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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – Dec. 28

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by: Ed Meyer

Santa Anita

Race #6 – The G1 American Oaks – 1 1/4 on turf – 4:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Lady Prancealot / #7 – Giza Goddess / #3 – Mucho Unusual

#5 Lady Prancealot comes from the Richard Baltas barn and is 5 for 6 ITM at SA. This daughter of Sir Prancealot (IRE) is bred to enjoy the turf and has Jersey Joe Bravo in the irons. She’s a long range closer who can come calling from the back of the pack. She fires fresh off a layoff and has a solid work tab coming in. #7 Giza Goddess is a daughter of Cairo Prince for John Sheriffs and sports good early speed. This is her 3rd off the layoff move and is 2 for 2 ITM at SA. Victor Espinoza gets the nod and look for her to be early paced from the break. #3 Mucho Unusual 

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Race #7 – The G1 La Brea – 7f – 5:00 PM EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – First Star / #5 – Bellafina / #6 – Bell’s the One

#1 First Star is a daughter of First Dude for trainer Ron Ellis. She is 3 for 3 ITM lifetime and has two straight bullet works from her two month vacation. Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle and she is a perfect stalker who draws the rail slot. #5 Bellafina is a daughter of Quality Road with Flavien Prat in the irons. She’s been away for 56 days and exits the BC F&M Sprint off a closing effort coming up a bit short of the win. Her last couple works show promise and Prat wins 23% with his sprint mounts. #6 Bell’s the One is a stout closer from the Neil Pessin barn with Javier Castellano in the irons. She is 3 for 3 ITM going the distance and Castellano wins 23% with his sprint runners.

Race #9 – The G1 Malibu – 7f – 6:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selection / #5 – Omaha Beach / #3 – Manny Wah / #2 – Complexity

#5 Omaha Beach comes from the barn of Richard Madella with Mike Smith in the saddle. This son of War Front was a beaten 2nd in the BC Dirt Mile and is 4 for 4 ITM at SA. Three straight bullets and the ability to fire fresh is a great gift for this son of War Front. #3 Manny Wah is 2nd off the layoff for Baffert barn with Channing Hill retaining the mount. He ships in from Mahoning Valley winning 30% on the move. He’s a closer and stretches out from 6f to 7 panels. #2 Complexity is a speedy sort from the Chad Brown barn. He is 2nd off the layoff and the barn wins 24% on this move. Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat. His last win may be a great way to end the year and kick off 2020.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – Nov. 23

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by: Ed Meyer

Aqueduct

Race #9 – The G3 Red Smith – 1 3/8 on the turf – 3:47 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Nakamura / #7 – Sadler’s Joy / #4 – Marzo

#3 Nakamura is a son of Animal Kingdom for trainer Graham Motion. Jose Ortiz has the call and he wins 19% of his turf mounts. He came flying in the G3 Sycamore at Kee and was forced to take up and steady. A clear trip has him winner’s circle bound. #7 Sadler’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy who has been off for 49 days for the Tom Albertrani barn with Javier Castellano in the irons. He was a beaten chalk last out and the barn comes back to score 20%. Add in a big drop in class and this closer will come calling late in the lane. #4 Marzo comes from the Mike Maker barn with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. He was the upset winner of the G3 Sycamore and has tactical speed with a 7 for 8 ITM turf record.

Delta Downs

Race #8 – The Jean Lafitte – 1 mile – 9:11 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Jack the Umpire / #1 – Sir Winsalot / #5 – X Clown

#2 Jack the Umpire is a son of Bodemeister who is 1 for 1 over the Delta strip. Tommy Pompell in the irons and he is a perfect stalker going a route of ground today. He should be forwardly placed as he attempts to give them the slip down the backside. #1 Sir Winsalot comes in for the Ken McPeek barn off a win at Kee. He draws the rail under Gerard Melancon and sports a sharp work to prepare. He’s been routing and the distance should be no problem. Steps up in class and since moving from the turf he looked like a new runner. #5 X Clown makes his 2nd off the layoff for this son of Jimmy Creed. The LA bred should get an up close stalking trip waiting to pounce under Tyler Woodley.

