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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.

 

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Woodbine

Race #9 – G1 Highlander – 6f on the turf – 4:51 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8  Belvoir Bay / #6  Long On Value / #2 Imprimus

#8 Belvoir Bay has the services of Tyler Baze for Peter Miller. She ships in from Santa Anita where she rolled off three straight wins. This daughter of Equiano will come calling late in the lane and cuts back from 6 1/2 to 6 panels. Miller scores 18% with shippers and 24% off a last race win.

#6 Long On Value comes off a 2nd time off the layoff move for trainer Brad Cox who wins 27% with freshened runners. He closed stoutly in the Mighty Beau Stakes at Churchill and ran in the G1 Woodbine Mile last year where he had a bumpy trip. Florent Geroux in the saddle and has two solid works to signal readiness.

#2 – Imprimus ships in from Pimlico and is a perfect 4/4 with wins. He’s moving up in class and Joel Rosario is the pilot. He gets an added furlong to run and today will be the acid test to see what his future holds. His last win in the Turf Sprint at Pimlico showed signs of ready to move to the next level.

 

Woodbine

Race #10 – $1,000,000 Queens Plate – 1 1/4 – 5:36 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #11 Wonder Gadot / #10 Telekinesis / #7 Dixie Moon

#11 Wonder Gadot is a daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro. She gets first time blinkers for Mark Casse who wins 18% on this equipment change. John Velasquez is the reinsman and she is 2/2 ITM over the synthetic surface. Look for an up close stalking trip and was a beaten favorite last out. Casse comes back to score 26% getting some payback on this move.

#10 Telekinesis ships in from Keeneland going 2nd time off the layoff. He won the Woodbine Plate Trial under Patrick Husbands for Mark Casse. This son of Ghostzapper appeared to relish the surface and should jump right out and dictate the pace today. Catch him if you can.

#7 Dixie Moon is a daughter of Curlin who is 4/4 ITM at Woodbine. She won the Woodbine Oaks beating Wonder Gadot and returns Eurico Da Silva to the saddle. She has the look of a perfect stalker and can easily take down the prize today.

 

Monmouth

Race #11 – G1 United Nations – 1 3/8 on the turf – 6:01 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 Money Multiplier / #8 Bigger Picture / #1 Funtastic

#5 Money Multiplier comes in for trainer Chad Brown who sends out four runners to take down the dough. “Jersey” Joe Bravo in the irons and this son of Lookin At Lucky has a strong late punch. He is 3/3 ITM in New Jersey and exits a perfect prep win over the course. He finished 2nd in this race in 2016 and should relish the distance.

#8 Bigger Picture hails from the barn of Mike Maker. He is coming in fresh off a 49 day layoff and has the services of Kendrick Carmouche. He won last year’s edition of this race and is looking to make it two in a row. The morning works show all systems are ready coming into the race.

#1Funtastic has Antonio Gallardo in the driver’s seat for Chad Brown. This son of More than Ready ships in from Belmont and moves up in class off the last race win. Gallardo wins 23% on the sod and he’ll be a little closer to the pace today.

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Early Trainer Strikes at Woodbine

Woodbine Opens April 21

By ART PARKER

It is often hard to gauge trainer effectiveness at the beginning of a long meeting. Some trainers come with runners ready to go and others are more patient to strike. Trying to determine what trainers show up with fit horses and good intentions makes things hard for a horseplayer.

Woodbine is no different. The long meet at Canada’s premier track starts April 21 and lasts until December 16. The Toronto track doesn’t swing into a full week schedule with four days of racing per week until mid-May.

Wager on Woodbine at BetPTC.comThe very early part of the meet, which some may view as a workout meet. The first few days offers almost nothing but sprint races, most of which are short at 5 furlongs or 5 ½ furlongs. I suppose there are several reasons for this, but I imagine the track gives trainers a chance to get a work into some of their horses coming off the winter months. Also, several trainers have a reduced amount of stock on hand since they are camped out at Keeneland, Gulfstream or other southern venues.

So the question at Woodbine is who shows up and of those who has the guns loaded?

