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BetPTC.com Preakness Stakes Preview – May 18

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Pimlico Race #10 – The G3 Gallorette – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:05 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Mitchell Road / #7 – In the Lee / #1 – I’m So Fancy

#4 Mitchell Road is a daughter of English Channel for Bill Mott. Joel Rosario is aboard and they’ve been off for three months. She is seeking her third straight and Rosario should send right to the front. She is 6 for 6 ITM and a solid candidate for the win. #7 In the Lee is a daughter of Tapit for Shug McGaughey. This is her 2nd start of the year and beaten chalk at Keeneland last out. Shug wins 26% coming back off a beaten favorite effort looking for payback. #1 I’m So Fancy comes from the barn of Arnaud Delacour with Florent Geroux in the saddle. She’s been off for 8 months and gets first time Lasix where the trainer wins 31%. She comes in from the Curragh in Ireland and Delacour wins at a solid clip with fresh runners.

Race #11 – The G3 Chick Lang – 6f – 4:42 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Preamble / #7 – Pyron / #3 – Malpais

#8 Preamble comes in for the Rodolphe Brisset barn. 2nd start of the year and has Florent Geroux in the saddle. He is a perfect 3 for 3 and cuts back to 6f. The barn wins 19% with graded stakes and 23% second time off the shelf. He’ll get a perfect stalking trip breaking from the outside. #7 Pyron hails from the barn of Steve Asmussen with his main rider Ricardo Santana in the saddle. This son of Candy Ride is a perfect 2 for 2 and ships in from Oaklawn stepping in class. Look for a stalking trip and Santana to hit the gas at the quarter pole. #3 Malpais comes from the Joe Sharp barn with Luis Saez in the driver’s seat. Ships in from Charles Town turning back in distance as he looks for his 3rd straight win. This son of Hard Spun has wicked speed and may be tough to catch.

Race #12 – The G2 Dixie Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 5:39 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #12 – Catholic Boy / #11 – Inspector Lynlee / #5 – Have At It

#12 Catholic Boy is a son of More Than Ready with Javier Castellano in the saddle. He’s been off six months since the B/C Classic and sports two bullet works. He is 4 for 5 with wins on the sod and Castellano wins 24% on the grass. Look for a mid pack closing move around the turn. #11 Inspector Lynlee is a son of Lemon Drop Kid for Shug McGaughey. Jose Lezcano is the reinsman and exits a perfect prep winning at Aqueduct. He gets added ground and will launch a strong closing effort. #5 Have At It a son of Kitten’s Joy for Christophe Clement. He’s been vacationing the past five months and faced some tough guys last year. He’s a perfect stalker and Jose Ortiz in the irons is a real plus when they turn for home.

Race #13 – The G1 Preakness Stakes- 1 3/16 miles dirt  – 6:48 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Improbable / #2 – Bourbon War / #7 – Alwaysmining

#4 Improbable is a son of City Zip for Bob Baffert with Hall of Famer Mike Smith in the saddle. This closer was a beaten favorite in the eventful Derby and he’s faced some of the toughest runners this year. He is 5 for 6 ITM lifetime and looks for a solid effort to rebound off his KY Derby performance. #2 Bourbon War is a son of Tapit and gets blinkers for trainer Mark Hennig. He’s been off since for the G1 Florida Derby and this long range closer has Irad Ortiz in the saddle and he wins 22% with this type of runner. #7 Alwaysmining is a son of Stay Thirsty with Daniel Centeno in the irons. He has a quick turn of foot and plenty of early speed going six in a row. He won the Federico Tesio which has been a long time prep for this race.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 4/20

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Keeneland Race #9 – The G2 Dixiana Elkhorn – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Zulu Alpha / #7 – Bigger Picture / #5 – Canessar

#10 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry for trainer Mike Maker. Jose Ortiz has the call and is winning 19% when he rides for Maker. He is 1 for 2 ITM at Keeneland and been away from the races for 49 days. He seeks his 3rd straight win and should sit a perfect stalking trip. #7 Bigger Picture comes from the Maker barn as well and makes his 2nd start off the layoff. He is 3 for 3 ITM at Keeneland and Maker wins 20% making the 2nd off angle run. Tyler Gaffalione in the irons today. #5 Canessar comes from the Arnaud Delacour barn making his 2nd off the shelf where he scores 22%. Feargal Lynch in the saddle and they had a troubled trip in the G2 Pan American looking for a smoother trip today.

