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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 3/23/19

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Fair Grounds

Race #10 – The G2 New Orleans Handicap – 1 1/8 – 4:34 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Copper Bullet / #4 – Noble Indy / #2 – Lone Sailor

#10 Copper Bullet hails from the Asmussen barn with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. This is his 2nd start of the year and made a red hot move in the G3 Razorback at Oaklawn last out missing by a head for the win picture. He has a solid stalking profile and good works at FG to show his readiness to fire. #4 Noble Indy has Johnny V and Pletcher teaming up and making his 2nd start of the year. He has faced some big names from last year and has some great works at Palm Beach. He is 2 for 2 ITM over the course and gets the big acid test stretching out in distance. #2 Lone Sailor is a stone cold closer with James Graham in the saddle for Thom Amoss. They are winning 26% as a team the past 60 days and he makes his 2nd start of the year and could come rolling for a minor award.

Race #11 – The G2 Muniz Memorial – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Synchrony / #7 – Bricks and Mortar / #8 – Inspector Lynlee

#3 Synchrony has Joe Bravo in the irons for Mike Stidham and this son of Tapit is a perfect 4 for 4 in the Big Easy. This is his 2nd effort of the year and won the G3 FG Handicap impressively. Look for a stout closing move down the lane to take down the prize. #7 Bricks and Mortar is a son of Giant’s Causeway who has been off for 56 days. He is bred to love the turf and looking for his third straight victory.  His dam Beyond the Waves has 7 starters, 7 winners, 4 stakes winners, and 6 turf winners to her credit. #8 Inspector Lynlee is a son of Lemon Drop Kid for Shug McGaughey. Jose Ortiz in the irons and he was ultra impressive winning at Tampa Bay Downs. His 2nd off the layoff and coming in with fresh legs from Payson Park should have him ready to close from the back of the pack.

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Race #12 – The G2 Fair Grounds Oaks – 1 1/16 – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2  Serengeti Express / #7 – Slewgoodtobetrue / #8 – Liora

#2 Serengeti Express is a speedy filly from the Tham Amoss barn. James Graham is the reinsman and 2nd start of the year. She drew off impressively winning Rachel Alexandra and is 1 for 1 at FG. Toss out her BC race and she is tough as they come. Catch her if you can. #7 Slewgoodtobetrue hails from the Peter Eurton barn coming from the west coast. She has a perfect stalking style and picks up the services of Florent Geroux. Look for a ground saving trip ready to mix it up around the far turn. #8 Liora is a speedy daughter of Candy Ride and picks up the blinkers for the Wayne Catalano stable. Channing Hill in the driver’s seat and he is an excellent speed rider winning 20% on this type of runner. Look for her early and outside looking for the position.

Race #13 – The G2 Louisiana Derby – 1 1/8 – 6:13 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Spinoff / #6 – War of Will / #11 – Hog Creek Hustle

#10 Spinoff is a lightly raced son of Hard Spun for the Pletcher barn. His last win by 11 in the O.C. $75,000 arena at Tampa was more impressive than first glance. John Velasquez in the irons and his works are sparkling coming into the race. A perfect stalker who can light up the tote board as War of Will is going to take a big chunk of the money. #6 War of Will is looking for his 4th straight win. Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Mark Casse and they look to have a fine runner. But I’m looking down the road a bit when they hit Louisville on Derby day. This son of War Front has gotten better with every start since coming off the turf. Looking for a better price is no sin and they’ll want to keep him out of trouble as much as possible. If he has his own way he’ll be tough to handle. #11 Hog Creek Hustle comes from the Vickie Foley barn and picks up a new rider in Miguel Mena. He has a strong late kick and when he’s ready he’ll come rolling. Take a look at the 59.3 5f work which was 2 outta 53 for the distance and the day. I think he can get a big piece of the pie if he sticks to his guns and keeps his mind on business.

