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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 Horses to Watch – 6/4/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we gathered with family and friends honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, Memorial Day was a special time for my family. We would celebrate the lives of those no longer with us, and later meet at the corner of Stokesay and Oak St. to watch the hometown parade. There’s something about a small town parade that brings life all together. – The men decorated in full unform, and the stoic look of pride as they proudly walked our hometown streets. Bands played and sirens wailed crating the soundtrack of the days festivites. – It would be about 15 minutes after the parade when we would join my grandparents for a picnic lunch under the large oak tree at River Downs. Memorial Day was a time to honor the past and look to the future. Going to the races was a yearly trek that was the official signal that summer was finally here.

5/27/17

Belmont

Race #1 – #4 – The Crocheron Kid – 6f on the turf

Jose Ortiz in the irons for David Donk. This guy had an overland trip spinning wide into the lane costing precious ground. He scored this day, and is a perfect candidate for a repeat preformance at the windows.

Race #7 – #9 Vigor – 6f on the turf

Jose Lezcano in the saddle for Bill Mott and they do very solid work together. He was wide grabbing the lead and later inhaled by a solid winner Rublinda. Give him a hard look next out, and catch him if you can !

#2 – Fear No Evil – (Same race)

Luis Saez at the controls for trainer Thom Albertrani. He was tracking perfectly and shut off trying to tip off the rail. He dove right back to the inside and found no room. Saez wrapped up on his mount and saved plenty of gas in the tank for next out.

Race #8 – #4 – Kitten’s Cat – 7f on the turf

John Velasquez for trainer Joe Sharp. It was a quick pace and he came flying late in the lane, but couldn’t pass the impressive winner Big Handsome. Shipping in from Churchill Downs;  his second time out in the “Big Apple” will make this son of Kitten’s Joy ultra tough.

5/27/17

Santa Anita

Race #5 – #1 – Avenge – 1 1/8 on the turf

Flavien Pratt in the irons for Dick Mandella. She grabbed the lead from the rail and was heavily backed at the windows. She faced a monster this day with Lady Eli and if she catches anyone else she’ll give them all they want next time she hits the track.

5/29/17

Belmont

Race  #4 – #7 Ancient Secret – 1 mile on the turf

She was making her first start of the 2017 season for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle and was tracking perfectly in the two path and weakened down the lane to finish 4th this day. – Toss this race as needing one and you’ll be pleasantly surprised next time she hits the track.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 4/1/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The Derby trail was in the spirit of “March Madness” serving up some red-hot upsets. Racing was even a few lengths ahead of college hoops, as the Spiral and the Sunland Derby went official with double digit payouts. The road to Louisville is still murky and next week the Florida Derby and the Louisiana Derby look to give us a more definitive picture. – As we’re going to need plenty of ammo to watch and wager on the preps ahead, here are some horses you’ll want to follow right back to the windows as they offer an excuse or a bad trip. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Turfway Park

3/25/17

Race #6 – #7 – Classic Salsa – 6 1/2f on the all weather

Jack Gilligan in the irons and heavily backed at the windows. He was forced in tight and got knocked around at the half way point taking away some needed energy. The rider gave a good account by getting him back in the action finishing up with a solid show effort. – A cleaner trip may have the Jeremiah O’Dwyer trainee right on the money next up.

Race #7 – #4 – Professor Snape – 6f on the all weather

Luis Saez in town for Wesley Ward for this mount on Spiral Day. First time starter sent off the odds-on chalk and made a game effort running second this day. Ward does magic with his second time starters back to the races, and the namesake of the Harry Potter series may have some added magic to offer next time he loads in the starting gate.

Race #10 – The G-3 Spiral Stakes- #8 Kitten’s Cat – 1 1/8 on the all weather

Luis Saez in the saddle for trainer Joe Sharp who was sent off the luke-warm favorite for the marquee race of the meet. He was in tight and knocked around quite a bit and forced to check. According to the Daily Racing Form, he bled and is being treated in Lexington, Kentucky. This may scrap plans to take him to Royal Ascot for owner Ken Ramsey, but I’m sure we’ll see good things to come when he returns to the races.

