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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – July 20-21

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Sunday’s Haskell

Race #12 – The G1 Haskell Invitational – 1 1/8  5:47 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Maximum Security / #5 – Mucho Gusto /#1  King for a Day

#7 Maximum Security hails from the Jason Servis barn who is winning at 29% at the meet. Luis Saez in the saddle and after the Derby DQ he had a nice prep in the Pegasus over the track and should be knocking heads on the lead. Look for a big effort today. #5 Mucho Gusto son of Mucho Macho Man for Bob Baffert who has won eight runnings of this race. He is 3rd off the layoff and 7 for 7 ITM lifetime. There is plenty of speed and Joe Talamo should be able to lay just off the main speed waiting to push the button. #1 King for a Day comes from the Todd Pletcher barn with John Velasquez in the irons. This son of Uncle Mo is making a 3rd off move and the barn scores at a 22% clip. The rail has been winning at a 24% clip and owns a sharp work coming into the race.

Del Mar

Race #4  – The G2 San Diego  1 1/16  6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1  Catalina Cruiser / #2  Core Beliefs / #4 Draft Pick

#1 Catalina Cruiser is a son of Union Rags for John Sadler with Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat. 2nd off the layoff and the barn wins 16% on this move. He is a solid stalker with sparkling works. He’ll be closer to the pace today and give them plenty of trouble down the lane. #2 Core Beliefs hails from the Peter Eurton barn with Flavien Prat in the saddle. Blinkers on and has been off for 54 days. He’s a nice stalker who is dropping down a notch in from the G1 Gold Cup and cuts back to a kinder distance. #4 Draft Pick comes from the Peter Eurton barn with this son of Candy Ride. Martin Garcia in the irons and makes his 2nd start of the year. His work tabs look like he’s gearing up for a top effort.

Race #8 – The G2 San Clemente – 1 mile on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Mucho Unusual / #5 – Apache Princess / #8 – Stillwater Cove

#3 Mucho Unusual is a daughter of Mucho Macho Man for Tim Yakteen. Joel Rosario in the saddle making a 2nd off the layoff move where the barn wins 14%. This California bred should relish all of the speed to set up a good stalking trip. The faster they go the better she’ll like it. #5 Apache Princess comes in for Keith Desormeaux with brother Kent Desormeaux in the saddle. They’ve been off two months shipping in from Golden Gate. Kent D rolled off three straight going 6 1/2f on the weeds and they usually take to the mile distance with gusto. Look for her late in the game. #8 Stillwater Cove rolls in from the Wesley Ward barn with a daughter of Quality Road. Victor Espinoza in the irons and he wins 24% on the turf. The barn has been winning 26% for the year.

 

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – June 15

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Churchill Downs Race #6 – G2 Wise Dan – 1 1/16 on the turf – 8:37 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #12 – Admission Office / #6 – Siem Riep / #4 – Hot Springs

#12 Admission Office is a son of Point of Entry making his 3rd off the layoff move for the Brian Lynch barn. Exits the G2 Dixie at Pimlico and was beaten a half after being squeezed at the start. His dam Miss Chapin has 7 starters, 6 wins, and 6 turf wins to her credit. He is a deep closer under Joel Rosario who is a 16% turf winning rider. #6 Siem Riep is a son of Tapit for trainer Ben Colebrook with James Graham aboard. 2nd off the layoff and he is 2 for 2 with wins at CD. He has plenty of early speed and Graham returns off a win in the saddle a month ago. #4 Hot Springs is a son of Uncle Mo for Steve Asmussen and Ricardo Santana in the driver’s seat. He is 3rd off the layoff and 4 for 5 with wins at CD. Toss out the last race and you have a solid stalker reuniting with the barn rider.

