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Graded Stakes Preview – Saturday Travers Day, August, 26, 2017

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TRAVERS DAY 2017

Saratoga

Race #6 – The G1 Personal Ensign – 1 1/8 – 2:23 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Songbird / #3 – Going for Broke / #4 – Forever Unbridled

#2 – Songbird = Daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro is 2/2 at the Spa and an impressive 14/14 ITM. Mike Smith aboard for Jerry Hollendorfer and she is making her 3rd start off the layoff (22%) and left California off a very sharp work going 47.1. She cuts back in distance and is 2/2 ITM going 9f. Smith travels in to ride this majestic gal and she can set the pace or lay right behind the leader. If she brings her “A” game she’ll be tough to stop. #3 – Going for Broke = This daughter of Blame is a stone cold closer with one of the strongest finishing riders with Irad Ortiz. She is 3/3 ITM at Saratoga coming from the Chad Brown barn. She’s run second to Songbird and knows how to get rolling late in the lane. The barn wins (32%) going from a sprint to a route, and last out she ran 7f closing late. #4 – Forever Unbridled = She exits a G2 win at CD and is 5/5 ITM going this distance. She’s been away for 2 months from the races and owns a bullet work coming into this affair as she was a 3rd place runner last year.

Race #7 – G1 Ballerina Stakes – 7f – 2:59 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #3 – Paulassilverlining / #4 – By the Moon / #6 – Distinta

#3 – Paulassilverlining = This daughter of Ghostzapper is looking for her 5th straight. She is 3/5 ITM at the Spa and 5/6 ITM going the distance. This is her 2nd off the layoff where Brown wins (22%) and (27%) off the last race win. She has a perfect stalking style and Jose Ortiz is having a super year (23%). She is maturing nicely and has the style that fits the race. #4 – By the Moon = She is a daughter of Indian Charlie and has the services of Rajiv Maragh. He is a very strong finishing rider and her stalking trip can be accentuated with a good late punch. She is 5/5 ITM at Saratoga and has some good works and an excellent sprint race to build upon. #6 – Distinta = John Velasquez in the irons for Todd Pletcher (33%) and she comes in from GP. Her races have been solid but she’ll be making a step up the class ladder.

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Race #8 – The G1 Allen Jerkins Stakes – 7f – 3:35 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #7 – Coal Front / #9 – American Anthem / #1 – Practical Joke

#7 – Coal Front = Son of Stay Thirsty is a perfect 3/3 and looks to add another for the Todd Pletcher barn. He moved up in class off a maiden win in the G2 Amsterdam and was very game when the real running began. Lightly raced and has few things to pick apart. He’s pretty good right now, and we’ll know if he’s ready for that next level after Saturday. #9 – American Anthem = Bob Baffert trainee has been a tough customer and he is 2/2 at the distance. Ever since the SA Derby, he has matured into a very nice colt. He’s rolled off 2 straight going 7f and Mike Smith is his pilot. Baffert is 2/2 ITM at the Spa and wins (29%) off a graded win. #1 – Practical Joke = 2/2 with wins at the Spa and had a troubled trip in the Haskell. Joel Rosario for Chad Brown and they make a cut back in distance from 1 1/8 – 7f where the barn wins (35%). Ever since the Kentucky Derby, he is training well and running strong. The rail is a plus and the trainer knows how to bring them ready.

Race #9 – The G1 Forego – 7f – 4:12 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #10 – Drefong / #6 – Mind Your Biscuits / #2 – Ross

#10 – Drefong = A son of Gio Ponti comes to post for the Bob Baffert barn. Mike “Money-Man” Smith was in the saddle when he ducked into the gap and lost his rider. This is his 2nd start of the 2017 season and the plan looks to return to the left coast for the Breeders’ Cup with a win. He is a monster sprinter and won going 7 panels in the Kings Bishop at the Spa. Smith is a great judge of pace and he looks to be the one to beat as they come back to notch a trip to the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar. #6 – Mind Your Biscuits = He came back off a win in the Gr.2 Golden Shaheen at Meydan and rolled in the G2 Belmont Sprint. He is maturing into a big boy and his races are showing a new dimension every trip. He’s been off for 49 days and Chad Brown will have him cranked up as he is ITM (50%) with rested runners. #2 – Ross = A bit of a wild card who is here for a reason. Andrasch Starke aboard for trainer Peter Schiergen from Germany. He exits off a 6 1/2f win at Deauville only 19 days ago and has run in group company on synthetic and turf. I’m going to use him to complete my exotics, and a price may accompany him to the starting gate.