Del Mar

Race #8 – The G3 Native Diver – 1 1/8 – 7:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Two Thirty Five / #4 – Roadster / #2 – Midcourt

#6 Two Thirty Five comes from the Richard Baltas barn with Abel Cedillo in the saddle. This son of Stay Thirsty always comes running and the added distance may help his cause. 2nd time off of the layoff and is 4 for 7 ITM at DM. He has faced some tough runners in the past and comes in fresh with a solid prep. #4 Roadster is a son of Quality Road for Bob Baffert. He’s going from a sprint to a route where Baffert wins 28% and comes in with the perfect prep for longer distance and a softer field. He looks the one to beat, but I’m using underneath for value. #2 Midcourt is a son of Midnight Lute seeking his fourth win. He does take a major step in class but trainer John Sheriffs knows how to bring them ready. Look for a solid closing effort under Victor Espinoza.

BetPTC.com Breeders’ Cup Preview – Saturday

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by: Ed Meyer

Santa Anita

Race #4 – The B/C F&M Sprint – 7f – 2:55 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Dawn the Destroyer / #4 – Come Dancing / #5- Lady Ninja

#8 Dawn the Destroyer is 3rd off the shelf for Kiaran McLaughlin and Tyler Gaffalione. She ran a fast closing 2nd in the G2 TCA at Kee and gets added distance today. The barn wins 21% with shippers and Gaffalione is ready for the big stage. #4 Come Dancing is a daughter of Malibu Moon with Javier Castellano in the irons. 3rd off the layoff looking for three in a row. Castellano should have her in a perfect stalking mode. #5 Lady Ninja comes from the barn of Richard Baltas with Drayden Van Dyke. She is 9 for 10 ITM at SA. Add in a red hot work and she’ll be dangerous if the pace is salty down the lane.

 

Race #5 – The BC Turf Sprint – 5f on turf – 3:33 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Totally Boss / #5 – Stubbins / #10- Eddie Haskell

#1 Totally Boss comes in for Rusty Arnold and Jose Ortiz has the call. They are looking for 3 in a row exiting a big win in the G3 Turf Sprint at KyD. Ortiz gets the rail and is 6 for 7 ITM running short. He’ll be rolling up the hedge late in the game. #5 Stubbins goes to post for Doug O’Neill and Flavien Prat in the irons. They exit a win in the G2 Woodford at Kee. He is 2 for 2 at SA and 2 for 2 ITM at the distance. Prat will come rolling late in the running. #10 Eddie Haskell in for Mark Glatt and Joel Rosario aboard. He’s been stepping up each time and has the ability to come rolling late. He got shuffled about and still closed stoutly as the beaten chalk in the G2 Eddie D.

 

Race #6 – The BC Dirt Mile – 1 mile – 4:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Mr. Money / #2 – Improbable / #5 – Omaha Beach

#4 Mr.  Money is a son of Goldenscents for Bret Calhoun and Gabriel Saez. 2nd off the layoff and cuts back in distance where he is 1 for 1 going a mile. He’ll be mid pack and Saez will have him in top gear. #2 Improbable comes in for Bob Baffert and Rafael Bejarano as they are 1 for 1 at SA. 3rd off the layoff where the barn wins 22% and turns back in distance, He’ll be just off the lead and will stalk a close rail trip. #5 Omaha Beach is 2nd off the layoff for Dick Mandell and Mike Smith in the saddle. This son of War Front is 3 for 3 at SA. His works are tight and you can’t slight the connections. He’ll be on the engine in the guiding hands of Smith.

 

Race #7 – The BC F&M Turf – 1 1/4 on turf – 4:54 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Sistercharlie / #7 – Vasilika / #10 – Mrs. Sippy

#2 Sistercharlie is the daughter of Myboycharlie (IRE) for Chad Brown and John Velasquez. She is seeking her 7th straight win and Brown has win this race four times prior. She is 5 for 6 ITM at the distance and comes in 2nd off the layoff after winning the G1 Flower Bowl. #7 Vasilika is a daughter of Skipshot for Dan ward and Flavien Prat aboard. She exits a fast closing effort in the G1 First Lady at Kee and with Prat in the irons you know he’s going to find her best stride. #10 Mrs. Sippy a daughter of Blame for Graham Motion and Joel Rosario. 3rd off the shelf and was a fast closing 3rd in the G1 Flower Bowl. She sports a wicked late kick.

 

Race #8 – The BC Sprint – 6f – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9- Imperial Hint / #4 – Mitole / #5 – Engage

#9 Imperial Hint comes in for Luis Carvajal with Javier Castellano in the saddle. 2nd time out off a gutsy win in the G1 Vosburgh. His works are sharp and will display versatility stalking just off the pace. #4 Mitole is a son of Eskendreya for Steve Asmussen with Ricardo Santanna aboard. The first start in two months and his works are strong. Cuts back in distance and will be right near the front. His speed may carry him to the winner’s circle. #5 Engage in for Asmussen and John Velasquez. They are seeking their 3rd straight win and with the early pace in here his late stride may be the answer. He was impressive winning the G2 Phoenix last out.

