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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – Sept. 21

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By: Ed Meyer

Belmont

Race #8 – The G3 Noble Damsel – 1 mile turf – 4:51pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Significant Form / #4 – Capla Temptress / #2 – Stella di Camelot

#5 Significant Form is 3rd off the layoff for Chad Brown who is winning 29% at the meet. She is 3 for 4 ITM at Belmont and got in up the shadow of the wire with John Velasquez last time out. She’s a stalker bred for the turf and Johnny V has been riding exceptionally well this meet winning 27%. #4 Capla Temptress is a daughter of Lope De Vega (IRE) for Bill Mott and Jose Lezcano. A closer who fits well and makes her first start in 49 days. Her last race in the De La Rose showed very positive signs moving forward. #2 Stella di Camelot comes in for Chad Brown and Javier Castellano. 2 for 2 ITM at Belmont and comes off a 49 day layoff. She’ll be a late mover and will hit high gear in the homestretch.

Race #10 – The G2 Kelso – 1 mile – 5:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – True Timber / #3 – Pat on the Back / #7 – Tale of Silence

#2 True Timber is a son of Mineshaft coming to post for Kiaran McLaughlin and Joe Bravo. Takes a big drop in class and is 4 for 5 ITM over the track. Been away for 5 mo and the barn can get them ready to fire at first asking. #3 Pat on the Back enters for Jeremiah Englehardt and Dylan Davis. A speedy son of Congrats who is 10 for 10 ITM at Bel. Stepping up from New York company and gets the big acid test today. #7 – Tale of Silence goes to post for Barclay Tagg and Javier Castellano. He is 4 for 6 ITM over the track and is a closing type runner. His last race was a perfect prep and the rider switch is a positive sign.

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Race #10- The G-1 Cotillion – 1 1/16 – 5:14 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Guarana / #1 – Serengeti Empress / #10 – Bellafina

#8 Guarana is a daughter of Ghostzapper for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. A perfect 3 for 3 and was impressive winning the G1 Acorn and G1 CCA Oaks. She comes in freshened and a bullet work unde3r her belt to be ready. She’ll be winging on the front end if you want to catch her. #1 Serengeti Empress is a Thom Amoss trainee with Irad Ortiz in the irons. She rolls in off a 49 day break and was ultra impressive winning the Oaks earlier this year from the #13 post. Her early style should have her duking it out with the #8 from the gate break. #10 Bellafina is a daughter of Quality Road and adds blinkers once again. Simon Callaghan and Flavien Prat team up and she is a very promising runner who can upset the apple cart.

Race #11- The G1 PA Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:48 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Maximum Security / #2 – Improbable / #1 – Math Wizard

#7 Maximum Security is a speedy colt who has done little since the Derby. Jason Servis has done an excellent job bringing him ready and his A game is always on tap. Luis Saez has been the regular pilot since February and they fit like a glove. I think we’ll see him go right to the front and take it from there. If anyone pushes back, he can back off. If nobody pressures he’ll be the engine. He’s been off for two months and Servis has a couple of works under his belt over the course. #2 Improbable is the perfect stalker from the Baffert barn. He can sit back as much as needed and turn up the heat when the real running begins. Mike Smith has the call and is always feared at the windows when the big money is on the line. Should offer up a nice stretch run to be the major danger. #1 Math Wizard is a solid colt who fought the claiming ranks early in his career. He is 7 for 12 ITM lifetime and brings Edgard Zayas to launch a late bid for minor shares.

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Woodbine Race #6 – The G2 King Edward – 1 mile on the turf – 2:53 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Curlin’s Honor / #7 – Emmaus / #2 – Synchrony

#6 Curlin’s Honor is a son of Curlin for Mark Casse with Flavien Prat in the irons. 3rd off the layoff and finished 2nd in the G2 Connaught Cup. He’s a late runner who should benefit from the turf master Prat who wins 25% on the greensward. #7 Emmaus hails from the Conor Murphy barn with David Moran in the saddle. He is 3rd off the layoff and gets first time Lasix where the barn wins 19%. He was beaten a neck in the G2 Connaught Cup and gets added distance today. I’m looking for a mid pack stalker with a solid late kick. #2 Synchrony is a son of Tapit for Michael Stidham and Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat. He was a beaten favorite last out in the G2 Monmouth and cuts back to a kinder distance for this stalker. Castellano in the irons and he wins 23% on the turf.

