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Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – Feb. 13

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 2/13/2021

 

by: Ed Meyer

Fair Grounds Race #10 – The G-3 Mineshaft – 1 1/16 – 5:44 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Wells Bayou / #4 – Maxfield / #3 – Chess Chief

#2 Wells Bayou is a son of Lookin At Lucky for Brad Cox with John Velasquez in the irons. Speedy colt who is 2 for 2 ITM at FG and exits a beaten favorite effort in the G3 Louisiana. Switches over to John Velasquez from Florent Geroux who has the mount on Maxfield. 2nd start off the layoff and a bullet work to sharpen up for this race. #4 Maxfield is an undefeated son of Street Sense for Brendan Walsh with Florent Geroux in the saddle. A late pack stalker who should benefit from a red hot pace. He is 1 for 1 at FG with a win and been off for 56 days seeking his 5th in a row. #3 Chess Chief hails from the Dallas Stewart barn with James Graham aboard. He is 5 for 7 ITM at FG and makes his 3rd off a layoff move today.

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Race #11 – The G-3 Fair Grounds Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 6:16 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Factor This / #3 – Artie’s Rumor / #4 – Danceteria

#8 Factor This is a speedy son of The Factor for Brad Cox with Shaun Bridgmohan in the saddle. He exits a beaten favorite effort at GP and is 3 for 3 ITM at FG. He’s been away for two months and shows a quick turn of foot. Cox wins 30% coming off a beaten chalk angle and sports a sharp work in preparation. #3 Artie’s Rumor hails from the Mike Maker barn with B.J. Hernandez in the irons. A solid stalker who has been knocking on the door and 5 for 7 ITM at FG. His last race looked like a perfect prep moving up the class ladder. #4 Danceteria enters for Graham Motion and John Velasquez in the irons. He’s a late runner and should benefit from 2nd time Lasix and is eligible to improve off his last race.

 

Race #12 – The G-2 Rachel Alexandra – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 6:47 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Clairiere / #8 – Travel Column / #2 – Souper Sensational

#1 Clairiere is a daughter of Curlin for Steve Asmussen with Joe Talamo in the saddle. She draws  the rail off a two month layoff and sports a sharp work. Talamo picks up the call and should lay right off the pace poised to pounce. #8 Travel Column hails from the Brad Cox barn with Florent Geroux in the saddle. A daughter of Frosted who is a strong late runner. She’s been off for 2 months and the barn has been red hot going 7 for 12 ITM over the course. She is ready for a 2021 campaign and should come gunning when they round the far turn. #2 Souper Sensational is a daughter of Curlin for Mark Casse and Declan Carroll. She is 3 for 3 ITM lifetime and makes her 2nd start of the 2021 season. Her last race showed promise coming off the Woodbine synthetic.

 

Race #13 – The G-2 Risen Star – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 7:18 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Mandaloun / #12 – Keepmeinmind / #4 – Carillo

#11 Mandaloun gets first time blinkers where the Brad Cox barn wins 24% on this equipment change. Florent Geroux has the call and he wins 30% with Cox. A late runner by Into Mischief should come motoring late off his bullet work over the track. The distance should be no problem with his style of running. #12 Keepmeinmind hails from Robertino Diodoro barn with David Cohen getting the call. A late running colt who scored in the G2 at CD. He has a bullet work at OP and should give a good account of himself today. #4 Carillo enters for Thom Amoss and James Graham. A late running colt who is 1 for 1 shipping in from AQU. Amoss wins 22% with his shippers and the rider trainer combo has been 7 for 14 ITM the past few weeks. Look for a string late move from Graham who wins 18% with late runners.

BetPTC.com Weekend Stakes Preview – Dec. 21

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by: Ed Meyer

Fair Grounds

Race #7 – The Bonapaw Stakes – 5 1/2f on the turf – 3:54pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Fast Boat / #3 – Made You Look / #9 – Wilbo

#1 Fast Boat is a son of City Zip for Joe Sharp with Adam Beschizza in the irons. He’s a closer drawing the rail who’s 2 for 3 ITM at FG. His last race at KEE on the turf was ultra-impressive and rallied quickly on the outside after getting knocked around. #3 Made You Look is a son of More Than Ready for the Phillip Bauer barn. Florent Geroux gets the nod for this late runner and ships in from Belmont where he made a nice closing effort on the lush greensward. They turn back in distance and he is 1 for 1 ITM sprinting. Geroux wins 18% with his turf mounts. #9 Wilbo is a son of Candy Ride for the Chris Hartman barn with Corey Lanerie aboard. This is his 3rd off the layoff and the trainer scores 16% off this move. He’s a late runner and will be motoring late in the lane.

