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Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – February 8

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis for Tampa Bay Downs – February 8th

by: Ed Meyer

Tampa Bay Downs

Race #8 – The G-3 Lambholm South Endeavor – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:59 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Andina Del Sur / #7 – Got Stormy / #8 – Phantom Opening

#4 Andina Del Sur is a daughter of Giant’s Causeway for Thom Albertrani. She was outkicked in the G3 Marshua’s River at Gulfstream. She’s a strong closer who is 1 for 1 at Tampa Bay Downs. Jose Ortiz wins 18% with his turf runners and must be respected when making your wagers. #7 Got Stormy comes in off a two month layoff for Mark Casse and Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle. She’s been facing the boys and exits a solid win in the G1 Matriarch. Casse and Tyler G win 18% as a team and she’ll be flying late in the lane. #8 Phantom Opening comes in for Blair Jordan who is winning 38% at the meet with Antonio Gallardo in the irons. This is her 2nd off the shelf and Gallardo wins 25% with his turf closers.

Race #10 – G-3 Tampa Bay Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:59 pm EDT  

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Caribou Club / #7 – Hembree / #6 – Halladay

#4 Caribou Club  comes in for Thom Proctor with Jose Ortiz in the irons. He’s been off for three months and Proctor wins 18% with his shippers. He moves up in class and should improve with high percentage rider Ortiz. He is a perfect 2 for 2 at the distance. #7 Hembree  is a son of Proud Citizen for trainer Mike Maker and Pablo Morales. He’s coming off a five month layoff as a beaten favorite. Morales wins 26% with his late runners. #6 Halladay is a son of War Front for Todd Pletcher who is winning 67% at the meet. John Velasquez in the irons and exits a solid win at GP. Look for Johnny V to have him in a perfect stalking position.

Race #11 – The G-3 Sam F. Davis – 1 1/16 – 5:29 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Independence Hall / #6 – Premier Star / #2 – Solo Valante

#4 Indepence Hall is a son of Constitution for Mike Trombetta and Jose Ortiz in the saddle. He’s a perfect 3 for 3 with a bullet work coming into the race. Look for Ortiz to have this colt stalking the leader ready to pounce. #6 Premier Star  comes in for Jorge Navarro with John Velasquez in the driver’s seat. He stretches out from 7f and owns a perfect 2 for 2. Navarro wins 31% with shippers and makes a jump up the class ladder for a red hot barn. #2 Solo Valante is a long range closer for Patrick Biancone and Luca Panici gets the nod. His works are sparkling and his return to the turf may what the doctor ordered. Look for him late in the lane.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 7/19/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

All eyes were on the Hoosier State as the Indiana Derby went to post in front of a packed house at Indiana Grand. Irap returned off a three-week rest after winning the Ohio Derby, and did not disappoint his backers this day. As we prepare for the gems of summer Saratoga and Del Mar to open their doors. There are plenty of runners to keep on your radar screen. They may have had an excuse or a troubled trip last out. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com! 

7/15/17

Belmont

Race #1 – Claiming – 6f – #4 King of Anything

#4 – King of Anything = Rajiv Maragh in the saddle for Dom Giglio. He’s been off 59 days and the trainer wins (21%) with layoff runners. He had a sharp work coming in and was pinched back at the start winding up last in the field. He spun out two wide, then five, and eventually 7 wide at the top of the lane finishing a game 4th.

Race #6 – Claiming – 7f on the turf – #4 – Stormin Maclean

#4 – Stormin Maclean = Luis Saez in the irons for Brad Cox (32%). This was his 2nd start off the layoff coming in from Keeneland. The barn wins (32%) with turf runners and was getting added ground going from 6f – 7f. He was caught in very tight against the rail losing all momentum. He is more than capable getting his picture taken next out.

Race  #7 – Mdn Claiming – 1 1/16 on the turf – #4 – Kierland

#4 – Kierland = Luis Saez for Mike Maker getting first time Lasix for a (20%) win clip. His last race came off the turf and the barn scores (21%) going dirt to turf. He uncorked a strong rally splitting runners twice down the lane closing in on the leader. He was beaten in the shadow of the wire.

 

7/14/17

Belterra Park

Race #3 – Allowance Optional Claiming – 6f on the main track – #2 – Woodland Mask

#2 – Woodland Mask = Hector Rosario Jr. in the irons and led from start to finish impressively. They set a new track record while in hand throttled down the last 1/16th of a mile in 1:08.10 – This guy has plenty more in the tank.

