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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – Aug. 31

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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.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – July 20-21

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Sunday’s Haskell

Race #12 – The G1 Haskell Invitational – 1 1/8  5:47 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Maximum Security / #5 – Mucho Gusto /#1  King for a Day

#7 Maximum Security hails from the Jason Servis barn who is winning at 29% at the meet. Luis Saez in the saddle and after the Derby DQ he had a nice prep in the Pegasus over the track and should be knocking heads on the lead. Look for a big effort today. #5 Mucho Gusto son of Mucho Macho Man for Bob Baffert who has won eight runnings of this race. He is 3rd off the layoff and 7 for 7 ITM lifetime. There is plenty of speed and Joe Talamo should be able to lay just off the main speed waiting to push the button. #1 King for a Day comes from the Todd Pletcher barn with John Velasquez in the irons. This son of Uncle Mo is making a 3rd off move and the barn scores at a 22% clip. The rail has been winning at a 24% clip and owns a sharp work coming into the race.

Del Mar

Race #4  – The G2 San Diego  1 1/16  6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1  Catalina Cruiser / #2  Core Beliefs / #4 Draft Pick

#1 Catalina Cruiser is a son of Union Rags for John Sadler with Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat. 2nd off the layoff and the barn wins 16% on this move. He is a solid stalker with sparkling works. He’ll be closer to the pace today and give them plenty of trouble down the lane. #2 Core Beliefs hails from the Peter Eurton barn with Flavien Prat in the saddle. Blinkers on and has been off for 54 days. He’s a nice stalker who is dropping down a notch in from the G1 Gold Cup and cuts back to a kinder distance. #4 Draft Pick comes from the Peter Eurton barn with this son of Candy Ride. Martin Garcia in the irons and makes his 2nd start of the year. His work tabs look like he’s gearing up for a top effort.

Race #8 – The G2 San Clemente – 1 mile on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Mucho Unusual / #5 – Apache Princess / #8 – Stillwater Cove

#3 Mucho Unusual is a daughter of Mucho Macho Man for Tim Yakteen. Joel Rosario in the saddle making a 2nd off the layoff move where the barn wins 14%. This California bred should relish all of the speed to set up a good stalking trip. The faster they go the better she’ll like it. #5 Apache Princess comes in for Keith Desormeaux with brother Kent Desormeaux in the saddle. They’ve been off two months shipping in from Golden Gate. Kent D rolled off three straight going 6 1/2f on the weeds and they usually take to the mile distance with gusto. Look for her late in the game. #8 Stillwater Cove rolls in from the Wesley Ward barn with a daughter of Quality Road. Victor Espinoza in the irons and he wins 24% on the turf. The barn has been winning 26% for the year.

 

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – July 6th

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Belmont Park Race #7 – The G1 Belmont Oaks – 1 1/4 miles on turf – 4:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Newspaperofrecord / #4 – Concrete Rose / #5 – Cafe Americano

#2 Newspaperofrecord hails from the Chad Brown barn winning 30%. Irad Ortiz in the saddle of this daughter of Lope De Vega who has four starts and two turf winners to her credit. She is a pure speedster and is 3rd off the layoff and a beaten favorite last out. She should grab the lead and carry it from start to finish. #4 Concrete Rose is a daughter of Twirling Candy for trainer Rusty Arnold. Julien Leparoux in the irons as she comes off a two month layoff. She’s looking for three in a row and is a perfect stalker. She beat “Newspaper” last out in the G3 Edgewood impressively and is four for five with wins lifetime. She’ll be a little closer with added distance. #5 Cafe Americano is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro for Chad Brown. She is a perfect two for two and been working lights out in the morning. Javier Castellano in the saddle and he is winning 23% on the turf. Look for her to launch a strong rally as she gets the acid test.

Race #8 – The G2 John Nerud Stakes – 7f – 5:05 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Do Share / #9 – Promises Fulfilled / #4 – Nicodemus

#7 Do Share is a son of Candy Ride for trainer Mike Maker with Tyler Gafflione in the saddle. He was bumped soundly last out in the G1 Churchill and still finished a game fourth. He is three for six ITM at Belmont and with a sharp 4f work coming into the race is looking for a top effort. #9 Promises Fulfilled hails from the Dale Romans barn. This son of Shackleford has Luis Saez in the saddle exiting the G1 Metropolitan. He has plenty of speed and turns back to 7f. Going from a route to sprint to route they win 35%. #4 Nicodemus is a son of Candy Ride for trainer Linda Rice and Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. He is a late closer and gets an added half a furlong to come rolling. Ortiz wins 14% on closers and Rice excels with sprinters winning 25%.

