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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – July 13

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Saratoga Race #3 – The G3 Sanford – 6f – 2:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Cucina / #5 – By Your Side / #2 – Raging Whiskey

#3 Cucina hails from the Mark Casse barn with Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle. This son of Northern Afleet should be right with the leaders from the break. Solid maiden win in the slop at Belmont and should relish the added ground. #5 By Your Side comes from the barn of Eddie Kenneally with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. They came flying late in the lane to grab a maiden win at CD and should get another strong late kick with Ortiz in the saddle. His sire Constitution wins 44% with first timers and did not disappoint in Louisville. I’m looking for a strong late punch at the top of the lane. #2 Raging Whiskey is a son of Bourbon Courage for trainer Doug O’Neill and Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat. They are shipping in from SA going 4.5f last out and the added distance should give a perfect stalking trip.

Race #9 – The G1 Diana – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Homerique / #4 – Sistercharlie / #2 – Rushing Fall

#6 Homerique is a daughter of Exchange Rate for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle makes a 3rd off the layoff move where they win 23%. She cuts back in distance and seeks her 3rd in a row. She’s a closer and Irad wins 23% with strong late runners. #4 Sistercharlie hails from the Chad Brown barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. She’s been off for eight months since the Breeders’ Cup F&M Turf where she won. Brown wins 29% with runners off a long layoff. Her works are sharp as Johnny V looks to score her 3rd in a row. #2 Rushing Fall is a daughter of More Than Ready for trainer Chad Brown and Javier Castellano. She’s a speedy gal who is one for one at the Spa. She was ultra impressive winning the G1 Just A Game and now seeks her 5th straight win. She’s going to be ultra tough if she handles the inner turf.

Indiana Grand

Race #9 – The G3 Indiana Derby – 1 1/16 – 10:02 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Mr. Money / #10- Math Wizard / #5 – Frolic More

#11 Mr. Money is a son of Goldencents for trainer Bret Calhoun with Gabriel Saez in the irons. Calhoun is 2 for 2 ITM at Indy and he’s looking for three in a row in top form. His works are strong over the CD oval and he should stalk up close. #10 Math Wizard is a son of Algorithms with Edgard Zayas in the saddle. He’s a stalker cutting back in distance getting beat in the final strides. He should relish the lesser ground 2nd off the layoff. His dam Minister’s Baby has 7 starters, 6 winners, and a stakes winner to her credit. He’s come a long way since being claimed for $25k and looks to be finding his own stride. #5 Frolic is a son of More Than Ready for Dallas Stewart and Corey Lanerie aboard. He moves from a sprint to a route where they win 17% for the barn. Stewart is 38% ITM with his shippers and is known to come alive when the big money is on the table.

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Delaware Park

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Elate / #3 – Mopotism / #5 – Unbridled Mo

Race #9 – G2 Delaware Handicap – 1 1/4 – 5:35 pm EDT

#6 Elate is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro for the Bill Mott barn. Mott does well with layoffs as she comes in off an eight month layoff. She was a beaten favorite last out in the BC Distaff, and Mott wins 19% with fresh runners. There’s a ton of speed in here, and with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She’ll be close stalking just off the pace keeping eye on the leaders. She’s a solid gal going 8 for 10 ITM lifetime and 1 for 1 over the course.

#3 Mopotism is a daughter of Uncle Mo for Reddam Racing Llc. Doug O’Neill and Mario Gutierrez team up as she makes her third race off the shelf. Her last effort in the G2 Fleur De Lis at Churchill showed good promise as she looks to seal the deal today.

#5 Unbridled Mo is trained by Todd Pletcher and has the services of John Velasquez in the saddle. They win 39% as a team and she makes her 2nd start off a layoff dropping in class. She’ll come rolling late as Johnny V knows just when to push the button.

Indiana Grand

Race  #8 – G3 Indiana Oaks – 1 1/16 – 9:01 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Talk Veuve to Me / #7 – Skeptic / #6 – Kelly’s Humor

#5 Talk Veuve to Me comes to post for Rodolphe Brisset who was a longtime assistant to Bill Mott. She exits the G1 Acorn off a game effort against Monomoy Girl and gets added distance to dictate the pace. Julien Leparoux in the irons and she should be tough to reel in.

