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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 3/23/19

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Fair Grounds

Race #10 – The G2 New Orleans Handicap – 1 1/8 – 4:34 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Copper Bullet / #4 – Noble Indy / #2 – Lone Sailor

#10 Copper Bullet hails from the Asmussen barn with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. This is his 2nd start of the year and made a red hot move in the G3 Razorback at Oaklawn last out missing by a head for the win picture. He has a solid stalking profile and good works at FG to show his readiness to fire. #4 Noble Indy has Johnny V and Pletcher teaming up and making his 2nd start of the year. He has faced some big names from last year and has some great works at Palm Beach. He is 2 for 2 ITM over the course and gets the big acid test stretching out in distance. #2 Lone Sailor is a stone cold closer with James Graham in the saddle for Thom Amoss. They are winning 26% as a team the past 60 days and he makes his 2nd start of the year and could come rolling for a minor award.

Race #11 – The G2 Muniz Memorial – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Synchrony / #7 – Bricks and Mortar / #8 – Inspector Lynlee

#3 Synchrony has Joe Bravo in the irons for Mike Stidham and this son of Tapit is a perfect 4 for 4 in the Big Easy. This is his 2nd effort of the year and won the G3 FG Handicap impressively. Look for a stout closing move down the lane to take down the prize. #7 Bricks and Mortar is a son of Giant’s Causeway who has been off for 56 days. He is bred to love the turf and looking for his third straight victory.  His dam Beyond the Waves has 7 starters, 7 winners, 4 stakes winners, and 6 turf winners to her credit. #8 Inspector Lynlee is a son of Lemon Drop Kid for Shug McGaughey. Jose Ortiz in the irons and he was ultra impressive winning at Tampa Bay Downs. His 2nd off the layoff and coming in with fresh legs from Payson Park should have him ready to close from the back of the pack.

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Race #12 – The G2 Fair Grounds Oaks – 1 1/16 – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2  Serengeti Express / #7 – Slewgoodtobetrue / #8 – Liora

#2 Serengeti Express is a speedy filly from the Tham Amoss barn. James Graham is the reinsman and 2nd start of the year. She drew off impressively winning Rachel Alexandra and is 1 for 1 at FG. Toss out her BC race and she is tough as they come. Catch her if you can. #7 Slewgoodtobetrue hails from the Peter Eurton barn coming from the west coast. She has a perfect stalking style and picks up the services of Florent Geroux. Look for a ground saving trip ready to mix it up around the far turn. #8 Liora is a speedy daughter of Candy Ride and picks up the blinkers for the Wayne Catalano stable. Channing Hill in the driver’s seat and he is an excellent speed rider winning 20% on this type of runner. Look for her early and outside looking for the position.

Race #13 – The G2 Louisiana Derby – 1 1/8 – 6:13 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Spinoff / #6 – War of Will / #11 – Hog Creek Hustle

#10 Spinoff is a lightly raced son of Hard Spun for the Pletcher barn. His last win by 11 in the O.C. $75,000 arena at Tampa was more impressive than first glance. John Velasquez in the irons and his works are sparkling coming into the race. A perfect stalker who can light up the tote board as War of Will is going to take a big chunk of the money. #6 War of Will is looking for his 4th straight win. Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Mark Casse and they look to have a fine runner. But I’m looking down the road a bit when they hit Louisville on Derby day. This son of War Front has gotten better with every start since coming off the turf. Looking for a better price is no sin and they’ll want to keep him out of trouble as much as possible. If he has his own way he’ll be tough to handle. #11 Hog Creek Hustle comes from the Vickie Foley barn and picks up a new rider in Miguel Mena. He has a strong late kick and when he’s ready he’ll come rolling. Take a look at the 59.3 5f work which was 2 outta 53 for the distance and the day. I think he can get a big piece of the pie if he sticks to his guns and keeps his mind on business.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 3/16/19

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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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Saratoga

Race #9 – G3 Sanford – 6f – 5:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Dream Maker / #1 Sombeyay / #7 Bano Solo

#5 Dream Maker is a son of Tapit for trainer Mark Casse. Julien Leparoux is the reinsman and they score 23% as a team. His only effort was a stout move circling the field at Churchill. He gets an extra furlong to run and has a sharp workout over the track.

#1 Sombeyay hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with Javier Castellano in the irons. He’s had two eventful trips but his race in the Tremont was impressive. He stumbled at the start and came rolling late. He sports a bullet work over the deep Saratoga training course putting the final touch on his preparation.

#7 Bano Solo is a son of Goldenscents from the Steve Asmussen barn. His sire fires 16% first time winners and did not disappoint at Churchill. His workout pattern has been sharp and I’m looking for a top effort.

 

Race #10 – G1 Diana Stakes – 1 1/8 on the turf – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 A Raving Beauty / #1 Sistercharlie / #2 Proctor’s Ledge

#6 A Raving Beauty is a daughter of Mastercraftsman for trainer Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle and they score at a high percentage as a team. She rolled off two wins at Belmont and the German bred should be forwardly placed with a tactical rider calling the shots. She’ll give them all they want.