Race #9 – The G1 Belmont Derby – 1 1/4 on turf – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Seismic Wave / #12 – Demarchelier / #8 – Social Paranoia

#3 Seismic Wave is a son of Tapit for trainer Bill Mott and Joel Rosario. He is a stone cold closer who is 2 for 2 ITM over the course. Rosario is winning 22% with closers and fits this colt like a glove. #12 Demarchelier is a son of Dubawi (IRE) for Chad Brown with Javier Castellano. This is his second off and is a perfect 3 for 3. He’s a strong late runner and look for him to come calling late in the lane. #8 Social Paranoia is a son of Street Boss for trainer Todd Pletcher and Manny Franco in the saddle. He’s been a beaten favorite in his last two trips and is looking to reward his backers. He should stalk mid flight and make a run at the pacesetters.

Race  #10 – The G2 Suburban – 1 1/4 miles dirt – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Lone Sailor / #11 – Pavel / #3 – Rocketry

#5 Lone Sailor comes in for trainer Thom Amoss with Irad Ortiz aboard. He came flying in the G1 Gold Cup. A rider switch from Flavien Prat and Amoss adding blinkers where he wins 38% on the equipment change. Look for him late on the scene with a rider who wins 22% with closers. #11 Pavel hails from the Doug O’Neill barn with Mario Gutierrez in the saddle. 2nd off the layoff and shipping back from the Dubai World Cup as the barn wins 22% making the second time off the shelf. This son of Creative Cause will get a good stalking trip from the outside waiting from the rider to give the cue. #3 Rocketry is a son of Hard Spun for trainer James Jerkins with Joel Rosario. He can roll quickly in the lane and his last bullet work shows he is locked and loaded. Rosario wins 22% with stout closing types.

BetPTC.com Stakes Preview – June 8th Belmont Stakes

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Belmont Park Race #8 – The G1 Woody Stephens – 7f – 4:04 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Complexity / #1 – Honest Mischief / #8 – Hog Creek Hustle

#4 Complexity comes from the barn of Chad Brown with Jose Ortiz in the irons. They are winning 26% together as a team. He’s been off for 7 months since the BC Juvenile where he was bumped soundly. He’s been training over the Oklahoma Training Course at Saratoga and cuts back in distance. This colt looks to benefit from a quick early pace stalking in mid pack. #1 Honest Mischief is a Chad Brown trainee with Javier Castellano in the saddle. He’s been off for two months after an impressive maiden win at Keeneland. He owns a sharp work as they team up to win 35%. He’s a closer and should get a piece of the pie. #8 Hog Creek Hustle is a son of Overanalyze for trainer Vickie Foley. Corey Lanerie always makes a run with him, and this colt should come flying late to light up your exotic payoffs.

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Race #9 – The G1 Metropolitan – 1 mile – 4:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Firenze Fire / #3 – Mitole / #2 – McKenzie

#7 Firenze Fire comes from the barn of Jason Servis with Irad Ortiz in the driver’s seat. 3rd off the layoff with an impressive win in the Runhappy at Belmont. He is 3 for 3 with wins and should appreciate the added ground and strong finishing Ortiz in the saddle. #3 Mitole is a speedy son of Eskendreya looking for his 7th straight victory. His win in the G1 Churchill Downs was solid and Steve Asmussen brings his go to rider in Ricardo Santana looking to wire the field. #2 McKenzie is a son of Street Sense with Mike Smith in the irons for Bob Baffert. His 3rd off the layoff move yields a 26% win clip. He is a perfect stalking type cutting back to a one turn mile.

