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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 10/20/18

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Belmont Park Race #7 – The Maid of the Mist – 1 mile – 3:42 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – She’s Trouble / #7 – Cartwheelin Lulu / #9 – Elegant Zip

#4 She’s Trouble comes to post for Linda Rice and Irad Ortiz in the saddle. Her name is fitting as she has encountered trouble in most of her races and this daughter of Into Mischief stretches out and Rice wins 42% on the distance change. Irad will have her settled out with the added distance and have plenty of time to get into stride for the homestretch run. #7 Cartwheelin Lulu hails from the barn of Jeremiah Englehardt winning 20%. John Velasquez has the call and she broke her maiden in open company and won in hand easily at Belmont last out in a stake. An excellent rider who is 3 for 5 the past week and her dam Reprieve has 3 starters, 3 winners and a stakes winner to her credit. #9 Elegant Zip is a daughter of Run Away and Hide for trainer David Donk. She has solid early speed and the added distance should be welcome as she’ll be on the engine from the gate break.

Race #8 – The Sleepy Hollow Stakes – 1 mile – 4:15 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Poppy’s Destiny / #4 – Bankit / #3 – Strive for a Cause

#1 Poppy’s Destiny is a son of Orb for trainer Linda Rice. Javier Castellano is the reinsman and stretches out from 7f to a mile. Castellano wins 20% going long and looks to overcome an eventful trip last out. Going sprint to a route yields 42% winners for Linda Rice. With all of the early speed, the rail trip may work out nicely. #4 Bankit comes to post for trainer Steve Asmussen with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. He has blistering speed and will be pushed from the gate break. The one turn mile should fit his style and with a cleaner trip, he could be a handful on the front end. #3 Strive for a Cure is a son of Goldencents for trainer Dale Capuano. He is 1 for 1and has a quick turn of late foot. Stretching out from 6 1/2f to a mile combined with the early speed should have him motoring down the lane.

Race #10 – The Empire Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:23 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Twisted Tom / #8 – Sea Foam / #10 – Pat on the Back

#5 Twisted Tom is looking for a repeat from last year in this race. This is his 3rd start of 2018 and was a beaten favorite his last two. Joe Bravo gets the call and “Jersey Joe” wins 28% with route runners. He’s been off two months and comes in fresh and ready. His works at Monmouth show promise of things to come. #8 Sea Foam is a son of Medaglia d’ Oro for Christophe Clement winning 24%. He’s a three year old facing older and gave a solid effort in the G3 Oklahoma Derby showing good early speed. Joel Rosario back in the saddle and look for a quick break from the gate. #10 Pat on the Back is a son of Congrats. He is 7 for 7 ITM at Belmont and Dylan Davis has worked out well in the saddle. His last effort in the Evan Shipman was promising moving forward. He has a perfect stalking style and should be respected at the windows.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 10/13/18

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Woodbine

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

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Lady Alexandra / #7 – Holding Gold / #8 – Conquest Panthera

#6 Lady Alexandra has Jose Ortiz in the saddle for trainer Graham Motion. This filly by More than Ready exits the G2 Presque Isle Masters and makes the synthetic back to the turf move. She is one for one ITM at Woodbine and go back two races and you’ll see she’s beaten the boys in the G1 Highlander. She cuts back in distance and owns a bullet in preparation for this event. Ortiz is 27% in Canada and looks to keep running up the score. #7 Holding Gold is a son of Lonhro for the Mark Casse barn. John Velasquez in the saddle and exits the G2 Play King. He cuts back in distance and worked a bullet off a 49 day layoff. He’s a stone cold closer and a solid pace would be welcome. #8 Conquest Panthera is a son of Kitten’s Joy for the Mike Maker barn. He is 4 for 5 ITM at Woodbine and she comes in off the lush greensward of Kentucky Downs. He’ll come calling late in the lane and “Jersey” Joe Bravo is winning 18% on the turf.

Race #9 – The G1 Canadian International – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:41 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Thundering Blue / #11 – Focus Group / #10 – Desert Encounter

#2 Thundering Blue is a son of Exchange Rate for trainer David Menuisier. Fran Berry in the irons and exits the Gr 3 Stockholm Cup off a win. Two back he faced Roaring Lion and Poet’s World in the Gr1 Juddmonte at York. He’s 9 for 15 ITM on the green and been knocking heads with some tough Euros. I’m looking for a big effort crossing the pond. #11 Focus Group is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Chad Brown. Jose Ortiz in the saddle and is looking to make it three in a row moving up the class ladder. Ortiz will have him in top gear nearing the top of the lane. #10 Desert Encounter comes from the David Simcock yard with Andrea Atzeni. His dam La Chicana has 4 starters, 3 winners, 1 stake win, and 3 turf winners. This son of Hailing gets first Lasix and faced some of Europe’s top shelf. Look for a solid effort over this lush turf course.

