Handicapper, Interrupted

by Ed Meyer

posted on February 16, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Handicapper, Interrupted

We have a path, a plan, and a vision of what it’s supposed to be. Sometimes our love of betting is hitting on all cylinders, and other times there are distractions. I’ve had a few in my life. A place where you try to reconnect with your love of watching and wagering on horses only to find you’re lost. This is a place where inner-soul searching takes place to find your way home again.

Horseplayers are different than other gamblers. We relish the process of mining the data and finding our nuggets of gold. We’re not about speed and rapid-fire bets where reels dizzy our senses and realize we’re broke before we started.

I’ve worked in racing since I was 18 years old. It was a stepping stone into many other opportunities, and I enjoyed every step along the way. – The track I was working was changing. No longer were we making huge strides and breaking new boundaries. It was being taken over by smaller minds who wanted to wash away the creative juices and replace them with rules, and not taking calculating chances with plans for the future. No longer was I in love. It was time to leave.

It was June 2003, and I asked my wife if I could leave and go back to teaching school. – My only real ask was if I could cash in my small 401-k and try my hand at gambling to make money before going back to school. She agreed, and little did she know my plans were never to see the school. I had my opportunity.

On July 23rd, I walked to my car on a Sunday afternoon. No gold watch, ticker-tape parade, or even a handshake. I tossed my keys on my desk and walked out after 17 years. I thought it would be my last day working in racing, but the road has many twists and turns. – I started taking copious notes and kept a journal in a leather binder. I only watched New York, Florida, and California. My plan was to make two to three-place bets every week ( mainly on Saturday due to the size of the pools). I would go to the track after reading charts and making a list of horses to play. Finally, after two weeks of scouting horses to play, I was ready for my first bet. I think he is still running. This first shot showed me quickly it was harder than it looked.

After a few losses filled with worry as I walked to the car. Things began to come together. – I started with $14,000 and it dropped to $10,000 very quickly. – It was a $700 place bet on a turf horse that paid $5.60 that started my fire. As I cashed for $1,960; I knew I had a plan. That summer was filled with many smaller winners; with my acceptable place value of $3.40. Things were fitting like a glove. – No impulse plays, small tracks off the radar, and my focus was New York turf races mainly. I did venture to Chicago on marquee turf days, and California offered many small fields that could hit my target odds. I remember my big score of the summer. I waited for a horse to run for three weeks as the turf was rained off. But, today it was perfect and he looked even better. His odds went off at a sweet 8-1, and I was going to bet more than ever before.

After watching him sneak up the rail and draw away. I was more than elated. He paid $7.20 to place, and I had made a $1,750 place wager. $6,300 later heading back to my seat to watch and take notes. I knew I had a fighter’s chance. – I was only making two or three wagers for the weekend and felt like it limited my exposure to the windows. Every once in a while a list horse popped up on a Wednesday or Friday. I just popped in, made my bet, and headed back to the car after the race. -I was getting pretty good at reading the charts and watching replays from home. Things were moving.

My only change for my regimen was playing Breeders’ Cup. – There is plenty of money on the table and opportunities would soon be dwindling as racing goes to sleep for a few months after Breeders’ Cup. I had made all of my bets for the day and watched the first race. As soon as the horses crossed the finish line I had a call from my wife at work. ” I bet you didn’t have that price horse.- Well, it paid for all of my wagers and the rest of the day is profit.” – Not a bad start for an under-card race on the day. It turned out to be a good day for this handicapper. Things were looking good.

I would skip days just trying to grind out daily wagers. This helped my focus and would keep me watching the better horses. – Off days were playing with son, cutting the grass, and cooking out nightly. Things were working out and everyone was happy. But, as with every story, not every page is golden. – We went to bed one night and my wife never woke up. Life had changed on a dime. In an instant, I became a single parent, no job, and my handicapping experiment monies allowed us to stay in our new home for two more years. I stopped playing for quite some time. I had lost my better-half and my mind was not in the game. The betting experiment was over.

