The Breeders’ Cup is in the books as the racing world draws a deep breath of pride. Win or lose, racing is the most beautiful sport in the world. For some it is on to the next round of ovals that showcase their race meets, and yet many others begin the countdown to the marquee races at winter ovals which takes us to the first Saturday in May. – The cyclical nature of racing is the eternal flame of hope for the Sport of Kings. It won’t be long and we’ll be talking about “who do you like for the Derby.” But walk don’t run, the journey is the best part to the winner’s circle. – Here are some runners who could use a playback or a good hard look next out. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com.
Race #2 – #9 – Uncle Chester – 1 1/16 on the turf
Eric Cancel’s mount seemed to lose traction leaving the starting gate. He made a solid attempt and spun three-wide on the turn to finish up third this day.
Race #5 – #12 – Rule Number One – 1 mile on the turf
Antonio Gallardo in the irons and one thing is for sure. This guy can flat-out horseback ! – He rode four winners on the card, and his mount was carried four wide coming up a little empty down the lane. Next out should have him moving right back into top form.
Race #6 – #8 – Realm – 1 mile on the dirt
Paco Lopez in the driver’s seat and his runner stalked just off the leaders and inhaled the field to win by an easy 5 1/4. – He needs a good playback next out as he completed this task with plenty left in the tank.
Race #1 – #10 – Kitten’s Cat – 6 1/2f on the turf
Luis Saez in the saddle for the Joe Sharp barn. His colt stumbled at the start and closed with a strong flourish four wide on his way to the winner’s circle. This son of Kitten’s Joy may have some good things to come and could use a good wager right back next time out.
Race #4 – Juvenile Fillies – #12 – American Gal – 1 1/16
Mike Smith for Baffert, and their filly broke slow from the gate in the #12 post. She was seven wide down the backstretch and 5 wide into the final turn. She managed a to finish with good energy to be 3rd as the beaten favorite.
Race #7 – Turf Sprint – #12 – Om – 6 1/2 f on the turf
Gary Stevens in the irons and broke inward at the break. He was stalking in a perfect trip when Stevens lost his whip in the final 1/16th to be bested by a nose at the wire.
Race #12 – Classic – #9 Hoppertunity – 1 1/4
John Velasquez in the saddle for Bob Baffert and he was facing two monsters this day. He wouldn’t have caught Chrome or Arrogate going around another lap, but if he catches just a solid field, he’ll give them fits as he finished up with good energy to show he is getting ready.