulfstream Park

Race #8 – 2/13/16 – #5 – 6f on the dirt

#5 – Indy Artist = Jockey Edgard Zayas was finding her best stride down the lane and seemed to waver just a tiny bit. As fast as she was closing, she had dead-aim on the leader and would have went past. Maybe the wrong lead for a stride, or just a little green. – Her acceleration was powerful, and I can’t wait until she goes back to the races.

Santa Anita

Race #8 – 2/14/16 – #9 – 6 1/2f on the turf

#9 – Nodiac = Santiago Gonzalez did an excellent job getting her to settle and rate just off the leader. They just ran into a very quick runner from the Baffert barn on this day. – A three-year-old filly by Kodiak who did everything but get her picture taken on this day. – Looking forward to watching her mature. We’ll cash a few tickets on this gal in days to come !

Gulfstream Park

Race #3 – 2/14/16 – #1 – 6f on the main track

#1 – Clear Status = Luis Saez was the pilot, and he broke just a step slow and had to rush to find position. He was a “beaten favorite” on this day, and for handicappers this is bet back angle. Maybe a little better start will help his causes next out, and he’ll find some payback for his backers.

Gulfstream Park

Race #8 – 2/14/16 – #4 – 7f on the dirt

#4 – Adornment = Joel Rosario had the call and she has been working “lights out” at Palm Beach Downs. This daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro hails form the Todd Pletcher barn (29%), and she was bumped soundly on this occasion and struggled to get back on task. She has been working well in the mornings, and the connections are top-shelf. She’ll improve off this effort, and I think we’ll see a nice filly down the road.


BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 12-28-2015

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As the New Year is just days away we start scratching our heads to find new resolutions. Horse Players are most definitely on this bus, and we tend to dig really deep at times when the answers may have been insight the entire time. – Work on money management; narrow your focus of the tracks you follow, or target your best ten races on any given day and wager on five. – It has always been the little things, and sometimes we miss the forest for the trees. Here’s a little something to whet your whistle for 2016, and hopefully get you started on a positive note.  From your friends at BetPTC.com, have a safe and Happy New Year ! – There’s only 131 days until the Kentucky Derby.

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Gulfstream Park – 12/26/15 – Race #7 – #6 – 5f on the turf

#6 – Try Your Luck = Jeffrey Sanchez aboard this daughter of Looking at Lucky, and this two-year-old showed a great deal a promise first time to the races. She settled in nicely and tipped off to make her move. She ran a very game 3rd place effort and appeared to have plenty more in the tank.

Gulfstream Park – 12/26/15 – Race #8 – #2 – One mile on the dirt

#2 – Wheels up Now = Luis Saez had the call for Thom Albertrani, and this colt ran a big effort. He was trying 2nd time Lasix, first time blinkers, and was bested by an impressive colt by Uncle Mo. He set the pace going 44.3 and 109.3 in the middle stages, and for a baby that is moving and shaking. Next out should be a “flag fall to that’s all” move to put the field to sleep from the gate break.

Gulfstream Park – 12/26/15 – Race #11 – #7 – 1 1/2 on the turf

#7 – Rosalind = Edgard Zayas in the irons for Chad Brown, and they were beaten by a very talented Goldy Espony ( another Chad Brown runner) who put the field the sleep in this marathon event on the green. – Rosalind was under a snug restraint down the backstretch, and the dawdling fractions may have been her undoing. She tried to produce a rally, but was left in the dust by her impressive stable mate. The race was better than what you’ll see on paper, and hopefully she won’t hook “Goldy” next out.

Santa Anita – 12/26/15 – Race #6 – #6 – One mile on the turf

#6 – Mister Brightside = Mike Smith was the reinsman and this guy has been a handful his last two outings. – Hopping at the start two races back, and steadying multiple times in his next to last effort. Having Smith aboard was the move, and he can get them to settle better than most in the game. – Smith had a “Full-Nelson hammerlock” on his mount as he had to take up just a bit around the first turn and allowed his mount to run freely before the 1/2. – I watched and wondered, but it would be a fools folly to second guess Smith. He knew his mount was acting up, and allowed a quick blast of energy hoping to settle his mount. – He came three wide into the final turn for clear sailing but ran out of gas. I think this will be a very nice play back, and you can expect a sweet price. Once Patrick Gallagher figures out this fella, you’ll get a handsome price at the windows.