My son and I moved into a smaller home, and we’ve had plenty of good times. Oh, there have been some bumps in the road, but life did eventually move forward. – I found a turn-around opportunity at River Downs as the marketing director, and after my six years of having fun in the sun; other doors have opened since. Racing was my first love. It allowed me many opportunities and has been my partner most of my life. – I look back and feel that time was an interruption for me playing the horses. There was no telling where it may have taken me, but life calls, and things can change quickly. But, the changes to my life may have been a wake-up call. It allowed me an opportunity to take a shot, but as quick as it started it was over. But other chapters and life filled the pages.

With each passing year; I feel gratitude and happiness getting to follow my love. Rarely are we afforded the opportunity to take our big shot. – I count myself lucky to have had the chance to play for a living. I still love to play the horses and the excitement still sends chills down my arm. I’m a horseplayer, and I think I’ll always be. But more importantly, I’m a father, son, and brother to the best man I know. – I’m lucky. To have family and friends and a job history painted with colors of happiness. What more could a man ask for? –  In the title, it says “interrupted.”- Looking up the meaning you’ll see; “to break uniformity or continuity of a hot spell occasionally interrupted by a period of cool weather.” – After many rounds of good and bad, we’re in a good place. It is wise to appreciate these times and remember them on days where we need a boost to get us back on track.

 

Looking for Trouble?

by Ed Meyer

posted on February 16, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Looking for Trouble?

Unclench your fist and put away your tough-guy look. – I’m talking about looking for trouble that could make you money. Yes, you heard it correctly. Making money by looking for trouble. – If you want to look for some trouble to keep your bankroll growing. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind.

 

  1. – Clear your head and don’t make up troubled trips that really weren’t that bad. – Open mind, and keep tabs on just the facts.
  2.  – Watch the gate break.  – Look for immediate bad steps, or if a runner is off slow, forced out, or checked up costing precious ground.
  3.  – Once the field settles watch for horses who are forced wide, trapped in a pocket, or forced to take back due to trouble.
  4. – Middle move action. – This is crucial after a bad start. – Did the horse make up ground only to tire out? – Did they show good energy and fade late? – All good signs. A horse has only so much energy for a race and it’s taxing when they’re forced to use it up quickly. This is a playback I like to call middle-movers. Not enough to get a winner’s circle picture, but enough to come back and look for a cleaner trip next out.
  5.  – Did the rider give an all-out effort or just enough to cross the finish? – Look for a better rider change next out from this move. Very good sign. Trainers know their horses better than anyone.
  6.  – Watch closely as the closers or speedsters cross the finish line. – Did they immediately slow down or did they go on another 1/16th past the wire? – These are runners to playback with gusto. They may have been using this race to springboard onto bigger and better things.

Keep looking for trouble and you’ll find it. – This is an old school tactic many have employed since racing first began. – “Trip handicapping” is an art that takes patience, an open mind, and the knowledge of what to look for. – It will take some time, but when you start recognizing the little things, they will pay big dividends the next time out they run. – Best of luck, and may you find all the trouble you can handle!

The View from Above

by Ed Meyer

posted on February 16, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on The View from Above

The days of packed grandstands have taken a break. Just a little break, not forever. – There is nothing like looking down and watching the sea of humanity talking horses, laughing, and enjoying the day. Over the years, people have asked me my favorite part of the racing day. – For me, it’s easy. The people.

I love to come to work a couple hours early. I stop and chat about who we like for the card. – Nothing better. Some of the folks are new faces wanting to talk about the sport of racing, and others remember me when I was a young parking lot kid many moons ago. That is the best start of the day.

As the track announcer, I enjoy having friends stop by and catch a race from the best seat in the house. The friends are ones I’ve known for decades and new ones who ask to come up are always welcome. – Many folks in this occupation don’t take enough time doing this. – I like to think of it as being on a roller coaster. Is it more fun to ride by yourself, or have a packed car of excited people there for the same reason. – I like to share the ride. Answering questions, letting race fans watch, or if they’re bold enough they can call them on the track and even a few have tried their hand at calling a race. – These are the best moments.

The booth sits at the highest point and I have the best seat in the house. I watch horses walk up to the paddock, owners, and trainers excited about the upcoming race, and families and friends enjoying the day. – If you’re there and have a birthday in your group, an anniversary, or some great news. Stop up and see me. I love sharing the good news with everyone and give a special shoutout making your day a winner.

