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BetPTC.com Travers Stakes Day Preview – Aug. 24

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By: Ed Meyer

 

Saratoga

Race #8 – The G2 Ballston Spa – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:35 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Secret Message / #8 – Starship Jubilee / #2 – Fifty Five

#3 Secret Message is a daughter of Hat Trick (JPN) making her second trip off the layoff while dropping down a notch in class. She gets a rider change to Jose Ortiz who is winning 23% at the Spa. His dam Westside Singer has 2 starters, 2 winners, 1 stakes winner, and 2 turf winners to her credit. She’s a closing type and owns a bullet work while cutting back to a perfect distance. #8 Starship Jubilee ships in from Woodbine off a 56 day layoff. She is bred to relish the greensward and her works are solid. Jose Lezcano in the saddle and trainer Kevin Attard wins 18% with graded stakes. The forecast calls for sunny and dry conditions and she hasn’t seen a firm turf since January at GP. A stalker who should be just off Scottish Jig getting a garden trip. Two back she was a beaten favorite to Secret Message and they know each other well. #2 Fifty Five comes from the barn of Chad Brown with Javier Castellano winning 26% together. She is 18 for 19 ITM on the turf and the New York bred can get motoring late in the lane. Look for her at the quarter pole skimming the hedge.

Race #9 – The G1 Personal Ensign – 1 1/8 – 4:12 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Elate / #1 – Midnight Bison / #5 – Wow Cat

#4 Elate comes in for trainer Bill Mott and Jose Ortiz who are winning at 33% as a team. She is 3 for 3 ITM at the Spa and makes her 3rd off the shelf cutting back in distance. After winning the Fleur De Lis at CD she has stepped up her game. She’s been knocking heads with Midnight Bisou and has been finishing behind her. Today is her turn and look for a strong late kick with Ortiz who wins 21% with late runners. #1 Midnight Bisou is a daughter of Midnight Lute for trainer Steve Asmussen with Mike Smith in the saddle. She’s hit the board at the Spa but hasn’t been able to seal the deal. She is seeking her 6th straight win drawing the rail post into the short first turn run. Smith will get her in good shape and look for a renewed battle with Elate. #5 Wow Cat is a daughter of Lookin At Lucky for Chad Brown and John Velasquez in the irons. 2nd start of the year as she is 3 for 3 ITM at Saratoga. This gal was a beaten favorite in the G3 Shuvee and that may have been a perfect prep for today. She shows a snappy work on August 17 and faced some pretty tough gals coming into the race. She’ll be calling late in the lane.

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Race #10 – The G1 Sword Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:49 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Ya Primo / #8 – Channel Maker / #9 – Sadler’s Joy

#6 Ya Primo is a son of Mastercraftsman (IRE) for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. He gave a solid account of himself in the G2 Bowling Green first time in the states getting Lasix. Draws the rail and owns two bullet works looking to stalk the speed and turn it loose down the lane. #8 Channel Maker comes in for Bill Mott and Joel Rosario. 2nd off the layoff and was wide most of his last trip in the G2 Bowling Green. He still managed a solid 4th as the race was better than appeared on paper. He shows good works and Mott wins 22% off a beaten favorite loss. Look for a mid flight trip moving around the far turn. #9 Sadler’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Thom Albertrani and Jose Lezcano. He is 4 for 7 ITM at the Spa and makes his 2nd start of the year. It looks like the Breeders’ Cup is on his mind and was closing quick last out only to get blocked multiple times down the lane. A clean trip and a new rider may make a big difference today.

Race #11 – The G1 Travers – 1 1/4 – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Tacitus / #7 – Mucho Gusto / #2 – Code of Honor

#6 Tacitus comes from the barn of Bill Mott and Jose Ortiz. Blinkers on today and was a beaten favorite last out where the barn comes back to win 23%. 2nd time off the layoff, and if that bullet work is any indication I think we’ll see a tough son of Tapit kicking in late. He runs solid every time and the blinkers should keep his mind on business. #7 Mucho Gusto comes from the barn of Bob Baffert with Joe Talamo in the saddle. 2nd best in the Haskell Stakes and Baffert is 1 for 1 at the Spa. He went home to Del Mar to work and comes back fresh and ready. Look for a closeup trip and Talamo wins 20% with early style runners. This son of Mucho Macho Man should be right near the engine as soon as the gates open. #2 Code of Honor hails from the barn of Shug McGaughey with John Velasquez in the saddle. He’s been off 49 days and 1 for 1 at the Spa. He cruised in the G3 Dwyer as a prep and should be right in the mix. He broke his maiden at the Spa and Johnny V knows this son of Noble Mission well. I like his work tab and Shug comes out strong on marquee days.