Race#7 – The G2 Fleur de Lis – 1 1/8 – 9:12 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Elate / #2 – She’s a Julie / #5 – Blue Prize

#3 Elate hails from the Bill Mott barn with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She’s been off for two months and exits the G1 Apple Blossom. She drops a notch in class and gets added distance. Elate should lay right off the pace and wait for the command of Ortiz to answer the question. #2 She’s a Julie comes in for trainer Steve Asmussen with Ricardo Santana in the saddle. She is 4 for 5 ITM at CD and makes her 2nd off the shelf move effort. This gal will be close to the pace and make a tactical move on the turn. #5 Blue Prize is a daughter of Pure Prize who is 6 for 7 ITM at CD. This is her 2nd start of 2019 and was the beaten chalk in the G1 La Troienne. She loves the oval and gets a top rider switch.

Race #8 – The G2 Stephen Foster – 1 1/8 – 9:47 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Gift Box / #4 – Seeking the Soul / #12 – Yoshida

#6 Gift Box is a son of Twirling Candy for trainer John Sadler and Joel Rosario. 2nd start off the layoff and was the beaten chalk in the G1 Gold Cup at SA. He cuts back in distance and been working lights out in the morning. He should get a perfect stalking trip under Rosario and battle down the lane. #4 Seeking the Soul hails from the barn of Dallas Stewart with John Velasquez in the irons. 3rd off the layoff and the barn wins 33% on this move. He is a stone cold closer who is 9 for 11 ITM at CD and owns a bullet coming into the race. #12 Yoshida comes in for Bill Mott with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. He’s been off for two months since the Dubai World Cup. He cuts back in distance and has faced some of the best in the world. This son of Heart’s Cry (JPN) will come flying down the lane under Ortiz.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 2/9/19

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Tampa Bay Downs

Race #8 – The G3 Tampa Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:50 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections /#4 – Qurbaan / #2 – Inspector Lynlee / #3 – Divisidero

#4 Qurbaan is a solid son of Speightstown who is 6 for 8 ITM on the grass. Kiaran McLaughlin is the trainer and Jersey Joe Bravo in the saddle. He is cutting back from 9f to 8.5 not racing in 56 days and is a stone cold closer. He is dropping down a class level and should be a major factor in this event. #2 Inspector Lynlee has the services of Jose Ortiz in the irons for Shug McGaughey. This son of Lemon Drop kid is 13 for 21 ITM on the sod and had an eventful trip in the G2 Ft Lauderdale last out. He is 1 for 1 at TBD and cuts back in distance from 9f. He’s been on the shelf for 56 days and been working a regular clip at Payson. Ortiz will come rolling late in the lane. #3 Divisidero has the services of Jevian Toledo in the saddle and exits the G2 Ft Lauderdale. Two back he ran an average effort in the BC Mile and comes back fresh and ready.

Race #11 – The G3 Sam Davis – 1 1/16- 5:25 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – So Alive / #3 – Knicks Go / #7 – Five Star General

#8 So Alive is a son of Super Saver and has the services of Javier Castellano in the irons. Ever since he caught a fast track he looked like a new runner. Two of his of three races he was forced to negotiate traffic and looked a very versatile colt. Todd Pletcher sends out another runner for the “Todd Squad” and should get a perfect stalking trip from a rider who gets his picture taken at a 20% clip. #3 Knicks Go is a pure speedster under the guided hand of Albin Jimenez. Ben Colebrook is the trainer and after a beaten favorite effort in the G2 Ky. Jockey Gold Cup at CD he has been on the shelf looking for a top effort. His works at TBD have been promising and look for a gate to wire effort. #7 Five Star General is a speedy sort under Jose Ortiz. Ever since his races have been pulled from the turf he has racked up two in a row. Ortiz wins 19% with speed runners and should give an honest account.