#7  Skeptic is the daughter of Tiznow for trainer Rusty Arnold. The barn is one for one at Indy and has the look of a midpack stalker. B.J. Hernadez Jr. in the driver’s seat and she moves up in class off two straight wins. This is the acid test she’s been wanting.

#6 Kelly’s Humor is a daughter of Midnight Lute for trainer Brad Cox. In a race filled with speed, this could set up her plans stalking just off the pace. Florent Geroux in the driver’s seat and that moves her chances up greatly.

Indiana Grand

Race #9 – G3 Indiana Derby – 1 1/16 – 9:48 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 King Zachary / #9 Funny Duck / #4 Dark Vader

#8 King Zachary should heavily supported at the windows from the Dale Romans barn. This son of Curlin has looked like a new runner since a dismal effort in the Wood Memorial. The way Robby Albarado guided him to victory in the G3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs was impressive. He’s on the improve and is poised to pounce in the 24th edition of the Indiana Derby.

#9 Funny Duck comes in off a 4th place finish in the G3 Matt Winn. It was blistering hot that night and was forced to steady at the start. Let’s toss that as a bad night. Rusty Arnold is the conditioner with B.J. Hernandez Jr. in the saddle. He ran 4th last out and I’m looking for some big improvement today. His race record the last four is one good and one bad. Maybe it’s time to fire off a big effort.

#4 Dark Vader is the son of Tale of Ekati for trainer Peter Eurton. This Ohio bred ran a big race in the Easy Goer getting beat a neck after bobbling at the start. He’s a good stalker making his 3rd off the layoff. He has a sharp morning work at Santa Anita preparing for this race and seeing a huge effort would not surprise me at all.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 11/30/17

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The winter ovals are opening the doors and we’re ready to follow the horses as they make their next stop. But as we ready for the next oval, we need to keep our eyes open for problem runners who have an excuse. They may not have had a good break, stumbled or blocked down the lane. As handicappers, we are always looking to build our bankroll and there is no better time than now. – Just keep your eyes peeled and have these runners on your radar. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

Churchill Downs

11/18/17

Race #4 – #9 – Sky Promise – 1 1/16 on the turf 

#9 – Sky Promise = Son of Sky Mesa for the Ken McPeek barn. He was adding first-time blinkers and had the services of Robby Albarado. The track was listed as yielding and he seems to enjoy a surface with a little “cut” to it. This day he was tracking from the back and made a strong 4 wide bid to get the show dough.

Race #7 – #2 – Like a Haint – 6f on the main

#2 – Like a Haint = Filly by Archarcharch is fresh off two straight claims and was a beaten favorite the last two. She loves CD going 5/6 ITM. She had the services of apprentice Edgar Morales and was rallying strongly on the outside. The leader and eventual winner floated out a little bit near the wire and won by a head. Some would call it race riding and others would dismiss it as a bad streak of luck. – You’ll need to follow her back as she’ll probably head to Turfway Park.

Fair Grounds

11/18/17

Race #2 – #9 – Much Trouble – 1 and 70 yards on the main

#9 -Much Trouble = Miguel Mena in the saddle for Thom Amoss. Shipping in from Indiana Grand and was a beaten favorite last out. He owned a bullet work over the course and looked to fit. He was carried out at the 3/4 and forced to check up sharply at the 1/8th pole. After all this, he still managed a strong place finish.

Del Mar

11/19/17

Race #7 – #10- Pants on Fire – 1 mile on the turf

#10 – Pants on Fire = Corey Nakatani in the irons for Richard Baltas.  3-yr-old filly by Sir Percy (GB) is regally bred for the green. She came flying and would have taken flight if she had wings. The way she maneuvered through runners and weaved in and out closing like gangbusters. – Follow her right back.

Race #8 – #2 – Solid Wager – $100k Cary Grant – 7f on the main

#2 – Solid Wager = Peter Miller is the conditioner and he has been red-hot winning 33%. He was a beaten favorite last out and was left at the post this day. – Victor Espinoza saved ground and swung out gamely making a strong 5 wide move. Everything seemed to fit and he’ll give them fits next time out.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 10/2/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Summer gave most of the country a last blast of heat and humidity. The sweltering heat will soon be replaced by cool winds and nature’s foliage show. There are less than 40 days until the Breeders’ Cup sets up shop at Del Mar and we’ll see the best-of-the-best lock horns and do battle. Until then, here are some runners to keep on your radar. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

Belmont

9/23/17

Race #3 – G3 Noble Damsel – 1 mile on the turf

#2 – Sassy Little Lila = Daughter of Artie Schiller and bred to relish the turf. She was making her 2nd start after facing the boys in the G2 Four Star Dave. She grabbed the lead and did nothing wrong this day. She caught a much tougher gal in Off Limits and will give them fits next out. I am keeping her at the top of my list as this was a winning effort running 2nd.