Race #10 – G1 Manhattan – 1 1/4 on the turf – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Bricks and Mortar / #10 Channel Maker / #4 Qurbaan

#8 Bricks and Mortar is a son of Giant’s Causeway for trainer Chad Brown. 3rd off the layoff looking for his 5th straight win. When he won the G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf he found another gear that day. He is 3 for 3 ITM at Belmont and 1 for 1 at the distance. Look for a late rush in the lane. #10 Channel Maker from the barn of Bill Mott with Joel Rosario in the irons. This is his 2nd off the layoff and should be right on the pace. Winning the G1 Man O’ War shows he is in great form and should be right in the mix turning for home. #4 Qurbaan comes from the barn of Kiaran McLaughlin with Mike Smith. 3rd off for the son of Speightstown who ran a game second to the favorite. He should be a little closer with one of the best riders in the business.

Race #11 – The 151st Belmont Stakes – 1 1/2 – 6:37 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Tacitus / #8 – Intrepid Heart / #6 – Spinoff

#10 Tacitus is a son of Tapit for Bill Mott and Jose Ortiz. He’s as honest as they come and is always knocking on the door. He should be able to run the distance and the outside post will allow him to drop over and settle. He has a nice late punch and a bullet work to show readiness. #8 Intrepid Heart comes from the Pletcher barn with John Velasquez in the irons. 3rd off the layoff and adds blinkers where they win 20% on this equipment change. He stumbled at the start in the G3 Peter Pan as the post time chalk. He’ll stalk the pace and wait for his cue to take off in high gear. #6 Spinoff is a son of Hard Spun for Todd Pletcher. Javier Castellano is aboard and I would toss out his Derby trip. He should be closer than normal and Castellano wins 20% with early runners. I’m looking for an up close trip navigating the sweeping turn for home.

 

 

 

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – May 11

BetPTC.com Horse Racing Analysis – by Ed Meyer

Belmont Park Race #4 – The G3 Peter Pan – 1 1/8 – 3:08 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Final Jeopardy / #1 – Intrepid Heart / #3 Global Campaign

#5 Final Jeopardy is a son of Street Sense for trainer Jason Servis. Irad Ortiz has the call and this is his third off the layoff exiting the G2 Wood Memorial. He was compromised and squeezed back at the start. He’s a solid stalker for Gary and Mary West and maybe this weekend will be a little kinder. #1 Intrepid Heart hails from the barn of Todd Pletcher with John Velasquez aboard. They are winning 28% as a team and this son of Tapit is 2/2. He’s a versatile runner seeking his third straight win moving up the ladder. #3 Global Campaign goes to post for trainer Stanley Hough with Luis saez in the saddle. He’s been on the shelf for 2 months exiting the G2 FOY at GP. His style is solid speed as this son of Curlin has been working over the deep CD course looking to fire with fresh legs.

Race  #7 – The G3 Beaugay Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:45 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Homerique / #6 – Binto Al Nar / #3 – Competitonofideas

#5 Homerique is a daughter of Exchange Rate for Chad Brown. She gets 1st time Lasix and the barn wins 27% with new runners in the barn. She ships in from Longchamp and is 5/6 ITM on the green. Irad Ortiz is winning 41% with Chad Brown when they team up. #6 Binto Al Nar hails from the Peter Schiergen yard. She’s been off for 6 months shipping in from Milan, Italy. John Velasquez has the call and he knows the course going 42% ITM on grass races. #3 Competitonofideas is a daughter of Speightstown for trainer Chad Brown. Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat as she comes off a string victory in the G1 American Oaks at SA. She is a strong closer and Brown is scoring at a 39% clip this meet.

Race #10 – The G3 Man O’ War – 1 3/8 on the turf – 6:24 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Magic Wand / #2 – Zulu Alpha / #6 – Focus Group

#5 Magic Wand is a daughter of Galileo for trainer Aidan O’Brien. Wayne Lordan gets the call and she gets 2nd time Lasix where the trainer wins 27%. Her last race was the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic back in March and ran a game second against the boys in the G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf. Lordan has a pair of seconds to his credit in the saddle looking to to seal the deal. #2 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry for trainer Mike Maker. Javier Castellano aboard and makes a 2nd off the layoff move exiting the G2 Elkhorn at Keeneland. He is 14/20 ITM on the green and was a beaten favorite last out looking for payback. #6 Focus Group is a son of Kitten’s Joy for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the irons making his second start of the year. He won with a strong closing effort in the G2 Pan American looking to make 2019 his year.

