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by: Ed Meyer

Woodbine

Race #7 – The G2 Nearctic – 6f on the turf – 4:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Blind Ambition / #4 – Reconfigure / #1 – Admiralty Pier

 

#6 Blind Ambition is a son of Tapit for Mark Casse and Eurico Da Silva in the irons. He makes his 2nd start of the year and is 1 for 1 over the Woodbine oval. Da Silva is winning 20% on the turf and should have him forwardly placed from the gate break. #4 Reconfigure is a son of Lemon Drop Kid for trainer Robert Tiller. The barn wins 26% with graded stakes and is a horse for the course going 5 for 5 ITM. His early speed should have him in striking position when they make the turn for home. #1 Admiralty Pier is a son of English Channel for the Barbara Minshall barn. He is making a big drop in class and the barn wins 26% going from a route to a sprint. Rafael Hernandez should have in mid flight waiting to make a move at the top of the lane.

 

Race #8 – The G1 E.P. Taylor – 1 1/4 on the turf – 5:05 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Starship Jubilee / #7 – Imperial Charm / #4 – Si Que Es Buena

 

#8 Starship Jubilee hails from the Kevin Attard barn with Luis Contreras in the saddle. The trainer wins 18% with graded stakes and was impressive winning the G2 Canadian last out. She is 8 for 12 ITM at Woodbine and should be in mid pack waiting to launch a bid. The added ground should be a bonus for his running style. #7 Imperial Charm is a daughter of Dubawi for trainer Simon Crisford. She gets Lasix and as she ships over from Longchamp. Andrea Atenzi makes the trip and this filly is bred to love the turf. Her dam Reem Three has 5 starters, 5 winners, and 5 turf winners to her credit. #4 Si Que Es Buena comes from the Graham Motion barn with Chris Landeros in the irons. She is a stout closer shipping in from Gulfstream and should come motoring down the lane.

 

Race #9 – The G-1 Canadian International – 1 1/2 on turf – 5:42 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Desert Encounter / #1 – Ziyad / #3 – Nessy

 

#4 Desert Encounter is a son of Halling from the David Simcock yard with Andrea Antenzi in the saddle. He is seeking his 4th in a row and is 1 for 1 over the course. He’s looking to make it two in a row in the race and should be launching a late bid. #1 Ziyad is a son of Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) with Maxime Guyon in the saddle. He is shipping in from France where he has been hitting on all cylinders. He is 13 for 16 ITM  on the green and his three races show promise for making the trip. #3 Nessy comes from the barn of Ian Wilkes with his son in law Chris Landeros in the irons. A solid closer who is making is the third effort off the shelf. The distance should be no problem and his effort in the G-1 Northern Dancer shows he could be sitting on a big effort.

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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – Oct. 4-5th

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Keeneland / Friday

Race #8 – The G2 Phoenix – 6f – 4:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Whitmore / #6 – Hog Creek Hustle / #7 – Promises Fulfilled

#3 Whitmore is from the Ron Moquette barn with Joel Rosario in the saddle. Been off for three months and has an affinity for Keeneland, being 2 for 2 ITM. He lost by a nose in last year’s edition and sports some sharp works to prepare. This closer has real upsides as he fires very strong off the layoff. #6 Hog Creek Hustle is a son of Overanalyze for Vickie Foley. Corey Lanerie in the irons and he fits this deep closer like a glove. I’ve been watching this guy since February in the G2 Risen Star. He is maturing very nicely. #7 Promises Fulfilled is a son of Shackleford for Dale Romans and Luis Saez has the mount. A speedy colt who will ensure an honest pace. Add in he is 2 for 2 at Kee and he’s hard to dismiss.

