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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – Sept. 21

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By: Ed Meyer

Belmont

Race #8 – The G3 Noble Damsel – 1 mile turf – 4:51pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Significant Form / #4 – Capla Temptress / #2 – Stella di Camelot

#5 Significant Form is 3rd off the layoff for Chad Brown who is winning 29% at the meet. She is 3 for 4 ITM at Belmont and got in up the shadow of the wire with John Velasquez last time out. She’s a stalker bred for the turf and Johnny V has been riding exceptionally well this meet winning 27%. #4 Capla Temptress is a daughter of Lope De Vega (IRE) for Bill Mott and Jose Lezcano. A closer who fits well and makes her first start in 49 days. Her last race in the De La Rose showed very positive signs moving forward. #2 Stella di Camelot comes in for Chad Brown and Javier Castellano. 2 for 2 ITM at Belmont and comes off a 49 day layoff. She’ll be a late mover and will hit high gear in the homestretch.

Race #10 – The G2 Kelso – 1 mile – 5:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – True Timber / #3 – Pat on the Back / #7 – Tale of Silence

#2 True Timber is a son of Mineshaft coming to post for Kiaran McLaughlin and Joe Bravo. Takes a big drop in class and is 4 for 5 ITM over the track. Been away for 5 mo and the barn can get them ready to fire at first asking. #3 Pat on the Back enters for Jeremiah Englehardt and Dylan Davis. A speedy son of Congrats who is 10 for 10 ITM at Bel. Stepping up from New York company and gets the big acid test today. #7 – Tale of Silence goes to post for Barclay Tagg and Javier Castellano. He is 4 for 6 ITM over the track and is a closing type runner. His last race was a perfect prep and the rider switch is a positive sign.

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Parx

Race #10- The G-1 Cotillion – 1 1/16 – 5:14 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Guarana / #1 – Serengeti Empress / #10 – Bellafina

#8 Guarana is a daughter of Ghostzapper for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. A perfect 3 for 3 and was impressive winning the G1 Acorn and G1 CCA Oaks. She comes in freshened and a bullet work unde3r her belt to be ready. She’ll be winging on the front end if you want to catch her. #1 Serengeti Empress is a Thom Amoss trainee with Irad Ortiz in the irons. She rolls in off a 49 day break and was ultra impressive winning the Oaks earlier this year from the #13 post. Her early style should have her duking it out with the #8 from the gate break. #10 Bellafina is a daughter of Quality Road and adds blinkers once again. Simon Callaghan and Flavien Prat team up and she is a very promising runner who can upset the apple cart.

Race #11- The G1 PA Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:48 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Maximum Security / #2 – Improbable / #1 – Math Wizard

#7 Maximum Security is a speedy colt who has done little since the Derby. Jason Servis has done an excellent job bringing him ready and his A game is always on tap. Luis Saez has been the regular pilot since February and they fit like a glove. I think we’ll see him go right to the front and take it from there. If anyone pushes back, he can back off. If nobody pressures he’ll be the engine. He’s been off for two months and Servis has a couple of works under his belt over the course. #2 Improbable is the perfect stalker from the Baffert barn. He can sit back as much as needed and turn up the heat when the real running begins. Mike Smith has the call and is always feared at the windows when the big money is on the line. Should offer up a nice stretch run to be the major danger. #1 Math Wizard is a solid colt who fought the claiming ranks early in his career. He is 7 for 12 ITM lifetime and brings Edgard Zayas to launch a late bid for minor shares.

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Thistledown Race #9 – The G3 Ohio Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Owendale / #4 – Global Campaign / #6 – Bethlehem Road

#2 Owendale comes in for trainer Brad Cox with Florent Geroux in the saddle. He is 3rd off the layoff exiting a closing effort in the Kentucky Derby. He was seven wide and moving quickly and turns back in distance today. Geroux will have him in mid pack waiting to push the button. #4 Global Campaign is the son of Curlin for trainer Stanley Hough. Luis Saez in the irons exiting a strong win in the G3 Peter Pan. Solid morning works and the trainer wins 40% with graded stakes. #6 Bethlehem Road is a son of Quality Road for Dee Curry. He is a perfect 3 for 3 and sports quick speed. He dusted the competition at Parx making the ship in move. Catch him if you can.

