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BetPTC.com Breeders’ Cup Preview – Saturday

BetPTC.com / Breeders’ Cup Preview / Saturday / 11-2-19

by: Ed Meyer

Santa Anita

Race #4 – The B/C F&M Sprint – 7f – 2:55 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Dawn the Destroyer / #4 – Come Dancing / #5- Lady Ninja

#8 Dawn the Destroyer is 3rd off the shelf for Kiaran McLaughlin and Tyler Gaffalione. She ran a fast closing 2nd in the G2 TCA at Kee and gets added distance today. The barn wins 21% with shippers and Gaffalione is ready for the big stage. #4 Come Dancing is a daughter of Malibu Moon with Javier Castellano in the irons. 3rd off the layoff looking for three in a row. Castellano should have her in a perfect stalking mode. #5 Lady Ninja comes from the barn of Richard Baltas with Drayden Van Dyke. She is 9 for 10 ITM at SA. Add in a red hot work and she’ll be dangerous if the pace is salty down the lane.

 

Race #5 – The BC Turf Sprint – 5f on turf – 3:33 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Totally Boss / #5 – Stubbins / #10- Eddie Haskell

#1 Totally Boss comes in for Rusty Arnold and Jose Ortiz has the call. They are looking for 3 in a row exiting a big win in the G3 Turf Sprint at KyD. Ortiz gets the rail and is 6 for 7 ITM running short. He’ll be rolling up the hedge late in the game. #5 Stubbins goes to post for Doug O’Neill and Flavien Prat in the irons. They exit a win in the G2 Woodford at Kee. He is 2 for 2 at SA and 2 for 2 ITM at the distance. Prat will come rolling late in the running. #10 Eddie Haskell in for Mark Glatt and Joel Rosario aboard. He’s been stepping up each time and has the ability to come rolling late. He got shuffled about and still closed stoutly as the beaten chalk in the G2 Eddie D.

 

Race #6 – The BC Dirt Mile – 1 mile – 4:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Mr. Money / #2 – Improbable / #5 – Omaha Beach

#4 Mr.  Money is a son of Goldenscents for Bret Calhoun and Gabriel Saez. 2nd off the layoff and cuts back in distance where he is 1 for 1 going a mile. He’ll be mid pack and Saez will have him in top gear. #2 Improbable comes in for Bob Baffert and Rafael Bejarano as they are 1 for 1 at SA. 3rd off the layoff where the barn wins 22% and turns back in distance, He’ll be just off the lead and will stalk a close rail trip. #5 Omaha Beach is 2nd off the layoff for Dick Mandell and Mike Smith in the saddle. This son of War Front is 3 for 3 at SA. His works are tight and you can’t slight the connections. He’ll be on the engine in the guiding hands of Smith.

 

Race #7 – The BC F&M Turf – 1 1/4 on turf – 4:54 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Sistercharlie / #7 – Vasilika / #10 – Mrs. Sippy

#2 Sistercharlie is the daughter of Myboycharlie (IRE) for Chad Brown and John Velasquez. She is seeking her 7th straight win and Brown has win this race four times prior. She is 5 for 6 ITM at the distance and comes in 2nd off the layoff after winning the G1 Flower Bowl. #7 Vasilika is a daughter of Skipshot for Dan ward and Flavien Prat aboard. She exits a fast closing effort in the G1 First Lady at Kee and with Prat in the irons you know he’s going to find her best stride. #10 Mrs. Sippy a daughter of Blame for Graham Motion and Joel Rosario. 3rd off the shelf and was a fast closing 3rd in the G1 Flower Bowl. She sports a wicked late kick.

 

Race #8 – The BC Sprint – 6f – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9- Imperial Hint / #4 – Mitole / #5 – Engage

#9 Imperial Hint comes in for Luis Carvajal with Javier Castellano in the saddle. 2nd time out off a gutsy win in the G1 Vosburgh. His works are sharp and will display versatility stalking just off the pace. #4 Mitole is a son of Eskendreya for Steve Asmussen with Ricardo Santanna aboard. The first start in two months and his works are strong. Cuts back in distance and will be right near the front. His speed may carry him to the winner’s circle. #5 Engage in for Asmussen and John Velasquez. They are seeking their 3rd straight win and with the early pace in here his late stride may be the answer. He was impressive winning the G2 Phoenix last out.

