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BetPTC.com Arlington Million Preview – Aug 10th

BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer

Arlington Park

Race #9 – The G1 Beverly D – 1 3/16 on the turf – 5:53 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Sistercharlie / #1 – Fleeting / #6 – Magic Wand

#7 Sistercharlie comes in for Chad Brown with John Velasquez in the irons. Her 2nd off move gets the barn a 24% win clip as she rolls in with an impressive win in the G1 Diana. She is 1 for 1 at AP and looks for a repeat in this race. She’s a long range closer with solid work tabs. #1 Fleeting is a daughter of Zoffany (IRE) from the Aidan O’Brien yard. Ryan Moore makes the trip and finished a game 2nd in the Gr2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot. She is 6 for 8 ITM lifetime and adds Lasix drawing the rail. #6 Magic Wand is a daughter of Galileo from the Aidan O’Brien yard with Wayne Lordan in the irons. She had a dismal outing in the Gr1 King George & Queen Elizabeth and adds Lasix for her rebound. O’Brien wouldn’t send her if he felt she wasn’t ready.

 

Race #10 – The G1 Secretariat – 1 mile on the turf – 6:28 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9- Crafty Dandy / #6 – Fog of War / #7 – Valid Point

#9 Crafty Dandy is a son of Scat Daddy for Brad Cox and Florent Geroux in the saddle. He was rolling in the G3 American Derby for a trip over the track and a sharp work following his last race. #6 Fog of War is a son of War Front for Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz. He steps up the class ladder off a beaten favorite effort at Belmont. A rider change from Castellano to Irad Ortiz who excels with fast closing runners. 3rd off the layoff and has sharp morning works to make him a player. #7 Valid Point is a son of Scat Daddy for Chad Brown with Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat. He’s a perfect 2 for 2 coming off a two month layoff. He’s moving up in class and Brown spots his runners very well when they are ready to step up.

FINALS DAYS!

Race #11 – The G1 Arlington Million – 1 1/4 on the turf – 7:12 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3- Bricks and Mortar / #1 – Robert Bruce / #8 – Captivating Moon

#3 Bricks and Mortar is a son of Giant’s Causeway for Chad Brown and Irad Ortiz in the irons. Ortiz won this race last year on his birthday aboard Robert Bruce. They are looking for his 6th straight win and beat Robert Bruce in the G1 Manhattan last out. He is 2 for 2 at the distance and comes off a two month layoff. Ortiz wins 21% with late runners and this guy is something special. #1 Robert Bruce is a Chad Brown trainee with Javier Castellano in the saddle. Game effort in the G1 Manhattan which is the same race he used last year to prep for the Million. Castellano wins 24% with Chad Brown and they are 1 for 1 at AP. Look for a solid pace from Hunting Horn and the top two will come calling late in the lane. #8 Captivating Moon is a son of Mailbu Moon for trainer Chris Block. He’s a long range closer and Jose Valdivia is 51% ITM on the turf. He will be a player at a square price to complete your exotics.

Saratoga

Race #9 – The G1 Fourstardave – 1 mile on the turf – 5:46 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Raging Bull / #8 – Hembree / #3 – Uni

#4 Raging Bull is a son of Dark Angel (IRE) for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz. Exits the G1 Manhattan finishing 3rd against the top two selections in the G1 Arlington Million. This colt loves the Spa going 2 for 2 off a two month layoff. There are solid morning works and Ortiz picks up the mount winning 18% on the turf. Look for this colt to launch a strong late bid. #8 Hembree comes from the barn of Mike Maker with Luis Saez aboard. 3rd off the layoff and 4 for 5 ITM at the Spa. Steps up a notch on the class ladder and Saez wins 31% for Mike Maker. He’ll be running quickly late in the lane. #3 Uni is a daughter of More Than Ready for Chad Brown and Joel Rosario. She always comes running and is 2 for 2 ITM at the Spa. 2nd off the shelf and Brown wins 24% on this move. She seeks her 6th straight win.