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Charles Town

Race #11 – The G2 Charles Town Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:37 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Diamond King / #4 – Rally Cry / #1 – Mongolian Groom

#3 Diamond King is a son of Quality Road for John Servis. This is his 2nd start of the year and has excellent speed. Javier Castellano is aboard as he climbs up the class ladder. Look for Castellano to send right from the break. #4 Rally Cry is a son of Uncle Mo for the Todd Pletcher barn. John Velasquez in the irons and they are coming off a two month vacation. He faced some G1 tough guys and this level should be welcome. He’ll be close to the pace under a solid speed rider. #1 Mongolian Groom ships in from Santa Anita under Geovanni Franco in the irons. He is a long range closer exiting the G1 Santa Anita Handicap. Look for him late around the far turn.

Santa Anita

Race #5 – The G2 Kona Gold – 6 1/2f – 6:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Dr. Dorr / #4 – Zatter / #4 – Kanthaka

#1 Dr. Dorr comes from the Baffert barn with Joe Talamo in the irons. This son of Lookin at Lucky is 2 for 2 at the distance and 7 for 9 over the course. He is making his 2nd start of the year and has some sharp works under his belt. #4 Zatter is a Bob Baffert trainee with Drayden Van Dyke in the driver’s seat. 3rd off the shelf for this son of Midnight Lute and Van Dyke and Baffert team up to win 31%. He’s faced some tough guys and is a strong closer. #4 Kanthaka is a son of Jimmy Creed for Jerry Hollendorfer. Flavien Prat is the pilot and makes the 2nd off the layoff move where the trainer wins 21%. He loves to come running late and is 6 for 7 ITM at SA.

 

 

 

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.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview / 4/6/19

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Aqueduct

Race #10 – The G2 Wood Memorial – 1 1/8 – 6:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Tax / #4 – Haikal / #2 – Tacitus

#1 Tax is a son of Arch for the Danny Gargan barn with Junior Alvarado in the irons. This gelded son of Arch should be up close and settle nicely. His victory in the G3 Withers was better than appeared as he stumbled and still hung in to win. Alvarado is rolling to the winner’s circle at a 24% clip at Aqueduct. #4 Haikal comes from the barn of Kiaran McLaughlin with Rajiv Maragh in the driver’s seat. He is looking for his 4th straight win and 3rd off the layoff for this stone cold closer. He may be maturing at the right time and I’m looking for a strong effort. #2 Tacitus is a son of Tapit for Bill Mott. He’s a perfect stalker and should enjoy the added ground. 2nd start of the year and 2nd time Lasix where Mott wins 20% on the medication change.

Keeneland

Race #10 – The G2 Bluegrass – 1 1/8 – 6:23 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Vekoma / #8 – Win Win Win / #11 – So Alive

#2 Vekoma exits the G2 Fountain of Youth off a less than ideal trip. They switch riders from Manny Franco to Javier Castellano and he is the new ‘money man.’ 2nd time Lasix for this son of Candy Ride for George Weaver and he should get a perfect stalking trip. He is lightly raced and deserves serious consideration before making a wager. The barn wins 25% on the medication move and the rider change is a positive sign. #8 Win Win Win is a son of Hat Trick for the Mike Trombetta barn. He was a beaten favorite in the Tampa Bay Derby rolling 5 wide and shows a red hot work. Irad Ortiz back in the saddle and that moves his chances up greatly. #11 So Alive is a son of Super Saver and is a bit of an outside shooter. He is lightly raced and has the services of Luis Saez in the saddle. He can easily pick up his head and come rolling for minor awards today.

