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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – May 11

BetPTC.com Horse Racing Analysis – by Ed Meyer

Belmont Park Race #4 – The G3 Peter Pan – 1 1/8 – 3:08 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Final Jeopardy / #1 – Intrepid Heart / #3 Global Campaign

#5 Final Jeopardy is a son of Street Sense for trainer Jason Servis. Irad Ortiz has the call and this is his third off the layoff exiting the G2 Wood Memorial. He was compromised and squeezed back at the start. He’s a solid stalker for Gary and Mary West and maybe this weekend will be a little kinder. #1 Intrepid Heart hails from the barn of Todd Pletcher with John Velasquez aboard. They are winning 28% as a team and this son of Tapit is 2/2. He’s a versatile runner seeking his third straight win moving up the ladder. #3 Global Campaign goes to post for trainer Stanley Hough with Luis saez in the saddle. He’s been on the shelf for 2 months exiting the G2 FOY at GP. His style is solid speed as this son of Curlin has been working over the deep CD course looking to fire with fresh legs.

Race  #7 – The G3 Beaugay Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:45 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Homerique / #6 – Binto Al Nar / #3 – Competitonofideas

#5 Homerique is a daughter of Exchange Rate for Chad Brown. She gets 1st time Lasix and the barn wins 27% with new runners in the barn. She ships in from Longchamp and is 5/6 ITM on the green. Irad Ortiz is winning 41% with Chad Brown when they team up. #6 Binto Al Nar hails from the Peter Schiergen yard. She’s been off for 6 months shipping in from Milan, Italy. John Velasquez has the call and he knows the course going 42% ITM on grass races. #3 Competitonofideas is a daughter of Speightstown for trainer Chad Brown. Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat as she comes off a string victory in the G1 American Oaks at SA. She is a strong closer and Brown is scoring at a 39% clip this meet.

Race #10 – The G3 Man O’ War – 1 3/8 on the turf – 6:24 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Magic Wand / #2 – Zulu Alpha / #6 – Focus Group

#5 Magic Wand is a daughter of Galileo for trainer Aidan O’Brien. Wayne Lordan gets the call and she gets 2nd time Lasix where the trainer wins 27%. Her last race was the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic back in March and ran a game second against the boys in the G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf. Lordan has a pair of seconds to his credit in the saddle looking to to seal the deal. #2 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry for trainer Mike Maker. Javier Castellano aboard and makes a 2nd off the layoff move exiting the G2 Elkhorn at Keeneland. He is 14/20 ITM on the green and was a beaten favorite last out looking for payback. #6 Focus Group is a son of Kitten’s Joy for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the irons making his second start of the year. He won with a strong closing effort in the G2 Pan American looking to make 2019 his year.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 3/30/19

FLORIDA DERBY DAY 2019

BetPTC.com Selections / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park Race #8 – The G2 Gulfstream Oaks – 1 1/16 – 3:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Dunbar Road / #3 – Point of Honor / #5 – Champagne Anyone

#6 Dunbar Road is perfect for the Chad Brown barn with Irad Ortiz in the irons. She’s a daughter of Quality Road and snatched the lead strongly and never looked back. The one turn distance should allow Ortiz to stay outside and settle. I’m looking for another effort to keep her record intact and Ortiz rises to the occasion on big money days. #3 Point of Honor is a daughter of Curlin and is two for two for the George Weaver barn. Javier Castellano in the saddle and she exits an impressive win in the Suncoast at Tampa Bay. Look for the high percentage Castellano to come rolling around the far turn. She has four solid works at Palm Meadows and hasn’t done anything wrong. #5 Champagne Anyone is a daughter of Street Sense and Chris Landeros up for Ian Wilkes. This is her 3rd off the layoff where the barn wins 17% and adds blinkers today.

Race #13 – The G2 Pan American – 1 1/2 on the turf – 6:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Focus Group / #4 – Canessar / #2 – Melmich

#1 Focus Group has been away for five months for the Chad Brown barn and draws the rail with Irad Ortiz. This son of Kitten’s Joy is 2 for 2 ITM at the distance and drops down a notch from G1 company. Brown is winning 30% at the meet and his last effort has me looking for Ortiz to come flying late. #4 Canessar hails from the barn of Arnaud Delacour with Fergal Lynch in the saddle. He’s been off for two months and is 3 for 5 ITM going this far. He had a brutal trip last out and this closer may come rolling for a big piece of the pie. #2 Melmich is making a 3rd off the layoff move and came flying late in the G2 Mac Diamardia. Javier Castellano is attractive when thinking about your wagers and he makes very few mistakes when the money is on the line.