Race #10 – G1 Sword Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:49 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #5 – Money Multiplier / #4 – Hunter O’Riley / #2 – Bigger Picture

#5 – Money Multiplier = Javier Castellano for Chad Brown (20%). This son of Lookin At Lucky is making his 2nd start of the year and a very nice win in the G2 Monmouth. He enjoys the Spa going 3/3 ITM and last year got caught up in traffic and was forced to take up in this race last year. He should be stalking mid-pack and moving before they hit the top of the lane. #4 – Hunter O’Riley = Won the G2 Bowling Green as our pick last out to light up the board. I think there’s more in the tank and he’ll come rolling like a down bound train in the stretch. Florent Geroux stays aboard and is a come from the clouds type who would benefit from some early pace. #2 – Bigger Picture = Jose Ortiz for Mike Maker and they are making a 3rd off the layoff move (25%). He is 2/3 ITM at the Spa and is a very strong closer. Ortiz is having a great year and he wins (21%) with turf runners. They have a solid post draw and the rider knows the greensward as well as anyone.

Race #11 – The G1 Travers – 1 1/4 – 5:44 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Tapwrit / #3 – West Coast / #9 – McCraken

#2 – Tapwrit = Earlier this year he peaked too soon and his best race was the Tampa Bay Derby. He never really got a break until he went on the shelf after the Derby and had three weeks to the Belmont where he bested the field by two lengths. Once Todd Pletcher figured out this son of Tapit, he’s had a two-month break from his victory in the Belmont. He owns some solid works and the rider/trainer are 6/7 ITM the past two weeks. He looks ready and all reports are good. #3 – West Coast = Baffert / Smith team up with a son of Flatter. He is looking for his 4th straight win and was an easy winner of the Los Al Derby. They never raced him as a two -yr-old and he is getting better by the race. You can bet dollars to donuts Smith will have him in the hunt at the top of the lane. #9 – McCraken = He looked like a winner in the G1 Haskell getting nailed on the wire. His only bad race was the Derby and he is 7/8 ITM lifetime. – B.J. Hernandez in the irons once again for Ian Wilkes and do not leave this guy off your ticket. He’ll chase the leaders and make a big move about the 5/16th’s pole hitting high gear. I like his stride, and the rider is underrated. He’ll be looking for some payback after the Haskell and this is a perfect place to show his ability.

Graded Stakes Preview – Saturday, July 8, 2017

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Belmont Race #6 – G3 Dwyer – 1 mile on the main- 4:38 pm

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – (6-5) Battalion Runner / #3 – (7-5) Practical Joke / (#5 – (5-1) Giusseppe the Great

Battalion Runner is a good looking son of Unbridled’s Song who is 4/4 ITM lifetime. He ran a game effort in the G2 Wood Memorial finishing second to Irish War Cry. Cuts back from 1 1/8 to a mile, and makes his first start off the layoff for Todd Pletcher. The barn wins (29%) with rested runners and a couple bullet works over the course has everything looking good. Practical Joke comes in for Chad Brown exiting the Kentucky Derby. He’s been on a brief vacation for 2 months and may not have taken to the track in Louisville. Solid stalker type who plans to come calling down the lane. Giusseppe the Great is a lightly raced colt from the barn of Nick Zito. He is 4/4 ITM this year and was picking up the pieces in the G2 Woody Stephens finishing 2nd.

Race #8 – G1 Belmont Oaks – 1 1/4 on the main track – 5:46 pm

BetPTC.com Selections – #8 -(7-2) New Money Honey / #2 – (15-1) Beau Recall / #7 – (6-1) Uni / #12 – (5-2) Sistercharlie

