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Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – February 22

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – February 22 for www.betptc.com

by: Ed Meyer

Aqueduct

Race #8 – The Haynesfield – 1 mile – 4:50 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Mr. Buff / #2 – Syndergaard / #4 – I Love Jaxson

#1 Mr. Buff comes from the barn of John Kimmel with Junior Alvarado in the irons. He sports good early foot and Alvarado wins 21% with speed runners. He cuts back from a 9f and is 5 for 8 ITM going this distance. The rail, the rider, and early speed make him dangerous. #2 Syndergaard hails from the barn of John Terranova with Jose Lezcano in the saddle. He’s coming off a 9 month layoff and the barn scores with 22% off a long rest. There should be a solid stalking trip in his future with a record of 3 for 4 ITM at AQU he should be right in the mix turning for home. #4 I Love Jaxson comes in for Linda Rice with Eric Cancel in the driver’s seat. Rice is winning 22% at the meet and coming off a last race win where the barn scores at a 26% clip. He’s a deep closer and be motoring at the top of the lane.

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Gulfstream Park

Race #9 – The G3 World of Trouble Sprint – 6f – 4:04 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Lasting Legacy / #4 – Admiral Lynch / #6 – Fast Pass

#2 Lasting Legacy is a son of Tapizar for trainer Jason Servis. He comes off a two month layoff and will come rolling quickly when the real running begins. The barn wins 31% with sprinters and cuts back to a kinder distance. #4 Admiral Lynch is a son of Super Saver for the Jason Servis barn. He is 3 for 3 ITM at GP and ships in from Penn National. The barn scores with 34% with new surroundings and this colt should press the early pace. #6 Fast Pass is long range closer for the Peter Walder barn. He is 10 for 11 ITM at GP and exits a fast closing effort over the course. He’ll get into the mix in the final furlong.

Santa Anita

Race #5 – The G2 Buena Vista – 1 mile on the turf – 5:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Jolie Olimpica / #4 -Mucho Unusual / #3 – Muchly

#1 Jolie Olimpica is a daughter of Drosselmeyer for Richard Mandella. This is her 2nd off the layoff and stretches out to a route of distance for the first time. She is 1 for 1 at SA and gets second time Lasix. Mike Smith will try and keep her perfect 4 for 4 intact right on the pace. #4 Mucho Unusual comes from the barn of Tim Yakteen and is 4 for 4 ITM at SA. She’s been off for 56 days and drops in class with a cut back in distance. Joel Rosario in the irons and he wins with 18% of his late runners. Look for her at the top of the lane. #3 Muchly has the services of Umberto Rispoli and he is winning with 26% of his turf runners. She ships over from Lingfield (GB) and gets first time Lasix. She is 4 for 7 ITM on the turf. She’ll be running late in the lane for trainer Simon Callaghan.

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – February 1

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis / February 1st

By: Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park

Race #8 – The G3 Sweetest Chant – 1 mile on turf – 3:34 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – She’s My Type / #7 – Moral Reasoning / #1 – Sunset Promise

#3 She’s My Type has Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Christophe Clement. She is 2 for 2 at GP and owns a sharp morning work coming into the races. She gets 2nd Lasix and the barn wins 18% on the medication move. She’ll come running late for Tyler G who looks to keep her record rolling. #7 Moral Reasoning is a daughter of More Than Ready for Chad Brown and Javier Castellano in the saddle. She’s a solid closer and gets added distance where Team Brown wins 32% moving to a route of ground. #1 Sunset Promise comes in for Mike Maker and Irad Ortiz. She is 3 for 4 ITM at GP and was bumped hard in her last effort managing a 4th place effort. The rider and trainer have been red hot the past couple of weeks.

