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BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – July 20-21

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

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 – June 1

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Penn National

Race #11 – The G2 Penn Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 7:50 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Forty Under / #2 – A Thread of Blue / #1 – Moon Colony

#5 Forty Under is from the Jeremiah Englehart barn with Manny Franco in the irons. This son of Uncle Mo makes his second start of the year and gave a good account of himself at Aqueduct. He’s been working at Saratoga and Franco fits him like a glove. Look for a mid pack stalking effort. #2 A Thread of Blue is a son of Hard Spun for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Luis Saez is the pilot and he shows excellent speed as he cuts back in distance. He is six for six ITM on the turf and Saez knows him well. #1 Moon Colony is a son of Uncle Mo for Mark Casse barn. Julien Leparoux in the saddle and he has two bullet works since his last race four months ago. He’ll come running late and if his works are any indication the early speed should set up his late kick.

Woodbine

Race #8 – The G2 Connaught Cup – 7f on the turf – 5:00 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 – Emmaus / #4 – Eminent Force / #3 – Yorkton

#6 Emmaus is a son of Invincible Spirit (IRE) for the Conor Murphy barn. This is his 2nd start of the year after shipping in from Redcar. He had a solid prep at Belmont in preparation and he’ll be rolling late in the lane. He is 5 for 6 ITM going this distance. #4 Eminent Force is a son of War Front with Eurico Da Silva in the driver’s seat. It is his 2nd start off the layoff and the barn wins at a 20% clip making this move. Today he steps up in class and gets the acid test. #3 Yorkton is a speedy son of Speightstown for the Stuart Simon yard. Jesse Campbell in the saddle and he wins 17% with early runners. 2nd start of the year and been working well in the mornings.

Santa Anita

Race #8 – The G2 Santa Maria – 1 1/16 – 7:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Paradise Woods / #4 – Tapped / #3 – Exuberance

#2 Paradise Woods is a daughter of Union Rags for the John Sheriffs barn winning 24%. Mike Smith in the irons and her impressive ten length win in the G2 Santa Margarita shows she is ready. Her morning works have been bullets, and her last of 59.2 was the best of 57 at the distance on that day. #4 Tapped hails from the Richard Baltas barn with Flavien Prat in the irons. This is her 2nd start off a year on the shelf, and the O.C. $80,000 race was a solid prep. She is 2 for 2 with wins at SA and look for Prat to come calling late. #3 Exuberance is a daughter of Archarcharch with Norberto Arroyo in the driver’s seat. She cuts back in distance and ran a solid effort against Paradise Woods. Arroyo is winning 25% and she is 8 for 13 ITM this year.

 

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 9/29/18

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

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.

BetPTC.com Graded Stakes Preview – 10/21/17

BetPTC.com / Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Keeneland

Race #9 – The G2 Raven Run – 7f – 5:30 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #4 – Nonna Mela / #7 – Tequilita / #9 – Classy Tune

#4 – Nonna Mela = Daughter of Arch from the Todd Pletcher barn. She exits the G2 Prioress at Saratoga where she ran a very game 2nd place finish. She’s been away for 48 days and goes from 6f to 7f. The race sets up for her to be forwardly placed and if you go back two races she relished the distance winning by 4 1/2. #7 – Tequilita = Daughter of Union Rags comes from the Michael Matz barn. She is a perfect 1/1 at Keeneland breaking her maiden over the course, and last out won the G2 Charles Town Oaks. She is 4/4 ITM going 7f and is a late closing runner who will rely on Fergal Lynch to call the shots turning for home. #9 – Classy Tune = Daughter of Maclean’s Tune ships in from Del Mar where the barn wins 18% of the time. She’s been away for 46 days and was a beaten favorite last out where Simon Callaghan wins 29% on this move.

 

Belmont

Race #5 – The $300,000 Empire Classic – 1 1/8 – 2:34 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #3 -Twisted Tom / #4 – Control Group / #7 – Testosterstone

#3 – Twisted Tom = Javier Castellano for Chad Brown winning at a 22% clip the past two months. This son of Creative Cause is 2/2 in his efforts facing New York company and was ultra impressive winning the $250,000 Albany Stakes at Saratoga. He’s been away from the races for 57 days and a perfect 2/2 at the distance. He should get a perfect close up stalking trip and when given the cue should make his presence felt. #4 – Control Group = Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Rudy Rodriguez and this son of Posse does every well against New York runners. This is a huge step in class, but the colt is looking for his 4th straight win and there seems no better time to test the waters. #7 – Testosterstone = John Velazquez in the irons for Gary Sciacca and this son of Birdstone has been racing outside of New York company for awhile. When he does face New York-breds, he owns a strong late kick evident at Finger Lakes back in the summer.

