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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – Sept. 7

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Kentucky Downs

Race #7 – The G-3 Runhappy Turf Sprint – 6f on turf – 4:53 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Imprimis / #5 – Undrafted / #10 – Totally Boss

#3 Imprimis is a son of Broken Vow for Joe Orseno and Paco Lopez in the saddle. He’s been off two months and finished mid pack at Royal Ascot last out. He’s a late runner and Lopez scores at a 24% clip with turf runners. His win in the G2 Shakertown two back was very impressive. #5 Undrafted comes in for Wesley Ward and Corey Lanerie in the irons. This is his 2nd off the layoff and three for five ITM over the course. He rallied strongly in last year’s edition and Ward wins 26% with his sprinters coming in fresh. #10 Totally Boss comes from the barn of Rusty Arnold and Florent Geroux has the call. 3rd off the shelf and was impressive in victory at Ellis Park last out. He should get a nice stalking trip and Geroux is off to a great start for the meet.

Race #8 – G-3 Three Chimneys Ladies Turf – 1 mile turf – 5:28 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Mitchell Road / #3 – Kallio / #2 – Simply Breathless

#7 Mitchell Road is a daughter of English Channel for Bill Mott and Joel Rosario in the saddle. She’s been off 56 days and exits the G1 Diana facing Sistercharlie. She cuts back in distance shipping in from Saratoga with some morning works to have her ready. Rosario will have her close to the pace as she runs extremely well coming off a layoff. #3 Kallio is a daughter of Scat Daddy with Tyler Gaffalione in the driver’s seat. She is 1 for 1 over the course and won in the shadow of the wire last out. Her dam Smokey Diplomacy has 7 starters, 6 winners, and 4 turf winners to her credit. #2 Simply Breathless comes in for Neil Drysdale and Florent Geroux. This daughter of Bated Breath (GB) has a solid late kick and exits Arlington off a beaten favorite effort. The barn wins 22% getting payback and Geroux loves the greensward winning 20%.

Remington Park september

Race #9 – The G-3 Ladies Sprint – 6 1/2f on turf – 6:01 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 – Tiny Tina / #3 – Oleksandra / #7 – Morticia

#9 Tiny Tina is a daughter of Paddy O’ Prado for Phil D’Amato with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She is shooting for her 4th in a row off a three month layoff. She ships in from SA and steps up in class for this event. Cutting back in distance and solid works make her a major danger. #3 Oleksandra is a daughter of Animal Kingdom for Neil Drysdale and Joel Rosario going to post. She won the Smart N Fancy last out and comes calling late in the lane for Rosario who wins 20% with closers. #7 Morticia is 3rd off the layoff for Rusty Arnold with Tyler Gaffalione in the driver’s seat. She was a beaten chalk last out facing Oleksandra and the barn comes back to score 33% looking to turn the tables.

Race #10 – The G-3 Kentucky Turf Cup – 1 1/2f on turf – 6:35 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Bigger Picture / #10 – Arklow / #9 – Zulu Alpha

#5 Bigger Picture comes to post for Mike Maker and Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle. He’s been off two months and ships in from the G1 United Nations. He finished a fast closing 2nd last year going the same route to Kentucky Downs. Tyler G is back aboard this closer who is 1 for 2 ITM in Franklin. #10 Arklow is a son of Arch for Brad Cox and Florent Geroux has the call. He’s 1 for 1 at KyD and makes a 2nd off effort coming in from the G2 Bowling Green. That was a strong move between runners and the rider and trainer have teamed up to be 5 for 8 ITM the past few weeks. #9 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry (IRE) for Mike Maker and Jose Ortiz. He’s been knocking on the door owns a bullet work dropping in class. He is 4 for 5 ITM at the distance in the hands of an excellent reinsman.

