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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 4/20

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Keeneland Race #9 – The G2 Dixiana Elkhorn – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Zulu Alpha / #7 – Bigger Picture / #5 – Canessar

#10 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry for trainer Mike Maker. Jose Ortiz has the call and is winning 19% when he rides for Maker. He is 1 for 2 ITM at Keeneland and been away from the races for 49 days. He seeks his 3rd straight win and should sit a perfect stalking trip. #7 Bigger Picture comes from the Maker barn as well and makes his 2nd start off the layoff. He is 3 for 3 ITM at Keeneland and Maker wins 20% making the 2nd off angle run. Tyler Gaffalione in the irons today. #5 Canessar comes from the Arnaud Delacour barn making his 2nd off the shelf where he scores 22%. Feargal Lynch in the saddle and they had a troubled trip in the G2 Pan American looking for a smoother trip today.


Charles Town

Race #11 – The G2 Charles Town Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:37 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Diamond King / #4 – Rally Cry / #1 – Mongolian Groom

#3 Diamond King is a son of Quality Road for John Servis. This is his 2nd start of the year and has excellent speed. Javier Castellano is aboard as he climbs up the class ladder. Look for Castellano to send right from the break. #4 Rally Cry is a son of Uncle Mo for the Todd Pletcher barn. John Velasquez in the irons and they are coming off a two month vacation. He faced some G1 tough guys and this level should be welcome. He’ll be close to the pace under a solid speed rider. #1 Mongolian Groom ships in from Santa Anita under Geovanni Franco in the irons. He is a long range closer exiting the G1 Santa Anita Handicap. Look for him late around the far turn.

Santa Anita

Race #5 – The G2 Kona Gold – 6 1/2f – 6:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Dr. Dorr / #4 – Zatter / #4 – Kanthaka

#1 Dr. Dorr comes from the Baffert barn with Joe Talamo in the irons. This son of Lookin at Lucky is 2 for 2 at the distance and 7 for 9 over the course. He is making his 2nd start of the year and has some sharp works under his belt. #4 Zatter is a Bob Baffert trainee with Drayden Van Dyke in the driver’s seat. 3rd off the shelf for this son of Midnight Lute and Van Dyke and Baffert team up to win 31%. He’s faced some tough guys and is a strong closer. #4 Kanthaka is a son of Jimmy Creed for Jerry Hollendorfer. Flavien Prat is the pilot and makes the 2nd off the layoff move where the trainer wins 21%. He loves to come running late and is 6 for 7 ITM at SA.




BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 10/7/17

BetPTC.com / Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer



Race #8 – G1 Champagne – 1 mile on the main – 4:13 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #1 – Cowboy Karma / #8 – Aveenu Malcainu / #12 – Firenze Fire

#1 – Cowboy Karma = Son of Kodiak Cowboy exits the G3 Sapling as the beaten favorite for the Larry Jones barn. Draws the rail and owns a bullet work after this fast closing effort for second money. Alex Cintron in the irons and the move up in class looks to be the next logical level. He has a solid late kick and should get a ground-saving trip along the rail. #8 – Aveenu Malcainu = He is 2/2 with wins and is a son of Into Mischief. Jeremiah Englehart is the conditioner and has a perfect stalking style. He’s been traveling at a sprint distance and the added ground may be a welcome addition to the day. The bullet work at Belmont signals readiness. #12 – Firenze Fire = Colt from the Jason Servis barn and was two-in-a-row going into the G1 Hopeful. It may have been a clunker and is worth tossing out as a race to measure his ability. Going two turns should have him closer to the pace as a measured stalker.

Race #10 – The G1 Jockey Gold Cup – 1 1/4 mile on the main – 5:23 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #7 – Keen Ice / #5 – Rally Cry / #6 – Destin

#7 – Keen Ice = Son of Curlin who exits the G1 Whitney and had an eventful trip stumbling at the break and still managed to make a solid run finishing 2nd to Gun Runner. Jose Ortiz for Todd Pletcher and they are 3/3 ITM over the deep Belmont oval. He is 3/8 ITM at the distance and two back won the G2 Suburban going 1 1/4. #5 – Rally Cry = Son of Uncle Mo for the Todd Pletcher barn. A Very solid colt who brings his best every race. He is 3/4 ITM at Belmont. John Velasquez in the saddle and they are winning at a 27% clip. #6 – Destin = Luis Saez for Pletcher and the “Todd Squad” are coming loaded into this race. 3/3 ITM at Belmont and offers up an up-close style that may be effective going 1 1/4.



Race #5 – The G1 First Lady – 1 mile on the turf – 4:35 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #6 – Dickinson / #3 – Dona Bruja / #4 – Roca Roja

#6 – Dickinson = Paco Lopez in the irons for Kiaran McLaughlin and is 1/1 at Keeneland winning the G1 Jenny Wiley. Lopez is a very underrated rider and they cut back from 1 1/16 on the turf. #3 – Dona Bruja = Declan Cannon in the saddle and has been on fire since shipping in from Argentina. She cuts back from 1 3/16 and should be an effective closer on the lush greensward lawn at Keeneland. #4 – Roca Roja = Chad Brown trainee and she makes her second start off the layoff. She is 8/10 ITM on the grass and is a solid closer who will be rolling down the lane.