I examined the first five days of the last three meets (2015, 2016 and 2017). There were some not so surprising revelations but some others that got my attention. The first thing I wanted to find out is consistency. Which trainers actually had a winner in the first five days of the meet each year for the three years selected? Here is the list and total winners including maiden wins (number of maiden wins in parenthesis)

Mike Depaulo – 10 wins (2)

Mark Casse – 8 wins (1)

Nick Gonzalez – 8 wins (5)

Norm McKnight -7 wins (4)

Bob Tiller – 6 wins (4)

John Ross – 4 wins (1)

Roger Attfield – 3 wins (1)

Kevin Attard – 3 wins (2)

These eight trainers are the only ones that meet the specifications. During the time period Woodbine held 140 races. These trainers won 49 races, or 35%. Of the 51 maiden races, this group won 20, or 39%.  Noteworthy stats, to say the least.

Here are the other trainers in the same time period that averaged at least one winner per year but failed to score in all years:

Vito Armata – 4 wins (1)

Josie Carroll – 3 wins (2)

Dave Cotey – 3 wins (2)

Denise McClachrie – 4 wins (3)

Nick Noswenko – 4 wins

William Tharennos – 5 wins (3)

Wesley Ward – 4 wins (2)

Add the two groups together and 15 trainers collectively won 76 races, or 54%. The same two groups won 33 of 51 maiden races, or 65%.

All trainers do some things better than others. That is true with the Woodbine trainers mentioned. Casse, Depaulo, Ross, Armata and Noswenko seem to have greater success with their horses who are winners, where Gonzalez, McKnight, Tiller, McClachrie, Tharennos (and others to a lesser degree) have demonstrated that their maidens are ready for battle.

Graded Stakes Preview / Saturday, September 16, 2017

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Churchill Downs

9/16/17

Race #10 – The G3 Iroquois – 1 1/16 – 5:20 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Hollywood Star / #1 – Ten City / #7 – Flameaway

#2 – Hollywood Star = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Dale Romans. 2-yr-old son of Malibu Moon and won his Mdn start at CD and came back to run a game effort in the G2 Saratoga Special. His numbers are strong and exits off a sparkling work at CD. I’m thinking there may some distance questions down the road but the 1 1/16 in definitely in his scope. #1 – Ten City =Jack Gilligan aboard for Kenny McPeek and the trainer was quoted as saying “this may be one of the most talented runners he has trained.” – His last effort at Ellis was surprising as a beaten chalk who goes from 7f to 1 1/16. Should get a good stalking trip close to the rail. #7 – Flameaway = Julien Leparoux in the irons for Mark Casse. The barn has faced some tough Euro-turf runners. This son of Scat Daddy is 2/2, and the distance should not be a problem. I went back and watched his last replay and it may be better than the results may tell. I like his chances today.

Race #11 – G2 Pocahontas – 1 1/16 – 5:50 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #3 – Snowfire / #8 – Sunny Skies / #10 – Upset Brewing

#3 – Snowfire = Daughter of Tapit for the Mark Casse barn. Julien Leparoux in the saddle and owns an impressive maiden win at CD with a troubled trip at Saratoga in the G3 Schuylerville. She looks to rebound off a beaten favorite trip (24%) and Leparoux has been on-fire going 14/23 the past week. Julien may be staying in Louisville looking for a gal to take to the big dances coming up. #8 – Sunny Skies = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Ken McPeek and 1/1 at CD. McPeek wins (20%) going sprint to a route and this daughter of Animal Kingdom may be a major player. #10 – Upset Brewing = 2/2 ITM at CD for trainer “Buff” Bradley. She always brings her best and owns a razor sharp work coming back to Louisville. Look for an up-close stalking trip ready to pounce.

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Woodbine

9/16/17

Race #8 – G2 Canadian – 1 1/8 on the turf -4:29 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #5 – Elysea’s World / #1 – Quidara / #5 – Starship Jubilee

#5 – Elysea’s World = Jose Ortz in the saddle for Chad Brown = (39%). Daughter of Champs Elysees and she should relish the lush greensward. Her dam Ideal has 4 starts with 4 turf winners and is making her 3rd off the layoff move and adding distance. She could fit the race with a well timed Ortiz ride. #1 – Quidara = Daughter of Dubawi and looks to be the one to beat from the Motion barn. Junior Alvarado aboard and she exits the G1 Diana at Saratoga bested by a head from the turf monster Lady Eli. The race goes through this filly if you want the winner. #5 – Starship Jubilee = 2nd off the layoff move and cuts back in distance from 1 3/8. She’s locked horns with the boys in the G2 Sky Classic and is a close-up stalker in the hands of Eurico Da Silva.

