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Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – April 17th

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 4/17/2021

by: Ed Meyer

Keeneland

Race #9 – The G-2 Elkhorn – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:30 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Red Knight / #2 – Say the Word / #7 – North Dakota

#10 Red Knight hails from the Bill Mott barn with James Graham in the saddle. He’s been away from the races for 4 months and Mott scores 16% with layoff runners. He is 4 for 5 ITM going the distance and two for two ITM over the oval. With the early speed keeping the pace manageable, look for this son of PurePrize to get involved when the fan out turning for home. #2 Say the Word is a late runner for trainer Phil D’Amato and the red hot Luis Saez in the irons. 2nd time off the shelf with a bullet work shows good signs, and Saez wins 19% with late runners turning for home. #7 North Dakota is a late runner for Shug McGaughey and exits the G1 Pegasus Turf at GP. He picks up John Velasquez and could complete your exotics with a lane run in the lane to brighten up trifecta and superfecta tickets. He beat the top choice in here and should be considered a player.

Oaklawn Park

Race #9 – The G-2 Oaklawn Hcp- 1 1/8 – 5:49 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #6-Owendale / #2- Express Train / #1 – Silver Slate

#6 Owendale comes from the Brad Cox barn with Florent Geroux in the saddle.  3rd off the layoff yields a 28% win clip for the barn and is 5 for 6 ITM going the distance. He’ll come running late and Geroux wins 30% with the connections. He was a beaten favorite last out and sports a bullet work coming into the race. #2 Express Train is a stalker coming from the John Sheriffs’ barn. They cut back in distance and take a class drop going in the starting gate. Juan Hernandez makes the trip to Hot Springs and has finished 2 for 2 ITM aboard this son of Union Rags. #1 Silver Slate is a son of Hard Spun for Steve Asmussen and Ricardo Santana going for his 5th straight win moving up in class. Drawing the rail and 2 for 2 with wins at OP make him hard to overlook.

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Race #11 – The G-1Apple Blossom – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 7:09 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #6-Monmoy Girl / #2 – Swiss Skydiver / #3 -Letruska

#6 Monomoy Girl is making her second start of the year and looks to keep her winning record going for the Brad Cox barn. She is a versatile gal who can stalk or jump right to the front with a lack of pace. Florent Geroux fits her like a glove and will break close on the outside staying out of traffic. She should on the lead or just on the outside keeping the leader in sight. #2 Swiss Skydiver is a stalker as well and has faced Monomoy in the past. She gets a good post draw for Kenny McPeek and Robby Albarado. She is 1 for 1 at OP making her second start of the year.  #3 Letruska is a speedy daughter of Super Saver and should go right to the front to steal the race by slowing down the fractions under Irad Ortiz. She is game but will have her hands full trying to slow the pace down against the top two. Major player to complete exotics.

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Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – April 10th

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 4/10/2021

by: Ed Meyer

Keeneland Race #9 – The G-3 Lexington Stakes – 1 1/16 – 5:30 pm

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Swiftsure / #7 – Proxy / #5 – Unbridled Honor

#2 Swiftsure is a lightly raced son of Uncle Mo for Steve Asmussen with Irad Ortiz in the irons. He is 2 for 2 lifetime with one start in 2020 and 2021. He has a speedy style and with Ortiz in the saddle could very easily settle just off the speed. His dam Island Saint is stakes placed and has one starter with one winner to her credit. Ortiz wins 24% with early type runners and should be in the catbird seat turning for home in the short stretch. #7 Proxy is a speedy son of Pulpit for Mike Stidham and John Velasquez. He is 5 for 6 ITM and should flash good early foot. If you take a look at his PP’s you’ll see his best races were on Lasix. That is my only question keeping him out of the top spot; but with a bullet work, he’ll take plenty of action at the windows. Demand better than the morning line odds before making any decisions. #5 Unbridled Honor is a late runner for the Todd Pletcher barn with Julien Leparoux getting the nod. His last race in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby was better than it looked. He finished up strong and ships in from TBD where the Pletcher barn wins 24% with new surroundings. He may be blooming at the right time and the bullet work catches my attention over the deep Palm Beach course.

