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BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 9/2/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

When the Travers results hit the history books you know the summer racing season is nearing the finish. The days of sun and fun are slowly creeping toward fall racing and the Breeders’ Cup. – When handicappers see Labor Day on the calendar, it’s time to start thinking Keeneland and Fall Stars weekend. But hold your horses! – There’s plenty of summer action in the plans and wagering opportunities await. While you’re making your plans to hit the track, keep these runners in mind. They may have something more to offer and reward you the next time they hit the track. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

Saratoga

8/15/17

Race #6 – Mdn Claiming – 1 mile on the turf

#5 – New Canaan = Jose Ortiz in the saddle for Linda Rice (23%), and they were dropping in class and going from 5 1/2f – 1 mile. She was sent off the odds-on chalk and was forced to check up sharply at the break. Sometimes a bad start can end the race before it begins, and this race needs to be kept in mind as a very good excuse.

Race #7 – The Yaddo Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf

#7 – Ack Nasty = Joel Rosario in the saddle for Chad Brown. This gal was making her 2nd off the layoff (21%) and 5/6 ITM at the Spa. She stalked at the rear of the field and was blocked badly down the lane this day.

Race #8 – Seek the Ante Stakes – 6 1/2f

#7 – Newport Breeze = Jose Ortiz in the irons for Peter Eurton. They were coming off a win at Del Mar moving up the class ladder. Ortiz had her moving around the far turn this day and looked to be running “green” as a youngster sometimes does. She was forced to settle for 2nd money this day and she’ll only benefit from this effort moving forward.

 

Saratoga

8/26/17

Race #10 – The G1 Sword Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf

#5 – Money Multiplier = Javier Castellano aboard this son of Lookin At Lucky making his 2nd start of the season. He was 3/3 ITM at the Spa and probably on the same plan as last year heading into the Breeders’ Cup. He’ll most probably move to Belmont putting the finishing touches on his plans. This plan looks exactly like 2016 and could be a good time to be on the watch. He swung out 6 wide at the top of the lane and started to pick up ground getting bested at the finish. This race is a good sign of things to come.

Race #11 – G1 Travers – 1 1/4

#11 – Gunnevera = Edgard Zayas aboard for Antonio Sano. This son of Dialed In was making his second off a break from the Triple Crown run. He scored easily in a $100k stake at GP and owns a bullet work coming into this race. He was bumped hard at the start and rebounded nicely looking the major danger. The freshening and maturing may be coming at the right time for a fall campaign. He looked very good this day but caught a tiger named West Coast.

Race #13 – Mdn Claiming – 1 1/16 on the turf

#2 – Admirals Cove = Manny Franco in the driver’s seat for David Donk. This son of Hat Trick has been off for 3 months and dropping down in class (20%). – He stumbled badly at the start and finished with a good late kick showing promise for his next effort.

 

 

 

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.

Saratoga

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.

Saratoga

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.

Belterra Park

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.