Race #9 – The Blushing K.D.  – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:52 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Dream Passage / #5 – Notapradaprice / #4 – La Signare

#8 Dream Passage hails from the Brad Cox barn winning at 18%. Colby Hernandez gets the nod as she seeks her 4th straight win. She comes in from AQU off a win and the barn scores 29% off a last race win. She’ll be close to the pace and looks to make a solid move turning for home. #5 Notapradaprice has solid speed for the Eddie Kenneally barn with Corey Lanerie in the saddle. She drops in class exiting the G3 Cardinal at CD and is 6 for 9 ITM at the distance. #4 La Signare is a perfect stalking sort and exits much better company from her past. This is her 2nd start for the Brendan Walsh barn and they win 18% with shippers. She was a beaten chalk last out at KEE and looks to turn the tables today.

Race #11 – The Buddy Diliberto – 1 1/16 on the turf – 5:50 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #13 – Dot Matrix / #12 – Factor This / #2- Renaisance Frolic

#13 Dot Matrix is a son of Freud for trainer Brad Cox. He is 3 for 3 ITM at FG and ships in from AQU from the G3 Red Smith. Shaun Bridgmohan in the saddle and he wins 15% with Cox as a team. He’s a stalker and should get a perfect trip on the outside staying out of trouble. He’s bred for the turf and this New York bred can give them all they want. #12 Factor This is a speedy son of The Factor for Brad Cox. He may hold all the cards with a rabbit and a stalker from the outside. Florent Geroux has the call and look for him to come out swinging when the gate breaks. #2 Renaisance Frolic is a son of Paynter and has plenty of early foot breaking from the inside. He ships in from CD for David Fawkes and James Graham. He seeks his 4th straight and can be dangerous if he grabs a solo lead. He’s been off 48 days and ships in fresh.

 

 

BetPTC.com Weekend Stakes Preview – 12/22/18

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Fair Grounds

Race #3 – The $75,000 Bonapaw – 5 1/2f on the turf – 2:26 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Kid Perfect / #2 – Wynn Tale / #7 – Switzerland

#3 Kid Perfect has the services of Adam Beschizza making his 2nd start off the layoff from Churchill. The Angel Montano trainee is 6 for 11 ITM on the grass and has faced tougher. He gets blinkers off and the barn wins 26% on this equipment change. He has the look of a solid stalker who can stay out of trouble and come running on the turn. #2 Wynn Tale comes from the Hugh Robertson barn winning 27% and has Marcelino Pedroza in the saddle. He scored at first asking off a 7 month layoff at Oaklawn and gets a shot at the grass. He won the $75k Thanksgiving Stakes and may step right up and win again. #7 Switzerland is a son of Speightstown for trainer Steve Asmussen winning 29%. His go to rider Ricardo Santana is aboard this speedster and can turn out the lights of left along on the lead.

Race #8 – The $75,000 Blushing K.D. – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:53 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Beau Recall / #7 -Take These Chains / #9 – Superiority Complex

#6 Beau Recall is a daughter of Sir Prancelot for the Brad Cox barn winning at a 28% clip. She’s been away for 48 days and switches to a high percentage rider in Shaun Bridgmohan winning 21%. She exits the G2 Goldikova and has faced much better. The drop in class combined with fresh legs make her dangerous today. #7 Take These Chains is a Brad Cox trainee and should show good speed to set up her entry mate. This is her 3rd off the layoff and exits off a win at Churchill Downs. She’ll be up close mixing it up with the pace setters. #9  Superiority Complex is a daughter of Hard Spun for trainer Michael Stidham. “Jersey” Joe Bravo stays aboard and won at Fair Grounds in November. She’s 5 for 7 ITM on the turf, and should get a good stalking trip looking for two in a row.