 

Race #9 – BC Mile – 1 mile turf – 6:20 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #14 – Bowie’s Hero / #11 – Uni / #1 – Suedois

#14 Bowie’s Hero 2nd off the layoff and winner of the G1 Shadwell last out. He loves SA going 6 for 9 ITM and his only knock is the outside post. With Flavien Prat in the irons for Phil D’Amato, he’s going to find his best run. #11 Uni is a daughter of More Than Ready for Chad Brown and Joel Rosario. Winner of the G1 First Lady and knocked heads with the boys before. Brown knows how to spot them and Joel will get her late closing kick in gear. #1 Suedois was closing eight wide in the G1 Shadwell and was 3rd under a blanket finish. Castellano picks up the mount from Jamie Spencer and trainer David O’Meara always brings his runners ready.

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Race #10 – The BC Distaff – 1 1/8 – 7:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5- Dunbar Road / #4- Midnight Bisou / #11 – Blue Prize

#5 Dunbar Road is a daughter of Quality Road for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. 2nd off the layoff and 6 for 6 ITM. The G1 Spinster was a perfect prep and Ortiz back in the irons should have her running late. #4 Midnight Bisou is a daughter of Midnight Lute for Steve Asmussen and Mike Smith in the saddle. She is seeking her 8th in a row and is a horse for the course going 4 for 4 ITM at SA. Smith will have this stalker in handy order as they turn for home. #11 Blue Prize a daughter of Pure Prize and is 5 for 5 ITM this year. She is 2nd off the shelf after a win in the G1 Spinster. She loves the distance and Joe Bravo looks to pick up the leaders on the far turn.

 

Race #11 – The BC Turf – 1 1/2 on turf – 7:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Old Persian / #9 – Bricks and Mortar / #5 – Anthony Van Dyke

#10 Old Persian is a son of Dubawi (IRE) for the Charles Appleby yard. Willam Buick has the call and they exit an impressive win in the G1 Northern Dancer getting 2nd Lasix today. His closing effort last out was eye catching at Woodbine and looks to wear down the leaders in the lane. #9 Bricks and Mortar comes in for Chad Brown with Irad Ortiz getting the call. They are seeking a 7th straight win and his dam Beyond the Waves has 7 starters, 7 winners, and 6 turf winners to her credit. Ortiz wins 21% with closers and this son of Giant’s Causeway looks like the one to beat. #5 Anthony Van Dyke is a son of Galileo for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. He was a beaten chalk in last year’s BC Juvenile Turf and looks for payback against a stout field.

 

Race #12 – The BC Classic – 1 1/4 – 8:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Code of Honor / #10 – Vino Rosso / #8 – McKinzie

#11 Code of Honor comes in for Shug McGaughey and John Velasquez. 3rd off the layoff and was put up in a DQ to win the G1 Jockey Gold Cup. He’s a closing son of Noble Mission and has been working well to keep sharp. The one to beat. #10 Vino Rosso is a son of Curlin for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz. He is 1 for 1 at SA and owns a couple of sharp works to prepare. He’ll be up close and ready to move when Ortiz hits the accelerator. He may want some payback as he was moved to 2nd against Code of Honor last out. #8 McKinzie is 7 for 7 at SA for the Baffert barn with Joel Rosario getting the call. He was a beaten favorite last out in the G1 Awesome Again and this son of Street Sense should be up close. Add in that bullet work and we may have a sleeper who can take down the prize.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – Sept. 14

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By: Ed Meyer

Churchill Downs Race #8 – The G-3 Locust Grove – 1 1/16 – 4:21 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Go Google Yourself / #3 – Mylady Curlin / #2 – Moonlit Garden

 

#7 Go Google Yourself comes to post for Paul McGee and B.J. Hernandez in the irons. She is 2nd off the layoff and the filly loves the course going 5 for 7 ITM. That was a solid prep winning the Groupie Doll at Ellis and Hernandez is no stranger to the CD winner’s circle. Look for a solid stalking trip. #3 Mylady Curlin is a daughter of Curlin for trainer Brad Cox and Shaun Bridgmohan. 3rd off the layoff looking for her 6th straight win. The Cox barn wins 30% off a last race win and sports a nice morning workout. She’ll be on the hook or just off the leader. #2 Moonlit Garden is a daughter of Malibu Moon for Brad Cox and Florent Geroux. 3rd off the layoff where Cox wins 27% and was a beaten chalk in the Groupie Doll. Flo will have her in a good spot and hit the accelerator around the far turn.