Race#10 – The G-1 Jenny Wiley – 1 1/16 on the turf – 6:03 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Micheline / #4 – Etoile / #2 – Tamahere

#1 Micheline hails from the Mike Stidham barn with red hot rider Luis Saez in the irons. She cuts back in distance and will be rolling late in the lane. Her victory in the G2 Hillsborough at TBD was strong last out and she is making her second start of the year with a bullet work to prepare. #4 Etoile is coming off a five month layoff for Chad Brown and Javier Castellano in the irons. Her first start of the year and should be closing late as she shortens in distance. Castellano wins 29% with Brown and shipping in off a long layoff fits Chad Brown well as he wins 30% with freshened runners. #2 Tamahere makes her first start of the year for Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz. A late runner who has done well with shipping to the states. Ortiz is a very strong closing runner and wins 28% with his turf runners.

Oaklawn Park

Race #12 – The G-1 Arkansas Derby – 1 1/8 – 7:41 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Concert Tour / #3 – Hozier / #1  Super Stock

#5 Concert Tour hails from the Baffert barn with Joel Rosario in the irons. He is a perfect 3 for 3 and should be a major pace player. He won his only start at OP and has a bullet work to tighten the screws moving forward. Rosario has been riding very well wherever he hangs his tack and has a 57% win clip teaming up with Bob Baffert. #3 Hozier is a son of Pioneer of the Nile for Bob Baffert and Martin Garcia. He ran a game 2nd against the favorite in here and will be running late. The bullet work and added distance make him dangerous. #1 Super Stock is a mid pack stalker for Steve Asmussen. This is his 2nd start of the year and will be a factor in the exotics. They switch back to Ricardo Santana who is the Asmussen go to rider. The extra half furlong should help his causes drawing the rail and saving ground when the real running gets going.

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – April 3rd

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 4/3/2021

by: Ed Meyer

Aqueduct

Race #10 – The G-2 Wood Memorial – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 5:58pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Crowded Trade / #4 – Risk Taking / #6 – Prevalence

#2 Crowded Trade hails from the Chad Brown with Eric Cancel in the irons. He’s a late runner and just missed in the G3 Gotham after bobbling at the start. Brown wins 48% 2nd time going a route and a few solid works leading up to the race. Look for a late run as they near the quarter pole. #4 Risk Taking goes to post for Chad Brown with a perfect 2 for 2 over the track with wins. I liked his effort winning the G3 Withers going 9f and with Irad Ortiz in the saddle look for a strong late kick as he has won twice going the distance. Ortiz wins 31% with his route runners. #6 Prevalence has good speed from the Brendan Walsh barn shipping up from GP. Tyler Gaffalione has the call and I’m looking for a quick break to be near the front of the pack. He is a perfect two for two and looks to keep his record intact moving up the class ladder off a bullet work.

Keeneland

Race #9 – The G-1 Ashland – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 5:30 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Malathaat / #3 – Simply Ravishing / #2 – Pass the Champagne

#5 Malathaat goes to post for Todd Pletcher and Joel Rosario. She is the daughter of Curlin who is a perfect 3 for 3 lifetime. She is cutting back from 9f and should relish a perfect stalking trip. She has been away for 90 days and Pletcher wins 28% with layoff runners. #3 Simply Ravishing is a stalking type runner and gets Luis Saez back in the saddle for Kenny McPeek. This is her 1st start of 2021 and was the winner of the G1 Alcibiades last year at KEE. Look for a closeup trip in the hands of Saez. #2 Pass the Champagne is a deep closer for George Weaver and Javier Castellano. This is a big jump in class and was impressive in victory last out. Her dam Champagne Taste has 7 starters with 7 winners to her credit.

Race #11 – The G-2 Bluegrass Stakes – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 6:35 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Essential Quality / #5 – Rombauer / #3 – Highly Motivated

#4 Essential Quality is a son of Tapit from the Brad Cox barn. He is a perfect 4 for 4 lifetime and makes his 2nd start of the 2021 racing season. Luis Saez is the pilot and has been aboard for three of his four lifetime wins. 2nd time off a layoff yields the Cox barn a 28% win clip. Look for a close stalking trip keeping an eye on the pace. #5 Rombauer was nominated to the Jeff Ruby but opted for a trip over the KEE dirt. He is a deep closer and is maturing with every start. His closing win in the El Camino Real was impressive for trainer Mike McCarthy and they switch to high percentage money rider Florent Geroux. The Ruby was a 100 point Derby race but they opted to get back to the dirt. He ran a decent effort in the BC Juvenile. He’s been off for 49 days, but the barn scores 19% with layoff runners. #3 Highly Motivated hails from the Chad Brown barn with Javier Castellano. The G3 Gotham was a very good prep for good things ahead and Castellano has been aboard this closer every time. The added distance should fit his needs well.