New Money Honey is making her 2nd start off a two month layoff in the hands of Javier Castellano. Her last effort in the G3 Wonder Again showed good promise coming in fresh and ready. She showed a whole new dimesion grabbing the lead going wire-to-wire. Chad Brown is the trainer and comes back to score (27%) off a stakes win. She is 2/2 at Belmont, and you have to respect the barn on big race days. Beau Recall ships in from Santa Anita, and has the services of Flavien Prat who wins (21%) on the turf. She is conditoned by Simon Callaghan and looks to put away the bridesmaid dress and walk into the winner’s circle. By all accounts she looks to be sitting on a big effort. Uni is a daughter of More than Ready for Chad Brown / Irad Ortiz. She is coming over from France, and Brown wins (29%) with new runners in his barn. Sistercharlie has been a monster and her last race at Chantilly was a big effort in the Group 1 Prix de Diane.  I love the move to Chad Brown / John Velasquez , and there is not much you couldn’t like. Opening up at (5-2) and breaking from the #12 post is enough to send me looking for a better price. If she runs half of her last race she’ll be tough, but you’re not going to get the price you deserve. I’m leaning to the other Chad Brown runners who offer a better price.

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Race #9 – G2 Suburban Handicap – 1 1/4 – 6:18 pm

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – (4-5) Shaman Ghost / #5 – (8-1) Follow Me Crev / #3 – (15-1) Sunny Ridge

Shaman Ghost is shooting for three straight wins. This son of Ghostzapper was closing stoutly in the G3 Pimlico Special. 2/3 ITM at Belmont and gets an added 1/16th of a mile to target. He appears to be hitting his gear at the right time and is 4/5 at the distance. Follow Me Crev exits the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita and has faced some real tough guys along his journey. He sports a bullet work going 1:13 flat at Santa Anita and ships to New York for trainer Vladimir Cerin. Sunny Ridge is a son of Holy Bull and 2/2 ITM over the Belmont surface. Manny Franco in the irons for Jason Servis (33%) and they could get a piece of the pie stalking just off the speed.

Race #10 – G1 Belmont Derby – 1 1/4 on the turf – 6:50 pm

BetPTC.com Selections – #1 – (12-1) Good Samaritan / #6 – (8-1) Arlow / #5 – (5-1) Called To The Bar

Good Samaritan exits the G3 Pennine Ridge at Belmont. This son of Harlan’s Holiday has returned to the races stronger than ever in 2017. The distance should not be a problem and draws the golden rail winning at a rate of (29%). Bill Mott  is the trainer and Joel Rosario has been the only rider aboard. You’ll  see him working up the rail looking for his path at the 1/4 pole.  Arklow was the longshot winner who beat Good Samaritan in the G2 American Turf at Churchill Downs. Mike Smith stays aboard, and this son of Arch is 2/2 on the greensward. Smith is winning at (42%) at Belmont and the “Money Man” cometh for a very good reason. I think we’ll be hearing good things from this guy in the future. Called To The Bar ships in from France and is 4/4 ITM on the turf. He has been away from the races for 46 days and the son of Henrythenavigator. He has won at this distance for rider Maxime Guyon at Chantilly.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 5/11/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Mother Nature was windy and wet for Kentucky Derby 143. – But that’s horse racing. – The world wanted to see a spring-like day with sunshine and packed stands. Well the latter may have held true, and the weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the racing faithful. – Hope you had a great Derby weekend, and best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Churchill Downs

5/5/17

Race #5 – #4 – Paid Up Subscriber – 1 1/16

Joel Rosario in the irons for Chad Brown. This daughter of Candy Ride was making her second start of the year. She has solid works over the Churchill surface and was forced to check sharply and bumed soundly as the odds-on favorite.

Race #6 – #2 – Breaking Lucky – 1 1/16

Javier Castellano in the saddle with a son of Lookin at Lucky. 2nd  off the layoff and was working well in the morning. He was bumped at the start, caught in tight, and bumped around through most of the race.

Race #8 – #2 – Union Strike – 7f

Brice Blanc in the driver’s seat for this daugher of Union Rags making her second start off the shelf. Two straight bullet works and she broke awkwardly making up solid ground to be the bridesmaid this day. She’ll be a handful next out.

Churchill Downs

5/6/17

Race  #7 -#1 – Linda – 1 mile on the turf

Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle for Ian Wilkes. She was 1/1 at CD making her 2nd start of the year. The red-hot bullet work had her ready, and she was forced 4 wide and eventually kicked out 6 wide making up ground in a hurry to be 3rd this day.

Race #8 – #5 – No Dozing – 1 mile

Joel Rosario in the saddle Arnaud Delacour. This son of Union Rags was a beaten favorite in the (G-3) Lexington. He was fractious in the gate, broke slowly, and shifted 9 wide into the stretch to be bested down the lane.