Race #12 – #5 – Curlin’s Lass – 6f on the all weather

Abel Lezcano was in the driver’s seat and started uncorking a rally. This daughter of Curlin was in full-stride six wide closing with a rush. This was her second start lifetime and she showed good promise this day for the Mark Thomas barn.

Sunland Park

3/26/17

Race #9 – The G-3 Sunland Derby – #2 – Hedge Fund –  1 1/8 on the main

Jose Ortiz had the call for Todd Pletcher as they shipped in from Gulfstream Park. Ortiz is known for being a solid gate rider and jumped to a quick lead and showed the way until the top of the stretch where he got a little leg weary and finished a game third. The pace may have been a little easier as the odds-on favorite Bronze Age from the Bob Baffert barn stumbled at the start and eased. – I think we’ll see maturing three-year-old who can show the way right to the winner’s circle.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 12/27/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Santa has the sleigh put away for the season as Baby New Year gets ready for his midnight appearance. Your friends at BetPTC.com hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season, and wish you the very best in the New Year ! – Here are a few runners who should remain on your radar screen to kick off 2017 on a positive note. – May 2017 bring you and yours health, luck, and peace from your friends at BetPTC.com. 

Fair Grounds

12/26/16

Race #1 – #3 – King of Honour – 1 mile on the dirt

He was in great tracking mode under Colby Hernandez and was forced to check up sharply at the 7/8th’s pole. – Top notch trainer Karl Broberg claimed this runner, and he’ll be worth a great play next out.

Race #2 – #2 – Red Hot Cherry – 1 mile on the turf

She was bumped hard at the break and settled out nicely. Right at the 3/16th’s pole she was forced to steady and run wide. She still finished up a solid second on this day.

Race #3 – #6 – Right Squall – 6f on the dirt

Cisco Torres was in the irons aboard the odds-on favorite, and bumped strongly at the break. Torres found his best stride and made a strong run to win the race. – Red-hot trainer Joe Sharp claimed him off this effort and he does very well new comers to his barn.

Race #8 – #8 – Wyeth – 5 1/2 f on the turf 

Thom Amoss trainee who was bumped at the start and forced to take up off heels at the 3/16th’s pole. – After this wide troubled trip he still managed a very good effort for the show spot.

Race #10 – #8 – Daddy’s Placer – 1 mile and 70 yards

Florent Geroux in the saddle for Thom Amoss and the two-year-old was wide on both turns and five wide into the lane. – He’ll benefit from this effort and the barn will have all the screws tightened to go next out.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 11/8/16

The Breeders’ Cup is in the books as the racing world draws a deep breath of pride. Win or lose, racing is the most beautiful sport in the world. For some it is on to the next round of ovals that showcase their race meets, and yet many others begin the countdown to the marquee races at winter ovals which takes us to the first Saturday in May. – The cyclical nature of racing is the eternal flame of hope for the Sport of Kings. It won’t be long and we’ll be talking about “who do you like for the Derby.” But walk don’t run, the journey is the best part to the winner’s circle. – Here are some runners who could use a playback or a good hard look next out. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com. 

Aqueduct

11/5/16

Race #2 – #9 – Uncle Chester – 1 1/16 on the turf

Eric Cancel’s mount seemed to lose traction leaving the starting gate. He made a solid attempt and spun three-wide on the turn to finish up third this day.

Race  #5 – #12 – Rule Number One – 1 mile on the turf

Antonio Gallardo in the irons and one thing is for sure. This guy can flat-out horseback ! – He rode four winners on the card, and his mount was carried four wide coming up a little empty down the lane. Next out should have him moving right back into top form.

Race #6 – #8 – Realm – 1 mile on the dirt

Paco Lopez in the driver’s seat and his runner stalked just off the leaders and inhaled the field to win by an easy 5 1/4. – He needs a good playback next out as he completed this task with plenty left in the tank.

