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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – April 27

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Golden Gate

Race #4 – The Golden Gate Oaks – 1 1/16 miles AW – 4:45 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Soothing / #2 – Sold It / #5 – Respect My Candor

#3 Soothing is a daughter of Creative Cause for trainer Bob Hess. Juan Hernandez in the irons and has been winning 23% at the meet. She is a stone cold closer making her second start on synthetic shipping in from SA. Beaten chalk last out and this maiden has a sharp work coming into the race. #2 Sold It is a speedy daughter of The Factor for trainer Doug O’Neill. Rafael Bejarano in the saddle and ships up from SA making the turf to synthetic switch. Catch her if you can as she’ll come out rolling. #5 Respect My Candor has the services of Flavien Prat as she seeks her 3rd straight win. She’s been effective sprinting and gets an acid test today. Trainer Bill McLean has been 6 for 9 ITM the past two weeks.

Race #9 – The California Derby – 1 1/16 miles AW – 7:15 pm EDT

BetPTC.com / #6 – Kingly / #7 – More Ice / #8 – Visitant

#6 Kingly is a son of Tapit for the Bob Baffert barn. Mario Gutierrez in the saddle and they have been pointing toward bigger things. He has solid works at SA and owns a quick turn of foot with good speed. They are cutting back from 9f and should have more gas in the tank. #7  More Ice is a son of More Than Ready for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Rafael Bejarano in the driver’s seat and exits the G1 Santa Anita Derby making his 2nd off the layoff. He’s a closer and look for him at the top of the lane. #8 Visitant is a son of Ghostzapper for John Martin. He’s a perfect two for two and can come motoring late in the lane. If there is a solid pace he could become a major player turning for home.

Race #10 – The San Francisco Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 7:45 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Wentwood / #10 -River Boyne / #9 – Souter

#5 Wentwood is a son of Pour Moi (IRE) for Dermot Weld. He gets his first Lasix shipping in from Ireland makes his 2nd start of 2019. Weld is a very respected trainer and Juan Hernandez has been 7 for 11 the past week. Dermot Weld wins 25% with first time Lasix. #10 River Boyne comes from the Jeff Mullins with Flavien Prat in the saddle. 2nd start off the layoff and this closer owns a bullet work exiting the G1 Kilroe Mile. Prat is winning 29% on the sod and is very dangerous. #9 Souter is a son of Poet’s Voice (GB) for trainer Mark Glatt. He is 10 for 13 ITM on the grass looking for his 3rd start. Cutting back in distance and the barn wins 27% with graded stakes.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 11/18/17

BetPTC.com / Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Churchill Downs


Race #10 – The G3 Cardinal Handicap – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:24 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #12 – Dona Bruja / #7 – Beauly / #4 – La Piba

#12 – Dona Bruja = Ricardo Santanna in the irons and she is 1/1 at Churchill. She is by Storm Embrujado and has 4 starts / 4 wins / and 2 turf wins to her credit. She exits the G1 First Lady at Keeneland and finished a fast-closing 4th. Since coming in from Argentina the mare has relished the turf and addition of Lasix to her regimen. Solid works and a top-notch rider make one of the top targets to chase. #7 – Beauly = Corey Lanerie for Brendan Walsh and they bring a daughter of Sea the Stars to post. She’s been knocking on the door with 3 straight 4th place finishes. Exits the G1 Flower Bowl and drops in class coming back to Louisville. She is a stone cold closer and Lanerie will have her rolling late in the lane. #4 – La Piba = Jon Court aboard for Brad Cox. This daughter of Lookin At Lucky exits a 1 5/16 event at Kentucky Downs and faces a distance that may be more to her liking. The trainer wins 30% on the turf.