Race #12 – #14 – Classic Empire – 1 1/4 – The Kentucky Derby

Julien Leparoux aboard for Mark Casse for this son of Pioneer of the Nile. 2/2 at CD and 1/1 on an off-track. He looked super strong prior to the race and ultra impressive in the Arkansas Derby. He bobbled at the break and was knocked around quite a bit. He regrouped nicely and made an honest effort to be fourth. – After the race his right eye was swelling badly and his next effort is up in the air. – When he comes back he’ll exact some payback for his backers.

 

 

 

BetPTC.com -Horses to Watch – 4-29-17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we hit the 10 day mark for the run for the roses, the starting gate is coming into full view. You need to pay attention to late works, final shipping plans, and how runners are acclimating. In the meantime, here are some runners who need a good look the next time they hit the track. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com ! 

Keeneland

4/20/17

Race #2 – #5 – Classy Music – 4 1/2f

Daughter of Maclean’s Music who wins with (21%) of his runners right out of the gate. She was making a huge move along the rail and was squeezed badly at the 1/16th pole. Robby Albarado wrapped her up and cruised home to an easy third for the Ken McPeek trainee. Her works are red-hot and she’ll do much better next time out.

Keeneland 

4/20/17

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

Son of City Zip for the Thom Proctor barn. Javier Castellano in the irons and this colt looked really good flying home strongly after the leaders. He was coming off a 7 month layoff and dropping in class from the Laurel Futurity. He’ll be tough to deal with wherever he takes to the turf.

Keeneland

4/20/17

Race #9 – #7 – Pounds to Pennies – 1 1/16 on the turf

Jose Lezcano the pilot for Bill Mott as they brought a filly by Exchange Rate to post. She stalked the entire way and started to pick up the pace at the 1/8th pole. When she jumped to the rail the door slammed shut by the leg weary pace setter Ladies’ Privilege. The inquiry sign went right up and she was bumped up from 5th to 4th. A little cleaner trip has her closer to the winner’s circle.

Keeneland

4/22/17

Race #1 – #3 – Awesometastic – 7f

Corey Lanerie in the irons with this daughter of Harlan’s Holiday. 2nd start off the layoff dropping down in class, and Brendan Walsh scores (20%) on this move. She was rolling just off the pace and squeezed back against the rail. She managed a show spot and the inquiry sign popped up and moved her up a notch. She’ll be tough to deal with next out.

Aqueduct

4/22/17

Race #5 – #2 – Rockford – 6 1/2f

Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Danny Gargan and he did a masterful job of stalking just off a hot pace. He spun 4 wide into the turn and was coming on quickly only to be bested by a “dirty” nose on the wire. – Just inches short of getting his picture taken this day.

 

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 5/11/16

Horse to Watch – Ed Meyer

The Kentucky Derby is in the books, and the world of racing goes back into waiting for the second jewel. – As impressive as Nyquist was in victory, you have to start thinking about the “crazy word” of Triple Crown winner. – Could we be going back in time to the 70’s ? Only time will tell, and if the Derby is any indicator of ability. The conversations are going to take off in full spirit. – In the meantime, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for these runners who could very easily come right back and win next time to the races.

Churchill

5/6/16 – Race #2 – #2 – 6 1/2f

#2- Blast = Corey Lanerie in the irons for Eddie Keannelly and this ultra-tough runner was scooting right up the inside rail and was shut off. The rider did an excellent job keeping him rolling, but shut-off still the same. There was an objection into the race and this horse-for-the-course filly was a bridesmaid after the decision was made. Next up she’ll probably take a new path right to the winner’s circle.

Churchill

5/6/16 – Race #11 – #3 – 1 1/8

#3 – Lewis Bay = Irad Ortiz in town to ride for Chad Brown, and this gal looked like a sure fire winner staying on the rail waiting a glimpse of daylight. I would have doubled down on her if possible by looks alone, but when she had her seem. She just faded down the lane. I don’t know if she couldn’t match Cathryn Sophia, or it was just a bad day. Either way, she’ll get my bankroll play next out.

Churchill

5/6/16 – Race#10 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#1 – Harmonize = Junior Alvarado up for Bill Mott, and she stumbled badly at the start on this day. She made a nice four wide move to get minor awards, but the gate break took quite a bit of momentum away. – Look for a huge turf effort next time to the races.

