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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 9/8/18

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Kentucky Downs

Race #6 – $500,000 Juvenile Turf Sprint – 6 1/2 on the turf – 4:55 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 Mae Never No / #10 Moonlight Romance / #2 Chattel

#11 Mae Never No is trained by Wesley Ward and making her 2nd start off the layoff. She is 2 for 2 facing the gals and ran a game 3rd in the Tremont as a beaten favorite. Ward wins 21% with his first time grass runners and been working around the dogs at Keeneland. Albin Jimenez in the saddle looking for a perfect stalking trip to make a run in the long home stretch. #10 Moonlight Romance comes from the barn of Wesley Ward and has Jose Ortiz in the irons. She comes back from Royal Ascot and a daughter of Liaison for Ken & Sarah Ramsey. Blinkers off today and she broke her maiden at Belmont last out on the turf. #2 Chattel has Kendrick Carmouche in the driver’s seat for this son of Giant Oak. He was impressive in the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga and makes the trip to Kentucky to try the undulating course.

Race #7 – Ladies Turf – 1 mile on the turf – 5:26 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 Hallie Belle / #8 In the Lee / #10 Dubara

#7 Hallie Belle is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro for the Michael Stidham barn. This is her 3rd off the layoff and “Jersey” Joe Bravo comes down for the mount. She’s dropping down a notch from the G2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes and her dam Charity Belle has 4 starters / 2 winners / 1  stakes winner / 2 turf winners to her credit. #8 In the Lee comes from the stable of Shug McGaughey with Jose Ortiz in the saddle. She is 6 for 7 ITM on grass and been off for two months since Belmont. Shug wins 21% with layoff runners and Ortiz is 49% ITM on the sod. #10 Dubara has the services of Adam Beschizza for this daughter of Dubawi. Her dam Kibara has 6 starters / 6 winners / 6 turf winners to her credit. Since coming across the pond she seems to be enjoying Lasix and the grass racing. This course may be to her liking.

Race #8 – G3 Ladies Sprint – 6 1/2f on the turf – 5:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 Lull / #7 Originator / #1 Brielle’s Belle

#6 Lull is a daughter of War Front and 2 for 2 with wins over the KyD course. Christophe Clement is the conditioner and has B.J. Hernadez in the saddle. Runners that like the track usually come back and show a good effort. She comes in off a solid effort in the G2 Royal North at Woodbine. She’s in perfect shape heading back to Kentucky and was sprinting 6f last out and gets added distance this day. #7 Originator hails from the Ian Wilkes barn with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. She is a daughter of Artie Schiller and is 5 for 6 ITM on the greensward. She’s a closer and Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace. I really like her chances today. #1 Brielle’s Appeal is a speedy filly by English Channel who’s going to grab the lead for trainer Al Stall. She has been away for 47 days at Saratoga and could be a handful if turned loose from the gate break.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 6/30/18

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Race #9 – G1 Highlander – 6f on the turf – 4:51 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8  Belvoir Bay / #6  Long On Value / #2 Imprimus

#8 Belvoir Bay has the services of Tyler Baze for Peter Miller. She ships in from Santa Anita where she rolled off three straight wins. This daughter of Equiano will come calling late in the lane and cuts back from 6 1/2 to 6 panels. Miller scores 18% with shippers and 24% off a last race win.

#6 Long On Value comes off a 2nd time off the layoff move for trainer Brad Cox who wins 27% with freshened runners. He closed stoutly in the Mighty Beau Stakes at Churchill and ran in the G1 Woodbine Mile last year where he had a bumpy trip. Florent Geroux in the saddle and has two solid works to signal readiness.

#2 – Imprimus ships in from Pimlico and is a perfect 4/4 with wins. He’s moving up in class and Joel Rosario is the pilot. He gets an added furlong to run and today will be the acid test to see what his future holds. His last win in the Turf Sprint at Pimlico showed signs of ready to move to the next level.



Race #10 – $1,000,000 Queens Plate – 1 1/4 – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 Wonder Gadot / #10 Telekinesis / #7 Dixie Moon

#11 Wonder Gadot is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro. She gets first time blinkers for Mark Casse who wins 18% on this equipment change. John Velasquez is the reinsman and she is 2/2 ITM over the synthetic surface. Look for an up close stalking trip and was a beaten favorite last out. Casse comes back to score 26% getting some payback on this move.

#10 Telekinesis ships in from Keeneland going 2nd time off the layoff. He won the Woodbine Plate Trial under Patrick Husbands for Mark Casse. This son of Ghostzapper appeared to relish the surface and should jump right out and dictate the pace today. Catch him if you can.