Watching the fans has been a one-of-a-kind joy. Some come daily, others make the yearly trek to the races, and new fans enjoy the energy of the day. – On my way out, I stop and speak with fans who are hanging around for that late simulcast race when the card is complete. – We talk about big scores, the one that got away, and what we’re looking forward to tomorrow. Good stuff. -The privilege is mine, and by the time I find my car I’m already thinking about tomorrow. –  Best of luck, and I’ll be looking for you at the races!

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Another Standing Eight Count

by Ed Meyer

posted on February 5, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Another Standing Eight Count

You would be amazed at the capital of horse racing and the hurdles it has covered over the years. But, even in the face of another round of adversity the game was given another standing eight count to ready itself for the next round.

Operations of HHR games were called into question in September when the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously ruled that at least one brand was not pari-mutuel. Supporters of the games, which determine winning combinations based on previously run horse races, have always said their payouts are pari-mutuel, according to the BloodHorse.com

After following an hour-long explanation of the bill did we hear from the human side – Trainer Tom Drury has horses from Belterra Park to the Derby. A true Kentucky horseman who speaks from the heart about the signature sport of the bluegrass he has dedicated his life to.

Thursday’s vote followed about an hour-long hearing where supporters like trainer Tom Drury noted the economic engine created by one of Kentucky’s signature industries. He discussed the many businesses he supports to keep his training operation going: needed purchases of straw, feed, equipment, veterinary services, and beyond.

“I’ve got a person that hauls my horses to and from the races,” Drury said. “There’s a little country store just down the road where all of my employees will have lunch every day. So when you talk about horse racing in Kentucky, I think you should definitely keep in mind the trickle-down effect that comes along with that,” according to BloodHorse.com.

No matter where you stand on the bill; it’s about jobs. Kentucky jobs and spirals out from there. – “SB 120 is solely about maintaining the status quo and preserving the jobs and economic development opportunities that historical horse racing has consistently provided our state,” according to BloodHorse.com. – One would have thought Kentucky would have been at the front of how to conduct an agriculture business. But, the landscape can become littered with questions when people fail to see the bigger picture. According to Senator Damon Thayer; “each of the support vendors has families. He cited a University of Kentucky study that the industry directly or indirectly supports 100,000 state jobs.” – HHR has not only allowed Kentucky to keep the lights on but compete on the bigger stage against out-of-state competition and plan for the future of the sport.

Senate Bill 120 passed on February 4th as it moves onward to the Senate floor for a full chamber vote. – More is riding on this bill than at first glance. This is a big round next up. The many hardworking men and women who tend to the sport with the many families who supply, haul, and support the game with a devotion stand in the balance. Kentucky has many signature industries, and Thoroughbred racing has stood proudly.

Free Selections Pegasus Cup Pick-Four / 1-23-2021

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 23, 2021 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Free Selections Pegasus Cup Pick-Four / 1-23-2021

There’s a great card on tap in Hallandale, Florida. – It’s going to be 76 degrees and mostly sunny. What more could a horseplayer ask for? – Well, here’s a little something extra for all who’ll be watching and wagering. I’m going to put together a pick-four ticket from a small place parlay that rounded up nicely into a $100 score! – So, without further delay let’s get handicapping.

 

Gulfstream Park

 

Race#9 – The G-2 Inside Information – 7f – 3:40 pm

#2 – Cinnabunny (3-1) has Irad Ortiz aboard for Brad Cox. She was beaten chalk last out and the barn scores 31% looking for payback. Look for her close to the lead. #7 – Sally’s Curlin (9-2) is a solid closer with Corey Lanerie for Dale Romans. She cuts back to 7 panels and should be dangerous. #8 – Sound Machine (8-1) exits the G3 Sugar Swirl and looks to pick up off that race moving forward. Saffie Joseph and Jose Ortiz team up to stalk the pace.

 

Race #10 – The G-3 W.L. McKnight – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:13 

#4 – Temple (8-1) has been off for 49 days and Mike Maker and Irad Ortiz have a solid closer here. He is 9 for 9 ITM at GP. They win 29% as a team. #5 – Sadler’s Joy (3-1) is a long-range closer for Tom Albertrani and Jose Ortiz. He has been off for 2 months and 4 for 6 ITM at GP. #11 – Channel Cat (9-2) makes his 2nd start off a layoff for Jack Sisterson and Corey Lanerie. His last work was sharp looking to put the finishing touch on a good plan.