Santa Anita

11/5/16

Race #1 – #10 – Kitten’s Cat – 6 1/2f on the turf

Luis Saez in the saddle for the Joe Sharp barn. His colt stumbled at the start and closed with a strong flourish four wide on his way to the winner’s circle. This son of Kitten’s Joy may have some good things to come and could use a good wager right back next time out.

Race #4 – Juvenile Fillies – #12 – American Gal – 1 1/16

Mike Smith for Baffert, and their filly broke slow from the gate in the #12 post. She was seven wide down the backstretch and 5 wide into the final turn. She managed a to finish with good energy to be 3rd as the beaten favorite.

Race #7 – Turf Sprint – #12 – Om – 6 1/2 f on the turf 

Gary Stevens in the irons and broke inward at the break. He was stalking in a perfect trip when Stevens lost his whip in the final 1/16th to be bested by a nose at the wire.

Race #12 – Classic – #9 Hoppertunity – 1 1/4

John Velasquez in the saddle for Bob Baffert and he was facing two monsters this day. He wouldn’t have caught Chrome or Arrogate going around another lap, but if he catches just a solid field, he’ll give them fits as he finished up with good energy to show he is getting ready.

 

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 2/1/2016

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

If you watched the Holy Bull Stakes this Saturday, you caught a glimpse of the first runner with the WOW factor! Mohaymen destroyed the field over the Gulfstream oval, and as 2016 turns another page on the calendar. In think we have our first official clocker’s corner talk of the morning.  “He took my breath away,” McLaughlin said after the Tapit  colt made easy work of five rivals to draw clear in the Holy Bull Stakes, according to the Blood Horse.com. – But rest assured, there will be plenty more maturing just at the right time. Consider this the official start of great things to come. – In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for a few runners that are ready to step right back on the track and give a top effort.

Gulfstream Park

Race #3 – 1/30/16 – #4 – 7f on the dirt

#4 – Island Saint = This filly by Speightstown was handled by John Velasquez for Todd Pletcher.  – The only scrape on race was facing a very talented gal by the name of Cathryn Sophia. – Island Saint set the fractions, and appeared to be going very well. She was bested by a much better filly I think we’ll be hearing from down the road. – She should e a very solid player going 6f – 7f, and hopefully against just a bit softer competition.

Gulfstream Park

Race #5 – 1/30/16 – #6 – 1 mile on the turf

#6 – Life Imitates Art = Joel Rosario for the Chad Brown barn. – This colt looked to have good movement and was pushed out strongly at the 3/8th’s pole very wide most of the race. – He exited off a win in the G-3 Dania, and I’m going toss this race as a “clunker.” – The connections are red-hot, and with a little better trip it could be lights out down the lane.

Gulfstream Park

Race #7 – 1/30/16 – #1 – 7 1/2f on the turf

#1 – Taste for Talent = Corey Lanerie up for Joe Sharp, and this colt was flying from the clouds. He did nothing wrong, and had dead aim on the leader. – He ran out of real estate and an effort anywhere close has him in the winner’s circle.

Fair Grounds

Race #1 – 1/30/16 – #1 – 1 mile on the main track

#1 – K’s Got a Notion = Mitchell Murrill in the saddle, and he was forced to check his mount sharply just as they were making the run down the backstretch. Once the rider got his mount under restraint, he made a well recovered effort to finish in the money. – He’s been going short, and look for a cutback in distance next out.

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Santa Anita

Race #8 – 1/30/16 – #3 – 6f on the main track

#3 – Tannersmymuscle = Joe Talamo had the call for Ron Ellis, and the colt broke awkwardly from the gate. Once settled, Talamo did an excellent job of getting him into position where he was forced to wait for a gap. – He finished up with energy and should be a handful next time out. – This was a first time claim for the Ellis barn and they win 27% with new runners, and 24% with beaten favorites. Add in 3/4 ITM over the course, and you’ll want to be first in line to make a bet.

