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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – June 29

HUGE Day in Canada

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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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Gulfstream Park

Race #5 – The $100,000 Ginger Brew – 7 1/2f  turf – 2:05 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Pivottina / #2 – Boxwood / #4 – What a Beaut

#1 Pivottina is a daughter of Vision D’ etat for trainer Graham Motion. 2nd start off a layoff, getting 2nd time Lasix coming into the race. She was a beaten favorite last out, and Javier Castellano in the irons should help with the cutback in distance. #2 Boxwood is a daughter of English Channel for Eddie Kenneally. Three back she was a strong winner at Kentucky Downs and ships in from CD winning by 10 lengths. She has solid works at Palm Meadows and returns to the turf. #4 What a Beaut hails from the Mark Casse barn with Paco Lopez in the driver’s seat. She will come calling late as they turn for home.

Race #9 – The $100,000 Kitten’s Joy – 7 1/2f turf – 4:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7- Louder Than Bombs / #9 – Henley’s Joy / #6 – Bourbon in May

#7 Louder Than Bombs is a son of Violence for trainer David Fawkes. He is 3 for 4 ITM at GP and exits a solid race in the $75,000 Pulpit Stakes. They cut back in distance and this spot should fit him well. He’ll come running late in the lane. #9 Henley’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Mike Maker. He is 1 for 1 at GP and two races back ran in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle and should be a strong factor late in the race. #6 Bourbon in May is a son of More Than Ready for the Todd Pletcher barn winning 23%. He is 1 for 1 ITM at GP and Luis Saez stays in the saddle.  He should be mid pack and move at the right time under the guided hand of Saez.

Race #10 – The $100,000 Mucho Macho Man – 1 mile – 4:41 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Mihos / #4 – Code of Honor / #3 – Trophy Chaser

#6 Mihos is a son of Cairo Prince for trainer James Jerkins. He ships in from Aqueduct and won impressively as the odds-on favorite. This is his 2nd start off the layoff and the barn wins 27% with shippers. Look for him to be close to the pace and battle it out on the front end. #4 Code of Honor hails from the Shug McGaughey barn with John Velasquez in the irons. He’s been away for three months and owns a sparkling work at Payson going 48 flat. His dam has 7 starters and 7 winners to her credit. He’ll come running late in the lane. #3 Trophy Chaser is a son of Twirling Candy with plenty of early speed under Leonel Reyes. Last out he dropped to the level and should be leading the pack when they break from the gate.

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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.

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Belmont

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Mendelssohn / #7 – Firenze Fire / #3 – Rugbyman

Race #6 – G3 Dwyer – 1 mile – 4:36 pm EDT

#6 Mendelssohn is a son of Scat Daddy looking to get back on track in a big way. He’s looking to rebound off a dismal Kentucky Derby effort, and Aidan O’Brien retains the services of nine time Breeders’ Cup winning rider Ryan Moore. I’ll toss out the Derby for a bevy of reasons, and most importantly he caught a monster by the name of Justify. He broke his maiden in Ireland going a mile and has faced every possible surface. He gets 2nd Lasix and should make a big move getting back on track.

#7 Firenze Fire looks to bounce back from the Derby blues as well. Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Jason Servis and won the G1 Champagne last year going a mile. He likes the distance and is 2 for 3 ITM going this far, and we can expect a big closing move fresh off a 2 month layoff.

#3 Rugbyman has Jose Ortiz for Graham Motion in the driver’s seat. A lightly raced colt who broke his maiden by 14 over the track. He looked super running a closing effort in the Easy Goer and adds blinkers today.

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

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Toinette / #10 Mighty Scarlett / #8 Thewayiam

#5 Toinette has Flavien Prat in the saddle for Neil Drysdale. Prat wins 23% on the turf and she’s a perfect 3 for 3 on the sod. She is a daughter of Scat Daddy and will come calling late in the lane. She’s been off for two months and has four works over the Belmont turf around the dogs. Look for a mighty run against a talented field.