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Saratoga

Race #9 – The G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt – 6f – 5:44 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #2 – Strike Power / #1 – Mitole / #4 – Firenze Fire

#2 Strike Power comes from the barn of Mark Hennig with John Velasquez in the saddle. Been away from the races for 50 days and two for two ITM this year. Cutting back in distance today and that could play right into his plans. He is a son of Speightstown who has plenty of speed. Johnny V wins 26% with early runners so he fits this one perfectly. #1 Mitole is a son of Eskendreya for trainer Steve Asmussen and Ricardo Santana. They are seeking their 8th straight win and he is a perfect 4 for 4 this year. Cutting back from the 1 mile distance winning the G1 Met at Belmont. Santana wins 20% with early speedrunners and 49% ITM teaming up with Asmussen. This is the best sprinter/miler in the country and clearly the one to beat. #4 Firenze Fire hails from the Jason Servis barn with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. He is 2 for 3 ITM at the Spa and been off for 49 days. He is 4 for 4 ITM sprinting and cuts back from the one mile G1 Met. He’s a closer and Ortiz wins 22% with late runners.

 

Race #10 – The G2 Bowling Green – 1 3/8 on the turf – 6:18 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Ya Primo / #12 – Focus Group / #1 – Arklow

#3 Ya Primo is a son of Mastercraftsman (IRE) for Chad Brown with Jose Ortiz aboard. He’s been off four months after winning the Gr1 Latinoamericano in his native country. The Chilean-bred is 6 for 9 ITM on the turf and working well over the Saratoga surface. First time in the states where Brown wins 21% with fresh faces to his barn. He is bred to relish the green and Jose Ortiz wins 25% with Team Brown. #12 Focus Group is a son of Kitten’s Joy for Chad Brown with Irad Ortiz in the driver’s seat. He loves Saratoga going 4 for 5 ITM over the greensward. He’s a deep closer and that fits Irad Ortiz where he wins 21% with late runners. His last race was the G1 United Nations showing great promise. #1 Arklow is a son of Arch for trainer Brad Cox with Florent Geroux in the saddle. Been off for 50 days and was a beaten favorite in the G2 Belmont Gold Cup. Cuts back from two miles and should come flying late in the lane. Geroux wins 30% with Brad Cox and wins 20% with his turf mounts.

 

Race #11 – The G2 Jim Dandy – 1 1/8 – 6:51 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Tacitus / #6 – War of Will / #2 – Tax

#5 Tacitus is a son of Tapit for trainer Bill Mott and Jose Ortiz. Beaten favorite in the Belmont and is a very strong closer. He is lightly raced coming off a 49 day vacation. He cuts back in distance and Ortiz fits like a glove. #6 War of Will is a son of War Front for Mark Casse and Tyler Gaffalione. Casse is winning 21% at the meet and they’ve been off for 49 days. He takes a drop in class and Gaffalione fits well as he has four wins this year. Tyler G should get a perfect stalking trip in this compact field of six. #2 Tax is a son of Arch for Danny Gargan. Irad Ortiz has the call and he’ll press the early pace or take over and lead the pack. He exits the G1 Belmont as well and owns a bullet work to prepare for this event. He is 5 for 7 lifetime and Gargan is winning 27% at the meet.

Del Mar

Race #8 – The G1 Bing Crosby – 6f – 8:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com / #3- Cistron / #7 – Recruiting Ready / #8 – Jalen Journey

#3 Cistron comes from the John Sadler barn for Hronis Racing. Victor Espinoza has the mount and this was a speedy turf horse until he tried the grass. Once hitting the new surface he ran even better. He cuts back from 7f and has blistering speed. Been off 2 months and sports a bullet work coming into the race. Look for a top notch effort. #7 Recruiting Ready hails from the Stanley Hough barn with Flavien Prat in the saddle. They’ve been off 50 days and this stalker should be right on the heels of Cistron. Add in a bullet work and Hough may add to his 24% clip for the year. #8 Jalen Journey is a son of With Distinction for trainer Peter Miller who is winning 38% at the meet. 3rd off the layoff and ships in from GP. He has strong early speed and steps up in class under the guidance of Mike Smith where he wins with 39% of his sprinters.