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Belmont Race #7 – The G1 Vosburgh – 6f – 4:09 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Imperial Hint / #5 – Silver Ride / #2 – Maniacal

#6 Imperial Hint has Javier Castellano in the saddle for Luis Carvajal. Tons of speed in here and this stalker may be the perfect answer. He’s been off for 2 months since Saratoga and been working bullets in the morning at Parx. He’s looking for three in a row and can lay just off the speed. This son of Imperialism is going to be tough to handle. #5 Silver Ride is a son of Candy Ride for trainer Brian Lynch. Jose Ortiz gets the call and been away for 50 days.  He is three for five ITM and has the look of a solid closer. Ortiz is a big plus and with a clean trip, he could be a major player. #2 Maniacal is a son of Kitten’s Joy making the turf to dirt switch for trainer Mike Maker where he wins 17% on this move. John Velasquez in the saddle and was a beaten favorite at Kentucky Downs. He comes back to the dirt and is one for one at Belmont.

Race #8 – The G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:42 pm

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Channel Maker / #1 – Robert Bruce / #3 – Sadler’s Joy

#8 Channel Maker is a son of English Channel for trainer Bill Mott. Jose Ortiz is the reinsman and is making the third start off a layoff move. He should enjoy the distance going two for three ITM and Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace. He’s a strong closing sort and will come rolling at the top of the lane. His dam In Return has 4 starters, 3 winners, 2 stakes winners, and 2 turf winners to her credit. #1 Robert Bruce comes in for Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz in the saddle. Brown is winning 26% at the meet and “Robert” exits an impressive win in the G1 Arlington Million. He’s been off for 49 days and is a stout closer. Irad Ortiz won on his birthday aboard Robert Bruce and looks to keep the party going on the stretch out in distance. #3 Sadler’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Thom Albertrani. This is his third off the layoff start and was a beaten favorite in the G1 Sword Dancer. He should come calling late in the lane and must be respected.

Race #10 – The G1 Jockey Gold Cup – 1 1/4 – 5:50 pm 

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Diversify / #8 – Thunder Snow / #4 – Patch

#6 Diversify is a son of Bellamy Road for trainer Richard Violette. This New York bred is eight for eight ITM at Belmont. He’s been off for 56 days and exits an impressive win in the G1 Whitney. This son of Bellamy Road is two for two at the distance and been working bullets in the morning. Irad Ortiz will him in high cruising speed turning for home. #8 Thunder Snow comes to post for Saeed bin Suroor with Christophe Soumillion in the irons. He exits the Gr1 Juddmonte International at York and was doing very well in Dubai. He cuts back in distance and is a closer in the hands of world class rider Soumillion. #4  Patch comes into the race for the Todd Pletcher barn and Calumet Farm. Luis Saez in the irons and is 3rd off the layoff. This son of Union Rags can come running late and light up the tote board.

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Saratoga

Race #7 – The G1 Personal Ensign – 1 1/8 – 2:59 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 Abel Tasman / #6 Elate / #4 Wow Cat

#1 Abel Tasman is a daughter of Quality Road for trainer Bob Baffert. “Money Man” Mike Smith in the irons looking to duplicate their effort in last year’s G1 Coaching Club Oaks. There’s plenty of speed in the field and she has a strong late punch. She’s been on the shelf for two months and Baffert wins 24% with fresh legs coming back to the races. I’m looking for a big rally at the top of the lane. #6 Elate comes to post for Bill Mott. She is two for two ITM at the Spa and makes a 2nd off the layoff move shipping in from Del Mar. Jose Ortiz in the saddle as he looks to turn the tables on “Abel” from last year’s meeting. Her works have been solid over the deep Oklahoma training track. Ortiz will know just when to push the button. #4 Wow Cat is a daughter of Lookin At Lucky for trainer Chad Brown. This Chilean bred was bumped soundly leaving the starting gate last out as a beaten favorite in the G3 Shuvee. Overall, it was a perfect prep and John Velasquez will have her as a major player on the lead.