Santa Anita

Race#6 – The G-2 Santa Anita Oaks – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 5:30 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Beautiful Gift / #3 – Soothsay / #1 – Moraz

#5 Beautiful Gift hails from the Bob Baffert barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. Her victory in the G3 Santa Ysabell was a top display of a stalker with patience. She is 2 for 2 ITM at SA and Johnny V looks for his 2nd straight win. #3 Soothsay just broke her maiden for Richard Mandella and Flavien Prat. She stretches out to a distance for the first time, and her morning works signal good things moving forward. #1 Moraz draws the golden rail under Umberto Rispoli for Mike McCarthy. The rail is winning at 24%, and she is 3 for 3 ITM over the course. Rispoli is a hot rider who is 11 for 15 ITM the past seven days. Look for a stalking trip saving ground along the rail.

Race #8 – The G-1 Santa Anita Derby – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 6:30 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / # 2 – Dream Shake / #7 – Medina Spirit / #3 – Rock Your World

#2 Dream Shake hails from the Peter Eurton barn with Flavien Prat in the irons. he had an impressive maiden win sprinting, but the extra distance may have caught him a little flat footed. He sports some sparkling works and this lightly raced colt may be ready to move forward. Prat wins 38% with Eurton and 23% with closers. #7 Medina Spirit is a speedster from the Bob Baffert barn. John Velasquez in the saddle and they bring a tough game every time they hit the track. Baffert is winning 30% at the meet and could be dangerous with added distance if left alone on the lead. #3 Rock Your World is a stalker from the John Sadler barn. They are a perfect 2 for 2, but both wins were on the grass. Making the turf to dirt change yields Sadler a 22% win clip. This son of Candy Ride should be right off the speed and looks to up his game against this level of competition. Sadler making the move from turf to dirt in G1 competition leaves me feeling he likes what he sees in his runner.

 

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – March 20

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 3/20/2021

by: Ed Meyer

Fair Grounds

Race #11 – The New Orleans Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:12 pm

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BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Owendale / #1 – Roadster / #3 – Olliemyboy

#2  Owendale makes his 2nd start off the layoff for Brad Cox who scores at a 27% win clip on this move. He is 2 for 3 ITM at FG and gets added distance where he is 4 for 5 ITM. A strong closer in the hands of Florent Geroux should be effective in a slow pace projected race where he’ll come calling at the top of the lane. #1 Roadster comes off a one year layoff for Mike Stidham and John Velasquez. He does well coming in fresh and gets the acid test today. He should be placed mid pack and looks to kick off the year with a solid stalking trip. #3 Olliemyboy makes his 3rd start off the layoff for Norm Casse and Irad Ortiz. This is a big jump in class and owns a perfect 2 for 2 at FG. Ortiz is a great finishing rider and he’ll be looking to come flying late in the lane.

Race #12 – The G-2 Muniz Memorial – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:43 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Colonel Liam / #8 -Spooky Channel / #1 – Factor This

#5 Colonel Liam hails from the Pletcher barn with Irad Ortiz in the irons. They win 31% as a team and this late runner comes off a win in the Pegasus Cup Turf at GP. He gets Lasix added and turns back in distance. Look for a strong late punch under Ortiz who wins 26% with late running turf horses. #8 Spooky Channel is a late runner taking a hike up the class ladder after scoring in the G3 Connelly at Sam Houston. Florent Geroux in the saddle and his patient style is a plus off a 48 day layoff. #1 Factor This is a speedy runner from the Brad Cox barn drawing the rail under Shaun Bridgmohan who wins 20% with early style runners. 2nd start off the shelf and was beaten chalk last out. He is 3 for 4 ITM at FG and will jump quickly at the break.

Race  #13 – The G-2 FG Oaks – 1 1/16 – 6:14 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Clairiere / #8 – Travel Column / #4 – Li’l Tootsie

#6 Clairiere is a late running daughter of Curlin for Steve Asmussen with Joe Talamo aboard. She turned back Travel Column last out in a very impressive performance with a flawless ride. She is 3 for 3 going this distance and owns some solid morning works moving forward. Joe Talamo stays aboard and should give another good account of this filly. #8 Travel Column is a late runner for the Brad Cox barn with Florent Geroux in the driver’s seat. This is her second start of the year and should improve to make the battle go to round number two for the morning line favorites. Geroux fits like a glove and sports some good morning works. #4 Li’l Tootsie is a lightly raced closer for the Thom Amoss barn with Luis Saez in the irons. She had an impressive maiden win, and her last effort showed she may be special moving forward.