 

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Santa Anita 

Race #7 – The G1 Gamely – 1 1/8 on the turf – 7:03 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Vasilika / #7 – Elysea’s World / #6 – Streak of Luck

#4 Vasilika is a daughter of Skip Shot for Jerry Hollendorfer. Flavien Prat has the call and she’s been off for 51 days. She is 11 for 11 ITM at SA and looks to make it four in a row. She’s a stalker with solid morning works. #7 Elysea’s World is a daughter of Champs Elysees (GB) for trainer Richard Baltas with Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle. She’s a strong closer exiting the G3 Santa Ana off a win and 8 for 11 ITM going the distance and two for three ITM at Santa Anita. #6 Steak of Luck cuts back in distance from the G3 Santa Ana with Mike Smith in the saddle. She’s a solid closer and a good candidate to complete your exotics.

Race #8 – The G1 Gold Cup – 1 1/4 – 7:33 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Gift Box / #4 – Lone Sailor / #1 – Blitzkrieg

#5 Gift Box is a son of Twirling Candy for the John Sadler barn. Joel Rosario is the pilot and they are looking for their fourth straight. Exits a game win in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap and is 2 for 2 at Santa Anita with wins. Rosario is winning 25% at the meet and 56% when he teams up with Sadler. #4 Lone Sailor hails from the Thom Amoss barn with Flavien Prat in the saddle. He just got beat a neck in the G2 Oaklawn Handicap and is a real gamer. He’s a long range closer working well in the morning.  #1 Blitzkrieg comes from the Doug O’Neill barn. This son of War Front looks to go five straight and make the turf to dirt switch shipping back from Golden Gate.

Race #9 – The G1 Shoemaker Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 8:03 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – Delta Prince / #5 – Catapult / #4 – River Boyne

#8 Delta Prince is a son of Street Cry (IRE) for trainer James Jerkens. Joel Rosario is the pilot and was impressive winning the G1 Makers Mile at Keeneland. He’s been off for 45 days working sharp in the morning. He’s faced some tough guys and should be a major danger. #5 Catapult is a son of Kitten’s Joy for John Sadler. Drayden Van Dyke in the irons and just missed as a beaten favorite in the G1 Kilroe Mile. He is two for two ITM at SA and loves the mile distance as a stout closer. #4 River Boyne is a son of Dandy Man for Jeff Mullins. Flavien Prat in the driver’s seat and 3rd off the layoff. He was a beaten favorite in the G3 San Franciso at Golden Gate. He loves to launch a late bid and will be heard from at the top of the lane.

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Fair Grounds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Kentucky Downs

Race #6 – $500,000 Juvenile Turf Sprint – 6 1/2 on the turf – 4:55 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 Mae Never No / #10 Moonlight Romance / #2 Chattel

#11 Mae Never No is trained by Wesley Ward and making her 2nd start off the layoff. She is 2 for 2 facing the gals and ran a game 3rd in the Tremont as a beaten favorite. Ward wins 21% with his first time grass runners and been working around the dogs at Keeneland. Albin Jimenez in the saddle looking for a perfect stalking trip to make a run in the long home stretch. #10 Moonlight Romance comes from the barn of Wesley Ward and has Jose Ortiz in the irons. She comes back from Royal Ascot and a daughter of Liaison for Ken & Sarah Ramsey. Blinkers off today and she broke her maiden at Belmont last out on the turf. #2 Chattel has Kendrick Carmouche in the driver’s seat for this son of Giant Oak. He was impressive in the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga and makes the trip to Kentucky to try the undulating course.

Race #7 – Ladies Turf – 1 mile on the turf – 5:26 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 Hallie Belle / #8 In the Lee / #10 Dubara

#7 Hallie Belle is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro for the Michael Stidham barn. This is her 3rd off the layoff and “Jersey” Joe Bravo comes down for the mount. She’s dropping down a notch from the G2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes and her dam Charity Belle has 4 starters / 2 winners / 1  stakes winner / 2 turf winners to her credit. #8 In the Lee comes from the stable of Shug McGaughey with Jose Ortiz in the saddle. She is 6 for 7 ITM on grass and been off for two months since Belmont. Shug wins 21% with layoff runners and Ortiz is 49% ITM on the sod. #10 Dubara has the services of Adam Beschizza for this daughter of Dubawi. Her dam Kibara has 6 starters / 6 winners / 6 turf winners to her credit. Since coming across the pond she seems to be enjoying Lasix and the grass racing. This course may be to her liking.