#7 Dixie Moon is a daughter of Curlin who is 4/4 ITM at Woodbine. She won the Woodbine Oaks beating Wonder Gadot and returns Eurico Da Silva to the saddle. She has the look of a perfect stalker and can easily take down the prize today.



Race #11 – G1 United Nations – 1 3/8 on the turf – 6:01 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Money Multiplier / #8 Bigger Picture / #1 Funtastic

#5 Money Multiplier comes in for trainer Chad Brown who sends out four runners to take down the dough. “Jersey” Joe Bravo in the irons and this son of Lookin At Lucky has a strong late punch. He is 3/3 ITM in New Jersey and exits a perfect prep win over the course. He finished 2nd in this race in 2016 and should relish the distance.

#8 Bigger Picture hails from the barn of Mike Maker. He is coming in fresh off a 49 day layoff and has the services of Kendrick Carmouche. He won last year’s edition of this race and is looking to make it two in a row. The morning works show all systems are ready coming into the race.

#1Funtastic has Antonio Gallardo in the driver’s seat for Chad Brown. This son of More than Ready ships in from Belmont and moves up in class off the last race win. Gallardo wins 23% on the sod and he’ll be a little closer to the pace today.



BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 9/3/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Hearing the word Labor Day as a young racing fan meant the end of summer. Going back to school, no more days at the track with grandpa, and the tanned skin on my face and arms would soon fade away. –  I would look back over the sweet summer days with endless joy as they would culminate with a blowout to be held at River Downs. The Cradle Stakes was for up-and-coming two-year-olds. – It was the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another with my first local glimpse of what could be the following season.  The pungent aroma of cheap cigars, and the inky hands one could only get from reading the Daily Racing Form. – When Labor Day rolls around Monday, I’ll have a lifetime of fond memories tagging along with me to the races. – In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for theses red-hot runners. They have a good excuse, and could offer up a solid price at the windows.


8/24/16 – Race #3 – #4 – 6f on the dirt

#4 – Phocea – She broke last under Eric Cancel and came flying late in the lane. Her late punch was a real eye-opener and if she improves just a smidge off this effort she’ll be heading to the winner’s circle.

8/24/16 – Race #4 – #9 – 5 1/2f on the turf

#9 – Peace Points – The rider was forced to steady as soon as the gates broke, and Kendrick Carmouche was “ping-ponged” around quite a bit. – After gathering his bearings he darted in and out and swung five wide closing like a down-bound train. – This guy deserves a good hard look before you pull the trigger next out.


8/27/16 – Race #2 – #6 – 1 1/8 on the turf

#6 – Kabang – Jose Ortiz for Michael Trombetta they were off a beat slow leaving the starting gate. Once Ortiz caught up and had the field in sight he made a solid bid to finish up in 5th place. – Maybe a little better trip will be what the doctor ordered and you can look ahead for (10-1) or better.

8/27/16 – Race #5 – #6 – 1 3/8th’s on the turf

#6 – Deeply Undervalued – Irad Ortiz in the irons for Chad Brown and they broke outward leaving the starting gate and caused some bumping around. – Once Ortiz got his mount under control he made a strong late bid to finish a beaten favorite second. Maybe a little less ground, or just another shot a clear beginning. Either way, he’ll give them fits at Belmont or elsewhere next time out.

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8/28/16 – Race #1 – #5 – 6f on the dirt

#5 – Equulei – Geovany Garcia was aboard and had to check hard into the first turn. Once he had his filly back in gear, they made a sustained bid to show good promise next out.

8/28/16 – Race #7 – #2 – 1 mile on the turf

#2 – Run Groom Run – Alex Estrada picked up the mount and checked so hard into the first turn he stood straight up in the irons. – The rider tried many times to settle and was forced to check, wait for a gap, and once saw a glimmer of daylight was a day late and dollar short getting his cue for clear sailing. He was (12-1) on this day beaten in the shadow of the wire by a Calumet Farm runner. He’ll be double tough next time out at a square price.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 4/19/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

All of the point value races are on the shelf, and the world of racing goes into a period of waiting. – Hard to believe as it seemed like yesterday we were talking about the Derby trail kicking off. – It won’t be long now as were just 18 days away from Kentucky Derby 142. The crowd dressed to the nines, a sweet heavenly concoction known as a mint julep, and the celebration of the Thoroughbred. – I don’t know if you’re starting to get “Derby Fever” yet, but mine is in full effect. – Sit back get comfy, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for some runners who may offer up value next time to the races.