Race #14 – The G-2 – Louisiana Derby – 1 3/16 – 6:44 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Mandaloun / #4 – Proxy / #3 – Run Classic

#6 Mandaloun is a mid pack stalker who can patiently wait and pounce for the Brad Cox barn with Florent Geroux in the saddle. He is 2 for 2 ITM at FG and was impressive winning the G2 Risen Star. Geroux wins 26% with Cox and should be just off the leaders. The works are sharp and he should be a big part of the Derby trail with a top effort. #4 Proxy should be a major pace player for Mike Stidham and Johnny Velasquez. This son of Tapit is maturing and looks to stamp his ticket to Louisville. #3 Run Classic is a lightly raced son of Runhappy and makes the big jump up the class ladder. She hails from the Bret Calhoun barn with B.J. Hernandez in the saddle. That was an impressive maiden win, but he’ll need to kick his game into high gear today. Use in your exotics at a solid price.

 

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – March 13

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 3/13/2021

by: Ed Meyer

Oaklawn Park

Race #5 – The G-2 Azeri – 1 1/16 – 3:03 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Getridofwhatailesu / #5 – Shedaresthedevil / #3 – Letruska

#4  Getridofwhatailesu has the services of Javier Castellano in the irons for Brad Cox. This daughter of Ghostzapper is 4 for 4 ITM over the OP strip and with rain predicted the entire weekend her win over a sealed sloppy track at OP may come in handy. She is stepping up in class for the acid test, but I think her affinity for the track and a soft surface may have her right in the picture. #5  Shedaresthedevil hails from the Brad Cox barn with Florent Geroux aboard. She cuts back from 9f as a beaten favorite in the G1 Spinster off a 5 month layoff. Cox scores 23% with layoff runners returning and been working over the deep FG oval. #3  Letruska is a speedy daughter of Super Saver who is 2 for 2 ITM at OP and will sport a quick turn of foot. She is 3 for 3 at the distance coming off a bullet work.

Race #11 – The G-2 Rebel – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 6:16 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Get Her Number/# 7 – Concert Tour / #6 – Keepmeinmind

#4 – Get Her Number is a son of Dialed In for Peter Miller shipping in from California off a win in the G1 American Pharoah. He has been away for 5 months and Castellano picking up the mount is a plus. he shows some solid works and coming in with fresh legs may be just what the doctor ordered. # 7  Concert Tour hails from the Bob Baffert barn and is a perfect 2 for 2.  Joel Rosario stays aboard fresh off a win in the G2 San Vincente. He ships in from SA and Baffert wins 30% with his shippers. His bullet work of 1:11.2 is pretty impressive. #6  Keepmeinmind is a deep closer for the red hot Robertino Diodoro barn winning 29% at the meet. He’s been off for three months, but if you look at his past efforts at CD and KEE in the Breeders’ Cup you can see plenty of back class. David Cohen has the call and the barn comes back to score 26% off a last race win.

Santa Anita

Race #8 – The G-1 Beholder – 1 mile – 7:20 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Harvest Moon / #1 – Swiss Skydiver / #6 – As Time Goes By

#3  Harvest Moon is a daughter of Uncle Mo coming off a 4 month layoff for Simon Callaghan. She is a perfect 3 for 3 going a mile and has the services of Flavien Prat. She will lay just off the pace and make the winning move before the quarter pole. Prat fits her well and he wins 28% with stalkers. #1  Swiss Skydiver comes in for Ken McPeek with Robby Albarado making the trip. She has been off for four months and two back schooled the boys in the G1 Preakness. She’ll be right off the leader waiting to pounce and won the SA Oaks last year. #6  As Time Goes By steps up in class off a 55 day rest.  This Baffert runner should be right on the pace and is 2 for 2 ITM at SA. Mike Smith in the saddle is a bonus making a class hike. I think she’ll be a player in exotics.

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – March 6

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 3/6/2021

by: Ed Meyer

Race #6 – The G-2 San Felipe – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 5:30 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Life is Good / #3 – Medina Spirit / #7 – Roman Centurian

#1 Life is Good is a speedster from the Bob Baffert barn with Mike Smith in the saddle. Been off for two months and the barn comes back to score 31% with fresh legs. Smith wins 30% with speed and this son of Into Mischief should improve off the layoff. #3 Medina Spirit is another speedy runner from the Baffert barn and has John Velasquez in the saddle. He should be just off the leader and make a move into the far turn. His 2 bullet works catch your attention. #7 Roman Centurian is a deep closer for Simon Callaghan and has faced some of the top runners in here. This son of Empire Maker will come calling late at a square price.