Race #11 – The $75,000 Sugar Bowl – 6f – 6:20 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Cajun Firecracker / #5 – Hog Wild / #9 – Super Steed

#4 Cajun Firecracker is a son of Cajun Breeze for the Steve Asmussen barn winning 29%. Santana is aboard and they’ve been away from the races for 50 days. He was a beaten chalk last out and the barn comes back to win 25% on this move. He cuts back in distance and should come from off the pace today. #5 Hog Wild comes in for trainer Vickie Foley with Corey Lanerie in the irons. 2nd start off the layoff and if you toss out the G3 Iroquois he is a perfect 2 for 2. Lanerie fits him well and will come rolling late in the stretch. #9 Super Steed is a son of Super Saver for Larry Jones. Gabriel Saez is the reinsman and exits off an impressive win at Churchill Downs. Jones is winning 33% and scores 25% with his shippers. The barn has been doing well the past two weeks going 3 for 5 ITM at FG.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 11/30/17

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The winter ovals are opening the doors and we’re ready to follow the horses as they make their next stop. But as we ready for the next oval, we need to keep our eyes open for problem runners who have an excuse. They may not have had a good break, stumbled or blocked down the lane. As handicappers, we are always looking to build our bankroll and there is no better time than now. – Just keep your eyes peeled and have these runners on your radar. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

Churchill Downs

11/18/17

Race #4 – #9 – Sky Promise – 1 1/16 on the turf 

#9 – Sky Promise = Son of Sky Mesa for the Ken McPeek barn. He was adding first-time blinkers and had the services of Robby Albarado. The track was listed as yielding and he seems to enjoy a surface with a little “cut” to it. This day he was tracking from the back and made a strong 4 wide bid to get the show dough.

Race #7 – #2 – Like a Haint – 6f on the main

#2 – Like a Haint = Filly by Archarcharch is fresh off two straight claims and was a beaten favorite the last two. She loves CD going 5/6 ITM. She had the services of apprentice Edgar Morales and was rallying strongly on the outside. The leader and eventual winner floated out a little bit near the wire and won by a head. Some would call it race riding and others would dismiss it as a bad streak of luck. – You’ll need to follow her back as she’ll probably head to Turfway Park.

Fair Grounds

11/18/17

Race #2 – #9 – Much Trouble – 1 and 70 yards on the main

#9 -Much Trouble = Miguel Mena in the saddle for Thom Amoss. Shipping in from Indiana Grand and was a beaten favorite last out. He owned a bullet work over the course and looked to fit. He was carried out at the 3/4 and forced to check up sharply at the 1/8th pole. After all this, he still managed a strong place finish.

Del Mar

11/19/17

Race #7 – #10- Pants on Fire – 1 mile on the turf

#10 – Pants on Fire = Corey Nakatani in the irons for Richard Baltas.  3-yr-old filly by Sir Percy (GB) is regally bred for the green. She came flying and would have taken flight if she had wings. The way she maneuvered through runners and weaved in and out closing like gangbusters. – Follow her right back.

Race #8 – #2 – Solid Wager – $100k Cary Grant – 7f on the main

#2 – Solid Wager = Peter Miller is the conditioner and he has been red-hot winning 33%. He was a beaten favorite last out and was left at the post this day. – Victor Espinoza saved ground and swung out gamely making a strong 5 wide move. Everything seemed to fit and he’ll give them fits next time out.

 

Graded Stakes Preview – August, 5, 2017

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Saratoga Race #8 – G1 Test Stakes – 7f – 5:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #10 – American Gal / #8 – Faypien / #4 – Tequilta

#10 – American Gal = 2nd start of the year from trainer Simon Callaghan (21%) with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She is 5/5 ITM and has a sharp work at Del Mar on 7/29. Add in an impressive win in the G3 Victory Starlet after stumbling at the start. #8 – Faypien = Bejarano / Baffert team up (33%) the past two months and she’s been away from the races 49 days. She has plenty of workouts to prepare and cuts back from 1 1/16 – 7f where she is a perfect 2/2. #4 – Tequilita = Luis Saez for Michael Matz and this daughter of Union Rags has been off since the Kentucky Oaks. She’s been working regular and is 1/1 ITM at the Spa.