Race #8 – G3 Ladies Sprint – 6 1/2f on the turf – 5:57 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #6 Lull / #7 Originator / #1 Brielle’s Belle

#6 Lull is a daughter of War Front and 2 for 2 with wins over the KyD course. Christophe Clement is the conditioner and has B.J. Hernadez in the saddle. Runners that like the track usually come back and show a good effort. She comes in off a solid effort in the G2 Royal North at Woodbine. She’s in perfect shape heading back to Kentucky and was sprinting 6f last out and gets added distance this day. #7 Originator hails from the Ian Wilkes barn with Jose Ortiz in the driver’s seat. She is a daughter of Artie Schiller and is 5 for 6 ITM on the greensward. She’s a closer and Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace. I really like her chances today. #1 Brielle’s Appeal is a speedy filly by English Channel who’s going to grab the lead for trainer Al Stall. She has been away for 47 days at Saratoga and could be a handful if turned loose from the gate break.

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Gulfstream Park

12/16/17

R-5 – Race #5 – G3 Rampart – 1:05 pm 2:05 PH

BetPTC.com Horse Selections = #1 – Curlins’ Approval / #3 – Lewis Bay / #4 – Kings Ghost

#1 – Curlins’ Ghost = 7/8/ITM for this daughter of Curlin exits the BCFM Sprint. Ships back to GP from Delmar and for the barn of Happy Alert. Luis Saez in the saddle and he fits the stalker like a glove. #3 – Lewis Bay = Ortiz aboard this filly for Chad Brown. She has not raced for a year and has tons of back class. Could pop up and win in a blink. #4 – King’s Ghost = 1/1 at GP for the barn of Marty Wolfson. She been’s for two months and should get a super stalking trip.

Race #8 – G3 – My Charmer –  1 mile on the turf – 3:35 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 -On Leave / #8 – Gianna’s Dream / #9 – Defiant Honor

#5 – On Leave = Shug McGaughey trainee is a talented daughter of War Front. She ships back from the left-coast in the Goldikova. She is 9/13 on the turf, and wins 18% with her shipper starts. She’s knocked heads some with some tough gals. #8 – Gianna’s Dream = Daughter of Twirling Candy is looking for 3-in-a-row. Ships back from Remington Park and has plenty of tactical speed. #9 – Defiant Honer = James Toner runner who has had a complex campaign. She has faced some good company and spring up and anytime and get her picture taken.

Race #10 – G3 Tropical  Turf – 1 on the turf – 4:37 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections / #7 – Blacktype / #2 – Camelot Kitten / #1 – Tower of Texas

#7 – Blacktype = Clement trainee with Rosario in the irons. 16/24 on the turf and will need a little pace to set him as he is 6/9 in the distance. Look for Rosario to launch a big bid at the top of the lane. #2 – Camelot Kitten = This son’s of Kitten Joy has been racing mainly in New York. Irad Ortiz for Chad Brown and they have been winning 33% the past 60 days. #1 – Tower of Texas = Draws the rail and is 10/15 on the sod. Son of Street Sense has faced some tough foes and exits an impressive win at Woodbine, and won the LaBeeb Stakes.

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 – 4/17/17

Tom Petty said it best; The Waiting is the hardest part. – I’m not rocking out; I’m talking about the countdown to the greatest two minutes in sports. The preps are in the books and the waiting game begins. You’ll start your process of combing through the data and watching replays. You’ll glance over late works and who arrives when. And just when you think you’ve cornered the handicapping zone, there will be a defection or two that may send you back to the drawing board. – In the meantime, time is of the essence and here are some runners who are good candidates to build your bankroll. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com ! 

Keeneland

4/12/17

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

Joe Bravo in the irons for Kiaran McLaughlin as they brought this son of War Front to post. – He led all the way and set some pretty quick fractions. Down the lane Bravo tried to take his mount as far as he could and started weaving a bit down the lane. He drifted into the paths of some other runners and the objection sign hit the board. After a few minutes, there was no action taken. “Jersey-Joe” is a 4% winning rider on the turf, and that is not a true reflection of his ability on the sod. I’m looking for the speedster to take em’ to the winner’s circle at a square price.

Keeneland

4/13/17

Race #4 – #10 Major Force – 6f

Javier Castellano in the saddle for Arnaud Delacour and they were sandwiched and pinched back badly at the start spotting the field at least 10 lengths. He made an “Arazi-like” move around the far turn making up a quick 15 lengths in a few strides. He began weaving in and out of traffic and his fast closing fourth is a promising sign. Hopefully we’ll see a return in the final days of the meet.