Santa Anita

Race #5 – The G2 Las Virgenes – 1 mile – 4:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Bellafina / #2 – Enaya Alraab / #4 – Mother Mother

#3 Bellafina is a speedy filly by Quality Road. Flavien Prat has the call for Simon Callaghan and he is winning 25% at the meet. This is her second start of the year and can grab the lead or sit just off and keep an eye on the leader. She was a beaten favorite in the BC Fillies and looks to get everything tied down for 2019 campaign.  #2 Enaya Alraab is a daughter of Uncle Mo and appears to be coming into her own. Mike Smith gets the nod for Doug O’Neill and is rolling at a 32% win clip as a jockey this meet. She has the look of a perfect stalker who will mature like a fine wine.  #4  Mother Mother has Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle and gets blinkers back on today. Trainer Bob Baffert wins 21% on this equipment change and this daughter of Pioneer of the Nile has very dangerous speed.

Race #9 – The G2 San Marcos – 1 1/4 on turf – 6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Chicago Style / #8 – Beach View / #6 – Sejo

#3 Chicago Style is a son of Kitten’s Joy with Drayden Van Dyke in the irons. He is 8 for4 ITM on the grass and gets added distance. Thom Proctor brings him to post and made a very game move last out. I’m looking for that to be a good sign of things to come for this deep closer. #8 Beach View is a son of Giant’s Causeway and has Rafaelo Bejarano in the driver’s seat. He is 6 for 8 ITM on the grass and two races back made a bold move at the top pick Chicago Style only to get blocked. I’m looking for a solid rematch as they swing for home. #6 Sejo has Flavien Prat in the saddle for John Sadler. They are getting first Lasix shipping over from Longchamp in France. He is 3 for 4 ITM on the greensward. Sadler is 35% ITM with runners coming to the states first out.

BetPTC.com Breeders’ Cup Preview – 11/3/18

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

The 35th edition of the Breeders’ Cup will take place this Friday and Saturday. There are fourteen Breeders’ Cup races with the best runners in the world converging on Louisville, Kentucky. We will cover races 8-11 which make up the $3 million dollar guaranteed late pick-four.

Churchill Downs

Race #8 – The Breeders’ Cup Mile – 1 mile on turf – 3:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Expert Eye / #5 – Oscar Performance / #2 – Next Shares

#7 Expert Eye is the son of Acclamation for Sir Michael Stoute. He gets first Lasix and has been a little short of getting the mile distance. Europeans have a way of getting added distance on these days and has the services of Frankie Dettori in irons. The 55 days away from the races may have him in top order and the connections like their chances. #5 Oscar Performance is a son of Kittens’ Joy for trainer Brian Lynch with Jose Ortiz in the saddle. He is a perfect 3 for 3 at the distance and exits the G1 Woodbine Mile which has served as a great prep for this affair. Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace and should try and wire the field. #2 Next Shares is a son of Archarcharch and exits the G1 Shadwell Mile at Keeneland. Also a key prep for this race and 6 for 9 ITM going the distance. Respected rider Tyler Gafflione in the saddle and trainer Richard Baltas wins 17% on the turf. This closer will come calling late.

Race #9 – The Breeders’ Cup Distaff – 1 1/8 – 4:16 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Monomoy Girl / #2 – Abel Tasman / #10 – Blue Prize

#11 Monomoy Girl is a daughter of Tapizar for trainer Brad Cox. She is 3 for 3 ITM at Churchill and was a beaten favorite in the G1 Cotillion at Parx.  She won and was disqualified but her works are showing readiness to roll. Florent Geroux in the irons and she is 2 for 2 at the distance. If she runs back to the G1 CCA Oaks she’s gonna be tough to handle. #2 Abel Tasman comes to post for Bob Baffert and Mike Smith in the saddle. Toss out the last race where she bobbled and came off slow. According to Baffert she spiked a fever and wasn’t feeling herself. 3rd start off the layoff, solid works and 4 for 4 ITM at the distance makes her a player. #10 Blue Prize is a daughter of Pure Prize for Ignacio Correas. “Jersey” Joe Bravo in the saddle and she is 5 for 5 ITM at CD. That was a nice win in the G1 Spinster and Correas is winning 44% looking for 4-in-a-row.

