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BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 11/8/16

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.

Santa Anita


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.


BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 9/19/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch ? – Well, maybe it won’t get you a free kids meal, but if you keep a close eye on the following runners. You might find yourself getting a square price on a solid player. – I can’t say enough about watching races and taking notes, and we have did some homework hoping you’ll have a sweet day at the windows. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Belmont Park


Race #1 – #4 – Lucky Lotto – 1 mile on the main track

Eric Cancel’s mount was bumped soundly at the start by Midnight Hawk who jumped in the air at the start. Heavily backed at the windows and still managed a game 2nd place effort.

Race #4 – #7 – Lubash – 1 1/16 on the turf

Very nice New York-bred who was caught wide throughout and managed to overcome this extra ground to get the win. He needs a nice play back and you may get a much better price than you expect.

Race #6 – #4 – Wild Impulse – 6f on the turf

Broke inward at the start and never seemed to regain his composure. Beaten favorite this day, and this is a hard-core player’s angle to follow.



Race #2 – #7 – Molinaro Deputy – 6 1/2f on the AW

Pinballed at the start and was 4-5 wide into the final turn, Finished up with good interest and ran 2nd this day.

Race #3 – #6 – Vanish – 6f on the AW

Broke alertly and dropped back shortly after. He finished up with a strong second effort, and should only improve as a first time starter.

Race #6 – #6 – Conquest Too Smart – 6f on the AW

Broke nicely and was forced to check up sharply at the half. Finished up with a good late kick and should be respected as a heavily backed player this day.

Race  #8 – #2 – Dacita – 1 1/8 on the turf

Bumped around at the break and saved ground to finish up strongly down the lane. – Next time out should have him right in the winner’s circle.


BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 9/3/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Hearing the word Labor Day as a young racing fan meant the end of summer. Going back to school, no more days at the track with grandpa, and the tanned skin on my face and arms would soon fade away. –  I would look back over the sweet summer days with endless joy as they would culminate with a blowout to be held at River Downs. The Cradle Stakes was for up-and-coming two-year-olds. – It was the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another with my first local glimpse of what could be the following season.  The pungent aroma of cheap cigars, and the inky hands one could only get from reading the Daily Racing Form. – When Labor Day rolls around Monday, I’ll have a lifetime of fond memories tagging along with me to the races. – In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for theses red-hot runners. They have a good excuse, and could offer up a solid price at the windows.


8/24/16 – Race #3 – #4 – 6f on the dirt

#4 – Phocea – She broke last under Eric Cancel and came flying late in the lane. Her late punch was a real eye-opener and if she improves just a smidge off this effort she’ll be heading to the winner’s circle.

8/24/16 – Race #4 – #9 – 5 1/2f on the turf

#9 – Peace Points – The rider was forced to steady as soon as the gates broke, and Kendrick Carmouche was “ping-ponged” around quite a bit. – After gathering his bearings he darted in and out and swung five wide closing like a down-bound train. – This guy deserves a good hard look before you pull the trigger next out.


8/27/16 – Race #2 – #6 – 1 1/8 on the turf

#6 – Kabang – Jose Ortiz for Michael Trombetta they were off a beat slow leaving the starting gate. Once Ortiz caught up and had the field in sight he made a solid bid to finish up in 5th place. – Maybe a little better trip will be what the doctor ordered and you can look ahead for (10-1) or better.

8/27/16 – Race #5 – #6 – 1 3/8th’s on the turf

#6 – Deeply Undervalued – Irad Ortiz in the irons for Chad Brown and they broke outward leaving the starting gate and caused some bumping around. – Once Ortiz got his mount under control he made a strong late bid to finish a beaten favorite second. Maybe a little less ground, or just another shot a clear beginning. Either way, he’ll give them fits at Belmont or elsewhere next time out.

Belterra Park

8/28/16 – Race #1 – #5 – 6f on the dirt

#5 – Equulei – Geovany Garcia was aboard and had to check hard into the first turn. Once he had his filly back in gear, they made a sustained bid to show good promise next out.