Santa Anita

Race #8 – The G1 Santa Anita Derby – 1 1/8 – 6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Game Winner / #5 – Instagrand / #3 – Nolo Contesto

#6 Game Winner is a monster son of Candy Ride. Joel Rosario has the call for Bob Baffert and they were getting to them late in the G2 Rebel getting beat a dirty nose. Overall, he didn’t have to win the race and use all his gas, but he looked terrific just picking them up late in the lane. I think he is a good looking colt and it looks like Team Baffert is loaded again. His race to lose at Santa Anita. #5 Instagrand is a speedy son of Into Mischief and Flavien Prat will be calling the shots. He is lightly raced and owns some sparkling works at Los Al in preparation for this big race. If he gets loose and can go the distance he may play a perfect role of the spoiler. #3 Nolo Contesto is a perfect stalker who had an eventful trip last out. He’s gonna need his A game against this compact field as Joe Talamo picks up the action in the saddle. The added ground won’t hurt and Talamo has sprung his fair share of upsets.

 

 

BetPTC.com Weekend Stakes Preview – 2/23/19

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Aqueduct

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

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

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

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Gulfstream Park

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

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

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

Santa Anita

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

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

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

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 2/2/19

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park

Race #9 – The G3 Forward Gal – 7f – 4:07 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Feedback / #7 – Bye Bye J / #1 – Champagne Anyone

#4 Feedback is a daughter of Violence and she won impressively by eight lengths under Irad Ortiz. She did this well within herself and gets added distance which should offer no problem. She’s been away from the races for 5 months and has a regular work tab. Chad Brown is the conditioner and he is winning 21% and 28% with layoff runners coming back to the races. #7 Bye Bye J is a Ronald Spatz trainee and John Velasquez in the irons. She is a perfect 2 for 2 at GP and 2 for with wins. The only race she lost was facing the boys and been away for 56 days. Her dam Red Pine has 4 starts and 4 wins. #1 Champagne Anyone is a son of Street Sense with Chris Landeros in the saddle. She exits the G2 Golden Rod and ships in from CD after two months on the shelf.

Race #10 – The G3 Swale – 7f – 4:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Topper T / #5 – Call Paul / #9 – Zenden

#3 Topper T is a son of Bellamy Road for the red hot Bill Mott barn winning 28%. He is been off for two months shipping in from CD. He’s faced much tougher and should show very good early speed under Javier Castellano. #5 Call Paul is a speedy son of Friesen Fire for the red hot Jason Servis barn winning 43%. The move back to 7f should fit his liking as he won a stakes at Parx last out going the same distance. He should be a perfect stalking trip and pounce at the top of the lane. #9 Zenden is a colt by Fed Biz and is a perfect two for two lifetime. He’s been away for 56 days and his two wins have come over the GP surface.

Race #11 – The G2 Holy Bull – 1 1/16 – 5:13 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Maximus Mischief / #1 Garter and Tie / #6 – Mihos

#8 Maximus Mischief is a son of Into Mischief who is a perfect three for three winning the G2 Remsen. He grabbed the lead going 9f and cuts back to 8.5f. He has been off for two months and his works have been sharp. #1 Garter and Tie has Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle making his third off the layoff. He is 6 for 7 ITM over the GP strip. The rail post is winning at 27% and may be the place to be. #6 Mihos is a son of Cairo Prince and is making his third off the layoff. Ever since adding Lasix he’s been double tough. John Velasquez picks up the mount for James Jerkins and should be a major player when they turn for home.

 

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 1/26/19

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park – Pegasus World Cup Day in South Florida

Race #9 – The G3 Fred Hooper – 1 mile – 3:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Copper Town / #9 – Unbridled Juan / #6 – Aztec Sense

#8 Copper Town is from the Todd Pletcher barn winning 25%. This son of Speightstown has been away from the races for 56 days and drops down in class from the G1 Cigar Mile. The rider and trainer have been 10 for 14 ITM the past two weeks and had a rough trip stepping up in class last out. The drop back down and move to high percentage Javier Castellano should have him up close stalking. #9 Unbridled Juan is a son of Unbridled’s Joy for trainer Jose Corrales. He is  4 for 4 ITM and is looking for 3 in a row. He cuts back from 1 1/8 and his form cycle is top notch. #6 Aztec Sense is a son of Street Sense looking for 9 in a row. He is 3 for 4 at GP ITM and makes a cutback in distance. Emisael Jaramillo in the irons and he is winning 35% with the barn this meet.

