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BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 4/11/17

This far down the road I was hoping for a little clearer picture. There are worse things I suppose, but for a horse player the muddied waters of the Derby picture can start you guessing. I was thinking why not try and use this to my advantage ? I need to dig in deeper and find a runner or two that tossed in a clunker. Or, how about a win by the unlikely runner who ran his best to date ? All good examples of finding hidden value. I’m going back over race replays and start the process of finding a fat priced runner who can light up the tote board. With 25 days and 9 hours at the time of this entry there is plenty of time to start building your blockbuster ticket. – In the meantime there is a little window to nail down some winners who may have had a compromised trip or an excuse last out. Either way, value is on the horizon and all you have to do is keep your eyes peeled. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !  



Race #4 – #1 – Roustabout – 1 1/16

Miguel Mena in the saddle for Al Stall. The Fair Grounds shipper is a son of Harlan’s Holiday and was in pretty tight at the 1/4 pole. Once Mena broke free he was beaten by a dirty nose right at the wire. If he comes back this meet go to the windows with both hands !



Race #9 – #2 Tommy Macho – 7f – G-1 Carter Stakes

Luis Saez had the call for Todd Pletcher. Trapped on the rail down the lane making his first start in 56 days. Saez tipped off the rail for clear sailing and tried to split runners in the final 1/8th. Green Gratto and Unified slammed the door shut and he didn’t make the gap. An inquiry didn’t help his case, but we saw there was some promise. I think we’ll see big things from this son of Macho Uno this year.



Race #2 – #6 – Our Girl Abby – 4 1/2f

Jose Ortiz in the saddle for Mike Maker. Two-year-old daughter of Majestic Warrior had been training over the poly at Turfway Park. Her dam My Paige’s Jewel is 1/1 with her poly runners. She saved ground and commenced a bid earning the show spot. Look for her right back at the boutique meeting.

Race #7 – #5 – Plueven – 1 1/16 on the turf

Corey Lanerie in the driver’s seat for Phillip Sims. This son of Turtle Bowl was on the class drop and making his bid for the first time in four months. He made a strong move but came up a little leg weary down the lane. They’ll probably target Churchill Downs as he loves the Louisville sod.

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Race #2 – #3- Papaslilprincess – 1 1/16

Bryan Pena had the call and was fresh off the claim for trainer Steve Knapp. She is 6/14 ITM at SA, and was squeezed back at the break costing precious ground.

Race #4 – #5 – Tiz Jolie – 7f on the main

Tyler Baze in the irons fresh off the claim and blinkers off for this run. This son of Tiz Wonderful was making a 2nd start off a one month break and and hopped at the start costing the runner some needed ground. Better things are coming his way next time to the races.

Race #6 – #8 – Rocketann – 5 1/2f

Santiago Gonzalez in the saddle making her second start of the year. She usually dukes it out with Cal-bred stakes runners and the welcome drop to maiden special weight looked good. She was forced three wide on the final turn and may have added to the ground she covered. Maybe a better trip is just what the doctor ordered and we’ll have a runner who can make amends for her last race.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 5/11/16

Horse to Watch – Ed Meyer

The Kentucky Derby is in the books, and the world of racing goes back into waiting for the second jewel. – As impressive as Nyquist was in victory, you have to start thinking about the “crazy word” of Triple Crown winner. – Could we be going back in time to the 70’s ? Only time will tell, and if the Derby is any indicator of ability. The conversations are going to take off in full spirit. – In the meantime, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for these runners who could very easily come right back and win next time to the races.


5/6/16 – Race #2 – #2 – 6 1/2f

#2- Blast = Corey Lanerie in the irons for Eddie Keannelly and this ultra-tough runner was scooting right up the inside rail and was shut off. The rider did an excellent job keeping him rolling, but shut-off still the same. There was an objection into the race and this horse-for-the-course filly was a bridesmaid after the decision was made. Next up she’ll probably take a new path right to the winner’s circle.