Race #8 – The G2 Dance Smartly – 1 1/4 on the turf – 4:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 Starship Jubilee / #1 – Holy Helena / #3 – Empress of the Nile

#4 Starship Jubilee is a daughter of Indy Wind for the Kevin Attard barn. She’s a perfect stalker and comes in 2nd off the layoff. She was a beaten favorite last out and has solid works coming into the race. Luis Contreras aboard and the trainer wins 22% with 2nd off runners. #1 Holy Helena is a daughter of Ghostzapper for trainer James Jerkins. Javier Castellano in the irons as she makes a 2nd off the shelf effort. She is 4 for 7 ITM at the distance and ships in from Belmont where the barn scores 27% with runners who make the trip. A solid closer who looks to kick off her summer campaign in style. #3 Empress of the Nile comes in for Graham Motion and Drayden Van Dyke aboard. She makes her first start of the year and her works are solid coming off a 7 month layoff. If all goes well she should get a solid stalking trip.

Race #10 – The $1 Million Dollar Queen’s Plate – 1 1/4 – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #14 – Avie’s Flatter / #1 – Desert Ride / #10 – Skywire

#14 Avie’s Flatter comes in for trainer Josie Carroll with Javier Castellano in the saddle. He’s been off 56 days and comes back to the synthetic where he is a perfect 2 for 2 at Woodbine. Drawing the outside post will allow him to settle and enjoy his added ground. He’ll come rolling late in the lane. #1 Desert Ride is a daughter of Candy Ride for trainer Neil Howard who is 1 for 1 at Woodbine. 2nd off the layoff and winner of the Woodbine Oaks. She has been running well at FG, Kee, and scored last out at Woodbine. Look for her to come calling late in the lane. #10 Skywire is a son of Afleet Alex who is 3 for 3 ITM at Woodbine for the Mark Casse barn. He’ll stalk mid pack and wait for his cue. A beaten chalk last out where the barn comes back to win 25%.

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Golden Gate

Race #4 – The Golden Gate Oaks – 1 1/16 miles AW – 4:45 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Soothing / #2 – Sold It / #5 – Respect My Candor

#3 Soothing is a daughter of Creative Cause for trainer Bob Hess. Juan Hernandez in the irons and has been winning 23% at the meet. She is a stone cold closer making her second start on synthetic shipping in from SA. Beaten chalk last out and this maiden has a sharp work coming into the race. #2 Sold It is a speedy daughter of The Factor for trainer Doug O’Neill. Rafael Bejarano in the saddle and ships up from SA making the turf to synthetic switch. Catch her if you can as she’ll come out rolling. #5 Respect My Candor has the services of Flavien Prat as she seeks her 3rd straight win. She’s been effective sprinting and gets an acid test today. Trainer Bill McLean has been 6 for 9 ITM the past two weeks.

Race #9 – The California Derby – 1 1/16 miles AW – 7:15 pm EDT

BetPTC.com / #6 – Kingly / #7 – More Ice / #8 – Visitant

#6 Kingly is a son of Tapit for the Bob Baffert barn. Mario Gutierrez in the saddle and they have been pointing toward bigger things. He has solid works at SA and owns a quick turn of foot with good speed. They are cutting back from 9f and should have more gas in the tank. #7  More Ice is a son of More Than Ready for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Rafael Bejarano in the driver’s seat and exits the G1 Santa Anita Derby making his 2nd off the layoff. He’s a closer and look for him at the top of the lane. #8 Visitant is a son of Ghostzapper for John Martin. He’s a perfect two for two and can come motoring late in the lane. If there is a solid pace he could become a major player turning for home.

