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BetPTC.com Breeders’ Cup Preview – Saturday

BetPTC.com / Breeders’ Cup Preview / Saturday / 11-2-19

by: Ed Meyer

Santa Anita

Race #4 – The B/C F&M Sprint – 7f – 2:55 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Dawn the Destroyer / #4 – Come Dancing / #5- Lady Ninja

#8 Dawn the Destroyer is 3rd off the shelf for Kiaran McLaughlin and Tyler Gaffalione. She ran a fast closing 2nd in the G2 TCA at Kee and gets added distance today. The barn wins 21% with shippers and Gaffalione is ready for the big stage. #4 Come Dancing is a daughter of Malibu Moon with Javier Castellano in the irons. 3rd off the layoff looking for three in a row. Castellano should have her in a perfect stalking mode. #5 Lady Ninja comes from the barn of Richard Baltas with Drayden Van Dyke. She is 9 for 10 ITM at SA. Add in a red hot work and she’ll be dangerous if the pace is salty down the lane.

 

Race #5 – The BC Turf Sprint – 5f on turf – 3:33 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Totally Boss / #5 – Stubbins / #10- Eddie Haskell

#1 Totally Boss comes in for Rusty Arnold and Jose Ortiz has the call. They are looking for 3 in a row exiting a big win in the G3 Turf Sprint at KyD. Ortiz gets the rail and is 6 for 7 ITM running short. He’ll be rolling up the hedge late in the game. #5 Stubbins goes to post for Doug O’Neill and Flavien Prat in the irons. They exit a win in the G2 Woodford at Kee. He is 2 for 2 at SA and 2 for 2 ITM at the distance. Prat will come rolling late in the running. #10 Eddie Haskell in for Mark Glatt and Joel Rosario aboard. He’s been stepping up each time and has the ability to come rolling late. He got shuffled about and still closed stoutly as the beaten chalk in the G2 Eddie D.

 

Race #6 – The BC Dirt Mile – 1 mile – 4:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Mr. Money / #2 – Improbable / #5 – Omaha Beach

#4 Mr.  Money is a son of Goldenscents for Bret Calhoun and Gabriel Saez. 2nd off the layoff and cuts back in distance where he is 1 for 1 going a mile. He’ll be mid pack and Saez will have him in top gear. #2 Improbable comes in for Bob Baffert and Rafael Bejarano as they are 1 for 1 at SA. 3rd off the layoff where the barn wins 22% and turns back in distance, He’ll be just off the lead and will stalk a close rail trip. #5 Omaha Beach is 2nd off the layoff for Dick Mandell and Mike Smith in the saddle. This son of War Front is 3 for 3 at SA. His works are tight and you can’t slight the connections. He’ll be on the engine in the guiding hands of Smith.

 

Race #7 – The BC F&M Turf – 1 1/4 on turf – 4:54 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Sistercharlie / #7 – Vasilika / #10 – Mrs. Sippy

#2 Sistercharlie is the daughter of Myboycharlie (IRE) for Chad Brown and John Velasquez. She is seeking her 7th straight win and Brown has win this race four times prior. She is 5 for 6 ITM at the distance and comes in 2nd off the layoff after winning the G1 Flower Bowl. #7 Vasilika is a daughter of Skipshot for Dan ward and Flavien Prat aboard. She exits a fast closing effort in the G1 First Lady at Kee and with Prat in the irons you know he’s going to find her best stride. #10 Mrs. Sippy a daughter of Blame for Graham Motion and Joel Rosario. 3rd off the shelf and was a fast closing 3rd in the G1 Flower Bowl. She sports a wicked late kick.

 

Race #8 – The BC Sprint – 6f – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9- Imperial Hint / #4 – Mitole / #5 – Engage

#9 Imperial Hint comes in for Luis Carvajal with Javier Castellano in the saddle. 2nd time out off a gutsy win in the G1 Vosburgh. His works are sharp and will display versatility stalking just off the pace. #4 Mitole is a son of Eskendreya for Steve Asmussen with Ricardo Santanna aboard. The first start in two months and his works are strong. Cuts back in distance and will be right near the front. His speed may carry him to the winner’s circle. #5 Engage in for Asmussen and John Velasquez. They are seeking their 3rd straight win and with the early pace in here his late stride may be the answer. He was impressive winning the G2 Phoenix last out.

 

Race #9 – BC Mile – 1 mile turf – 6:20 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #14 – Bowie’s Hero / #11 – Uni / #1 – Suedois

#14 Bowie’s Hero 2nd off the layoff and winner of the G1 Shadwell last out. He loves SA going 6 for 9 ITM and his only knock is the outside post. With Flavien Prat in the irons for Phil D’Amato, he’s going to find his best run. #11 Uni is a daughter of More Than Ready for Chad Brown and Joel Rosario. Winner of the G1 First Lady and knocked heads with the boys before. Brown knows how to spot them and Joel will get her late closing kick in gear. #1 Suedois was closing eight wide in the G1 Shadwell and was 3rd under a blanket finish. Castellano picks up the mount from Jamie Spencer and trainer David O’Meara always brings his runners ready.