 

Race #9 – BC Mile – 1 mile turf – 6:20 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #14 – Bowie’s Hero / #11 – Uni / #1 – Suedois

#14 Bowie’s Hero 2nd off the layoff and winner of the G1 Shadwell last out. He loves SA going 6 for 9 ITM and his only knock is the outside post. With Flavien Prat in the irons for Phil D’Amato, he’s going to find his best run. #11 Uni is a daughter of More Than Ready for Chad Brown and Joel Rosario. Winner of the G1 First Lady and knocked heads with the boys before. Brown knows how to spot them and Joel will get her late closing kick in gear. #1 Suedois was closing eight wide in the G1 Shadwell and was 3rd under a blanket finish. Castellano picks up the mount from Jamie Spencer and trainer David O’Meara always brings his runners ready.

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Race #10 – The BC Distaff – 1 1/8 – 7:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5- Dunbar Road / #4- Midnight Bisou / #11 – Blue Prize

#5 Dunbar Road is a daughter of Quality Road for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. 2nd off the layoff and 6 for 6 ITM. The G1 Spinster was a perfect prep and Ortiz back in the irons should have her running late. #4 Midnight Bisou is a daughter of Midnight Lute for Steve Asmussen and Mike Smith in the saddle. She is seeking her 8th in a row and is a horse for the course going 4 for 4 ITM at SA. Smith will have this stalker in handy order as they turn for home. #11 Blue Prize a daughter of Pure Prize and is 5 for 5 ITM this year. She is 2nd off the shelf after a win in the G1 Spinster. She loves the distance and Joe Bravo looks to pick up the leaders on the far turn.

 

Race #11 – The BC Turf – 1 1/2 on turf – 7:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Old Persian / #9 – Bricks and Mortar / #5 – Anthony Van Dyke

#10 Old Persian is a son of Dubawi (IRE) for the Charles Appleby yard. Willam Buick has the call and they exit an impressive win in the G1 Northern Dancer getting 2nd Lasix today. His closing effort last out was eye catching at Woodbine and looks to wear down the leaders in the lane. #9 Bricks and Mortar comes in for Chad Brown with Irad Ortiz getting the call. They are seeking a 7th straight win and his dam Beyond the Waves has 7 starters, 7 winners, and 6 turf winners to her credit. Ortiz wins 21% with closers and this son of Giant’s Causeway looks like the one to beat. #5 Anthony Van Dyke is a son of Galileo for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. He was a beaten chalk in last year’s BC Juvenile Turf and looks for payback against a stout field.

 

Race #12 – The BC Classic – 1 1/4 – 8:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Code of Honor / #10 – Vino Rosso / #8 – McKinzie

#11 Code of Honor comes in for Shug McGaughey and John Velasquez. 3rd off the layoff and was put up in a DQ to win the G1 Jockey Gold Cup. He’s a closing son of Noble Mission and has been working well to keep sharp. The one to beat. #10 Vino Rosso is a son of Curlin for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz. He is 1 for 1 at SA and owns a couple of sharp works to prepare. He’ll be up close and ready to move when Ortiz hits the accelerator. He may want some payback as he was moved to 2nd against Code of Honor last out. #8 McKinzie is 7 for 7 at SA for the Baffert barn with Joel Rosario getting the call. He was a beaten favorite last out in the G1 Awesome Again and this son of Street Sense should be up close. Add in that bullet work and we may have a sleeper who can take down the prize.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – Aug. 31

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by: Ed Meyer

 

Saratoga

Race #10 – The G2 Glens Falls – 1 3/8 on the turf – 5:27 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Santa Monica / #2 – Fools’ Gold / #1- Empress of the Nile

#4 Santa Monica is a daughter of Mastercraftsman (IRE) for trainer Chad Brown with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. This is her 2nd off the layoff where Brown wins 25% and is two for two ITM at the Spa. She is a stout closer and had to steady sharply last out. She regained her momentum and finished a game third. Look for a strong finish by Ortiz down the lane. #2 Fool’s Gold is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro for Chad Brown and Javier Castellano. She is 2 for 2 ITM at the  Spa and won the G3 Waya last out. Her solid late kick will fit in with well with the distance. Castellano wins 23% on the greensward. #1 Empress of the Nile is a daughter of Pioneer of the Nile for trainer Graham Motion and Irad Ortiz. Motion is 4 for 6 ITM the past couple weeks as she makes a 3rd off the layoff move capped with a 7 wide late rally win last out. She is 2 for 3 ITM at Saratoga and Ortiz in the irons is ultra attractive.