Race #10 – The G1 Northern Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:31 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #4 – Messi / #8 – Hawkbill / #5 – Pumpkin Rumble

#4 – Messi = Jose Ortiz in the irons for Graham Motion. He is 1/1 at Woodbine and been in the shelf for 57 days. He should be forwardly placed and Ortiz is an excellent judge of pace. Solid work tab and well-rested runners do well for the barn (19%). #8 – Hawkbill = Colm O’Donoghue for Charles Applebee. This is a son of Kitten’s Joy and gets Lasix shipping in from Group 1 company in Germany. He is 8/13 ITM on turf and faced some very tough Euro turfers. He is 3/3 ITM at the distance and should be mid-pack today. #5 – Pumpkin Rumble = Speedy son of English Channel who should be the pace setter. Jesse Campbell in the irons and 2/3 ITM going this distance.

Race #12 – G1 Woodbine Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 6:34 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #6 – Deauville / #8 – Mondialiste / #1 – World Appeal

#6 – Deauville = Jamie Spencer for Aidan O’Brien. They bring a son of Galileo exiting the Arlington Million as a beaten favorite. Spencer takes over for Ryan Moore and they cut back from 1 1/4 – 1 mile and a shot at a qualifying spot for the Breeders’ Cup. He’s run well on this side of the pond and lesser distance could play into his plans. #8 – Mondialiste = Jose Ortiz in the irons for David O’Meara. 1/1 at Woodbine and the Lasix sure helped his causes in the past. He is 9/16 ITM at the distance and been off since York in late August. #1 – World Appeal = John Velasquez for Mark Casse and exits a strong win in the G1 FourStarDave. Casse comes into the race loaded, and a stalking trip just off the pace might be in the cards.

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Arlington Park

Race #7 – Arlington Washington Futurity – 7f – 5:35 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #7 – Barry Lee / #10 – The X / #4 – Capturing Moon

#7 – Barry Lee = Speedster shipping in from the G2 Saratoga Special. Trainer Horacio DePaz wins (22%) with ungraded stakes and drops down the class ladder. He was a beaten favorite last out and the barn wins (21%) with shippers. #10 -The X = Deep Closer from the Ben Colebrook barn. Ships in from the Ellis Park meet and has a bullet work to prepare. With a clean trip, he’ll be picking up the pieces down the lane. #4 – Capturing Moon = Son of Malibu Moon exits off a turf maiden win. His works have been very strong coming into this race.

Race #8 – Arlington Washington Lassie – 7f – 6:05 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Ardor / #4 – Richie’lilwildat / #6 – Southampton Way

#2 – Ardor = Pedro Cotto aboard for Eoin Harty shipping in from Woodbine and the trainer wins (21%) on the all-weather surface. Looks to be a solid stalking type who will fit like a glove if the morning works are any indication. #4 – Richie’lilwildcat = Speedy filly who is bred to relish a sprint distance. She hit the gate last out and still managed to grab the lead and show the way to the finish. Catch her if you can! – #6 – Southampton Way = Stalker from the Horacio DePaz barn. She ships in from Saratoga and drops a few rungs down the class ladder. The trainer wins (22%) with two-yr-olds.

 

Louisiana Downs

Race #9 – $60,000 Happy Ticket – 1 mile on the turf – 5:00 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Lady O’Toole / #3 – Taylor’s Princess / #5 – Rosie O’ Prado

#2 – Lady O’Toole = Colby Hernandez in the saddle for Brad Cox and been away from the races for 45 days. This daughter of Colonel John should e forwardly placed and the barn wins (32%) with 1st tiers on the grass. #3 – Taylor’s Princess = Daughter of First Dude for the Scott Garner barn (44%). She is 1/1 at LaD and impressive winning her first effort out on the grass. The trainer wins (29%) with 2nd timers on the sod and she’ll come rolling late in the lane. #5 – Rosie O’ Prado = Daughter of Paddy O’ Prado is a blistering pace factor. Her dam Alemora has produced one turf winner and looks to keep the family numbers growing.

Race #10 – $60,000 Unbridled Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 5:32 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Big Changes / #9 – High Noon Rider / #6 – Fort Pulaski

#2 – Big Changes = Diego Saenz in the saddle for Brad Cox and makes his 2nd start in a month. 4/5 ITM on the turf and 1/1 over the course. A perfect stalking type and owns a bullet work on 9/3 at CD preparing for a big effort. #9 – High Noon Rider = Brad Cox trainee fresh off the claim at Saratoga. The barn wins (30%) with new runners to the shedrow and sports a red-hot bullet over the deep CD oval. #6 – Fort Pulaski = 2/3 ITM on the green and was a beaten favorite last out. Two back, this son of Any Given Saturday was rolling late in the lane and rider Gerard Melancon wins (19%) on the turf.