Race #10 – The G3 W.L. McKnight – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Zulu Alpha / #2 – Soglio / #7 – Canessar

#4 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry for trainer Mike Maker. 2nd off the layoff and 2 for 3 ITM at the distance. Drops in class from the G2 Ft Lauderdale and should improve greatly. Irad Ortiz in the irons and he wins 23% on the turf. #2 Soglio is a son of Scat Daddy for trainer Mike Maker. He is 4 for 4 ITM at GP and was a beaten favorite last out. Maker wins 24% coming back off this angle and cuts back from the two mile distance. He had a tough trip last out lacking room and just missing at the wire. Today could be payback time. #7 Canessar comes from the Arnaud Delacour barn. He is a stone cold closer and has the services of high percentage Javier Castellano in the saddle. He’s been off 6 months and has a solid work pattern.

Race  #11 – The G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf – 1 3/16 turf – 4:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Magic Wand / #5 – Next Shares / #2 – Yoshida

#1 Magic Wand is a daughter of Galileo from the Aidan O’Brien yard. She ran 4th in the BC Filly and Mare Turf and goes without Lasix. She’s been off two months and her dam Pruendezia (IRE) has 6 starters, 4 winners, 2 stakes winners, and 4 turf winners to her credit. She has a strong late kick. #5 Next Shares from the Richard Baltas barn has Tyler Gaffalione in the driver’s seat. This gelding makes his 2nd start after winning the G2 San Gabriel and is 1 for 1 at GP. He adds distance and Gaffalione is winning at 17% on the sod. #2 Yoshida hails from the Bill Mott barn where he’s been off for two months since the BC Classic. He was 4th and six wide and just got beat at the wire. He’s a solid closer and will be rolling late in the lane.

Race #12 – The G1 Pegasus World Cup – 1 1/8 – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Audible / #3 – City of Lights / #8- Gunnevera

#10 Audible has Flavien Prat aboard for Todd Pletcher. They are 3 for 4 ITM at GP and since the Derby, and this colt has really matured. Prat takes over for Castellano who opts for City of Lights. #3 City of Lights is a speedy son of Quality Road. He is more versatile than his races show on paper and Javier Castellano in the saddle is a plus. They ship in from CD and Mike McCarthy wins 25% on the ship. Very dangerous runner. #8 Gunnevera is a stone cold closer from the Antonio Sano barn. He is 8 for 9 ITM at GP and came flying late in the BC Classic. He enters off a two month layoff and look for him to come calling late in the lane under Irad Ortiz.

 

BetPTC.com Weekend Stakes Preview – 1/5/19

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park

Race #5 – The $100,000 Ginger Brew – 7 1/2f  turf – 2:05 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Pivottina / #2 – Boxwood / #4 – What a Beaut

#1 Pivottina is a daughter of Vision D’ etat for trainer Graham Motion. 2nd start off a layoff, getting 2nd time Lasix coming into the race. She was a beaten favorite last out, and Javier Castellano in the irons should help with the cutback in distance. #2 Boxwood is a daughter of English Channel for Eddie Kenneally. Three back she was a strong winner at Kentucky Downs and ships in from CD winning by 10 lengths. She has solid works at Palm Meadows and returns to the turf. #4 What a Beaut hails from the Mark Casse barn with Paco Lopez in the driver’s seat. She will come calling late as they turn for home.

Race #9 – The $100,000 Kitten’s Joy – 7 1/2f turf – 4:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7- Louder Than Bombs / #9 – Henley’s Joy / #6 – Bourbon in May

#7 Louder Than Bombs is a son of Violence for trainer David Fawkes. He is 3 for 4 ITM at GP and exits a solid race in the $75,000 Pulpit Stakes. They cut back in distance and this spot should fit him well. He’ll come running late in the lane. #9 Henley’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Mike Maker. He is 1 for 1 at GP and two races back ran in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle and should be a strong factor late in the race. #6 Bourbon in May is a son of More Than Ready for the Todd Pletcher barn winning 23%. He is 1 for 1 ITM at GP and Luis Saez stays in the saddle.  He should be mid pack and move at the right time under the guided hand of Saez.