Race #10 – The G1 E.P. Taylor – 1 1/4 on the turf – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Santa Monica / #4 – Sheikha Reika / #8 – Elysea’s World

#2 Santa Monica is 2nd off the layoff and a son of Mastercraftsman. Chad Brown teams up with Jose Ortiz and she’s 1 for 1 at Woodbine. She exits the G2 Glen Falls ar Saratoga. Brown is winning 33% at Woodbine and Ortiz knows his way to the winner’s circle. She’ll come rolling late in the lane. #4 Sheika Reika hails from the Roger Varian yard. This is her third off the layoff move and ships in from Great Britain off an impressive win. She is 6 for 7 ITM on the grass and Andrea Atzeni has the call. #8 Elysea’s World is a daughter of Champs Elysees for the Chad Brown barn. She’s looking for 3 in a row shipping in from Monmouth from the G3 Violet. A sharp work over the Oklahoma training track should have her ready for a top effort.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 10/6/18

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Keeneland

Race #8 – The G1 First Lady – 1 mile on the turf – 4:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – A Raving Beauty / #4 – Crown Walk / #10 – Off Limits

#2 A Raving Beauty is a daughter of Mastercraftsman for trainer Chad Brown. Brown has three entered and his eyes are set on the prize. She was a beaten favorite in the G2 Ballston Spa and has a solid closing kick. I’m dismissing her last effort as a bad day at the office and look forward to the cutback in distance where she is four for seven ITM. Brown wins 26% with turf runners and John Velasquez knows his way to the winner’s circle. #4 Crown Walk is a daughter of Dubawi for trainer Henri-Alex Pantall. She is 6 for 7 ITM on the turf and gets Lasix today. She exits the Gr1 Prix Rothschild and has the services of Mike Smith. She ships in from Deauville and is a solid filly looking to test the waters. #10 Off Limits comes to post for trainer Chad Brown with Julien Leparoux in the irons. She’s a half sister to A Raving Beauty and is an out of the clouds closing sort. She’ll need a quick pace to come calling late in the lane.

Race #9 – The G1 Breeders’ Futurity – 1 1/16 – 5:14 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Tobacco Road / #5 – Dream Maker / #13 – Mind Control

#8 Tobacco Road has Corey Lanerie in the saddle for Steve Asmussen. Last out in the G3 Iroquois they were bumped around and forced wide. I like the distance progression and 8.5f should be no problem. His dam has 8 starters, 6 winners, 3 stakes winners, and is 75% with two year olds. He’s a closer and should relish the added ground and cleaner trip. #5 Dream Maker is a son of Tapit for trainer Mark Casse with Julien Leparoux in the driver’s seat. He owns a bullet work over the Keeneland oval in preparation. Leparoux knows the oval and Casse has always done well in Kentucky. The final work was the best of 113 runners and that is pretty impressive. I like his chances and the 2nd off the layoff move is a plus. #13 Mind Control is a son of Stay Thirsty with John Velasquez in the saddle. He exits off a win in the G1 Hopeful looking to make it three straight. He sports versatile speed and owns a bullet work at Monmouth coming into the race.

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Race #10 – The G1 Shadwell Turf Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 5:49 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 – Analyze It / #11 – Almanaar / #14 – Bound for Nowhere

#9 Analyze It is a son of Point of Entry for trainer Chad Brown. This three year old colt takes on older for the first time and has a solid resume. He is two for two going a mile and cuts back in distance from 9f. He is 1 for 1 at Keeneland and looks to get a perfect stalking trip. Beaten favorite last time out and been off for 56 days. Johnny V should have him in a good spot turning for home. #11 Almanaar is a son of Dubawi for Chad Brown and Javier Castellano. He’s a strong late closer who has been on the shelf for 56 days since running a 2nd place effort in the Arlington Million. Javier Castellano will push the button just at the right time and he’ll come running down the lane. Lightly raced, and his dam Baqah has 3 starters, 3 winners, 1 stakes winner, and 3 turf winners. #14 Bound for Nowhere comes in for trainer Wesley Ward with Julio Garcia aboard. They won the $750,000 Tourist Mile at Kentucky Downs, and those runners have done very well over the lush Keeneland turf. Look for a strong effort.