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BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Fair Grounds

Race #10 – The Colonel E.R. Bradley – 1 1/16 on the turf – 5:51 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – First Premio / #9 – Pioneer Spirit / #8 – Great Wide Open

#4 First Premio is a son of Pure Prize for Mark Casse. He is 1 for 1 at the distance and been off for six months. Casse is winning 28% and takes a huge drop in class shipping in from Woodbine. His works have been good and B.J. Hernandez gets the nod. #9 Pioneer Spirit is a Brad Cox trainee that is 4 for 5 ITM lifetime on the turf. Florent Geroux stays aboard and makes 2nd off the layoff move. This son of Malibu Moon is going to be close to the pace and will be forwardly placed. #8 Great Wide Open for the Conor Murphy barn winning 29%. 3rd off the layoff and will be the main speed. James Graham in the saddle and is a solid 4 for 6 ITM at FG. Don’t let him get loose or he may be tough.

Race #11 – The $150,000 Silverbulletday – 1 mile and 70 yards – 6:20 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Needs Supervision / #4 – Liora / #7 – Mandy Blue

#5 Needs Supervision is a daughter of Paynter getting first time Lasix. She’s been away for 56 days and makes the comeback of an impressive win at CD. Jeremiah O’Dwyer wins 24% with shippers and should be on the front end. Joe Rocco Jr. in the irons and can be dangerous with fresh legs. #4 Liora is a daughter of Candy Ride for trainer Wayne Catalano. She’s been off for 56 days and comes back dropping in class after winning the G2 Golden Rod at CD. Class relief and rest may be just what the doctor ordered as she looks for three in a row. #7 Mandy Blue daughter of Smart Strike for trainer Brad Cox. Florent Geroux stays aboard as she makes the turf to dirt switch. The connections win 17% as a team and she’ll have a target on the leaders to come running late.

Race #12 – G3 Lecomte Stakes – 1 mile and 70 yards – 6:49 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Hog Creek Hustle / #8- War of Will / #11 – Tight Ben

#6 Hog Creek Hustle is a son of Overanalyze for trainer Vickie Foley. 3rd off the layoff and was off a step slow last out. He has a late turn of foot and Florent Geroux picks up the call. His last works seal the deal for me and look for him to come calling late. #8 War of Will is a son of War Front for the Mark Casse barn winning 28% with Tyler Gaffalione in town. After moving for the turf this colt was ultra impressive breaking his maiden at CD. He may be getting geared up at the right time with solid works to show readiness. #11 Tight Ben is a son Tapit for trainer Steve Asmussen. He’s been away for 56 days and hit the rail in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. This distance should be no problem and will be a major player under Ricardo Santana. You’re gonna have to catch him this day.


BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 12/11/16

Horses to Watch  – Ed Meyer

Winter racing is off and running and the best is yet to come. – There is plenty of solid action to warm up your stockings as we make our way toward Spring. But don’t get too far ahead of yourself just yet, as here are some runners who are sure to build your Christmas bankroll in weeks to come. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !



Race #1 – #3 – Schott – 7f on the dirt

He was bumped soundly at the break by the eventual winner, and got pinched back shortly after. Most would toss this race and look for his next.  He made a stout challenge late in the lane to finish 4th at a handsome price for the John Kimmel barn.

Race#3 – #4 – Sweetpollypurebrd – 6f on the main

She broke inward shortly after the start and was bumped around a bit. Rudy Rodriguez will have this filly more focused next time out, as she was gently coaxed to make a solid bid for second leaving plenty in the tank for her next outing.

Race #6 – #3 – Will Did It – 6 1/2f on the main

Alan Garcia’s mount was bumped leaving the gate and was forced to swing seven wide. His charge was gaining strongly and finished a solid second on this day. Trainer David Jacobson will have him ready to fire next up.

Race#8 -#3 – Bar of Gold – 1 mile on the main

Joel Rosario was in the irons for John Kimmel and their runner was making her first start since October 22nd. – She finished an honest 4th as the beaten favorite, and we’ll use this effort as a scouting mission for bigger and better races down the road.

