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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – June 29

HUGE Day in Canada

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

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%.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 6/20/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The first day of summer has arrived with thoughts of sipping ice tea on the porch, watching kids chase lightning bugs and going fishing. –  For handicappers it’s only a stone’s throw away until we’ll be watching Saratoga, Del Mar and the once a year fair circuits. I think horseplayers keep time in 20 minute intervals (minutes to post) and the months by what track is in session. Either way, just sit back and sip on a cool glass of lemonade and crack open your Daily Racing Form. Summer won’t last forever. And be sure to keep your sunglasses on for these red-hot runners who deserve a good hard look before going to the windows.

Churchill Downs 

6/18/16 – Race #5 – #5 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#5 – Gray Sky = James Graham in the saddle for D. Wayne Lukas and they hooked a bear on this day by the name of Gun Runner in the (G-3) Matt Winn Stakes. He tracked the speed all the way and drafted just off his flank. – Sometimes you just can’t get the job done because your facing top-notch company. He did nothing wrong, and deserves a second play back against just a step below the winner.

6/18/16 – Race #7 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#1 – Thatcher Street = Brian Hernandez had the call, and his mount was tracking intently all the way around and the speed was enough to set up a stalker / closer. He made a wide move into the turn and finished up with good energy to finish third in the (G-2) Wise Dan Stakes. – Give him a nice look next out and maybe they’ll give him a little more ground to work with.

6/18/16 – Race #8 -#7 – 1 1/8 on the dirt

#7 – Eagle = Brian Hernandez in the irons for Neil Howard, and this guy was play against the big chalk Effinex in the (G-1) Stephen Foster Stakes. – The fractions were honest and this closer had to chase down the pace setter with Bradester with “Jersey” Joe Bravo in the saddle. – He was 9 wide into the first turn and taken into the three path as they turned for home under the Twin Spires. – He’ll be a player we’ll be watching in the summer-fall racing season.

Belmont Park

6/18/16 – Race #2 – #2 – 6f on the inner turf

#2 – Conquest Sure Shot = Jose Lezcano was the pilot for Mark Casse, and this first time starter was off slow from the break and was forced wide and even wider at stages in the races. He finished up with good energy and deserves another play for the Conquest Stables.

6/19/16 – Race #8 – #5 – One mile on the turf

#5 – Welcoming = John Velasquez had the call for Christophe Clement, and saved ground the entire trip in the cat-bird seat. Once he tried to angle out for clear sailing at the 1/8th pole he had to steady just briefly and that couple stride hold up may have cost her the race. The ride was perfect but  when the cavalry was coming it out her in a tight spot long enough to lose momentum. – Play her with both hands next out.

Santa Anita

6/19/16 – Race #8 – #6 – 1 1/8 on the turf

#6 – Be Mine = Flavien Prat was the reinsman and did an excellent job of moving at the precise time with his filly. – He set her down to split runners and looked like the winner only to receive a tough “head bob” at the wire to be a bridesmaid. The rider is a turf-tough guy and deserves a good look back. If Prat is still in the irons which he should be, bet early and often.