AGOS Horses to Watch – Belmont Park, more – June 5, 2017

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Belmont Park

5/29/17

Race  #4 – Ancient Secret – 1 mile turf

She was making her first start of the 2017 season for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle and was tracking perfectly in the two path and weakened down the lane to finish 4th this day. – Toss this race as needing one and you’ll be pleasantly surprised next time she hits the track.

5/27/17

Belmont

Race #1 – The Crocheron Kid – 6f turf

Jose Ortiz in the irons for David Donk. This guy had an overland trip spinning wide into the lane costing precious ground. He scored this day, and is a perfect candidate for a repeat preformance at the windows.

Race #7 – Vigor – 6f turf

Jose Lezcano in the saddle for Bill Mott and they do very solid work together. He was wide grabbing the lead and later inhaled by a solid winner Rublinda. Give him a hard look next out, and catch him if you can !

Fear No Evil – (Same race)

Luis Saez at the controls for trainer Thom Albertrani. He was tracking perfectly and shut off trying to tip off the rail. He dove right back to the inside and found no room. Saez wrapped up on his mount and saved plenty of gas in the tank for next out.

Race #8 – Kitten’s Cat – 7f  turf

John Velasquez for trainer Joe Sharp. It was a quick pace and he came flying late in the lane, but couldn’t pass the impressive winner Big Handsome. Shipping in from Churchill Downs;  his second time out in the “Big Apple” will make this son of Kitten’s Joy ultra tough.

Santa Anita

5/27/17

Race #5 – Avenge – 1 1/8 turf

Flavien Pratt in the irons for Dick Mandella. She grabbed the lead from the rail and was heavily backed at the windows. She faced a monster this day with Lady Eli and if she catches anyone else she’ll give them all they want next time she hits the track.

 

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Belmont

5/17/17

Race #2 – Initiate – 1 1/16 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.

5/20/17

Race #7 –  Lull – 7f 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 – Tiz a Chance – 6f 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 – Gloton – 1 1/16 dirt

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 – 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 – Hurricane Bay – 1 mile and 70 yards on the main (off the turf)

John McKee in the irons for owner / trainer Dan O’Hallaron. The Fairmount invader made a solid late bid hooking a runner who benefitted from a speed bias. “Hurricane” looks to be rounding 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.

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Belmont

5/13/17

Race #3 – Switzerland – 6f dirt

Javier Castellano in the irons for Chad Brown. The colt shipped in from Keeneland stumbling badly at the start and lost his footing during the race. Castellano tried to recover and made a solid move for 4th as the beaten favorite. He’ll be on my betting radar with both hands.

Race #5 – Major Force – 1 1/16 on the main

Javier Castellano aboard for Arnaud Delacour. They broke from post #13 on a sloppy sealed track. He spun out five wide and was forced to check losing momentum. – A clean trip would have  a winner’s circle visit in the plans.

Belterra Park

5/13/17

Race #3 – Dollar Billy – 1 mile turf

Gabriel Lagunes tracked just off the pace and made a strong move at the 3/8th’s pole. He grabbed the lead and was beaten by a neck on the wire. He’ll be looking for payback next time out.

Race #6 – Mad Heiress – 1 mile

Dean Sarvis in the saddle for Matt Hebert. She shipped in from Fair Grounds and made a strong late kick when the real running began. She drew off to win by 3 1/4 and I’m looking for a repeat next time out for a red-hot trainer.

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5/14/17

Race #4 – War Ready – 5 1/2f dirt

John McKee in the saddle for Eric Foster and was at the back of the pack for most of the race. Once he commenced a rally his action had McKee splitting horses and running on with good effort getting beat one length for the win picture.

Race #5 – Under the Table – 1 1/16 turf

Dean Sarvis for the hot barn of Brett Santangelo. Sarvis stalked just off the pace and tipped off the rail making a solid run down the lane. He looked the like a runner with the best chances and was pushed out down the lane. He was second and put up in a DQ.  The barn and the rider must be respected as team and a repeat effort is not out of the question.

Race #7 – Nikki My Darling – Tomboy Stakes – 1 1/16 turf

Luis Colon was in town to ride for Jeffrey Radosevich. Carrying the colors of Loooch Racing, the grey filly stalked the leaders and made a winners move down the lane. She was beaten a tough length by Someday Soon who exited the (G-1) Ashland Stakes at Keeneland. She’ll be back to lock horns, and they better bring their “A” game.

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Gulfstream Park

4/1/17

Race #2 – #11 – Monterey Marianne – 7 1/2f turf

Paco Lopez had the call for Jane Cibelli. The filly was coming off a 7 month layoff from Monmouth and working a regular clip at Palm Meadows. She was a handful this day tugging at the rider begging to takeoff and had to check and be restrained. Maybe she’s feeling just fine but needed one to work out the bugs. – I’m watching for her next effort at a price.