Race #10 – The $100,000 Mucho Macho Man – 1 mile – 4:41 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Mihos / #4 – Code of Honor / #3 – Trophy Chaser

#6 Mihos is a son of Cairo Prince for trainer James Jerkins. He ships in from Aqueduct and won impressively as the odds-on favorite. This is his 2nd start off the layoff and the barn wins 27% with shippers. Look for him to be close to the pace and battle it out on the front end. #4 Code of Honor hails from the Shug McGaughey barn with John Velasquez in the irons. He’s been away for three months and owns a sparkling work at Payson going 48 flat. His dam has 7 starters and 7 winners to her credit. He’ll come running late in the lane. #3 Trophy Chaser is a son of Twirling Candy with plenty of early speed under Leonel Reyes. Last out he dropped to the level and should be leading the pack when they break from the gate.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 12/15/18

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Gulfstream Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Race #4 – The $75,000 Smooth Air – 1 mile – 1:16 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Garter and Tie /#2 – Maddy’s Last Dance / #7 – Souper Jackpot

#5 Garter and Tie was a beaten chalk last out and turns back in distance for Ralph Nicks and Tyler Gaffalione. He is a solid closer and looks in top order with some sharp morning works. Look for Gaffalione to come rolling late in the lane. #2 Maddy’s Last Dance is 2 for 2 at GP ITM and has the services of high percentage rider Luis Saez. He’s on the stretch out in distance and should be a factor in the early fractions. #7 Souper Jackpot is a speedy son of Ghostzapper with Irad Ortiz in the irons. He’s coming in off a fresh maiden break at CD and will be a speed player in this one turn mile. That was a very game effort last out and fought every step of the way. Very nice morning works show promise.

Race#5 – The $75,000 Pulpit – 1 mile on the turf – 1:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Henley’s Joy / #1 – Life Mission / #9 – Louder Than Bombs

#2 Henley’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy from the Mike Maker barn. Tyler Gaffalione in the irons and they exit the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf finishing a dismal 13th. It could have been the track condition or just a cut above his reach for now. He has looked very sharp on the turf and finished a brilliant 2nd in the G3 Bourbon at Keeneland. He takes a huge drop in class and this may be his coming out party for big things in 2019. #1 Life Mission is son of Noble Mission for trainer Ben Colebrook. He is 4 for 5 ITM on the green and yet to find the winner’s circle. He’s been on some soft courses and might relish a tighter turf. Luis Saez in the saddle and he scores 15% riding on the turf. Ever since shipping in from Ireland he’s looked better with each start. #9 Louder Than Bombs returns to the turf and is 2 for 3 with wins on the greensward. Javier Castellano has the call for David Fawkes and they have been working a regular clip in the morning with a sharp work to prepare. Castellano wins 20% with turf runners and he will come running down the pace in mid stretch.

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Race #6 – The $75,000 Wait a While – 1 mile on the turf – 2:16 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Queen Medb / #4 – A Bit Special / #9 – Red Hot Dame

#1 Queen Medb is a daughter of Kodiac shipping over from Ireland for the Chad Brown barn. He wins 23% getting first Lasix and 30% on the stretch out in distance. Javier Castellano aboard and they win 35% as team. She draws the rail and has the typical look of a Brown runner who could score at first asking in the states. #4 A Bit Special looks to relish the turf going 3 for 3 ITM. Patrick Biancone is the conditioner and is always dangerous with his turf runners. She’s been off for two months and Romero Maragh has been aboard all three times. I like her chances to come calling late to storm past in the stretch. #9 Red Hot Dame is a daughter of Violence who has sprinted her last two efforts. Todd Pletcher and John Velasquez team up and the added distance may fit her well. Pletcher wins 27% going a route for the first time and she can easily upset the apple cart.