 

Race #11 – The G-1 Pegasus World Cup – 1 3/16 on the turf – 4:59

#2 – Breaking the Rules (10-1) is a solid stalker who is 3 for 3 ITM at GP. 2nd start off the shelf with bullet works under his belt for Shug McGaughey and John Velasquez. #5 – Colonel Liam (7-2) is a lightly raced colt who relishes the weeds. Irad Ortiz and Todd Pletcher team up and have a sharp work to prepare. #11 – Say the Word (6-1) has been off for 57 days and ships in from California with Flavien Prat in the irons. He fires well fresh and Prat wins 24% on the weeds. 2nd effort for Phil D’Amato and he wins 22% on this move.

Race#12 – The G1 Pegasus World Cup – 1 1/8 – 5:44 pm

#4 – Knicks Go (5-2) is a pure speed runner under Joel Rosario for Brad Cox. He’s been off two months and will dictate the pace. Rosario wins 23% with speedy runners. #10 – Code of Honor (9-2) has been away for 57 days since being beaten chalk in the G1 Clark at CD. He will be gunning down the pace as they turn for home.

 

Ticket cost = 3 X 3 X 3 X 2 = $54 for a dollar / $27 for 50-cents

Telephone Man

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 14, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Telephone Man

He waits outside for his ride. Dressed like he’s going to the office, and in a sense. He will be. – His office is seven betting parlors in Las Vegas. You may see him at one or more when there is action, and there’s always action. – The car just pulled up, and it’s time to go to work.

For the longest time, our friend has a history of working in the gambling industry. Race tracks, OTB’s, and even a few casinos over the years. Prior to that, he was in the banking industry. That was until the doctor told him to change occupations or the stress would be his end. – He didn’t need to be told twice and sought out a new occupation. One that would fit his interests.

Every morning at 5:30 a.m., a cup of coffee and a morning jog. A lite breakfast and ready to start the day. – During his banking years he met many interesting people. The folks you or I would call to make a wager on the big game. These were not $10 bookmakers, but the ones that had a select clientele. Far from the Vegas tales of intrigue and action, but a job that would be a rather low key quiet way of life.

A lifelong bachelor dedicated to his work. He never made mistakes and would always double-check his numbers. The kind of job that doesn’t get advertised in the papers or the internet. – His condo is about four miles from the strip and always uses an Uber to take him to his rounds. The majority of the time it’s an older gent who moved to Vegas after his wife passed many moons ago and became a cab driver after retiring from the post office. Fred loves his job, and over the years they’ve become friends.

The job is easy by definition but requires the patience of an older man. – He’s the “call-off” man for five big outfits who take wagers. – Where there’s a big wager in the five digits he gets a call. Sometimes to shop around for the best spread, and other times just to make wagers and head home a few hours later. He’s in charge of the money and takes care of betting and cashing. The records are kept at home and his legal occupation allows him a great deal of free time. – “No room for errors when you play at this level, or you could be replaced the next day.” – But his meticulous dedication will have him here as long as he wishes.

Twice a month he’ll have a visitor that will fly out and pick up the money, or give him more for the wagers. Good work if you can find it, but it’s not for everyone. “I make the wagers and keep track of the records. Not hard work by any means, but it keeps me active and happy.”

I don’t bet. Gave that up long ago. Too much stress and I get to see enough action by doing my daily trips.” – On the strip, he is one of the high rollers according to the racebook managers and gets plenty of free comps and respect. – When he walks in there’s no standing in line as the manager takes him aside and writes his wagers.

I like what I’m doing and I have it pretty good. – For a non-gambler, it’s easy work. But if you have the betting bug I’m sure it could get tough. Well, I’ll see you when I’m back in Ohio for the races. It’ll be good to watch the ponies with old friends and catch up.”