 

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Race #9 – The G-2 Pocahantas – 1 1/16 – 4:53 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Morning Gold / #3- Portrait / #1 – Shadilee

 

#6 Morning Gold is a daughter of Morning Line for Kenny McPeek and Jose Ortiz. She gets first Lasix and moves from the turf to the dirt. Look for Ortiz to come out swinging as he wins 19% with his early style runners. McPeek wins 19% with first time Lasix. Add them up and you may have a good plan for heading to the windows. #3 Portrait comes to post for Brad Cox and Shaun Bridgmohan. She had a commanding win at EP last out after coming off the turf prior. She has the look of a dangerous stalker moving up the ladder. Cox wins 28% of the time off a maiden win. #1 Shadilee goes postward for Mike Maker and Julien Leparoux. Impressive maiden victory at the Spa and was claimed for $75,000 for the Maker barn. They win 15% off a claim and she sports a smoking work in Louisville. You have to use in your exotics.

 

Race  #10 – The G-3 Iroquois – 1 1/16 – 5:26 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Flute Maker / #4 – Rowdy Yates / #2 – Letmeno

 

#6 Flute Maker is a son of Sky Mesa for Ken McPeek and Jose Ortiz. Ultra impressive closing win at Saratoga and looks to kick it up a notch moving up the ladder. If his last race is any indication he’ll fit in nicely with the field. #4 Rowdy Yates comes in for Steve Asmussen and Tyler Baze. A speedster who won the Ellis Juvenile and comes back to CD where he broke his maiden and 2nd in the Bashford Manor. Catch him if you want to beat him. #2 Letmeno comes from the Ian Wilkes barn with Calvin Borel in the irons. He’s a closer who got shuffled back a bit trying to catch Rowdy Yates last out. He has some nice works at CD and Borel knows his way to the winner’s circle for big races.

BetPTC.com Arlington Million Preview – Aug 10th

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Arlington Park

Race #9 – The G1 Beverly D – 1 3/16 on the turf – 5:53 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Sistercharlie / #1 – Fleeting / #6 – Magic Wand

#7 Sistercharlie comes in for Chad Brown with John Velasquez in the irons. Her 2nd off move gets the barn a 24% win clip as she rolls in with an impressive win in the G1 Diana. She is 1 for 1 at AP and looks for a repeat in this race. She’s a long range closer with solid work tabs. #1 Fleeting is a daughter of Zoffany (IRE) from the Aidan O’Brien yard. Ryan Moore makes the trip and finished a game 2nd in the Gr2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot. She is 6 for 8 ITM lifetime and adds Lasix drawing the rail. #6 Magic Wand is a daughter of Galileo from the Aidan O’Brien yard with Wayne Lordan in the irons. She had a dismal outing in the Gr1 King George & Queen Elizabeth and adds Lasix for her rebound. O’Brien wouldn’t send her if he felt she wasn’t ready.

 

Race #10 – The G1 Secretariat – 1 mile on the turf – 6:28 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9- Crafty Dandy / #6 – Fog of War / #7 – Valid Point

#9 Crafty Dandy is a son of Scat Daddy for Brad Cox and Florent Geroux in the saddle. He was rolling in the G3 American Derby for a trip over the track and a sharp work following his last race. #6 Fog of War is a son of War Front for Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz. He steps up the class ladder off a beaten favorite effort at Belmont. A rider change from Castellano to Irad Ortiz who excels with fast closing runners. 3rd off the layoff and has sharp morning works to make him a player. #7 Valid Point is a son of Scat Daddy for Chad Brown with Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat. He’s a perfect 2 for 2 coming off a two month layoff. He’s moving up in class and Brown spots his runners very well when they are ready to step up.

FINALS DAYS!