 

Race #9 – The G3 Swale – 7f – 4:04 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Green Light Go / #2 – Untitled / #5 – Shivaree

#4 Green Light Go is a son of Hard Spun for James Jerkins and Javier Castellano. The barn comes in from Belmont running 2nd in the G1 Champagne. He cuts back in distance and drops down in class off a three month layoff. #2 Untitled comes in for Mark Casse off a 49 day layoff. He is 1 for 1 at GP and the Florida bred comes off an ultra impressive maiden win scoring by 11 lengths. He gets a rider change to Jose Ortiz who wins 19% with sprinters. #5 Shivaree comes in for Ralph Nicks winning 23% at the meet. Emisael Jaramillo in the irons seeking his 4th straight win looking for a stalking trip.

 

Race #11 – The G3 Holy Bull – 1 1/16 – 5:04 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Toledo / #3 – Tiz the Law / #4 – Ete Indian

#1 Toledo comes in for the always dangerous connections of Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz. His last race was a solid prep encountering traffic and still managing a 2nd place finish. This is his 2nd route race and the barn scores 41% on the distance switch.  #3 Tiz the Law is a son of Constitution who is 3 for 3 lifetime for Barclay Tagg. Manny Franco in the irons and they exit the G2 Ky. Jockey Club at CD after getting bottled up in traffic. A two month layoff accompanied by a bullet work makes this New York bred attractive. #4 Ete Indian comes in for Patrick Biancone with Luca Panici in the saddle. Since moving from the turf he showed great interest in the main track. He moves up in class and owns a solid work in preparation.

 

Santa Anita

Race #7 – The G2 San Marcos – 1 1/4 on the turf – 6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – United / #7 – Oscar Dominguez / #2 – Cleopatra’s Strike

#4 United goes to post for Richard Mandella and Flavien Prat. He comes off a two month layoff and is 4 for 6 ITM at SA. He sports some sparkling works and should be a strong closer in the lane. #7 Oscar Dominguez is a son of Zoffany (IRE) for Ricard Baltas and Joel Rosario. He’s returning off a two month layoff adding Blinkers today. Look for Rosario to come calling late in the lane. #2 Cleopatra’s Strike is in for Phillip D’Amato and Abel Cedillo. He is 3 for 3 ITM at SA and makes his 3rd off move where the barn wins 19%. He just missed last out and looks to turn the tables.

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Race #8 – The G2 San Pasqual – 1 1/8 – 7:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Roadster / #5 – Midcourt / #3 – Restrainedvengence

#1 Roadster is a son of Quality Road for the Bob Baffert barn with Joel Rosario in the irons. He is 5 for 5 ITM at SA and exits a good effort in the G1 Malibu. Look for a late move as they turn for home. #5 Midcourt is a son of Midnight Lute with Victor Espinoza aboard. He adds Blinkers and a sharp work. Espinoza had a tough race last out and looks to seal the deal today. #3 Restrainedvengence is a speedster shipping in from Zia Park. Abel Cedillo wins 24% with early speed runners.

Horse Racing Graded Analysis for Pegasus World Cup Day – January 25

Horse Racing Graded Analysis – January 25

by: Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park

Race #9 – The G2 Inside Information – 7f – 3:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Spiced Perfection / #2 – Wildwood’s Beauty / #5 – Blamed

#7 Spiced Perfection comes from the Peter Miller barn and has been on the shelf for 49 days. She’s been working a regular clip in the morning and ships in from AQU where they win 15% with new surroundings. She is 5/8 ITM at the distance and this closer should fare well with Javier Castellano in the irons. #2 Wildwood’s Beauty is a closing type for trainer Scott Becker and Julien Leparoux in the saddle. She was a beaten favorite last out shipping in from Tampa Bay. She is a horse for the course going 5/5 ITM over the GP strip. #5 Blamed is a daughter of Blame for trainer Bill Mott. Irad Ortiz has the call and she’s been off for 11 months. This is her 3rd start of the year and looks to make it two in a row.