Race #4 – Mdn Sp Wt – 5f on the dirt – #5 Love and Mischief

#5 Love and Mischief = John McKee in the saddle for “Buff” Bradley. This filly looked great coming onto the track. This two-year-old broke sharp and was forced to take back and jog home after two horses bumped and were caught in a spill right in front of her. – Toss this race out and she’ll come back and show a better side next out.

Race #8 – Mdn Claiming – 6f on the main track – #1 – C. M. Victoria Rose

#1 – C.M. Victoria Rose = Dean Sarvis (23%) aboard for Matt Hebert (50%) this day. This daughter of Thunder Gulch was shipping in from Tampa Bay and dropping in class. She was far back in the field and came flying very strongly in the lane getting beat a head right at the wire. Play her right back and double-down if Sarvis stays in the saddle.

 

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 5/31/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The second jewel in the Triple Crown gave players an excellent chance to play some new shooters. Always Dreaming opened up as the morning line favorite and Classic Empire was second choice. Going into the race it looked as if the Derby winner could notch another victory or Classic Empire could  show  why he was the two-year-old champ. – Classic Empire gave a good account, but the fresh legs of Cloud Computing  came calling late to win by more than a head. – If you didn’t hit the Preakness, no worries. The Belmont stakes will be up and around in three weeks ! – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com ! 

Belmont

5/17/17

Race #2 – #5 – Initiate – 1 1/16 on the turf

Irad Ortriz in the saddle Shug McGaughey. This daughter of Pioneer of the Nile shipped up from Tampa Bay and has been off for 49 days. Ortiz grabbed the lead and did everything to perfection. He was beaten in the shadow of the wire and should improve greatly off this effort.

Belmont

5/20/17

Race #7 – #8 – Lull – 7f on the turf

Kendrick Carmouche in the saddle with a nice filly by War Front. She was getting 2nd time lasix and exited the G-3 Appalachian at Keeneland. The rider was in striking distance from the leader and lost the whip at the 1/16th pole. – She should do better next out and may reward her backers.

Race #8 – #10 – Tiz a Chance – 6f on the turf

Paco Lopez in the irons for Graham Motion. Forced to steady off heels at the 1/16th pole losing  momentum down the lane. The drop in class was a target race for Motion and this New York-bred is in good order to fire right back.

Belterra Park

5/20/17

Race #2 – #5 – Gloton – 1 1/16 on the main

Gabriel Lagunes in the saddle. Once the gate broke he was thrown in the air and his mount broke inward hitting the gate and went down. Unseating the rider and going down was tough, and he was the second betting choice this day. The horse and rider jumped right back up and this race is a toss out. Handicapper’s enjoy an angle like this as many cappers will dismiss him as a bad actor. Cross this race off and move forward. He’ll reward his backers.

Race #5 – #9 – Momma’s Gift – 4 1/2 f for two-year-old fillies

Apprentice Caroline Quast in the saddle and this filly was erratic to say the least. She was shipping in from Keeneland and went wide, ducked in, and finally dove to the rail  making a strong late bid. She needs a good playback and if the unseasoned apprentice is aboard she’ll get a square price.

Race #7 – #13 – Hurricane Bay – 1 mile and 70 yards on the main (off the turf)

John McKee in the irons for onwer / trainer Dan O’Hallaron. The Fairmount invader made a solid late bid hooking a runner who benfitted from a speed bias. “Hurricane” looks to be rouding into form and will pay dividends for players who back him. Fairmount runners do well over the track, and last year his barn did very well at Belterra making the trip.

 

 

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 3/16/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we enter the time of year when all preps count. You can smell the scent of roses  with only 54 days until the first Saturday in May. The Derby picture has shown a glimmer of hopefuls but there are still many questions to be answered. Only time will tell and you’ll want to watch and wager right here on BetPTC.com ! – Here are some runners to build that needed Triple Crown bankroll. Some have a good excuse for not bringing their “A” game and that translates to a bumper payday at the windows. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Gulfstream Park

3/11/17

Race #6 – #4 – Milbra – Claiming 6f

Jermaine Bridgmohan was aboard the three-year-old filly who broke her maiden two races back. She had a bad trip last out, and was ready to make good. Claimers can have a short cycle of being ready to roll. She was 14-1 today, and showed a glimpse of good things to come next out. If she gets anywhere near this price she’ll reward her backers handsomely at the windows.