Race #9 – The G1 Alcibiades – 1 1/16 – 5:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Perfect Alibi / #4 – Alandra / #9 – Sequin

#7 Perfect Alibi comes from the Mark Casse barn and Jose Ortiz is the pilot. A daughter of Sky Mesa who is 3rd off the layoff seeking her 3rd in a row.  She exits the G1 Spinaway, exchanging bumps but drawing away late. She should be a bit closer and pounce on the far turn with a quick turn of foot. Ortiz wins 21% with closing type runners. #4 Alandra is a daughter of Blame for Shug McGaughey and Joel Rosario. A speedy filly who won her only start. The distance should be no problem and her dam Altesse is a perfect 3 for 3 with her progeny. #9 Sequin is making the turf to dirt switch coming from Kyd for trainer Wesley Ward. Tyler Gaffalione has the call and has two very good place efforts. Ward spots his runners well and to drop a maiden in here could get you a square price. Both efforts were beaten chalk attempts and Ward can bring them ready.

 

Keeneland / Saturday

Race #7 – The G2 Thoroughbred Club of America – 6f – 4:29 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Chalon / #3 – Spiced Perfection / #4 – Danuska’ My Girl

#8 Chalon is a daughter of Dialed In for Arnaud Delacour and Paco Lopez. 3rd time off the layoff and she is 3 for 3 ITM over the course. She missed by a nose last year in this race and should get a perfect stalking trip looking for payback. #3 Spiced Perfection comes from the barn of Peter Miller with Javier Castellano aboard. She’s been off 5 months working solid clips in the morning. The trainer wins 22% with sprinters and cuts back in distance to come calling late in the lane. #4 Danuska’s My Girl is a daughter of Shackleford for Jerry Hollendorfer and the turf master Flavien Prat winning 24% on the sod. She’s a speedy gal shipping in from the left coast. Prat taking the mount makes her dangerous on the lead.

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Race #8 – The G1 First Lady Stakes – 1 mile on the turf – 5:04 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Vasilika / #7 – Indian Blessing / #11 – Rushing Fall

#6 Vasilika comes from the Hollendorfer barn with Flavien Prat in the irons. She cuts back to a mile and can give plenty of grey hairs watching her come flying in the shadow of the wire. Her late kick is ultra impressive and the barn wins 21% making a 3rd off the layoff move. Prat will have her high gear turning for home. #7 Indian Blessing comes from the Ed Walker yard with Jamie Spencer in the saddle. Two back they shipped over from Germany and then came rolling late to be bested by a dirty nose in the G-2 Ballston Spa. Look for her silks in the final yards down the lane. #11 Rushing Fall is a speedy gal for Chad Brown and Javier Castellano teaming up. She’s been off for two months and been working a regular morning clip. Castellano wins 21% with speedsters and he’ll drop over from the outside post to find a comfy position to save some ground. If she can grab the lead around the far turn she could be very dangerous.

 

Race #9 – The G1 Breeders’ Futurity – 1 1/16 – 5:39 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Gouverneur Morris / #1 – Tapit It to Win / #2 – By Your Side

#10  Gouverneur Morris is a son of Constitution who wins 24% of his firsters. They won by nine handily at Saratoga and have been working lights out. He’s a stalking sort and look for Castellano to have him in the catbird seat by the halfway point. I’m looking for a strong late punch and a trip to the Breeders’ Cup. #1 Tapit It to Win is a son of Tapit for Mark Casse and Tyler Gaffalione. They switched from turf to dirt and he won like a good thing. His bullet work shows promise that all systems are go as they get added ground going two turns. #2 By Your Side is a son of Constituition for trainer Eddie Kennealy and Corey Lanerie. He was 2 for 2 and then caught a sloppy track in the G-1 Hopeful. Toss that race and you’ll see a colt give a game effort.

 

Race #10 – The G1 Shadwell Turfwell Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 6:15 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #12- Suedois / #6 – Admission Office / #4 – Valid Point.

#12 Suedois comes from the David O’Meara yard with Jamie Spencer aboard. He is 1 for 1 at Kee and took home $600k from that score in Lexington. This son of Le Harve (IRE) gets Lasix as he’ll be looking for his spot mid pack by the first turn. He’s game and Spencer is a world class rider. #6 Admission Office is a son of Point of Entry for Bryan Lynch and Jose Ortiz. He’s been off for 3 months and is a strong closer. He had a solid allowance win over the track and today is his test making another step up the class ladder. He was a beaten favorite last out and the barn comes back to score 22% looking to turn the tables. #4 Valid Point is a son of Scat Daddy for Chad Brown and Javier Castellano. Been away from the races 56 days and was ultra impressive winning the G-1 Secretariat.