 

Race #8 – The G-2 San Carlos –  7f – 6:30 pm 

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Storm the Court / #7 – Exaulted / # 8 – Loud Mouth

#1 Storm the Court hails from the Peter Eurton barn with Johnny V in the irons. He makes the turf to dirt switch and a big cut back in distance. He should show close up speed on the turnback and will be a factor with the rail draw winning at 31%. #7 Exaulted is a let runner from the Eurton barn making his 2nd start off the layoff. He is 4 for 4 ITM over the course with Mike Smith aboard. #8 Loud Mouth is a solid stalker making a move up the class ladder. Should make a solid move on the far turn and shoot to complete your exotics.

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Race #9 – The G-1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 7:00 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Flavius / #1 – Smooth LIke Straight / #2  – Hit the Road

#6 Flavius is a late runner making his first start of 2021 for Chad Brown with Flavien Prat aboard. His dam Starformer has 3 starts, 3 wins, and 3 turf wins to her credit. Prat wins 22% with his late runners on the sod and this son of War Front has some nice works to build upon. #1 Smooth Like Straight is a stalker for Mike McCarthy and 5 for 6 ITM over the course. He draws the rail with Umberto Rispoli and he wins 21% with his up close runners on the green. This is his 1st start of 2021. #2 Hit the Road is a late runner with Florent Geroux aboard for Dan Blacker. He is seeking his 4th straight win and steps up in class. Geroux wins 20% with late running turf horses.

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Race #10 – The G-1 Santa Anita Handicap – 1 1/4 miles dirt – 7:30 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 -Maxfield / #6 – Idol / #1 – Independence Hall

#2 Maxfield is a stalker under Florent Geroux for Brendan Walsh. He is a perfect 5 for 5 and looks to be the major danger. Geroux is seeking his 3rd straight win and this son of Street Sense has the goods. His last race was impressive coming off a beat slow at the break but recovered very professionally. #6 Idol is a son of Curlin For Richard Baltas and always brings his best. Joel Rosario in the irons and should be running late. Maybe the added ground will show a new dimension as Rosario wins 21% with routers. #1 Independence Hall is a son of Constitution for Mike McCarthy. He has been knocking heads with some of the tough guys of racing and gets a rail draw under Flavien Prat who knows the course winning 28% with early stalkers. His bullet work has to give you a good reason to use in exotics.

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – Feb. 27

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 2/27/2021

by: Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park

Race #4 – The G-2 Mac Diarmida – 1 3/8 on the turf – 12:55 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Temple / #7 – Aquaphobia / #3 – Tide of the Sea

#1 Temple is a fast closing son of Temple City who is making his 2nd off the layoff . Irad Ortiz aboard for Mike Maker and they score 28% as a team.  He’s a horse for the course going 10 for 10 ITM over the GP oval. He will be rolling late down the lane. #7 Aquaphobia is a late runner in the hands of Jose Ortiz who wins 19% with late runners on the green. This is his 2nd start of the year and Mike Maker wins 20% second off the layoff. They score 27% as a team going to post. #3 Tide of the Sea is a speedy son of English Channel for Mike Maker and Tyler Gaffalione. He should provide plenty of early foot, and can be dangerous if left alone or set up the closers above.

Race#9 – The G-2 Gulfstream Mile – 1 mile – 3:27 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #4- Performer / #5 – Fearless / #6 – Avant Garde

#4 Performer is a stalking son of Speightstown for Shug McGaughey. He is 1 for 1 at GP and exits off a win where the barn scores 18% the next time out. Jose Ortiz in the saddle and he is a patient hand in the irons who wins 25% with the trainer. He is 3 for 3 ITM at the distance and should be a major factor. #5 Fearless is a fast closer for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz who is one of the best finishing riders in the world. Ortiz wins 29% with routes and 23% with closing runners. This son of Ghostzapper is a perfect 2 for 2 at GP and Ortiz and Pletcher get their picture taken 27%as a team. He’ll come rolling on the far turn. #6 Avant Garde is a stalker in the hands of Javier Castellano. The runner loves GP going 7 for 7 ITM and should be a part of all of your gimmicks. 2nd start of the year and gets a big time rider change to the talented Castellano.