Race #10 – The $250,000 Empire Distaff – 1 1/16 – 5:19 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #6 – Bonita Bianca / #8 – Literata / #9 – Five Star Rampage

#6 – Bonita Bianca = Daughter of Curlin has been off for 57 days and ran a huge effort in the Fleet Indian at Saratoga going 1 1/8. She turns back to 1 1/16 and is a perfect 2/2 over the course. She won the $250,000 Maid of the Mist last year and looks to notch another big payday here. #8 – Literata = Daughter of Read the Footnotes is making her 2nd start off a brief summer freshening. She drops back in against New York company and has been very effective against state-breds. She’ll be in mid-pack looking for a time to strike. #9 – Five Star Rampage = Daughter of Quality Road looks to make it 3-in-a-row. She is 2/3 ITM over the Belmont oval and owns a bullet work going 3f in 37.1 – She’ll be forwardly placed and Johnny V can use her tactical speed to her best advantage.

Laurel

Race #10 – The $150,000 Maryland Million Classic – 1 1/8 – 5:13 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections = #2 – John Jones / #9 – Clubman / #11 – Ghost Bay

#2 – John Jones = Speedy son of Smarty Jones is making his 2nd start of 2017. The last race was 6f on the turf and looks like a perfect prep. Stretching back out to 1 1/8 should not be a bad thing as he is 2/2 ITM going this far. Jevian Toledo in the irons and trainer Lacey Gaudet does well in non-graded stakes. #9 – Clubman = Sheldon Russell in the saddle as he is looking to make it 4-in-a-row. His runner owns a glowing bullet work as he makes his return to the races off a 57 day rest. #11 – Ghost Bay = Horacio Karamanos in the driver’s seat for this son of Ghostzapper. The barn is making the turf – dirt switch where they score 17% and 7/12 ITM over the course. He has a solid late run and will try and get in the game when they turn for home.

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 8/23/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The wagering world had bankroll action on the G1 Alabama and G1 Pacific Classic. Elate scored in the 137th edition under the guidance of Jose Ortiz for Bill Mott. The G1 Pacific Classic set up as the “battle of the stablemates” as Collected set a reasonable pace besting Arrogate down the lane.  Last weekend was hardly the crown jewel of summer as Saratoga offers up the 148th running of the Travers / The Mid-Summer Derby this Saturday. – We still have a few days until post time, and here are some runners who you’ll need to keep on your radar screen. They may come right back and reward their loyal backers next time on the track. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com!

Saratoga

8/19/17

Race #5 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6f – #6 – Variant Perception

#6 – Variant Perception = This was a 1st-time starter by Curlin for the Chad Brown barn. His dam Mystery Trip has 5 winners from 5 starters and came in off some good works. – He broke in the air prior to the start and brushed leaving the starting gate.  Brown will have him ready for the races next up and wins at a solid clip 2nd trip out.

Race #6 – Alw $85,000 – 1 1/8 on the main – #5 – Hookup

#5 – Hookup = Manny Franco in the saddle and this son of Union Rags has been away from the races for 8 months. – He was knocked around the start and was taken out of stride. After being forced into another, Franco picked up the action and made a solid bid finishing up to be third this day.

Race #9 – G1 Alabama Stakes – 1 1/4 on the main – #1 – New Money Honey

#1 – New Money Honey = This was her first time on the dirt and has been a turf monster. She was looking three-in-a-row and her 3rd off the shelf. – Javier Castellano in the irons and Chad Brown the conditioner (33%). She was in tracking mode and forced to steady and tap on the breaks at the 1/4 pole weakening down the lane.

Saratoga

8/20/17

Race #5 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 1/16 on the turf – #5 – Lemoona

#5 – Lemoona = Two-yr-old filly by Lemon Drop Kid, and she has the breeding that suggests she’ll relish the turf. – She was sandwiched and slammed leaving the starting gate. Junior Alvarado did a great job-saving ground and was forced to sweep 5 wide at the 1/4 pole making a late bid for 2nd money.