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Race #10 – The BC Distaff – 1 1/8 – 7:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5- Dunbar Road / #4- Midnight Bisou / #11 – Blue Prize

#5 Dunbar Road is a daughter of Quality Road for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. 2nd off the layoff and 6 for 6 ITM. The G1 Spinster was a perfect prep and Ortiz back in the irons should have her running late. #4 Midnight Bisou is a daughter of Midnight Lute for Steve Asmussen and Mike Smith in the saddle. She is seeking her 8th in a row and is a horse for the course going 4 for 4 ITM at SA. Smith will have this stalker in handy order as they turn for home. #11 Blue Prize a daughter of Pure Prize and is 5 for 5 ITM this year. She is 2nd off the shelf after a win in the G1 Spinster. She loves the distance and Joe Bravo looks to pick up the leaders on the far turn.

 

Race #11 – The BC Turf – 1 1/2 on turf – 7:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Old Persian / #9 – Bricks and Mortar / #5 – Anthony Van Dyke

#10 Old Persian is a son of Dubawi (IRE) for the Charles Appleby yard. Willam Buick has the call and they exit an impressive win in the G1 Northern Dancer getting 2nd Lasix today. His closing effort last out was eye catching at Woodbine and looks to wear down the leaders in the lane. #9 Bricks and Mortar comes in for Chad Brown with Irad Ortiz getting the call. They are seeking a 7th straight win and his dam Beyond the Waves has 7 starters, 7 winners, and 6 turf winners to her credit. Ortiz wins 21% with closers and this son of Giant’s Causeway looks like the one to beat. #5 Anthony Van Dyke is a son of Galileo for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. He was a beaten chalk in last year’s BC Juvenile Turf and looks for payback against a stout field.

 

Race #12 – The BC Classic – 1 1/4 – 8:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Code of Honor / #10 – Vino Rosso / #8 – McKinzie

#11 Code of Honor comes in for Shug McGaughey and John Velasquez. 3rd off the layoff and was put up in a DQ to win the G1 Jockey Gold Cup. He’s a closing son of Noble Mission and has been working well to keep sharp. The one to beat. #10 Vino Rosso is a son of Curlin for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz. He is 1 for 1 at SA and owns a couple of sharp works to prepare. He’ll be up close and ready to move when Ortiz hits the accelerator. He may want some payback as he was moved to 2nd against Code of Honor last out. #8 McKinzie is 7 for 7 at SA for the Baffert barn with Joel Rosario getting the call. He was a beaten favorite last out in the G1 Awesome Again and this son of Street Sense should be up close. Add in that bullet work and we may have a sleeper who can take down the prize.

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Woodbine

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

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Blind Ambition / #4 – Reconfigure / #1 – Admiralty Pier

 

#6 Blind Ambition is a son of Tapit for Mark Casse and Eurico Da Silva in the irons. He makes his 2nd start of the year and is 1 for 1 over the Woodbine oval. Da Silva is winning 20% on the turf and should have him forwardly placed from the gate break. #4 Reconfigure is a son of Lemon Drop Kid for trainer Robert Tiller. The barn wins 26% with graded stakes and is a horse for the course going 5 for 5 ITM. His early speed should have him in striking position when they make the turn for home. #1 Admiralty Pier is a son of English Channel for the Barbara Minshall barn. He is making a big drop in class and the barn wins 26% going from a route to a sprint. Rafael Hernandez should have in mid flight waiting to make a move at the top of the lane.

 

Race #8 – The G1 E.P. Taylor – 1 1/4 on the turf – 5:05 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Starship Jubilee / #7 – Imperial Charm / #4 – Si Que Es Buena

 

#8 Starship Jubilee hails from the Kevin Attard barn with Luis Contreras in the saddle. The trainer wins 18% with graded stakes and was impressive winning the G2 Canadian last out. She is 8 for 12 ITM at Woodbine and should be in mid pack waiting to launch a bid. The added ground should be a bonus for his running style. #7 Imperial Charm is a daughter of Dubawi for trainer Simon Crisford. She gets Lasix and as she ships over from Longchamp. Andrea Atenzi makes the trip and this filly is bred to love the turf. Her dam Reem Three has 5 starters, 5 winners, and 5 turf winners to her credit. #4 Si Que Es Buena comes from the Graham Motion barn with Chris Landeros in the irons. She is a stout closer shipping in from Gulfstream and should come motoring down the lane.