Race #7 – 4/13/16 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#1 – Cite = Jose Lezcano and Bill Mott teamed up to bring a very nice closer to the races. Lezcano saved ground the entire race, and when the real running began he rushed up to find a seem and the hole collapsed forcing him to check back and wait for a spot. – He was on hold for four or five strides, and made a solid bid with ease for minor awards. He looked like a big truck hauling coal uphill. Once you stop a big runner, it is almost impossible to get them back to full speed. – He’ll swing out of traffic next out, and wear down the leaders in the lane.


Race #5 – 4/14/16 – #12 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#12 = Pussy Willow = Irad Ortiz broke his mount quickly from the #12 post and established the lead. He kept his filly to task and tried to put the field to sleep slowing down the fractions from 24 to 49.1 to 1:14.4. – A perfect model on how to keep speed alive, but all of the hard work had her a bridesmaid this day getting run down in the final stages. – She’ll give them fits with a better post draw next out. Catch her if you can !


Race #9 – 4/16/16 – #1 – (G-3) Lexington Stakes 1 1/16

#1 – One More Round = Jose Lezcano had the call for A.C. Avila, and this speedy maiden made a pretty good showing. Lezcano tried to pull the shocker going gate to wire for a barn who knows how to bring a horse to the races, and loves to make a solid wager. They seldom venture outside of California, but when they do it is usually with good intent. – He’ll be a nice runner to follow, but I doubt you’ll get that (40-1) in a maiden affair as his odds showed in this stake race.


Race #4 – 4/17/16 – #7 – 6 1/2f on the dirt

#7 – Gorelli = Kendrick Carmouche in the saddle as he had his mount in full flight when  riders got their whips caught up in a cross-fire tangle forcing Carmouche to lose his baton late in the lane. He was rolling nicely and was beaten a little over a length, and that may have been the little distraction to get him off task. – Maybe a cleaner trip has him getting his picture taken next out.


Race #6 – 4/17/16 – #4 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#4 – Tizzelle = Kendrick Carmouche in the irons, and his mount was bumped soundly at the start by a runner breaking inward. – The rider settled his mount, and saved ground the entire race to show good energy trying to run down the wire to wire winner. – Maybe a little less “gate break pinball” has him running into the winner’s circle next time out.

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BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 3/14/2016

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

If you don’t like this time of year, you may want to check your pulse. – The races are building like a snowball rolling down a mountainside. I’ve been keeping tabs and trying to catch all of the racing action, and now is the time to begin your serious contenders list. These next three weeks will give you more than just a sampling of great things to come. – If you close your eyes and take a deep breath, you can smell the sweet fragrance of roses and crushed mint from the Juleps being served. – But hold your horses !  – There is still plenty of action to watch and wager, and here are some solid runners who deserve extra consideration the next time they take to the track.


Race #4 – 3/12/16 – #2 – 1 mile and 70 yards on the main track

#2 – Big Gillette = Kendrick Carmouche had the assignment for Rudy Rodriguez and his mount bobbled badly at the start and he recovered quickly to assume the lead and set the pace. – The pace was quick and he tired down the lane to finish 3rd. A clean trip makes him hard to catch next out.


Race #5 – 3/12/16 – #1 – 1 mile and 70 yards on the main track

#1 – Send it In = Manny Franco in the irons for Todd Pletcher. This son of Big Brown stumbled at the break, and immediately picked up his game and set a solid pace. He was the winner of this race, and you’ll want to keep him on your “play right back” list as he showed incredible maturity recovering and getting his mind on business.


Race #7 – 3/12/16 – #2 – One mile on the main track

#2 – Best Play = Manny Franco in the saddle, and his mount was knocked around quite a bit after the gate break. He recovered, and showed a nice closing punch going three-wide around the far turn. I like the rider, and the trip shows good promise for players at the windows next up.

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Gulfstream Park

Race #2 – 3/12/16 – #5 – 6f on the main track

#5 – Skippy is Back = Vicente Gudiel was the pilot, and filly was pin-balled around leaving the starting gate. The rider got his filly to settle nicely and made a very nice four wide move around the entire far turn to show good late punch at (7-1). – You may see some nice value here next time she takes the track.