Race #11 – #6 – Sweet Ella – 7 1/2f on the turf

Luis Saez in the irons for Todd Pletcher as they brought a daughter of Scat Daddy to post. She was cutting back from 1 1/16 – 7 1/2f and was making her second start of the year. She was 5 wide in the final turn and splitting runners with great interest as the odds-on favorite. Maybe some added ground or a cleaner trip has her in the winner’s circle next out.

Tampa Bay Downs

3/11/17

Race #3 – #5 – Road Guard Post – 6 1/2f on the main track

Daniel Centeno in the saddle as he was aboard the first time starter by Unbridled’s Song. The barn has a strong win clip of 45% with first timers. She broke well setting a blistering pace only to settle for the show dough this effort. She is bred to be something special and her work tab is solid. Second time out may be just what the doctor ordered.

Race #4 – #6 – Alum – 7f on the main track

Jose Ortiz in town for Todd Pletcher, and the son of Bodemiester was a beaten chalk over the track last out. Pletcher’s usual rider John Velasquez was aboard the eventual winner Egyptian Hero. Alum was bumped soundly at the start and had to check at the 1/8th pole uncorking a rally. He’s bred to be a player and next out may be a good shot at redemption.

Race #7 – #4 – Profiteer – 1 mile on the turf

Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat for Shug McGaughey. This was 2nd time lasix for the son of War Front and his second start of 2017. He was a beaten favorite, and bested in the shadow of the wire. This turf runner will give them fits next time out.

Race #10 – #9 – My Impression – 1 1/8 on the turf

New York-shipper for the McGaughey barn with Jose Ortiz in the saddle. The daughter of Sky Mesa was making her first start of the year. She made a stout charge at the 3/16’s pole three wide making a solid bid to be fifth this day.

 

 

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 1/9/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Rain, bitter cold, and sub zero windchill’s covered many ovals this past weekend. – It never stopped the mailman, and the horsemen always try to put on the show. When the winds start making that five degree night in the minus zone and rain holds court in areas that see little to no precipitation. Thoroughbred racing is at the mercy of Mother Nature. – Rest assured, the rain and cold won’t last forever and you’ll be seeing a full compliment of red-hot racing action soon.  In the meantime, here are some runners you’ll be waiting to see hit the entry box as they’ll offer up some good value at the windows. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com ! 

Gulfstream Park

1/7/17

Race #3 – #4 – Summer Luck – 6f on the dirt

Javier Castellano in the irons for Mark Casse. A solid daughter of Lookin at Lucky had her first start in 57 days. She was bumped at the break and checked back shortly after. The good news is she managed to get it all together and turn in a very impressive 3rd place effort. She was turning back from a mile at Churchill and this race may be sign of good things to come.

Race #4 – #2 – Shiraz – 7 1/2f on the turf

Paco Lopez in the saddle for Mike Maker, and they brought a son of Tale of the Cat to post. It was his second off the layoff shipping in from New York and he checked off heels losing his action. The upside was he still managed a show placing after getting a tough trip.

Race #5 – #4 -Expedition –  1 1/16 on the main

Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat for Todd Pletcher. This son of Pioneer of the Nile bobbled at the break and got back on path down the backstretch. He was in a striking position to make a run and appeared to call it an early day. This was his 2nd lifetime effort and he should improve for the trainer next out as the barn is known for getting all the bugs out ready to roll.

Race #7 – #7 – Something Awesome – 7f on the dirt

Corey Lanerie was in the saddle and his mount was making his 1st start in 55 days. He shipped in from Woodbine and came rolling 7 wide late with very good energy.

Race #8 – #6 – Inflexibilty – 1 1/16 on the turf

Joel Rosario in the saddle for Chad Brown. They brought a daughter of Scat Daddy who was a first timer coming off a solid work tab at Palm Meadows. She was bothered at the start and this took her mind completely off business. Brown will have her more focused as he wins (25%) on the turf.

Race #9 – #7 – Bellavais – 7 1/2f on the turf

John Velasquez was aboard this filly making her first start in 59 days shipping in from Aqueduct. She was hammered in and threaded the needle at the top of the lane. At the 1/4 pole she tipped off making her run when an opponent struck her with a whip across her nose. She jumped a shadow and tried to bite the other horse. – The good news is she won by 3/4 and will only get better from here.