Race #10 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:56 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #12 – Waldgeist / #2 – Enable / #1 – Talismanic

#12 Waldgeist is a son of Galileo for the Andre Fabre yard. This is his 3rd start off the layoff and ran a game 2nd in the Gr1 Arc de Triomphe. He looks to be sitting on a huge effort and the top shelf connections have been speaking good things all week. #2 Enable is an ultra talented filly for trainer John Gosden. She has rolled off eight straight wins and looks to be the one to beat. Frankie Dettori is the reinsman and she’s been training well at Churchill Downs applying the final touches. She is 3 for 3 at the distance and her only knock is that Arc winners are 0 for 8 winning this event. #1 Talismanic exits a key race in the Gr1 Arc and won this event last year paying a handsome price. Is a repeat in the cards? He has excellent breeding and will come calling late in the lane.

Race #11 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic – 1 1/4 – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2- Thunder Snow / #14 – Accelerate / #6 – McKinzie

#2 Thunder Snow has been looking good in the morning works over the CD oval. This is his 3rd start off the layoff and ran a huge effort in the G1 Jockey Gold Cup getting bested by a neck at the wire. He is 3 for 4 ITM going 1 1/4 and should be in mid pack poised to pounce. #14 Accelerate is looking to go four in a row for trainer John Sadler. Joel Rosario is the reinsman and has been aboard his last two impressive wins. He loves the distance going 4 for 4 and won the G1 Pacific Classic by 12 lengths. Loves the distance, the rider fits like a glove, and he’s gonna be tough down the lane. #6 McKinzie is a son of Street Sense who won the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert and Mike Smith team up and they do every good work when the money is on the line. Should be forwardly placed with a rider who is an excellent judge of pace. Can be a major player today.

 

BetPTC.com Stakes Preview – 7/21/18

BetPTC.com Weekend Preview / Ed Meyer

Saratoga

Race #9 – G3 Sanford – 6f – 5:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Dream Maker / #1 Sombeyay / #7 Bano Solo

#5 Dream Maker is a son of Tapit for trainer Mark Casse. Julien Leparoux is the reinsman and they score 23% as a team. His only effort was a stout move circling the field at Churchill. He gets an extra furlong to run and has a sharp workout over the track.

#1 Sombeyay hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with Javier Castellano in the irons. He’s had two eventful trips but his race in the Tremont was impressive. He stumbled at the start and came rolling late. He sports a bullet work over the deep Saratoga training course putting the final touch on his preparation.

#7 Bano Solo is a son of Goldenscents from the Steve Asmussen barn. His sire fires 16% first time winners and did not disappoint at Churchill. His workout pattern has been sharp and I’m looking for a top effort.

 

Race #10 – G1 Diana Stakes – 1 1/8 on the turf – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 A Raving Beauty / #1 Sistercharlie / #2 Proctor’s Ledge

#6 A Raving Beauty is a daughter of Mastercraftsman for trainer Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle and they score at a high percentage as a team. She rolled off two wins at Belmont and the German bred should be forwardly placed with a tactical rider calling the shots. She’ll give them all they want.

#1 Sistercharlie comes from the Chad Brown barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. Since getting Lasix two back she has had more gas in the tank. She cuts back from a mile and a quarter and was a beaten favorite last time out rolling late.

#2 Proctor’s Ledge has Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat for trainer Brendan Walsh. A daughter of Ghostzapper who is 2 for 2 over the course and finished a solid place effort in the G1 Just A Game at Belmont. She loves the course and has some solid works under her belt.

 

Del Mar

Race #7 – G2 San Diego – 1 1/16 – 8:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 Accelerate / #9 Dabster / #2 Dr. Door

#7 Accelerate is a son of Lookin At Lucky for John Sadler. He exits a big win in the G1 Gold Cup at Oaklawn and has been resting for 56 days. He has solid works and loves the course going 4 for 5 ITM at Del Mar.