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Keeneland Race #9 – The G2 Dixiana Elkhorn – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Zulu Alpha / #7 – Bigger Picture / #5 – Canessar

#10 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry for trainer Mike Maker. Jose Ortiz has the call and is winning 19% when he rides for Maker. He is 1 for 2 ITM at Keeneland and been away from the races for 49 days. He seeks his 3rd straight win and should sit a perfect stalking trip. #7 Bigger Picture comes from the Maker barn as well and makes his 2nd start off the layoff. He is 3 for 3 ITM at Keeneland and Maker wins 20% making the 2nd off angle run. Tyler Gaffalione in the irons today. #5 Canessar comes from the Arnaud Delacour barn making his 2nd off the shelf where he scores 22%. Feargal Lynch in the saddle and they had a troubled trip in the G2 Pan American looking for a smoother trip today.

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Charles Town

Race #11 – The G2 Charles Town Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:37 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Diamond King / #4 – Rally Cry / #1 – Mongolian Groom

#3 Diamond King is a son of Quality Road for John Servis. This is his 2nd start of the year and has excellent speed. Javier Castellano is aboard as he climbs up the class ladder. Look for Castellano to send right from the break. #4 Rally Cry is a son of Uncle Mo for the Todd Pletcher barn. John Velasquez in the irons and they are coming off a two month vacation. He faced some G1 tough guys and this level should be welcome. He’ll be close to the pace under a solid speed rider. #1 Mongolian Groom ships in from Santa Anita under Geovanni Franco in the irons. He is a long range closer exiting the G1 Santa Anita Handicap. Look for him late around the far turn.

Santa Anita

Race #5 – The G2 Kona Gold – 6 1/2f – 6:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Dr. Dorr / #4 – Zatter / #4 – Kanthaka

#1 Dr. Dorr comes from the Baffert barn with Joe Talamo in the irons. This son of Lookin at Lucky is 2 for 2 at the distance and 7 for 9 over the course. He is making his 2nd start of the year and has some sharp works under his belt. #4 Zatter is a Bob Baffert trainee with Drayden Van Dyke in the driver’s seat. 3rd off the shelf for this son of Midnight Lute and Van Dyke and Baffert team up to win 31%. He’s faced some tough guys and is a strong closer. #4 Kanthaka is a son of Jimmy Creed for Jerry Hollendorfer. Flavien Prat is the pilot and makes the 2nd off the layoff move where the trainer wins 21%. He loves to come running late and is 6 for 7 ITM at SA.

 

 

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 3/23/19

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Fair Grounds

Race #10 – The G2 New Orleans Handicap – 1 1/8 – 4:34 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Copper Bullet / #4 – Noble Indy / #2 – Lone Sailor

#10 Copper Bullet hails from the Asmussen barn with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. This is his 2nd start of the year and made a red hot move in the G3 Razorback at Oaklawn last out missing by a head for the win picture. He has a solid stalking profile and good works at FG to show his readiness to fire. #4 Noble Indy has Johnny V and Pletcher teaming up and making his 2nd start of the year. He has faced some big names from last year and has some great works at Palm Beach. He is 2 for 2 ITM over the course and gets the big acid test stretching out in distance. #2 Lone Sailor is a stone cold closer with James Graham in the saddle for Thom Amoss. They are winning 26% as a team the past 60 days and he makes his 2nd start of the year and could come rolling for a minor award.

Race #11 – The G2 Muniz Memorial – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Synchrony / #7 – Bricks and Mortar / #8 – Inspector Lynlee

#3 Synchrony has Joe Bravo in the irons for Mike Stidham and this son of Tapit is a perfect 4 for 4 in the Big Easy. This is his 2nd effort of the year and won the G3 FG Handicap impressively. Look for a stout closing move down the lane to take down the prize. #7 Bricks and Mortar is a son of Giant’s Causeway who has been off for 56 days. He is bred to love the turf and looking for his third straight victory.  His dam Beyond the Waves has 7 starters, 7 winners, 4 stakes winners, and 6 turf winners to her credit. #8 Inspector Lynlee is a son of Lemon Drop Kid for Shug McGaughey. Jose Ortiz in the irons and he was ultra impressive winning at Tampa Bay Downs. His 2nd off the layoff and coming in with fresh legs from Payson Park should have him ready to close from the back of the pack.