Race #14 – The G1 Florida Derby – 1 1/8 – 6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Bourbon War / #3 – Harvey Wallbanger / #9 – Code of Honor

#4 Bourbon War comes in 3rd off a layoff and is lightly raced. I really liked his moves in the G2 FOY and Ortiz gets added distance which should play into his plans perfectly. Mark Hennig is the trainer and he may have a very nice runner who will be heading to Louisville after this race. #3 Harvey Wallbanger comes from the Kenny McPeek barn making his 2nd start of the year. He was very consistent at CD last year and his last work was a scorching bullet going 47 flat. B.J. Hernandez in the irons and rolls in 56 days later off a win in the G2 Holy Bull. Look for a long range launch at the top of the lane. #9 Code of Honor comes in off a win in the G2 FOY and should be a perfect stalker with the added ground. John Velasquez has the call and rolls in off three straight bullet works. Look for a top effort.

Race #9 – The G1 Dubai World Cup – 1 1/4 – 12:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Yoshida / #12 – Thunder Snow / #5 – Seeking the Soul

A field of thirteen going to post in the “Duel in the Desert,” and the entire card should offer solid betting value. #12 Thunder Snow is going to take a great deal of money but will have to overcome the outside post. He is 7 for 7 ITM at Meydan. #3 North America is looking for three straight after having a slow start last year at the break. #5 Seeking the Soul comes in for Dallas Stewart and Mike Smith. He has two hot works at Fair Grounds and the connections aren’t making the trip for nothing.

#10 Yoshida hails from the Bill Mott barn with Jose Ortiz in the saddle. He was a beaten favorite in the G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf. Making the surface switch has Mott winning 13% and if you toss out the two lifetime turf efforts he always comes calling. Ortiz is an excellent reinsman and they won18% as a team last year.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 10/13/18

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Woodbine

Race #7 – The G2 Nearctic – 6f on the turf – 4:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Lady Alexandra / #7 – Holding Gold / #8 – Conquest Panthera

#6 Lady Alexandra has Jose Ortiz in the saddle for trainer Graham Motion. This filly by More than Ready exits the G2 Presque Isle Masters and makes the synthetic back to the turf move. She is one for one ITM at Woodbine and go back two races and you’ll see she’s beaten the boys in the G1 Highlander. She cuts back in distance and owns a bullet in preparation for this event. Ortiz is 27% in Canada and looks to keep running up the score. #7 Holding Gold is a son of Lonhro for the Mark Casse barn. John Velasquez in the saddle and exits the G2 Play King. He cuts back in distance and worked a bullet off a 49 day layoff. He’s a stone cold closer and a solid pace would be welcome. #8 Conquest Panthera is a son of Kitten’s Joy for the Mike Maker barn. He is 4 for 5 ITM at Woodbine and she comes in off the lush greensward of Kentucky Downs. He’ll come calling late in the lane and “Jersey” Joe Bravo is winning 18% on the turf.

Race #9 – The G1 Canadian International – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:41 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Thundering Blue / #11 – Focus Group / #10 – Desert Encounter

#2 Thundering Blue is a son of Exchange Rate for trainer David Menuisier. Fran Berry in the irons and exits the Gr 3 Stockholm Cup off a win. Two back he faced Roaring Lion and Poet’s World in the Gr1 Juddmonte at York. He’s 9 for 15 ITM on the green and been knocking heads with some tough Euros. I’m looking for a big effort crossing the pond. #11 Focus Group is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Chad Brown. Jose Ortiz in the saddle and is looking to make it three in a row moving up the class ladder. Ortiz will have him in top gear nearing the top of the lane. #10 Desert Encounter comes from the David Simcock yard with Andrea Atzeni. His dam La Chicana has 4 starters, 3 winners, 1 stake win, and 3 turf winners. This son of Hailing gets first Lasix and faced some of Europe’s top shelf. Look for a solid effort over this lush turf course.

Race #10 – The G1 E.P. Taylor – 1 1/4 on the turf – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Santa Monica / #4 – Sheikha Reika / #8 – Elysea’s World

#2 Santa Monica is 2nd off the layoff and a son of Mastercraftsman. Chad Brown teams up with Jose Ortiz and she’s 1 for 1 at Woodbine. She exits the G2 Glen Falls ar Saratoga. Brown is winning 33% at Woodbine and Ortiz knows his way to the winner’s circle. She’ll come rolling late in the lane. #4 Sheika Reika hails from the Roger Varian yard. This is her third off the layoff move and ships in from Great Britain off an impressive win. She is 6 for 7 ITM on the grass and Andrea Atzeni has the call. #8 Elysea’s World is a daughter of Champs Elysees for the Chad Brown barn. She’s looking for 3 in a row shipping in from Monmouth from the G3 Violet. A sharp work over the Oklahoma training track should have her ready for a top effort.