Race #9 – G1 Whitney – 1 1/8 – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Gun Runner / #5 – Keen Ice / #4 -Tu Brutus

#6 – Gun Runner = Impressive son of Candy Ride for the Asmussen barn. He ran a solid 2nd in the Dubai World Cup and came back 3 months later to score in the G1 Stephen Foster. He ran 3rd in the Travers last year and owns some bullet works over the Oklahoma training track. He is maturing into a machine and has some big plans for later down the road. #5 – Keen Ice = Jose Ortiz for Todd Pletcher (23%) the past 2 months. They bring a son of Curlin to post and made the same travels as Gun Runner and came back to win the G2 Suburban at Belmont. He’s 1/1 at the Spa and has the hot hand of Ortiz. #4 – Tu Brutus = Speedy son of Scat Daddy who will try to go flag to finish. He was a beaten favorite last out and this Chilean-bred can set some blistering fraction if left alone with Irad Ortiz.

 

Mountaineer

Race #8 – G3 West Virginia Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:21 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #3 – Patch / #5 – Impressive Edge / #7 – Colonelsdarktemper

#3 – Patch = 3-yr-old son of Union Rags exits the Belmont and been off for 56 days. Cuts back from a distance which may be more to his liking. They score (22%) off long layoffs and if you go back to Fair Grounds he was a close 2nd to Girvin who won the Haskell last weekend. Tyler Gafflione in the saddle and will have an honest pace to take a closing run. Rider and trainer have been winning (38%) the past two months and today they wear the Calumet silks. #5 – Impressive Edge = Robby Albarado for Dale Romans and they are 2nd off the layoff. They bring a son of Harlan’s Holiday to post and have faced some tough guys in his past. Albarado rides well for Romans (19%) and could be very dangerous today. #7 – Colonelsdarktemper = Son of Colonel John and has been knocking on the door. He owns some sparkling works including a bullet after the G2 Indiana Derby. Ever since the Pat Day Mile, he has looked better with every start.

 

Del Mar Race #6 – G2 Sorrento – 6 1/2 f – Two-yr-old fillies – 7:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Diamondsandpearls / #1 – Surrender Now / #2 – Spectator

#6 – Diamondsandpearls = Mike Smith aboard for Bob Baffert (67%) the past 60 days and this daughter of Congrats had an impressive maiden win. Her works are hot and a stalking trip off the pace may be the order of the day. Smith comes alive for the big races and it is never too early to start finding yourself a 2-yr-old filly for down the road. #1 – Surrender Now = Flavien Pratt and Peter Miller come to post with a daughter of Morning Line. Her sire wins (19%) with her first-time starters and did not disappoint that day. #2 – Spectator = Daughter of Jimmy Creed wins (31%) with his firster’s and did not disappoint winning by 5 3/4 for the Phil D’Amato barn. Jamie Theriot aboard and has every possibility for a big move forward.

Race #8 – G2 Yellow Ribbon – 1 1/16 on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Pretty Gal / #7 – Cambodia / #4 – Juno

 #6 – Pretty Gal = Mike Smith in the irons for Paulo Lobo. Smith wins (20%) with his turf runners and this daughter of Harlan’s Holiday is cutting back from 1 1/8 – 1 1/16. She drops in class from the G1 Gamely and could track from the back of the pack looking to make a sustained late rally. She is 6/10 ITM on the sod and is in the right hands today. #7 – Cambodia = Draden Van Dyke for Thom Proctor and they bring a daughter of War Front to post making her second off the layoff. She ships in from Parx and Proctor wins (21%) with a new face in the barn. She is 8/8 ITM on the green and can play the role of an up-close stalker. #4 – Juno = Gary Stevens is the pilot for Neil Drysdale and he wins (23%) on the weeds. She can dictate the pace and lose the field if left alone. She is 7/10 ITM on the greensward, and since getting Lasix three back she’s been knocking on the door.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 7/1/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Summer racing has just broke from the starting gate, and it won’t be long until your favorite ovals are in full swing. As the summer sun beats down we’ll be watching and wagering on one-of-a-kind racing. There was always something special about racing during this time. Maybe it was being off school spending time with my dad, or it could’ve been the plethora of turf racing all around the nation. Either way, the season is upon. So grab a cool drink anywhere shade can be found. It won’t last forever, and we better enjoy while the sun stills shines. – Here are some runners that should appear on your wagering radar screens next out. They have a good excuse or didn’t have their best day. If you follow them back next time out, you may be rewarded for keeping your eyes peeled. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Indiana Grand

6/21/17

Race #6 -#4 – Midnight Blvd – Hoosier Breeder Sophmores – 1 1/16

This daughter of Bellamy Road was making her second start of the year. She was 4/4 ITM and all of her races came at Indiana Grand. – She had a perfect stalking trip and was forced to check off heels at the top of the lane. This was just enough to take away her momentum and she still managed to mount a strong bid for 2nd money.