5/6/16 – Race #11 – #3 – 1 1/8

#3 – Lewis Bay = Irad Ortiz in town to ride for Chad Brown, and this gal looked like a sure fire winner staying on the rail waiting a glimpse of daylight. I would have doubled down on her if possible by looks alone, but when she had her seem. She just faded down the lane. I don’t know if she couldn’t match Cathryn Sophia, or it was just a bad day. Either way, she’ll get my bankroll play next out.


5/6/16 – Race#10 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#1 – Harmonize = Junior Alvarado up for Bill Mott, and she stumbled badly at the start on this day. She made a nice four wide move to get minor awards, but the gate break took quite a bit of momentum away. – Look for a huge turf effort next time to the races.


5/8/16 – Race #7 – #3 – 1 1/16 on the inner turf

#3 – Don Camillo = Javier Castellano was aboard and he came out bumping like a pinball when they sprung the gate latch. Once settled, Castellano started making a solid move only to run completely out of gas. – Maybe a cleaner trip with a class drop may be just what the doctor ordered.

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5/8/16 – Race #8 – #7 -1 1/16

#7 – Misdeed =Santiago Gonzalez was aboard, and his runner saw every inch of the track on this day. – He was three deep from the start, five wide on the second turn, and three wide down the lane. – Take away the extra 1/4 mile, and you will see a different runner.

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BetPTC.com – 3/21/16 – Horses to Watch

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we gather round the water cooler talking hoops and horses. The Kentucky Derby is only 47 days away. – I can feel the energy in the air. The roses, the atmosphere, and the red- hot betting action that may be some of the best all year long. – But just hold your horses and don’t get ahead of yourself. After we’re done tearing up our basketball brackets, we need to realize there is plenty of incredible Thoroughbred action coming our way. So sit back, enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for these ponies the next time they hit the track.

Gulfstream Park

Race #5 – 3/16/16 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#1 – She’s Dynamite = Led all the way around and sped up at the 3/4 to go 1:11.3 only to be bested in the shadow of the wire. She was making her second lifetime start on the stretch-out in distance, and catch her if you can next out. – Play close attention to how far she is going and unleash the bankroll from there.

Gulfstream Park

Race #6 – 3/16/16 – #4 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#4 – Cape Carol = Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Buff Bradley. This daughter of Cape Blanco was at the back of the pack and stayed glued right to the rail all the way around. She began to thread the needle at the 1/4 pole and looked like a winner. – The weaving in and out of traffic may have caused her to be a bridesmaid as the winner went right on past with a clean 3 wide move. – She’ll be looking for payback next out with a cleaner trip.

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Santa Anita

Race #1 – 3/17/16 – #6 – One mile on the turf

#6 -Twirling Tiger = Santiago Gonzalez was in the irons and his mount was bottled up and headstrong down the backstretch. He was forced to wait behind a wall of runners and when the 1/4 arrived was forced to go three wide to find running room. – The trip was not the smoothest ride, but his late acceleration was very promising considering all of the factors.

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Race #6 – 3/19/16 – #6 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#6 – Wolf Man Rocket = Calvin Borel was aboard this beaten favorite who was in very tight at the start of the race. He had to go five wide on the second turn to get back into his best stride, and finished up gamely to get minor awards. Borel is not known for circling the field, and the mishap at the gate break was not the best beginning. – Love the “beaten chalk” angle next time back, and who knows, maybe we’ll get a much better price.

Gulfstream Park

Race #9 – 3/20/16 – #9 – 5 1/2 on the dirt

#9 – Real Sugar = Jeffrey Sanchez was the pilot and is known for being a solid gate rider. His mount was bumped solidly leaving the starting gate and still opened up a 2 1/2 length lead going 22.2. – He established a clear margin and ended up a little leg weary at the end. In short sprints the gate break is ultra-important, and  his ability to stay focused and still open up is promising. – If he comes out without problems, I wonder what he would have done in the race ? – I  think we’re going to find out next time at a solid price.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 2/23/2016

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Can you feel the days getting longer by the minute and the stakes races drawing closer ? – Me too ! – This time of year has every horse player sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to see the next marquee race unveiling great things to come. At the time of this post there are only 75 days until we’ll be watching the 142nd renewal of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports ! – But don’t jump the gun just yet, here are some runners you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled the next time they take the track. They are worth a good hard look, and a nice piece of your wagering bankroll.