Race #4 – #2 – Delta Prince – 1 mile turf 

Jose Ortiz had the call for James Jerkins and this son of Street Cry was a perfect 2/2 over the sod. His 2nd effort of 2017 was exiting off a win and looked strong around the far turn as Ortiz guided him into a clear lane. He was out-kicked by eventual winner All Included who looked super as the odds-on favorite. Delta Prince may have needed a race just like this to get the competitive juices rolling, and I think we’ll see big things from this guy.

Race #8 -#9 Taperge – 1 mile turf

Javier Castellano in the saddle for Chad Brown always has to be respected. This daughter of Tapit flashed a good sign of things to come. Brown is winning at a white-hot (24%) and this was her third start in 2017. She got motoring and looked to have a dangerous turn of foot. This was a step up in class and I think she’ll grow into herself nicely.

Race #14 – The Florida Derby – #11 -Gunnevera – 1 1/8 

Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat for Antonio Sano and they broke from the outside post. This son of Dialed In was ready to give maximum effort and had to be restrained, and then urged to move about the 3/8th’s pole. He never found that comfortable stride, and I’m not tossing out the “Gun” for one average effort. No matter where he lands he’ll be a nice runner down the road.

Fair Grounds

4/1/17

Race #9 – The Mervin Muniz -#10 -Oscar Nominated – 1 1/8 turf

Florent Geroux in the saddle for Mike Maker.  This son of Kitten’s Joy came in 3/3 ITM and loves the “Big Easy.” He was a beaten chalk last time out and comes back to win (27%) next up. He was 3-4 wide on both turns and still managed a strong effort.

Race #11 – The Louisiana Derby – #1 – Patch – 1 1/8 dirt

Take nothing away from the impressive victory of Girvin. He did everything great and did not disappoint the faithful. Patch was handled by Tyler Gafflione for Todd Pletcher and this was his third start in 2017 with no starts in his two-year-old season. He bumped his rival and had to gather his composure quickly. After getting it all together he spun three-wide and made a game chasing effort. Not sure where he’ll end up when the smoke clears, but he’ll get better like a fine wine.

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Aqueduct

2/25/17

Race #7 – #4 – Stormin Stephen – 6f on the inner track

Fresh off the claim with apprentice Hector Diaz in the irons. This son of Malibu Moon stumbled badly leaving the gate as Diaz corrected his mount to manage a good 4th place effort.

Fair Grounds

2/25/17

Race #4 – #4 – Tweeting – 6f dirt

Florent Geroux aboard for Thom Proctor with a good looking 1st timer. A well-bred filly by Uncle Mo was last away from the break and was carried wide into the final turn for home. This gal managed a solid bid for 3rd and should rebound nicely for a solid trainer.

Race #6 – #9 – Awesome Saturday – 6f dirt

First timer from the Bret Calhoun barn with B.J. Hernandez in the irons. This son of Any Given Saturday was forced to check sharply and still managed to hit the after-burners and close with a flourish to get the win. He has the look of a repeat player who deserves a play right back.

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Race #9 – #3 – Shane’s Girlfriend – 1 1/16 dirt

Mario Gutierrez in the driver’s seat for Doug O’Neill. They shipped in from California and was working very well in the mornings. She was slammed on both sides leaving the gate and she still tried to rebound with her first start of 2017. Sent off the odds-on chalk, her back class gives us plenty to look forward.

Race #10 – #1 – Bullard’s Alley – 1 1/8 turf

Solid runner from the Tim Glyshaw barn. This was his 2nd start off the shelf and may need a little class relief dropping out of graded company. This son of Flower Alley seems to enjoy the sod and lesser foes can have a strike at a sweet price.

Gulfstream Park

2/25/17

Race #5 -#4 – Blue Buff – 5 1/f dirt

First timer by Unbridled’s Song with Joe Bravo in the irons. He was working lights out in the morning at Palm Meadows and his dam (Fiery Pulpit) has three wins from 4 starters. He was wide down the backstretch and won impressively. He is a strong candidate to move up the ladder with promise.

Race #8 – #2 – I’m Stepping It Up – 7f dirt

Fresh off the claim for John Servis. 9-year-old son of Congrats and was forced to tap on the brakes down the backside. Once he was in gear he out put forth an honest effort for the show dough.

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Aqueduct

12/17/16

Race #4 – Proud Lily – 6f dirt

First time starter and she brushed the starting gate at the break and was forced to rush up. Once the rider got her settled, she put in a game effort finishing a solid 4th. She’ll benefit from this race for future trips to the paddock.

Race #7 – Sir Alfred – 6f dirt

Jose Ortiz had his bumped around at the start and he rushed him up to grab a short lead. Ortiz settled him nicely, and he finished an honest 4th this day. – Good things are coming for this runner from the Todd Pletcher barn.