Race #10 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6f on the turf

#10 – Lutheran Rags = Son of Union Rags for the Christophe Clement barn making his 2nd lifetime start. The barn wins 18% on this move and he rolling 4 wide into the lane showing a strong late kick. This race was a promising effort for next time out.

Churchill Downs

9/23/17

Race #1 – Claiming – 6f on the main

#4 – Doggerwinii = 2nd start off the layoff and this daughter of Maltese Dog showed very good early speed. She stretched out from 5 1/2f to 6f and shipped in from Indiana Grand. She was squeezed at the start and still managed to take the lead. A clean trip gets her in the winner’s circle.

Race #3 – Mdn Claiming – 7f on the main

#1 – Something Bird = 3rd off the shelf for the Mike Tomlinson barn. Son of Birdstone dropped down the class ladder (27%) and drew the red-hot rail post. He was caught in tight and forced to check up sharply. He managed to get back on task and grab the show dough this day.

Belterra Park

9/23/17

Race #5 – Claiming – 1 mile on the main

#5 – Lookin at Grace = Daughter of Lookin at Lucky and was making the turf – dirt switch (25%) for the William Brumley barn. She dropped down in class and had an awkward start. She circled the field quickly but was very wide the entire race.

Race #7 – Allowance – 6f on the main

#7 – Conundrum Red = Filly by Trappe Shot for the Doug Cowans barn. 2nd start off the layoff and she won easily under wraps by 7 1/4 on this day. She was on the wrong lead and still moved with fluent motion. – I’m keeping this little lady on the short list to follow right back.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 7/19/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

All eyes were on the Hoosier State as the Indiana Derby went to post in front of a packed house at Indiana Grand. Irap returned off a three-week rest after winning the Ohio Derby, and did not disappoint his backers this day. As we prepare for the gems of summer Saratoga and Del Mar to open their doors. There are plenty of runners to keep on your radar screen. They may have had an excuse or a troubled trip last out. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

7/15/17

Belmont

Race #1 – Claiming – 6f – #4 King of Anything

#4 – King of Anything = Rajiv Maragh in the saddle for Dom Giglio. He’s been off 59 days and the trainer wins (21%) with layoff runners. He had a sharp work coming in and was pinched back at the start winding up last in the field. He spun out two wide, then five, and eventually 7 wide at the top of the lane finishing a game 4th.

Race #6 – Claiming – 7f on the turf – #4 – Stormin Maclean

#4 – Stormin Maclean = Luis Saez in the irons for Brad Cox (32%). This was his 2nd start off the layoff coming in from Keeneland. The barn wins (32%) with turf runners and was getting added ground going from 6f – 7f. He was caught in very tight against the rail losing all momentum. He is more than capable getting his picture taken next out.

Race  #7 – Mdn Claiming – 1 1/16 on the turf – #4 – Kierland

#4 – Kierland = Luis Saez for Mike Maker getting first time Lasix for a (20%) win clip. His last race came off the turf and the barn scores (21%) going dirt to turf. He uncorked a strong rally splitting runners twice down the lane closing in on the leader. He was beaten in the shadow of the wire.

 

7/14/17

Belterra Park

Race #3 – Allowance Optional Claiming – 6f on the main track – #2 – Woodland Mask

#2 – Woodland Mask = Hector Rosario Jr. in the irons and led from start to finish impressively. They set a new track record while in hand throttled down the last 1/16th of a mile in 1:08.10 – This guy has plenty more in the tank.

Race #4 – Mdn Sp Wt – 5f on the dirt – #5 Love and Mischief

#5 Love and Mischief = John McKee in the saddle for “Buff” Bradley. This filly looked great coming onto the track. This two-year-old broke sharp and was forced to take back and jog home after two horses bumped and were caught in a spill right in front of her. – Toss this race out and she’ll come back and show a better side next out.