#9 Dabster has Flavien Prat in the saddle for trainer Bob Baffert. This son of Curlin is 2 for 3 with wins and comes off a long layoff effort in the G2 San Carlos. He should be in mid pack and has a record of 1 for 1 at Del Mar.

#2 Dr. Dorr comes in for Bob Baffert with Joe Talamo aboard. He’s going to be forwardly placed as Baffert looks to notch his second win in this race loaded with two solid runners.

 

Race #8 – G2 San Clemente – 1 mile on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 West Palm Beach / #10 War Heroine / #3 Flammetta

#9 West Palm Beach is a daughter of Scat Daddy and crossed the pond running on the synthetic surface. She was a beaten favorite in the G3 Senorita and comes in fresh off a two month layoff for trainer Simon Callaghan with Flavien Prat in the irons.

#10 War Heroine is a solid daughter of Lonhro for trainer Peter Miller. She’s been off for two months and two for two on the greensward. Today she makes a jump in class and gets the acid test to prove her ability.

#3 Flammetta is entered for trainer Richard Baltas with Geovanni Franco in the saddle. She should be placed in the mid pack flight and owns 3 wins from 4 efforts on the turf.

 

Graded Stakes Preview – Saturday, July 22, 2017

BetPTC.com / Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

 

Saratoga

Race #9 – G3 Sanford – 6f on the main – 5:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections = #5 – Admiral Jimmy (4-1) / #7 – Direct Dial (5-2) / #1 – Psychoanalyze (7-2)

#5 – Admiral Jimmy = 2-yr-old colt by Jimmy Creed and he wins (33%) with first-time starters, and lived up to his numbers as this colt romped his first time out at Gulfstream. He’s been in New York since 6/23 and has three works over the course. Javier Castellano in the irons for Todd Pletcher and he wins (27%) with his babies. I’m looking for a repeat getting better for his backers.  #7 – Direct Dial = Speedy son of Too Much Bling and his last race was an impressive run in the $150k Tremont. He has the services of one of the best speed riders in the country with Jose Ortiz who wins (24%) with early speed runners. This Texas-bred for the Steve Asmussen barn will be right there setting the fractions and his morning works have been sparkling. #1 – Psychoanalyze = He won at first asking for Brian Lynch and his sire Overanalyze wins (28%) with his first timers. He’ll battle it out with “Dial” and has every chance to improve with Luis Saez drawing the rail post.

Race #10 – G1 Diana Stakes – 1 1/8 on the turf – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections = #3 – Lady Eli (4-5) / #6 – Dickinson (9-2) / #4 – Quidana (8-1)

#3 -Lady Eli = Irad Ortiz for Chad Brown ITM at the “Spa” and comes off a 56 day break off a win in the G1 Gamely at Santa Anita. Her work two back was very sharp and she’ll look to go a perfect 3/3 at Saratoga. – There will be many racing fans watching her every move as she has overcome much in her short time. If you see anywhere near (4-5) that may be solid value. #6 – Dickinson = Paco Lopez in the saddle for Kiaran McLaughlin and she is 6/7 ITM on the turf. That was a solid run 1st off and Lopez fits her like a glove. It was a perfect stepping stone to build a summer campaign. #4 – Quidana = Graham Motion has a nice filly by Dubawi. She is 5/6 ITM on the sod and makes her 2nd start off a two-month layoff. She’s locked horns with these fillies in the past and looks to bring her “A” game off a smart morning work.

 

Del Mar

Race #4 – G2 Eddie Read – 1 1/8 on the turf – 6:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections = #6 – Ashleyluvssugar (7-5) / #5 – Up With the Birds (15-1) / #2 – Hunt (3-1)

#6 – Ashelyluvssugar = Gary Stevens aboard for Peter Eurton. Stevens (22%) with turf runners and is 4/4 ITM at Del Mar. Exits off a win in the G2 Whittingham and been on the shelf for 55 days. Eurton wins (18%) with his layoff runners and cuts back 1 1/4 to 1 1/8. He is 12/16 ITM on the sod and looks to be a perfect stalking type. #5 – Up With the Birds = Jamie Theriot in the irons for Phil D’Amato who was last year’s winning trainer at the meet. He’s been off for 55 days and is a deep closing type. He ran a game 3rd against “Ashley” last out and makes the same trip back to the races. #2 – Hunt = Flavien Pratt for Phil D’Amato and he was 2nd in the standings for leading rider last year. This son of Dark Angel gets first-time blinkers (21%) and 2nd off the layoff (21%) for a very solid conditioner.