Race #11 – The G1 Woodward – 1 1/8 – 6:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Yoshida / #3 – Vino Rosso / #9 – Tom’s d’Etat

#7 Yoshida is a son of Heart’s Cry (JPN) for trainer Bill Mott and Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat. 2nd off shipping in from Churchill Downs and his last effort in the G1 Whitney was strong. He is 2 for 2 ITM at the Spa and runners coming through Kentucky have been doing well at the Spa. Rosario fits and Mott is dangerous every time he saddles. He won this race last year on his way to the Breeders’ Cup. #3 Vino Rosso is a son of Curlin for trainer Todd Pletcher and Johnny V. Blinkers off today and the barn wins 23% on this equipment move. They are coming off a short 25 day layoff and Pletcher has a maturing runner looking for a sharp effort. #9 Tom’s d’ Etat is a son of Smart Strike for trainer Al Stall and Irad Ortiz. He’s a horse for the course going a perfect three for three at the Spa. Ortiz should have him up close leading the train. Ortiz wins 24% with early runners and has a solid win in the Alydar Stakes.

Del Mar

Race #7 – The G2 John C. Mabee – 1 1/8 on the turf – 8:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Vasilika / #9 – Elysea’s World / #4 – Toinette

#1 Vasilika is a daughter of Skipshot for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She reunites with Flavien Prat and makes her 2nd off the layoff move. She was a beaten favorite in the G2 Yellow Ribbon and stretches out to a preferred distance where she’ll stalk mid pack and pounce. #9 Elysea’s World is a daughter of Champs Elysees (GB) making her 2nd off effort for Richard Baltas. She’s a stone cold closer and the added ground should be welcome. She’ll be in high gear turning for home. #4 Toinette is a daughter of Scat Daddy for trainer Neil Drysdale and Rafael Bejarano. She is 1 for 1 at Del Mar and gets added distance. This is her 2nd start of the year and is 5 for 6 with wins on the green. She’ll be stalking the speed and make a big run around the far turn. Bejarano wins 19% with stalking type runners.

Race #9 – The G1 Del Mar Debutante – 7f – 9:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Bast / #7 – Inspiressa / #2 – Comical

#5 Bast is a two yr old daughter of Uncle Mo for trainer Bob Baffert winning 25% with Drayden Van Dyke in the driver’s seat. They add blinkers today and that yields a 35% win clip for the barn. She was off slow last out and came flying four wide in the lane closing stoutly. The blinkers should keep her focused and stretching out in distance should be a real bonus. The rider and trainer have been five for five the past two weeks and owns a sharp work to have her ready. #7 Inspiressa hails from the barn of Peter Eurton with Joe Talamo in the irons. This daughter of Commissioner wins 33% with his firsters and she did not disappoint. She was forced out in the G2 Sorrento with 1st Lasix and second time Lasix gets a 29% win clip for the barn. She takes her game to the next level and I’m looking for a big effort. #2 Comical comes from the Doug O’Neill barn with Norberto Arroyo. 3rd off the shelf and this speedy gal should be dangerous with a new rider today. She should have a garden trip just off the leader and take over the engine down the backstretch. O’Neill wins 17% with his sprinters.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 8/17/19

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by: Ed Meyer

 

Del Mar

Race #7 – The G2 Del Mar Handicap – 1 3/8 on the turf – 8:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 -United / #6 – The Great Day / #4 – Marckie’s Water

#5 United is a son of Giant’s Causeway for Dick Mandella and Flavien Prat in the irons. This is his second off the layoff and looks for his 2nd win over the course. He’s a long range closer and the added ground should not hurt his chances. He does step up in class and Mandella does an excellent job at spotting his horses when they’re ready to climb the class ladder. His dam Indy Punch has 4 starters, 4 winners, and 2 turf winners to her credit. Prat is an excellent turf rider winning 27% on the greensward. #6 The Great Day makes his 3rd off the layoff shipping in from the G3 Arlington Handicap. He comes from the barn of Arnaud Delacour and he wins 29% 3rd time off the shelf. John Velasquez in town to ride and he’s been working bullets in the morning. #4 Marckie’s Water hails from the barn of Richard Baltas and Tiago Pereira in the irons. This is his 2nd off the layoff and ran a strong second in the G2 Eddie Read. His dam Russian River has 3 starters, 3 winners, and 3 turf winners. Look for a big late run at the top of the stretch.