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Race #12 – The G2 Fair Grounds Oaks – 1 1/16 – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2  Serengeti Express / #7 – Slewgoodtobetrue / #8 – Liora

#2 Serengeti Express is a speedy filly from the Tham Amoss barn. James Graham is the reinsman and 2nd start of the year. She drew off impressively winning Rachel Alexandra and is 1 for 1 at FG. Toss out her BC race and she is tough as they come. Catch her if you can. #7 Slewgoodtobetrue hails from the Peter Eurton barn coming from the west coast. She has a perfect stalking style and picks up the services of Florent Geroux. Look for a ground saving trip ready to mix it up around the far turn. #8 Liora is a speedy daughter of Candy Ride and picks up the blinkers for the Wayne Catalano stable. Channing Hill in the driver’s seat and he is an excellent speed rider winning 20% on this type of runner. Look for her early and outside looking for the position.

Race #13 – The G2 Louisiana Derby – 1 1/8 – 6:13 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Spinoff / #6 – War of Will / #11 – Hog Creek Hustle

#10 Spinoff is a lightly raced son of Hard Spun for the Pletcher barn. His last win by 11 in the O.C. $75,000 arena at Tampa was more impressive than first glance. John Velasquez in the irons and his works are sparkling coming into the race. A perfect stalker who can light up the tote board as War of Will is going to take a big chunk of the money. #6 War of Will is looking for his 4th straight win. Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Mark Casse and they look to have a fine runner. But I’m looking down the road a bit when they hit Louisville on Derby day. This son of War Front has gotten better with every start since coming off the turf. Looking for a better price is no sin and they’ll want to keep him out of trouble as much as possible. If he has his own way he’ll be tough to handle. #11 Hog Creek Hustle comes from the Vickie Foley barn and picks up a new rider in Miguel Mena. He has a strong late kick and when he’s ready he’ll come rolling. Take a look at the 59.3 5f work which was 2 outta 53 for the distance and the day. I think he can get a big piece of the pie if he sticks to his guns and keeps his mind on business.

BetPTC.com Weekend Stakes Preview – 2/23/19

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Aqueduct

Race #8 – The 100k – Franklin Square – 6f – 4:26 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Stonesintheroad / #4 – Forgotten Hero / #2 – Maiden Beauty

#3 Stonesintheroad is a daughter of Bustin Stones. Rajiv Maragh stays aboard looking for this 3rd straight about this talented filly. She  has easily handled the distance last out and her finish showed plenty in the tank. Trainer Jeremiah Englehardt wis off to the races winning 17% and 26% with last race winners. #4 Forgotten Hero is a speedy gal by Mission Impazible. Mike Luzzi in the irons for John Toscano. She’s going to be forwardly placed but if someone give her the press she’ll get the acid test moving forward. Her last effort was all that and trip to the winner’s circle and Luzzi wins 13% with speed ball runners. #2 Maiden Beauty can layoff the pace and make a bid. She is on the turn back from a mile and I like the idea of mixing her surroundings up a bit. Manny Franco in the saddle and he is scorching at a 23% win clip so far at the Big A. this is her second off the layoff and owns a bullet work to get ready. Winner at a solid price?

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Gulfstream Park

Race #11 – The G3 Hal’s Hope – 1 mile – 4:58 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Quip / #7 – Copper Town / #3 – Breaking Lucky

#5 Quip is a son of Distorted Humor from the Rodolphe Brisset barn. Keep an eye on this lad as he’s worked with some of the biggest names in racing. Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat and has been off for 9 months since the Preakness. His works at Payson have been solid and the barn is 44% ITM off long range layoffs. He faced the tough guys last year and cuts back in distance preparing for his spring campaign. #7 Copper Town is owned by Win Star Farm and China Horse Club International for Todd Pletcher. Javier Castellano in the irons and he’s been rolling at a 22% clip to the winner’s circle. I think they’re still trying to find the true meaning of this colt and makes a 2nd off the layoff move since a troubled trip in the gate as a beaten favorite. #3 Breaking Lucky has Luis Saez in the irons for George Weaver. Another runner still trying to find himself and that’s what makes spring at GP attractive. Look for a midpack break second time out this year.