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Race #11 – The G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf – 1 3/16 on the grass – 4:49 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Sadler’s Joy / #2- Arklow / #7- Admission Office

#4 Sadler’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy for Thom Albertrani with top turf rider Javier Castellano. He’s a stout closer who is 3 for 4 ITM over the course. He’s been off for two months and is 18 for 26 on the sod. His dam Dynaire has 5 starters, 4 winners, and 4 turf winners to her credit, and this is her star foal to race. #2 Arklow comes to post for Brad Cox and Luis Saez in the saddle. This son of Arch has been off for two months and 12 for 19 ITM on the greensward. He was out kicked in the BC Turf and ships in from SA where the barn wins 26% on the move. He’ll come calling late in the lane. #7 Admission Office comes in for Brian Lynch with Flavien Prat aboard. A late running son of Point of Entry and makes his 2nd start over the course. Prat in the irons is a plus as he wins with 23% his turf runners.

Race #12 – The G1 Pegasus World Cup – 1 1/8 – 5:34 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Higher Power / #10 – Mucho Gusto / #1 – True Timber

#6 Higher Power comes from the John Sadler barn with Flavien Prat in the irons. He’s been away from the races for two months and been working lights out at SA. He ran a game 3rd in the BC Classic last out and looks ready to kick off 2020 in a big way. #10 Mucho Gusto hails from the Bob Baffert barn with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. He has plenty of speed and rolls in off a three month break as a beaten chalk at Remington Park. He’s a gamer and Ortiz wins 23% with early speed and Baffert wins 31% shipping into new surroundings. #1 True Timber comes in a off a 49 day layoff for Kiaran McLaughlin and Jersey Joe Bravo. He was flat out rolling in the G1 Cigar and deserves a good look at being a part of your exotics.

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – January 11th

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis for BetPTC.com / January 11th

by: Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park

Race #8 – Marshua’s River – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:34 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Sweet Bye and Bye / #5 – Andina Del Sur / #3 – Magic Star

#4 Sweet Bye and Bye is a daughter of Sky Mesa for the Steve Klesaris barn. She is a beaten favorite and the barn comes back to score 19% on this move. Luis Saez has the call aboard a stalking type gal shipping in from AQU where the barn is 43% ITM. Look for a stout move rounding the far turn. #5 Andina Del Sur is a daughter of Giant’s Causeway with Javier Castellano in the irons for Thom Albertrani. She is 4 for 5 ITM over the course and her dam Andina (IRE) has 4 starters, 3 winners, and 3 turf winners to her credit. A late running sort who will fit nicely into Castellano’s hands where he wins 20% with closers. #3 Magic Star is a daughter of Scat Daddy for Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz. She’s been off for two months and Brown wins 28% with his shippers and 23% with graded stakes. She’s a long range closer stepping up in class and Ortiz scores at a 21% with late runners.

 

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Race #10 – The G3 Tropical Turf – 1 mile on the turf – 4:38 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections /#8 – A Thread of Blue / #6 – Tusk / #9 – Exulting

#8 A Thread of Blue is a speedy type for the Kiaran McLaughlin barn with Luis Saez in the saddle. He is 3 for 3 with wins over the course and Saez is an excellent speed rider winning 21% of his early running mounts. He was a beaten chalk last out and ships in from Belmont where the barn scores at a 20% win clip. #6 Tusk is a stalking sort from the Saffie Joseph barn with Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle. They are winning 33% as a team and 2nd off the layoff. Last out he was held up in traffic and gave a late sustained effort. #9 Exulting is a son of Tapit for the Mike Maker barn. Irad Ortiz gets the nod and is a late runner. He floated 6 wide last out and finished 5th. With a cleaner trip he can come rolling late in the lane.

 

Santa Anita

Race #3 – The G-3 Las Cienegas – 5 1/2f on the turf – 4:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Storm the Hill / #4 – An Eddie Surprise / #5 – Free Cover

#1 Storm the Hill is a long range closer for Phil D’Amato and Flavien Prat in the irons. She is 2nd off the layoff and makes the route to a sprint move today where the barn wins 22%. This daughter of Get Stormy is a closer and Prat wins 23% with his turf runners. A drop in class and cutting back to a sprint may be what the doctor ordered. #4 An Eddie Surprise comes from the Doug O’Neill barn and Mario Gutierrez who is wining at 30%. She is 13 for 15 ITM over the course and 1 for 1 at the distance. She jumps up in class and can come rolling in the lane. #5 Free Cover makes the dirt to turf move today. This daughter of Congrats drops down the class ladder and may be in a perfect stalking position.