Race #11 – The $200,000 Super Derby – 1 1/16 on the turf – 6:05 pm ET

BetPTC.com Selections – #2 – Gorgeous Kitten / #4 – Mr. Misunderstood / #5 – Sonneteer

#2 – Gorgeous Kitten = Colby Hernadez in the irons for Mike Maker. Exits the G1 Secretariat and cuts back from 1 1/4 on the turf – 1 1/16. The drop in class may fit the son of Kitten’s Joy and should be a major danger today. #4 – Mr. Misunderstood = Chris Rosier for Brad Cox and exits off an impressive win in the $60k Prelude at LaD. This son of Archarcharch is a stone cold closer. #5 – Sonneteer = Keith Desormeaux brings this son of Midnight Lute to post. He ships in from Del Mar off a maiden win on the turf. Been off for 48 days and the barn wins (18%) with layoff runners.

 

Graded Stakes Preview – Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Monmouth Park

Race #11 – G1 United Nations – 1 mile and 3/8th’s on the turf

BetPTC.com Selections = 1. – Itsinthepost (7-2)    2. – Beach Patrol (5-2)   3. – Oscar (5-1) Nominated   4. – Lucky Lindy (15-1)

Itsinthepost ships in from California for Jeff Mullins. Tyler Baze fits this gelding taking down two straight G2 events at Keeneland and Santa Anita. The field shows plenty of early foot, and this stalker should be right off the leaders ready to pounce. Beach Patrol makes his 3rd start off a layoff and should be a major pace presence. This son of Lemon Drop Kid has a case of “seconditis” rolling off four straight place finishes. Florent Geroux aboard for Chad Brown makes him very dangerous. Oscar Nominated is a son of Kitten’s Joy and sports a very nice late turn of foot. Kendrick Carmouche gets the nod and he’ll be in the mix at the top of the lane. Lucky Lindy gets the acid test making a huge jump in class; but not to fret. He’s honest and exits off a win going 5/5 ITM on the turf.

Belmont Park

Race #9 – The G2 Mother Goose – 1 1/16 on the main track

BetPTC.com selections = 1. Unchained Melody (7-2)   2. – Lockdown (2-1)   3. – Vexatious (5-2)  4. – Moana (8-1)

Unchained Melody is a daughter of Smart Strike for the Brian Lynch barn. She is 2/3 ITM and her last trip over the Belmont surface may be a sign of things to come. She sports the best last race Beyer figure and could be maturing at the right time. Lockdown exits the Kentucky Oaks for Bill Mott and earned a 3rd place finish on a sloppy / sealed track. She loves New York and her effort in the G2 Gazelle is better than it looks. Solid works have her ready for a strong summer campaign. Vexatious is a daughter of Giant’s Causeway who exits the Kentucky Oaks. She made a solid move and hung down the lane. She always gets a piece of the pie and faced the boys earlier in the year at Fair Grounds. Moana is a daughter of Uncle Mo. She has the look of a late bloomer and may not have taken to the sloppy track in the G2 Black Eyed Susan. She should relish the fast going expected in the weather report for Belmont.

Santa Anita

Race #4 – G2 San Carlos – 7f on the main track

BetPTC.com selections = 1. – Danzing Candy (4-5)  2. – Ransom the Moon (5-2)  3. – Kobe’s Back (9-2)

Danzing Candy exits two straight wins and his latest in the G3 Lone Star Hcp going 1 1/16. Cuts back in distance where he broke his maiden for Bob Baffert at Santa Anita. – 5/6 ITM and draws the rail with the services of Mike Smith. He should be ultra tough. Ransom the Moon is a son of Malibu Moon and ships in from Woodbine. He rolled off two impressive wins at SA and attracts the services of Flavien Prat for Phil D’Amato yielding a (27%) win clip as a team. Kobe’s Back has Gary Stevens in the saddle for Peter Eurton (28%). 6/9 ITM over the course and has been facing better in the G1 ranks.