Race #8 – #6 -Gostisbehere – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 1/16 on the turf

Declan Cannon in the saddle for Charles Lopresti. This daughter of Gio Ponti is bred to love the turf and looked good coming on the track. He looked patient along the rail and was bottled up heading for home. He tried to wait and was blocked multiple times down the stretch getting beat for the whole thing.

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Belmont

6/23/17

Race #8 – #5 – Runaway Posse – Alw $77,000 – 6f on the turf

This was his second start off a three month layoff shipping in from Fair Grounds. He was 6/10 ITM over the Belmont oval. Dylan Davis was cut off sharply at the 1/16th pole by #9 /Lord of Love. – He tried to get back in action but lost all momentum in the traffic.

Belterra Park

6/25/17

Race #1 – #2 – Golden Justice – Allowance – 6f

Cheyanna Patrick in the saddle for Gary Patrick. She is 5/6 ITM at Belterra and the odds-on favorite this race. She was off slow and made a steady advance. Once clear she tipped off and made a strong late rally to be third this day. A little better start has her heading to the winner’s circle.

Race  #3 – #4 – Pray for Kitten – Mdn Claiming – 1 mile on the turf

Katie Clawson in the saddle for Wesley Ward. – Ward had great success at Royal Ascot during the week, and now he brought a first time starter to a maiden claiming race at Belterra. He came onto the track as the odds-on choice and was green at every turn. He almost unseated the rider coming onto the track, took off from the pony, and was overall anxious.  During the race he was darting in and out and finally grabbed the lead. Down the lane he started drifting and weaving and faded a bit in the stretch. I think they’ll have the bugs workled out for next race and this colt will make a good showing.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 4/11/17

This far down the road I was hoping for a little clearer picture. There are worse things I suppose, but for a horse player the muddied waters of the Derby picture can start you guessing. I was thinking why not try and use this to my advantage ? I need to dig in deeper and find a runner or two that tossed in a clunker. Or, how about a win by the unlikely runner who ran his best to date ? All good examples of finding hidden value. I’m going back over race replays and start the process of finding a fat priced runner who can light up the tote board. With 25 days and 9 hours at the time of this entry there is plenty of time to start building your blockbuster ticket. – In the meantime there is a little window to nail down some winners who may have had a compromised trip or an excuse last out. Either way, value is on the horizon and all you have to do is keep your eyes peeled. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !  

Keeneland

4/7/17

Race #4 – #1 – Roustabout – 1 1/16

Miguel Mena in the saddle for Al Stall. The Fair Grounds shipper is a son of Harlan’s Holiday and was in pretty tight at the 1/4 pole. Once Mena broke free he was beaten by a dirty nose right at the wire. If he comes back this meet go to the windows with both hands !

Aqueduct

4/8/17

Race #9 – #2 Tommy Macho – 7f – G-1 Carter Stakes

Luis Saez had the call for Todd Pletcher. Trapped on the rail down the lane making his first start in 56 days. Saez tipped off the rail for clear sailing and tried to split runners in the final 1/8th. Green Gratto and Unified slammed the door shut and he didn’t make the gap. An inquiry didn’t help his case, but we saw there was some promise. I think we’ll see big things from this son of Macho Uno this year.

Keeneland

4/9/17

Race #2 – #6 – Our Girl Abby – 4 1/2f

Jose Ortiz in the saddle for Mike Maker. Two-year-old daughter of Majestic Warrior had been training over the poly at Turfway Park. Her dam My Paige’s Jewel is 1/1 with her poly runners. She saved ground and commenced a bid earning the show spot. Look for her right back at the boutique meeting.

Race #7 – #5 – Plueven – 1 1/16 on the turf

Corey Lanerie in the driver’s seat for Phillip Sims. This son of Turtle Bowl was on the class drop and making his bid for the first time in four months. He made a strong move but came up a little leg weary down the lane. They’ll probably target Churchill Downs as he loves the Louisville sod.