Gulfstream Park

Race #5 – 3/12/16 – #6 – 6f on the main track

#6 – Put It Back Jack = Eddie Castro’s mount was bumped around leaving the gate and pressed a solid pace. He was a “beaten favorite” this day after drawing off by three lengths, and punters from around the globe like to hammer runners looking for some pay back next up off this angle.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 3/7/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

I was watching racing like a real fan this weekend. For some there’s not much of a difference watching on TV or computer, but for me nothing beats making the trek. – We were in New Orleans for almost five days, and if you had to make one bet that was a winner. You could double-down I would be at Fair Grounds one day for sure. – Saturday was my day at the races. The history; warm weather, and heart-pounding racing action. If you’re keeping score at home, be sure to stop by for some red beans and rice on the third floor. I had the best time this weekend. If you are asking what’s the big deal ? – Maybe it’s time to make a trip to your favorite oval. Think of like a tonic. This was just what the doctor ordered, and now more than ever I’m stoked for what racing action is up next. – Before you pack your bags, be sure and make note of these runners. They showed some type of trouble, had a compromised trip, or look to be coming into their own. – Best of luck !


Race #4 – 3/5/16 – #4 – 6f

#4 – Memory Keeper = He was sent off the post time favorite, and was in the hands of Jose Ortiz. – He looked fine from the break and Ortiz had to give him his cure early. he played chase, and ran an even 4th. – He fits the “beaten favorite” angle and ran an even effort. Even though the race was uneventful, I think we’ll see a better run next up. He appeared to have his mind on something else this day.


Race #5 – 3/5/16 – #4 – 6f

#4 – Dance Champion = Irad Ortiz had the call this day, and was involved in a three-way pinball bumping match. Ortiz swung him into the two path to get his bearings straight and went a bit too wide when the real running began. Another “beaten favorite” player, and punters from all walks love to get better value next trip to the races.

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Race #6 – 3/5/16 – #8 – 1 mile and 70 yards

#8 – Casiguapo = Kendrick Carmouche for David Cannizzo, and this runner lost quite a bit of ground from the start. – Jumpin Frac Flash jumped inward at the start, and squeezed back Casiguapo just as they sprung the latch. – The part that caught my gambler’s eye was how well he got it all together and made a six wide bid. He didn’t lose interest on this day, and I won’t next time he goes to post.

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Race #3 – 3/5/16 – #2 – 5 1/2f on the turf

#2 – Jokasa = Cisco Torres had the assignment, and filly looked pretty sharp down the backstretch. Patiently handled and once Torres went to the stick she responded immediately. She showed good effort down the lane and looks like a solid play next up.

Fair Grounds

Race #4 – 3/5/16 – #3 -6f on the dirt

#3 – Hey Meestermeester = Richard Eramia was the reins man, and his runner broke through the gate and ran a furlong prior to the start. Once they wrangled down the speedster and the vet looked him over. He loaded back into the starting gate. – When the starter sprung the latch he broke awkwardly and spotted the field extra lengths. – Eramia never pushed to get him back into action and wrapped up and saved it for another day. – Thinking back, when he broke the gate and tossed the rider he looked like his tail was on fire. His speed will return next up and all he has to do is behave in the starting gate.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 1/24/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As the NFL holds center stage on this Sunday afternoon, my mind starts to drift away for races to come. This is the time of year when we start “mentally declaring” our horses to keep on the radar. – We don’t disclose them, as we begin the process of reading and watching their progress. – At the time of this entry the weather is anything but roses for much of the nation, but just keep in mind there are only 104 days until the Kentucky Derby. – In the meantime, here are some runners who are sure to give a better account the next time they take the track. – Best of luck from BetPTC.com !

Tampa Bay Downs

Race #6 – 1/20/16 – A.O.C $75,000 -#2 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#2 – Slip of the Tongue = Manny Cruz in the saddle for Eoin Harty. This filly was making her second off the shelf from Presque Isle, and was dropping in class from the $100k Sandpiper Stakes. – She made a professional move around the far turn, and this (22-1) shot ran a better race than shows on paper. She’ll mature off this effort and light up the board next out.

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Race #10 – 1/20/16 – AOC $32,000 – 5f on the turf – #4

#4 – Fort Prada = Antonio Gallardo in the irons for Chris Block, and she was off slowly going a short turf event. This usually has you looking to the next effort, but she made up a great deal of ground with the rail out at 30 feet and a 57.2 time. – She was on fire down the lane and should bring the heat next time to the races.

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Aqueduct – Race #6 – 1/22/16 – Alw $57,000 – #2

#2 – Beyond the Green = Kendrick Carmouche in the irons, and he came under urging at the 5/16’s, and showed a nice late kick. This really caught my eye as a “wager in waiting.” – Love the rider, and for breaking dead-last and rolling late. – I’ve got my eyes peeled for this colt.

Aqueduct – Race #7 – 1/22/16 – Starter Alw – #6 – 1 and 70 yards on the inner track

#6 – Rockford = Jose Ortiz was the rider for Bruce Levine, and his runner threw his head at the start cracking his noggin against the side of the gate. – The rider knew this was going to be a workout and just wrapped up and jogged the distance. – I’ll toss this one, as he looked like a million bucks on the track. Add in being claimed four times in a row, and we have a horse that has the attention of trainers and bettors.