Keeneland

4/14/17

Race #9 – #1 – Blacktype – G-1 Maker’s Mile Turf 

Joel Rosario the pilot for Christophe Clement. He was coming in off a 4 month vacation and working well at Payson Park. He drafted behind a rapid pace and kicked off the rail at the 1/4 pole seeking clear sailing. – As they turned for home he was kept in tight along the rail by eventual winner American Patriot under Castellano. – He didn’t get out for the big move and was wrapped up tightly by Rosario. He had no place to go, and you can follow this runner right back with confidence.

Keeneland

4/15/17

Race #6 – #6 – Perro Rojo – 1 1/8

Nik Juarez in the saddle for Nick Zito (20%) and they had a strong son good looking son of Birdstone. – He was only 1/7 ITM lifetime but had faced some of the tough guys multiple times. Names like; Irish War Cry, Gunnevera, Classic Empire, and McCracken. It was the old story of the company you keep, and this (25-1) shot looked the value play. Juarez was stock-still in the saddle and started making a move in the final quarter mile. He made an explosive late move only to be immediately snatched up and checked strongly. This colt will score and light up the board. Just keep your eyes peeled.

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 – 3/11/17

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

The weekend of Derby preps may have muddied the waters as the chorus of will the real contenders please show up is growing. But not to worry. This has happened as long as the roses have bloomed. Maybe this will be the year we have a blockbuster payoff in Louisville ! You’ll want to stay tuned for every prep moving forward as value could be waiting right around the corner. – Here are some runners you’ll want to follow right back to the starting gate. They didn’t have had their best effort and this may be the angle you’ve been looking for. Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !   

Gulfstream Park

3/4/17

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

“Jersey” Joe Bravo aboard as they exited the OBS Sprint going 6f on the AW to 7 1/2f on the turf. The son of First Defense came flying late in the lane and was hammered at the windows from a 12-1 morning line to 9-2 at post time. – He was taken up at the start and raced under a snug hold. Once turned loose he tipped off the rail and fanned 7 wide closing with a flourish.

Race #3 – #5 – Donwell – 1 1/16 on the main track

Joel Rosario in the irons for Bill Mott and they win at a 19% clip as a team. This son of Divine Park was making the turf-dirt switch and owned two maintenance works at Palm Meadows. He was a beaten chalk last time out and offered a sweet price at 19-1 this day. This was his second off a layoff run and was three wide for 3/4 of the race. Rosario swung wide looking for a clear lane and made a solid bid down the lane finishing second. Even though this was a very good effort on dirt, my inner-horse player would not be surprised to him back on the weeds.

Race #4 – #4 – Coasted – 1 1/16 on the turf

Irad Ortiz in from New York to ride. This was her first start in four months and the daughter of Tizway looked good on the track. She hopped at the break costing a few lengths and was forced to tap on the brakes down the backside. She made a game effort down the lane and was bested by fast closing Dream Dancing threading the needle along the rail. – Coasted may be in top order for a great 2017 racing season.

Race #7 – #1 – Olorda – 1 3/16 on the turf

Julien Leparoux in the saddle for Chad Brown and this speedy mare by Lord of England (GER) looked to be ready to dictate the pace under red-hot Leparoux. She was bumped soundly at the start and forced to take up and check sharply down the backstretch. Dismiss this effort and follow her right back the next time she takes the track. If Leparoux stays aboard you can expect the top-notch speed rider to dictate the pace.

Race #8 – #13 – Fayeq – 7f on the main track

Joel Rosario aboard the first time starter for the Kiaran McLaughlin barn. The son of Malibu Moon was breaking from the far outside post and that is no gift. – He kicked around the far turn and made a huge late kick run to get the show-dough. He has solid breeding and the trainer does well with second time efforts. Hopefully a better post is in his future and more distance doesn’t look like a bad thing.

Race #11 – #4 – Bondurant – 1 mile on the turf

Brain Hernandez had the call for Ian Wilkes and this was his second start of 2017. The son of War Front saved ground along the rail and had to await a gap many times during the race. Once he tipped off at the 1/16th pole he weaved in and out making a strong late bid.

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