Race  #9 – $100,000 Summer Colony – 1 1/8 on the main – #4 – Romantic Vision

#4 – Romantic Vision = Javier Castellano in the saddle for Rusty Arnold. She’s been away from the races for 60 days since Churchill Downs and had a couple of works over the deep Oklahoma training track. This was not her day at all as she stumbled badly at the start, took up and bumped. After all this action she never regained her momentum and called it a day. Look for her to return at this level of the upper stratosphere of the allowance ranks.

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Belterra Park

8/18/17

Race #1 – Claiming – 5f on the main – #8 – Scotch is My Candy

#8 – Scotch is My Candy = Carson Sullivan in the irons for John Alexander Ortiz (22%). This daughter of Sidney’s candy was shipping in from Indiana Grand. She was taking a huge plunge in class and the barn is 9/9 ITM at the meet. She was off slow at the start and was forced to rush up quickly making a strong bid this day. The barn is solid and she’ll get it together next out.

Race #6 – O.C. $25,000 – 1 mile on the turf – #9 – In the Shoes

#9 – In the Shoes = Very solid gal coming off a win at BtP, and trainer Donna Taylor is winning (30%) at the meet. This daughter of Congrats ran into a little trouble during the race and was forced to check twice into the far turn and fanned six wide. After all the activity, rider Dick Cardenas got her rolling late and made a powerful late bid to be a bridesmaid this day. A little bit of racing luck and she’ll be getting a trip to the winner’s circle.

 

 

Graded Stakes Preview – August, 5, 2017

BetPTC.com / Graded Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Saratoga Race #8 – G1 Test Stakes – 7f – 5:10 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #10 – American Gal / #8 – Faypien / #4 – Tequilta

#10 – American Gal = 2nd start of the year from trainer Simon Callaghan (21%) with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She is 5/5 ITM and has a sharp work at Del Mar on 7/29. Add in an impressive win in the G3 Victory Starlet after stumbling at the start. #8 – Faypien = Bejarano / Baffert team up (33%) the past two months and she’s been away from the races 49 days. She has plenty of workouts to prepare and cuts back from 1 1/16 – 7f where she is a perfect 2/2. #4 – Tequilita = Luis Saez for Michael Matz and this daughter of Union Rags has been off since the Kentucky Oaks. She’s been working regular and is 1/1 ITM at the Spa.

Race #9 – G1 Whitney – 1 1/8 – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Gun Runner / #5 – Keen Ice / #4 -Tu Brutus

#6 – Gun Runner = Impressive son of Candy Ride for the Asmussen barn. He ran a solid 2nd in the Dubai World Cup and came back 3 months later to score in the G1 Stephen Foster. He ran 3rd in the Travers last year and owns some bullet works over the Oklahoma training track. He is maturing into a machine and has some big plans for later down the road. #5 – Keen Ice = Jose Ortiz for Todd Pletcher (23%) the past 2 months. They bring a son of Curlin to post and made the same travels as Gun Runner and came back to win the G2 Suburban at Belmont. He’s 1/1 at the Spa and has the hot hand of Ortiz. #4 – Tu Brutus = Speedy son of Scat Daddy who will try to go flag to finish. He was a beaten favorite last out and this Chilean-bred can set some blistering fraction if left alone with Irad Ortiz.

 

Mountaineer

Race #8 – G3 West Virginia Derby – 1 1/8 – 5:21 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #3 – Patch / #5 – Impressive Edge / #7 – Colonelsdarktemper

#3 – Patch = 3-yr-old son of Union Rags exits the Belmont and been off for 56 days. Cuts back from a distance which may be more to his liking. They score (22%) off long layoffs and if you go back to Fair Grounds he was a close 2nd to Girvin who won the Haskell last weekend. Tyler Gafflione in the saddle and will have an honest pace to take a closing run. Rider and trainer have been winning (38%) the past two months and today they wear the Calumet silks. #5 – Impressive Edge = Robby Albarado for Dale Romans and they are 2nd off the layoff. They bring a son of Harlan’s Holiday to post and have faced some tough guys in his past. Albarado rides well for Romans (19%) and could be very dangerous today. #7 – Colonelsdarktemper = Son of Colonel John and has been knocking on the door. He owns some sparkling works including a bullet after the G2 Indiana Derby. Ever since the Pat Day Mile, he has looked better with every start.