Race #10 – The San Francisco Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 7:45 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Wentwood / #10 -River Boyne / #9 – Souter

#5 Wentwood is a son of Pour Moi (IRE) for Dermot Weld. He gets his first Lasix shipping in from Ireland makes his 2nd start of 2019. Weld is a very respected trainer and Juan Hernandez has been 7 for 11 the past week. Dermot Weld wins 25% with first time Lasix. #10 River Boyne comes from the Jeff Mullins with Flavien Prat in the saddle. 2nd start off the layoff and this closer owns a bullet work exiting the G1 Kilroe Mile. Prat is winning 29% on the sod and is very dangerous. #9 Souter is a son of Poet’s Voice (GB) for trainer Mark Glatt. He is 10 for 13 ITM on the grass looking for his 3rd start. Cutting back in distance and the barn wins 27% with graded stakes.

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Gulfstream Park

Race #4 – The $75,000 Smooth Air – 1 mile – 1:16 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Garter and Tie /#2 – Maddy’s Last Dance / #7 – Souper Jackpot

#5 Garter and Tie was a beaten chalk last out and turns back in distance for Ralph Nicks and Tyler Gaffalione. He is a solid closer and looks in top order with some sharp morning works. Look for Gaffalione to come rolling late in the lane. #2 Maddy’s Last Dance is 2 for 2 at GP ITM and has the services of high percentage rider Luis Saez. He’s on the stretch out in distance and should be a factor in the early fractions. #7 Souper Jackpot is a speedy son of Ghostzapper with Irad Ortiz in the irons. He’s coming in off a fresh maiden break at CD and will be a speed player in this one turn mile. That was a very game effort last out and fought every step of the way. Very nice morning works show promise.

Race#5 – The $75,000 Pulpit – 1 mile on the turf – 1:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Henley’s Joy / #1 – Life Mission / #9 – Louder Than Bombs

#2 Henley’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy from the Mike Maker barn. Tyler Gaffalione in the irons and they exit the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf finishing a dismal 13th. It could have been the track condition or just a cut above his reach for now. He has looked very sharp on the turf and finished a brilliant 2nd in the G3 Bourbon at Keeneland. He takes a huge drop in class and this may be his coming out party for big things in 2019. #1 Life Mission is son of Noble Mission for trainer Ben Colebrook. He is 4 for 5 ITM on the green and yet to find the winner’s circle. He’s been on some soft courses and might relish a tighter turf. Luis Saez in the saddle and he scores 15% riding on the turf. Ever since shipping in from Ireland he’s looked better with each start. #9 Louder Than Bombs returns to the turf and is 2 for 3 with wins on the greensward. Javier Castellano has the call for David Fawkes and they have been working a regular clip in the morning with a sharp work to prepare. Castellano wins 20% with turf runners and he will come running down the pace in mid stretch.

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Race #6 – The $75,000 Wait a While – 1 mile on the turf – 2:16 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Queen Medb / #4 – A Bit Special / #9 – Red Hot Dame

#1 Queen Medb is a daughter of Kodiac shipping over from Ireland for the Chad Brown barn. He wins 23% getting first Lasix and 30% on the stretch out in distance. Javier Castellano aboard and they win 35% as team. She draws the rail and has the typical look of a Brown runner who could score at first asking in the states. #4 A Bit Special looks to relish the turf going 3 for 3 ITM. Patrick Biancone is the conditioner and is always dangerous with his turf runners. She’s been off for two months and Romero Maragh has been aboard all three times. I like her chances to come calling late to storm past in the stretch. #9 Red Hot Dame is a daughter of Violence who has sprinted her last two efforts. Todd Pletcher and John Velasquez team up and the added distance may fit her well. Pletcher wins 27% going a route for the first time and she can easily upset the apple cart.

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Keeneland

Race #9 – The G2 Raven Run – 7f – 5:30 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Nonna Mela / #7 – Tequilita / #9 – Classy Tune

#4 – Nonna Mela = Daughter of Arch from the Todd Pletcher barn. She exits the G2 Prioress at Saratoga where she ran a very game 2nd place finish. She’s been away for 48 days and goes from 6f to 7f. The race sets up for her to be forwardly placed and if you go back two races she relished the distance winning by 4 1/2. #7 – Tequilita = Daughter of Union Rags comes from the Michael Matz barn. She is a perfect 1/1 at Keeneland breaking her maiden over the course, and last out won the G2 Charles Town Oaks. She is 4/4 ITM going 7f and is a late closing runner who will rely on Fergal Lynch to call the shots turning for home. #9 – Classy Tune = Daughter of Maclean’s Tune ships in from Del Mar where the barn wins 18% of the time. She’s been away for 46 days and was a beaten favorite last out where Simon Callaghan wins 29% on this move.