Monmouth Park

Race #10 – The G3 Iselin Stakes – 1 1/16 – 5:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Zanotti / #5 – Diamond King / #3 – Runnin’toluvya

#6 Zanotti is a son of Gio Ponti for trainer Juan Guerrero with Jorge Vargas in the saddle. This is his 2nd start of the year and had a sprint prep last out to get ready for two turns. He had a place finish last year in the G3 Monmouth Cup as a beaten favorite that day. Vargas is winning 20% on the year and wins 19% with pressing style runners. #5 Diamond King is a son of Quality Road for trainer John Servis. Jose Ortiz aboard the stalker and can be on the pace or just off. Ortiz wins 19% with close up close runners as they make a switch in riders. #3 Runnin’toluvya is a speedy gelding seeking his 11th straight victory shipping in from Charles Town where he wins flag fall to finish. Angel Suarez in the irons and he’ll be tough to catch.

Race #11 – The G1 United Nations – 1 3/8 on the turf – 5:28 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Bigger Picture / #4 – Focus Group / #6 – Zulu Alpha

#1 Bigger Picture is from the Mike Maker barn with Jersey Joe Bravo in the saddle. He scored in the G2 Elkhorn at Keeneland and is a stone cold closer. He’s been off two months and is 5 for 9 ITM going the distance. The rider is well acquainted with the New Jersey track. #4 Focus Group is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Chad Brown. 3rd off the layoff and exits the G1 Man O’ War as a beaten favorite. He is 2 for 3 ITM at the distance and a stout closer. Jose Ortiz wins 21% with Brown and 18% on the turf. #6 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry for Mike Maker. Channing Hill has the call as they make the 3rd off the layoff move. Hill fits the runner as they reunite from 2018 winning efforts.

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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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Churchill Downs

Race #9 – The G2 Golden Rod – 1 1/16 – 4:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Restless Rider / #8 – Break Curfew / #1 – Gold Credit

#5 Restless Rider is a daughter of Distorted Humor exiting the BC Juvenile Fillies finishing a solid second. She is 3 for 3 ITM at CD and drops down from G1 company to face an impressive group of ladies. She’s a strong closer for trainer Ken McPeek, and he has said nothing but sweet things about this gal. There should be a solid pace and she’ll mow them down with B.J. Hernandez in the irons. #8 Break Curfew comes in for the Chad Brown barn under Javier Castellano. She wired the field in her debut and was very impressive. She stretches out to two turns and should show the way down the backstretch. If she duplicates her last effort she could be extremely dangerous. #1 Gold Credit is a daughter of Goldencents for Ignacio Correas winning 33%. She won going 7f at Keeneland and had an eventful trip. The rail has been winning 18% and John Velasquez has the call. Correas wins 18% with his graded stakes runners.

Race #11 – The G2 Kentucky Jockey Club – 1 1/16 – 5:56 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Signalman / #13 – Knicks Go / #7 – Limonite

#1 Signalman hails from the KenMcPeek barn with B.J. Hernadez in the irons. The rail has been the place to be and locks horns against Knicks Go once again. “Knicks” should be flying from the gate once again and Signalman is 2 for 2 ITM at CD and goes third time Lasix. I like his chances today as he looks to turn the tables. He will come calling late in the lane. #13 Knicks Go is a son of Paynter for trainer Ben Colebrook. Two back he shocked Keeneland winning the G1 Breeders’ Futurity at boxcar odds. He has a quick turn of foot and ever since he came off the synthetic in Chicago he has matured nicely. If left alone he could turn out the lights quickly. #7 Limonite is a son of Lemon Drop Kid and was a beaten chalk last out at CD. This is a jump up the class ladder and he looks to be a nice runner. He may be that perfect addition to your exotics.

Del Mar

Race #7 – The G2 Seabiscuit – 1 1/16 on the turf – 6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Synchrony / #1- Caribou Club / #2 – Big Score

#7 Synchrony is a son of Tapit for the Michael Stidham barn. Joe Bravo reunites after the G1 Shadwell Mile at Keeneland. He’s been off for 49 days and gets a drop in class. His 9 for 10 ITM on the sod is impressive, and this horse is a deep closer. He is 2 for 2 ITM at the distance; look for Bravo rolling at the top of the lane. #1 Caribou Club hails from the Thom Proctor barn with Joe Talamo in the irons. He is 3 for 4 ITM at the distance and stretches out from 6 1/2f to 1 1/16. He’s been off for 57 days and Proctor wins 18% with his turf runners. He likes Del Mar and I’m looking for a big effort coming off the shelf. #2 Big Score is a son of Mr. Big for trainer Tim Yakteen. He’s been off for 49 days since the G1 Shadwell Mile and has a sharp work to prepare for the race.