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Race #2 – #1 – Sky Flower – 6f on the dirt

She was shipping in from Ellis Park and was the odds-on chalk this day. She was in perfect stalking mode under James Graham and angled out late to be a bridesmaid this day. I think she’ll benefit from this race over the track and reward her backers next out.

Race #3 – #3 – Tizahandful – 5 1/2f on the turf

Filly from the Neil Pessin barn was making her first start since Keeneland. – She was tossing her head about and bumped soundly leaving the starting gate. Carlos Marquez tried to get her back on track as she finished strong but ran out of real estate finishing 5th.

Race #5 – #10 – Full Tap – 5 1/2 f on the turf

Mike Stidham trainee jumped right to the front after a bumping match with the starting gate. Mitchell Murrill tried to steady her course, but she came up a bit leg weary down the lane. She’ll show much better with a cleaner trip.





BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 11/27/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The winter ovals are getting in gear and Turfway Park holds court on the Kentucky circuit for winter racing. – Don’t think the best racing is over as it’s just getting started for the long road back to spring. – Winter racing can offer up some of the incredible wagering opportunities for players who employ patience and follow the circuits. – Just think, there are only 160 days until the Kentucky Derby goes to post. That gives us plenty of time to build our bankroll. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Churchill Downs


Race #1 – #4 – Sturdy Allen – 6f on the main

Belterra shipper under Ty Kennedy and they gave a perfect stalking trip only to be squeezed at the top of the lane. This may have been their undoing  and deserve a good look next time at the races.

Race #7 – #4 – Sky Wonder – 6 1/2f on the main

Corey Lanerie in the irons, and he had his mount in perfect striking position and fanned five wide into the stretch and showing good late kick.

Race #10 – #13 – Shelbyville – 1 1/16 on the turf

Javier Castellano in the saddle and he held close to the rail the entire trip. His filly looked in good shape and when the field swung a little wide at the top of the lane he guided his mount even closer to the rail. She hustled and looked solid, but her efforts and perfect ride came up a but empty down the lane. If she heads to Florida or New Orleans, keep track of her as she is getting ready for a top effort.

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Race #2 – #6 – Lucy’s Miss Musket – 1 mile and 70 yards

She was bumped soundly at the start and recovered nicely. She took over at the 3/16th’s and came up a bit short to be a bridesmaid as a beaten favorite.

Race #5 – #4 – Nana Looch – 7 1/2f on the turf

Indy shipper was squeezed at the start and taken up. She settled under James Graham and mustered a late rally to get bested by a nose in the shadow of the wire as a beaten chalk.

Race #7 – #1 – Jus Kevin – 1 mile on the turf

David Flores in the irons, and he gave a super effort aboard his filly. He never left the golden rail and at the 1/8th pole he gave the cue and she responded gamely. This daughter of Mizzen Mast seemed to enjoy the course and is prime for a play back next time to the races.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 5/3/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

With only five days until Kentucky Derby 142, all we have to do is just keep “Derby Fever” at bay, and begin formulating our final wagering plans. – Keep an eye on the weather, the final work tabs, and how the players are acting coming into the race. Hard to believe the big dance is just days away, and this time next week we’ll be talking about the next jewel in the Triple Crown. – In the meantime, just keep your eyes peeled for these runners who deserve a good hard look before heading to the windows.


4/28/16 – Race #1 – #3 – 1 1/8 on the dirt

#3 – Dynamo Ridge = James Graham aboard for James Graham and this colt came off a step slow at the gate break and took up a bit. – He fits the “beaten favorite” angle and is a major danger next time out.


4/28/16 – Race #4 – #3 – 1 1/2 on the turf

#3 – Main Asset = Jose Lezcano in the saddle for Bill Mott, and this three-year-old filly broke through the gate prior to the race. She was examined and set back in the starting gate. Lezcano looked a bit ginger getting back aboard and set off to set the pace going a 1 1/2 with a three-yr.-old. – She did just that until the 6f marker, and tossed out the anchor. Maybe the odd distance did her in, but I was ultra-impressed with her pre-race antics and speed in hand. – Shorten her up a tad  and it may be lights out.