 

Belmont

Race #5 – The $300,000 Empire Classic – 1 1/8 – 2:34 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #3 -Twisted Tom / #4 – Control Group / #7 – Testosterstone

#3 – Twisted Tom = Javier Castellano for Chad Brown winning at a 22% clip the past two months. This son of Creative Cause is 2/2 in his efforts facing New York company and was ultra impressive winning the $250,000 Albany Stakes at Saratoga. He’s been away from the races for 57 days and a perfect 2/2 at the distance. He should get a perfect close up stalking trip and when given the cue should make his presence felt. #4 – Control Group = Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Rudy Rodriguez and this son of Posse does every well against New York runners. This is a huge step in class, but the colt is looking for his 4th straight win and there seems no better time to test the waters. #7 – Testosterstone = John Velazquez in the irons for Gary Sciacca and this son of Birdstone has been racing outside of New York company for awhile. When he does face New York-breds, he owns a strong late kick evident at Finger Lakes back in the summer.

Race #10 – The $250,000 Empire Distaff – 1 1/16 – 5:19 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #6 – Bonita Bianca / #8 – Literata / #9 – Five Star Rampage

#6 – Bonita Bianca = Daughter of Curlin has been off for 57 days and ran a huge effort in the Fleet Indian at Saratoga going 1 1/8. She turns back to 1 1/16 and is a perfect 2/2 over the course. She won the $250,000 Maid of the Mist last year and looks to notch another big payday here. #8 – Literata = Daughter of Read the Footnotes is making her 2nd start off a brief summer freshening. She drops back in against New York company and has been very effective against state-breds. She’ll be in mid-pack looking for a time to strike. #9 – Five Star Rampage = Daughter of Quality Road looks to make it 3-in-a-row. She is 2/3 ITM over the Belmont oval and owns a bullet work going 3f in 37.1 – She’ll be forwardly placed and Johnny V can use her tactical speed to her best advantage.

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Race #10 – The $150,000 Maryland Million Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:13 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #2 – John Jones / #9 – Clubman / #11 – Ghost Bay

#2 – John Jones = Speedy son of Smarty Jones is making his 2nd start of 2017. The last race was 6f on the turf and looks like a perfect prep. Stretching back out to 1 1/8 should not be a bad thing as he is 2/2 ITM going this far. Jevian Toledo in the irons and trainer Lacey Gaudet does well in non-graded stakes. #9 – Clubman = Sheldon Russell in the saddle as he is looking to make it 4-in-a-row. His runner owns a glowing bullet work as he makes his return to the races off a 57 day rest. #11 – Ghost Bay = Horacio Karamanos in the driver’s seat for this son of Ghostzapper. The barn is making the turf – dirt switch where they score 17% and 7/12 ITM over the course. He has a solid late run and will try and get in the game when they turn for home.

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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.

 

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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.

 

Graded Stakes Preview – Saturday, July 8, 2017

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Belmont Race #6 – G3 Dwyer – 1 mile on the main- 4:38 pm

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – (6-5) Battalion Runner / #3 – (7-5) Practical Joke / (#5 – (5-1) Giusseppe the Great

Battalion Runner is a good looking son of Unbridled’s Song who is 4/4 ITM lifetime. He ran a game effort in the G2 Wood Memorial finishing second to Irish War Cry. Cuts back from 1 1/8 to a mile, and makes his first start off the layoff for Todd Pletcher. The barn wins (29%) with rested runners and a couple bullet works over the course has everything looking good. Practical Joke comes in for Chad Brown exiting the Kentucky Derby. He’s been on a brief vacation for 2 months and may not have taken to the track in Louisville. Solid stalker type who plans to come calling down the lane. Giusseppe the Great is a lightly raced colt from the barn of Nick Zito. He is 4/4 ITM this year and was picking up the pieces in the G2 Woody Stephens finishing 2nd.

