Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer
The Pegasus World Cup grabbed the attention of the wagering world and delivered a day to remember. Arrogate dominated as we said goodbye to California Chrome. The weather was perfect, the wagering was hot, and race fans had an opportunity to see the world’s richest horse race. The event was a success and we can start the countdown to the next Pegasus World Cup. – The weekend had plenty of runners who strutted their stuff, and it also gave us some horses to watch the next time they head to the paddock. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !
Race #3 – #1 – Genre – 7f on the dirt
John Velasquez in the saddle for Todd Pletcher as they brought a daughter of Bernardini to post. 2nd start off the shelf and was cutting back from the one mile distance. She stumbled at the start and was carried out wide down the backstretch. She got her action back and made a strong late rally to settle as the bridesmaid this day.
Race #5 – #6 – Madefromlucky – 1 1/8 on the dirt
Javier Castellano in the irons for Todd Pletcher and they were making his second start off an 8 month layoff. He was travelling wide down the backstretch and at the 5/16th’s he clipped heels losing all action. – Castellano helped him rebound and displayed a quick turn of foot down the lane finishing 3rd.
Race #8 – #3 – Blind Ambition – 7f on the dirt
This son of Tapit was a first time starter from the Pletcher barn. John Velasquez had the call and owned a solid clip of morning works at Palm Beach Downs. He was sent off the odds-on favorite and stumbled badly leaving the starting gate. No worries here as Team Pletcher owns a solid record with second effort runners.
Race #9 – #3 – Long on Value – 5f on the turf
Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat for Bill Mott. He was making his first start in two months and was far back in the field. He unleashed a furious rally late in the lane getting bested a 1/2 length. There are good things to come from the Bill Mott barn.
Race #11 – Sadler’s Joy – 1 1/2 on the turf
Julien Leparoux for Thom Albertrani. This son of Kitten’s Joy had been off for two months and was forced three wide gaining rapidly. He was under a full head of steam and was beaten a head for the whole prize. – This turfer needs a play right back !
Race #12 -#7 – Shaman’s Ghost – 1 1/8 on the dirt
The $12 million dollar Pegasus World Cup focused on the battle between Arrogate and California Chrome. The race did not disappoint with a strong effort by the winner and offered up some runners for future races. – Jose Ortiz was aboard for James Jerkins and Ortiz ran a winner’s race but caught a real monster with Arrogate. Give him a little class relief taking on anyone but Arrogate, and we’ll have another runner who’ll have a strong 2017 campaign.