Race #8 – Mdn Claiming – 6f on the main track – #1 – C. M. Victoria Rose

#1 – C.M. Victoria Rose = Dean Sarvis (23%) aboard for Matt Hebert (50%) this day. This daughter of Thunder Gulch was shipping in from Tampa Bay and dropping in class. She was far back in the field and came flying very strongly in the lane getting beat a head right at the wire. Play her right back and double-down if Sarvis stays in the saddle.

 

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 7/1/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Summer racing has just broke from the starting gate, and it won’t be long until your favorite ovals are in full swing. As the summer sun beats down we’ll be watching and wagering on one-of-a-kind racing. There was always something special about racing during this time. Maybe it was being off school spending time with my dad, or it could’ve been the plethora of turf racing all around the nation. Either way, the season is upon. So grab a cool drink anywhere shade can be found. It won’t last forever, and we better enjoy while the sun stills shines. – Here are some runners that should appear on your wagering radar screens next out. They have a good excuse or didn’t have their best day. If you follow them back next time out, you may be rewarded for keeping your eyes peeled. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Indiana Grand

6/21/17

Race #6 -#4 – Midnight Blvd – Hoosier Breeder Sophmores – 1 1/16

This daughter of Bellamy Road was making her second start of the year. She was 4/4 ITM and all of her races came at Indiana Grand. – She had a perfect stalking trip and was forced to check off heels at the top of the lane. This was just enough to take away her momentum and she still managed to mount a strong bid for 2nd money.

Race #8 – #6 -Gostisbehere – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 1/16 on the turf

Declan Cannon in the saddle for Charles Lopresti. This daughter of Gio Ponti is bred to love the turf and looked good coming on the track. He looked patient along the rail and was bottled up heading for home. He tried to wait and was blocked multiple times down the stretch getting beat for the whole thing.

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Belmont

6/23/17

Race #8 – #5 – Runaway Posse – Alw $77,000 – 6f on the turf

This was his second start off a three month layoff shipping in from Fair Grounds. He was 6/10 ITM over the Belmont oval. Dylan Davis was cut off sharply at the 1/16th pole by #9 /Lord of Love. – He tried to get back in action but lost all momentum in the traffic.

Belterra Park

6/25/17

Race #1 – #2 – Golden Justice – Allowance – 6f

Cheyanna Patrick in the saddle for Gary Patrick. She is 5/6 ITM at Belterra and the odds-on favorite this race. She was off slow and made a steady advance. Once clear she tipped off and made a strong late rally to be third this day. A little better start has her heading to the winner’s circle.

Race  #3 – #4 – Pray for Kitten – Mdn Claiming – 1 mile on the turf

Katie Clawson in the saddle for Wesley Ward. – Ward had great success at Royal Ascot during the week, and now he brought a first time starter to a maiden claiming race at Belterra. He came onto the track as the odds-on choice and was green at every turn. He almost unseated the rider coming onto the track, took off from the pony, and was overall anxious.  During the race he was darting in and out and finally grabbed the lead. Down the lane he started drifting and weaving and faded a bit in the stretch. I think they’ll have the bugs workled out for next race and this colt will make a good showing.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 6/20/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

All eyes were on Churchill Downs this past Saturday. – Stephen Foster Day under the lights made for a one-of-a-kind show. McCracken returned stong and mature, and if you didn’t enjoy Gun Runner’s romp winning by the largest margin in stakes history. You may want to check your pulse. – Memorial Day, Mother’s Day and now Father’s Day is in the books. That only means one thing. Real summer racing is ready to begin ! – Keep your eyes peeled for these runners who have a good excuse. They’ll return to the races and reward those who back them.  Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

6/17/17

Santa Anita

Race #6 – #2 – Pacific Wind – G-2 Honeymoon – 1 1/8 on the turf

A very nice daughter of Curlin who won at first asking over the SA turf. She has the look of a good stalker and hails from the barn of Peter Eurton (21%). This was her first start off a brief freshening and stepped up in class. She has hooked the winner the winner Sir Cat Sally twice, and was a troubled third both times. – She has a good late kick but we didn’t get a chance to see it as she was forced to steady off heels into the turn. Once she got it together she made a solid run for the show dough.