Tampa Bay Downs

1/7/17

Race #3 – #4 – Big Bad Kitty – 6f on the dirt

He was a first time starter with Erick Rodriguez in the irons. Sent off the odds-on favorite he hit the side of the gate upon leaving and was off very slow. – This race is one for the trash bin as he’ll come back ready to reward his backers.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch -1/3/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As New Year’s Eve ushered in 2017, we leave the past behind and look to the future. Horse players await this time as we ready for the road to the Derby. – You’ll start seeing the days get longer by minutes at first, and before you know it the marquee events will turn to Churchill Downs. But don’t jump too far ahead as there are 124 days until we hear “My Old Kentucky Home.” – In the meantime, let’s make some money to get our bankroll building for 2017 ! – Here are some runners you’ll want to keep on your radar screens. They may not have had the best trip, a poor beginning, or it just wasn’t their day. Just keep your eyes peeled and give them a good look before making your next wager. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Turfway Park

12/31/16

Race #1 – #10 – Perfect Passion – 5f on the AW

Churchill shipper for Mike Maker was sent off the odds-on favorite, and she was circling 6 wide on the final turn showing good interest down the lane. She’ll mature nicely and Maker will have her ready to roll next up. – She is a three-year-old now, and I’m looking for good things to come from the red-hot Maker barn.

Race #8 – #10 Belvin – 1 mile on the AW

Thom Drury runner had the services of Albin Jimenez back from Tampa Bay Downs for the winter. They broke from the outside post and this may not have worked to their favor. The Drury barn is known for getting a runner ready off an average effort and this one fits the bill perfectly. Finishing 4th going five wide into the final turn, and coming up short looks like a race to build on.

Turfway Park

1/1/17

Race #1 -#3 – Rocco Solid – 1 mile on the AW

Susan Anderson trainee was restless in the gate and broke poorly. He made up a heap of ground around the far turn and was bested by a nose in the shadow of the wire. – Just a clean trip for this guy and you’ll see something special down the lane.

Race #2 – #8 – Devil Alert – 6 1/2f on the AW

John McKee in the irons for Dan O’Hallaron. They shipped in from Fairmount Park and this mare was flat out rolling in the final stages of the race. The pace was pretty hot for this level and the next time you see her in the entries bet with both hands.

Race #4 – #2 – Que Hansen – 1 mile on the AW 

Albin Jimenez aboard for Mike Maker and she did everything perfect except get beat by a nose at the wire. She was sent off the odds-on chalk for Dr. Kendall Hansen, and it looks like he is getting ready to have a great year with some talented runners in his barn.

Race #5 – #2 – Fancy is My Name – 5f on the AW

Ten pound apprentice Shelbi Kurtz broke well and settled in nicely along the rail. Once she saw her mount didn’t have the speed to set the pace, she dropped over to the rail and tried to respond for minor awards. – Both horse and rider need a playback off this race, and keep your eyes peeled for this young and up and coming rider. She’s gonna’ do just fine and when she gets a leg up from her grandpa trainer Rick Jordan they are looking for her first win picture. From two mounts she has a solid third place finish to her credit.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 12/19/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Santa’s sleigh is warming up, and it’s only a matter of days before St. Nick makes his way down the chimney. – You can always put out the traditional cookies and milk, but why not leave Santa a few horses to watch ? – Even the big man loves pulling his sleigh into the track to watch and wager on the ponies.  Just leave him a list of horses to play next out and your sure to be off the naughty list for life. – Best of luck your friends at BetPTC.com !

Tampa Bay Downs

12/16/16

Race #2 – #4 – High Pitch – 1 1/16 on the dirt

This filly shipped in from Presque Isle and stumbled badly at the start and was forced to take up off heels. She was heavily backed at the windows and sometimes it takes two efforts off of the synthetic to get acclimated to the dirt.

Race #7 – #7 – Dreamup – 1 mile and 40 yards

This daughter of Bernardini shipped in from Keeneland for the Eoin Harty barn. – Paco Lopez was on cruise control winning by 5 lengths and looked to have plenty in the tank. – Right back off the impressive win she deserves a playback at the windows.

Aqueduct

12/17/16

Race #4 -#7 – Proud Lily – 6f

First time starter and she brushed the starting gate at the break and was forced to rush up. Once the rider got her settled, she put in a game effort finishing a solid 4th. She’ll benefit from this race for future trips to the paddock.