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Race#12 – The G-2 Davona Dale – 1 mile – 5:04 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 -Millefueille / #3 – Vequist / #6 – Crazy Beautiful

#5 Millefeuille is a stalking daughter of Curlin for Bill Mott and John Velasquez. I like she ran 9f as a baby and ran a very game race. She has been off for 2 months and working at Payson Park. I think we’ll see maturity and a close up run keeping the pace honest. Dangerous player. #3 Vequist is a daughter of Nyquist with Irad Ortiz in the driver’s seat for Robert Reid. She won the BC Juvenile Fillies and looks to kick off her 2021 campaign in a big way. #6 Crazy Beautiful hails from the Ken McPeek barn. He is patient with his babies and if you look over her last six races, five of which show promise. I’m looking for a solid effort and a run at the top of the lane.

Race#14 – The Fountain of Youth -1 1/16 – 6:10pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Greatest Honour / #2 -Prime Factor / #1 – Drain the Clock

#8 Greatest Honour hails from the Shug McGaughey barn with Jose Ortiz in the saddle. He is a closing of Tapit and will be rolling late. He is a perfect 2 for 2 at GP and Ortiz wins 22% with late runners. The one to beat. #2 Prime Factor is a speedy son of Quality Road for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz. He wins 28% with speed runners in his grasp and has an ultra patient style of allowing his runners to settle. Lightly raced and was heavily bet last out against the favorite in this race. Look for improvement 2nd off the layoff. #1 Drain the Clock is an early runner for Saffie Joseph and Edgard Zayas. He draws the rail which is winning at 24% and the rider and trainer win 29% as a team. Look for a quick break and an effort to steal the race down the backstretch.

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – Feb. 20

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 2/20/2021

by: Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park Race #11 – The G-3 Royal Delta – 1 1/16 – 5:16 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Eres Tu / #2 – Gibberish / #1 – High Regard

#3 Eres Tu is a daughter of Malibu Moon coming off a 56 days layoff seeking her 4th straight win. She sports some bullet works and cuts back in distance for Arnaud Delacour who wins 22% with his shippers. A perfect stalker in the hands of Irad Ortiz as he wins 23% with his stalking  runners. #2 Gibberish is a speedy daughter of Lea for Saffie Joseph and Tyler Gaffalione. Been off for two months and working red hot in the mornings. She is 3 for 4 ITM at GP and should come out winging. #1 High Regard is a deep closer for Victoria Oliver and Javier Castellano. The rail is winning at 19% for the meet and exits off an impressive win at CD. Castellano wins 20% with closers and should fire fresh coming off the shelf.

 

Laurel

Race #7 – The G-3 Barbara Fritchie – 7f – 3:46 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Hello Beautiful / #3 – Don’tletsweetfoolya / #1 – Sharp Star

#8 Hello Beautiful is a speedy daughter of Golden Lad for Brittany Russell and Sheldon Russell.  They win 27% as a team and makes her 2nd start of 2021. She should be right off the lead and look to work out a perfect trip drafting behind the leaders. #3 Don’tletsweetfoolya sports plenty of early foot and is 6 for 7 ITM an Laurel. Jevian Toledo in the irons seeking his 6th straight win. She’s been off 56 days and looks to fire fresh from her past performances. #1 Sharp Star has been away for 48 days and is a strong late runner. She is 2 for 2 ITM going 7f and should relish the fast early pace today.

Race #8 – The G-3 General George – 7f – 4:19 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Laki / #2 – Funny Guy / #6 – Share the Ride

#1 Laki is a late runner for a barn that wins a strong 20% in graded stakes. He gets added distance from 6f and sports a bullet work on 2/6/21 going 46.2.  Talented runner should be a little closer than usual and drawing the rail should allow him to save ground. Horacio Karamanos has the call for Damon Dilodovico. #2 Funny Guy Is a late running son of Big Brown for John Terranova and Sheldon Russell who is winning 24% at the meet. This is his 2nd start of the year and is 4 for 5 ITM going 7f. #6 Share the Ride is a stalking son of Candy Ride making his 3rd off the layoff move. He was a beaten favorite last out and the barn comes back to score 20% on this move.

 

Santa Anita

Race #7 – The G-2 Buena Vista – 1 mile on the turf – 6:30 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Red Lark / #8 – Charmaine’s Mia / #2 – Mucho Unusual

#5 Red Lark is a daughter of Epaulette (AUS) for Patrick Gallagher and Drayden Van Dyke in the irons. DVD is ITM 36% with his turf runners and should have this late running gal in good order turning for home. She’s been off 56 days and drops back down in class. #8 – Charmaine’s Mia is a daughter of The Factor for Phil D’Amato with Flavien Prat aboard. She is 1 for 1 at SA and is a patient mid pack stalker. Prat wins 28% with his stalking turf runners and the barn scores 21% 2nd time off the shelf. Factor in the bullet works and she’s a big player to be respected. #2 Mucho Unusual is a Mucho Macho Man daughter who is 9 for 9 ITM at SA. She is seeking her 3rd straight win with Abel Cedillo in the irons. She is 7 for 8 ITM at the distance and her dam Not Unusual has five starters, 5 winners, and 5 turf winners to her credit.