 

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

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Woodbine

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

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

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

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

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

 

Woodbine

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

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

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

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

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

 

Monmouth

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

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

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

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

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

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BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 8/3/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The weekend had all eyes on the Spa and Monmouth Park, and this was a great weekend to watch and wager. Tracks were stocked with graded stakes and solid performers. Good Samaritan won the G1 Jim Dandy making his first trip over the dirt for Bill Mott. The trainer always wins one on his birthday, and this was quite the present as he is heading toward the G1 Travers in late August. – Monmouth did not disappoint with a super undercard, and Girvin nailing McCraken on the square in the G1 Haskell. – Here are some runners who may have had a troubled trip or a good excuse for not making it to the winner’s circle. Keep them on your radar screen before heading to the windows. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com!

Saratoga

7/29/17

Race #7 – Alw – 1 1/16 on the turf – #7 – Mom’s On Strike

#7 – Mom’s On Strike = Filly by First Dude and she came flying late last in the $200,000 Pebbles. They made a rider change from Rajiv Maragh to Luis Saez who is winning (16%) on the turf and making her first start in 9 months. She was dropping in class and saw every bit of the track this day getting caught 4 wide on the first turn and 5 wide on the final turn. She closed like a downbound train getting beat by a 1 3/4. She’ll get into gear and rebound greatly off this race.

Race #9 – G2 Bowling Green – 1 3/8 on the turf – #4 – Sadler’s Joy

#4 – Sadler’s Joy = Son of Kitten’s Joy was making his first start off the shelf in 49 days for Thom Albertrani. He was exiting the G1 Manhattan and looked to fit like a glove in this race. Javier Castellano was weaving in and out of traffic getting caught wide a few times. Once he shook free and started to roll he was inhaled by the top two down the lane. I’m tossing this one to “race-rust” and we’ll look for good things to come on the next outing.

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Race #10 – G1 Jim Dandy – 1 1/8 – #4 – Pavel

#4 – Pavel = Trainer Doug O’Neill shipped in from California off an impressive 6 1/2f mdn win. This son of Creative Cause may be a good runner to follow as he had to show the connections he has the makings but he may need a little more time. From a maiden score to a G1 across the country may have been too much to ask. Keep your eyes peeled for him next time out as I think he’ll reward his backers coming soon.

Saratoga

7/30/17

Race #8 – A.O.C – 6f on the main – #3  Duquesne Whistle

#3  Duquesne Whistle = Son of Posse from the Linda Rice barn had the services of hot rider Ricardo Santanna. He was making his third off the shelf (25%) and had a bullet work on 6/25 before his victory on 7/1/17 at Belmont. He looked like a good play at (12-1) and he lost his footing at the start and then had to be “snatched” up by the rider to keep off of another runner. Once he got moving he made a solid effort running 4th this day.

Belterra Park

7/29/17

Race #3 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 1/16 on the turf – #6 – Grey Queen

#6 – Grey Queen = Shipping in from Indiana Grand for the Calumet Farm connections. Edgar Paucar was the rider and trainer Jose Fernandez is winning (20%) on the year. – This daughter of More Than Ready was blocked, shuffled back and still came flying very quickly to be a bridesmaid this day. – She gets her picture taken next out with a cleaner trip.

Race #4 – Starter Alw – 1 3/16 on the main – #4 – National Defense

#4 – National Defense = Solid gelding shooting for three-in-a-row. He was 6/8 ITM over the track and made a perfect stalking move under Euclyn Prentice Jr. – He made a ground saving move against the rail and tried to tip off for clear sailing. He was impeded and blocked and was forced to settle for 3rd until a DQ placed him 2nd. I spoke with the riders after he had a meeting with the stewards over this incident and the rider felt he had the best horse by far and lost much of his momentum after being forced to check up off heels. – He’ll be a tough guy next time to the races.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 8/1/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Thoroughbred racing offered up super-hot action this weekend, and it’s just the start of things to come. – Saratoga offered up the (G-2) Amsterdam, the (G-2) Bowling Green, (G-1) Vanderbilt Stakes, and the much talked about (G-2)  Jim Dandy.  – As if this super powerful Saturday wasn’t enough, Monmouth Park rolled in a Sunday card battling all that Mother Nature could dish out. Neither rain or snow, or a sloppy sealed track could stop the action as they presented the  (G-2) Monmouth Cup, (G-3) Oceanport Stakes, the (G-3) Molly Pitcher, the (G-3) Matchmaker Stakes, and the crown jewel of the day with the (G-1) Haskell Invitational. – As we chat and discuss what could have been and brag a bit about our big score. Rest assured the racing season is far from over and the best is yet to come ! – In the meantime, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for some runners who didn’t get the kindest trips. Just follow them right back, and a big payday could be just around the corner. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Saratoga