Gulfstream Park

Race #3 – 2/15/16 – #2 – 7f on the dirt

#2 – Twenty in One = Closed very fast down the lane under the guidance of Rafael Hernandez in a 3/4 time of 109.2. – She caught a “speed fest” on this day, and anything that isn’t as salty should fit her like a glove for the Tomlinson barn.

Gulfstream Park

Race #7 –  2/15/16 – #11 – One mile on the turf

#11 – Purely Bay = J.J. Castellano had the call and his runner was making a “second off the layoff” run. Castellano knew he couldn’t catch the leaders as he weaved through traffic trying to save ground, but his dead last explosive run may be just what handicappers could expect next out. Looked like he had plenty in the tank wrapped up, and that may work out well for the punters.

Santa Anita

Race #1 – 2/15/16 – #4 -One mile mdn turf event

#4 – Lucy De = Santiago Gonzalez had the assignment for Mike Puype, and did absolutely nothing wrong. – This may be a case a running a “winner’s race” but not getting your picture taken. This was a very strong effort, and they were bested by the (1-2) chalk getting nailed at the wire by a head. – If Gonzalez stays aboard and Puype keeps to task, you’ll want to bet early and often when they enter.

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Race #11- 2/20/16 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the main track

#2 – Mo Tom = Corey Lanerie was in the saddle for Thom Amoss, and this race was on the minds of every horse player that watched the Risen Star Stakes. – This son of Uncle Mo was far back in the field and didn’t move too early. Lanerie had two graded stakes to his credit this day, and the best was yet to come. He received a little urging and came off the rail briefly to pass tiring runners and dropped right back over to the fence. – Saving ground was a perfect move as he was starting to accelerate when Bistraya drifted over causing the colt to swerve and check sharply. Once Lanerie was in the clear they were inside the 1/8th pole when his mount picked up his action and started to close strongly. – Distance shouldn’t be a problem, and if all things come back fine. He’ll learn from this effort and only get better down the road.

Gulfstream Park

Race #5 – 2/21/16 – #8 – 1 mile on the turf

#8 – Akron Gold = Joel Rosario was named, but was on the shelf due to an injury. – J.J. Castellano picked up the mount, and this three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro was pushed out going into the first turn. She settled nicely after the losing some ground, and spun around the field at the 5/16th’s pole three wide. She drew off and looked like a winner, but was bested in the shadow of the wire. – All said and done, losing ground on the first turn and going wide as they approached the stretch may have been just enough to get beat this day. Hard to fault the connections as they few mistakes, so I’ll file this one under bet with both hands next out.


BetPTC.com – Horse to Watch – 2/15/2016

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Most of the country is still in the grips of Mother Nature. But even as the cold wind whips and snow continues to fall. I can feel the gentle warmth of spring just around the corner. Horse players are the eternal optimist. We are always looking to the big day, marquee race, or favorite meet. It won’t be long now as we cut the corner and straighten away for the stretch drive. To keep you warm and thinking sunny thoughts, here are some runners who deserve a piece of your wagering bankroll the next time they take to the track. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !


Race #3 – 2/11/16 – #3 – 6f on the inner track

#3 – Lilikoi = She tossed her head at the break and refused to run. She was backed by the public at (7-2) and when runners refuse to exit the starting gate, you can bet dollars to donuts the barn will have her in top order next time she heads to the paddock. She looked very good on the track, and we’ll just toss this as a “clunker” and move on to bigger and better things for this filly.