 

Free Selections – Wednesday, 1/6/2021

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 5, 2021 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Free Selections – Wednesday, 1/6/2021

Nothing like a little “hump day” free selections to get your inner-horseplayer hankering for the weekend. We’re going to take a look at some plays from Gulfstream and Fair Grounds to get your bankroll ready for the weekend. – Best of luck from your friends at Winning Ponies!

 

Gulfstream Park

 

Race #3 – #5 – Skyfly = She adds Lasix and just missed last out. She was closing strong last out and gets an extra furlong to run. Jaramillo retains the mount looking for graduation today.

Race #4 – #2 – Noble Indy = 2nd time off the layoff where Todd Pletcher wins 20% and Luis Saez in the saddle where he wins 30% for the Todd-Squad. Blikers back on where they score 20% with the hood and he is 2/2 ITM at GP.

Race #6 – #1 – State Crown = is a daughter of Blame who gets 2nd Lasix where Mike Trombetta wins 23% and draws the golden rail which is winning at a 24% clip under Jose Ortiz.

Race #8 – #2 – Pleasecallmeback = is a beaten favorite who comes back to score 23% turning the tables. Fresh off the claim for Mike Maker who wins 16% with new runners in his barn. Jose Ortiz has the call.

Race #9 – #1 – Lookin At Roses = Draws the rails and drops down in class. He is 2/2 ITM at GP and sports a sharp work to prepare.

 

 

Fair Grounds

 

Race #2 – #8 – Crazy Good = makes her 2nd start dropping down in class. She tries the turf where her dam Summer has 8 starters with 7 winners and 2 turf winners.

Race #6 – #1 -Born Great = makes his 2nd start off the layoff and was a beaten favorite where Brendan Walsh wins 28%. Adam Beschizza in the irons and and he teams up to win 33% with the connections.

Race #7 – #4 – Guided Missile = makes his 2nd start over the track for Bret Calhoun and they stretch out in distance. B. J. Hernandez stays aboard and wins 22% with Calhoun.

 

With each passing week you’ll start seeing racing cranking up for the 2021 run to Louisville. Be sure and check back for free selections, blogs, stories, and the Winning Ponies Internet Radio Show with John Engelhardt. And while you’re here, be sure and download the Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms for a comprehensive look on how the race will take shape. Make Winning Ponies your one-stop-shop for all things racing!

 

 

 

 

 

Three Wishes for the New Year

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 5, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Three Wishes for the New Year

We stayed at home and tried to watch the ball drop with anticipation. But, 2020 was a tough one. For many, this used to be an evening of wishing the past year goodbye and welcoming the new. – For many 2020 was a year filled with anxiety, worry, and sorrow. But as we get ready to really get rolling, let’s think about three wishes for the upcoming season of racing

– Tracks have taken it on the chin. Some meets were canceled, postponed, and abbreviated. As we ready for the ovals to open the doors and welcome back patrons. Make it a resolution to make the trek to the races. If you use to make five or six trips to your favorite oval. Try adding another 3 or 4 trips instead of wagering from home. The track will thank you, employees getting back to work, horsemen, and your fellow players. Nothing like looking around and seeing fans in the stands. This player looks to the day when I can share some track talk, trade our best bets, and hear the cheers of the fans as the horses turn for home. – Make 2021 a great time to be a racing fan!

– I’ve been seeing smaller groups come together to buy small or mini-percentages of a racehorse. No better way to get in the game than coming out to see your runner take the track. – No big payments out of pocket, but the excitement is still there. There are many great groups to join, and they keep you up-to-speed with workouts, upcoming races, and Facetime with your horse in the barn area. Take a look at Brilliant Racing; Buckeye Racing, and Churchill Downs Racing Club. All great fun, and you’ll be hooked for life!

– Bring a friend when you come. Whether it be a new fan or a long-time lover of the game who hasn’t been in a while. Racing was the only sport taking place when COVID first spread. Many tracks had postponed action or raced with great regulations. What a treat it was watching small circuits race live. It was the only sport going at the time and it gave us a sense of normalcy.- I can’t wait to see new faces reading a program with the sun on their face or veteran bettors returning to the game they love. What are ya’ waiting for? – It’s almost post time!