 

Race #9 – G2 San Diego Handicap – 1 1/16 on the main – 9:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections = #3 – Arrogate (1-5) / #2 – El Huerfano (12-1) / #1 – Accelerate (8-1)

#3 – Arrogate = Super colt coming off a 7 win streak and been off for 3 months after a sparkling win in the Dubai World Cup. Baffert know’s he has a special runner and he is skilled with layoff runners winning (27%) when they return to the races. The world’s highest rated horse will be exciting to watch on his return. #2 – El Huerfano = Speedster with the red-hot Evin Roman in the driver’s seat. He’ll jump out quickly and may have his hands full even with his best effort. #1 – Accelerate = Son of Looking At Lucky is 2/2 at Del Mar making his 2nd trip off of the layoff. His works are hot and the rider is off to a great start.

 

 

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 11-19-15

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Tracks begin to wind down in parts of the nation, as others are getting ready to swing open the doors for winter racing in warmer climates. – This time can be used as an introspective look into your wagering habits. – Has it been a good year ? – Could you have spent your handicapping time more wisely ? – Are your money management plans going well ? – Have you tried your hand at contest play ? – All good questions, and as we turn the page on the 2015 racing season. We need to drop back and prepare for the renewal of the sport. It won’t be long until you hear the sounds of Fair Grounds, Gulfstream, and Santa Anita drawing our attention to the hopeful crops making the trek for the Kentucky Derby trail. – Here are a few runners who’ll you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled. They may have had a compromised trip, a bad break from the gate, or experienced a less than smooth trip. Best of luck !

Aqueduct – 11/14/15 – Race #4 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#2 – Blue Pigeon = Jose Ortiz in the irons for Linda Rice, and their runner was “pocketed up” forcing Ortiz to step on the breaks taking a strong hold of his mount. He was in the “box” for a good portion of the race and had to wrangle back his mount wearing him down. – Once he slipped though late in the lane, he showed good acceleration after being wrangled back most of the race. – A cleaner trip has him right there next out.

Aqueduct – 11/14/15 – Race #7 – #3 – 1 3/8 on the turf

#3 – War Dancer = Jose Lezcano had the call for Bill Mott. – These guys know how to bring a turf runner ready. He hit the stall briskly leaving the starting gate, and still established the lead. He was in hand and not asked for his best in the two path as the skilled efforts of Lezcano slowed down the fractions to his liking. When the real running began, he ran in lock step with a challenger and weakened in the late stages of the race. – When you have a tough exit from the gate, this can be a taxing effort to overcome. Lezcano is one of the best turf riders, and with a little better start, he’ll jump to the lead and put them sleep all the way to the winner’s circle.

Churchill Downs – 11/14/15 – Race #5- #6 – 6f on the dirt

#6 – Walkabout = Brian Hernandez in the irons for Ian Wikes, and their filly was a sweet (37-1) when the gates opened. – She was slow coming away from the gate, and this being her first effort as a two-year-old was a good learning experience. She angled off the rail to be in the seven path, and finished in high gear down the lane to finish third. – There is nothing like “baby” showing a good finish to get you chomping at the bit for her next trip out.