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Saratoga

Race #9 – The G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt – 6f – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Strike Power / #1 – Mitole / #4 – Firenze Fire

#2 Strike Power comes from the barn of Mark Hennig with John Velasquez in the saddle. Been away from the races for 50 days and two for two ITM this year. Cutting back in distance today and that could play right into his plans. He is a son of Speightstown who has plenty of speed. Johnny V wins 26% with early runners so he fits this one perfectly. #1 Mitole is a son of Eskendreya for trainer Steve Asmussen and Ricardo Santana. They are seeking their 8th straight win and he is a perfect 4 for 4 this year. Cutting back from the 1 mile distance winning the G1 Met at Belmont. Santana wins 20% with early speedrunners and 49% ITM teaming up with Asmussen. This is the best sprinter/miler in the country and clearly the one to beat. #4 Firenze Fire hails from the Jason Servis barn with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. He is 2 for 3 ITM at the Spa and been off for 49 days. He is 4 for 4 ITM sprinting and cuts back from the one mile G1 Met. He’s a closer and Ortiz wins 22% with late runners.

 

Race #10 – The G2 Bowling Green – 1 3/8 on the turf – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Ya Primo / #12 – Focus Group / #1 – Arklow

#3 Ya Primo is a son of Mastercraftsman (IRE) for Chad Brown with Jose Ortiz aboard. He’s been off four months after winning the Gr1 Latinoamericano in his native country. The Chilean-bred is 6 for 9 ITM on the turf and working well over the Saratoga surface. First time in the states where Brown wins 21% with fresh faces to his barn. He is bred to relish the green and Jose Ortiz wins 25% with Team Brown. #12 Focus Group is a son of Kitten’s Joy for Chad Brown with Irad Ortiz in the driver’s seat. He loves Saratoga going 4 for 5 ITM over the greensward. He’s a deep closer and that fits Irad Ortiz where he wins 21% with late runners. His last race was the G1 United Nations showing great promise. #1 Arklow is a son of Arch for trainer Brad Cox with Florent Geroux in the saddle. Been off for 50 days and was a beaten favorite in the G2 Belmont Gold Cup. Cuts back from two miles and should come flying late in the lane. Geroux wins 30% with Brad Cox and wins 20% with his turf mounts.

 

Race #11 – The G2 Jim Dandy – 1 1/8 – 6:51 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Tacitus / #6 – War of Will / #2 – Tax

#5 Tacitus is a son of Tapit for trainer Bill Mott and Jose Ortiz. Beaten favorite in the Belmont and is a very strong closer. He is lightly raced coming off a 49 day vacation. He cuts back in distance and Ortiz fits like a glove. #6 War of Will is a son of War Front for Mark Casse and Tyler Gaffalione. Casse is winning 21% at the meet and they’ve been off for 49 days. He takes a drop in class and Gaffalione fits well as he has four wins this year. Tyler G should get a perfect stalking trip in this compact field of six. #2 Tax is a son of Arch for Danny Gargan. Irad Ortiz has the call and he’ll press the early pace or take over and lead the pack. He exits the G1 Belmont as well and owns a bullet work to prepare for this event. He is 5 for 7 lifetime and Gargan is winning 27% at the meet.

Del Mar

Race #8 – The G1 Bing Crosby – 6f – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com / #3- Cistron / #7 – Recruiting Ready / #8 – Jalen Journey

#3 Cistron comes from the John Sadler barn for Hronis Racing. Victor Espinoza has the mount and this was a speedy turf horse until he tried the grass. Once hitting the new surface he ran even better. He cuts back from 7f and has blistering speed. Been off 2 months and sports a bullet work coming into the race. Look for a top notch effort. #7 Recruiting Ready hails from the Stanley Hough barn with Flavien Prat in the saddle. They’ve been off 50 days and this stalker should be right on the heels of Cistron. Add in a bullet work and Hough may add to his 24% clip for the year. #8 Jalen Journey is a son of With Distinction for trainer Peter Miller who is winning 38% at the meet. 3rd off the layoff and ships in from GP. He has strong early speed and steps up in class under the guidance of Mike Smith where he wins with 39% of his sprinters.