Race #8 – The G1 Breeders’ Futurity – 1 1/16 – 5:10 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Ten City / #7 – Givemeaminit / # 9 – Free Drop Billy

#4 – Ten City = Corey Lanerie picks up for the mount for Ken McPeek. – The trainer said early on this was one of the most talented runners he has trained. He broke his maiden at Keeneland and has two tuff races running into trouble. He owns a bullet work coming in and should be the major player. #7 – Givemeaminit = Dallas Stewart trainee who is a maiden, and a son of LA-bred Star Guitar. His effort in the G1 Hopeful was better than appears as he was bumped soundly. #9 – Free Drop Billy = This son of Union rags for the Romans barn is getting better with every race. He has a strong late kick and owns a bullet work to signal readiness. He can very easily take this race but may need a little pace to run down.

Race #9 – The G1 Shadwell Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 5:45 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #7 – Mondialiste / #8 – Miss Temple City / #12 – Offering Plan

#7 – Mondialiste = Fergal Lynch for David O’Meara. This son of Galileo has been knocking heads with some Euro tough guys. He rallied strongly at Woodbine and gets 2nd time Lasix. He’ll come calling down the stretch. #8 – Miss Temple City = Solid filly by Temple City who is 4/4 ITM at Kee. She comes in off a nice prep win at Kentucky Downs and should be ready to do battle on a track she loves. Graham Motion knows how to bring them ready and she’ll give them fits. #12 – Offering Plan = New York-bred from the Chad Brown who could make some big noise this day. He is making his 3rd start off the layoff and has a devasting late kick.


Graded Stakes Preview – Saturday, September 2, 2017

BetPTC.com / Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer



Race 9 – G3 Saranac – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:36 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – Bricks and Mortar / #9 – Rocketry / #2 – Yoshida

#4 – Bricks and Mortar = Joel Rosario in the saddle for Chad Brown. This son of Giant’s Causeway is a perfect 4/4 on the turf. He won on the Spa turf in the G2 Hall of Fame and the barn comes back to score (20%) off a win. He has perfect tactical speed and his dam Beyond the Waves has 7 starters / 7 winners / and 6 turf winners to her credit. #9 – Rocketry = Jose Ortiz in the irons for James Jerkins. He is 5/6 ITM on the turf and 1/1 at the Spa. He’s been going longer and cuts back in distance from 1 3/8 – 1 1/8. Ortiz has been aboard three times with two wins and a very close third place effort. He’ll be launching a bid from the back of the pack. #2 – Yoshida = Irad Ortiz in the driver’s seat for trainer Bill Mott. 3rd time off the layoff and sports a bullet work coming into this effort. Bred to love the turf and could be the one to beat today.

Race #10 – G1 Spinaway – 7f – 6:11 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – Pure Silver / #1 – Separation of Powers / #5 – Maya Malibu

#4 – Pure Silver = 2-yr-old filly by Mission Impazzible is a perfect 3/3. New York-bred has improved with each start. She circled the field impressively and drew off to win by 9 1/2 lengths. She can be ultra-dangerous on the front end. #1 – Separation of Powers = Daughter of Candy Ride for the Chad Brown barn with Jose Ortiz calling the shots. She will be close to the pace and Ortiz wins (23%) with speed types. There is a sharp work in the morning to prepare and the rail wins (23%). #5- Maya Malibu = Daughter of Malibu Moon is a stone cold closer. She circled the field to win by 6 lengths at Delaware Park last out. Graham Motion is the conditioner for Javier Castellano and she’ll come calling late in the lane.


Race #11 – G1 Woodward – 1 1/8 – 6:46 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Gun Runner / #1 Neolithic / #3 – Rally Cry

#2 – Gun Runner = Son of Candy Ride 2/2 ITM at the Spa and is the talk of the racing world. He came back from Dubai World Cup finishing 2nd and has been an impressive winner in the G1 Stephen Foster and G1 Whitney. He’s on a mission and the Breeders’ Cup is the target in the distance. He is definitely the one to fear, and if his latest efforts continue the remainder of the field will be running for 2nd money. #1 – Neolithic = Todd Pletcher and Jose Ortiz team up and bring a runner who finished 3rd in the Dubai World Cup. He is 2/3 ITM at Saratoga and is an early speed type runner.Ortiz may be one of the best speed riders in the land an excellent judge of pace. #3 – Rally Cry = Pletcher and John Velasquez come to the races and “Rally” is 1/1 at Saratoga. Impressive winner last out in the $100,000 Alydar and looks to be a perfect stalking type. Owns a solid work coming in and rider/trainer win (32%) as a team.

Race #12 – G3 Glen Falls – 1 3/8 on the turf – 7:17 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – War Flag / #8 – Harmonize / #7 – Saranda

#4 – War Flag = Jose Ortiz aboard for Shug McGaughey and is 7/7 ITM lifetime. Since shipping in from Chantilly racing in the states has been going well. She’ll be a little closer going from 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 and with Ortiz in the irons, he’ll know how to rate and get the best from her today. #8 – Harmonize = John Velasquez for Bill Mott and they are 2/3 ITM at the Spa. Exits the G1 Diana and the class relief should be welcome. You’ll have to go back to May 2016 to see this level of competition and being a closer with the added distance may fit her well. #7 – Saranda = Daughter of Dansili for trainer Peter Schiergen. She last raced in the G1 Beverly D and the drop in class will fit her better. She’s been facing Group company in Germany and may be a factor in the late running of the race.