Race #9 – The G1 Del Mar Oaks – 1 1/8 on the turf – 9:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Cambier Parc / #5 – Raymundos Secret / #14 – Hidden Message

#1 Cambier Parc is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro shipping in from Belmont Park. She comes from the Chad Brown barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. She cuts ack in distance and is 4 for 5 ITM on the sod. A perfect stalker draws the rail spot and owns a sharp work to prepare. #5 Raymundos Secret comes from the Richard Baltas barn making her second off the layoff move. Florent Geroux has the assignment and wins 21% with turf runners as she looks to be a perfect 3 for 3. Steps up in class and gets added distance. Look for an upclose stalking ride. #14 Hidden Message ships in from Sandown Park for trainer Simon Callaghan. She is a daughter of Scat Daddy with Flavien Prat in the driver’s seat. She gets first Lasix and the barn wins 30% on the medication change. Look for a mid pack stalking trip as Prat is an excellent judge of pace.

Race #10 – The G1 Pacific Classic – 1 1/4 – 9:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 -Seeking the Soul / #8 – Campaign / #3 – Pavel

#5 Seeking the Soul comes in for the Dallas Stewart barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. This son of Perfect Soul won the G2 Stephen Foster and Churchill runners have been doing very well on the west coast. He’s a long range closer as Velasquez looks for two in a row. He always brings a solid run and expect him to get in the mix as they turn for home. #8 Campaign is a son of Curlin for John Sadler and Rafael Bejarano. This is his second off the layoff and he’s 1 for 1 over the Del Mar strip. He turns back in distance and should be running late. #3 Pavel makes his 3rd off the shelf for trainer Doug O’Neill with Mario Gutierrez in the saddle. They ship in from Belmont and the barn wins 20% on making the trip. He is 3 for 8 ITM going the distance and was runner up in last year’s edition of this race. He’ll come calling around the far turn as they head for home.

 

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – May 25

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Santa Anita Race #5 – The G3 Daytona – 5f on the turf – 6:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Brandothebartender / #3 – Eddie Haskell / #1 – Kanthanka

#5 Brandothebartender makes his 3rd off the layoff for trainer Craig Dollase and Joe Talamo. He is 8 for 15 ITM at Santa Anita and cuts back in distance from a mile. Talamo fits the gelding and should relish sprinting where he is 6 for 7 ITM at the distance. #3 Eddie Haskell hails from the barn of Mark Glatt. He’s been off for 55 days and is 13 for 16 ITM on the turf. A perfect stalker for Kent Desormeaux and he fires well off the shelf. #1 Kanthanka comes in for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. He was a beaten favorite in the G2 Kona Gold as the barn wins 23% looks for payback. Flavien Prat in the saddle is a plus as he’s winning 26% on the greensward.

 

Race #7 – The G2 Charles Whittingham – 1 1/4 on the turf – 7:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – United / #3 – Marckie’s Water / #7 – Ashleyluvssugar

#5 United is a son of Giant’s Causeway for Dick Mandella. Flavien Prat gets the call as he makes his 3rd off the layoff. They are making the move to change riders to turf master Prat. He gets added distance and should stalk from just off the pace. #3 Marckie’s Water goes to post for Richard Baltas. This son of Tribal Rule is 6 for 10 ITM at Santa Anita and has proven himself going long. I’m looking for a solid stalking trip. #7 Ashelyluvssugar is a son of Game Plan for trainer Peter Eurton. This is a 3rd off the layoff effort for a versatile runner. He can grab the lead of lay just off the pace. Brice Blanc is the pilot and should be on the front at the gate break in this field.

Race  #8 – The G2 Triple Bend – 7f – 7:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – American Anthem / #3 – Law Abiding Citizen / #5 – Nero

#1 American Anthem hails from the barn of Bob Baffert. Mike Smith in the irons as they ship back from CD as a beaten favorite in Louisville on Derby weekend. This son of Bodemeister cuts back in distance where he is 5 for 5 ITM going 7f. Look for an up close effort under the guidance of Smith. #3 Law Abiding Citizen goes to post for trainer Mark Glatt. This son of Twirling Candy hasn’t run in 55 days and makes a turf to dirt switch. He won the G3 San Simeon and has some sharp morning works coming into the race. He will be forwardly placed at the gate break. #5 Nero is a son of Pioneer of the Nile for Bob Baffert. Drayden Van Dyke gets the nod and the colt has been working sharply. He’s been on the shelf for 55 days and I’m looking for an up close effort.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 1/26/19

