The sweltering heat of the summer is no comparison to the racing action that is taking place. As Saratoga and Del Mar roll out the big guns, the smaller ovals are offering up red-hot Thoroughbred action to keep you on the edge of your seat as well. – This is the best part of summer, and it won’t last forever. – Grab your shades and sunblock and head out to the races. There will be plenty of time to hunker-down in your man cave when the cool winds of winter blow. But until then, enjoy the best that Mother Nature has to offer. – Here are some runners from this past weekend who deserve a good hard look next time out. They may not have had the best of trips, and that means they’ll be worth a good play at fair odds next time out. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !
7/23/16 – Race #2 – #7 – 1 1/16 on the turf
#7 – Our Stormin Norman = Julien Leparoux in the irons, and his mount was bumped soundly and squeezed back at the start. This son of Blame will have much more to offer with a cleaner trip and hopefully the odds board will be very kind for some payback.
7/23/16 – Race #3 – #4 – 6f on the dirt
#4 – Bronson = John Velasquez in the saddle for Todd Pletcher. This was the (G-3) Sanford Stakes, and this son of Medaglia d’ Oro broke his maiden at Monmouth Park in fine fashion as he stepped up the ladder. – It was a compact field of five and he was pinched back at the start and never got back into stride. – Team Pletcher will work out the kinks, and you can bet he’ll receive some strong gate work to have him ready to roll.
7/23/16 – Race #10 – #7 – 1 1/8 on the turf
#7 – Recepta = Johnny Velasquez was the pilot and his filly came in 1/1 (ITM) over the Saratoga strip. She was three wide on the first turn, three wide on the far turn, and four wide into the stretch to be beaten by a nose. – She had a great sightseeing trip of The Spa, and dollars to donuts next out she’ll be more focused on getting her picture taken.
7/24/16 – Race #4 – #8 – 6 1/2 f on the dirt
#8 – Grassarla = Luis Saez in the saddle for Chris Englehart. This daughter of Bluegrass Cat was 2nd in her first attempt getting off slowly brushing against the gate upon leaving. – She was the odds-on favorite this day and had the same troubles when they sprung the latch. Saez did his best to help her overcome the tardy beginning, but it was just too much to overcome. – If she comes out clean, you may cash at a very handsome price.
7/24/16 – Race #6 – #3 – 1 1/16 on the turf
#3 – Llanita = Irad Ortiz had the call for Chad Brown, and this daughter of Rock of Gibraltar is bred to love the greensward. – Since she shipped in from France last September, she has been a fast closing machine. Her connections are red-hot and it is only a matter of time before she sees the winner’s circle.
7/24/16 – Race #11 – #4 – 1 mile on the turf
#4 – Romans Paradise = Javier Castellano was aboard, and this was his second start of the year. He is 2/2 (ITM) at Saratoga and was taken up sharply to avoid running up on the heels of rank horses. Once he found clear sailing, he was a day late and a dollar short getting his momentum rolling. – Maybe a little better trip may be just what the doctor ordered.