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Saratoga Race #10 – The G1 Spinaway – 7f – 6:13 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Nonna Madeline / #3 Virginia Eloise / #7 Chasing Yesterday

#5 Nonna Madeline is making her 3rd start for trainer Todd Pletcher with John Velasquez in the irons. Last time she was off a bit slow and still managed to finish a solid 2nd as the beaten favorite. She has four solid works under her belt and Pletcher scores 25% coming back off a beaten favorite angle. She gets added distance and this race should fit her nicely. #3 Virginia Eloise is a daughter of Curlin for the Pletcher barn. She broke her maiden at first asking and raced a little green last out while putting together a big run down the lane. Javier Castellano in the saddle and she’ll track the pace looming a major danger. #7 Chasing Yesterday is a daughter of Tapit for the Bob Baffert barn. “Money Man” Mike Smith in the saddle as she was an impressive maiden winner on July, 28th. Her works have been solid and her dam Littleprincessemma has 5 starters with 5 winners from her babies.

Saratoga Race #11 – The G1 Woodward – 1 1/8 – 6:47 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 Gunnevera / #1 Yoshida / #10 Seeking the Soul

#9 Gunnevera comes to post for trainer Antonio Sano with Edgard Zayas in the saddle. This son of Dialed In ran into a wall in the Dubai World Cup two races back and came in off a 5 month layoff to score easily in the perfect prep. He’s had some problems in the past but looks healthy and ready for a big coming out party. He’s 2 for 2 ITM at Saratoga and makes the 2nd off the layoff move. I’m looking for a mature and ready runner to strut his stuff. #1 Yoshida is a Japanese bred runner for trainer Bill Mott. Joel Rosario in the irons and comes off a good effort at Ascot two back in the Gr1 Queen Anne. One thing for sure. Mott would not have him entered if he had any doubts about his ability. Bill Mott is 40% making the turf to dirt switch and it would be best not to count him out just yet. #10 Seeking the Soul is a son of Perfect Soul for talented trainer Dallas Stewart. He was a beaten favorite at Indiana last out and that was his last start since the Pegasus Cup in January. He’s 2 for 2 ITM at Saratoga and owns some very nice works to show readiness.

Kentucky Downs Race #8 – The $750,000 Tourist Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 6:26 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 Bound for Nowhere / #1 Mr. Misunderstood / #3 Camelot Kitten

#8 Bound for Nowhere comes to post for trainer Wesley Ward with Julio Garcia in the saddle. This son of The Factor has good speed and can throttle it back when needed. His last effort at Royal Ascot was promising and should be on the lead when they make the run into the undulating turn. #1 Mr. Misunderstood is a son of Archarcharch for the Brad Cox barn. Florent Geroux aboard and these guys win at a 33% clip as a team. He’s looking to make it three straight and owns some sharp works in the morning. The rider scores 14% on the turf and Brad Cox wins 30% on the sod. #3 Camelot Kitten hails from the Mike Maker barn for Ken and Sarah Ramsey. This son of Kitten’s Joy is a closer and may relish the drop from graded company. Tyler Gafflione in town and he scores at a 19% clip on the turf.

 

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Belmont

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Mendelssohn / #7 – Firenze Fire / #3 – Rugbyman

Race #6 – G3 Dwyer – 1 mile – 4:36 pm EDT

#6 Mendelssohn is a son of Scat Daddy looking to get back on track in a big way. He’s looking to rebound off a dismal Kentucky Derby effort, and Aidan O’Brien retains the services of nine time Breeders’ Cup winning rider Ryan Moore. I’ll toss out the Derby for a bevy of reasons, and most importantly he caught a monster by the name of Justify. He broke his maiden in Ireland going a mile and has faced every possible surface. He gets 2nd Lasix and should make a big move getting back on track.

#7 Firenze Fire looks to bounce back from the Derby blues as well. Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Jason Servis and won the G1 Champagne last year going a mile. He likes the distance and is 2 for 3 ITM going this far, and we can expect a big closing move fresh off a 2 month layoff.

#3 Rugbyman has Jose Ortiz for Graham Motion in the driver’s seat. A lightly raced colt who broke his maiden by 14 over the track. He looked super running a closing effort in the Easy Goer and adds blinkers today.