Race #5 – $80,000 – Bet On Sunshine – 7f – 2:55 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #8 – Limousine Liberal / #2 – The Truth of Else / #7 – Uncontested

 #8 – Limousine Liberal = Corey Lanerie in the driver’s seat for Ben Colebrook. He is an HFC going 5/6 ITM over the Churchill oval. 2nd start off a layoff and was a beaten favorite his last two efforts and the trainer wins 17% 2nd start off the layoff. #2 – The Truth of Else= Robby Albarado in the saddle for Kenny McPeek who is winning 23%. Son of Yes It’s True ships back from Seoul, Korea where he ran a solid 4th in the Keeneland Korea Sprint. He has a string of good works coming in and capped off with a bullet over the Keeneland surface. He’ll launch a rally at the top of the lane. #7 – Uncontested = Wayne Catalano trainee exits the G2 Phoenix and is 2/3 ITM at CD. He owns a bullet work and makes a drop down the class ladder coming back to a course he enjoys.

Del Mar


Race #5 – $100,000 Desi Arnaz – 7f – 5:30 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #3 – Midnight Bisou / #6 – Dream Tree / #2 – Ms. Bad Behavoir

#3 – Midnight Bisou =Rafael Bejarano in the saddle for Bill Spawr. Daughter of Midnight Lute just missed last out and was closing in a hurry. She gets added distance from 6f – 7f and gets a stronger rider in the saddle. The barn wins 25% making the second time out move. #6 – Dream Tree = Speedy daughter of Uncle Mo for the Bob Baffert barn. She gets first-time “blinkers off” and Baffert wins 26% on this equipment change. She battled gamely down the lane last out besting Midnight Bisou and has a couple solid works looking to make it 2-in-a-row for Team Baffert. #2 – Ms. Bad Behavoir = Tiago Pereira is the reinsman for Richard Baltas. This daughter of Blame was very impressive on her maiden win and is a speedster who can put their lights if left alone on the front end.

Graded Stakes Preview – August, 5, 2017

BetPTC.com / Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Saratoga Race #8 – G1 Test Stakes – 7f – 5:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #10 – American Gal / #8 – Faypien / #4 – Tequilta

#10 – American Gal = 2nd start of the year from trainer Simon Callaghan (21%) with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She is 5/5 ITM and has a sharp work at Del Mar on 7/29. Add in an impressive win in the G3 Victory Starlet after stumbling at the start. #8 – Faypien = Bejarano / Baffert team up (33%) the past two months and she’s been away from the races 49 days. She has plenty of workouts to prepare and cuts back from 1 1/16 – 7f where she is a perfect 2/2. #4 – Tequilita = Luis Saez for Michael Matz and this daughter of Union Rags has been off since the Kentucky Oaks. She’s been working regular and is 1/1 ITM at the Spa.

Race #9 – G1 Whitney – 1 1/8 – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Gun Runner / #5 – Keen Ice / #4 -Tu Brutus

#6 – Gun Runner = Impressive son of Candy Ride for the Asmussen barn. He ran a solid 2nd in the Dubai World Cup and came back 3 months later to score in the G1 Stephen Foster. He ran 3rd in the Travers last year and owns some bullet works over the Oklahoma training track. He is maturing into a machine and has some big plans for later down the road. #5 – Keen Ice = Jose Ortiz for Todd Pletcher (23%) the past 2 months. They bring a son of Curlin to post and made the same travels as Gun Runner and came back to win the G2 Suburban at Belmont. He’s 1/1 at the Spa and has the hot hand of Ortiz. #4 – Tu Brutus = Speedy son of Scat Daddy who will try to go flag to finish. He was a beaten favorite last out and this Chilean-bred can set some blistering fraction if left alone with Irad Ortiz.