Gulfstream Park

Race #12 – G2 Princess Rooney – 7f on the main track

BetPTC.com selections = 1. – Curlin’s Approval (9-2) 2. – Lightstream (7-2)  3. – Kinsley Kisses (6-1) – 4. – Dearest (4-1)

Curlin’s Approval 2nd start off the layoff and reunites with Luis Saez. Daughter of Curlin loves GP and is 6/8 ITM over the course. She has rolled off three very nice works over the Hallandale oval. Lightstream is making a 3rd off the layoff move and retains Javier Castellano in the irons. Daughter of Harlan’s Holiday broke her maiden going 7f at GP. She’s been facing some tough fillies and will come calling late in the lane. Kinsley Kisses is a daughter of Congrats who is 2/2 at GP and exits the 100k Sugar Maple at Charlestown in the slop. She enjoys the distance and has Tyler Gafflione in the driver’s seat for Todd Pletcher winning at a (37%) clip. Dearest is a solid filly who is 6/6 ITM at GP. She is the picture of consistency and exits off three bullet works.

Woodbine (Sunday, July 2)

Race #10 – The $1 million / 158th Running of The Queen’s Plate – 1 1/4 on tapeta

BetPTC.com selections – 1. King and His Court (5-1)  2. – Holy Helena (3-1)  3. – Inflexibility (10-1)  4. – Channel Maker (4-1)

King and His Court is the son of Court Vision and is 8/9 ITM at Woodbine. He closed stoutly last out in the Plate Trial and was the Canadian two-year-old champ. Today he looks to set the record straight and take down the Queen’s Plate. Holy Helena is a daugher of Ghostzapper who loves the Tapeta surface. She sports a bullet work off that win and seeks to become the 3rd filly in seven runnings to win the race. Inflexibility makes her 3rd off the shelf effort and was a beaten favorite in the Woodbine Oaks facing Holy Helena. Castellano and Chad Brown team up as she looks to roll from off the pace. Channel Maker shipped in from Keeneland two back and put in a strong rally last out under Rafael Hernandez. This son of English Channel has been running on the turf and gets his second chance over the tapeta surface.

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BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 9/19/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch ? – Well, maybe it won’t get you a free kids meal, but if you keep a close eye on the following runners. You might find yourself getting a square price on a solid player. – I can’t say enough about watching races and taking notes, and we have did some homework hoping you’ll have a sweet day at the windows. – Best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !

Belmont Park

9/17/16

Race #1 – #4 – Lucky Lotto – 1 mile on the main track

Eric Cancel’s mount was bumped soundly at the start by Midnight Hawk who jumped in the air at the start. Heavily backed at the windows and still managed a game 2nd place effort.

Race #4 – #7 – Lubash – 1 1/16 on the turf

Very nice New York-bred who was caught wide throughout and managed to overcome this extra ground to get the win. He needs a nice play back and you may get a much better price than you expect.

Race #6 – #4 – Wild Impulse – 6f on the turf

Broke inward at the start and never seemed to regain his composure. Beaten favorite this day, and this is a hard-core player’s angle to follow.

Woodbine

9/17/16

Race #2 – #7 – Molinaro Deputy – 6 1/2f on the AW

Pinballed at the start and was 4-5 wide into the final turn, Finished up with good interest and ran 2nd this day.

Race #3 – #6 – Vanish – 6f on the AW

Broke alertly and dropped back shortly after. He finished up with a strong second effort, and should only improve as a first time starter.

Race #6 – #6 – Conquest Too Smart – 6f on the AW

Broke nicely and was forced to check up sharply at the half. Finished up with a good late kick and should be respected as a heavily backed player this day.

Race  #8 – #2 – Dacita – 1 1/8 on the turf

Bumped around at the break and saved ground to finish up strongly down the lane. – Next time out should have him right in the winner’s circle.

 

BetPTC.com Horses to Watch – 7/5/16

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July ! – Mother Nature showed her angry side in many parts of the country, but day still went as planned. The parades, the parties, and of course the fireworks are always a crowd pleaser. – As a handicapper, when the arrival of the July 4th hits the calendar. I know it’s only a matter of days until the best summer racing comes into focus. With that in mind, sit back and enjoy the dog days of summer, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these runners. They may deserve a good hard look and solid piece of your bankroll.

Belmont

6/30/16 – Race #3 – #5 – 6f on the main track

#5 – Grassarla = Luis Saez in the saddle for Chris Englehart. She broke in a tangle and rushed up swiftly to catch the pace setters. She was bested down the lane by the big chalk and will benefit greatly for a red-hot trainer winning at a (20%) clip.