#10 Mighty Scarlett comes to post for Chad Brown with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She’s a daughter of Scat Daddy and is 3 for 3 ITM on the green. She had a building block effort in the G3 Wonder Again, and Ortiz wins 19% over the greensward. When he rides for Chad Brown they win 21% and this lightly raced filly is ready to start her summer campaign.

#8 Thewayiam goes to post for trainer Graham Motion with John Velasquez in the driver’s seat. She’s 8 for 10 ITM on the grass and exits a fast closing effort in the Penn Oaks getting beat as the chalk. Look for a rebound effort worthy of sealing the deal as she’ll come rolling in the final quarter mile under Johnny V.

 

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

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 Catholic Boy / #8 Hawkish / #4 Hunting Horn

#7 Catholic Boy has Javier Castellano in the saddle aboard this son of More than Ready. He is 3 for 4 ITM on the grass and locked horns with some of the big boys. Trainer Jonathon Thomas wins 38% with graded stakes and comes in 2nd off a layoff. He won at first asking off a 3 month layoff and is looking for continued improvement rolling late in the lane.

#8 Hawkish is a son of Artie Schiller who won the G2 Penn Mile. He begins his summer campaign with Manny Franco in the saddle for James Toner. He owns a sharp work around the dogs over the Belmont weeds. Franco will uncork a rally when he gives the cue.

#4 Hunting Horn has Ryan Moore in irons for Aidan O’Brien. They bring a son of Camelot to post who won the Group 3 Hampton Court at Royal Ascot. He gets first Lasix and Ryan Moore comes to the big city to take down a nice score with a repeat effort.

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Belmont

9/23/17

Race #3 – The G3 Noble Damsel – 1 mile on the turf – 2:32 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #5 – Off Limits / #2 – Sassy Little Lila / #1 – Celestine

#5 – Off Limits = Joel Rosario for the Chad Brown barn and the race is filled with plenty of speed. This daughter of Mastercraftsman is a stone cold closer and with a salty pace expected he should benefit greatly. He is 2/3 ITM at Belmont and the barn is 13/26 the last 14 days. Look for a big run at the top of the lane. #2 – Sassy Little Lila = She has a blast of speed to be respected. A daughter of Artie Schiller and Julien Leparoux in the irons for Brad Cox. She faced the boys last out in the G1 4 Star Dave. – If she grabs the lead she could be a tough customer this day. #1 – Celestine = Irad Ortiz aboard for Clement and draws the rail with plenty of early foot. She is 3/4 ITM over the course and exits the G1 Just a Game. Plenty of tactical speed under a talented reinsman.

Race #8 – The G2 Kelso – 1 mile on the turf – 5:45 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Divining Rod / #5 – Sharp Azteca / #1 – Tom’s Ready

#4 – Diving Rod = Daniel Centeno returns to take over the call for Arnaud Delacour. They are 3rd start off the layoff (28%) and exit the G1 Forego. –  This son of Tapit should be up close to the pace and tactically look to strike. #5 – Sharp Azteca = Big speed fro the Jorge Navarro barn. This son of Freud won impressively last out at Monmouth and has the services of Paco Lopez who wins with (25%) of early style runners. #1 – Tom’s Ready = 2nd start off the layoff for the Dallas Stewart barn and draws the rail with Joel Rosario in the irons. This son of More Than Ready is a solid closing type and going from a sprint to a route the barn wins (18%).