Race #8 – G1 Belmont Oaks – 1 1/4 on the main track – 5:46 pm

BetPTC.com Selections – #8 -(7-2) New Money Honey / #2 – (15-1) Beau Recall / #7 – (6-1) Uni / #12 – (5-2) Sistercharlie

New Money Honey is making her 2nd start off a two month layoff in the hands of Javier Castellano. Her last effort in the G3 Wonder Again showed good promise coming in fresh and ready. She showed a whole new dimesion grabbing the lead going wire-to-wire. Chad Brown is the trainer and comes back to score (27%) off a stakes win. She is 2/2 at Belmont, and you have to respect the barn on big race days. Beau Recall ships in from Santa Anita, and has the services of Flavien Prat who wins (21%) on the turf. She is conditoned by Simon Callaghan and looks to put away the bridesmaid dress and walk into the winner’s circle. By all accounts she looks to be sitting on a big effort. Uni is a daughter of More than Ready for Chad Brown / Irad Ortiz. She is coming over from France, and Brown wins (29%) with new runners in his barn. Sistercharlie has been a monster and her last race at Chantilly was a big effort in the Group 1 Prix de Diane.  I love the move to Chad Brown / John Velasquez , and there is not much you couldn’t like. Opening up at (5-2) and breaking from the #12 post is enough to send me looking for a better price. If she runs half of her last race she’ll be tough, but you’re not going to get the price you deserve. I’m leaning to the other Chad Brown runners who offer a better price.

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Race #9 – G2 Suburban Handicap – 1 1/4 – 6:18 pm

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – (4-5) Shaman Ghost / #5 – (8-1) Follow Me Crev / #3 – (15-1) Sunny Ridge

Shaman Ghost is shooting for three straight wins. This son of Ghostzapper was closing stoutly in the G3 Pimlico Special. 2/3 ITM at Belmont and gets an added 1/16th of a mile to target. He appears to be hitting his gear at the right time and is 4/5 at the distance. Follow Me Crev exits the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita and has faced some real tough guys along his journey. He sports a bullet work going 1:13 flat at Santa Anita and ships to New York for trainer Vladimir Cerin. Sunny Ridge is a son of Holy Bull and 2/2 ITM over the Belmont surface. Manny Franco in the irons for Jason Servis (33%) and they could get a piece of the pie stalking just off the speed.

Race #10 – G1 Belmont Derby – 1 1/4 on the turf – 6:50 pm

BetPTC.com Selections – #1 – (12-1) Good Samaritan / #6 – (8-1) Arlow / #5 – (5-1) Called To The Bar

Good Samaritan exits the G3 Pennine Ridge at Belmont. This son of Harlan’s Holiday has returned to the races stronger than ever in 2017. The distance should not be a problem and draws the golden rail winning at a rate of (29%). Bill Mott  is the trainer and Joel Rosario has been the only rider aboard. You’ll  see him working up the rail looking for his path at the 1/4 pole.  Arklow was the longshot winner who beat Good Samaritan in the G2 American Turf at Churchill Downs. Mike Smith stays aboard, and this son of Arch is 2/2 on the greensward. Smith is winning at (42%) at Belmont and the “Money Man” cometh for a very good reason. I think we’ll be hearing good things from this guy in the future. Called To The Bar ships in from France and is 4/4 ITM on the turf. He has been away from the races for 46 days and the son of Henrythenavigator. He has won at this distance for rider Maxime Guyon at Chantilly.

 

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Monmouth Park

Race #11 – G1 United Nations – 1 mile and 3/8th’s on the turf

BetPTC.com Selections = 1. – Itsinthepost (7-2)    2. – Beach Patrol (5-2)   3. – Oscar (5-1) Nominated   4. – Lucky Lindy (15-1)

Itsinthepost ships in from California for Jeff Mullins. Tyler Baze fits this gelding taking down two straight G2 events at Keeneland and Santa Anita. The field shows plenty of early foot, and this stalker should be right off the leaders ready to pounce. Beach Patrol makes his 3rd start off a layoff and should be a major pace presence. This son of Lemon Drop Kid has a case of “seconditis” rolling off four straight place finishes. Florent Geroux aboard for Chad Brown makes him very dangerous. Oscar Nominated is a son of Kitten’s Joy and sports a very nice late turn of foot. Kendrick Carmouche gets the nod and he’ll be in the mix at the top of the lane. Lucky Lindy gets the acid test making a huge jump in class; but not to fret. He’s honest and exits off a win going 5/5 ITM on the turf.