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Gulfstream Park – Pegasus World Cup Day in South Florida

Race #9 – The G3 Fred Hooper – 1 mile – 3:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Copper Town / #9 – Unbridled Juan / #6 – Aztec Sense

#8 Copper Town is from the Todd Pletcher barn winning 25%. This son of Speightstown has been away from the races for 56 days and drops down in class from the G1 Cigar Mile. The rider and trainer have been 10 for 14 ITM the past two weeks and had a rough trip stepping up in class last out. The drop back down and move to high percentage Javier Castellano should have him up close stalking. #9 Unbridled Juan is a son of Unbridled’s Joy for trainer Jose Corrales. He is  4 for 4 ITM and is looking for 3 in a row. He cuts back from 1 1/8 and his form cycle is top notch. #6 Aztec Sense is a son of Street Sense looking for 9 in a row. He is 3 for 4 at GP ITM and makes a cutback in distance. Emisael Jaramillo in the irons and he is winning 35% with the barn this meet.

Race #10 – The G3 W.L. McKnight – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Zulu Alpha / #2 – Soglio / #7 – Canessar

#4 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry for trainer Mike Maker. 2nd off the layoff and 2 for 3 ITM at the distance. Drops in class from the G2 Ft Lauderdale and should improve greatly. Irad Ortiz in the irons and he wins 23% on the turf. #2 Soglio is a son of Scat Daddy for trainer Mike Maker. He is 4 for 4 ITM at GP and was a beaten favorite last out. Maker wins 24% coming back off this angle and cuts back from the two mile distance. He had a tough trip last out lacking room and just missing at the wire. Today could be payback time. #7 Canessar comes from the Arnaud Delacour barn. He is a stone cold closer and has the services of high percentage Javier Castellano in the saddle. He’s been off 6 months and has a solid work pattern.

Race  #11 – The G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf – 1 3/16 turf – 4:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Magic Wand / #5 – Next Shares / #2 – Yoshida

#1 Magic Wand is a daughter of Galileo from the Aidan O’Brien yard. She ran 4th in the BC Filly and Mare Turf and goes without Lasix. She’s been off two months and her dam Pruendezia (IRE) has 6 starters, 4 winners, 2 stakes winners, and 4 turf winners to her credit. She has a strong late kick. #5 Next Shares from the Richard Baltas barn has Tyler Gaffalione in the driver’s seat. This gelding makes his 2nd start after winning the G2 San Gabriel and is 1 for 1 at GP. He adds distance and Gaffalione is winning at 17% on the sod. #2 Yoshida hails from the Bill Mott barn where he’s been off for two months since the BC Classic. He was 4th and six wide and just got beat at the wire. He’s a solid closer and will be rolling late in the lane.

Race #12 – The G1 Pegasus World Cup – 1 1/8 – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Audible / #3 – City of Lights / #8- Gunnevera

#10 Audible has Flavien Prat aboard for Todd Pletcher. They are 3 for 4 ITM at GP and since the Derby, and this colt has really matured. Prat takes over for Castellano who opts for City of Lights. #3 City of Lights is a speedy son of Quality Road. He is more versatile than his races show on paper and Javier Castellano in the saddle is a plus. They ship in from CD and Mike McCarthy wins 25% on the ship. Very dangerous runner. #8 Gunnevera is a stone cold closer from the Antonio Sano barn. He is 8 for 9 ITM at GP and came flying late in the BC Classic. He enters off a two month layoff and look for him to come calling late in the lane under Irad Ortiz.

 

BetPTC.com Breeders’ Cup Preview – 11/3/18

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

The 35th edition of the Breeders’ Cup will take place this Friday and Saturday. There are fourteen Breeders’ Cup races with the best runners in the world converging on Louisville, Kentucky. We will cover races 8-11 which make up the $3 million dollar guaranteed late pick-four.

Churchill Downs

Race #8 – The Breeders’ Cup Mile – 1 mile on turf – 3:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Expert Eye / #5 – Oscar Performance / #2 – Next Shares

#7 Expert Eye is the son of Acclamation for Sir Michael Stoute. He gets first Lasix and has been a little short of getting the mile distance. Europeans have a way of getting added distance on these days and has the services of Frankie Dettori in irons. The 55 days away from the races may have him in top order and the connections like their chances. #5 Oscar Performance is a son of Kittens’ Joy for trainer Brian Lynch with Jose Ortiz in the saddle. He is a perfect 3 for 3 at the distance and exits the G1 Woodbine Mile which has served as a great prep for this affair. Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace and should try and wire the field. #2 Next Shares is a son of Archarcharch and exits the G1 Shadwell Mile at Keeneland. Also a key prep for this race and 6 for 9 ITM going the distance. Respected rider Tyler Gafflione in the saddle and trainer Richard Baltas wins 17% on the turf. This closer will come calling late.