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.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 10/26/15

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

There are only five days until we see the kickoff for the 32nd edition of the Breeders’ Cup. – The Kentucky Derby is for the masses who enjoy the finery of the day, and take part in the spectacle that captures the attention of the sporting world. The Breeders’ Cup has always been a time where gamblers, punters, and anyone who enjoys a good wager has the opportunity to watch and wager on the world’s best. – This year may be the great crossover for the melting pot of racing fans as Keeneland has taken over the reins this year. You will see every type of fan under the sun, and there are accommodations that are sure to please fans from all walks. To say I’m excited is like saying a young child wants to sleep in on Christmas morning with a bevy of gifts under the tree. – As we focus on the greatest weekend to be a horse player, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these runners and their next start at the races. – Best of luck this weekend !

Parx – 10/20/15 – Race #4 – #5 – 5f on the turf

#5 – Merry’s Honor = Joshua Navarro had the mount, and was begging out for running room down the lane. When you are sprinting a quick distance it only takes a momentary check along the rail or running up on heels to keep you out of the winner’s circle. – He was held up under stout restraint and once he had a path it was a quick turn of foot and a dirty nose short of getting the job done. – Look for this runner next up as he had handfuls of runner down the stretch.

Keeneland – 10/21/15 – Race #4 – #3 – 1 1/8 on the turf

#3 – Hunter O’Riley = The hot hand of Corey Lanerie had the call for Joe Sharp, and this runner did everything but win. He started rolling like a down bound train and shifted out for clear sailing. He was bested by Dissident who exited the (G-3) Pilgrim and came back into the maiden ranks. The winner ran against three runners who you’ll see this weekend, and to only lose by a nose gives us no excuse, but a great deal of hope when you see him at Churchill Downs.

Keeneland -10/21/15 – Race #6 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#1 – Cold Dish = This filly had the services of Calvin Borel, and with his new agent of Larry Melancon aboard. I am looking forward to seeing “Calvin Bo-Rail” bring this gal right back at CD. He broke from the 1 post and shifted into the three path for a better run. He had the lead for a brief second or two at (8-1), and was beaten in a tough photo by a nose. – Look for a return to the Twin Spires where Calvin has done very well in past meets.

Keeneland – 10/22/15 – Race #5 – #4 – 7f on the dirt

#4 – Vanity Feature = Marcelino Pedroza had the call for the red-hot Tom Drury barn winning (31%). – He broke a bit slow, and was tussled around leaving the gate. Once he regained composure he took over the lead and looked like a winner nearing the 1/4 pole. He was eventually wore down under the salty fractions of 110.1. – Team Drury is one to keep your eye on and you can bet dollars to donuts he’ll have all the screws tightened down for the Turfway Park meet.

Keeneland- 10/21/15 – Race #7 – #9 – 1 3/16 on the turf

#9 – Bullard’s Alley = This 35-1 shot was handled by Marcelino Pedroza and gave his backers something to root for down the lane. His trainer Tim Glyshaw was happy with the run, but actually thought he could win despite being dismissed by the public. – He swung out wide to make his rally and bumped and bothered his foes a few times. He’ll be a handful down the long stretch at Churchill Downs.

Belmont Park – 10/24/15 – Race 10- #5 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#5 – Temper Mint Patty = Luis Saez had the call for Todd Pletcher, and was forced to go four wide around the turn, and had to go out even farther to find her best stride. Once she had her mind on business, she leveled out nicely and made a solid move to be second. – I think with a little kinder trip she’ll give them fits down the lane.

Belmont Park – 10/24/15 – Race #11 -#2 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#2 – Neck of the Moon = Irad Ortiz at the controls for Chad Brown, and this mare broke outward when the gates sprang open and he was forced to take up his mount just a bit. Once she got moving all was looking well and shifted out four wide and settled down for the stretch run. – She was motoring late for the red-hot connections, and give this race a pass as she compromised quite bit from post #9 in a full field, and this leaves little to no room for any added pressure. – She’ll circle the field next out, and be on the lookout for this runner from the Chad Brown barn.