 

Del Mar Race #6 – G2 Sorrento – 6 1/2 f – Two-yr-old fillies – 7:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Diamondsandpearls / #1 – Surrender Now / #2 – Spectator

#6 – Diamondsandpearls = Mike Smith aboard for Bob Baffert (67%) the past 60 days and this daughter of Congrats had an impressive maiden win. Her works are hot and a stalking trip off the pace may be the order of the day. Smith comes alive for the big races and it is never too early to start finding yourself a 2-yr-old filly for down the road. #1 – Surrender Now = Flavien Pratt and Peter Miller come to post with a daughter of Morning Line. Her sire wins (19%) with her first-time starters and did not disappoint that day. #2 – Spectator = Daughter of Jimmy Creed wins (31%) with his firster’s and did not disappoint winning by 5 3/4 for the Phil D’Amato barn. Jamie Theriot aboard and has every possibility for a big move forward.

Race #8 – G2 Yellow Ribbon – 1 1/16 on the turf – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Pretty Gal / #7 – Cambodia / #4 – Juno

 #6 – Pretty Gal = Mike Smith in the irons for Paulo Lobo. Smith wins (20%) with his turf runners and this daughter of Harlan’s Holiday is cutting back from 1 1/8 – 1 1/16. She drops in class from the G1 Gamely and could track from the back of the pack looking to make a sustained late rally. She is 6/10 ITM on the sod and is in the right hands today. #7 – Cambodia = Draden Van Dyke for Thom Proctor and they bring a daughter of War Front to post making her second off the layoff. She ships in from Parx and Proctor wins (21%) with a new face in the barn. She is 8/8 ITM on the green and can play the role of an up-close stalker. #4 – Juno = Gary Stevens is the pilot for Neil Drysdale and he wins (23%) on the weeds. She can dictate the pace and lose the field if left alone. She is 7/10 ITM on the greensward, and since getting Lasix three back she’s been knocking on the door.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 1/16/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Thoroughbred racing is starting to kick up as 2017 is in full swing. The winter ovals are running and the marquee races are starting to pop-up every weekend. – Oaklawn, Gulfstream, Fair Grounds, Santa Anita, Tampa Bay Downs, and “The Big A” Aqueduct.  Just keep your eyes peeled as it’s just a matter of time before the road to the Derby starts to sort itself out. It’s never too early to get your bankroll going, and here are some runners who are sure to make your day a winner. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Gulfstream Park

1/14/17

Race #2 – #6 – Powerful Instinct – 1 1/8 on the turf

Luis Saez rode a perfect race and did everything but win. At the 1/4 pole Saez tipped off the rail and went six wide. He finished with a flourish weaving through the field getting the second prize this day.

Race #3 – #6 – Run and Go – 6f

First timer from the Pletcher barn and Javier Castellano did a masterful job guiding this daughter of Union Rags. She drew off to an easy 4 length victory with the greatest of ease and she’ll only get better off this effort. She deserves a play back off this impressive win.

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

Shipped in from Belmont Park after a two month break. Daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro who is 2/2 over the sod. Moved up in company this day to the (G-3) Marshua’s River, and John Velasquez had her in perfect position. She was forced to steady at the top of the lane, and gathered her composure to finish a strong 4th place effort for McLaughlin barn.

Turfway Park

1/14/17

Race #1 – #3 – Stormy Mission – 6f on the AW

Stumbled badly at the break and rushed up and grabbed the lead to show the way by two lengths. John McKee tried to settle his mount but came up a little short down the lane.

Race #2 – #6 – Devil Alert – 6f on the AW

John McKee in the saddle for Dan O’Hallaron barn. She was sent off the odds-on favorite and didn’t give a strong performance as a closer picking up the pace. She managed a fourth place effort, and maybe “The Devil” will do better going 6 1/2f or getting a red-hot pace to close into.

Race #7 – #3 – Porter Street -1 mile on the AW

First time starter from the Wesley Ward barn. Alonso Quinonez was off a beat slow and clung to the rail saving ground. At the 1/4 pole he was forced to tap on the breaks stopping his momentum and still managed to finish with a very string effort to get bested at the wire.