Gulfstream Park

Race #8 – 2/13/16 – #5 – 6f on the dirt

#5 – Indy Artist = Jockey Edgard Zayas was finding her best stride down the lane and seemed to waver just a tiny bit. As fast as she was closing, she had dead-aim on the leader and would have went past. Maybe the wrong lead for a stride, or just a little green. – Her acceleration was powerful, and I can’t wait until she goes back to the races.

Santa Anita

Race #8 – 2/14/16 – #9 – 6 1/2f on the turf

#9 – Nodiac = Santiago Gonzalez did an excellent job getting her to settle and rate just off the leader. They just ran into a very quick runner from the Baffert barn on this day. – A three-year-old filly by Kodiak who did everything but get her picture taken on this day. – Looking forward to watching her mature. We’ll cash a few tickets on this gal in days to come !

Gulfstream Park

Race #3 – 2/14/16 – #1 – 6f on the main track

#1 – Clear Status = Luis Saez was the pilot, and he broke just a step slow and had to rush to find position. He was a “beaten favorite” on this day, and for handicappers this is bet back angle. Maybe a little better start will help his causes next out, and he’ll find some payback for his backers.

Gulfstream Park

Race #8 – 2/14/16 – #4 – 7f on the dirt

#4 – Adornment = Joel Rosario had the call and she has been working “lights out” at Palm Beach Downs. This daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro hails form the Todd Pletcher barn (29%), and she was bumped soundly on this occasion and struggled to get back on task. She has been working well in the mornings, and the connections are top-shelf. She’ll improve off this effort, and I think we’ll see a nice filly down the road.


BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 11-19-15

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Tracks begin to wind down in parts of the nation, as others are getting ready to swing open the doors for winter racing in warmer climates. – This time can be used as an introspective look into your wagering habits. – Has it been a good year ? – Could you have spent your handicapping time more wisely ? – Are your money management plans going well ? – Have you tried your hand at contest play ? – All good questions, and as we turn the page on the 2015 racing season. We need to drop back and prepare for the renewal of the sport. It won’t be long until you hear the sounds of Fair Grounds, Gulfstream, and Santa Anita drawing our attention to the hopeful crops making the trek for the Kentucky Derby trail. – Here are a few runners who’ll you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled. They may have had a compromised trip, a bad break from the gate, or experienced a less than smooth trip. Best of luck !

Aqueduct – 11/14/15 – Race #4 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#2 – Blue Pigeon = Jose Ortiz in the irons for Linda Rice, and their runner was “pocketed up” forcing Ortiz to step on the breaks taking a strong hold of his mount. He was in the “box” for a good portion of the race and had to wrangle back his mount wearing him down. – Once he slipped though late in the lane, he showed good acceleration after being wrangled back most of the race. – A cleaner trip has him right there next out.

Aqueduct – 11/14/15 – Race #7 – #3 – 1 3/8 on the turf

#3 – War Dancer = Jose Lezcano had the call for Bill Mott. – These guys know how to bring a turf runner ready. He hit the stall briskly leaving the starting gate, and still established the lead. He was in hand and not asked for his best in the two path as the skilled efforts of Lezcano slowed down the fractions to his liking. When the real running began, he ran in lock step with a challenger and weakened in the late stages of the race. – When you have a tough exit from the gate, this can be a taxing effort to overcome. Lezcano is one of the best turf riders, and with a little better start, he’ll jump to the lead and put them sleep all the way to the winner’s circle.

Churchill Downs – 11/14/15 – Race #5- #6 – 6f on the dirt

#6 – Walkabout = Brian Hernandez in the irons for Ian Wikes, and their filly was a sweet (37-1) when the gates opened. – She was slow coming away from the gate, and this being her first effort as a two-year-old was a good learning experience. She angled off the rail to be in the seven path, and finished in high gear down the lane to finish third. – There is nothing like “baby” showing a good finish to get you chomping at the bit for her next trip out.