Belmont

5/8/16 – Race #7 – #3 – 1 1/16 on the inner turf

#3 – Don Camillo = Javier Castellano was aboard and he came out bumping like a pinball when they sprung the gate latch. Once settled, Castellano started making a solid move only to run completely out of gas. – Maybe a cleaner trip with a class drop may be just what the doctor ordered.

Santa Anita

5/8/16 – Race #8 – #7 -1 1/16

#7 – Misdeed =Santiago Gonzalez was aboard, and his runner saw every inch of the track on this day. – He was three deep from the start, five wide on the second turn, and three wide down the lane. – Take away the extra 1/4 mile, and you will see a different runner.

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BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 4/11/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

I was chatting with some long time horse players this weekend. We’ve known each other for about 25 years, and they can recall every big win and bad beat in their life. – All professional men who have since retired, and most have turned in their golf clubs for a VIP seat at their local OTB parlor. – With only 26 days left until we hear the haunting sounds of “My Old Kentucky Home,”  here is the general consensus of longtime players heading into the big day. – Most feel the winner will come from California preps and could pay in the mid $20 range. There are a few who embrace the chalk, and three of the big punters feel this year is prime for the big upset. You know, if you’re found cashing a ticket after the Derby you’ll need an ID and Social Security card. – That is horse racing in a nutshell. If you surveyed a thousand, you would get everything from soup to nuts in answers about who is going to win. – There is no better time to be a horse racing fan. – In the meantime, keep your bankroll handy for these runners who didn’t get to have their best effort on the track. They’re worth a good hard look and a nice wager to fine tune your bankroll.

Keeneland

4/8/16 – Race #1 – #5 – 4 1/2f

#5 – Baytown Turls = Jack Gilligan aboard, and his runner broke inward in his first outing. He immediately gathered up his charge and save ground along the rail. At 32-1 he looked to be saving gas in the tank for his next effort, but decided to finish up strong against the fence. – I think we’ll see improvement, and maybe he’ll wheel back in the short Keeneland meet or take his talents to Churchill for a mdn victory.

Keeneland

4/8/16 – Race #3 – #4 – 6 1/2f

#4 – Handiwork = Jesus Castanon had the call, and had dead-aim on the leaders down the lane. He brushed a bit which could have taken him out of his game, but gathered his stride and finished up with gusto. – By the time they past the finish line he was three lengths better. Shipped in from Fair Grounds, and these travelers do well overall at the Keeneland meeting.

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Keeneland

4/8/16 – Race #9 – #7 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#7 – Converge = Javier Castellano in the irons for Chad Brown in the Transylvania Stakes. He was aboard a nice son of Sidney’s Candy and was making up ground at a solid clip along the inside after being way off the front runners. Just as he set sail, his efforts were compromised by being squeezed off by the #1 – Inspector Lynlee. – This was his second off the shelf since October, and maybe Team Brown will roll him right back over the lush Keeneland green. – If you don’t see him in Lexington, I bet he’ll head up to the Belmont greensward.

Keeneland

4/9/16 – Race #3 – #6 – 1 mile on the turf

#6 – Kundray = Julian Leparoux in the saddle aboard a Distorted Humor filly. She was getting first Lasix, and comes from the Michael Matz barn. – This New York-bred came rolling last out and as she shipped in from Gulfstream Park. She appeared to relish the footing and should make for a nice playback on this angle. Team Matz will have her tuned and ready to roll next up.

Keeneland

4/10/16 – Race #6 – #6 – 1 mile on the turf

#6 – Commend = Jose Lezcano in the saddle for Bill Mott, and they were making their forst start on the grass. This son of War Chant settled out nicely and stalked just off the leader. Lezcano hit the gas and accelerated quickly to open up a few lengths, and was eventually run down by the chalk #10 – American Patriot. – They way he took to the green was promising, and Lezcano did everything but win on this runner. – Next out he’ll benefit greatly from this race and be a handful down the lane.

BetPTC.com – 3/21/16 – Horses to Watch

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we gather round the water cooler talking hoops and horses. The Kentucky Derby is only 47 days away. – I can feel the energy in the air. The roses, the atmosphere, and the red- hot betting action that may be some of the best all year long. – But just hold your horses and don’t get ahead of yourself. After we’re done tearing up our basketball brackets, we need to realize there is plenty of incredible Thoroughbred action coming our way. So sit back, enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for these ponies the next time they hit the track.