Belmont Park

Race #9 – The G2 Mother Goose – 1 1/16 on the main track

BetPTC.com selections = 1. Unchained Melody (7-2)   2. – Lockdown (2-1)   3. – Vexatious (5-2)  4. – Moana (8-1)

Unchained Melody is a daughter of Smart Strike for the Brian Lynch barn. She is 2/3 ITM and her last trip over the Belmont surface may be a sign of things to come. She sports the best last race Beyer figure and could be maturing at the right time. Lockdown exits the Kentucky Oaks for Bill Mott and earned a 3rd place finish on a sloppy / sealed track. She loves New York and her effort in the G2 Gazelle is better than it looks. Solid works have her ready for a strong summer campaign. Vexatious is a daughter of Giant’s Causeway who exits the Kentucky Oaks. She made a solid move and hung down the lane. She always gets a piece of the pie and faced the boys earlier in the year at Fair Grounds. Moana is a daughter of Uncle Mo. She has the look of a late bloomer and may not have taken to the sloppy track in the G2 Black Eyed Susan. She should relish the fast going expected in the weather report for Belmont.

Santa Anita

Race #4 – G2 San Carlos – 7f on the main track

BetPTC.com selections = 1. – Danzing Candy (4-5)  2. – Ransom the Moon (5-2)  3. – Kobe’s Back (9-2)

Danzing Candy exits two straight wins and his latest in the G3 Lone Star Hcp going 1 1/16. Cuts back in distance where he broke his maiden for Bob Baffert at Santa Anita. – 5/6 ITM and draws the rail with the services of Mike Smith. He should be ultra tough. Ransom the Moon is a son of Malibu Moon and ships in from Woodbine. He rolled off two impressive wins at SA and attracts the services of Flavien Prat for Phil D’Amato yielding a (27%) win clip as a team. Kobe’s Back has Gary Stevens in the saddle for Peter Eurton (28%). 6/9 ITM over the course and has been facing better in the G1 ranks.

Gulfstream Park

Race #12 – G2 Princess Rooney – 7f on the main track

BetPTC.com selections = 1. – Curlin’s Approval (9-2) 2. – Lightstream (7-2)  3. – Kinsley Kisses (6-1) – 4. – Dearest (4-1)

Curlin’s Approval 2nd start off the layoff and reunites with Luis Saez. Daughter of Curlin loves GP and is 6/8 ITM over the course. She has rolled off three very nice works over the Hallandale oval. Lightstream is making a 3rd off the layoff move and retains Javier Castellano in the irons. Daughter of Harlan’s Holiday broke her maiden going 7f at GP. She’s been facing some tough fillies and will come calling late in the lane. Kinsley Kisses is a daughter of Congrats who is 2/2 at GP and exits the 100k Sugar Maple at Charlestown in the slop. She enjoys the distance and has Tyler Gafflione in the driver’s seat for Todd Pletcher winning at a (37%) clip. Dearest is a solid filly who is 6/6 ITM at GP. She is the picture of consistency and exits off three bullet works.

Woodbine (Sunday, July 2)

Race #10 – The $1 million / 158th Running of The Queen’s Plate – 1 1/4 on tapeta

BetPTC.com selections – 1. King and His Court (5-1)  2. – Holy Helena (3-1)  3. – Inflexibility (10-1)  4. – Channel Maker (4-1)

King and His Court is the son of Court Vision and is 8/9 ITM at Woodbine. He closed stoutly last out in the Plate Trial and was the Canadian two-year-old champ. Today he looks to set the record straight and take down the Queen’s Plate. Holy Helena is a daugher of Ghostzapper who loves the Tapeta surface. She sports a bullet work off that win and seeks to become the 3rd filly in seven runnings to win the race. Inflexibility makes her 3rd off the shelf effort and was a beaten favorite in the Woodbine Oaks facing Holy Helena. Castellano and Chad Brown team up as she looks to roll from off the pace. Channel Maker shipped in from Keeneland two back and put in a strong rally last out under Rafael Hernandez. This son of English Channel has been running on the turf and gets his second chance over the tapeta surface.