 

It has been a tough year for all of us. Our country is getting ready to open the gates and start rolling out a sense of new normalcy. Let’s put it behind us and remember the many who won’t be with us this year. Most tracks have a matrix board and would love to memorialize a race posted in the program and on the big board celebrating the wonderful people who won’t be with us this year. Sadly, we all have been touched in one way or another, but we will see better days. – I look forward to seeing you at the races.

 

In Memory of a Friend

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 5, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on In Memory of a Friend

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We live in times where we date on-line, order groceries to be delivered, and occasionally meet an interesting friend. – For me, it was the latter. A kind and gentle soul who would post wonderful messages, birthday greetings, and words of encouragement. At first, I would peruse at my leisure, but found myself reaching out between the bars of social distancing to feel the warmth of humanity. I enjoyed the kind words and pictures of a fellow horse racing fan doing what he loved. – This is dedicated to racing fans from all walks, and a wonderful man with a big heart.  Stephen Romano.

I stumbled onto the site Horse Racing Forum of America. I liked it from first glance as it was 100% positive. The vibe was one where you left feeling better before you clicked in. – Stephen would wish members a happy birthday or wonderful words of encouragement. I know. I was battling cancer almost two years ago when I received a personal message wishing me the best and to keep up the good fight. Thank you, my friend.

 

 

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I would see some “racing-related” discussions with a passion that only comes from someone who truly loves the sport. My Facebook friend was cherished by many. Maybe it was his kind words; love for the game, or just being one of the good guys. Either way. I enjoyed looking for it each day.

 

 

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Just days ago I heard his last message. He was in the hospital battling for his life and having a tough time speaking. “I’m going to be OK. I’m not gonna let this beat me.” – One day later my friend shed his mortal coil to be with his maker. The racing world has lost a true gentleman. He loved his friends, adventures at the races, and his wife GiGi whom he would refer to often. As mentioned in a post on his site; “Blessed are those who die in the Lord. They are blessed indeed, for they will rest from all of their toils and trials; for their good deeds follow them. I think you can rest easy, Stephen Romano.

I’m gonna miss seeing my daily dose of happiness and positive news. For the countless racing fans, riders and trainers, and a family he dearly loved. A void has been left behind. But, he would be the first to encourage and send you positive vibes. “Push on and fight the good fight,” he once told me.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your inner-circle for a brief time. Rest in peace, my friend.

 

 

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Free Selections – Gulfstream Park – 12/23/2020

by Ed Meyer

posted on December 22, 2020 in Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Free Selections – Gulfstream Park – 12/23/2020

As the holiday season is upon, we have mixed feelings as we celebrate. But trust me, there will be better days ahead. – In the meantime, here are some red-hot selections for Gulfstream as you finish your wrapping, cookie making, and making the best of the season.

 

Gulfstream Park

 

Race#1

#4 – Coworth Park = She takes a big plunge in class and switches to a high % rider with Irad Ortiz for Todd Pletcher. Ortiz wins 22% with his turf runners and 39% teaming up with Pletcher.

 

Race #3

#5- Bella Ciao = She’s a closer for Mike Maker dropping in class off a 49-day rest. She is 12/15 ITM at GP and should be making a late run with Irad Ortiz who wins 29% with route runners.

 

Race #4 

#9 – Julie Bird = She is making a 2nd off the layoff move for Mike Maker and Tyler Gafflione. Maker wins 23% with mdn claimers and they switch to a high percentage rider who wins 21% of his turf mounts.

 

Race#5

#2 – Akor = The filly takes a big drop in class and trainer Cherie De Vaux wins 66% going to post with first-time claimers. Tyler G wins 21% with his turn mounts and should be right near the front from the break.

 

Race#6

#4- Brasstown = Been off for 46 days and comes in for Antonio Sano and Edgard Zayas team-up. Look for quick speed as Zayas wins 21% with speedy runners.

 

Race#8

#7 – Heiressindy = She is 5 for 8 ITM at GP and a beaten favorite for Teresa Pompay with Paco Lopez aboard. – The barn comes back to score 34% off a beaten chalk effort. Lopez is off to the races winning 18% at the meet.

 

Race#9

#6 – Shamrocket = comes in for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz. He’s been off for 3 months since KyD and has a strong closing punch. Irad Ortiz is one of the best finishing riders who wins 22% with late-running horses.