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Parx

9/23/17

Race #10 – The G1 Cotillion – 1 1/16 – 4:55 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #9 – Abel Tasman / #10 – Salty / #5 – It Tiz Well

#9 – Abel Tasman = The Kentucky Oaks winner brings Bob Baffert and Mike Smith to post. The daughter of Quality Road is cutting back from 1 1/4 and is looking to make it 4-in-a-row. Her morning works are sparkling and the connections are always tough when the money is on the line. Look for a stoute closing effort and the “Money Man” to get rolling late in the lane. #10 – Salty = Tyler Gafflione for Mark Casse. She is 6/7 ITM lifetime and always comes calling late. Look for more of the same as this talented young rider can get to the winner’s circle with a little racing luck. – #5 – It Tiz Well = Drayden Van Dyke for Jerry Hollendorfer and this daughter of Arch is a solid pace player. She should be up close and stalking looking to move just at the right time.

Race #11 – The G1 Pennsylvania Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:45 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – West Coast / #8 – Irish War Cry / #5 – Irap

#4 – West Coast = This son of Flatter is starting to show the signs of a real monster on the track. Bob Baffert and Smith team up looking for 5-in-a-row. After his impressive win in the G1 Travers, he has the full attention of handicappers. He cuts back from 1 1/4 and the trainer wins (35%) off a last race win. His race to lose. #8 – Irish War Cry = This son of Curlin should be forwardly placed under Fergal Lynch for Graham Motion. Ever since the Derby he is starting to look his old self but may be catching a tough guy in West Coast this day. He’ll bring his “A” game and that has to be considered before hitting the windows. #5 – Irap = Ever since winning the Ohio Derby he has gained respect. They are cutting back from 1 1/4 and the lesser distance may fit him well. Mario Gutierrez for Doug O’Neill and they are winning (20%) the past few months as a team. A perfect stalker who can be a major player at the top of the lane.

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Churchill Downs

9/16/17

Race #10 – The G3 Iroquois – 1 1/16 – 5:20 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Hollywood Star / #1 – Ten City / #7 – Flameaway

#2 – Hollywood Star = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Dale Romans. 2-yr-old son of Malibu Moon and won his Mdn start at CD and came back to run a game effort in the G2 Saratoga Special. His numbers are strong and exits off a sparkling work at CD. I’m thinking there may some distance questions down the road but the 1 1/16 in definitely in his scope. #1 – Ten City =Jack Gilligan aboard for Kenny McPeek and the trainer was quoted as saying “this may be one of the most talented runners he has trained.” – His last effort at Ellis was surprising as a beaten chalk who goes from 7f to 1 1/16. Should get a good stalking trip close to the rail. #7 – Flameaway = Julien Leparoux in the irons for Mark Casse. The barn has faced some tough Euro-turf runners. This son of Scat Daddy is 2/2, and the distance should not be a problem. I went back and watched his last replay and it may be better than the results may tell. I like his chances today.

Race #11 – G2 Pocahontas – 1 1/16 – 5:50 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #3 – Snowfire / #8 – Sunny Skies / #10 – Upset Brewing

#3 – Snowfire = Daughter of Tapit for the Mark Casse barn. Julien Leparoux in the saddle and owns an impressive maiden win at CD with a troubled trip at Saratoga in the G3 Schuylerville. She looks to rebound off a beaten favorite trip (24%) and Leparoux has been on-fire going 14/23 the past week. Julien may be staying in Louisville looking for a gal to take to the big dances coming up. #8 – Sunny Skies = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Ken McPeek and 1/1 at CD. McPeek wins (20%) going sprint to a route and this daughter of Animal Kingdom may be a major player. #10 – Upset Brewing = 2/2 ITM at CD for trainer “Buff” Bradley. She always brings her best and owns a razor sharp work coming back to Louisville. Look for an up-close stalking trip ready to pounce.

