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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – Aug. 31

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview

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.

 

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Fair Grounds

Race #10 – The Colonel E.R. Bradley – 1 1/16 on the turf – 5:51 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – First Premio / #9 – Pioneer Spirit / #8 – Great Wide Open

#4 First Premio is a son of Pure Prize for Mark Casse. He is 1 for 1 at the distance and been off for six months. Casse is winning 28% and takes a huge drop in class shipping in from Woodbine. His works have been good and B.J. Hernandez gets the nod. #9 Pioneer Spirit is a Brad Cox trainee that is 4 for 5 ITM lifetime on the turf. Florent Geroux stays aboard and makes 2nd off the layoff move. This son of Malibu Moon is going to be close to the pace and will be forwardly placed. #8 Great Wide Open for the Conor Murphy barn winning 29%. 3rd off the layoff and will be the main speed. James Graham in the saddle and is a solid 4 for 6 ITM at FG. Don’t let him get loose or he may be tough.

Race #11 – The $150,000 Silverbulletday – 1 mile and 70 yards – 6:20 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Needs Supervision / #4 – Liora / #7 – Mandy Blue

#5 Needs Supervision is a daughter of Paynter getting first time Lasix. She’s been away for 56 days and makes the comeback of an impressive win at CD. Jeremiah O’Dwyer wins 24% with shippers and should be on the front end. Joe Rocco Jr. in the irons and can be dangerous with fresh legs. #4 Liora is a daughter of Candy Ride for trainer Wayne Catalano. She’s been off for 56 days and comes back dropping in class after winning the G2 Golden Rod at CD. Class relief and rest may be just what the doctor ordered as she looks for three in a row. #7 Mandy Blue daughter of Smart Strike for trainer Brad Cox. Florent Geroux stays aboard as she makes the turf to dirt switch. The connections win 17% as a team and she’ll have a target on the leaders to come running late.

Race #12 – G3 Lecomte Stakes – 1 mile and 70 yards – 6:49 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Hog Creek Hustle / #8- War of Will / #11 – Tight Ben

#6 Hog Creek Hustle is a son of Overanalyze for trainer Vickie Foley. 3rd off the layoff and was off a step slow last out. He has a late turn of foot and Florent Geroux picks up the call. His last works seal the deal for me and look for him to come calling late. #8 War of Will is a son of War Front for the Mark Casse barn winning 28% with Tyler Gaffalione in town. After moving for the turf this colt was ultra impressive breaking his maiden at CD. He may be getting geared up at the right time with solid works to show readiness. #11 Tight Ben is a son Tapit for trainer Steve Asmussen. He’s been away for 56 days and hit the rail in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. This distance should be no problem and will be a major player under Ricardo Santana. You’re gonna have to catch him this day.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 9/12/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As the nation is reeling from Mother Nature’s fury, many have been focused on friends and loved ones in the destructive path. – Racing is a golden opportunity to gather together and celebrate a beautiful day. – Nothing like a day at the races to come together. – As we enter the beginning of the fall racing season here are some horses to keep on your radar. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com!

Belmont

9/9/17

Race #2 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6f on the turf – #5 – Solid

#5 – Solid = Manny Franco in the irons for the Kiaran McLaughlin barn. He is a son of Smart Strike and has the breeding to suggest he will relish the turf. – He was off slow from the start spotting the field extra ground. He made an excellent drive to get back in the game and made striking move splitting runners down the lane to be 3rd this day.

Race #4 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 mile – #5 – Coal Truth

#5 – Coal Truth = A son of Mineshaft was making his 2nd career start for the Chad Brown barn (27%). He was a beaten favorite his first time out and going from a sprint to a route where Brown scores at a (32%) clip. – He made contact with some runners this day and the two-yr-old was squeezed back at multiple times. He ran third but was put up to 2nd as the result of a DQ. – Keep this race on your “key races” to watch runners who exit.

Race #9 – AOC – 1 1/16 on the turf – #2 – Vision Colors

#2 – Vision Colors = Speedster shipping back from Parx. This son of Pollard’s Vision loves Belmont going 10/11 ITM at “Big Sandy.” – Manny Franco in the irons and stumbled at the start and still managed to get to the lead and show the way. He led all the way and called it a day at the top of the lane. Maybe the distance was too much or it was the compromised beginning that caused him to use up his early speed.

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Kentucky Downs

9/9/17

Race #2 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6 1/2f on the turf – #4 – Shirl’s Ready

#4 – Shirl’s Ready = This son of More Than Ready was off four months coming in from CD. Ricardo Santana aboard and he looked to be heading for a big effort. – He sported a nice work at Ellis Park and shifted out and dug in gamely showing a very solid turn of late kick. He will most probably be heading back to CD and we’ll be looking there and possibly Keeneland for a trip over the greensward.

Race #4 – Mdn Sp Wt -6 1/2f on the turf –  #7 – Jolly Good

#7 – Jolly Good = Daughter of Paddy O’ Prado making her first start in just a shade over 4 months coming in from Keeneland. She is bred to relish the turf and was coming off a 6 1/2f effort on the dirt and getting her day on the undulating turf. – She was slow to begin and forced to steady. Her late kick was evident and she can easily stretch out in distance. Keep your eyes peeled for this gal.

Race #8 – KyD Ladies Sprint – 6 1/2f on the turf – #2 – Fair Point

#2 – Fair Point = 3rd start off the layoff for the daughter of Smart Strike. She was exiting some nice stake races in New York and getting added distance. Her efforts put her in the mix looking for a hole and was forced to steady at the 1/4 pole and some back later down the lane settling for 4th with plenty left.