#1 Sistercharlie comes from the Chad Brown barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. Since getting Lasix two back she has had more gas in the tank. She cuts back from a mile and a quarter and was a beaten favorite last time out rolling late.

#2 Proctor’s Ledge has Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat for trainer Brendan Walsh. A daughter of Ghostzapper who is 2 for 2 over the course and finished a solid place effort in the G1 Just A Game at Belmont. She loves the course and has some solid works under her belt.

 

Del Mar

Race #7 – G2 San Diego – 1 1/16 – 8:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 Accelerate / #9 Dabster / #2 Dr. Door

#7 Accelerate is a son of Lookin At Lucky for John Sadler. He exits a big win in the G1 Gold Cup at Oaklawn and has been resting for 56 days. He has solid works and loves the course going 4 for 5 ITM at Del Mar.

#9 Dabster has Flavien Prat in the saddle for trainer Bob Baffert. This son of Curlin is 2 for 3 with wins and comes off a long layoff effort in the G2 San Carlos. He should be in mid pack and has a record of 1 for 1 at Del Mar.

#2 Dr. Dorr comes in for Bob Baffert with Joe Talamo aboard. He’s going to be forwardly placed as Baffert looks to notch his second win in this race loaded with two solid runners.

 

Race #8 – G2 San Clemente – 1 mile on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 West Palm Beach / #10 War Heroine / #3 Flammetta

#9 West Palm Beach is a daughter of Scat Daddy and crossed the pond running on the synthetic surface. She was a beaten favorite in the G3 Senorita and comes in fresh off a two month layoff for trainer Simon Callaghan with Flavien Prat in the irons.

#10 War Heroine is a solid daughter of Lonhro for trainer Peter Miller. She’s been off for two months and two for two on the greensward. Today she makes a jump in class and gets the acid test to prove her ability.

#3 Flammetta is entered for trainer Richard Baltas with Geovanni Franco in the saddle. She should be placed in the mid pack flight and owns 3 wins from 4 efforts on the turf.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 3/20/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As the first day of spring is upon we’re thinking of preps to come, the opening of the Keeneland, and the blooming roses of Churchill only 46 days away.  The 143rd running of the Derby will be here before we know it, and the picture is starting to take shape slowly. – Before the fever hits a frenzy remember there’s plenty of racing to watch and wager, and here are some runners who’ll give you a solid run for your money.  Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Turfway Park

3/18/17

Race #3 – #4 – Bell by the Ridge – 1 mile on the all weather

Richard Bracho in the irons for trainer Kim Hammond (27%). They brought a 10-year-old gelding to post who is 11/13 ITM over the TP oval. Bracho tipped off the rail looking for clear sailing at the 1/4 pole and took over the lead briefly before getting nailed on the wire by Twice Mike who loves the course.

Race #5 – #9 – Jersey Chaser – 5 1/2f on the all weather

Eric Reed sent a good looking daughter of Drosselmeyer to post. She had been off for 7 months shipping in from Arlington Park. She made a fast closing effort and may have needed one. – She loves sprinting and is 3/5 ITM at this distance.

Race #6 – #4 – Infinite Midnight – 6 1/2f on the all weather

Son of Giant’s Causeway had not been out in a year after shipping in from Aqueduct. First time gelding previously trained by Chad Brown won impressively on this day. He was dropping from allowance company to condition $25k claimers. Play him right back if you have time before the end of the meet on 4/1/17.

Oaklawn Park

3/18/17

Race #10 – The G-2 Rebel Stakes – #8 – Silver Dust – 1 1/16

Corey Lanerie in the irons for Randy Morse and the field of 11 three-year-olds got a bit tight around the far turn. At the 3/4 mark this deep closer had to tap on the brakes and wait for room. The son of Tapit was making his second start of the year and appears distance should not be a problem moving forward.

Gulfstream Park

3/18/17

Race #7 – #6 Illmatic – 6f

Nik Juarez in the driver’s seat and was coming off a 55 day vacation from the races. He was bumped soundly leaving the gate and far back in the field. He moved off the rail at the 1/4 pole for clear sailing and was wide making an eye-catching run for next time out.

Race#9 – #5 – Casby’s Kid – 1 1/16 on the turf

Luis Saez in the irons for Jorge Navarro (22%). Son of Girolamo was making his first start in 59 days. The barn wins (35%) with maiden claimers and scores (20%) with turf runners. – He was rank and hard to control on this day and forced to check off heels while making a bid. We’ll excuse this effort as he was working out the bugs for good things to come next out.