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Woodbine

9/16/17

Race #8 – G2 Canadian – 1 1/8 on the turf -4:29 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #5 – Elysea’s World / #1 – Quidara / #5 – Starship Jubilee

#5 – Elysea’s World = Jose Ortz in the saddle for Chad Brown = (39%). Daughter of Champs Elysees and she should relish the lush greensward. Her dam Ideal has 4 starts with 4 turf winners and is making her 3rd off the layoff move and adding distance. She could fit the race with a well timed Ortiz ride. #1 – Quidara = Daughter of Dubawi and looks to be the one to beat from the Motion barn. Junior Alvarado aboard and she exits the G1 Diana at Saratoga bested by a head from the turf monster Lady Eli. The race goes through this filly if you want the winner. #5 – Starship Jubilee = 2nd off the layoff move and cuts back in distance from 1 3/8. She’s locked horns with the boys in the G2 Sky Classic and is a close-up stalker in the hands of Eurico Da Silva.

Race #10 – The G1 Northern Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:31 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – Messi / #8 – Hawkbill / #5 – Pumpkin Rumble

#4 – Messi = Jose Ortiz in the irons for Graham Motion. He is 1/1 at Woodbine and been in the shelf for 57 days. He should be forwardly placed and Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace. Solid work tab and well-rested runners do well for the barn (19%). #8 – Hawkbill = Colm O’Donoghue for Charles Applebee. This is a son of Kitten’s Joy and gets Lasix shipping in from Group 1 company in Germany. He is 8/13 ITM on turf and faced some very tough Euro turfers. He is 3/3 ITM at the distance and should be mid-pack today. #5 – Pumpkin Rumble = Speedy son of English Channel who should be the pace setter. Jesse Campbell in the irons and 2/3 ITM going this distance.

Race #12 – G1 Woodbine Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 6:34 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Deauville / #8 – Mondialiste / #1 – World Appeal

#6 – Deauville = Jamie Spencer for Aidan O’Brien. They bring a son of Galileo exiting the Arlington Million as a beaten favorite. Spencer takes over for Ryan Moore and they cut back from 1 1/4 – 1 mile and a shot at a qualifying spot for the Breeders’ Cup. He’s run well on this side of the pond and lesser distance could play into his plans. #8 – Mondialiste = Jose Ortiz in the irons for David O’Meara. 1/1 at Woodbine and the Lasix sure helped his causes in the past. He is 9/16 ITM at the distance and been off since York in late August. #1 – World Appeal = John Velasquez for Mark Casse and exits a strong win in the G1 FourStarDave. Casse comes into the race loaded, and a stalking trip just off the pace might be in the cards.

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Saratoga

9/2/17

Race 9 – G3 Saranac – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:36 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – Bricks and Mortar / #9 – Rocketry / #2 – Yoshida

#4 – Bricks and Mortar = Joel Rosario in the saddle for Chad Brown. This son of Giant’s Causeway is a perfect 4/4 on the turf. He won on the Spa turf in the G2 Hall of Fame and the barn comes back to score (20%) off a win. He has perfect tactical speed and his dam Beyond the Waves has 7 starters / 7 winners / and 6 turf winners to her credit. #9 – Rocketry = Jose Ortiz in the irons for James Jerkins. He is 5/6 ITM on the turf and 1/1 at the Spa. He’s been going longer and cuts back in distance from 1 3/8 – 1 1/8. Ortiz has been aboard three times with two wins and a very close third place effort. He’ll be launching a bid from the back of the pack. #2 – Yoshida = Irad Ortiz in the driver’s seat for trainer Bill Mott. 3rd time off the layoff and sports a bullet work coming into this effort. Bred to love the turf and could be the one to beat today.

Race #10 – G1 Spinaway – 7f – 6:11 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – Pure Silver / #1 – Separation of Powers / #5 – Maya Malibu

#4 – Pure Silver = 2-yr-old filly by Mission Impazzible is a perfect 3/3. New York-bred has improved with each start. She circled the field impressively and drew off to win by 9 1/2 lengths. She can be ultra-dangerous on the front end. #1 – Separation of Powers = Daughter of Candy Ride for the Chad Brown barn with Jose Ortiz calling the shots. She will be close to the pace and Ortiz wins (23%) with speed types. There is a sharp work in the morning to prepare and the rail wins (23%). #5- Maya Malibu = Daughter of Malibu Moon is a stone cold closer. She circled the field to win by 6 lengths at Delaware Park last out. Graham Motion is the conditioner for Javier Castellano and she’ll come calling late in the lane.