Santa Anita

Race #9 – The G2 Buena Vista – 1 mile on the turf – 7:20 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 – Vasilika / #8 – Elysea’s World / #6 – Amandine

#9 Vasilika is a talented daughter of Skipshot. She is 9 for 9 ITM at SA on the weeds with 8 wins tom her credit. She is 13 for 18 ITM going this far and has the ultra talented Flavien Prat abord winning 24% at the meet. Jerry Hollendorfer is the conditioner and she should calling at the top of the staying out of traffic on the outside. Looks like a lock in this race. #8 Elysea’s World has been off for 4 months coming in from Woodbine in the G1 EP Taylor. She tossed in a dud that day ad comes to California off the break. Bravo to Rosario is a plus on the left coast as he is winning at a 23% number. She is a deep closer and look for her to come rocking at top of the stretch. #6 Amandine is a filly with tactical speed. Drayden Van Dyke aboard and she is 2 for 3 ITM over the SA turf. Look for a close up and DVD to try his hand at wiring the field at a big price.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 2/9/19

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Tampa Bay Downs

Race #8 – The G3 Tampa Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:50 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections /#4 – Qurbaan / #2 – Inspector Lynlee / #3 – Divisidero

#4 Qurbaan is a solid son of Speightstown who is 6 for 8 ITM on the grass. Kiaran McLaughlin is the trainer and Jersey Joe Bravo in the saddle. He is cutting back from 9f to 8.5 not racing in 56 days and is a stone cold closer. He is dropping down a class level and should be a major factor in this event. #2 Inspector Lynlee has the services of Jose Ortiz in the irons for Shug McGaughey. This son of Lemon Drop kid is 13 for 21 ITM on the sod and had an eventful trip in the G2 Ft Lauderdale last out. He is 1 for 1 at TBD and cuts back in distance from 9f. He’s been on the shelf for 56 days and been working a regular clip at Payson. Ortiz will come rolling late in the lane. #3 Divisidero has the services of Jevian Toledo in the saddle and exits the G2 Ft Lauderdale. Two back he ran an average effort in the BC Mile and comes back fresh and ready.

Race #11 – The G3 Sam Davis – 1 1/16- 5:25 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – So Alive / #3 – Knicks Go / #7 – Five Star General

#8 So Alive is a son of Super Saver and has the services of Javier Castellano in the irons. Ever since he caught a fast track he looked like a new runner. Two of his of three races he was forced to negotiate traffic and looked a very versatile colt. Todd Pletcher sends out another runner for the “Todd Squad” and should get a perfect stalking trip from a rider who gets his picture taken at a 20% clip. #3 Knicks Go is a pure speedster under the guided hand of Albin Jimenez. Ben Colebrook is the trainer and after a beaten favorite effort in the G2 Ky. Jockey Gold Cup at CD he has been on the shelf looking for a top effort. His works at TBD have been promising and look for a gate to wire effort. #7 Five Star General is a speedy sort under Jose Ortiz. Ever since his races have been pulled from the turf he has racked up two in a row. Ortiz wins 19% with speed runners and should give an honest account.

Santa Anita

Race #5 – The G2 Las Virgenes – 1 mile – 4:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Bellafina / #2 – Enaya Alraab / #4 – Mother Mother

#3 Bellafina is a speedy filly by Quality Road. Flavien Prat has the call for Simon Callaghan and he is winning 25% at the meet. This is her second start of the year and can grab the lead or sit just off and keep an eye on the leader. She was a beaten favorite in the BC Fillies and looks to get everything tied down for 2019 campaign.  #2 Enaya Alraab is a daughter of Uncle Mo and appears to be coming into her own. Mike Smith gets the nod for Doug O’Neill and is rolling at a 32% win clip as a jockey this meet. She has the look of a perfect stalker who will mature like a fine wine.  #4  Mother Mother has Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle and gets blinkers back on today. Trainer Bob Baffert wins 21% on this equipment change and this daughter of Pioneer of the Nile has very dangerous speed.