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Belmont Park Race #7 – The Maid of the Mist – 1 mile – 3:42 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – She’s Trouble / #7 – Cartwheelin Lulu / #9 – Elegant Zip

#4 She’s Trouble comes to post for Linda Rice and Irad Ortiz in the saddle. Her name is fitting as she has encountered trouble in most of her races and this daughter of Into Mischief stretches out and Rice wins 42% on the distance change. Irad will have her settled out with the added distance and have plenty of time to get into stride for the homestretch run. #7 Cartwheelin Lulu hails from the barn of Jeremiah Englehardt winning 20%. John Velasquez has the call and she broke her maiden in open company and won in hand easily at Belmont last out in a stake. An excellent rider who is 3 for 5 the past week and her dam Reprieve has 3 starters, 3 winners and a stakes winner to her credit. #9 Elegant Zip is a daughter of Run Away and Hide for trainer David Donk. She has solid early speed and the added distance should be welcome as she’ll be on the engine from the gate break.

Race #8 – The Sleepy Hollow Stakes – 1 mile – 4:15 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Poppy’s Destiny / #4 – Bankit / #3 – Strive for a Cause

#1 Poppy’s Destiny is a son of Orb for trainer Linda Rice. Javier Castellano is the reinsman and stretches out from 7f to a mile. Castellano wins 20% going long and looks to overcome an eventful trip last out. Going sprint to a route yields 42% winners for Linda Rice. With all of the early speed, the rail trip may work out nicely. #4 Bankit comes to post for trainer Steve Asmussen with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. He has blistering speed and will be pushed from the gate break. The one turn mile should fit his style and with a cleaner trip, he could be a handful on the front end. #3 Strive for a Cure is a son of Goldencents for trainer Dale Capuano. He is 1 for 1and has a quick turn of late foot. Stretching out from 6 1/2f to a mile combined with the early speed should have him motoring down the lane.

Race #10 – The Empire Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:23 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Twisted Tom / #8 – Sea Foam / #10 – Pat on the Back

#5 Twisted Tom is looking for a repeat from last year in this race. This is his 3rd start of 2018 and was a beaten favorite his last two. Joe Bravo gets the call and “Jersey Joe” wins 28% with route runners. He’s been off two months and comes in fresh and ready. His works at Monmouth show promise of things to come. #8 Sea Foam is a son of Medaglia d’ Oro for Christophe Clement winning 24%. He’s a three year old facing older and gave a solid effort in the G3 Oklahoma Derby showing good early speed. Joel Rosario back in the saddle and look for a quick break from the gate. #10 Pat on the Back is a son of Congrats. He is 7 for 7 ITM at Belmont and Dylan Davis has worked out well in the saddle. His last effort in the Evan Shipman was promising moving forward. He has a perfect stalking style and should be respected at the windows.

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Aqueduct

12/11/17

Race #3 – Clm $32,000 – 1 mile 

#4 – Old Up Start = Steve Asmussen trainer with his go-to-guy Ricardo Santana. 6w down the backstretch, 5w on the turn, and 4 wide turning for home. He beat right at the wire and you can play him right back.

Race #5 – Claiming $16,000 – 6f

#3 – Archival = Joe Bravo in the irons for David Jacobson. He did a perfect job stalking the pace and got beat at the wire for all the money. This was a very good effort to build and was claimed by Robert Diodoro.

Race #9 = $50,000 Stakes – 6f

#12 – Beautiful Buzz – First-time starter by Tuefflesburg. Trained by the Gary Gullo barn and ridden by Angel Arroyo. They teamed up for a very effort solid that will have you chomping at the bit to play him right back.

Gulfstream

12/9/17

Race #6 – Pulpit Stks – 1-mile turf 

#6 – Pony Up = Javier Castello for Todd Pletcher. Taken back at the start and started to move going 5-6 wide on the final turn. He finished up a game second and will be one to keep on your big money radar screen.