 

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Saratoga Race #3 – The G3 Sanford – 6f – 2:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Cucina / #5 – By Your Side / #2 – Raging Whiskey

#3 Cucina hails from the Mark Casse barn with Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle. This son of Northern Afleet should be right with the leaders from the break. Solid maiden win in the slop at Belmont and should relish the added ground. #5 By Your Side comes from the barn of Eddie Kenneally with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. They came flying late in the lane to grab a maiden win at CD and should get another strong late kick with Ortiz in the saddle. His sire Constitution wins 44% with first timers and did not disappoint in Louisville. I’m looking for a strong late punch at the top of the lane. #2 Raging Whiskey is a son of Bourbon Courage for trainer Doug O’Neill and Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat. They are shipping in from SA going 4.5f last out and the added distance should give a perfect stalking trip.

Race #9 – The G1 Diana – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Homerique / #4 – Sistercharlie / #2 – Rushing Fall

#6 Homerique is a daughter of Exchange Rate for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle makes a 3rd off the layoff move where they win 23%. She cuts back in distance and seeks her 3rd in a row. She’s a closer and Irad wins 23% with strong late runners. #4 Sistercharlie hails from the Chad Brown barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. She’s been off for eight months since the Breeders’ Cup F&M Turf where she won. Brown wins 29% with runners off a long layoff. Her works are sharp as Johnny V looks to score her 3rd in a row. #2 Rushing Fall is a daughter of More Than Ready for trainer Chad Brown and Javier Castellano. She’s a speedy gal who is one for one at the Spa. She was ultra impressive winning the G1 Just A Game and now seeks her 5th straight win. She’s going to be ultra tough if she handles the inner turf.

Indiana Grand

Race #9 – The G3 Indiana Derby – 1 1/16 – 10:02 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Mr. Money / #10- Math Wizard / #5 – Frolic More

#11 Mr. Money is a son of Goldencents for trainer Bret Calhoun with Gabriel Saez in the irons. Calhoun is 2 for 2 ITM at Indy and he’s looking for three in a row in top form. His works are strong over the CD oval and he should stalk up close. #10 Math Wizard is a son of Algorithms with Edgard Zayas in the saddle. He’s a stalker cutting back in distance getting beat in the final strides. He should relish the lesser ground 2nd off the layoff. His dam Minister’s Baby has 7 starters, 6 winners, and a stakes winner to her credit. He’s come a long way since being claimed for $25k and looks to be finding his own stride. #5 Frolic is a son of More Than Ready for Dallas Stewart and Corey Lanerie aboard. He moves from a sprint to a route where they win 17% for the barn. Stewart is 38% ITM with his shippers and is known to come alive when the big money is on the table.

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Woodbine Race #6 – The G2 King Edward – 1 mile on the turf – 2:53 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Curlin’s Honor / #7 – Emmaus / #2 – Synchrony

#6 Curlin’s Honor is a son of Curlin for Mark Casse with Flavien Prat in the irons. 3rd off the layoff and finished 2nd in the G2 Connaught Cup. He’s a late runner who should benefit from the turf master Prat who wins 25% on the greensward. #7 Emmaus hails from the Conor Murphy barn with David Moran in the saddle. He is 3rd off the layoff and gets first time Lasix where the barn wins 19%. He was beaten a neck in the G2 Connaught Cup and gets added distance today. I’m looking for a mid pack stalker with a solid late kick. #2 Synchrony is a son of Tapit for Michael Stidham and Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat. He was a beaten favorite last out in the G2 Monmouth and cuts back to a kinder distance for this stalker. Castellano in the irons and he wins 23% on the turf.