Race #8 – G3 West Virginia Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:21 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #3 – Patch / #5 – Impressive Edge / #7 – Colonelsdarktemper

#3 – Patch = 3-yr-old son of Union Rags exits the Belmont and been off for 56 days. Cuts back from a distance which may be more to his liking. They score (22%) off long layoffs and if you go back to Fair Grounds he was a close 2nd to Girvin who won the Haskell last weekend. Tyler Gafflione in the saddle and will have an honest pace to take a closing run. Rider and trainer have been winning (38%) the past two months and today they wear the Calumet silks. #5 – Impressive Edge = Robby Albarado for Dale Romans and they are 2nd off the layoff. They bring a son of Harlan’s Holiday to post and have faced some tough guys in his past. Albarado rides well for Romans (19%) and could be very dangerous today. #7 – Colonelsdarktemper = Son of Colonel John and has been knocking on the door. He owns some sparkling works including a bullet after the G2 Indiana Derby. Ever since the Pat Day Mile, he has looked better with every start.


Del Mar Race #6 – G2 Sorrento – 6 1/2 f – Two-yr-old fillies – 7:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Diamondsandpearls / #1 – Surrender Now / #2 – Spectator

#6 – Diamondsandpearls = Mike Smith aboard for Bob Baffert (67%) the past 60 days and this daughter of Congrats had an impressive maiden win. Her works are hot and a stalking trip off the pace may be the order of the day. Smith comes alive for the big races and it is never too early to start finding yourself a 2-yr-old filly for down the road. #1 – Surrender Now = Flavien Pratt and Peter Miller come to post with a daughter of Morning Line. Her sire wins (19%) with her first-time starters and did not disappoint that day. #2 – Spectator = Daughter of Jimmy Creed wins (31%) with his firster’s and did not disappoint winning by 5 3/4 for the Phil D’Amato barn. Jamie Theriot aboard and has every possibility for a big move forward.

Race #8 – G2 Yellow Ribbon – 1 1/16 on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Pretty Gal / #7 – Cambodia / #4 – Juno

 #6 – Pretty Gal = Mike Smith in the irons for Paulo Lobo. Smith wins (20%) with his turf runners and this daughter of Harlan’s Holiday is cutting back from 1 1/8 – 1 1/16. She drops in class from the G1 Gamely and could track from the back of the pack looking to make a sustained late rally. She is 6/10 ITM on the sod and is in the right hands today. #7 – Cambodia = Draden Van Dyke for Thom Proctor and they bring a daughter of War Front to post making her second off the layoff. She ships in from Parx and Proctor wins (21%) with a new face in the barn. She is 8/8 ITM on the green and can play the role of an up-close stalker. #4 – Juno = Gary Stevens is the pilot for Neil Drysdale and he wins (23%) on the weeds. She can dictate the pace and lose the field if left alone. She is 7/10 ITM on the greensward, and since getting Lasix three back she’s been knocking on the door.


BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 8/10

by Ed Meyer for BetPTC.com

New York racing has a showcase of talent that just keeps getting better and better. Saratoga is putting on a show this summer that has me scratching my head to remember when there has been such action. – Maybe its Triple Crown fever, or the end of summer battles heating up, or maybe it’s the Breeders’ Cup setting up shop at Keeneland for one of the best racing experiences of a lifetime. – This handicapper has been chomping at the bit, and every day is like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one. – I guess you get the picture as this has been a summer to remember. With that in mind here are some runners who caught my eye and require a wager next time out. – Best of luck !

Gulfstream Park – 8/7/15 – Race #3 – #3   7f on the main track

Princess Malia = Eddie Castro had his mount along the rail in a perfect striking spot. She lacked room at the 1/4 pole, and was hard held until the 1/8th pole where he was finally able to allow his mount to take flight. She split foes gamely and came flying for the show money. – If a cleaner trip is in the cards, she’ll make them like it down the lane next out.

Del Mar – 8/7/15 – Race #2 – #6 – 1 mile on the main track

Big Brown Rosie = Rafael Bejarano had to tap on the brakes more than mid-town traffic in Los Angeles. There was a series of being steadied, lacking a clear path, and being restrained that makes me want to toss this race out completely and look for next race. She’ll have plenty in the tank after this terrible trip.

Belterra Park – 8/8/15 – Race #3 – #1 – 5 1/2f on the main track.