Race #10 – The G1 Sword Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:49 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 Sadler’s Joy / #6 Bigger Picture / #4 Hi Happy

#10 Sadler’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy for trainer Thom Albertrani. Javier Castellano in the saddle and is 4 for 5 ITM over the course. He made a strong late rally last out in the G2 Bowling Green and gets more distance today. Look for a sustained rally as he comes calling at the top of the stretch. #6 Bigger Picture comes to post for trainer Mike Maker. This is his third off the shelf move and has Irad Ortiz in the irons. He was 6 wide in the G2 Bowling Green and Ortiz is one of the best finishers in the game. Look for a big time effort today. #4 Hi Happy is a son of Pure Prize from the Todd Pletcher barn. John Velasquez in the saddle and was a beaten favorite in the G2 Bowling Green. All three selections exit this key race.  This was his first effort in a month and Pletcher wins 25% with beaten favorites. They look to turn the tables today.

Race #11 – The G1 Travers – 1 1/4 – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 Good Magic / #5 Vino Rosso / #8 Mendelssohn

#9 Good Magic is a talented son of Curlin for the Chad Brown barn. Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat and they are making their 2nd start off the layoff. He owns a bullet work in preparation as he is maturing into quite a special runner. He has a talented reinsman in the saddle and looks to be finding himself. Look for a very strong account of his talents today. #5 Vino Rosso comes in for the Todd Pletcher barn. He’s a son of Curlin and was a beaten favorite in the G2 Jim Dandy showing strong signs. Toss out the Triple Crown races and you’ll see a runner who is deceivingly good. If you get anywhere near double digit odds he’ll be tough not to use. Look for a solid effort against a very nice field. #8 Mendelssohn is a solid son of Scat Daddy for trainer Aiden O’Brien. Ryan Moore stays in the saddle and was a beaten favorite in the G2 Dwyer. He still gave a good account of himself and is capable of much more. O’Brien thinks enough of him to have him in this talented field and that’s good enough for me to use in exotics. I think we’ll see a rejuvenated runner ready to give an A + effort.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 8/3/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The weekend had all eyes on the Spa and Monmouth Park, and this was a great weekend to watch and wager. Tracks were stocked with graded stakes and solid performers. Good Samaritan won the G1 Jim Dandy making his first trip over the dirt for Bill Mott. The trainer always wins one on his birthday, and this was quite the present as he is heading toward the G1 Travers in late August. – Monmouth did not disappoint with a super undercard, and Girvin nailing McCraken on the square in the G1 Haskell. – Here are some runners who may have had a troubled trip or a good excuse for not making it to the winner’s circle. Keep them on your radar screen before heading to the windows. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com!

Saratoga

7/29/17

Race #7 – Alw – 1 1/16 on the turf – #7 – Mom’s On Strike

#7 – Mom’s On Strike = Filly by First Dude and she came flying late last in the $200,000 Pebbles. They made a rider change from Rajiv Maragh to Luis Saez who is winning (16%) on the turf and making her first start in 9 months. She was dropping in class and saw every bit of the track this day getting caught 4 wide on the first turn and 5 wide on the final turn. She closed like a downbound train getting beat by a 1 3/4. She’ll get into gear and rebound greatly off this race.

Race #9 – G2 Bowling Green – 1 3/8 on the turf – #4 – Sadler’s Joy

#4 – Sadler’s Joy = Son of Kitten’s Joy was making his first start off the shelf in 49 days for Thom Albertrani. He was exiting the G1 Manhattan and looked to fit like a glove in this race. Javier Castellano was weaving in and out of traffic getting caught wide a few times. Once he shook free and started to roll he was inhaled by the top two down the lane. I’m tossing this one to “race-rust” and we’ll look for good things to come on the next outing.