5/1/16 – Race #5 – #9 – 1 1/16 on the dirt (originally carded for the turf)

#9 – No Tanx Blue Chip = Irad Ortiz had the call, and was pinched back at the start of the race. He went three-wide around the far turn and once he got it all together he put in a solid bid and picked up the bit to finish up string for a 2nd place finish.

Belterra Park

5/1/16 – Race #2 – #5 – 1 mile and 70 yards

#5 – Justalovesong = Euclyn Prentice Jr. in the irons, and this “bug” rider came off slowly from the gate break. He then was forced to steady off heels into the first turn, and once he corrected the sails his mount was put in a good bid for 3rd. ** Keep an eye on this bug rider in Ohio .

Belterra Park

5/1/16 – Race #4 – #3 – 6f

#3 -Heavenly Mine = Cory Orm in the irons and he guided this daughter of Discreetly Mine to a perfect stalking trip to the winner’s circle. – The best part is we’re bound to see more to come from this talented filly. Long time trainer with solid numbers said’ “this is the best filly I have ever trained.”



BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – post Breeders’ Cup

Horses-to-Watch         Ed Meyer

The 32nd running of the Breeders’ Cup is in the books. – Keeneland put on a show that was second-to-none, and you can bet dollars to donuts they’ll be hosting the event in rotation of tracks honored to be a part of history. – In addition to watching the marquee races, handicapping shows galore, and plotting out my wagering strategy. I charted some runners who deserve a strong glance the next time they hit the track. As the season is changing and many tracks close,  others will opening for their seasonal debut. You’ll have to keep a keen eye for shippers for new racing meets.


Del Mar – 10/29/15 – Race #5 – #4 – One mile on the turf

#4 – Trifecta = James Graham was aboard, and he is a very solid turf rider. The charts read he couldn’t summon up the necessary response. But, as our late-friend Mr. Paul Harvey used to say;  “And now for the rest of the story.” – He was forced to check- up off heels, and Graham had to steady at different times during the race. He floated out for run at the top of the lane, and still didn’t have a clear path. – Some runners just call it a day when forced to be driven, ridden, or stop their momentum. He was (16-1) on this day, and I’ll bet you’ll get just as much next time out.

Belmont Park – 10/20/15 – Race #1 – #2 – 6f on the dirt

#2 – Midnight Champagne = Abel Castellano was in the saddle, as many big name riders were already at Keeneland for Breeders’ Cup. His filly broke outwards at the start, and checked up off heels at the 7/16’s mark. If there is a cleaner effort next up and possibly a rider change. Please pay full attention as the connections may have felt there could have been a better effort.

Belmont Park – 10/30/15 – Race #7 – #10 – One mile on the turf

#10 – Converge = Jose Ortiz had the call for trainer Chad Brown, and his colt broke from the outside #10 post. He spun 4 wide at the back of the pack adding to his distance travelled, and commenced a bid at the top of the lane. He was 7 wide down the lane and put in a very strong effort to finish second. – The field ran a mile in this race, and he may have covered a 1 1/16. If he is able to save ground at any point next out, he’ll be a tough customer.

Keeneland – 10/30/15 – Race #1 – #2 – 6f on the dirt

#2 – Officer Griffin = Corey Lanerie was in the irons for Joe Sharp, and his colt was slow away from the gate and soundly hit Bump Hard. Once he was able to regroup his runner, he had to wait behind runners as he was attempting to save ground and slide in between runners. he offered up a solid bid and finished 3rd on this day. The track was playing very fast and any hesitation can be the difference in running 3rd and winning. – Next time out he’ll benefit from this race.

Keeneland – 10/30/15 – Race #4 – #3 – 1 1/8 on the turf

#3 – Fundamental = Irad Ortiz had the call for Chad Brown, and his colt saved ground all the way around ready to kick in down the lane. He looked ready to roll at the top of the lane and was forced to check briskly at the 1/8th pole. This really took him off his game, and as Brown is his go-to-guy, you can bet he’ll find a smoother trip next out.