Race #8 – The G2 Dance Smartly – 1 1/4 on the turf – 4:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 Starship Jubilee / #1 – Holy Helena / #3 – Empress of the Nile

#4 Starship Jubilee is a daughter of Indy Wind for the Kevin Attard barn. She’s a perfect stalker and comes in 2nd off the layoff. She was a beaten favorite last out and has solid works coming into the race. Luis Contreras aboard and the trainer wins 22% with 2nd off runners. #1 Holy Helena is a daughter of Ghostzapper for trainer James Jerkins. Javier Castellano in the irons as she makes a 2nd off the shelf effort. She is 4 for 7 ITM at the distance and ships in from Belmont where the barn scores 27% with runners who make the trip. A solid closer who looks to kick off her summer campaign in style. #3 Empress of the Nile comes in for Graham Motion and Drayden Van Dyke aboard. She makes her first start of the year and her works are solid coming off a 7 month layoff. If all goes well she should get a solid stalking trip.

Race #10 – The $1 Million Dollar Queen’s Plate – 1 1/4 – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #14 – Avie’s Flatter / #1 – Desert Ride / #10 – Skywire

#14 Avie’s Flatter comes in for trainer Josie Carroll with Javier Castellano in the saddle. He’s been off 56 days and comes back to the synthetic where he is a perfect 2 for 2 at Woodbine. Drawing the outside post will allow him to settle and enjoy his added ground. He’ll come rolling late in the lane. #1 Desert Ride is a daughter of Candy Ride for trainer Neil Howard who is 1 for 1 at Woodbine. 2nd off the layoff and winner of the Woodbine Oaks. She has been running well at FG, Kee, and scored last out at Woodbine. Look for her to come calling late in the lane. #10 Skywire is a son of Afleet Alex who is 3 for 3 ITM at Woodbine for the Mark Casse barn. He’ll stalk mid pack and wait for his cue. A beaten chalk last out where the barn comes back to win 25%.

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Penn National

Race #11 – The G2 Penn Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 7:50 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Forty Under / #2 – A Thread of Blue / #1 – Moon Colony

#5 Forty Under is from the Jeremiah Englehart barn with Manny Franco in the irons. This son of Uncle Mo makes his second start of the year and gave a good account of himself at Aqueduct. He’s been working at Saratoga and Franco fits him like a glove. Look for a mid pack stalking effort. #2 A Thread of Blue is a son of Hard Spun for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Luis Saez is the pilot and he shows excellent speed as he cuts back in distance. He is six for six ITM on the turf and Saez knows him well. #1 Moon Colony is a son of Uncle Mo for Mark Casse barn. Julien Leparoux in the saddle and he has two bullet works since his last race four months ago. He’ll come running late and if his works are any indication the early speed should set up his late kick.

Woodbine

Race #8 – The G2 Connaught Cup – 7f on the turf – 5:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Emmaus / #4 – Eminent Force / #3 – Yorkton

#6 Emmaus is a son of Invincible Spirit (IRE) for the Conor Murphy barn. This is his 2nd start of the year after shipping in from Redcar. He had a solid prep at Belmont in preparation and he’ll be rolling late in the lane. He is 5 for 6 ITM going this distance. #4 Eminent Force is a son of War Front with Eurico Da Silva in the driver’s seat. It is his 2nd start off the layoff and the barn wins at a 20% clip making this move. Today he steps up in class and gets the acid test. #3 Yorkton is a speedy son of Speightstown for the Stuart Simon yard. Jesse Campbell in the saddle and he wins 17% with early runners. 2nd start of the year and been working well in the mornings.

Santa Anita

Race #8 – The G2 Santa Maria – 1 1/16 – 7:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Paradise Woods / #4 – Tapped / #3 – Exuberance

#2 Paradise Woods is a daughter of Union Rags for the John Sheriffs barn winning 24%. Mike Smith in the irons and her impressive ten length win in the G2 Santa Margarita shows she is ready. Her morning works have been bullets, and her last of 59.2 was the best of 57 at the distance on that day. #4 Tapped hails from the Richard Baltas barn with Flavien Prat in the irons. This is her 2nd start off a year on the shelf, and the O.C. $80,000 race was a solid prep. She is 2 for 2 with wins at SA and look for Prat to come calling late. #3 Exuberance is a daughter of Archarcharch with Norberto Arroyo in the driver’s seat. She cuts back in distance and ran a solid effort against Paradise Woods. Arroyo is winning 25% and she is 8 for 13 ITM this year.