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Race #10 – G1 Jim Dandy – 1 1/8 – #4 – Pavel

#4 – Pavel = Trainer Doug O’Neill shipped in from California off an impressive 6 1/2f mdn win. This son of Creative Cause may be a good runner to follow as he had to show the connections he has the makings but he may need a little more time. From a maiden score to a G1 across the country may have been too much to ask. Keep your eyes peeled for him next time out as I think he’ll reward his backers coming soon.

Saratoga

7/30/17

Race #8 – A.O.C – 6f on the main – #3  Duquesne Whistle

#3  Duquesne Whistle = Son of Posse from the Linda Rice barn had the services of hot rider Ricardo Santanna. He was making his third off the shelf (25%) and had a bullet work on 6/25 before his victory on 7/1/17 at Belmont. He looked like a good play at (12-1) and he lost his footing at the start and then had to be “snatched” up by the rider to keep off of another runner. Once he got moving he made a solid effort running 4th this day.

Belterra Park

7/29/17

Race #3 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 1/16 on the turf – #6 – Grey Queen

#6 – Grey Queen = Shipping in from Indiana Grand for the Calumet Farm connections. Edgar Paucar was the rider and trainer Jose Fernandez is winning (20%) on the year. – This daughter of More Than Ready was blocked, shuffled back and still came flying very quickly to be a bridesmaid this day. – She gets her picture taken next out with a cleaner trip.

Race #4 – Starter Alw – 1 3/16 on the main – #4 – National Defense

#4 – National Defense = Solid gelding shooting for three-in-a-row. He was 6/8 ITM over the track and made a perfect stalking move under Euclyn Prentice Jr. – He made a ground saving move against the rail and tried to tip off for clear sailing. He was impeded and blocked and was forced to settle for 3rd until a DQ placed him 2nd. I spoke with the riders after he had a meeting with the stewards over this incident and the rider felt he had the best horse by far and lost much of his momentum after being forced to check up off heels. – He’ll be a tough guy next time to the races.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 6/4/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As we gathered with family and friends honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, Memorial Day was a special time for my family. We would celebrate the lives of those no longer with us, and later meet at the corner of Stokesay and Oak St. to watch the hometown parade. There’s something about a small town parade that brings life all together. – The men decorated in full unform, and the stoic look of pride as they proudly walked our hometown streets. Bands played and sirens wailed crating the soundtrack of the days festivites. – It would be about 15 minutes after the parade when we would join my grandparents for a picnic lunch under the large oak tree at River Downs. Memorial Day was a time to honor the past and look to the future. Going to the races was a yearly trek that was the official signal that summer was finally here.

5/27/17

Belmont

Race #1 – #4 – The Crocheron Kid – 6f on the turf

Jose Ortiz in the irons for David Donk. This guy had an overland trip spinning wide into the lane costing precious ground. He scored this day, and is a perfect candidate for a repeat preformance at the windows.

Race #7 – #9 Vigor – 6f on the turf

Jose Lezcano in the saddle for Bill Mott and they do very solid work together. He was wide grabbing the lead and later inhaled by a solid winner Rublinda. Give him a hard look next out, and catch him if you can !

#2 – Fear No Evil – (Same race)

Luis Saez at the controls for trainer Thom Albertrani. He was tracking perfectly and shut off trying to tip off the rail. He dove right back to the inside and found no room. Saez wrapped up on his mount and saved plenty of gas in the tank for next out.

Race #8 – #4 – Kitten’s Cat – 7f on the turf

John Velasquez for trainer Joe Sharp. It was a quick pace and he came flying late in the lane, but couldn’t pass the impressive winner Big Handsome. Shipping in from Churchill Downs;  his second time out in the “Big Apple” will make this son of Kitten’s Joy ultra tough.

5/27/17

Santa Anita

Race #5 – #1 – Avenge – 1 1/8 on the turf

Flavien Pratt in the irons for Dick Mandella. She grabbed the lead from the rail and was heavily backed at the windows. She faced a monster this day with Lady Eli and if she catches anyone else she’ll give them all they want next time she hits the track.