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Race #11 – G1 Woodward – 1 1/8 – 6:46 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Gun Runner / #1 Neolithic / #3 – Rally Cry

#2 – Gun Runner = Son of Candy Ride 2/2 ITM at the Spa and is the talk of the racing world. He came back from Dubai World Cup finishing 2nd and has been an impressive winner in the G1 Stephen Foster and G1 Whitney. He’s on a mission and the Breeders’ Cup is the target in the distance. He is definitely the one to fear, and if his latest efforts continue the remainder of the field will be running for 2nd money. #1 – Neolithic = Todd Pletcher and Jose Ortiz team up and bring a runner who finished 3rd in the Dubai World Cup. He is 2/3 ITM at Saratoga and is an early speed type runner.Ortiz may be one of the best speed riders in the land an excellent judge of pace. #3 – Rally Cry = Pletcher and John Velasquez come to the races and “Rally” is 1/1 at Saratoga. Impressive winner last out in the $100,000 Alydar and looks to be a perfect stalking type. Owns a solid work coming in and rider/trainer win (32%) as a team.

Race #12 – G3 Glen Falls – 1 3/8 on the turf – 7:17 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – War Flag / #8 – Harmonize / #7 – Saranda

#4 – War Flag = Jose Ortiz aboard for Shug McGaughey and is 7/7 ITM lifetime. Since shipping in from Chantilly racing in the states has been going well. She’ll be a little closer going from 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 and with Ortiz in the irons, he’ll know how to rate and get the best from her today. #8 – Harmonize = John Velasquez for Bill Mott and they are 2/3 ITM at the Spa. Exits the G1 Diana and the class relief should be welcome. You’ll have to go back to May 2016 to see this level of competition and being a closer with the added distance may fit her well. #7 – Saranda = Daughter of Dansili for trainer Peter Schiergen. She last raced in the G1 Beverly D and the drop in class will fit her better. She’s been facing Group company in Germany and may be a factor in the late running of the race.

Graded Stakes Preview – Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Saratoga

Race #9 – G3 Sanford – 6f on the main – 5:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections = #5 – Admiral Jimmy (4-1) / #7 – Direct Dial (5-2) / #1 – Psychoanalyze (7-2)

#5 – Admiral Jimmy = 2-yr-old colt by Jimmy Creed and he wins (33%) with first-time starters, and lived up to his numbers as this colt romped his first time out at Gulfstream. He’s been in New York since 6/23 and has three works over the course. Javier Castellano in the irons for Todd Pletcher and he wins (27%) with his babies. I’m looking for a repeat getting better for his backers.  #7 – Direct Dial = Speedy son of Too Much Bling and his last race was an impressive run in the $150k Tremont. He has the services of one of the best speed riders in the country with Jose Ortiz who wins (24%) with early speed runners. This Texas-bred for the Steve Asmussen barn will be right there setting the fractions and his morning works have been sparkling. #1 – Psychoanalyze = He won at first asking for Brian Lynch and his sire Overanalyze wins (28%) with his first timers. He’ll battle it out with “Dial” and has every chance to improve with Luis Saez drawing the rail post.

Race #10 – G1 Diana Stakes – 1 1/8 on the turf – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections = #3 – Lady Eli (4-5) / #6 – Dickinson (9-2) / #4 – Quidana (8-1)

#3 -Lady Eli = Irad Ortiz for Chad Brown ITM at the “Spa” and comes off a 56 day break off a win in the G1 Gamely at Santa Anita. Her work two back was very sharp and she’ll look to go a perfect 3/3 at Saratoga. – There will be many racing fans watching her every move as she has overcome much in her short time. If you see anywhere near (4-5) that may be solid value. #6 – Dickinson = Paco Lopez in the saddle for Kiaran McLaughlin and she is 6/7 ITM on the turf. That was a solid run 1st off and Lopez fits her like a glove. It was a perfect stepping stone to build a summer campaign. #4 – Quidana = Graham Motion has a nice filly by Dubawi. She is 5/6 ITM on the sod and makes her 2nd start off a two-month layoff. She’s locked horns with these fillies in the past and looks to bring her “A” game off a smart morning work.