Race #9 – The G2 San Marcos – 1 1/4 on turf – 6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Chicago Style / #8 – Beach View / #6 – Sejo

#3 Chicago Style is a son of Kitten’s Joy with Drayden Van Dyke in the irons. He is 8 for4 ITM on the grass and gets added distance. Thom Proctor brings him to post and made a very game move last out. I’m looking for that to be a good sign of things to come for this deep closer. #8 Beach View is a son of Giant’s Causeway and has Rafaelo Bejarano in the driver’s seat. He is 6 for 8 ITM on the grass and two races back made a bold move at the top pick Chicago Style only to get blocked. I’m looking for a solid rematch as they swing for home. #6 Sejo has Flavien Prat in the saddle for John Sadler. They are getting first Lasix shipping over from Longchamp in France. He is 3 for 4 ITM on the greensward. Sadler is 35% ITM with runners coming to the states first out.

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Gulfstream Park – Pegasus World Cup Day in South Florida

Race #9 – The G3 Fred Hooper – 1 mile – 3:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Copper Town / #9 – Unbridled Juan / #6 – Aztec Sense

#8 Copper Town is from the Todd Pletcher barn winning 25%. This son of Speightstown has been away from the races for 56 days and drops down in class from the G1 Cigar Mile. The rider and trainer have been 10 for 14 ITM the past two weeks and had a rough trip stepping up in class last out. The drop back down and move to high percentage Javier Castellano should have him up close stalking. #9 Unbridled Juan is a son of Unbridled’s Joy for trainer Jose Corrales. He is  4 for 4 ITM and is looking for 3 in a row. He cuts back from 1 1/8 and his form cycle is top notch. #6 Aztec Sense is a son of Street Sense looking for 9 in a row. He is 3 for 4 at GP ITM and makes a cutback in distance. Emisael Jaramillo in the irons and he is winning 35% with the barn this meet.

Race #10 – The G3 W.L. McKnight – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Zulu Alpha / #2 – Soglio / #7 – Canessar

#4 Zulu Alpha is a son of Street Cry for trainer Mike Maker. 2nd off the layoff and 2 for 3 ITM at the distance. Drops in class from the G2 Ft Lauderdale and should improve greatly. Irad Ortiz in the irons and he wins 23% on the turf. #2 Soglio is a son of Scat Daddy for trainer Mike Maker. He is 4 for 4 ITM at GP and was a beaten favorite last out. Maker wins 24% coming back off this angle and cuts back from the two mile distance. He had a tough trip last out lacking room and just missing at the wire. Today could be payback time. #7 Canessar comes from the Arnaud Delacour barn. He is a stone cold closer and has the services of high percentage Javier Castellano in the saddle. He’s been off 6 months and has a solid work pattern.

Race  #11 – The G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf – 1 3/16 turf – 4:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – Magic Wand / #5 – Next Shares / #2 – Yoshida

#1 Magic Wand is a daughter of Galileo from the Aidan O’Brien yard. She ran 4th in the BC Filly and Mare Turf and goes without Lasix. She’s been off two months and her dam Pruendezia (IRE) has 6 starters, 4 winners, 2 stakes winners, and 4 turf winners to her credit. She has a strong late kick. #5 Next Shares from the Richard Baltas barn has Tyler Gaffalione in the driver’s seat. This gelding makes his 2nd start after winning the G2 San Gabriel and is 1 for 1 at GP. He adds distance and Gaffalione is winning at 17% on the sod. #2 Yoshida hails from the Bill Mott barn where he’s been off for two months since the BC Classic. He was 4th and six wide and just got beat at the wire. He’s a solid closer and will be rolling late in the lane.

Race #12 – The G1 Pegasus World Cup – 1 1/8 – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #10 – Audible / #3 – City of Lights / #8- Gunnevera

#10 Audible has Flavien Prat aboard for Todd Pletcher. They are 3 for 4 ITM at GP and since the Derby, and this colt has really matured. Prat takes over for Castellano who opts for City of Lights. #3 City of Lights is a speedy son of Quality Road. He is more versatile than his races show on paper and Javier Castellano in the saddle is a plus. They ship in from CD and Mike McCarthy wins 25% on the ship. Very dangerous runner. #8 Gunnevera is a stone cold closer from the Antonio Sano barn. He is 8 for 9 ITM at GP and came flying late in the BC Classic. He enters off a two month layoff and look for him to come calling late in the lane under Irad Ortiz.