5/29/17

Belmont

Race  #4 – #7 Ancient Secret – 1 mile on the turf

She was making her first start of the 2017 season for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle and was tracking perfectly in the two path and weakened down the lane to finish 4th this day. – Toss this race as needing one and you’ll be pleasantly surprised next time she hits the track.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 1/30/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The Pegasus World Cup grabbed the attention of the wagering world and delivered a day to remember. Arrogate dominated as we said goodbye to California Chrome. The weather was perfect, the wagering was hot, and race fans had an opportunity to see the world’s richest horse race. The event was a success and we can start the countdown to the next Pegasus World Cup. – The weekend had plenty of runners who strutted their stuff,  and it also gave us some horses to watch the next time they head to the paddock. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com ! 

Gulfstream Park

1/28/17

Race #3 – #1 – Genre – 7f on the dirt

John Velasquez in the saddle for Todd Pletcher as they brought a daughter of Bernardini to post. 2nd start off the shelf and was cutting back from the one mile distance. She stumbled at the start and was carried out wide down the backstretch. She got her action back and made a strong late rally to settle as the bridesmaid this day.

Race #5 – #6 – Madefromlucky – 1 1/8 on the dirt

Javier Castellano in the irons for Todd Pletcher and they were making his second start off an 8 month layoff. He was travelling wide down the backstretch and at the 5/16th’s he clipped heels losing all action. – Castellano helped him rebound and displayed a quick turn of foot down the lane finishing 3rd.

Race #8 – #3 – Blind Ambition – 7f on the dirt

This son of Tapit was a first time starter from the Pletcher barn. John Velasquez had the call and owned a solid clip of morning works at Palm Beach Downs. He was sent off the odds-on favorite and stumbled badly leaving the starting gate. No worries here as Team Pletcher owns a solid record with second effort runners.

Race #9 – #3 – Long on Value – 5f on the turf

Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat for Bill Mott. He was making his first start in two months and was far back in the field. He unleashed a furious rally late in the lane getting bested a 1/2 length. There are good things to come from the Bill Mott barn.

Race #11 – Sadler’s Joy – 1 1/2 on the turf

Julien Leparoux for Thom Albertrani. This son of Kitten’s Joy had been off for two months and was forced three wide gaining rapidly. He was under a full head of steam and was beaten a head for the whole prize. – This turfer needs a play right back !

Race #12 -#7 – Shaman’s Ghost – 1 1/8 on the dirt

The $12 million dollar Pegasus World Cup focused on the battle between Arrogate and California Chrome. The race did not disappoint with a strong effort by the winner and offered up some runners for future races. – Jose Ortiz was aboard for James Jerkins and Ortiz ran a winner’s race but caught a real monster with Arrogate. Give him a little class relief taking on anyone but Arrogate, and we’ll have another runner who’ll have a strong 2017 campaign.

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 1/11/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Another week in the books and I can feel the marquee races ready to heat up. You can begin the count down when Oaklawn kicks open the doors for racing, and next weekend you’ll start seeing big time runners at Gulfstream Park and Fair Grounds.  – But, I digress. There is always plenty of action to heat up during the winter months. In keeping with that thought, you’ll want to keep your antennae’s up for these runners next time they hit the track.

Aqueduct – 1/7/16 – Race #4 – #11 – One mile on the inner track

#11 – Fly Ash = Kendrick Carmouche had the assignment, and had everything going her way. She kicked out at the 1/8th pole and started to find her best stride and even had the lead for a jump or two. – She was bested by a late flying runner and wrapped up to keep gas in the tank.

 

Aqueduct – 1/7/16 – Race #5 – #6 – 1 1/16 on the inner track

#6 – Pushme Pullyou = Manny Franco in the irons for Joe Orseno, and was checked up into the first turn and was bothered badly. She had to wheel out into the three or four path and lost a heap of ground. Once she got herself in order, there was a solid effort shown from the 3/8th’s pole to the wire. – A clean trip may have her in the catbird seat.

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Gulfstream Park – 1/7/16 – Race #6 – #5 – 6 1/2 on the main course

#5 – Grey Glory = Luis Saez had the call for Thom Albertrani, and they plain out hooked a monster on this day by the name of Deep Sea. Saez set the tempo and did an excellent job guiding his mount. Anyone but Deep Sea in the race, and this guy wins for fun.