 

Del Mar

Race #4 – G2 Eddie Read – 1 1/8 on the turf – 6:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections = #6 – Ashleyluvssugar (7-5) / #5 – Up With the Birds (15-1) / #2 – Hunt (3-1)

#6 – Ashelyluvssugar = Gary Stevens aboard for Peter Eurton. Stevens (22%) with turf runners and is 4/4 ITM at Del Mar. Exits off a win in the G2 Whittingham and been on the shelf for 55 days. Eurton wins (18%) with his layoff runners and cuts back 1 1/4 to 1 1/8. He is 12/16 ITM on the sod and looks to be a perfect stalking type. #5 – Up With the Birds = Jamie Theriot in the irons for Phil D’Amato who was last year’s winning trainer at the meet. He’s been off for 55 days and is a deep closing type. He ran a game 3rd against “Ashley” last out and makes the same trip back to the races. #2 – Hunt = Flavien Pratt for Phil D’Amato and he was 2nd in the standings for leading rider last year. This son of Dark Angel gets first-time blinkers (21%) and 2nd off the layoff (21%) for a very solid conditioner.

 

Race #9 – G2 San Diego Handicap – 1 1/16 on the main – 9:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections = #3 – Arrogate (1-5) / #2 – El Huerfano (12-1) / #1 – Accelerate (8-1)

#3 – Arrogate = Super colt coming off a 7 win streak and been off for 3 months after a sparkling win in the Dubai World Cup. Baffert know’s he has a special runner and he is skilled with layoff runners winning (27%) when they return to the races. The world’s highest rated horse will be exciting to watch on his return. #2 – El Huerfano = Speedster with the red-hot Evin Roman in the driver’s seat. He’ll jump out quickly and may have his hands full even with his best effort. #1 – Accelerate = Son of Looking At Lucky is 2/2 at Del Mar making his 2nd trip off of the layoff. His works are hot and the rider is off to a great start.

 

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 5/31/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The second jewel in the Triple Crown gave players an excellent chance to play some new shooters. Always Dreaming opened up as the morning line favorite and Classic Empire was second choice. Going into the race it looked as if the Derby winner could notch another victory or Classic Empire could  show  why he was the two-year-old champ. – Classic Empire gave a good account, but the fresh legs of Cloud Computing  came calling late to win by more than a head. – If you didn’t hit the Preakness, no worries. The Belmont stakes will be up and around in three weeks ! – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com ! 

Belmont

5/17/17

Race #2 – #5 – Initiate – 1 1/16 on the turf

Irad Ortriz in the saddle Shug McGaughey. This daughter of Pioneer of the Nile shipped up from Tampa Bay and has been off for 49 days. Ortiz grabbed the lead and did everything to perfection. He was beaten in the shadow of the wire and should improve greatly off this effort.

Belmont

5/20/17

Race #7 – #8 – Lull – 7f on the turf

Kendrick Carmouche in the saddle with a nice filly by War Front. She was getting 2nd time lasix and exited the G-3 Appalachian at Keeneland. The rider was in striking distance from the leader and lost the whip at the 1/16th pole. – She should do better next out and may reward her backers.

Race #8 – #10 – Tiz a Chance – 6f on the turf

Paco Lopez in the irons for Graham Motion. Forced to steady off heels at the 1/16th pole losing  momentum down the lane. The drop in class was a target race for Motion and this New York-bred is in good order to fire right back.