Belmont

6/30/16 – Race #4 – #5 – One mile on the turf

#5 – Ascend = John Velasquez had the call for Graham Motion, and they brought a lightly raced son of Candy Ride to the races. – He was making his first start in 47 days and owned some very solid morning works. Johnny V’s mount was placed at the back of the pack early on and put in a solid bid down the lane. During this closing move he brushed against a quitting runner and was held up just enough to force him to settle for second money.

Woodbine

7/3/16 – Race #3 – #6 – 7f on the all-weather

#6 – Prized Bourbon = Luis Contreras had the mount and stalked in a perfect spot all the way around. Once they hit the top of the stretch, she was blocked badly and forced to angle out to make her bid. She made a game effort only to be a bridesmaid this day.

Woodbine

7/3/16 – Race #7 – #4 – 1 1/8 on the all-weather

#4 – Macho Brew = Luis Contreras had the call and his runner was squeezed back at the start causing him to take up and settle back a little farther than expected. Once he got his mount settle out, he was forced four wide while making a solid charge at the leaders. This 3rd place finish gives me plenty to look forward to next time at the races.

Belterra Park

7/3/16 – Race #2 – #4 – One mile on the main track

#4 – Baja Bessie  = She had the services of the promising Eduardo Gallardo. She patiently settled out and made a solid closing bid splitting runners over a sloppy track that was favoring speed and up close stalkers. – She drew off by 5 lengths and is a definite play back for the hot barn of Daniel Sanner who is 2/2 at the meet.

Belterra Park

7/3/16 – Race #3 – #3 – 1 mile and 70 yards

#3 – Mexie Joe = Cory Orm was the pilot and he rushed his mount up early. He opened up by a 1/2, and was gunned down by the much better Just a Pinch under Malcolm Franklin. This race was originally carded for the turf, and due to the rains was to the main track. Mexie Joe is trained by Chuck Peery and all of his horses look incredible on the way to the paddock.

 

BetPTC.com – Horses to Watch – 3/2/2016

Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer

Racing fans around the globe are still talking about the dazzling effort put on by Mohaymen winning the Fountain of Youth. – This is one of my favorite times of year, as  every weekend from here to the Kentucky Derby has a special buzz in the air. You’ll want to watch and wager on some of the best racing action of the year, and BetPTC.com is your one-stop-shop for the road to the Kentucky Derby. – You’ll want to stay in tune for these runners when they saddle up for the races, as they are coming off a troubled trip and could offer up some great value.

Gulfstream Park

Race #3 – 2/27/16 – #3 – 1 1/16 on the main track

#3 – Street Grey = This son of Street Cry was making a third lifetime start and led all the way from the gate break. He had been facing some of the runners on the Triple Crown trail, and was a $750,000 Ocala sales purchase. He got a little leg weary and maybe a flat mile or 7 panels may be more to his liking after finishing third. – Catch him if you can.

Mahoning Valley

Race #3 – 2/27/16 – #4 – 6f on the dirt

#4 – A Unique Lady = Samuel Bermudez was in the saddle, and his filly was “boxed in” along the rail and had little room to run. She looked very fit on the track, and once she tipped off the rail for clear sailing she flashed great late foot. – Toss in the “beaten favorite” angle and we have a runner looking for some payback next time out.

Gulfstream Park

Race #5 – 2/27/16 – #4 – 1 mile

#4 – Lewis Bay = A very nice looking filly in the Davona Dale Stakes making her first start in over three months. Irad Ortiz was in Florida for the day, and had this assignment for the Chad Brown barn. – The field was tough as the (1-5) chalk Cathryn Sophia came to the races and did not disappoint. – Ortiz had his mount saving ground for most of the race, and worked off the rail shortly before the 1/4 pole and looked impressive. She accelerated nicely and was a bridesmaid on this day. – Chad Brown has a knack for getting runners to improve, and I’m looking for big things to come from this gal.

Gulfstream Park

Race #8 – 2/27/16 – #2 – One mile on the turf

#2 – Divisidero = Edgar Prado had the call on this son of Kitten’s Joy making his first start in seven months. – “Buff” Bradley was interviewed in the paddock shortly before the race, and said his runner was “ready to roll” but may want a bit more ground. – They exited the (G-1) Belmont Derby travelling a 1 1/4, and after rolling late from the clouds any added distance will be welcome.

Gulfstream Park

Race #11 – 2/28/16 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the main track

#2 – Niigon’s Edge = Julien Leparoux in the saddle, and his mount was making his 2nd start off the layoff shipping in from Woodbine. He has been working well in the mornings, and finished strongly up the rail. – I would look for a big race coming soon as this runner will improve greatly off this effort.