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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 4/13/19

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Keeneland

Race #9 – The G3 Lexington – 1 1/16 – 5:34 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 – Zenden / #10 – Roiland / #2 – Hawaiian Noises

#9 Zenden is a lightly raced son of Fed Biz and has the services of Tyler Gaffalione. He is making a 3rd start off the layoff and owns a bullet work coming into the race.  He should be forwardly placed and his last two races were biased to closers. Look for TG to stay right on the hook and save enough gas down the short stretch. #10 Roiland hails from the Thomas Amoss barn and is a stone cold closer. James Grahm in the saddle and they team up to win 21%. Look for him to circle wide into the far turn. #2 Hawaiian Noises comes from the Wesley Ward barn with Johnny V in the irons. This son of Super Saver has rolled off three in a row and makes the poly to dirt switch winning the $50k Animal Kingdom at Turfway last out. He has worked three straight bullets in the morning and goes from Bejarano to John Velasquez. Go back three races and he broke his maiden going 6f at Keeneland and this will be his first time going two turns. He looks to be an up close sort with the added ground and should knock heads with plenty of early speed.

Race #10 -The G1 Jenny Wiley – 1 1/16 on the turf – 6:12 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Rushing Fall / #4 – Rymska / #8 – Onthemoonagain

#2 Rushing Fall is a daughter of More Than Ready and is 7 for 7 ITM and a perfect 3 for 3 over the Keeneland sod. She comes from the Chad Brown barn and he looks loaded for bear in this race. This is her first start of the year and comes off a 6 month layoff where Brown wins 29%. She is very versatile and can do about anything asked. She is a neck from a perfect record and Chad Brown has the hot stakes winning rider Javier Castellano in the irons for this effort. #4 Rymska is a French invader from the Chad Brown barn. This is her 3rd off the shelf and won her last where the barn scores at a 28% clip. She is a closer who turns back in distance with the hot hand of Irad Ortiz. He may be one of the best closing riders in the country and will make her appear at the top of the lane looking for the perfect trip. #8 Onthemoonagain is a daughter of Cape Cross for Chad Brown. This is her 2nd start of the year and was flat out rolling in the G2 Hillsborough at Tampa Bay. That looked like a perfect prep as they turn back in distance with a couple nice works under her belt. John Velasquez in the irons and he and Mr. Brown are winning 67% on the year as a team.

Oaklawn

Race #11 – The G1 Arkansas Derby – 1 1/8 – 7:43 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Improbable / #11 – Long Range Toddy / #7 – Galilean

#1 Improbable hails from the Bob Baffert barn and is a monster. He was bested by a neck last in the G2 Rebel. A rider change from Van Dyke to Jose Ortiz and adding blinkers may be the moves that seal the deal. This is his second start of the year and the works are red hot. Ortiz should have him in the perfect spot as a stalker and pounce with plenty of gas in the tank. #11 – Long Range Toddy comes from the Steve Asmussen barn and is three for three ITM over the Oaklawn surface. He takes to the oval and his last race rolling late to win the G2 Rebel was impressive. Distance should be no problem and Jon Court will get his best down the lane. #7 – Galilean is a speedy son of Uncle Mo and Flavien Prat in town to ride for the  Hollendorfer barn. He will be right on the engine and Prat is an excellent judge of pace. If he gets loose this California invader may enjoy his second trip over the track. Blinkers off show they are looking for answers today.

 

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

Belmont Day Recap – Ed Meyer

Ed Meyer provides his recap of the stakes-filled Belmont card from June 11, 2016.

The (G-1) Acorn Stakes – One mile on the dirt

There was a solid group of six who went to post and the big chalk was the incredible Cathryn Sophia. All of these gals glimmer in their own right, but here is one you’ll want to keep on your watch list for future racing.

Go Maggie Go – This daughter of Ghostzapper has done very little wrong and comes to the races from the Dale Romans bran. This was her worst finish in her brief career (4th) and I’m looking forward to her races down the road. She has two 1 1/8 races under her belt and looks to be finding herself with every race. She responded well to the rider’s commands and looks like this race is just a stepping stone for bigger things to come.

The (G-1) Ogden Phipps Stakes – 1 1/16 on the dirt

Seven fillies and mares took to the track led by Curalina who was the public favorite this day.

Sheer Drama – This daughter of Burning Roma doesn’t have to take her track with her. She is consistent and shows tactical ability at all distances. She lunged at the start this day and was wide before trying to uncork a bid. – This race is a “toss out” and handicapper’s beware. This young lady is going to blossom into a real monster with a little racing luck.

The (G-1) Just a Game Stakes – One mile on the turf

A field of thirteen fillies and mares assembled and with a field this size you may have to go back and watch the replay three or four more times to get the correct read. Here are a couple of gals who will should be on the radar screen for handicappers down the line.

Faufiler – Drayden Van Dyke was aboard for Graham Motion, and both rider and trainer are well versed on the greensward. This daughter of Galileo is a stone cold closer. As long as there’s a solid pace she’ll come rolling from the clouds. In time I think we’ll see her a few strides closer to the pace setters, and that will make double dangerous to pick off runners late in the lane. She mainly has travelled a flat mile, but her breeding suggests she may enjoy added ground. After shipping across the pond from France, she appears to be getting better with every start.

Recepta – She has a late punch that could knock down the champ at any oval. John Velasquez was in the irons this day, and she did very little wrong except come up a bit short nearing the wire. She’s well traveled and merits respect anywhere she’ll run. Her best efforts may range from 1 mile – 1 1/8 on the turf. – Things look very bright for the future.

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The (G-1) Metropolitan Handicap – One mile on the dirt

Frosted – Just like a well-aged wine I think this runner will only improve with time. The time figures from every publication are off the charts and he dismissed the “Dubai-Jinx” after getting beat at Meydan and putting on one of the best shows of his career. His late summer-fall campaign will be one to behold if all goes well, and right about when the Breeders’ Cup frenzy is at a fever pitch this will be one of the runners we’ll all be talking about.

The  (G-1) Manhattan Stakes – 1 1/4 on the inner turf

Nine runners went to post and the public made Flintshire from the Chad Brown barn the public choice at the windows.

Flintshire (GB) – This world traveler from the Chad Brown barn had the services of one of the best turf riders in the game with Javier Castellano. – Her passport is stamped in Hong Kong, France, Dubai, and the United States. He missed by a 1/4 length in the 2014 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, and this son of Dansili looked like he has yet to find his best gear. – One thing is for certain, every time he takes to the track he will be one of the tough guys to contend with, and if this race is any indication I can’t wait until we see him back on the weeds.

The (G-1) Belmont Stakes – 1 1/2 – The Test of Champions

As the media missed an opportunity to see Nyquist return for some payback from his Preakness loss, and the rumors swirled around Kent Desormeaux for personal problems. The fans we’re treated to a full field of thirteen runners and in the end  one incredible finish for the Triple Crown.

Destin – This son of Giant’s Causeway has the look of maturing colt at the right time. Add in some well deserved rest and a plan for the later part of the year and we’ll have one tough cookie going to post. – Take nothing away from the fast closing effort of the winner Creator who received a well timed ride from the ultra-talented Irad Ortiz Jr. – Looking ahead, I see a runner with tactical ability who will be feared as a front end presence or stalking just off the hot pace. He should probably find his best races in 1 1/16 – 1 1/8 events. His tactical style fits like a glove and this kind of ability plays well on any oval. By the time Breeders’ Cup is in full view, he’ll be one of the major players on everyone’s tickets.