Race #8 – G1 Belmont Oaks – 1 1/4 on the turf – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Toinette / #10 Mighty Scarlett / #8 Thewayiam

#5 Toinette has Flavien Prat in the saddle for Neil Drysdale. Prat wins 23% on the turf and she’s a perfect 3 for 3 on the sod. She is a daughter of Scat Daddy and will come calling late in the lane. She’s been off for two months and has four works over the Belmont turf around the dogs. Look for a mighty run against a talented field.

#10 Mighty Scarlett comes to post for Chad Brown with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She’s a daughter of Scat Daddy and is 3 for 3 ITM on the green. She had a building block effort in the G3 Wonder Again, and Ortiz wins 19% over the greensward. When he rides for Chad Brown they win 21% and this lightly raced filly is ready to start her summer campaign.

#8 Thewayiam goes to post for trainer Graham Motion with John Velasquez in the driver’s seat. She’s 8 for 10 ITM on the grass and exits a fast closing effort in the Penn Oaks getting beat as the chalk. Look for a rebound effort worthy of sealing the deal as she’ll come rolling in the final quarter mile under Johnny V.

 

Race #10 – The G1 Belmont Derby – 1 1/4 on the turf – 6:50 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 Catholic Boy / #8 Hawkish / #4 Hunting Horn

#7 Catholic Boy has Javier Castellano in the saddle aboard this son of More than Ready. He is 3 for 4 ITM on the grass and locked horns with some of the big boys. Trainer Jonathon Thomas wins 38% with graded stakes and comes in 2nd off a layoff. He won at first asking off a 3 month layoff and is looking for continued improvement rolling late in the lane.

#8 Hawkish is a son of Artie Schiller who won the G2 Penn Mile. He begins his summer campaign with Manny Franco in the saddle for James Toner. He owns a sharp work around the dogs over the Belmont weeds. Franco will uncork a rally when he gives the cue.

#4 Hunting Horn has Ryan Moore in irons for Aidan O’Brien. They bring a son of Camelot to post who won the Group 3 Hampton Court at Royal Ascot. He gets first Lasix and Ryan Moore comes to the big city to take down a nice score with a repeat effort.

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Graded Stakes Preview – Saturday, August, 19, 2017

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Saratoga

Race #8 – G2 Lake Placid – 1 1/8 on the turf – 4:49 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Uni / #3 – La Coronel / #4 – Proctor’s Ledge

#6 – Uni = Irad Ortiz aboard for Chad Brown winning (31%) the past few months. They bring a talented gal who shipped over from France in May. – Uni got Lasix for her first trip in the states, and the barn wins (18%) with medication. Her first time out had her closing stoutly against New Money Honey. She gets her 2nd trip to the races and cuts back in distance from 1 1/4 – 1 1/8. Her two morning works are sharp and signal readiness to perform. #3 – La Coronel = Florent Geroux in the irons for Mark Casse. This daughter of Colonel John ships back from Royal Ascot off a 5th place finish in the Gr.1 Coronation Stakes. She’s been on the shelf for 57 days and is 1/1 at the Spa. Her work on 8/11 shows she is ready for a prime effort. #4 – Proctor’s Ledge = Javier Castellano in the saddle exiting a G3 Lake George win. This daughter of Ghostzapper is moving up the class ladder and has plenty of solid races to build upon. This is her 2nd time with Lasix and trainer Brendan Walsh wins (23%) with this addition.

 Race #9 – G1 Alabama – 1 1/4 – 5:22 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #7 – Elate / #1 -New Money Honey / #6 – Salty

#7 – Elate = Jose Ortiz aboard for Bill Mott and was closing with a strong late kick in the G1 Coaching Club Oaks last out.She was kept in tight down the lane and denied any clear sailing to get rolling. Ortiz is winning (20%) at the meet and (21%) with the Mott barn. She’s been training well and looks to be ready for a top-notch effort. #1 – New Money Honey = Javier Castellano in the irons for Chad Brown and they get their picture taken (26%) as a team the past few months. She’s been a tuff turf runner and the barn makes the turf – dirt switch where they score (30%) on the move. You have to respect Brown’s choice, and if she takes to the main track it could be a long day for the other ladies. #6 – Salty = Tyler Gafflione for Mark Casse and they exit the G1 Coaching Club Oaks. She was heavily bet and leapt into the air prior to the start. The bullet work and a clean trip could have her right in the mix at the top of the lane.