Race #7 – #3 – Sir Alfred – 6f

Jose Ortiz had his bumped around at the start and he rushed him up to grab a short lead. Ortiz settled him nicely, and he finished an honest 4th this day. – Good things are coming for this runner from the Todd Pletcher barn.

Gulfstream Park

12/16/16

Race #1 – #1 – Eklipsado – 1 mile on the dirt

This runner jumped right to the lead and duked it out down the backstreet. He bumped his rival and  was DQ’ed from the win and placed second. Edgard Zayas was aboard and I love to play back a winner who was disqualified. They know how to win and I see the next effort firing right back.

Race #5 – #7 – Golden Point – 1 1/16 on the turf

Shipper from Churchill who was a beaten favorite this day. The hot hand of Antonio Gallardo was forced to go five wide and still managed a quick finish for the show spot this day. – Be on the look out for this runner as he’ll be sure to give you plenty to cheer about.

Race #7 – #2 – Break Away – 7 1/2f on the turf

Paco Lopez had his filly stalking down the backstretch when she clipped heels with another runner and lost the rider. She was backed heavily at the windows and she’ll be looking for payback next time out.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 10/31/16

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Gulfstream Park West

10/28/16

Race #6- #1 – Our War Eagle – 5f on the turf

Edgard Zayas had the call for Eddie Plesa and this two-year-old by Unbridled’s Song came flying late in the lane. He missed by a nose in this maiden affair and I think we’ll be hearing from him down the road.

Keeneland

10/28/16

Race #6 – #5 – Excessivespending – 6f on the dirt

Joe Bravo in the saddle and this daughter of Shakleford is going to mature and Churchill Downs may be in her future.  She stalked off hot fractions and dueled it out to the wire with eventual winner Perfect Wife. – Keep her on your radar for good things to come.

Keeneland

10/28/16

Race #7 – #10 – Awesome Type – 6f on the dirt

Made his first start at TBD in April and this was a stretch-out for added distance. He grabbed the lead and fought a valiant effort to be second best this day. He’ll be a major player in the conditional claiming ranks if not a bump higher.

Belmont

10/29/16

Race #1 – #7 – Donwell – 1 1/16 on the turf

Joel Rosario in the irons for Bill Mott. This first time starter was dead last for 3/4 of the race and made an impressive move going 4 wide to finish for third money. This two-year-old will only improve and get better with each start. – His last odds were handsome on the board and you may be rewarded with a sweet payday coming very soon.

Race #5 – #8 – Completely Bonkers – 6f on the turf

Irad Ortiz in the irons for Phil Serpe as this colt was making the winning move when forced to steady at the 1/16th pole. Maybe a little more distance or a clean trip has him right in the direction of the winner’s circle next out.

Race #6 – #6 – Heaven Is Waiting – 1 mile on the turf

Javier Castellano aboard for Chad Brown. – This beaten chalk was headstrong and tough to handle. Checked multiple times in the first 6f and never seemed to settle out. You can bet dollars to donuts the Chad Brown barn will have all the nuts and bolts tightened down next out.

 

BetPTC.com- Horses to Watch- 4/24/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

At the time of this entry there are only 13 days until Kentucky Derby 142. – You can almost smell the roses, and it’s time to put the finishing touches on your Derby hat. – The morning works have the racing world anxiously awaiting times and final tune ups. You’ll want to keep tabs on how horses shipped and final morning preps. Something you’ll want to toss is the superstition madness about geldings, no two-year-old preps, or fillies against the boys to name a few. I’ve seen many great handicappers fall victim to “Derby Fever,” and un-do all of their hard work and lose a life-changing score. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and wear my lucky cap that you’ll forget about this non-sense. – In the meantime as we wait for Derby, here are some horses you’ll want to keep on your horses-to-watch list.

Aqueduct

4/21/16 – Race #4 – #6 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#6 – Votre Coeur = Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Chad Brown, and these guys are money on the greensward in New York. – Ortiz had his mare cruising nicely, and looked like she was going to roll right by the pace setter. Ortiz looked like he took his foot off the gas a step too quick, and the pace setter came right back in the shadow of the wire. – I won’t call it a bad ride as he doesn’t overwork his mounts if he thinks the race is sealed up. He may have forgotten the leader was ridden by a gent named John Velasquez for James Jerkins. He won’t take it too lightly next out.

Tampa Bay Downs

4/22/16- Race #3 – #5 – 7f on the main track

#5 – Saint Luis Chick= Antonio Gallardo in the irons, and he had his mare in high gear along the rail. He was rolling, and he plain ran out of real estate. No excuses, and a quick tempo will help his cause greatly.