Santa Anita

4/9/17

Race #2 – #3- Papaslilprincess – 1 1/16

Bryan Pena had the call and was fresh off the claim for trainer Steve Knapp. She is 6/14 ITM at SA, and was squeezed back at the break costing precious ground.

Race #4 – #5 – Tiz Jolie – 7f on the main

Tyler Baze in the irons fresh off the claim and blinkers off for this run. This son of Tiz Wonderful was making a 2nd start off a one month break and and hopped at the start costing the runner some needed ground. Better things are coming his way next time to the races.

Race #6 – #8 – Rocketann – 5 1/2f

Santiago Gonzalez in the saddle making her second start of the year. She usually dukes it out with Cal-bred stakes runners and the welcome drop to maiden special weight looked good. She was forced three wide on the final turn and may have added to the ground she covered. Maybe a better trip is just what the doctor ordered and we’ll have a runner who can make amends for her last race.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 4/4/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we close in on 33 days to the first Saturday in May, I’m really leaning toward a price. I’m not sure which one yet, but there is still plenty of time to do some value shopping. As the next couple of weekends promise to be more than super, be sure to take it all in before declaring your Derby runner. Time is on our side as we get ready to watch and wager on the (G-1) Santa Anita Derby, (G-2) Bluegrass Stakes and (G-2) Wood Memorial. There is still time to build your bankroll, and here are some runners that didn’t give a top-notch effort or had a good excuse. You’ll want to follow them right back as a big effort may be just around the corner. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com ! 

Gulfstream Park

4/1/17

Race #2 – #11 – Monterey Marianne – 7 1/2f on the turf

Paco Lopez had the call for Jane Cibelli. The filly was coming off a 7 month layoff from Monmouth and working a regular clip at Palm Meadows. She was a handful this day tugging at the rider begging to takeoff and had to check and be restrained. Maybe she’s feeling just fine but needed one to work out the bugs. – I’m watching for her next effort at a price.

Race #4 – #2 – Delta Prince – 1 mile on the turf 

Jose Ortiz had the call for James Jerkins and this son of Street Cry was a perfect 2/2 over the sod. His 2nd effort of 2017 was exiting off a win and looked strong around the far turn as Ortiz guided him into a clear lane. He was out-kicked by eventual winner All Included who looked super as the odds-on favorite. Delta Prince may have needed a race just like this to get the competitive juices rolling, and I think we’ll see big things from this guy.

Race #8 -#9 Taperge – 1 mile on the turf

Javier Castellano in the saddle for Chad Brown always has to be respected. This daughter of Tapit flashed a good sign of things to come. Brown is winning at a white-hot (24%) and this was her third start in 2017. She got motoring and looked to have a dangerous turn of foot. This was a step up in class and I think she’ll grow into herself nicely.

Race #14 – The Florida Derby – #11 -Gunnevera – 1 1/8 

Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat for Antonio Sano and they broke from the outside post. This son of Dialed In was ready to give maximum effort and had to be restrained, and then urged to move about the 3/8th’s pole. He never found that comfortable stride, and I’m not tossing out the “Gun” for one average effort. No matter where he lands he’ll be a nice runner down the road.

Fair Grounds

4/1/17

Race #9 – The Mervin Muniz -#10 -Oscar Nominated – 1 1/8 on the turf

Florent Geroux in the saddle for Mike Maker.  This son of Kitten’s Joy came in 3/3 ITM and loves the “Big Easy.” – He was a beaten chalk last time out and comes back to win (27%) next up. He was 3-4 wide on both turns and still managed a strong effort.

Race #11 – The Louisiana Derby – #1 – Patch – 1 1/8 on the main

Take nothing away from the impressive victory of Girvin. He did everything great and did not disappoint the faithful. – Patch was handled by Tyler Gafflione for Todd Pletcher and this was his third start in 2017 with no starts in his two-year-old season. – He bumped his rival and had to gather his composure quickly. After getting it all together he spun three-wide and made a game chasing effort. – Not sure where he’ll end up when the smoke clears, but he’ll get better like a fine wine.