7/28/16 – Race #6 – #9 – 1 mile on the turf

#9 – King of Spades = Florent Geroux was far  back with slow fractions. He came rolling lkate in the lane to catch the eyes of handicappers far and wide. Fresh off a maiden win and maybe a little more ground could be in his future. Either way, if he finds a way to stay in contact with the field he may be one to get some good payback.

Saratoga

7/30/16 – Race #1 – #3 – 5 1/2f on the turf

#3 – El Talento = Johnny V aboard this first timer for the Pletcher barn and was bumped at the gate break and stalked just off close to the leaders. Once the rider settled his mount he had to check off heels at the 3/16 th’s pole and  still managed a solid effort for third money.

7/30/16 – Race #5 – #4 – 1 1/8 on the inner turf

#4 -Deeply Valued = Irad Ortiz aboard this lightly raced son of Kitten’s Joy. This was an impressive win for the Chad Brown barn and deserves a playback as he’ll be moving up the ladder. Team Brown had this guy cranked up and Ortiz just sat back and enjoyed the ride.

7/30/16 – Race #9 – #1 – 6f on the dirt

#1 – Anchor Down = Jose Ortiz had the call for Todd Pletcher and was coming off a 49 day layoff and turning back from a string of mile of races to go six panels. Now he has two starts with two ITM finishes at this distance, but this race looked like they have something in mind later in the season. – He was bumped soundly at the start and just mailed it in from there. – I can’t wait to him return to the races as his works were strong coming in and a little bad luck dampened his day.

Monmouth

7/31/16 – Race #10 – #6 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#6 – Birdatthewire = Victor Lebron had the call and hesitated strongly going into the starting gate. This was her second start off a brief layoff and all systems looked go. – Maybe she didn’t favor the track as it was her first effort over the slop. She exited a beaten favorite in the (G-1) Princess Rooney, and the drop in class had heavily backed at the windows. – Give her a fast strip and the outcome may be a whole new game.

7/31/16 – Race #12 – #2 – 1 1/8 on the dirt

#2 – Sunny Ridge = Nik Juarez had the call and his mount was 2/2 with wins over the course. He also owned two nice second place finishes on a soft track. – Go back and really watch the race closely. He may not have beaten the fast closing Exaggerator on his favorite type of track,  but he was behind a wall of horses at the top of the lane with no place to go. Once they squared away for the stretch the drive the tempo quickened and he had angle out and found late energy to finish a game third. – Maybe this level was a notch above his liking,  but play this one back with full confidence if he finds himself in a (G-2) or (G-3) effort. – Go back to the Delta Jackpot and you see him rolling late in the lane getting beat by Exaggerator.

 

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 8/2

Horse racing is enjoying a high riding wave as American Pharaoh put to bed any and all non-believers.  I’ve been following racing for about 25-years, and what started as a doubt has been replaced by an eye opening belief that we’ve witnessed something rare. Racing is in the sports pages again, and I hope this swirl of good faith can carry itself a good long way. – We’ve waited quite sometime, and now more than ever racing needs to reach out and make that connection. You know, the one that grabbed our attention long ago, and continues to hold our hearts to this day. – The weekend offered up a bevy of Thoroughbred action, and there were quite a few races all week long that will make the “hit” list of horses to play next time on the track.

Saratoga – 7/29/15 – Race #7 – #3

Broken Border = Cornelio Velasquez in the saddle, and even though the race may appear average, there was a very nice turn of foot late in the lane. Jason Servis trainee was flying late at (29-1) and did everything right but win. – I am hoping for a race with plenty of early pace as this effort, and this gal will be picking them up and laying them down.

Louisiana Downs – 7/30/15 – Race #6 – #5

Woodmans Luck = Iram Diego may have the new nickname of the “Boston Strangler.” – He was weaving in and out of traffic, and found himself in the pocket and bottled up twice. Once down the lane where he had so much horse I thought he was going to jump runners. He finished 4th and was disqualified to 5th for knocking heads down the lane. – If there is any way in the world he can find himself 3 wide and rolling, it will be lights out as this runner has all of gas in the tank for the next effort.