Gulfstream Park

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

#1 – She’s Dynamite = Led all the way around and sped up at the 3/4 to go 1:11.3 only to be bested in the shadow of the wire. She was making her second lifetime start on the stretch-out in distance, and catch her if you can next out. – Play close attention to how far she is going and unleash the bankroll from there.

Gulfstream Park

Race #6 – 3/16/16 – #4 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#4 – Cape Carol = Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Buff Bradley. This daughter of Cape Blanco was at the back of the pack and stayed glued right to the rail all the way around. She began to thread the needle at the 1/4 pole and looked like a winner. – The weaving in and out of traffic may have caused her to be a bridesmaid as the winner went right on past with a clean 3 wide move. – She’ll be looking for payback next out with a cleaner trip.

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Santa Anita

Race #1 – 3/17/16 – #6 – One mile on the turf

#6 -Twirling Tiger = Santiago Gonzalez was in the irons and his mount was bottled up and headstrong down the backstretch. He was forced to wait behind a wall of runners and when the 1/4 arrived was forced to go three wide to find running room. – The trip was not the smoothest ride, but his late acceleration was very promising considering all of the factors.

Oaklawn Park

Race #6 – 3/19/16 – #6 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#6 – Wolf Man Rocket = Calvin Borel was aboard this beaten favorite who was in very tight at the start of the race. He had to go five wide on the second turn to get back into his best stride, and finished up gamely to get minor awards. Borel is not known for circling the field, and the mishap at the gate break was not the best beginning. – Love the “beaten chalk” angle next time back, and who knows, maybe we’ll get a much better price.

Gulfstream Park

Race #9 – 3/20/16 – #9 – 5 1/2 on the dirt

#9 – Real Sugar = Jeffrey Sanchez was the pilot and is known for being a solid gate rider. His mount was bumped solidly leaving the starting gate and still opened up a 2 1/2 length lead going 22.2. – He established a clear margin and ended up a little leg weary at the end. In short sprints the gate break is ultra-important, and  his ability to stay focused and still open up is promising. – If he comes out without problems, I wonder what he would have done in the race ? – I  think we’re going to find out next time at a solid price.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 2/23/2016

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Can you feel the days getting longer by the minute and the stakes races drawing closer ? – Me too ! – This time of year has every horse player sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to see the next marquee race unveiling great things to come. At the time of this post there are only 75 days until we’ll be watching the 142nd renewal of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports ! – But don’t jump the gun just yet, here are some runners you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled the next time they take the track. They are worth a good hard look, and a nice piece of your wagering bankroll.

Gulfstream Park

Race #3 – 2/15/16 – #2 – 7f on the dirt

#2 – Twenty in One = Closed very fast down the lane under the guidance of Rafael Hernandez in a 3/4 time of 109.2. – She caught a “speed fest” on this day, and anything that isn’t as salty should fit her like a glove for the Tomlinson barn.

Gulfstream Park

Race #7 –  2/15/16 – #11 – One mile on the turf

#11 – Purely Bay = J.J. Castellano had the call and his runner was making a “second off the layoff” run. Castellano knew he couldn’t catch the leaders as he weaved through traffic trying to save ground, but his dead last explosive run may be just what handicappers could expect next out. Looked like he had plenty in the tank wrapped up, and that may work out well for the punters.

Santa Anita

Race #1 – 2/15/16 – #4 -One mile mdn turf event

#4 – Lucy De = Santiago Gonzalez had the assignment for Mike Puype, and did absolutely nothing wrong. – This may be a case a running a “winner’s race” but not getting your picture taken. This was a very strong effort, and they were bested by the (1-2) chalk getting nailed at the wire by a head. – If Gonzalez stays aboard and Puype keeps to task, you’ll want to bet early and often when they enter.