 

Race #8 – The G3 La Canada – 1 1/16 – 7:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Spiced Perfection / #4 – Message / #3 – Queen Bee to You

#7 Spiced Perfection comes from the barn of Peter Miller picking up Joel Rosario in the saddle. They won the G3 Go For Wand and the trainer wins 24% off a last race win. She’s a solid stalker who is 5 for 6 ITM over the course. #4 Message hails from the Bob Baffert barn with Mike Smith in the irons. She has plenty of early speed and 2 for 2 ITM over the strip. She makes a jump in class and may be tough to catch. #3 Queen Bee to You is 7 for 9 ITM over the course and exits an impressive win in the G-3 Bayakoa. She is looking for her third straight win and should get a stalking trip under Ruben Fuentes who wins 18% with this style of runner.

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Aqueduct

Race #8 – The 100k – Franklin Square – 6f – 4:26 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Stonesintheroad / #4 – Forgotten Hero / #2 – Maiden Beauty

#3 Stonesintheroad is a daughter of Bustin Stones. Rajiv Maragh stays aboard looking for this 3rd straight about this talented filly. She  has easily handled the distance last out and her finish showed plenty in the tank. Trainer Jeremiah Englehardt wis off to the races winning 17% and 26% with last race winners. #4 Forgotten Hero is a speedy gal by Mission Impazible. Mike Luzzi in the irons for John Toscano. She’s going to be forwardly placed but if someone give her the press she’ll get the acid test moving forward. Her last effort was all that and trip to the winner’s circle and Luzzi wins 13% with speed ball runners. #2 Maiden Beauty can layoff the pace and make a bid. She is on the turn back from a mile and I like the idea of mixing her surroundings up a bit. Manny Franco in the saddle and he is scorching at a 23% win clip so far at the Big A. this is her second off the layoff and owns a bullet work to get ready. Winner at a solid price?

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Gulfstream Park

Race #11 – The G3 Hal’s Hope – 1 mile – 4:58 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Quip / #7 – Copper Town / #3 – Breaking Lucky

#5 Quip is a son of Distorted Humor from the Rodolphe Brisset barn. Keep an eye on this lad as he’s worked with some of the biggest names in racing. Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat and has been off for 9 months since the Preakness. His works at Payson have been solid and the barn is 44% ITM off long range layoffs. He faced the tough guys last year and cuts back in distance preparing for his spring campaign. #7 Copper Town is owned by Win Star Farm and China Horse Club International for Todd Pletcher. Javier Castellano in the irons and he’s been rolling at a 22% clip to the winner’s circle. I think they’re still trying to find the true meaning of this colt and makes a 2nd off the layoff move since a troubled trip in the gate as a beaten favorite. #3 Breaking Lucky has Luis Saez in the irons for George Weaver. Another runner still trying to find himself and that’s what makes spring at GP attractive. Look for a midpack break second time out this year.

Santa Anita

Race #9 – The G2 Buena Vista – 1 mile on the turf – 7:20 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 – Vasilika / #8 – Elysea’s World / #6 – Amandine

#9 Vasilika is a talented daughter of Skipshot. She is 9 for 9 ITM at SA on the weeds with 8 wins tom her credit. She is 13 for 18 ITM going this far and has the ultra talented Flavien Prat abord winning 24% at the meet. Jerry Hollendorfer is the conditioner and she should calling at the top of the staying out of traffic on the outside. Looks like a lock in this race. #8 Elysea’s World has been off for 4 months coming in from Woodbine in the G1 EP Taylor. She tossed in a dud that day ad comes to California off the break. Bravo to Rosario is a plus on the left coast as he is winning at a 23% number. She is a deep closer and look for her to come rocking at top of the stretch. #6 Amandine is a filly with tactical speed. Drayden Van Dyke aboard and she is 2 for 3 ITM over the SA turf. Look for a close up and DVD to try his hand at wiring the field at a big price.