 

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Oaklawn Park

Race #7 – The G2 Azeri – 1 1/16 – 5:21 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Midnight Bisou / #4 – Eskimo Kisses / #5 – Elate

#2 Midnight Bisou has been on the shelf for 48 days and has the services of Mike Smith in the irons. This daughter of Midnight Lute is 12 for 12 ITM lifetime and Smith fits like a glove for the Steve Asmussen barn. She is a perfect 5 for 5 at the distance and her Fair Grounds works have been very nice.  #4 Eskimo Kisses hails from the Ken McPeek barn with Alex Canchari in the saddle. She’s been off for 5 months getting beat as the odds on chalk in the G1 Spinster at Keeneland. She has been vacationing at Payson and comes in fresh. Eskimo has been in many races with MB and she may be a well rested gal looking to start the year off right. #5 Elate comes from the Bill Mott barn and has been off for six months. Jose Ortiz gets the call and he wins 20% when hooking up with Mott. She was beaten by a neck to Abel Tasman last out at Saratoga and some hot works at Payson Park coming into the race.

Race  #8 – The G2 Rebel – 1 1/16 – 5:57 pm EDT – (Split Divisions)

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Galilean / #9 – Improbable / #1 – Extra Hope

#8 Galilean is a speedy son of Uncle Mo for Jerry Hollendorfer. Flavien Prat in the driver’s seat and he wins 57% when aboard for Hollendorfer. This Cal bred has tons of early speed and Prat wins 24% with early runners. Catch him if you want to beat him. #9 Improbable comes in off a three month rest and is a perfect 3 for3 lifetime. His victory in the Los Al Futurity was super impressive and Van Dyke stays in the driver’s seat for Baffert. He has a perfect stalking stride and can be dangerous anywhere on the track. #1 Extra Hope makes his 2nd start of the year and Richard Mandella gets the hot boot, Mike Smith after Prat stays on the speedy Galilean. He is a nice stalker and maybe maturing just at the right time.

Race #10 – The G2 Rebel – 1 1/16 – 7:06 pm EDT – (Split Divisions)

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Game Winner / #8 – Gunmetal Gray / #7 – Our Braintrust

#5 Game Winner is a son of Candy Ride who is a perfect 4 for 4 with Bob Baffert. Joel Rosario is the reinsman as this colt is making his first start of the year. This colt is a monster stalker and with plenty of early foot, he looks like a big time candidate to put in a huge effort. #8 Gunmetal Gray is making the third off the layoff angle and has tangled against Game Winner. Flavien Prat is back aboard and Hollendorfer brings another maturing runner to post. This son of Exchange Rate is a stone cold closer. He’s gonna need plenty of early pace and get the jump on Gamer Winner to be the best on this day. #7 Our Braintrust is a son of Freud for the Mark Casse barn. He ships in from Aqueduct and gets a rider change to David Cohen winning 23% at the meet. He cuts back in distance and has some sharp works to prepare.

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Fair Grounds

Race #9 – The G3 Mineshaft – 1 1/16 – 5:25 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Lone Sailor / #9 – Flameaway / #13 – Quip

#5 Lone Sailor comes from the Thom Amoss barn and they are winning at a 21% clip. He has been off for three months and ships in from CD. His last effort was in the BC Classic and had an eventful trip tossing in a 7 wide dud. Regular rider James Graham back in the saddle and sports a bullet to get ready. He is 2 for 3 ITM at FG and looks prepared for a sharp effort. #9 Flameaway is a speedy son of Scat Daddy who has been on the shelf for five months. Tyler Gafflione in the irons and was a beaten favorite last out at Parx where trainer Mark Casse comes back to score 25%. Tyler will send from the gate break and be tough to catch if left alone to his own. His early turn can be effective as Gafflione wins 21% with speed type runners. #13 Quip is making his 7th career start off a 9 month layoff. Luis Saez has the mount and can be forwardly placed from the start. After getting bested in the Preakness he is looking to get his 2019 campaign on track. The bullet work at Payson may be a great sign of things to some and a little maturity can make him a new runner starting off the year.