Fair Grounds

Race #11- 2/20/16 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the main track

#2 – Mo Tom = Corey Lanerie was in the saddle for Thom Amoss, and this race was on the minds of every horse player that watched the Risen Star Stakes. – This son of Uncle Mo was far back in the field and didn’t move too early. Lanerie had two graded stakes to his credit this day, and the best was yet to come. He received a little urging and came off the rail briefly to pass tiring runners and dropped right back over to the fence. – Saving ground was a perfect move as he was starting to accelerate when Bistraya drifted over causing the colt to swerve and check sharply. Once Lanerie was in the clear they were inside the 1/8th pole when his mount picked up his action and started to close strongly. – Distance shouldn’t be a problem, and if all things come back fine. He’ll learn from this effort and only get better down the road.

Gulfstream Park

Race #5 – 2/21/16 – #8 – 1 mile on the turf

#8 – Akron Gold = Joel Rosario was named, but was on the shelf due to an injury. – J.J. Castellano picked up the mount, and this three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro was pushed out going into the first turn. She settled nicely after the losing some ground, and spun around the field at the 5/16th’s pole three wide. She drew off and looked like a winner, but was bested in the shadow of the wire. – All said and done, losing ground on the first turn and going wide as they approached the stretch may have been just enough to get beat this day. Hard to fault the connections as they few mistakes, so I’ll file this one under bet with both hands next out.

 

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.

Tampa Bay Downs

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 – 12-28-2015

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As the New Year is just days away we start scratching our heads to find new resolutions. Horse Players are most definitely on this bus, and we tend to dig really deep at times when the answers may have been insight the entire time. – Work on money management; narrow your focus of the tracks you follow, or target your best ten races on any given day and wager on five. – It has always been the little things, and sometimes we miss the forest for the trees. Here’s a little something to whet your whistle for 2016, and hopefully get you started on a positive note.  From your friends at BetPTC.com, have a safe and Happy New Year ! – There’s only 131 days until the Kentucky Derby.

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Gulfstream Park – 12/26/15 – Race #7 – #6 – 5f on the turf

#6 – Try Your Luck = Jeffrey Sanchez aboard this daughter of Looking at Lucky, and this two-year-old showed a great deal a promise first time to the races. She settled in nicely and tipped off to make her move. She ran a very game 3rd place effort and appeared to have plenty more in the tank.

Gulfstream Park – 12/26/15 – Race #8 – #2 – One mile on the dirt

#2 – Wheels up Now = Luis Saez had the call for Thom Albertrani, and this colt ran a big effort. He was trying 2nd time Lasix, first time blinkers, and was bested by an impressive colt by Uncle Mo. He set the pace going 44.3 and 109.3 in the middle stages, and for a baby that is moving and shaking. Next out should be a “flag fall to that’s all” move to put the field to sleep from the gate break.

Gulfstream Park – 12/26/15 – Race #11 – #7 – 1 1/2 on the turf

#7 – Rosalind = Edgard Zayas in the irons for Chad Brown, and they were beaten by a very talented Goldy Espony ( another Chad Brown runner) who put the field the sleep in this marathon event on the green. – Rosalind was under a snug restraint down the backstretch, and the dawdling fractions may have been her undoing. She tried to produce a rally, but was left in the dust by her impressive stable mate. The race was better than what you’ll see on paper, and hopefully she won’t hook “Goldy” next out.

Santa Anita – 12/26/15 – Race #6 – #6 – One mile on the turf

#6 – Mister Brightside = Mike Smith was the reinsman and this guy has been a handful his last two outings. – Hopping at the start two races back, and steadying multiple times in his next to last effort. Having Smith aboard was the move, and he can get them to settle better than most in the game. – Smith had a “Full-Nelson hammerlock” on his mount as he had to take up just a bit around the first turn and allowed his mount to run freely before the 1/2. – I watched and wondered, but it would be a fools folly to second guess Smith. He knew his mount was acting up, and allowed a quick blast of energy hoping to settle his mount. – He came three wide into the final turn for clear sailing but ran out of gas. I think this will be a very nice play back, and you can expect a sweet price. Once Patrick Gallagher figures out this fella, you’ll get a handsome price at the windows.

Santa Anita – 12/27/15 – Race #4 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#2 – Hoffenheim = Victor Espinoza had the call for Bob Baffert and ran what I like to call a ” winner’s race and not getting your picture taken.” – In tight at the start, and settled out nicely. Moved into position to out the field away and tipped off the rail four wide to find his best stride. He drew off by 1/2 at the 111.2 make, and was bested by late closing French Getaway under Kent Desormeaux. – He’ll grow from this effort and you should look very closely for his next out effort.