Race #9 – The Breeders’ Cup Distaff – 1 1/8 – 4:16 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 – Monomoy Girl / #2 – Abel Tasman / #10 – Blue Prize

#11 Monomoy Girl is a daughter of Tapizar for trainer Brad Cox. She is 3 for 3 ITM at Churchill and was a beaten favorite in the G1 Cotillion at Parx.  She won and was disqualified but her works are showing readiness to roll. Florent Geroux in the irons and she is 2 for 2 at the distance. If she runs back to the G1 CCA Oaks she’s gonna be tough to handle. #2 Abel Tasman comes to post for Bob Baffert and Mike Smith in the saddle. Toss out the last race where she bobbled and came off slow. According to Baffert she spiked a fever and wasn’t feeling herself. 3rd start off the layoff, solid works and 4 for 4 ITM at the distance makes her a player. #10 Blue Prize is a daughter of Pure Prize for Ignacio Correas. “Jersey” Joe Bravo in the saddle and she is 5 for 5 ITM at CD. That was a nice win in the G1 Spinster and Correas is winning 44% looking for 4-in-a-row.

Race #10 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:56 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #12 – Waldgeist / #2 – Enable / #1 – Talismanic

#12 Waldgeist is a son of Galileo for the Andre Fabre yard. This is his 3rd start off the layoff and ran a game 2nd in the Gr1 Arc de Triomphe. He looks to be sitting on a huge effort and the top shelf connections have been speaking good things all week. #2 Enable is an ultra talented filly for trainer John Gosden. She has rolled off eight straight wins and looks to be the one to beat. Frankie Dettori is the reinsman and she’s been training well at Churchill Downs applying the final touches. She is 3 for 3 at the distance and her only knock is that Arc winners are 0 for 8 winning this event. #1 Talismanic exits a key race in the Gr1 Arc and won this event last year paying a handsome price. Is a repeat in the cards? He has excellent breeding and will come calling late in the lane.

Race #11 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic – 1 1/4 – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2- Thunder Snow / #14 – Accelerate / #6 – McKinzie

#2 Thunder Snow has been looking good in the morning works over the CD oval. This is his 3rd start off the layoff and ran a huge effort in the G1 Jockey Gold Cup getting bested by a neck at the wire. He is 3 for 4 ITM going 1 1/4 and should be in mid pack poised to pounce. #14 Accelerate is looking to go four in a row for trainer John Sadler. Joel Rosario is the reinsman and has been aboard his last two impressive wins. He loves the distance going 4 for 4 and won the G1 Pacific Classic by 12 lengths. Loves the distance, the rider fits like a glove, and he’s gonna be tough down the lane. #6 McKinzie is a son of Street Sense who won the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert and Mike Smith team up and they do every good work when the money is on the line. Should be forwardly placed with a rider who is an excellent judge of pace. Can be a major player today.

 

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Saratoga

Race #9 – G3 Sanford – 6f – 5:40 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Dream Maker / #1 Sombeyay / #7 Bano Solo

#5 Dream Maker is a son of Tapit for trainer Mark Casse. Julien Leparoux is the reinsman and they score 23% as a team. His only effort was a stout move circling the field at Churchill. He gets an extra furlong to run and has a sharp workout over the track.

#1 Sombeyay hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with Javier Castellano in the irons. He’s had two eventful trips but his race in the Tremont was impressive. He stumbled at the start and came rolling late. He sports a bullet work over the deep Saratoga training course putting the final touch on his preparation.

#7 Bano Solo is a son of Goldenscents from the Steve Asmussen barn. His sire fires 16% first time winners and did not disappoint at Churchill. His workout pattern has been sharp and I’m looking for a top effort.

 

Race #10 – G1 Diana Stakes – 1 1/8 on the turf – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 A Raving Beauty / #1 Sistercharlie / #2 Proctor’s Ledge

#6 A Raving Beauty is a daughter of Mastercraftsman for trainer Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle and they score at a high percentage as a team. She rolled off two wins at Belmont and the German bred should be forwardly placed with a tactical rider calling the shots. She’ll give them all they want.