Race #9 – #3 – It Tiz Well – G-2 Summertime Oaks – 1 1/16

Mike Smith teamed up with Jerry Hollendorfer, and they know the way to the winner’s circle. She has faced some tough gals, and was (2-1) against the Kentucky Oaks winner Abel Tasman in the G-1 SA Oaks. She was forced to steady in the first turn, and again when she turned for home and tried to squeeze up the inside. – Toss this race, but you’ll have to use her in multi-race exotics to get the value you deserve.

6/17/17

Belterra Park

Race #1 – #6 – Cap’s Tale – 5f on the turf

It was his 3rd start off the layoff shipping in from Churchill Downs. This son of Tale of the Cat was stepping up in class and cutting back in distance. The turf rail was out 18 feet, and he managed a stout closing effort where speed rules the day. “Pede” Prentice split runners gaining quickly and is sure to bring the same game and more next time.

Race #4 – #9 – Sacred Promise – 1 mile on the turf

This son of Super Saver was making his first start on the turf for trainer Kellyn Gorder. He has travelled to Indiana, Turfway, Mahoning Valley and now Belterra. – He broke slowly at the break and circled six wide on a turf course that had the rail set 18 feet out. – I wouldn’t rule out another jump in class, and with a little cleaner trip he’ll give them fits.

Race #5 – #3 — Backsplash – 1 mile on the main track

Perry Ouzts aboard the Cleveland invader who left Thistledown off a win. She is a gamer who likes to run late and ready to ply her trade at Belterra. She bobbled at the start and looked awkward for most of the race. Once she got in gear, she managed a 5 wide run to be a bridesmaid this day. She is one to play right back no matter where she runs.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 5/31/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we gather around with family and friends today, let us remember and thank the many brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country.  – Memorial Day was the “unofficial” start of summer when I was a young boy. Our family would gather under the large oak tree at River Downs to enjoy a picnic lunch and watch the races. Of course we would have attended the town parade in my small town prior, and watched as my grandfather proudly walked in step with the many brave men from our hometown. It was the best of times to grow up, and seeing the pride in their faces only made me more proud. Have a safe Memorial Day, and keep your eyes peeled for good things to come !

Indiana Grand

5/25/16 – Race #3 – #1 – 6f on the dirt

#1 – More Red Roses = Fernando De La Cruz in the irons for Denis Cluey, and they have a gal in their barn who needs a good bet next out. – She trailed the pack for 3/4 of the race and started making good headway around the far turn. She was moving very well along the rail and encountered a bit of trouble getting a clean trip. Next time out she’ll seal the deal !

Indiana Grand

5/25/16 – Race #4 – #8 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#8 – Miz Liz = James Graham was in from Chicago for Christophe Clement, and she was forced to steady sharply multiple times during the race. Once she looked be under way she was “smashed” in between quitting runners and forced her to take off heels. Bet with confidence next time to the races.

Gulfstream

5/25/16 – Race #5 – #7 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#7 – Turkomani = Emisael Jaramillo had a nice runner ready to score. He moved his mount smartly along the rail to save ground and at the 1/4 and was forced to check sharply to avoid running up on heels. He found some daylight against the rail and dove over to save ground, but it was a little too late as the gap was slammed shut forcing him to take hold of his mount.

Belmont

5/26/16 – Race #4 -#2 – 7f on the dirt

#2 – Howie’s Tiz = Angel Arroyo had the call and settled his runner out nicely. He made a game move and tangled horns with the a bear from the David Jacobson barn who was the big chalk. He was forced to be second on this day, and next time out he’ll give them fits down the lane.

Belterra Park

5/28/16 – Race #7 – #3 – 1 mile on the dirt

#3 – Silent Secret = Geovany Garcia’s mount had his head turned in the starting gate and spotted the field about 20 lengths once the latch was sprung. It looked as if all hope was gone until he started flying down the backstretch and finished a quick finish third beaten only one length. The best part is he was facing a very tough speed bias and still overcame the poor start. He won’t be a secret at the windows next out.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 5/23/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The second jewel of the Triple Crown is in the books and there will be no Triple Crown winner this year. Players from all walks either prayed for the rain to benefit Exaggerator, or lived in hopes that Nyquist would continue his unbeaten streak. – When the sky opened up and Mother Nature flooded Baltimore. The fast pace set by Nyquist seemed to be the thing that dreams are made from for Team Desormeaux. – Back to the drawing board handicappers, and here are some runners you can keep watch to start building your Belmont bankroll.