8/28/16 – Race #7 – #2 – 1 mile on the turf

#2 – Run Groom Run – Alex Estrada picked up the mount and checked so hard into the first turn he stood straight up in the irons. – The rider tried many times to settle and was forced to check, wait for a gap, and once saw a glimmer of daylight was a day late and dollar short getting his cue for clear sailing. He was (12-1) on this day beaten in the shadow of the wire by a Calumet Farm runner. He’ll be double tough next time out at a square price.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 1/18/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Winter is in full-effect, and many parts of the nation are feeling the blunt of Mother Nature. But not to fear, even though its cold outside there is plenty of quality action to heat up your inner-gambler. – While we keep warm, we’ll always find our favorite ovals to play this time of year. Here are some runners that deserve a good hard look next time they hit the track. – Best of luck from BetPTC.com !

Aqueduct – 1/14/16 – Race #2 – #3 – One mile on the inner track

#3 – Kayleigh’s Road = Eric Cancel aboard this filly, and she went down to her nose right out of the starting gate. The rider did a great job staying aboard, and in the comment section noted she bled. She had taken plenty of public backing, and with a clean break the results may shake out better.

Aqueduct – 1/14/16 – Race #6 – #5 – 6f on the inner track

#5 – Adestria = Jose Ortiz had the call for Mike Hushion, and she came out of the gate just a bit off, and picked up the bit immediately. She received a solid ride and butted heads with the eventual winner to be a bridesmaid on this day. – I liked her motion, and the way she professionally picked up her game gives me something to look for next out.

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Aqueduct – 1/15/16 – Race #4 – #1 – Panfila – 6f on the inner track

#1 – Panfila = Jaime Rodriguez in the irons, and she duked it out with the leader down the backstretch. The rider was forced to take hold of his mount and drop over to the rail quickly. Once clear, he gave a good account of his mount and finished second. – I like to call this a “knocking on the door effort” and she should improve off this race.

Gulfstream Park -1/15/16 – Race #8 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#1 – Securitiz = Javier Castellano had the call for James Jerkins. It appeared that all systems were go over the sloppy sealed track, when J.J. lost his whip while making the winning move. – Now who can say this caused him to lose, but it sure didn’t help as well. Scorch ( the eventual winner) dropped over to the rail and safely kept to task.  – This son of Tizway was making a 1st off the layoff run, and had been working well in the mornings at PMM. – Look for the connections to get the job done next up.

Aqueduct – 1/16/16/ – Race 8 – #3 – 6f on the inner track

#3 – Between the Lines = Harry Hernandez had the call and was finishing very nicely as they turned for home. – His mount was running green down the lane and was weaving in and out all the while making solid strides in 57.4 and 110.4. – I think a little better trip moves him up greatly, and he’ll rebound off the dreaded beaten favorite angle.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 12-24-2015

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The holiday season is in full-effect as we round the turn and straighten for home. You’ll be spending time with family and friends, or sipping egg nog with the ones you hold dear. From your friends at BetPTC.com, Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ! – Here’s a little something to stuff in your stocking as we’ve been keeping a list and checking it twice.

Aqueduct – 12/16/15 – Race #5 – #3 – 6f on the inner track

#3 – Pegasus Red = Eric Cancel was the reins man this day, and cane rolling down the lane with a solid late kick. His mount was bottled up a couple of times causing that momentary hold which caused his mount to tap on the brakes. A very solid effort, and a good ride by Cancel not running up on heels. – With a cleaner trip you may see “Pegasus” take flight down the lane.

Aqueduct – 12/17/15 – Race #6 – #5 – 6f on the inner track

#5 – Northern Screamer = Jose Ortiz had the call for Rudy Rodriguez, and these guys do  very good work as a team. – The pace was solid over the sloppy sealed track making it very difficult to catch the conveyor belt speed during most of the day. Mark this one off to battling a bias, and with a fast or fast/frozen track. I think we’ll see a big time effort down the lane next up.

Tampa Bay Downs – 12/18/15 – Race #9 – #3 – One mile and 40 yards on the dirt (originally scheduled for one mile on the turf ).