Race #10 – The G3 FG Handicap – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – First Premio / #7 – Combatant / #9 – Synchrony

#6 First Premio is a son of Pure Prize for the red hot Mark Casse barn winning 25%. He is 2 for 2 ITM over the course and 4 for 5 ITM on the sod. B.J. Hernandez in the irons and he is winning at 38% this meet. This is his second off the shelf and steps back up in class. The Big Easy may be his kickoff point for the 2019 campaign. #7 Combatant has Jose Ortiz in the irons for Steve Asmussen. This son of Scat Daddy is only 1 for 4 ITM on the green and has faced some tough guys in his past. His dam Border Dispute has 9 starters, 8 winners, and 5 turf winners to her credit. There may be some hidden nuggets of gold with this runner once they hit the weeds. #9 Synchrony  has Jersey Joe Bravo in the driver’s seat and this son of Tapit is a perfect 3 for 3 on the FG sod. He was the beaten chalk in the G2 Seabiscuit and was forced to steady 4 wide in the lane. He is 10 for 11 ITM on the weeds and is bred to relish the sod and distance.

 

 

 

 

Race #11 – The G2 Rachel Alexander – 1 1/16 – 6:29 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Serengeti Empress / #10 – Chasing Yesterday / #4 – Positive Spirit

#3 Serengeti Empress is a speedy daughter of Altercation and been away for three months in the BC Juvenile Fillies. She has a powerful turn of foot and her works have shown a new campaign plan. Ever since the Ellis Park victory, she has looked bright and happy. Catch her if you can. #10 Chasing Yesterday has Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle for Bob Baffert and is looking for her 4th straight win. This daughter of Tapit has 5 starts and 4 wins. She is a perfect style as a closer and should relish the early pace in here. #4 Positive Spirit has the services of Manny Franco and looks to duplicate off a strong 10 length win in the G2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct. She is 4 for 4 ITM lifetime and looks to be starting to find herself. A perfect stalker who should sit just off the lead may be dangerous. Her dam Above Perfection has 9 starters and 8 wins to her credit.

Race #12 – The G2 Risen Star – 1 1/16 – 7:02 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Hog Creek Hustle / #14 – War of Will / #13 – Kingly

# 6 Hog Creek Hustle is a Vickie Foley trainee and is 4 for 5 ITM lifetime. This colt has shown glimpses of very good and it is only a matter of time before he gets it all together. He is a strong late closer and his dam Candy Fortune has 2 starters with 2 winners. Florent Geroux has the call and is 2 for 2 ITM over the FG oval. This colt may be ready to get it all together this weekend. #14 War of Will is a son of War Front for trainer Mark Casse. Ever since coming off the turf he has shown big improvement. He is looking for his third straight win and 2nd in a row at FG. Tyler Gafflione in the saddle and is a perfect stalker looking to keep his record perfect at the distance. #13 Kingly is a lightly raced son of Tapit. He was a beaten chalk last out in the slop and his dam has 4 starters with 4 winners. He has the look of a front runner who will get better very quickly. Baffert is off to the races winning 31% this year. The price is right and if he fires he’ll light up the tote board.

BetPTC.com Weekend Stakes Preview 1-19-19

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Fair Grounds

Race #10 – The Colonel E.R. Bradley – 1 1/16 on the turf – 5:51 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – First Premio / #9 – Pioneer Spirit / #8 – Great Wide Open

#4 First Premio is a son of Pure Prize for Mark Casse. He is 1 for 1 at the distance and been off for six months. Casse is winning 28% and takes a huge drop in class shipping in from Woodbine. His works have been good and B.J. Hernandez gets the nod. #9 Pioneer Spirit is a Brad Cox trainee that is 4 for 5 ITM lifetime on the turf. Florent Geroux stays aboard and makes 2nd off the layoff move. This son of Malibu Moon is going to be close to the pace and will be forwardly placed. #8 Great Wide Open for the Conor Murphy barn winning 29%. 3rd off the layoff and will be the main speed. James Graham in the saddle and is a solid 4 for 6 ITM at FG. Don’t let him get loose or he may be tough.