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Saratoga

Race #5 – G2 Amsterdam – 6 1/2f – 3:15 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3- Mo Cash  / #2 – Coal Front  / #6 – Toga Chamber 

Mo Cash = 3rd off the layoff shipping in from GP. He got beat a neck in the G3 Carry Back and they are cutting back 1/2f with one of the best speed riders in the game. This son of Adios Charlie is 5/5 ITM and Ortiz fits like a glove. Coal Front = Son of Stay Thirsty for Todd Pletcher barn. He is 2/2 and this is his acid test moving to the next level. Rider and trainer are 7/13 the last two weeks. His sire is 2/3 with his progeny and looks solid. Toga Challenger = Moves up the next class rung for Rudy Rodriguez (22%). Irad Ortiz in the saddle and they are 10/27 ITM the past week.

Race #8 – G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt – 6f – 5:02 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Bird Song / #8 – Limousine Liberal  / #4 – A.P. Indian 

Bird Song = Exits the G1 Stephen Foster and that me a race to toss out. They are cutting back from 1 1/8 – 6f with a win at the Spa. Trainer Ian Wilkes and Julien Leparoux team up to win (40%) the last two months and his blazing work of 47.1 / 1/99 at CD may have all systems go. Limousine Liberal = 7/9 ITM going 6 panels for Ben Colebrook. They are cutting back from 7f and Ortiz compliments his running style perfectly. The bullet work at Keeneland of 47 flat should have them ready to make a good showing. A.P. Indian = Son of Indian Charlie is 7/9 ITM at the distance and 2/3 ITM at Saratoga. Been off two months and working very solid in the morning for Arnaud Delacour.

Race #9 – G2 Bowling Green – 1 3/8 on the turf – 5:48 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Sadler’s Joy  / #5 – Hunter O’Riley / #1 – Bigger Picture 

Sadler’s Joy = Been off for 49 days since the G1 Manhattan. Thom Albertrani is the conditioner and he has the services of Javier Castellano in the irons. This son of Kitten’s Joy was 6 wide and closing stoutly last out. Castellano wins (19%) with his turf runners and his dam has three starters with three turf winners to her credit. Should be mid-pack with a target on the leaders. Hunter O’Riley = Been off for 50 days for the James Toner barn. Florent Geroux in the saddle as he exits the Belmont Gold Cup going 2 miles. Cuts back and has a devasting late kick. Bigger Picture = Joe Bravo for Mike Maker making a 2nd off the shelf move (23%). He exits a win in the G1 Manhattan and Maker wins (36%) with graded stakes runners.

Race #10 – G2 Jim Dandy – 1 1/8 – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Always Dreaming  / #2 – Cloud Computing / #4 – Pavel  

Always Dreaming = John Velasquez aboard for Todd Pletcher with a son of Bodemeister. He’s been off since the Preakness and you might want to toss that race out. He should improve greatly cutting back 1 3/16 – 1 1/8 and the Derby winner looks to kick the second half of the season in fine fashion. The rail is winning at (21%) and the works leading up show readiness to make it back to the races.  Cloud Computing = Closer for the Chad Brown barn. The good news is Javier Castellano stays aboard off the Preakness win. He’s faced some of the best 3-yr-olds of the year and hopes for some pace to set him up. Pavel = Doug O’Neill and Mario Gutierrez bringing a mdn winning son of Creative Cause. He was pretty impressive but this is a whole new level. O’Neill wouldn’t be coming this way if he didn’t think there was a chance for him to fit into the race.

 

Del Mar

Race #9 – G1 Bing Crosby – 6f – 9:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Drefong / #4 – Ransom the Moon / #8 – Roy H

Drefong = Son of Gio Ponti is 5/6 with lifetime wins. He’s been away from the races for 8 months and Bob Baffert knows how to bring them ready winning at a (27%) clip. He capped off 2016 going 5-in-a-row and winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Mike Smith in the saddle and he and Baffert are winning (82%) the last 60 days as a team. He is 1/1 at DM and his morning works show he ready for the task. Ransom the Moon = 2017 has been very good for this son of Malibu Moon with 2 wins and a 2nd. Cuts back in distance for the Phil D’Amato barn and has a flashy work to his credit. Roy H = Paco Lopez in the saddle for Peter Miller and has been off for two months winning the G2 True North at Belmont. Blistering works and seeking for his 4th in-a-row coming off the shelf. He’ll be dangerous.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 4/17/17