Saratoga – 8/1/15 – Race #3 – #2

Loose on the Town = Jose Lezcano may one of the most underrated riders in the game.  He had a poor beginning with a slow start, Lezcano settled his mount out nicely and proceeded to pick up the pieces. He fanned out five wide around the far turn and somehow found himself six wide and rolling like a down bound train. All things considered, this was a strong effort getting left and going into the parking lot down the lane. – Lezcano is the man on the green and you can bet dollars to donuts he’ll find him a better spot next up.

Monmouth – 8/2/15 – Race #13 – #8

Big N Toasty = Paco Lopez may have to call the authorities as he was knocked about. He was near the leaders and had eyes set on the top, and suddenly had to check strongly. He waivered in and out and it was over but the crying. – But every coin has two sides. For what we lost on this day, we’ll get even better odds next out as Lopez will keep her out of traffic and call the shots.

Saratoga – 8/2/15 – Race #11 – #2

Holy Invader = Fernando Jara had the call and wins the prize for the toughest effort.  Jara’s mount was into the bit and had two check up strongly in the two path down the lane. He couldn’t find a way through the traffic, and just wrapped up his runner for next out. This was a tough way to end his day, but the future looks bright ahead for this guy.

 

 

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 7/13/15 – Ed Meyer

You know summer is in full swing when you start hearing about the upcoming meets of Saratoga and Del Mar. – Horse player’s keep time by what track is in session, and with the “Million Day” preview card at Arlington Park,  the Arlington Million is about a month away. With that in mind, here are some runners you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for next out. Best of luck, and remember that “fortune favors the bold.”

Up With the Birds = Arlington / Race #6 / #2 / 7/11/15 – The grass course had plenty of cut by all reports, and it seemed a little better from this handicapper’s eye. Up With the Birds had the services of young Drayden Van Dyke who may be one of the best up-and-coming turf riders for the future. He broke well and stayed along the rail down the backstretch. Just about the time he was given his cue, he was soundly bumped by Yankee Dealer and Coco Mon nearing the 1/2 mile mark. After the bustling he kicked out four wide and attempted to make a rally, but came up a bit empty. You can bet trainer Graham Motion will have the bugs ironed out the next time he enters the paddock.

Roman Approval = Arlington / Race #7 / #3 / 7/11/15 – When a runner does very little wrongs and still gets beat, you just hold your breath until the next outing. Julien Leparoux broke on the lead under a hammer lock and tried to control the early pace of his efforts. He held sway all the way around until he was bested down the lane by the ultra-tough runner The Pizza Man. – He was only beaten a neck and you can bet if he faces runners in his ability range, it may be a different outcome.

African Fighter = Belmont / Race #7 / #6 / 7/11/15 – Luis Saez had the mount for Todd Pletcher and they were shipping over from Monmouth for this venture. He stumbled at the start and regained his footing. Going down the backstretch he started picking up momentum but ended up in the parking lot all the while gaining ground at a good clip. Give him a better start and we’ll end up having a very nice runner to play.

Willow U = Belmont / Race #10 / #9 / 7/11/15 – She stumbled at the start getting a snout full of race track to begin. This is usually pretty tough to overcome, but started to get in gear about the 3/8th’s pole. His interest was keen and swing three wide to finish up for the show money. Junior Alvarado did an excellent job all the way around, and if she doesn’t go face down in the dirt next out, she’ll be a factor to be reckoned with about the 1/4 pole.

Donsandroses = Belterra Park / Race #8 / #9 / 7/10/15 – Remember the name Jordano Tunon. He’ll be a really nice rider over time, but the young jockey had everything but the kitchen sink tossed at him in this race. He broke out and hit the gate at the start, settled out, and started gaining to have the lead at one point by a head. He was drifting about and just looked to be lost on this day. Claiming $5,000 N2L is not the Queen’s Plate, but sometimes the small tracks offer a player or two that deserve a good look next time out. After speaking with the chart callers following the race, we all agreed he was one for the watch list as he appeared to have other things on his mind. If you liked 6-1 this last time out, I’ll bet dollars to donuts he’ll be about the same price if not higher next up.

Sapphire Spitfire = Ellis Park / Race #6 / #2 / 7/12/15 – B.J. Hernandez did nothing wrong for the record. He broke alertly and settle in nice. He started closing in on the leader, but was bested by a monster by the name of Dothraki Queen who won by a commanding 7 lengths. – I like to call this effort “running a winners race” but not getting your picture taken. Two-year-olds mature rapidly at this time of year and she’ll be money in the bank next out.