SAUDI CUP ON SATURDAY

The inaugural running of The Saudi Cup saw 22 Group or Grade 1 winners compete across an eight-race card for a total prize pot of over $29M.  In 2021 the prize purse was increased to $30.5M and the number of Group and Grade 1 winners entered to run this Saturday is 31. A new race on the card is the $500,000 Saudi International Handicap, introduced for horses trained in developing racing nations.

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – Feb. 13

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 2/13/2021

 

by: Ed Meyer

Fair Grounds Race #10 – The G-3 Mineshaft – 1 1/16 – 5:44 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Wells Bayou / #4 – Maxfield / #3 – Chess Chief

#2 Wells Bayou is a son of Lookin At Lucky for Brad Cox with John Velasquez in the irons. Speedy colt who is 2 for 2 ITM at FG and exits a beaten favorite effort in the G3 Louisiana. Switches over to John Velasquez from Florent Geroux who has the mount on Maxfield. 2nd start off the layoff and a bullet work to sharpen up for this race. #4 Maxfield is an undefeated son of Street Sense for Brendan Walsh with Florent Geroux in the saddle. A late pack stalker who should benefit from a red hot pace. He is 1 for 1 at FG with a win and been off for 56 days seeking his 5th in a row. #3 Chess Chief hails from the Dallas Stewart barn with James Graham aboard. He is 5 for 7 ITM at FG and makes his 3rd off a layoff move today.

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Race #11 – The G-3 Fair Grounds Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 6:16 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Factor This / #3 – Artie’s Rumor / #4 – Danceteria

#8 Factor This is a speedy son of The Factor for Brad Cox with Shaun Bridgmohan in the saddle. He exits a beaten favorite effort at GP and is 3 for 3 ITM at FG. He’s been away for two months and shows a quick turn of foot. Cox wins 30% coming off a beaten chalk angle and sports a sharp work in preparation. #3 Artie’s Rumor hails from the Mike Maker barn with B.J. Hernandez in the irons. A solid stalker who has been knocking on the door and 5 for 7 ITM at FG. His last race looked like a perfect prep moving up the class ladder. #4 Danceteria enters for Graham Motion and John Velasquez in the irons. He’s a late runner and should benefit from 2nd time Lasix and is eligible to improve off his last race.

 

Race #12 – The G-2 Rachel Alexandra – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 6:47 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Clairiere / #8 – Travel Column / #2 – Souper Sensational

#1 Clairiere is a daughter of Curlin for Steve Asmussen with Joe Talamo in the saddle. She draws  the rail off a two month layoff and sports a sharp work. Talamo picks up the call and should lay right off the pace poised to pounce. #8 Travel Column hails from the Brad Cox barn with Florent Geroux in the saddle. A daughter of Frosted who is a strong late runner. She’s been off for 2 months and the barn has been red hot going 7 for 12 ITM over the course. She is ready for a 2021 campaign and should come gunning when they round the far turn. #2 Souper Sensational is a daughter of Curlin for Mark Casse and Declan Carroll. She is 3 for 3 ITM lifetime and makes her 2nd start of the 2021 season. Her last race showed promise coming off the Woodbine synthetic.

 

Race #13 – The G-2 Risen Star – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 7:18 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Mandaloun / #12 – Keepmeinmind / #4 – Carillo

#11 Mandaloun gets first time blinkers where the Brad Cox barn wins 24% on this equipment change. Florent Geroux has the call and he wins 30% with Cox. A late runner by Into Mischief should come motoring late off his bullet work over the track. The distance should be no problem with his style of running. #12 Keepmeinmind hails from Robertino Diodoro barn with David Cohen getting the call. A late running colt who scored in the G2 at CD. He has a bullet work at OP and should give a good account of himself today. #4 Carillo enters for Thom Amoss and James Graham. A late running colt who is 1 for 1 shipping in from AQU. Amoss wins 22% with his shippers and the rider trainer combo has been 7 for 14 ITM the past few weeks. Look for a string late move from Graham who wins 18% with late runners.