Gulfstream Park

Race #7 – 1/22/16 – Mdn Claiming -#3 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#3 – Nena = John Cruz had the call on this filly, and she did a great job of tracking the early speed over a sloppy (sealed) track. – She tried to kick off the rail for clear sailing, and ran into a heap of trouble and was “boxed in” waiting for room late in the lane. She showed good interest once she broke free, and that is plenty to watch when this filly takes the track next out.

Gulfstream Park

Race #3 – 1/23/16 – Claiming – #7 – 6 1/2f on the dirt

#7 – Cheri’s Win = Vincente Gudiel had the call, and the apprentice rider gave a bit of a questionable ride. – I’m not into blaming,  so I’ll toss the race as he may not have been familiar with this filly. – She was five wide the entire race in a field of seven runners. I think this caused her to lose plenty of ground, and when he called upon her she finished with a steady advance as the beaten chalk. – I’m a big fan of “bug” riders, and maybe they’ll use him right back. – Either way, I think they may have a nice runner looking for a little better trip.



BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 12-14-2015

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The “holiday hustle” is starting to take a toll on this handicapper. I’m not alone, and by no means do I have the market cornered. This time of year finds many of us running around making last minute plans, and finding that gift of perfection. In the end, I’m a bit tired but it is definitely worth the hustle. If you haven’t heard it, or a maybe a few days too early. Merry Christmas ! – Just sit back and enjoy a warm cup of tea by the fire. The glow of the fireplace crackling across the room, and you have a little gift waiting. – Here are some ponies that are sure to make your season bright !

Gulfstream Park – 12/9/15 – Race #2 – #16 – 7f on the dirt ( originally scheduled for 7 1/2 on the turf)

#16 – BB Sea = Corey Lanerie had the call for Charles Dickey. As the race came off the greensward, the outside runners started getting played at the windows. She broke alertly and was running in top form. No problems early on, and the fractions were honest. The 11 post wasn’t the worst thing to happen at the races, and she looked game. I feel the good track may have been a little tiring for the front runners early in the card. No bad moments or challenging issues. This gal has the look of a runner who will come back to set the pace and blaze away next out.

Aqueduct – 12/10/15 – Race #2 – #1 – 6f on the inner track

#1 – Alysaro = Harry Hernandez was the rider for David Jacobson, and if you don’t watch the New York races closely. Pay close attention to this 5 pound apprentice. – He was in good shape as Hernandez likes to stay close to the rail. He tipped off the fence around the 1/16th pole only to find Chelios and Forest Boy bumping like pinballs. He was in tight, and had to steady momentarily. – As they galloped out past the wire, his acceleration was impressive and warrants a trip or two to the windows next out.

Aqueduct – 12/11/15 – Race #5 – #2 – one mile on the inner track

#2 – Be a Hero = Kendrick Carmouche likely had the best runner in the race. The rider had his mount perfectly measured and worked off the rail at the 1/4 pole. He was immediately greeted by Piloting bearing out and knocking him off course. The rider stayed on task and was bumped soundly down the lane many more times. – He ran a very game third closing stoutly and was put up to 2nd place via a DQ. Not bad considering the trip, but he won’t be second best when they come storming home next out.

Gulfstream Park – 12/11/15 – Race #2 – #13 – One mile on the dirt

#13 – Poco Man = Edgard Zayas had the call, and was beginning to set sail for home when  forced five wide at the 1/8th pole slowing his late kick. Once back on target, he was forced wider and still managed to accelerate late in the lane to finish 4th. Give him clear sailing, and the next stop will be the winner’s circle.

Gulfstream Park – 12/11/15 – Race #7 – #13 – 7 1/2f on the turf

#13 – War Order = Julien Leparoux was the reinsman and had a less than a perfect trip. He was forced into tight quarters early on, and had to fight to get any position. He made a bold wide move at the head of the lane, and was forced out and denied a lane to run. He was forced to check man times and still managed to show good late kick. I would toss this race out, as this two-year-old making his second start since shipping in from Belmont will be on high alert next time to the races.

Fair Grounds – 12/11/15 – Race #6 – #9 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#9 – Hopeful Notion = Miguel Mena had the call, and his mount clipped heels with Benwill who went down through this mishap. After settling out and finding his feet again he managed  a strong effort tom finish third in the “Big Easy.” – Tough race, and a very tough break, and be on the look for a clean trip in New Orleans.