 

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 3/6/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The weather returned to more winter like temperatures after a brief taste of an early spring. The road to the Derby preps carried on, and with each passing race we find ourselves taking copious notes to determine the contenders from the pretenders as the the first Saturday in May is only 61 days away. Be sure to keep a close on eye on Derby prep action with every passing week, and keep building your bankroll. – Here are some runners who deserve a good look before they take to the track. Some may have a good excuse while others are candidates for a repeat trip to the winner’s circle. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Aqueduct

2/25/17

Race #7 – #4 – Stormin Stephen – 6f on the inner track

Fresh off the claim with apprentice Hector Diaz in the irons. This son of Malibu Moon stumbled badly leaving the gate as Diaz corrected his mount to manage a good 4th place effort.

Fair Grounds

2/25/17

Race #4 – #4 – Tweeting – 6f on the main

Florent Geroux aboard for Thom Proctor with a good looking 1st timer. A well-bred filly by Uncle Mo was last away from the break and was carried wide into the final turn for home. This gal managed a solid bid for 3rd and should rebound nicely for a solid trainer.

Race #6 – #9 – Awesome Saturday – 6f on the main 

First timer from the Bret Calhoun barn with B.J. Hernandez in the irons. This son of Any Given Saturday was forced to check sharply and still managed to hit the after-burners and close with a flourish to get the win. He has the look of a repeat player who deserves a play right back.

Race #9 – #3 – Shane’s Girlfriend – 1 1/16 on the dirt

Mario Gutierrez in the driver’s seat for Doug O’Neill. They shipped in from California and was working very well in the mornings. She was slammed on both sides leaving the gate and she still tried to rebound with her first start of 2017. Sent off the odds-on chalk, her back class gives us plenty to look forward.

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Race #10 – #1 – Bullard’s Alley – 1 1/8 on the turf

Solid runner from the Tim Glyshaw barn. This was his 2nd start off the shelf and may need a little class relief dropping out of graded company. This son of Flower Alley seems to enjoy the sod and lesser foes can have a strike at a sweet price.

Gulfstream Park

2/25/17

Race #5 -#4 – Blue Buff – 5 1/f on the dirt

First timer by Unbridled’s Song with Joe Bravo in the irons. He was working lights out in the morning at Palm Meadows and his dam (Fiery Pulpit) has three wins from 4 starters. He was wide down the backstretch and won impressively. He is a strong candidate to move up the ladder with promise.

Race #8 – #2 – I’m Stepping It Up – 7f on the main

Fresh off the claim for John Servis. 9-year-old son of Congrats and was forced to tap on the brakes down the backside. Once he was in gear he out put forth an honest effort for the show dough.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 12/27/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Santa has the sleigh put away for the season as Baby New Year gets ready for his midnight appearance. Your friends at BetPTC.com hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season, and wish you the very best in the New Year ! – Here are a few runners who should remain on your radar screen to kick off 2017 on a positive note. – May 2017 bring you and yours health, luck, and peace from your friends at BetPTC.com. 

Fair Grounds

12/26/16

Race #1 – #3 – King of Honour – 1 mile on the dirt

He was in great tracking mode under Colby Hernandez and was forced to check up sharply at the 7/8th’s pole. – Top notch trainer Karl Broberg claimed this runner, and he’ll be worth a great play next out.

Race #2 – #2 – Red Hot Cherry – 1 mile on the turf

She was bumped hard at the break and settled out nicely. Right at the 3/16th’s pole she was forced to steady and run wide. She still finished up a solid second on this day.

Race #3 – #6 – Right Squall – 6f on the dirt

Cisco Torres was in the irons aboard the odds-on favorite, and bumped strongly at the break. Torres found his best stride and made a strong run to win the race. – Red-hot trainer Joe Sharp claimed him off this effort and he does very well new comers to his barn.

Race #8 – #8 – Wyeth – 5 1/2 f on the turf 

Thom Amoss trainee who was bumped at the start and forced to take up off heels at the 3/16th’s pole. – After this wide troubled trip he still managed a very good effort for the show spot.

Race #10 – #8 – Daddy’s Placer – 1 mile and 70 yards

Florent Geroux in the saddle for Thom Amoss and the two-year-old was wide on both turns and five wide into the lane. – He’ll benefit from this effort and the barn will have all the screws tightened to go next out.