Race #11 – The G1 Arlington Million – 1 1/4 on the turf – 7:12 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3- Bricks and Mortar / #1 – Robert Bruce / #8 – Captivating Moon

#3 Bricks and Mortar is a son of Giant’s Causeway for Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz in the irons. Ortiz won this race last year on his birthday aboard Robert Bruce. They are looking for his 6th straight win and beat Robert Bruce in the G1 Manhattan last out. He is 2 for 2 at the distance and comes off a two month layoff. Ortiz wins 21% with late runners and this guy is something special. #1 Robert Bruce is a Chad Brown trainee with Javier Castellano in the saddle. Game effort in the G1 Manhattan which is the same race he used last year to prep for the Million. Castellano wins 24% with Chad Brown and they are 1 for 1 at AP. Look for a solid pace from Hunting Horn and the top two will come calling late in the lane. #8 Captivating Moon is a son of Mailbu Moon for trainer Chris Block. He’s a long range closer and Jose Valdivia is 51% ITM on the turf. He will be a player at a square price to complete your exotics.

Saratoga

Race #9 – The G1 Fourstardave – 1 mile on the turf – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Raging Bull / #8 – Hembree / #3 – Uni

#4 Raging Bull is a son of Dark Angel (IRE) for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. Exits the G1 Manhattan finishing 3rd against the top two selections in the G1 Arlington Million. This colt loves the Spa going 2 for 2 off a two month layoff. There are solid morning works and Ortiz picks up the mount winning 18% on the turf. Look for this colt to launch a strong late bid. #8 Hembree comes from the barn of Mike Maker with Luis Saez aboard. 3rd off the layoff and 4 for 5 ITM at the Spa. Steps up a notch on the class ladder and Saez wins 31% for Mike Maker. He’ll be running quickly late in the lane. #3 Uni is a daughter of More Than Ready for Chad Brown and Joel Rosario. She always comes running and is 2 for 2 ITM at the Spa. 2nd off the shelf and Brown wins 24% on this move. She seeks her 6th straight win.

Weekend Stakes Preview – Saturday, September 9, 2017

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Arlington Park

Race #7 – Arlington Washington Futurity – 7f – 5:35 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #7 – Barry Lee / #10 – The X / #4 – Capturing Moon

#7 – Barry Lee = Speedster shipping in from the G2 Saratoga Special. Trainer Horacio DePaz wins (22%) with ungraded stakes and drops down the class ladder. He was a beaten favorite last out and the barn wins (21%) with shippers. #10 -The X = Deep Closer from the Ben Colebrook barn. Ships in from the Ellis Park meet and has a bullet work to prepare. With a clean trip, he’ll be picking up the pieces down the lane. #4 – Capturing Moon = Son of Malibu Moon exits off a turf maiden win. His works have been very strong coming into this race.

Race #8 – Arlington Washington Lassie – 7f – 6:05 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Ardor / #4 – Richie’lilwildat / #6 – Southampton Way

#2 – Ardor = Pedro Cotto aboard for Eoin Harty shipping in from Woodbine and the trainer wins (21%) on the all-weather surface. Looks to be a solid stalking type who will fit like a glove if the morning works are any indication. #4 – Richie’lilwildcat = Speedy filly who is bred to relish a sprint distance. She hit the gate last out and still managed to grab the lead and show the way to the finish. Catch her if you can! – #6 – Southampton Way = Stalker from the Horacio DePaz barn. She ships in from Saratoga and drops a few rungs down the class ladder. The trainer wins (22%) with two-yr-olds.

 

Louisiana Downs

Race #9 – $60,000 Happy Ticket – 1 mile on the turf – 5:00 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Lady O’Toole / #3 – Taylor’s Princess / #5 – Rosie O’ Prado

#2 – Lady O’Toole = Colby Hernandez in the saddle for Brad Cox and been away from the races for 45 days. This daughter of Colonel John should e forwardly placed and the barn wins (32%) with 1st tiers on the grass. #3 – Taylor’s Princess = Daughter of First Dude for the Scott Garner barn (44%). She is 1/1 at LaD and impressive winning her first effort out on the grass. The trainer wins (29%) with 2nd timers on the sod and she’ll come rolling late in the lane. #5 – Rosie O’ Prado = Daughter of Paddy O’ Prado is a blistering pace factor. Her dam Alemora has produced one turf winner and looks to keep the family numbers growing.