#1 Sistercharlie comes from the Chad Brown barn with John Velasquez in the saddle. Since getting Lasix two back she has had more gas in the tank. She cuts back from a mile and a quarter and was a beaten favorite last time out rolling late.

#2 Proctor’s Ledge has Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat for trainer Brendan Walsh. A daughter of Ghostzapper who is 2 for 2 over the course and finished a solid place effort in the G1 Just A Game at Belmont. She loves the course and has some solid works under her belt.

 

Del Mar

Race #7 – G2 San Diego – 1 1/16 – 8:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 Accelerate / #9 Dabster / #2 Dr. Door

#7 Accelerate is a son of Lookin At Lucky for John Sadler. He exits a big win in the G1 Gold Cup at Oaklawn and has been resting for 56 days. He has solid works and loves the course going 4 for 5 ITM at Del Mar.

#9 Dabster has Flavien Prat in the saddle for trainer Bob Baffert. This son of Curlin is 2 for 3 with wins and comes off a long layoff effort in the G2 San Carlos. He should be in mid pack and has a record of 1 for 1 at Del Mar.

#2 Dr. Dorr comes in for Bob Baffert with Joe Talamo aboard. He’s going to be forwardly placed as Baffert looks to notch his second win in this race loaded with two solid runners.

 

Race #8 – G2 San Clemente – 1 mile on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 West Palm Beach / #10 War Heroine / #3 Flammetta

#9 West Palm Beach is a daughter of Scat Daddy and crossed the pond running on the synthetic surface. She was a beaten favorite in the G3 Senorita and comes in fresh off a two month layoff for trainer Simon Callaghan with Flavien Prat in the irons.

#10 War Heroine is a solid daughter of Lonhro for trainer Peter Miller. She’s been off for two months and two for two on the greensward. Today she makes a jump in class and gets the acid test to prove her ability.

#3 Flammetta is entered for trainer Richard Baltas with Geovanni Franco in the saddle. She should be placed in the mid pack flight and owns 3 wins from 4 efforts on the turf.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 11/30/17

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The winter ovals are opening the doors and we’re ready to follow the horses as they make their next stop. But as we ready for the next oval, we need to keep our eyes open for problem runners who have an excuse. They may not have had a good break, stumbled or blocked down the lane. As handicappers, we are always looking to build our bankroll and there is no better time than now. – Just keep your eyes peeled and have these runners on your radar. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

Churchill Downs

11/18/17

Race #4 – #9 – Sky Promise – 1 1/16 on the turf 

#9 – Sky Promise = Son of Sky Mesa for the Ken McPeek barn. He was adding first-time blinkers and had the services of Robby Albarado. The track was listed as yielding and he seems to enjoy a surface with a little “cut” to it. This day he was tracking from the back and made a strong 4 wide bid to get the show dough.

Race #7 – #2 – Like a Haint – 6f on the main

#2 – Like a Haint = Filly by Archarcharch is fresh off two straight claims and was a beaten favorite the last two. She loves CD going 5/6 ITM. She had the services of apprentice Edgar Morales and was rallying strongly on the outside. The leader and eventual winner floated out a little bit near the wire and won by a head. Some would call it race riding and others would dismiss it as a bad streak of luck. – You’ll need to follow her back as she’ll probably head to Turfway Park.

Fair Grounds

11/18/17

Race #2 – #9 – Much Trouble – 1 and 70 yards on the main

#9 -Much Trouble = Miguel Mena in the saddle for Thom Amoss. Shipping in from Indiana Grand and was a beaten favorite last out. He owned a bullet work over the course and looked to fit. He was carried out at the 3/4 and forced to check up sharply at the 1/8th pole. After all this, he still managed a strong place finish.

Del Mar

11/19/17

Race #7 – #10- Pants on Fire – 1 mile on the turf

#10 – Pants on Fire = Corey Nakatani in the irons for Richard Baltas.  3-yr-old filly by Sir Percy (GB) is regally bred for the green. She came flying and would have taken flight if she had wings. The way she maneuvered through runners and weaved in and out closing like gangbusters. – Follow her right back.

Race #8 – #2 – Solid Wager – $100k Cary Grant – 7f on the main

#2 – Solid Wager = Peter Miller is the conditioner and he has been red-hot winning 33%. He was a beaten favorite last out and was left at the post this day. – Victor Espinoza saved ground and swung out gamely making a strong 5 wide move. Everything seemed to fit and he’ll give them fits next time out.