Tom Petty said it best; The Waiting is the hardest part. – I’m not rocking out; I’m talking about the countdown to the greatest two minutes in sports. The preps are in the books and the waiting game begins. You’ll start your process of combing through the data and watching replays. You’ll glance over late works and who arrives when. And just when you think you’ve cornered the handicapping zone, there will be a defection or two that may send you back to the drawing board. – In the meantime, time is of the essence and here are some runners who are good candidates to build your bankroll. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com ! 

Keeneland

4/12/17

Race #7 – #4 – Alasaal – 1 mile on the turf

Joe Bravo in the irons for Kiaran McLaughlin as they brought this son of War Front to post. – He led all the way and set some pretty quick fractions. Down the lane Bravo tried to take his mount as far as he could and started weaving a bit down the lane. He drifted into the paths of some other runners and the objection sign hit the board. After a few minutes, there was no action taken. “Jersey-Joe” is a 4% winning rider on the turf, and that is not a true reflection of his ability on the sod. I’m looking for the speedster to take em’ to the winner’s circle at a square price.

Keeneland

4/13/17

Race #4 – #10 Major Force – 6f

Javier Castellano in the saddle for Arnaud Delacour and they were sandwiched and pinched back badly at the start spotting the field at least 10 lengths. He made an “Arazi-like” move around the far turn making up a quick 15 lengths in a few strides. He began weaving in and out of traffic and his fast closing fourth is a promising sign. Hopefully we’ll see a return in the final days of the meet.

Keeneland

4/14/17

Race #9 – #1 – Blacktype – G-1 Maker’s Mile Turf 

Joel Rosario the pilot for Christophe Clement. He was coming in off a 4 month vacation and working well at Payson Park. He drafted behind a rapid pace and kicked off the rail at the 1/4 pole seeking clear sailing. – As they turned for home he was kept in tight along the rail by eventual winner American Patriot under Castellano. – He didn’t get out for the big move and was wrapped up tightly by Rosario. He had no place to go, and you can follow this runner right back with confidence.

Keeneland

4/15/17

Race #6 – #6 – Perro Rojo – 1 1/8

Nik Juarez in the saddle for Nick Zito (20%) and they had a strong son good looking son of Birdstone. – He was only 1/7 ITM lifetime but had faced some of the tough guys multiple times. Names like; Irish War Cry, Gunnevera, Classic Empire, and McCracken. It was the old story of the company you keep, and this (25-1) shot looked the value play. Juarez was stock-still in the saddle and started making a move in the final quarter mile. He made an explosive late move only to be immediately snatched up and checked strongly. This colt will score and light up the board. Just keep your eyes peeled.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 3/11/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The weekend of Derby preps may have muddied the waters as the chorus of will the real contenders please show up is growing. But not to worry. This has happened as long as the roses have bloomed. Maybe this will be the year we have a blockbuster payoff in Louisville ! You’ll want to stay tuned for every prep moving forward as value could be waiting right around the corner. – Here are some runners you’ll want to follow right back to the starting gate. They didn’t have had their best effort and this may be the angle you’ve been looking for. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !   

Gulfstream Park

3/4/17

Race #2 – #4 – Silver Defense – 7 1/2f on the turf

“Jersey” Joe Bravo aboard as they exited the OBS Sprint going 6f on the AW to 7 1/2f on the turf. The son of First Defense came flying late in the lane and was hammered at the windows from a 12-1 morning line to 9-2 at post time. – He was taken up at the start and raced under a snug hold. Once turned loose he tipped off the rail and fanned 7 wide closing with a flourish.

Race #3 – #5 – Donwell – 1 1/16 on the main track

Joel Rosario in the irons for Bill Mott and they win at a 19% clip as a team. This son of Divine Park was making the turf-dirt switch and owned two maintenance works at Palm Meadows. He was a beaten chalk last time out and offered a sweet price at 19-1 this day. This was his second off a layoff run and was three wide for 3/4 of the race. Rosario swung wide looking for a clear lane and made a solid bid down the lane finishing second. Even though this was a very good effort on dirt, my inner-horse player would not be surprised to him back on the weeds.