Santa Anita – 12/27/15 – Race #4 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#2 – Hoffenheim = Victor Espinoza had the call for Bob Baffert and ran what I like to call a ” winner’s race and not getting your picture taken.” – In tight at the start, and settled out nicely. Moved into position to out the field away and tipped off the rail four wide to find his best stride. He drew off by 1/2 at the 111.2 make, and was bested by late closing French Getaway under Kent Desormeaux. – He’ll grow from this effort and you should look very closely for his next out effort.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 12-14-2015

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The “holiday hustle” is starting to take a toll on this handicapper. I’m not alone, and by no means do I have the market cornered. This time of year finds many of us running around making last minute plans, and finding that gift of perfection. In the end, I’m a bit tired but it is definitely worth the hustle. If you haven’t heard it, or a maybe a few days too early. Merry Christmas ! – Just sit back and enjoy a warm cup of tea by the fire. The glow of the fireplace crackling across the room, and you have a little gift waiting. – Here are some ponies that are sure to make your season bright !

Gulfstream Park – 12/9/15 – Race #2 – #16 – 7f on the dirt ( originally scheduled for 7 1/2 on the turf)

#16 – BB Sea = Corey Lanerie had the call for Charles Dickey. As the race came off the greensward, the outside runners started getting played at the windows. She broke alertly and was running in top form. No problems early on, and the fractions were honest. The 11 post wasn’t the worst thing to happen at the races, and she looked game. I feel the good track may have been a little tiring for the front runners early in the card. No bad moments or challenging issues. This gal has the look of a runner who will come back to set the pace and blaze away next out.

Aqueduct – 12/10/15 – Race #2 – #1 – 6f on the inner track

#1 – Alysaro = Harry Hernandez was the rider for David Jacobson, and if you don’t watch the New York races closely. Pay close attention to this 5 pound apprentice. – He was in good shape as Hernandez likes to stay close to the rail. He tipped off the fence around the 1/16th pole only to find Chelios and Forest Boy bumping like pinballs. He was in tight, and had to steady momentarily. – As they galloped out past the wire, his acceleration was impressive and warrants a trip or two to the windows next out.

Aqueduct – 12/11/15 – Race #5 – #2 – one mile on the inner track

#2 – Be a Hero = Kendrick Carmouche likely had the best runner in the race. The rider had his mount perfectly measured and worked off the rail at the 1/4 pole. He was immediately greeted by Piloting bearing out and knocking him off course. The rider stayed on task and was bumped soundly down the lane many more times. – He ran a very game third closing stoutly and was put up to 2nd place via a DQ. Not bad considering the trip, but he won’t be second best when they come storming home next out.

Gulfstream Park – 12/11/15 – Race #2 – #13 – One mile on the dirt

#13 – Poco Man = Edgard Zayas had the call, and was beginning to set sail for home when  forced five wide at the 1/8th pole slowing his late kick. Once back on target, he was forced wider and still managed to accelerate late in the lane to finish 4th. Give him clear sailing, and the next stop will be the winner’s circle.

Gulfstream Park – 12/11/15 – Race #7 – #13 – 7 1/2f on the turf

#13 – War Order = Julien Leparoux was the reinsman and had a less than a perfect trip. He was forced into tight quarters early on, and had to fight to get any position. He made a bold wide move at the head of the lane, and was forced out and denied a lane to run. He was forced to check man times and still managed to show good late kick. I would toss this race out, as this two-year-old making his second start since shipping in from Belmont will be on high alert next time to the races.

Fair Grounds – 12/11/15 – Race #6 – #9 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#9 – Hopeful Notion = Miguel Mena had the call, and his mount clipped heels with Benwill who went down through this mishap. After settling out and finding his feet again he managed  a strong effort tom finish third in the “Big Easy.” – Tough race, and a very tough break, and be on the look for a clean trip in New Orleans.