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – Feb. 6th

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – Feb. 6th

By: Ed Meyer

Aqueduct

Race#8 – The G-3 Withers – 1 1/8 miles dirt -4:25 pm

BetPTC.com Selections /#3 – Capo Kane / #9 – Eagle Orb / #5 – Risk Taking

#3 Capo Kane is a son of Street Sense with Dylan Davis in the driver’s seat. He sports blistering speed and looks for his third straight win. He dropped Lasix last out and drew off impressively. After winning the Jerome he owns a bullet work moving to this level. Very dangerous on the lead. #9 Eagle Orb is a son of Orb making his 2nd start of 2021 for Rudy Rodriguez with Jorge Vargas in the saddle. This New York bred gets a rider change and they team up well together winning 22%. He’s a solid stalker and can track the pace from the catbird seat. #5 Risk Taking is a deep closer from the Chad Brown barn with Eric Cancel in the irons. He’s been away for 55 days and exits off an impressive score. The rider has been 13 for 23 ITM the past week.

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Tampa Bay

Race #8 – The G-3 – Tampa Bay – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:30 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Eons / #10 – Fancy Liquor / #12 – Greyas Creek

#8 Eons hails from the barn of Arnaud Delacour and Samy Camacho in the saddle. This is his 2nd start of the year and was a beaten favorite last out. The barn comes back to score 23% looking for payback and this stalker looks to move forward off his last effort. #10 Fancy Liquor is an up close stalker from the Mike Maker barn with Hector Diaz in the saddle. Look for a solid break, and with the bullet works should give a solid account of himself. #12 Greyas Creek goes to post for Chad Brown with John Velasquez in the saddle. A solid closer moving up in class could help his causes as the barn has been 4 for 4 ITM the past two weeks. He comes off a 49 day break looking for his 4th straight win.

Race#10 – The G-3 – Endeavor Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:32 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Counterparty Risk / #6 – New York Girl /#8 – Irony of Reality

#5 Counterparty Risk is a daughter of Australia (GB) for Chad Brown and Johnny Velasquez in the saddle. She is 2 for 3 ITM and ships in from California where the barn wins 28% of the time. She’s a late runner and the barn has been 4 for 4 ITM the past few weeks. Look for a big effort in the lane. #6 New York Girl hails from the Bill Mott barn with Junior Alvarado getting the call. She’s a late runner who shipped over from Leopardstown (IRE) two races back, and the first time Lasix did the trick at 1st asking in the states. Rider and trainer team up to score 27% as a team. #8 Irony of Reality is a late running daughter of Animal Kingdom for Ron Potts and Huber Villa Gomez. She is 4 for 6 ITM at TBD. She can come motoring down the lane late in the race.

Race#11 – The G-3 – Sam F. Davis – 1 1/16 – 5:02pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #3- Known Agenda /#8 – Nova Rags / #5 – Smiley Sobotka

#3 Known Agenda is a late running son of Curlin who ran into some trouble last out in the G2 Remsen. He hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with John Velasquez getting the call. He’s been away for two months and I’m tossing out his last eventful race getting knocked around pretty good. The distance and company fit and should be a major danger. #8 Nova Rags is a late running son of Union Rags for Bill Mott and Samy Camacho. This is his 2nd start of the year and getting Lasix last out seemed to do the trick. Camacho is ITM 51% with his late runners and should come calling when the real running begins. #5 Smiley Sobotka is a son of Brody’s Cause for Dale Romans and Daniel Centeno. He’s been off for 49 days and should break fresh. The rider is 11 for 14 ITM the past week and sports a sharp work coming into the race.

Santa Anita

Race#3 – The G-3- Las Virgenes – 1 mile – 4:03 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Moonlight d’Oro / #2 – Kalypso / #1 – Moraz

#3 Moonlight d’Oro hails from the Dick Mandella barn with Flavien Prat in the driver’s seat. She’s a perfect stalker who appears to better with every race. Prat is an excellent rider who is known for patience and a strong late punch. She’s been away for 55 days and owns a bullet work looking to kick off 2021. #2 Kalypso is a speedy daughter of Brody’s Cause for Bob Baffert and Joel Rosario.  They are winning at a 50% clip from a small sampling as a team and she has faced some tough gals early on. Rosario wins 23% of his early runners and will send once the gate breaks.  #1 Moraz is a lightly raced deep closer. She got 1st Lasix last out and broke her maiden impressively for Mike McCarthy and Umberto Ripoli. She is moving up in class and has some solid works for today.