AGOS Horses to Watch – 5/18/16

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Off the Charts Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com Visitors

As we approach the second jewel of the Triple Crown, we begin the process of reading about the horses. There is no better time to be a horse racing fan, and this time of year has me chomping at the bit.  Try not to get locked down in superstitious beliefs this week.  You know, the tight turns of Pimlico. The short stretch, and a bevy of others that cloud our vision and get in the way of our handicapping. While you’re trying to hold back your enthusiasm, here are a few runners you can keep your eyes peeled. They deserve a good look before heading to post, and that problem trip last out can be a bumper payday next trip.

Belmont

In Condition (5/12/16 – BEL Race #3 – #1 – 6f dirt) –  Manny Franco in the irons for Alan Goldberg, and his runner was stuck in the starting gate and declared a non-starter in this event as he just broke his mdn at Aqueduct last out. He shows plenty of early speed in his past performances, and you can toss this one to the wind. He’ll come out guns blazing next time to the races.

Spearhead (5/11/16 – Race #5 – #2 – 6f turf) –  Cornelio Velasquez aboard for Jeffrey Engelhardt, and they flat out ran a huge race. – 2nd time off the shelf and good works over the Finger Lakes oval prepared this runner nicely. He ran nip and tuck all the way down the stretch to get bested by a nose from the (1-2) shot from the Mike Maker barn.

Indulgent (5/11/16 – Race #6 – #2 – 6f dirt) – top jock Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Kiaran McLaughlin, and she was sent off the (3-5) chalk in this maiden affair. She hopped at the start erasing all chances, and once she settled in and made a big charge for minor awards she encountered a log jam of traffic. You can bet dollars to donuts the barn will correct these butterflies before the gate break, and she’ll be a handful next time to the races.

Indiana Grand

Envoyer (5/11/16 – Race #4 – #8 – 4 1/2f dirt) –  Ricardo Santana for Steve Asmussen is usually money in the bank over the Indy strip, but was bested to be second this trip. He had all of the public backing at (1-5) and horses can toss in a clunker. It doesn’t take much for short mdn sprinter to get off path going 4 1/2f, and you’ll probably need to use in multi-race exotics to find your best value next out.

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Gulfstream Park

Conquest Artura (5/12/16 – GP Race #4 – #1 – 1 1/16 turf) –  Tyler Gafflione for Mark Casse and he was “all dressed up and no place to go” along the rail and blocked badly. Once the rider shifted out late and was forced to circle wide just to get a slice of minor awards. – A little better trip has the connections getting their picture taken in the winner’s circle next out.

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Rich Nilsen is a 12-time qualifier to the National Handicapping Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He recently won a $24,000 package into the 2016 Kentucky Derby Betting Championship. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is also a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program. He is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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