 

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Gulfstream Park

Race #8 – The G3 Rampart – 1 mile – 3:34 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Electric Forest / #3 – Tapa Tapa Tapa / #2 – Tweeting

#1 Electric Forest is a daughter of Curlin for the Chad Brown barn.  Jose Ortiz has the call and they are winning 20% as a team. She draws the rail and goes from a sprint to a route as the barn scores 30% on the move. She goes from 7f to a mile and is a perfect stalker. Her two wins from three races are strong and her only loss was a troubled trip leaving the gate. She’ll get a good seat along the rail and get in the action around the far turn. #3 Tapa Tapa Tapa gets the services of Javier Castellano for trainer Tim Hamm. She’s been off for 7 months and has been working bullets in the morning. Her last effort in the G3 Doubledogdare at Keeneland may be a good prep. She has tactical speed and gets a rider change to the high percentage Castellano. #2 Tweeting is a daughter of Uncle Mo for trainer Jorge Navarro winning 18%. Albin Jimenez gets the nod and has tons of early foot. She’s been off for two months and may improve going back to a route from 7f. This is her third off the layoff and moves up in class. Catch her if you can.

Race #9 – The G3 My Charmer – 1 mile on the turf – 4:05 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – La Moneda / #8 – Capla Temptress / #7 – Cherry Lodge

#6 La Moneda is a New York bred looking town 5th race from 6 starts. John Velasquez has the call for Thomas Morley and she’s a stone cold closer. There’s a change of riders to Johnny V and she’s been on the shelf for 56 days. She cuts back from 8.5 f to a mile and this may be what the doctor ordered. #8 Capla Temptress is a long range closer for trainer Bill Mott and “Jersey” Joe Bravo in the irons. She has not raced for two months and drops in class from the G1 QEII at Keeneland. She’s going to need a solid pace and the players look to give her a holiday wish. #7 Cherry Lodge is a stalker for the Todd Pletcher barn with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. She has been off for 58 days and should go right to the lead under Ortiz who is one of the best speed riders in the nation. She is bred to carry the distance and can be dangerous if left alone.

Race #10 – The G3 Sugar Swirl – 6f – 4:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Dream Pauline / #4 – Stormy Embrace / #2- Awestruck

#7 Dream Pauline is a daughter of Tapit for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. She is 2 for 3 ITM with wins and comes in from CD after being forced to steady down the backstretch. 2nd start off the layoff and loves the distance going 3 for 3 ITM. She should sit back and get a great ride from Castellano and come calling late. #4 Stormy Embrace is a solid filly in the hands of Tyler Gaffalione winning 22%. She exits the BC Filly and Mare Sprint and tossed in a clunker. The drop in class should help her causes and 2nd off the layoff yields the Kathleen O’Connell barn 19% with her sprinters. I like her chances and I’m sure we’ll see good things down the road from this young lady. #2 Awestruck is a Rusty Arnold trainee with B.J. Hernandez in the irons. This is her 3rd off the shelf and she is 2 for 2 ITM over the GP oval. Look for Hernandez to come rolling late in the final furlong. She has a sharp work to prepare and can be  a major player today.

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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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Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

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Keeneland

4/27/17

Race #4 – #8 – Plein Air – 1 mile on the turf

Joel Rosario in the irons for Michael Matz. 1st time lasix for this daughter of Lonhro and Matz wins 18% on this change. She showed speed her first two efforts, and rated nicely to make a bold bid in the final 1/8th. Graduation day is coming soon.

Belmont

4/28/17

Race #1 – Mdn Sp Wt  – #7 – Clear Convincing – 1 1/16

Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Chad Brown winning (24%). 2nd time start for the son of Giant’s Causeway, and his first race was against the one-eyed wonder Patch at Gulfstream. He was closing at the end and was bet heavy at the windows. He was rolling and hooked a “monster” in eventual winner The Big Fundemental winning by 8 1/2 lengths. This colt should get better with time.