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BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 4/4/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

This past weekend took another step closer to the Kentucky Derby. – Weather seemed to get top billing as Gulfstream Park was sloppy-sealed early, and eventually opened up a bit as the track crew did magic. The long awaited Mohaymen versus Nyquist heavyweight matchup left handicappers scratching their heads. – The Kentucky scene for the Spiral Stakes had the Florence track battling 50 mph winds all day long.  – At the end of the day it seemed I had more questions than answers.  – That is Thoroughbred racing. One thing is for sure. Just keep your eyes peeled for the following runners, as they deserve a good hard look the next time they take the track.

Oaklawn Park

Race #3 – 3/31/16 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the main track

#2 – Scout Leader = Joe Rocco did an excellent job making up a heap of ground, and dove to the inside rail as the eventual winner started drifting out inside the 16th pole. He ran a very game effort, and 2nd money on this day was a good indication of efforts to come. – He’ll be the major danger next up.

Oaklawn Park

Race #4 – 3/31/16 – #9 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#9 – Roxy Rocket = Julio Felix in the irons, and he closed stoutly down the outside under soft fractions. She circled up wide and once she leveled out Felix gave a strong effort to the wire. I filed this one under “running out of real estate.”

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Gulfstream Park

Race #2 – 4/2/16- #8 – 1 mile on the turf

#8 – What Power = Paco Lopez had the call, and he ran into trouble in the first turn and had to check up. Lopez saved ground and looked for a hole to make his charge and was all dressed up and no place to go with his mount. – Once he shook loose, he made a solid bid for minor awards. A clean trip may be just what the doctor ordered.

Gulfstream Park

Race #11 – 4/2/16 – #7 – 1 1/8 on the turf

#7 – Songoficeandfire = Junior Alvarado had the call, and his mare settled out nicely and  saved ground along the rail. He looked to have his charge in a good spot when he waited for a seem to open at the top of the lane. Well, it never appeared in a timely fashion, and bottled her up until she finally saw daylight and exploded for a strong bridesmaid effort. – I’ll bet dollars to donuts she’ll tip off the rail nearing the 1/4 pole and give them fits down the stretch.

Turfway Park

Race #1 – 4/2/16 – #8 -6f on the poly track

#8 – Hughhoofner = John McKee in the saddle for this speedster, and he broke out before the start and expended some well needed energy. McKee sent the Bill Connelly charge in the four wide path about the 3/8th’s pole. – I watched him warm-up, and he looked better than a shiny penny. – Speed balls need all of their energy, and he left most of his on the track with the premature gate break.

 

BetPTC.com – 3/21/16 – Horses to Watch

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we gather round the water cooler talking hoops and horses. The Kentucky Derby is only 47 days away. – I can feel the energy in the air. The roses, the atmosphere, and the red- hot betting action that may be some of the best all year long. – But just hold your horses and don’t get ahead of yourself. After we’re done tearing up our basketball brackets, we need to realize there is plenty of incredible Thoroughbred action coming our way. So sit back, enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for these ponies the next time they hit the track.

Gulfstream Park

Race #5 – 3/16/16 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#1 – She’s Dynamite = Led all the way around and sped up at the 3/4 to go 1:11.3 only to be bested in the shadow of the wire. She was making her second lifetime start on the stretch-out in distance, and catch her if you can next out. – Play close attention to how far she is going and unleash the bankroll from there.

Gulfstream Park

Race #6 – 3/16/16 – #4 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#4 – Cape Carol = Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Buff Bradley. This daughter of Cape Blanco was at the back of the pack and stayed glued right to the rail all the way around. She began to thread the needle at the 1/4 pole and looked like a winner. – The weaving in and out of traffic may have caused her to be a bridesmaid as the winner went right on past with a clean 3 wide move. – She’ll be looking for payback next out with a cleaner trip.

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Santa Anita

Race #1 – 3/17/16 – #6 – One mile on the turf

#6 -Twirling Tiger = Santiago Gonzalez was in the irons and his mount was bottled up and headstrong down the backstretch. He was forced to wait behind a wall of runners and when the 1/4 arrived was forced to go three wide to find running room. – The trip was not the smoothest ride, but his late acceleration was very promising considering all of the factors.

Oaklawn Park

Race #6 – 3/19/16 – #6 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#6 – Wolf Man Rocket = Calvin Borel was aboard this beaten favorite who was in very tight at the start of the race. He had to go five wide on the second turn to get back into his best stride, and finished up gamely to get minor awards. Borel is not known for circling the field, and the mishap at the gate break was not the best beginning. – Love the “beaten chalk” angle next time back, and who knows, maybe we’ll get a much better price.

Gulfstream Park

Race #9 – 3/20/16 – #9 – 5 1/2 on the dirt

#9 – Real Sugar = Jeffrey Sanchez was the pilot and is known for being a solid gate rider. His mount was bumped solidly leaving the starting gate and still opened up a 2 1/2 length lead going 22.2. – He established a clear margin and ended up a little leg weary at the end. In short sprints the gate break is ultra-important, and  his ability to stay focused and still open up is promising. – If he comes out without problems, I wonder what he would have done in the race ? – I  think we’re going to find out next time at a solid price.