Gulfstream Park – 1/8/16 – Race #8 – #3 – 6 1/2 on the main track

#3 – Enchantress = Joel Rosario had the call for Todd Pletcher, and this gal was bumped soundly at the start. Rosario did an excellent job getting this gal to settle out and was all over the track trying to pick up steam down the lane. She looked a little green, and you can bet dollars to donuts Pletcher will have her all cranked up next up.

Santa Anita – 1/9/16 – Race #6 – #3 – 6 1/2f on the dirt

#3 – Let’s Meet in Rio = Kent Desormeaux handled the mount for Bob Baffert. He was in high gear rounding the final turn, and when he angled out was bumped soundly at the 3/16th’s pole. Give him pace and a clear path and it may be lights out.

 

 

 

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 12-28-2015

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

As the New Year is just days away we start scratching our heads to find new resolutions. Horse Players are most definitely on this bus, and we tend to dig really deep at times when the answers may have been insight the entire time. – Work on money management; narrow your focus of the tracks you follow, or target your best ten races on any given day and wager on five. – It has always been the little things, and sometimes we miss the forest for the trees. Here’s a little something to whet your whistle for 2016, and hopefully get you started on a positive note.  From your friends at BetPTC.com, have a safe and Happy New Year ! – There’s only 131 days until the Kentucky Derby.

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Gulfstream Park – 12/26/15 – Race #7 – #6 – 5f on the turf

#6 – Try Your Luck = Jeffrey Sanchez aboard this daughter of Looking at Lucky, and this two-year-old showed a great deal a promise first time to the races. She settled in nicely and tipped off to make her move. She ran a very game 3rd place effort and appeared to have plenty more in the tank.

Gulfstream Park – 12/26/15 – Race #8 – #2 – One mile on the dirt

#2 – Wheels up Now = Luis Saez had the call for Thom Albertrani, and this colt ran a big effort. He was trying 2nd time Lasix, first time blinkers, and was bested by an impressive colt by Uncle Mo. He set the pace going 44.3 and 109.3 in the middle stages, and for a baby that is moving and shaking. Next out should be a “flag fall to that’s all” move to put the field to sleep from the gate break.

Gulfstream Park – 12/26/15 – Race #11 – #7 – 1 1/2 on the turf

#7 – Rosalind = Edgard Zayas in the irons for Chad Brown, and they were beaten by a very talented Goldy Espony ( another Chad Brown runner) who put the field the sleep in this marathon event on the green. – Rosalind was under a snug restraint down the backstretch, and the dawdling fractions may have been her undoing. She tried to produce a rally, but was left in the dust by her impressive stable mate. The race was better than what you’ll see on paper, and hopefully she won’t hook “Goldy” next out.

Santa Anita – 12/26/15 – Race #6 – #6 – One mile on the turf

#6 – Mister Brightside = Mike Smith was the reinsman and this guy has been a handful his last two outings. – Hopping at the start two races back, and steadying multiple times in his next to last effort. Having Smith aboard was the move, and he can get them to settle better than most in the game. – Smith had a “Full-Nelson hammerlock” on his mount as he had to take up just a bit around the first turn and allowed his mount to run freely before the 1/2. – I watched and wondered, but it would be a fools folly to second guess Smith. He knew his mount was acting up, and allowed a quick blast of energy hoping to settle his mount. – He came three wide into the final turn for clear sailing but ran out of gas. I think this will be a very nice play back, and you can expect a sweet price. Once Patrick Gallagher figures out this fella, you’ll get a handsome price at the windows.

Santa Anita – 12/27/15 – Race #4 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the dirt

#2 – Hoffenheim = Victor Espinoza had the call for Bob Baffert and ran what I like to call a ” winner’s race and not getting your picture taken.” – In tight at the start, and settled out nicely. Moved into position to out the field away and tipped off the rail four wide to find his best stride. He drew off by 1/2 at the 111.2 make, and was bested by late closing French Getaway under Kent Desormeaux. – He’ll grow from this effort and you should look very closely for his next out effort.