Belterra Park

5/20/17

Race #2 – #5 – Gloton – 1 1/16 on the main

Gabriel Lagunes in the saddle. Once the gate broke he was thrown in the air and his mount broke inward hitting the gate and went down. Unseating the rider and going down was tough, and he was the second betting choice this day. The horse and rider jumped right back up and this race is a toss out. Handicapper’s enjoy an angle like this as many cappers will dismiss him as a bad actor. Cross this race off and move forward. He’ll reward his backers.

Race #5 – #9 – Momma’s Gift – 4 1/2 f for two-year-old fillies

Apprentice Caroline Quast in the saddle and this filly was erratic to say the least. She was shipping in from Keeneland and went wide, ducked in, and finally dove to the rail  making a strong late bid. She needs a good playback and if the unseasoned apprentice is aboard she’ll get a square price.

Race #7 – #13 – Hurricane Bay – 1 mile and 70 yards on the main (off the turf)

John McKee in the irons for onwer / trainer Dan O’Hallaron. The Fairmount invader made a solid late bid hooking a runner who benfitted from a speed bias. “Hurricane” looks to be rouding into form and will pay dividends for players who back him. Fairmount runners do well over the track, and last year his barn did very well at Belterra making the trip.

 

 

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 7/5/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July ! – Mother Nature showed her angry side in many parts of the country, but day still went as planned. The parades, the parties, and of course the fireworks are always a crowd pleaser. – As a handicapper, when the arrival of the July 4th hits the calendar. I know it’s only a matter of days until the best summer racing comes into focus. With that in mind, sit back and enjoy the dog days of summer, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these runners. They may deserve a good hard look and solid piece of your bankroll.

Belmont

6/30/16 – Race #3 – #5 – 6f on the main track

#5 – Grassarla = Luis Saez in the saddle for Chris Englehart. She broke in a tangle and rushed up swiftly to catch the pace setters. She was bested down the lane by the big chalk and will benefit greatly for a red-hot trainer winning at a (20%) clip.

Belmont

6/30/16 – Race #4 – #5 – One mile on the turf

#5 – Ascend = John Velasquez had the call for Graham Motion, and they brought a lightly raced son of Candy Ride to the races. – He was making his first start in 47 days and owned some very solid morning works. Johnny V’s mount was placed at the back of the pack early on and put in a solid bid down the lane. During this closing move he brushed against a quitting runner and was held up just enough to force him to settle for second money.

Woodbine

7/3/16 – Race #3 – #6 – 7f on the all-weather

#6 – Prized Bourbon = Luis Contreras had the mount and stalked in a perfect spot all the way around. Once they hit the top of the stretch, she was blocked badly and forced to angle out to make her bid. She made a game effort only to be a bridesmaid this day.

Woodbine

7/3/16 – Race #7 – #4 – 1 1/8 on the all-weather

#4 – Macho Brew = Luis Contreras had the call and his runner was squeezed back at the start causing him to take up and settle back a little farther than expected. Once he got his mount settle out, he was forced four wide while making a solid charge at the leaders. This 3rd place finish gives me plenty to look forward to next time at the races.

Belterra Park

7/3/16 – Race #2 – #4 – One mile on the main track

#4 – Baja Bessie  = She had the services of the promising Eduardo Gallardo. She patiently settled out and made a solid closing bid splitting runners over a sloppy track that was favoring speed and up close stalkers. – She drew off by 5 lengths and is a definite play back for the hot barn of Daniel Sanner who is 2/2 at the meet.

Belterra Park

7/3/16 – Race #3 – #3 – 1 mile and 70 yards

#3 – Mexie Joe = Cory Orm was the pilot and he rushed his mount up early. He opened up by a 1/2, and was gunned down by the much better Just a Pinch under Malcolm Franklin. This race was originally carded for the turf, and due to the rains was to the main track. Mexie Joe is trained by Chuck Peery and all of his horses look incredible on the way to the paddock.