Race #4 – #4 – Coasted – 1 1/16 on the turf

Irad Ortiz in from New York to ride. This was her first start in four months and the daughter of Tizway looked good on the track. She hopped at the break costing a few lengths and was forced to tap on the brakes down the backside. She made a game effort down the lane and was bested by fast closing Dream Dancing threading the needle along the rail. – Coasted may be in top order for a great 2017 racing season.

Race #7 – #1 – Olorda – 1 3/16 on the turf

Julien Leparoux in the saddle for Chad Brown and this speedy mare by Lord of England (GER) looked to be ready to dictate the pace under red-hot Leparoux. She was bumped soundly at the start and forced to take up and check sharply down the backstretch. Dismiss this effort and follow her right back the next time she takes the track. If Leparoux stays aboard you can expect the top-notch speed rider to dictate the pace.

Race #8 – #13 – Fayeq – 7f on the main track

Joel Rosario aboard the first time starter for the Kiaran McLaughlin barn. The son of Malibu Moon was breaking from the far outside post and that is no gift. – He kicked around the far turn and made a huge late kick run to get the show-dough. He has solid breeding and the trainer does well with second time efforts. Hopefully a better post is in his future and more distance doesn’t look like a bad thing.

Race #11 – #4 – Bondurant – 1 mile on the turf

Brain Hernandez had the call for Ian Wilkes and this was his second start of 2017. The son of War Front saved ground along the rail and had to await a gap many times during the race. Once he tipped off at the 1/16th pole he weaved in and out making a strong late bid.

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BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 3/6/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The weather returned to more winter like temperatures after a brief taste of an early spring. The road to the Derby preps carried on, and with each passing race we find ourselves taking copious notes to determine the contenders from the pretenders as the the first Saturday in May is only 61 days away. Be sure to keep a close on eye on Derby prep action with every passing week, and keep building your bankroll. – Here are some runners who deserve a good look before they take to the track. Some may have a good excuse while others are candidates for a repeat trip to the winner’s circle. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Aqueduct

2/25/17

Race #7 – #4 – Stormin Stephen – 6f on the inner track

Fresh off the claim with apprentice Hector Diaz in the irons. This son of Malibu Moon stumbled badly leaving the gate as Diaz corrected his mount to manage a good 4th place effort.

Fair Grounds

2/25/17

Race #4 – #4 – Tweeting – 6f on the main

Florent Geroux aboard for Thom Proctor with a good looking 1st timer. A well-bred filly by Uncle Mo was last away from the break and was carried wide into the final turn for home. This gal managed a solid bid for 3rd and should rebound nicely for a solid trainer.

Race #6 – #9 – Awesome Saturday – 6f on the main 

First timer from the Bret Calhoun barn with B.J. Hernandez in the irons. This son of Any Given Saturday was forced to check sharply and still managed to hit the after-burners and close with a flourish to get the win. He has the look of a repeat player who deserves a play right back.

Race #9 – #3 – Shane’s Girlfriend – 1 1/16 on the dirt

Mario Gutierrez in the driver’s seat for Doug O’Neill. They shipped in from California and was working very well in the mornings. She was slammed on both sides leaving the gate and she still tried to rebound with her first start of 2017. Sent off the odds-on chalk, her back class gives us plenty to look forward.

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Race #10 – #1 – Bullard’s Alley – 1 1/8 on the turf

Solid runner from the Tim Glyshaw barn. This was his 2nd start off the shelf and may need a little class relief dropping out of graded company. This son of Flower Alley seems to enjoy the sod and lesser foes can have a strike at a sweet price.

Gulfstream Park

2/25/17

Race #5 -#4 – Blue Buff – 5 1/f on the dirt

First timer by Unbridled’s Song with Joe Bravo in the irons. He was working lights out in the morning at Palm Meadows and his dam (Fiery Pulpit) has three wins from 4 starters. He was wide down the backstretch and won impressively. He is a strong candidate to move up the ladder with promise.

Race #8 – #2 – I’m Stepping It Up – 7f on the main

Fresh off the claim for John Servis. 9-year-old son of Congrats and was forced to tap on the brakes down the backside. Once he was in gear he out put forth an honest effort for the show dough.