Race #11 – The $150,000 Silverbulletday – 1 mile and 70 yards – 6:20 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Needs Supervision / #4 – Liora / #7 – Mandy Blue

#5 Needs Supervision is a daughter of Paynter getting first time Lasix. She’s been away for 56 days and makes the comeback of an impressive win at CD. Jeremiah O’Dwyer wins 24% with shippers and should be on the front end. Joe Rocco Jr. in the irons and can be dangerous with fresh legs. #4 Liora is a daughter of Candy Ride for trainer Wayne Catalano. She’s been off for 56 days and comes back dropping in class after winning the G2 Golden Rod at CD. Class relief and rest may be just what the doctor ordered as she looks for three in a row. #7 Mandy Blue daughter of Smart Strike for trainer Brad Cox. Florent Geroux stays aboard as she makes the turf to dirt switch. The connections win 17% as a team and she’ll have a target on the leaders to come running late.

Race #12 – G3 Lecomte Stakes – 1 mile and 70 yards – 6:49 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Hog Creek Hustle / #8- War of Will / #11 – Tight Ben

#6 Hog Creek Hustle is a son of Overanalyze for trainer Vickie Foley. 3rd off the layoff and was off a step slow last out. He has a late turn of foot and Florent Geroux picks up the call. His last works seal the deal for me and look for him to come calling late. #8 War of Will is a son of War Front for the Mark Casse barn winning 28% with Tyler Gaffalione in town. After moving for the turf this colt was ultra impressive breaking his maiden at CD. He may be getting geared up at the right time with solid works to show readiness. #11 Tight Ben is a son Tapit for trainer Steve Asmussen. He’s been away for 56 days and hit the rail in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. This distance should be no problem and will be a major player under Ricardo Santana. You’re gonna have to catch him this day.

 

BetPTC.com Weekend Stakes Preview – 1/5/19

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Gulfstream Park

Race #5 – The $100,000 Ginger Brew – 7 1/2f  turf – 2:05 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Pivottina / #2 – Boxwood / #4 – What a Beaut

#1 Pivottina is a daughter of Vision D’ etat for trainer Graham Motion. 2nd start off a layoff, getting 2nd time Lasix coming into the race. She was a beaten favorite last out, and Javier Castellano in the irons should help with the cutback in distance. #2 Boxwood is a daughter of English Channel for Eddie Kenneally. Three back she was a strong winner at Kentucky Downs and ships in from CD winning by 10 lengths. She has solid works at Palm Meadows and returns to the turf. #4 What a Beaut hails from the Mark Casse barn with Paco Lopez in the driver’s seat. She will come calling late as they turn for home.

Race #9 – The $100,000 Kitten’s Joy – 7 1/2f turf – 4:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7- Louder Than Bombs / #9 – Henley’s Joy / #6 – Bourbon in May

#7 Louder Than Bombs is a son of Violence for trainer David Fawkes. He is 3 for 4 ITM at GP and exits a solid race in the $75,000 Pulpit Stakes. They cut back in distance and this spot should fit him well. He’ll come running late in the lane. #9 Henley’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Mike Maker. He is 1 for 1 at GP and two races back ran in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle and should be a strong factor late in the race. #6 Bourbon in May is a son of More Than Ready for the Todd Pletcher barn winning 23%. He is 1 for 1 ITM at GP and Luis Saez stays in the saddle.  He should be mid pack and move at the right time under the guided hand of Saez.

Race #10 – The $100,000 Mucho Macho Man – 1 mile – 4:41 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Mihos / #4 – Code of Honor / #3 – Trophy Chaser

#6 Mihos is a son of Cairo Prince for trainer James Jerkins. He ships in from Aqueduct and won impressively as the odds-on favorite. This is his 2nd start off the layoff and the barn wins 27% with shippers. Look for him to be close to the pace and battle it out on the front end. #4 Code of Honor hails from the Shug McGaughey barn with John Velasquez in the irons. He’s been away for three months and owns a sparkling work at Payson going 48 flat. His dam has 7 starters and 7 winners to her credit. He’ll come running late in the lane. #3 Trophy Chaser is a son of Twirling Candy with plenty of early speed under Leonel Reyes. Last out he dropped to the level and should be leading the pack when they break from the gate.