This far down the road I was hoping for a little clearer picture. There are worse things I suppose, but for a horse player the muddied waters of the Derby picture can start you guessing. I was thinking why not try and use this to my advantage ? I need to dig in deeper and find a runner or two that tossed in a clunker. Or, how about a win by the unlikely runner who ran his best to date ? All good examples of finding hidden value. I’m going back over race replays and start the process of finding a fat priced runner who can light up the tote board. With 25 days and 9 hours at the time of this entry there is plenty of time to start building your blockbuster ticket. – In the meantime there is a little window to nail down some winners who may have had a compromised trip or an excuse last out. Either way, value is on the horizon and all you have to do is keep your eyes peeled. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !
Race #4 – #1 – Roustabout – 1 1/16
Miguel Mena in the saddle for Al Stall. The Fair Grounds shipper is a son of Harlan’s Holiday and was in pretty tight at the 1/4 pole. Once Mena broke free he was beaten by a dirty nose right at the wire. If he comes back this meet go to the windows with both hands !
Race #9 – #2 Tommy Macho – 7f – G-1 Carter Stakes
Luis Saez had the call for Todd Pletcher. Trapped on the rail down the lane making his first start in 56 days. Saez tipped off the rail for clear sailing and tried to split runners in the final 1/8th. Green Gratto and Unified slammed the door shut and he didn’t make the gap. An inquiry didn’t help his case, but we saw there was some promise. I think we’ll see big things from this son of Macho Uno this year.
Race #2 – #6 – Our Girl Abby – 4 1/2f
Jose Ortiz in the saddle for Mike Maker. Two-year-old daughter of Majestic Warrior had been training over the poly at Turfway Park. Her dam My Paige’s Jewel is 1/1 with her poly runners. She saved ground and commenced a bid earning the show spot. Look for her right back at the boutique meeting.
Race #7 – #5 – Plueven – 1 1/16 on the turf
Corey Lanerie in the driver’s seat for Phillip Sims. This son of Turtle Bowl was on the class drop and making his bid for the first time in four months. He made a strong move but came up a little leg weary down the lane. They’ll probably target Churchill Downs as he loves the Louisville sod.
Race #2 – #3- Papaslilprincess – 1 1/16
Bryan Pena had the call and was fresh off the claim for trainer Steve Knapp. She is 6/14 ITM at SA, and was squeezed back at the break costing precious ground.
Race #4 – #5 – Tiz Jolie – 7f on the main
Tyler Baze in the irons fresh off the claim and blinkers off for this run. This son of Tiz Wonderful was making a 2nd start off a one month break and and hopped at the start costing the runner some needed ground. Better things are coming his way next time to the races.
Race #6 – #8 – Rocketann – 5 1/2f
Santiago Gonzalez in the saddle making her second start of the year. She usually dukes it out with Cal-bred stakes runners and the welcome drop to maiden special weight looked good. She was forced three wide on the final turn and may have added to the ground she covered. Maybe a better trip is just what the doctor ordered and we’ll have a runner who can make amends for her last race.