Race #10 – $60,000 Unbridled Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 5:32 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Big Changes / #9 – High Noon Rider / #6 – Fort Pulaski

#2 – Big Changes = Diego Saenz in the saddle for Brad Cox and makes his 2nd start in a month. 4/5 ITM on the turf and 1/1 over the course. A perfect stalking type and owns a bullet work on 9/3 at CD preparing for a big effort. #9 – High Noon Rider = Brad Cox trainee fresh off the claim at Saratoga. The barn wins (30%) with new runners to the shedrow and sports a red-hot bullet over the deep CD oval. #6 – Fort Pulaski = 2/3 ITM on the green and was a beaten favorite last out. Two back, this son of Any Given Saturday was rolling late in the lane and rider Gerard Melancon wins (19%) on the turf.

Race #11 – The $200,000 Super Derby – 1 1/16 on the turf – 6:05 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Gorgeous Kitten / #4 – Mr. Misunderstood / #5 – Sonneteer

#2 – Gorgeous Kitten = Colby Hernadez in the irons for Mike Maker. Exits the G1 Secretariat and cuts back from 1 1/4 on the turf – 1 1/16. The drop in class may fit the son of Kitten’s Joy and should be a major danger today. #4 – Mr. Misunderstood = Chris Rosier for Brad Cox and exits off an impressive win in the $60k Prelude at LaD. This son of Archarcharch is a stone cold closer. #5 – Sonneteer = Keith Desormeaux brings this son of Midnight Lute to post. He ships in from Del Mar off a maiden win on the turf. Been off for 48 days and the barn wins (18%) with layoff runners.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 2/13/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The Sam F. Davis, San Vincente, and WEBN Stakes gave us a little glimpse of good things to come from the three-year-olds.  If you’re a horse player you have to love this time of year. The marquee events start catching your eye on Monday, and before you know you’ll be thinking of Saturday. With every passing morning the sun is coming up minutes earlier, and I can smell the roses blooming in Louisville. – But hold your horses ! – There’s a bevy of races that offer plenty of bankroll building value, and many runners who’ll get a pass this weekend as they may not have put forth their best effort due to unforeseen circumstances. Be on the lookout and give them a good look before heading to the windows. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Gulfstream Park

2/11/17

Race #6 – #9 – Love Me in Malibu – 7 1/2f on the turf

Javier Castellano was the pilot, and the daughter of Malibu Moon has been off for two months shipping in from Churchill Downs. She was dropping in class and the Eddie Kenneally barn wins 37% dropping down two class levels. She was sent off the odds-on chalk and bumped at the start and forced wide throughout the race.

Race #7 – #5 – Snag – 1 1/16 on the turf

This son of Harlan’s Holiday was backing up from 2 miles on the turf and brought together the team of Florent Geroux and Todd Pletcher. He was dropping in class to the O.C. $35,000 level and looked to be a player. The colt saved ground along the rail and was forced to tap on the brakes and await room at the 1/4 pole. He still managed a solid bid but had to settle for 4th money this day.

Race #8 – #1 – Rocketry – 7 1/2f on the turf

First time starter from the James Jerkins barn and drew the rail post. he has been training a solid clip at Palm Meadows and he bred to relish the turf. – Nik Juarez found himself back in the rear and had the look of a runner who has good racing interest but will need a bit more ground. Be on the lookout for a little longer race and the barn will have all systems go !

Race #9 – #3 – Puca –  1 1/8 on the turf – G-3 Suwannee River 

Five-yr-old daughter of Big Brown making her first start in two months shipping in from Aqueduct. She hails from the Bill Mott barn, and had the services of veteran turf rider Jose Lezcano. – She was a off a beat slow from the gate break and forced 7 wide into the far turn while making up ground. Maybe a small drop in class does the trick, or she’ll score at a big price at this class level. Either way, this is a follow right back to the windows runner.

Race #10 – #5 – Flatlined – 1 1/8th on the turf

Have you ever had a bad hair day for no reason ? – Well this gelding tossed in a clunker and there is no real explanation. Jersey-Joe Bravo had the call for Charles Dickey and is 9/12 ITM over the green. – He showed no real effort and was forced five wide down the backstretch. – He has the look of a turfer who will jump up and pay box cars, and you’ll want him in your exotic wagers.

Race #11 – #7 – Sharp Azteca –  1 mile GP Handicap

This son of Freud has the look of a runner who could relish the sprint or stretch out a bit and get the job done. He showed the way and drew off by a 4 1/2 length victory. 7/9 ITM for the Jorge Navarro barn and loves the GP oval. – This was his first start back off the G-1 Malibu and I think were in for a treat in the 2017 season.

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