 

Del Mar

Race #8 – G1 Pacific Classic – 1 1/4 – 8:30 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #8 – Arrogate / #2 – Collected / #4 – Sorry Erik

#8 – Arrogate = Mike “Money Man” Smith in the saddle for Bob Baffert winning (42%) the past 60 days. His last effort has the racing world scratching their head after the G2 San Diego Handicap. I’m tossing out the race as a clunker or a delayed Dubai World Cup victory jinx after winning the race at Meydan. His record is 8/9 ITM and even the great ones strike out. Baffert kept her close in California and he’s been training lights out. I’m looking for a big effort that will have us talking about events in the next few months.  #2 – Collected = Martin Garcia for Bob Baffert. He could be an insurance “rabbit” to keep the pace honest to set up Arrogate. This son of City Zip is a tough customer looking for his 4th victory in a row. #4 – Sorry Erik = Kent Desormeaux for his brother Keith. They enter off a win in an O.C. $75k on the turf and I’m going back two races where he faced Irap and Girvin. This has been a key move as runners who locked horns with them have come back to run very well.

Race #10 – G1 Del Mar Oaks – 1 1/8 on the turf – 9:30 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #12- Beau Recall / #10- Dream Dancing / #5 – Con Te Partino

#12 – Beau Recall = Joe Talamo in the saddle for Simon Callaghan. Ships back from Belmont in the G1 Belmont Oaks where she finished 6th. She is 5/7 ITM on the turf and has been training lights out. Cuts back from 1 1/4 – 1 1/8 and will come calling late in the lane under the strong urging of Talamo. #10 – Dream Dancing = Julien Leparoux in the driver’s seat for Mark Casse. Daughter of Tapit is 6/8 ITM on the turf and was caught wide last out in the G3 Lake George. Leparoux fits her well and he’ll be moving late in the lane off two blistering works over the Saratoga turf. #5 – Con Te Partino = Flavien Prat for trainer Wesley Ward. She ships back from Royal Ascot off a win in the Sandringham Hcp and looks to continue with her 3rd start of the 2017 season. Ward would not be sending if he didn’t feel she’s ready and I’m looking for a solid effort in hopes of a Breeders’ Cup plan in her future.

 

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BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 7/1/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Summer racing has just broke from the starting gate, and it won’t be long until your favorite ovals are in full swing. As the summer sun beats down we’ll be watching and wagering on one-of-a-kind racing. There was always something special about racing during this time. Maybe it was being off school spending time with my dad, or it could’ve been the plethora of turf racing all around the nation. Either way, the season is upon. So grab a cool drink anywhere shade can be found. It won’t last forever, and we better enjoy while the sun stills shines. – Here are some runners that should appear on your wagering radar screens next out. They have a good excuse or didn’t have their best day. If you follow them back next time out, you may be rewarded for keeping your eyes peeled. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Indiana Grand

6/21/17

Race #6 -#4 – Midnight Blvd – Hoosier Breeder Sophmores – 1 1/16

This daughter of Bellamy Road was making her second start of the year. She was 4/4 ITM and all of her races came at Indiana Grand. – She had a perfect stalking trip and was forced to check off heels at the top of the lane. This was just enough to take away her momentum and she still managed to mount a strong bid for 2nd money.

Race #8 – #6 -Gostisbehere – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 1/16 on the turf

Declan Cannon in the saddle for Charles Lopresti. This daughter of Gio Ponti is bred to love the turf and looked good coming on the track. He looked patient along the rail and was bottled up heading for home. He tried to wait and was blocked multiple times down the stretch getting beat for the whole thing.