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You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

Belmont Day Recap – Ed Meyer

Ed Meyer provides his recap of the stakes-filled Belmont card from June 11, 2016.

The (G-1) Acorn Stakes – One mile on the dirt

There was a solid group of six who went to post and the big chalk was the incredible Cathryn Sophia. All of these gals glimmer in their own right, but here is one you’ll want to keep on your watch list for future racing.

Go Maggie Go – This daughter of Ghostzapper has done very little wrong and comes to the races from the Dale Romans bran. This was her worst finish in her brief career (4th) and I’m looking forward to her races down the road. She has two 1 1/8 races under her belt and looks to be finding herself with every race. She responded well to the rider’s commands and looks like this race is just a stepping stone for bigger things to come.

The (G-1) Ogden Phipps Stakes – 1 1/16 on the dirt

Seven fillies and mares took to the track led by Curalina who was the public favorite this day.

Sheer Drama – This daughter of Burning Roma doesn’t have to take her track with her. She is consistent and shows tactical ability at all distances. She lunged at the start this day and was wide before trying to uncork a bid. – This race is a “toss out” and handicapper’s beware. This young lady is going to blossom into a real monster with a little racing luck.

The (G-1) Just a Game Stakes – One mile on the turf

A field of thirteen fillies and mares assembled and with a field this size you may have to go back and watch the replay three or four more times to get the correct read. Here are a couple of gals who will should be on the radar screen for handicappers down the line.

Faufiler – Drayden Van Dyke was aboard for Graham Motion, and both rider and trainer are well versed on the greensward. This daughter of Galileo is a stone cold closer. As long as there’s a solid pace she’ll come rolling from the clouds. In time I think we’ll see her a few strides closer to the pace setters, and that will make double dangerous to pick off runners late in the lane. She mainly has travelled a flat mile, but her breeding suggests she may enjoy added ground. After shipping across the pond from France, she appears to be getting better with every start.

Recepta – She has a late punch that could knock down the champ at any oval. John Velasquez was in the irons this day, and she did very little wrong except come up a bit short nearing the wire. She’s well traveled and merits respect anywhere she’ll run. Her best efforts may range from 1 mile – 1 1/8 on the turf. – Things look very bright for the future.

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The (G-1) Metropolitan Handicap – One mile on the dirt

Frosted – Just like a well-aged wine I think this runner will only improve with time. The time figures from every publication are off the charts and he dismissed the “Dubai-Jinx” after getting beat at Meydan and putting on one of the best shows of his career. His late summer-fall campaign will be one to behold if all goes well, and right about when the Breeders’ Cup frenzy is at a fever pitch this will be one of the runners we’ll all be talking about.

The  (G-1) Manhattan Stakes – 1 1/4 on the inner turf

Nine runners went to post and the public made Flintshire from the Chad Brown barn the public choice at the windows.

Flintshire (GB) – This world traveler from the Chad Brown barn had the services of one of the best turf riders in the game with Javier Castellano. – Her passport is stamped in Hong Kong, France, Dubai, and the United States. He missed by a 1/4 length in the 2014 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, and this son of Dansili looked like he has yet to find his best gear. – One thing is for certain, every time he takes to the track he will be one of the tough guys to contend with, and if this race is any indication I can’t wait until we see him back on the weeds.

The (G-1) Belmont Stakes – 1 1/2 – The Test of Champions

As the media missed an opportunity to see Nyquist return for some payback from his Preakness loss, and the rumors swirled around Kent Desormeaux for personal problems. The fans we’re treated to a full field of thirteen runners and in the end  one incredible finish for the Triple Crown.

Destin – This son of Giant’s Causeway has the look of maturing colt at the right time. Add in some well deserved rest and a plan for the later part of the year and we’ll have one tough cookie going to post. – Take nothing away from the fast closing effort of the winner Creator who received a well timed ride from the ultra-talented Irad Ortiz Jr. – Looking ahead, I see a runner with tactical ability who will be feared as a front end presence or stalking just off the hot pace. He should probably find his best races in 1 1/16 – 1 1/8 events. His tactical style fits like a glove and this kind of ability plays well on any oval. By the time Breeders’ Cup is in full view, he’ll be one of the major players on everyone’s tickets.