Tampa Bay Downs

12/16/16

Race #2 – High Pitch – 1 1/16 dirt

This filly shipped in from Presque Isle and stumbled badly at the start and was forced to take up off heels. She was heavily backed at the windows and sometimes it takes two efforts off of the synthetic to get acclimated to the dirt.

Race #7 – Dreamup – 1 mile and 40 yards

This daughter of Bernardini shipped in from Keeneland for the Eoin Harty barn. – Paco Lopez was on cruise control winning by 5 lengths and looked to have plenty in the tank. – Right back off the impressive win she deserves a playback at the windows.

 

Gulfstream Park

12/16/16

Race #1 – Eklipsado – 1 mile dirt

This runner jumped right to the lead and duked it out down the backstreet. He bumped his rival and  was DQ’ed from the win and placed second. Edgard Zayas was aboard and I love to play back a winner who was disqualified. They know how to win and I see the next effort firing right back.

Race #5 – Golden Point – 1 1/16 turf

Shipper from Churchill who was a beaten favorite this day. The hot hand of Antonio Gallardo was forced to go five wide and still managed a quick finish for the show spot this day. – Be on the look out for this runner as he’ll be sure to give you plenty to cheer about.

Race #7 – Break Away – 7 1/2f turf

Paco Lopez had his filly stalking down the backstretch when she clipped heels with another runner and lost the rider. She was backed heavily at the windows and she’ll be looking for payback next time out.

Turfway Park

1/1/17

Race #1 –Rocco Solid – 1 mile on the AW

Susan Anderson trainee was restless in the gate and broke poorly. He made up a heap of ground around the far turn and was bested by a nose in the shadow of the wire. – Just a clean trip for this guy and you’ll see something special down the lane.

Race #2 – Devil Alert – 6 1/2f on the AW

John McKee in the irons for Dan O’Hallaron. They shipped in from Fairmount Park and this mare was flat out rolling in the final stages of the race. The pace was pretty hot for this level and the next time you see her in the entries bet with both hands.

Race #4 – Que Hansen – 1 mile on the AW

Albin Jimenez aboard for Mike Maker and she did everything perfect except get beat by a nose at the wire. She was sent off the odds-on chalk for Dr. Kendall Hansen, and it looks like he is getting ready to have a great year with some talented runners in his barn.

Race #5 –  Fancy is My Name – 5f on the AW

Ten pound apprentice Shelbi Kurtz broke well and settled in nicely along the rail. Once she saw her mount didn’t have the speed to set the pace, she dropped over to the rail and tried to respond for minor awards. – Both horse and rider need a playback off this race, and keep your eyes peeled for this young and up and coming rider. She’s gonna’ do just fine and when she gets a leg up from her grandpa trainer Rick Jordan they

Turfway Park

12/31/16

Race #1 – Perfect Passion – 5f on the AW

Churchill shipper for Mike Maker was sent off the odds-on favorite, and she was circling 6 wide on the final turn showing good interest down the lane. She’ll mature nicely and Maker will have her ready to roll next up. – She is a three-year-old now, and I’m looking for good things to come from the red-hot Maker barn.

Race #8 – Belvin – 1 mile on the AW

Thom Drury runner had the services of Albin Jimenez back from Tampa Bay Downs for the winter. They broke from the outside post and this may not have worked to their favor. The Drury barn is known for getting a runner ready off an average effort and this one fits the bill perfectly. Finishing 4th going five wide into the final turn, and coming up short looks like a race to build on.

are looking for her first win picture. From two mounts she has a solid third place finish to her credit.

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Fair Grounds

12/26/16

Race #1 – #3 – King of Honour – 1 mile dirt

He was in great tracking mode under Colby Hernandez and was forced to check up sharply at the 7/8th’s pole. Top notch trainer Karl Broberg claimed this runner, and he’ll be worth a great play next out.

Race #2 – #2 – Red Hot Cherry – 1 mile turf

She was bumped hard at the break and settled out nicely. Right at the 3/16th’s pole she was forced to steady and run wide. She still finished up a solid second on this day.

Race #3 – #6 – Right Squall – 6f dirt

Cisco Torres was in the irons aboard the odds-on favorite, and bumped strongly at the break. Torres found his best stride and made a strong run to win the race. Red-hot trainer Joe Sharp claimed him off this effort and he does very well new comers to his barn.

Race #8 – #8 – Wyeth – 5 1/2 f turf

Thom Amoss trainee who was bumped at the start and forced to take up off heels at the 3/16th’s pole. After this wide troubled trip he still managed a very good effort for the show spot.