#3 – Voodoo Storm = Antonio Gallardo was seeking his 5th win on the card, and was blocked badly down the lane multiple times. He had the call for the Jamie Ness barn, and raced just off the pace. From the 1/4 pole to the 1/16th, pole he couldn’t find a seam and was forced to check up down the lane. After all said and done, this beaten favorite finished a neck shy of getting his picture taken. You can bet he won’t be high dollar odds next out, but he’ll make a nice “free spot” for multi-race exotics. – Keep your eyes peeled !

Aqueduct – 12/18/15 – Race #7 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the inner track

#2 – Forty Nine Watts = Angel Cruz had the assignment for David Cannizzo. This solid event turned into a pinball machine down the lane. He was striding into the final furlong very strong when Divine Child came off the rail and bumped him multiple times down the lane. The rider stayed quiet and patient in the irons, but was unable to overcome the drifting runner. Cruz kept his mount four wide into the lane to avoid traffic, and was forced wider keeping him out of the winner’s circle.

Turfway Park – 12/18/15 – Race #3 – #2 –  1 1/4 on the poly track

#2 – Owl Creek = Didiel Osorio had the call for Kim Hammond. He was tipping off the rail for clear sailing, and bumped soundly causing his mount to lose action. Once the rider straightened course, he finished up willingly down the lane for a game second. Solid barn with a talented young rider. I think we’ll see a “make-good” next time out to the races for this runner.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 11-11-15

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Racing circuits are shifting ovals, and the turf racing countdown has begun for many tracks entering the winter months. – Racing fans can don’t need a calendar. They can tell you what month it is by the tracks that open their doors. As leaves begin dropping from the trees and holiday commercials start appearing. There’s no need to worry. Thoroughbred  action is hot all year long ! – In the meantime, here are a few goodies to get your inner-horse player cranked up. The runners listed below had a troubled trip, a bad break, or didn’t have the chance to give their best effort. For handicappers, anytime we identify troubled runners. They make for an excellent wagering opportunity next out.

Churchill Downs – 11/4/15 – Race #1 – #7 – One mile on the dirt

#7 – Forever Plus = Julien Leparoux was in the irons, and his filly bobbled at the start of the race, and two-year-olds usually don’t recover to give their best efforts after a compromised beginning. After correcting his mount, Leparoux shifted his filly into contention moving wide down the lane making a strong bid only to come up short to the pace setting winner.  – She’ll gain much from this race, and look for a winning effort next time out.

Churchill Downs – 11/4/15 – Race #3 – #4 – 6f on the dirt

#4 – Open Range = Brian Hernandez was aboard, and his runner left the starting gate awkwardly. He dropped over to the rail saving ground, and made a solid move in-between runners down the lane in tight quarters. – Give him an even break and some running room, and we may see him getting his picture taken next out.

Aqueduct – 11/6/15 – Race #4 – #2 &#5 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#2 – Break Away = She was bumped at the break losing rider Eric Cancel. She was (4-1), and the public thought she looked worth a bet. I did as well, and look for her to come back ready to fire.

#5 – Tante Zoe = John Velasquez aboard, and she stumbled badly when the gates opened. She never regained her full momentum. She saved ground all the way around, and Johnny V was savvy enough to save her gas for the next effort. – She was the post time favorite as they went to starting gate.

Aqueduct – 11/6/15 – Race #6 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#1 – Life’s a Stage = Angel Arroyo in the irons, and his filly had to move wide at times during the race. Once she straighten away for a clear run, she lacked needed room at the 5/16th’s pole and wrapped it up to call it a day. – I liked the way she moved, and with a little racing luck she’ll be a player once the real running begins.

Aqueduct – 11/7/15 – Race #5 – #5 – One mile on the dirt

#5 – Brimstone = Joel Rosario in the saddle for Michael Matz, and his mount stumbled badly at the break and slammed into River of Magic.  Joel got his runner back on track and made a wide move keeping an eye on the leader, but failed to reel in the eventual winner down the lane. He’ll give them fits next time he goes to post.

Aqueduct – 11/7/15 – Race #8 – #3 – 1 1/2 on the turf

#3 – Danza Cavallo = Jose Ortiz had the call for Chad Brown, and his filly was tough to handle from the break, and had to check up off heels down the backstretch. She shuffled back during her effort to move off the rail, and once she leveled out for the stretch drive she showed good energy as the bridesmaid to eventual winner Gold Espony.