 

Race #9 – The G-1 Canadian International – 1 1/2 on turf – 5:42 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Desert Encounter / #1 – Ziyad / #3 – Nessy

 

#4 Desert Encounter is a son of Halling from the David Simcock yard with Andrea Antenzi in the saddle. He is seeking his 4th in a row and is 1 for 1 over the course. He’s looking to make it two in a row in the race and should be launching a late bid. #1 Ziyad is a son of Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) with Maxime Guyon in the saddle. He is shipping in from France where he has been hitting on all cylinders. He is 13 for 16 ITM  on the green and his three races show promise for making the trip. #3 Nessy comes from the barn of Ian Wilkes with his son in law Chris Landeros in the irons. A solid closer who is making is the third effort off the shelf. The distance should be no problem and his effort in the G-1 Northern Dancer shows he could be sitting on a big effort.

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Saratoga

Race #10 – The G2 Glens Falls – 1 3/8 on the turf – 5:27 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Santa Monica / #2 – Fools’ Gold / #1- Empress of the Nile

#4 Santa Monica is a daughter of Mastercraftsman (IRE) for trainer Chad Brown with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. This is her 2nd off the layoff where Brown wins 25% and is two for two ITM at the Spa. She is a stout closer and had to steady sharply last out. She regained her momentum and finished a game third. Look for a strong finish by Ortiz down the lane. #2 Fool’s Gold is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro for Chad Brown and Javier Castellano. She is 2 for 2 ITM at the  Spa and won the G3 Waya last out. Her solid late kick will fit in with well with the distance. Castellano wins 23% on the greensward. #1 Empress of the Nile is a daughter of Pioneer of the Nile for trainer Graham Motion and Irad Ortiz. Motion is 4 for 6 ITM the past couple weeks as she makes a 3rd off the layoff move capped with a 7 wide late rally win last out. She is 2 for 3 ITM at Saratoga and Ortiz in the irons is ultra attractive.

Race #11 – The G1 Woodward – 1 1/8 – 6:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Yoshida / #3 – Vino Rosso / #9 – Tom’s d’Etat

#7 Yoshida is a son of Heart’s Cry (JPN) for trainer Bill Mott and Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat. 2nd off shipping in from Churchill Downs and his last effort in the G1 Whitney was strong. He is 2 for 2 ITM at the Spa and runners coming through Kentucky have been doing well at the Spa. Rosario fits and Mott is dangerous every time he saddles. He won this race last year on his way to the Breeders’ Cup. #3 Vino Rosso is a son of Curlin for trainer Todd Pletcher and Johnny V. Blinkers off today and the barn wins 23% on this equipment move. They are coming off a short 25 day layoff and Pletcher has a maturing runner looking for a sharp effort. #9 Tom’s d’ Etat is a son of Smart Strike for trainer Al Stall and Irad Ortiz. He’s a horse for the course going a perfect three for three at the Spa. Ortiz should have him up close leading the train. Ortiz wins 24% with early runners and has a solid win in the Alydar Stakes.

Del Mar

Race #7 – The G2 John C. Mabee – 1 1/8 on the turf – 8:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Vasilika / #9 – Elysea’s World / #4 – Toinette

#1 Vasilika is a daughter of Skipshot for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She reunites with Flavien Prat and makes her 2nd off the layoff move. She was a beaten favorite in the G2 Yellow Ribbon and stretches out to a preferred distance where she’ll stalk mid pack and pounce. #9 Elysea’s World is a daughter of Champs Elysees (GB) making her 2nd off effort for Richard Baltas. She’s a stone cold closer and the added ground should be welcome. She’ll be in high gear turning for home. #4 Toinette is a daughter of Scat Daddy for trainer Neil Drysdale and Rafael Bejarano. She is 1 for 1 at Del Mar and gets added distance. This is her 2nd start of the year and is 5 for 6 with wins on the green. She’ll be stalking the speed and make a big run around the far turn. Bejarano wins 19% with stalking type runners.

Race #9 – The G1 Del Mar Debutante – 7f – 9:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Bast / #7 – Inspiressa / #2 – Comical

#5 Bast is a two yr old daughter of Uncle Mo for trainer Bob Baffert winning 25% with Drayden Van Dyke in the driver’s seat. They add blinkers today and that yields a 35% win clip for the barn. She was off slow last out and came flying four wide in the lane closing stoutly. The blinkers should keep her focused and stretching out in distance should be a real bonus. The rider and trainer have been five for five the past two weeks and owns a sharp work to have her ready. #7 Inspiressa hails from the barn of Peter Eurton with Joe Talamo in the irons. This daughter of Commissioner wins 33% with his firsters and she did not disappoint. She was forced out in the G2 Sorrento with 1st Lasix and second time Lasix gets a 29% win clip for the barn. She takes her game to the next level and I’m looking for a big effort. #2 Comical comes from the Doug O’Neill barn with Norberto Arroyo. 3rd off the shelf and this speedy gal should be dangerous with a new rider today. She should have a garden trip just off the leader and take over the engine down the backstretch. O’Neill wins 17% with his sprinters.

 

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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.