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Belmont

6/23/17

Race #8 – #5 – Runaway Posse – Alw $77,000 – 6f on the turf

This was his second start off a three month layoff shipping in from Fair Grounds. He was 6/10 ITM over the Belmont oval. Dylan Davis was cut off sharply at the 1/16th pole by #9 /Lord of Love. – He tried to get back in action but lost all momentum in the traffic.

Belterra Park

6/25/17

Race #1 – #2 – Golden Justice – Allowance – 6f

Cheyanna Patrick in the saddle for Gary Patrick. She is 5/6 ITM at Belterra and the odds-on favorite this race. She was off slow and made a steady advance. Once clear she tipped off and made a strong late rally to be third this day. A little better start has her heading to the winner’s circle.

Race  #3 – #4 – Pray for Kitten – Mdn Claiming – 1 mile on the turf

Katie Clawson in the saddle for Wesley Ward. – Ward had great success at Royal Ascot during the week, and now he brought a first time starter to a maiden claiming race at Belterra. He came onto the track as the odds-on choice and was green at every turn. He almost unseated the rider coming onto the track, took off from the pony, and was overall anxious.  During the race he was darting in and out and finally grabbed the lead. Down the lane he started drifting and weaving and faded a bit in the stretch. I think they’ll have the bugs workled out for next race and this colt will make a good showing.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 4/1/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The Derby trail was in the spirit of “March Madness” serving up some red-hot upsets. Racing was even a few lengths ahead of college hoops, as the Spiral and the Sunland Derby went official with double digit payouts. The road to Louisville is still murky and next week the Florida Derby and the Louisiana Derby look to give us a more definitive picture. – As we’re going to need plenty of ammo to watch and wager on the preps ahead, here are some horses you’ll want to follow right back to the windows as they offer an excuse or a bad trip. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Turfway Park

3/25/17

Race #6 – #7 – Classic Salsa – 6 1/2f on the all weather

Jack Gilligan in the irons and heavily backed at the windows. He was forced in tight and got knocked around at the half way point taking away some needed energy. The rider gave a good account by getting him back in the action finishing up with a solid show effort. – A cleaner trip may have the Jeremiah O’Dwyer trainee right on the money next up.

Race #7 – #4 – Professor Snape – 6f on the all weather

Luis Saez in town for Wesley Ward for this mount on Spiral Day. First time starter sent off the odds-on chalk and made a game effort running second this day. Ward does magic with his second time starters back to the races, and the namesake of the Harry Potter series may have some added magic to offer next time he loads in the starting gate.

Race #10 – The G-3 Spiral Stakes- #8 Kitten’s Cat – 1 1/8 on the all weather

Luis Saez in the saddle for trainer Joe Sharp who was sent off the luke-warm favorite for the marquee race of the meet. He was in tight and knocked around quite a bit and forced to check. According to the Daily Racing Form, he bled and is being treated in Lexington, Kentucky. This may scrap plans to take him to Royal Ascot for owner Ken Ramsey, but I’m sure we’ll see good things to come when he returns to the races.

Race #12 – #5 – Curlin’s Lass – 6f on the all weather

Abel Lezcano was in the driver’s seat and started uncorking a rally. This daughter of Curlin was in full-stride six wide closing with a rush. This was her second start lifetime and she showed good promise this day for the Mark Thomas barn.

Sunland Park

3/26/17

Race #9 – The G-3 Sunland Derby – #2 – Hedge Fund –  1 1/8 on the main

Jose Ortiz had the call for Todd Pletcher as they shipped in from Gulfstream Park. Ortiz is known for being a solid gate rider and jumped to a quick lead and showed the way until the top of the stretch where he got a little leg weary and finished a game third. The pace may have been a little easier as the odds-on favorite Bronze Age from the Bob Baffert barn stumbled at the start and eased. – I think we’ll see maturing three-year-old who can show the way right to the winner’s circle.