Belmont

4/28/17

Race #4 – #6 – Wonder Meister – 1 1/16 on the turf

Irad Ortiz in the driver’s seat and this son of Bodemeister was trying the turf for the first time. His dam Wonderously has 7 starters, 6 winners, and 3 turf winners. He made a mile late kick and finishing fourth with a very strong rider change going to post.

Belmont

4/28/17

Race #5 – #4 – Mills – 1 mile

Jose Ortiz in the saddle for Jeremiah Englehart. Dropping in class and shipping over from Aqueduct. He came in 3/4 ITM at “Big Sandy” and was pinched back at the start. Add in being a beaten favorite this day and that 6 wide cirling move looks better and better.

Churchill Downs

4/29/17

Race #3 – Claiming – #7 -Bingo Kitten – 1 1/16 on the turf

Julien Leparoux in the irons Mike Maker and they came in 2nd off the layoff from Gulfstream. He was a beaten favorite this day circling the field with six wide move.

Churchill Downs

4/29/17

Race #9 – #5 -Classic Cotton / #1 – Syndergaard – 6f

Ricardo Santana in the saddle and he shot out quickly for the lead. He opened up and shifted into the 4 path and impeaded the #1 – Syndergaard. – The #1 was ridden by John Velasquez for Todd Pletcher and he was sent off the odds-on favorite. He was impeaded and you can toss this race for him, and use Classic Cotton.

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BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 4/4/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

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

Gulfstream Park

4/1/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fair Grounds

4/1/17

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

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

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

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

 

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 4/1/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The Derby trail was in the spirit of “March Madness” serving up some red-hot upsets. Racing was even a few lengths ahead of college hoops, as the Spiral and the Sunland Derby went official with double digit payouts. The road to Louisville is still murky and next week the Florida Derby and the Louisiana Derby look to give us a more definitive picture. – As we’re going to need plenty of ammo to watch and wager on the preps ahead, here are some horses you’ll want to follow right back to the windows as they offer an excuse or a bad trip. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Turfway Park

3/25/17

Race #6 – #7 – Classic Salsa – 6 1/2f on the all weather

Jack Gilligan in the irons and heavily backed at the windows. He was forced in tight and got knocked around at the half way point taking away some needed energy. The rider gave a good account by getting him back in the action finishing up with a solid show effort. – A cleaner trip may have the Jeremiah O’Dwyer trainee right on the money next up.

Race #7 – #4 – Professor Snape – 6f on the all weather

Luis Saez in town for Wesley Ward for this mount on Spiral Day. First time starter sent off the odds-on chalk and made a game effort running second this day. Ward does magic with his second time starters back to the races, and the namesake of the Harry Potter series may have some added magic to offer next time he loads in the starting gate.

Race #10 – The G-3 Spiral Stakes- #8 Kitten’s Cat – 1 1/8 on the all weather

Luis Saez in the saddle for trainer Joe Sharp who was sent off the luke-warm favorite for the marquee race of the meet. He was in tight and knocked around quite a bit and forced to check. According to the Daily Racing Form, he bled and is being treated in Lexington, Kentucky. This may scrap plans to take him to Royal Ascot for owner Ken Ramsey, but I’m sure we’ll see good things to come when he returns to the races.

Race #12 – #5 – Curlin’s Lass – 6f on the all weather

Abel Lezcano was in the driver’s seat and started uncorking a rally. This daughter of Curlin was in full-stride six wide closing with a rush. This was her second start lifetime and she showed good promise this day for the Mark Thomas barn.

Sunland Park

3/26/17

Race #9 – The G-3 Sunland Derby – #2 – Hedge Fund –  1 1/8 on the main

Jose Ortiz had the call for Todd Pletcher as they shipped in from Gulfstream Park. Ortiz is known for being a solid gate rider and jumped to a quick lead and showed the way until the top of the stretch where he got a little leg weary and finished a game third. The pace may have been a little easier as the odds-on favorite Bronze Age from the Bob Baffert barn stumbled at the start and eased. – I think we’ll see maturing three-year-old who can show the way right to the winner’s circle.