Belmont

5/18/16 – Race #4 – #8 – 6f on the turf

#8 – Irish Actor = Cornelio Velasquez in the irons for Linda Rice, and this daughter of Patriot Act was making her first start in 7 months. She was dead last and came weaving through traffic for a solid fourth place effort over the quick turf. Give her a little more ground or a cleaner trip and it could be just what the doctor ordered.

Indiana Grand

5/18/16 – Race #5 – #7 – 5f on the turf

#7 – Dynamite Stick = Marcelino Pedroza  for Mike Lauer, and his mount tracked in the 2nd flight and had to take off heels at the top of the lane. He picked it up smartly and came rolling late to lose by a dirty nose at the wire.

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Belmont

5/18/16 – Race #8 – #5 – 1 1/4 on the turf

#5 – Promotional = Junior Alvarado had the call for the “mad genius” Thom Proctor. She had the best of trips and came flying like a down hill train. Once she arrived at the 1/8th pole, she was forced to take up sharply taking away all momentum.

Churchill Downs

5/21/16 – Race #1 – #6 – 1 mile on the main track

#6 – Tiz My Gal = Cisco Torres in the irons, and he saved ground all the way around the track. He had to slam on the brakes at the 1/16th pole and tried to quickly accelerate only to be a bridesmaid on this day.

Churchill Downs

5/21/16 – Race #5 – #7 – 1 1/16 on the main

#7 – Sugar Kate = Channing Hill aboard for Tim Glyshaw, and his mare was in tight and pinballed around at the start. Once e she settled out and regained her momentum, she was forced to angle out and forced to steady once again. – Keep her in the clear and Team Glyshaw gets their picture taken.

 

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 5/17/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we approach the second jewel of the Triple Crown, we begin the process of reading about the horses. There is no better time to be a horse racing fan, and this time of year has me chomping at the bit. – Try not to get locked down in superstitious beliefs this week.  You know, the tight turns of Pimlico. The short stretch, and a bevy of others that cloud our vision and get in the way of our handicapping. While you’re trying to hold back your enthusiasm, here are a few runners you can keep your eyes peeled. They deserve a good look before heading to post, and that problem trip last out can be a bumper payday next trip.

Belmont

5/11/16 – Race #5 – #2 – 6f on the turf

#2 – Spearhead = Cornelio Velasquez aboard for Jeffrey Engelhardt, and they flat out ran a huge race. – 2nd time off the shelf and good works over the Finger Lakes oval prepared this runner nicely. He ran nip and tuck all the way down the stretch to get bested by a nose from the (1-2) shot from the Mike Maker barn.

Belmont

5/11/16 – Race #6 – #2 – 6f on the main track

#2 – Indulgent = Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Kiaran McLaughlin, and she was sent off the (3-5) chalk in this mdn affair. She hopped at the start erasing all chances, and once she settled in and made a big charge for minor awards she encountered a log jam of traffic. You can bet dollars to donuts the barn will correct these butterflies before the gate break, and she’ll be a handful next time to the races.

Indiana Grand

5/11/16 – Race #4 – #8 – 4 1/2f on the main track

#8 – Envoyer = Ricardo Santana for Steve Asmussen is usually money in the bank over the Indy strip, but was bested to be second this trip. He had all of the public backing at (1-5) and horses can toss in a clunker. It doesn’t take much for short mdn sprinter to get off path going 4 1/2f, and you’ll probably need to use in multi-race exotics to find your best value next out.

Belmont

5/12/16 – Race #3 – #1 – 6f

#1 – In Condition = Manny Franco in the irons for Alan Goldberg, and his runner was stuck in the starting gate and declared a non-starter in this event as he just broke his mdn at Aqueduct last out. He shows plenty of early speed in his past performances, and you can toss this one to the wind. He’ll come out guns blazing next time to the races.

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Gulfstream Park

5/12/16 – Race #4 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#1 – Conquest Artura = Tyler Gafflione for Mark Casse and he was “all dressed up and no place to go” along the rail and blocked badly. Once the rider shifted out late and was forced to circle wide just to get a slice of minor awards. – A little better trip has the connections getting their picture taken in the winner’s circle next out.