Takemetohollywood = Perry Ouzts for the Bill Connelly barn usually equals good things. This pure white Thoroughbred was no exception. Ouzts saved ground, and began a stretch run that was sure to catch your eye. He was bested by a head down the lane, and ran a winner’s race finishing a tough second. This race showed a great deal of heart, and the connections are worth a play every time they come to the paddock together. Perry’s wife Toni works for Team Connelly, and they work together as a well oiled machine. This is a play back for many reasons, and for a trainer who quietly owns 1,000 career wins. I’ll bet early and often next out.

Saratoga – 8/8/15 – Race #3 – #4 – 6f on the main track

Economic Model = Irad Ortiz in the irons for Chad Brown is starting to look like money in the bank. This two-year-old hit the gate at the break and settled out nicely. Usually a baby calls it a day after a battle in the starting gate, but the maturity to settle down and get back to business is a very good sign. The rider gave his mount the “cue” to run, and was tipped off the rail for clear sailing. Down the lane was a strong hand ride and a trip to the winner’s circle. – Bet this one right back climbing up the ladder. This baby has the look of good things to come.

Saratoga – 8/8/15 – Race #6 – #9 – 7F on the main track.

Havana = Cornelio Velasquez stalked a perfect trip after being bumped around at the start. He got his mount to relax and get into the bit. It was at this time he was forced to alter course in deep stretch as Juba (the pace setter) was in a bumping match with eventual winner Takajo. With a little cleaner trip, you can follow this one right back as Todd Pletcher will have this runner ready to roll.

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BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 6/22/15

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Mother Nature smiled kindly on parts of the nation while others received a dose of rain and thunderstorms. All things considered, any weekend spent watching the races is one worth while. Here are some runners you’ll want to keep an a close watch as they may be worth an extra special wager. – Best of luck !

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Successful Brothers = 6/19/15 / Belmont / Race #3 / #6 – Luis Saez had a miserable trip aboard this colt. Checked repeatedly from the gate break, was wide into the first turn running erratically, and fanned six wide into the stretch run. All things considered, he still finished a solid second, and with a little racing luck he’ll be next in line to get his picture taken.

Neck of the Moon = 6/19/15 / Belmont / Race #7 / #9 – He was squeezed back at the start and was kept in the pocket until the 5/16th’s pole. Irad Ortiz put his mount in the two path and finished up with a good late surge. If you see Ortiz in the irons next out, know he is looking for a little “payback” from a rough trip.

Jamaalaree = 6/20/15 / Belmont / Race #10 / #6 – Jose Ortiz was aboard this mount and received a free sight-seeing trip going wide on both turns. Once he was straight and was only three wide, he settled in nicely and put in a solid closing effort to finish fourth at (6-1).

Gangnam Guy = 6/20/15 / Santa Anita / Race #4 / #4 – Bejarano got to see every part of the downhill course in this race, and still finished up in good order. He spun four wide into the turn, and came flying late in the lane under the strong guidance of one of the best finishing riders. I think Bejarano will have him back off just a bit and come like a house on fire once they cross the dirt on the downhill course.

Tara’s Tango = 6/20/15 / Santa Anita / Race #8 – The Summertime Oaks / #6 – Mike Smith makes few mistakes in the saddle, but was ruffed up being squeezed at the start against a very good Stellar Wind. He was squeezed back and shifted into high gear to press the pace. Once the real running began his filly fought gamely to the wire. It doesn’t take much in the outcome of a race when you’re facing top-notch competition. Give her a clean trip, and she’ll give them fits down the lane.

One for London = 6/20/15 / Churchill Downs / Race #5 / #1 – A compact field of five went to post and he is one worth the wait. Chris Landeros settled his maiden out nicely, and came rolling five wide to be bridesmaid to an impressive Pattitude. Next out should show a quick maturity spurt, and you can bet she’ll be picking em’ up and laying em’ down as they turn for home.