Del Mar – 11/14/15 – Race #4 – #5 – 5f on the turf

#5 – Miss Gifted = Santiago Gonzalez at the controls for John Sadler. – She was squeezed at the start, and had to take up to begin the turf sprint. Going short on the turf is a tricky game in itself, and all it takes is a brief hold up and the race can be all but over. Once she settled out and saved ground along the rail, her rally down the lane caught my eye as she finished with great energy. Talented rider for a top-notch stable. They had a good excuse here, and you’ll be wanting to see her name in the entries very soon !

Aqueduct – 11/15/15 – Race #1 – #2 – 6f on the dirt

#2 – Carella = Javier Castellano was aboard on this day, and she had to take up sharply right after the gate break. She stumbled a quite a bit, and once she found her composure, she set down for a run at the leaders. Down the lane she was carried out by the second place finisher and still continued on well with the guiding hand of Castellano to grab the show money. – Two-year-olds are tough as they sometimes have to learn on the job. She got a pretty good introduction on this day, and if Castellano stays aboard. Bet early and often next time out.

Aqueduct – 11/15/15 – Race #6 – #7 – 6 1/2f on the dirt

#7 – Zababa = Irad Ortiz had the call for Steve Asmussen, and she chased the leaders looking solid and ready. – She was asked by Ortiz and he had to take the overland route going six wide into the stretch. She finished up an honest 4th as the beaten favorite, and dollars to donuts you’ll get a much better price next out.

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BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 9/29/15

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The countdown is on, and at the time of this entry there are 31 days until we see the best in the world converge on Lexington, Kentucky. – This past weekend was a great prep weekend for contenders. This upcoming weekend will be one of your last chances opportunities to watch “Super Saturday” at Belmont Park, and “Fall Stars Weekend” at Keeneland. That’s enough to get every racing fan’s motor running, and before you start doing your homework for the last glimpse of the stars of the Breeders’ Cup, here are some runners you’ll want to follow up on when they enter their next time out.

Belmont Park – Race #5 – #1 -1 1/8 on the dirt

#1 – Curalina = John Velasquez up for his go-to-man Todd Pletcher. She stumbled at the start, and in a race of this magnitude that is enough to be running for second monies at best. She settled out nicely and offered up a two-wide bid to come up a little empty nearing the wire against standout chalk Wedding Toast. – I love runners who bring it every time, and with a clean break and a little racing luck has her turning the tables next out.

Belmont Park – Race #7 – #4 – 6 1/2f on the dirt

#4 – Wavell Avenue = Joel Rosario had the call for Chad Brown, and this filly stumbled at the start and recovered nicely to put in a solid bid tipping off the rail and posing a threat to the ultra-talented La Verdad. – She’ll need a clean break and save some ground against the rail. I think the barn will have her in top gear next up.

Belmont Park – Race #8 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the inner turf

#1 – Ray’s the Bar = Javier Castellano in the irons for Chad Brown, and this guy has the look of something special. He had a great effort and moved away from the rail and started to find his best stride when he was forced to steady behind a wall of horses in mid-stretch. He was coming in from Royal Ascot, and we’ll give him a pass in here. Castellano makes very few mistakes, and Team Brown will have the screws tightened down for maximum effort.

Belterra Park – Race #3 – #4 – 1 mile on the dirt

#4 – Upper Arlington = Eddie Zuniga was aboard this Cleveland invader, and ran a cloaked good effort. He started making up ground putting in a good bid and ran into traffic. Zuniga wrapped up on his runner thinking of next time out.

Belterra Park – Race #7 – #3 – 1 mile on the dirt

#3 – Fly’ n Bayou = Angel Stanley was aboard and encountered trouble going to his nose at the start, and was forced to take up in upper stretch and alter course.  This rider shows a great deal of talent, and was leading rider at Mahoning Valley last winter. – Bet this one early and often next timeout.

Santa Anita – Race #6 – #6 – 1 1/4 on the turf

#6 – Class Leader = Santiago Gonzalez in the irons for John Sadler, and this guy did everything right but win. I like to file this under running a winner’s race finishing second. Maybe a cut back in distance, or facing a little lesser could be the key. Either way, it was a game effort and he’ll be a player.