Del Mar – 11/14/15 – Race #4 – #5 – 5f on the turf

#5 – Miss Gifted = Santiago Gonzalez at the controls for John Sadler. – She was squeezed at the start, and had to take up to begin the turf sprint. Going short on the turf is a tricky game in itself, and all it takes is a brief hold up and the race can be all but over. Once she settled out and saved ground along the rail, her rally down the lane caught my eye as she finished with great energy. Talented rider for a top-notch stable. They had a good excuse here, and you’ll be wanting to see her name in the entries very soon !

Aqueduct – 11/15/15 – Race #1 – #2 – 6f on the dirt

#2 – Carella = Javier Castellano was aboard on this day, and she had to take up sharply right after the gate break. She stumbled a quite a bit, and once she found her composure, she set down for a run at the leaders. Down the lane she was carried out by the second place finisher and still continued on well with the guiding hand of Castellano to grab the show money. – Two-year-olds are tough as they sometimes have to learn on the job. She got a pretty good introduction on this day, and if Castellano stays aboard. Bet early and often next time out.

Aqueduct – 11/15/15 – Race #6 – #7 – 6 1/2f on the dirt

#7 – Zababa = Irad Ortiz had the call for Steve Asmussen, and she chased the leaders looking solid and ready. – She was asked by Ortiz and he had to take the overland route going six wide into the stretch. She finished up an honest 4th as the beaten favorite, and dollars to donuts you’ll get a much better price next out.

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BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 9/29/15

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The countdown is on, and at the time of this entry there are 31 days until we see the best in the world converge on Lexington, Kentucky. – This past weekend was a great prep weekend for contenders. This upcoming weekend will be one of your last chances opportunities to watch “Super Saturday” at Belmont Park, and “Fall Stars Weekend” at Keeneland. That’s enough to get every racing fan’s motor running, and before you start doing your homework for the last glimpse of the stars of the Breeders’ Cup, here are some runners you’ll want to follow up on when they enter their next time out.

Belmont Park – Race #5 – #1 -1 1/8 on the dirt

#1 – Curalina = John Velasquez up for his go-to-man Todd Pletcher. She stumbled at the start, and in a race of this magnitude that is enough to be running for second monies at best. She settled out nicely and offered up a two-wide bid to come up a little empty nearing the wire against standout chalk Wedding Toast. – I love runners who bring it every time, and with a clean break and a little racing luck has her turning the tables next out.

Belmont Park – Race #7 – #4 – 6 1/2f on the dirt

#4 – Wavell Avenue = Joel Rosario had the call for Chad Brown, and this filly stumbled at the start and recovered nicely to put in a solid bid tipping off the rail and posing a threat to the ultra-talented La Verdad. – She’ll need a clean break and save some ground against the rail. I think the barn will have her in top gear next up.

Belmont Park – Race #8 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the inner turf

#1 – Ray’s the Bar = Javier Castellano in the irons for Chad Brown, and this guy has the look of something special. He had a great effort and moved away from the rail and started to find his best stride when he was forced to steady behind a wall of horses in mid-stretch. He was coming in from Royal Ascot, and we’ll give him a pass in here. Castellano makes very few mistakes, and Team Brown will have the screws tightened down for maximum effort.

Belterra Park – Race #3 – #4 – 1 mile on the dirt

#4 – Upper Arlington = Eddie Zuniga was aboard this Cleveland invader, and ran a cloaked good effort. He started making up ground putting in a good bid and ran into traffic. Zuniga wrapped up on his runner thinking of next time out.

Belterra Park – Race #7 – #3 – 1 mile on the dirt

#3 – Fly’ n Bayou = Angel Stanley was aboard and encountered trouble going to his nose at the start, and was forced to take up in upper stretch and alter course.  This rider shows a great deal of talent, and was leading rider at Mahoning Valley last winter. – Bet this one early and often next timeout.

Santa Anita – Race #6 – #6 – 1 1/4 on the turf

#6 – Class Leader = Santiago Gonzalez in the irons for John Sadler, and this guy did everything right but win. I like to file this under running a winner’s race finishing second. Maybe a cut back in distance, or facing a little lesser could be the key. Either way, it was a game effort and he’ll be a player.