Aqueduct

4/22/16 – Race #8 – #7 – 1 mile on the main

#7 – Clifton Pleasure = Manny Franco at the controls, and he faced some quick fractions this day. At the 1/8th pole Franco set sail and looked for a spot between the Ortiz brothers and the hole was squeezed off quickly when he tried to jump in. – There was an objection / inquiry for the finish, and neither could get his number put up. – He’ll be as tough as a nickel steak next time to the races.

Aqueduct

4/23/16 – Race #1 – #5 – 6 1/2f on the main track

#5 – Excluded = John Bisono had the call, and his mount hopped when they sprung the latch and never got back in full gear. – He made a nice move and put in a “work like” bid to run 4th. He didn’t use his mount much, and there should be plenty in the tank next out. – Think of this a good workout.

Tampa Bay Downs

4/23/16 – Race #3 – #2 – 6 1/2 f on the dirt

#2 -Pom Pom Power=  Jorge Perez was the pilot, and he looked good aboard this gal. She was pinched back at the start causing her to lose ground. Perez settled her nicely and made a solid move for minor awards. – If this is any indication, double up next time out.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 1/24/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As the NFL holds center stage on this Sunday afternoon, my mind starts to drift away for races to come. This is the time of year when we start “mentally declaring” our horses to keep on the radar. – We don’t disclose them, as we begin the process of reading and watching their progress. – At the time of this entry the weather is anything but roses for much of the nation, but just keep in mind there are only 104 days until the Kentucky Derby. – In the meantime, here are some runners who are sure to give a better account the next time they take the track. – Best of luck from BetPTC.com !

Tampa Bay Downs

Race #6 – 1/20/16 – A.O.C $75,000 -#2 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#2 – Slip of the Tongue = Manny Cruz in the saddle for Eoin Harty. This filly was making her second off the shelf from Presque Isle, and was dropping in class from the $100k Sandpiper Stakes. – She made a professional move around the far turn, and this (22-1) shot ran a better race than shows on paper. She’ll mature off this effort and light up the board next out.

Tampa Bay Downs

Race #10 – 1/20/16 – AOC $32,000 – 5f on the turf – #4

#4 – Fort Prada = Antonio Gallardo in the irons for Chris Block, and she was off slowly going a short turf event. This usually has you looking to the next effort, but she made up a great deal of ground with the rail out at 30 feet and a 57.2 time. – She was on fire down the lane and should bring the heat next time to the races.

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Aqueduct – Race #6 – 1/22/16 – Alw $57,000 – #2

#2 – Beyond the Green = Kendrick Carmouche in the irons, and he came under urging at the 5/16’s, and showed a nice late kick. This really caught my eye as a “wager in waiting.” – Love the rider, and for breaking dead-last and rolling late. – I’ve got my eyes peeled for this colt.

Aqueduct – Race #7 – 1/22/16 – Starter Alw – #6 – 1 and 70 yards on the inner track

#6 – Rockford = Jose Ortiz was the rider for Bruce Levine, and his runner threw his head at the start cracking his noggin against the side of the gate. – The rider knew this was going to be a workout and just wrapped up and jogged the distance. – I’ll toss this one, as he looked like a million bucks on the track. Add in being claimed four times in a row, and we have a horse that has the attention of trainers and bettors.

Gulfstream Park

Race #7 – 1/22/16 – Mdn Claiming -#3 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#3 – Nena = John Cruz had the call on this filly, and she did a great job of tracking the early speed over a sloppy (sealed) track. – She tried to kick off the rail for clear sailing, and ran into a heap of trouble and was “boxed in” waiting for room late in the lane. She showed good interest once she broke free, and that is plenty to watch when this filly takes the track next out.

Gulfstream Park

Race #3 – 1/23/16 – Claiming – #7 – 6 1/2f on the dirt

#7 – Cheri’s Win = Vincente Gudiel had the call, and the apprentice rider gave a bit of a questionable ride. – I’m not into blaming,  so I’ll toss the race as he may not have been familiar with this filly. – She was five wide the entire race in a field of seven runners. I think this caused her to lose plenty of ground, and when he called upon her she finished with a steady advance as the beaten chalk. – I’m a big fan of “bug” riders, and maybe they’ll use him right back. – Either way, I think they may have a nice runner looking for a little better trip.