Race #10 – #8 – Daddy’s Placer – 1 mile and 70 yards

Florent Geroux in the saddle for Thom Amoss and the two-year-old was wide on both turns and five wide into the lane. He’ll benefit from this effort and the barn will have all the screws tightened to go next out.

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Aqueduct

12/3/16

Race 1 – Schott – 7f on the dirt

He was bumped soundly at the break by the eventual winner, and got pinched back shortly after. Most would toss this race and look for his next.  He made a stout challenge late in the lane to finish 4th at a handsome price for the John Kimmel barn.

Race 3 – Sweetpollypurebrd – 6f dirt

She broke inward shortly after the start and was bumped around a bit. Rudy Rodriguez will have this filly more focused next time out, as she was gently coaxed to make a solid bid for second leaving plenty in the tank for her next outing.

Race 6 – Will Did It – 6 1/2 f dirt

Alan Garcia’s mount was bumped leaving the gate and was forced to swing seven wide. His charge was gaining strongly and finished a solid second on this day. Trainer David Jacobson will have him ready to fire next up.

Race8 –Bar of Gold – 1 mile dirt

Joel Rosario was in the irons for John Kimmel and their runner was making her first start since October 22nd. Filly finished an honest 4th as the beaten favorite, and we’ll use this effort as a scouting mission for bigger and better races down the road.

Churchill Downs

11/19/16

Race 4 – Colony Crossing – 6f dirt

Corey Lanerie in the irons and his filly was off slow from the break and finished up with good energy, running a very game second this day.

Race 8 – Papa Zulu – 1 1/16 dirt

Shaun Bridgmohan in the irons for Buff Bradley and the colt stalked nicely and was making a stout late move where he was forced to check sharply and altering course.

Fair Grounds

12/3/16

Race 2 – Sky Flower – 6f dirt

She was shipping in from Ellis Park and was the odds-on chalk this day. She was in perfect stalking mode under James Graham and angled out late to be a bridesmaid this day. I think she’ll benefit from this race over the track and reward her backers next out.

Race 3 – Tizahandful – 5 1/2f on the turf

Filly from the Neil Pessin barn was making her first start since Keeneland. She was tossing her head about and bumped soundly leaving the starting gate.  Carlos Marquez tried to get her back on track as she finished strong but ran out of real estate finishing 5th.

Race #5 – Full Tap – 5 1/2 f turf

Mike Stidham trainee jumped right to the front after a bumping match with the starting gate.  Jockey Mitchell Murrill tried to steady her course, but she came up a bit leg weary down the lane.  She’ll show much better with a cleaner trip.

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Aqueduct

11/5/16

Race #2 – #9 – Uncle Chester – 1 1/16 turf

Eric Cancel’s mount seemed to lose traction leaving the starting gate. He made a solid attempt and spun three-wide on the turn to finish up third this day.

Race  #5 – #12 – Rule Number One – 1 mile turf

Antonio Gallardo in the irons and one thing is for sure. This guy can flat-out horseback.  He rode four winners on the card, and his mount was carried four wide coming up a little empty down the lane. Next out should have him moving right back into top form.

Race #6 – #8 – Realm – 1 mile on the dirt

Top rider Paco Lopez in the driver’s seat and his runner stalked just off the leaders and inhaled the field to win by an easy 5 1/4. – He needs a good playback next out as he completed this task with plenty left in the tank.

Santa Anita

11/5/16 – 2016 Breeders’ Cup

Race #1 – #10 – Kitten’s Cat – 6 1/2f turf

Luis Saez in the saddle for the Joe Sharp barn. His colt stumbled at the start and closed with a strong flourish four wide on his way to the winner’s circle. This son of Kitten’s Joy may have some good things to come and could use a good wager right back next time out.

Race #4 – Juvenile Fillies – #12 – American Gal – 1 1/16 dirt

Mike Smith for Baffert, and their filly broke slow from the gate in the #12 post. She was seven wide down the backstretch and 5 wide into the final turn. She managed a to finish with good energy to be 3rd as the beaten favorite.

Race #7 – Turf Sprint – #12 – Om – 6 1/2 f turf

Gary Stevens in the irons and broke inward at the break. He was stalking in a perfect trip when Stevens lost his whip in the final 1/16th to be bested by a nose at the wire.

Race #12 – Classic – #9 Hoppertunity – 1 1/4 miles dirt

John Velasquez in the saddle for Bob Baffert and he was facing two monsters this day. He wouldn’t have caught Chrome or Arrogate going around another lap, but if he catches just a solid field, he’ll give them fits as he finished up with good energy to show he is getting ready.

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“Off the Charts” Trip Notes and Horses to Watch

At the time of this entry the Breeders’ Cup countdown is 3 days, 3 hours, and 55 minutes away. The fever is starting to catch as the rest of the week I’ll be following the notes team work, and watching workouts and replays. This is my preparation, and I’m sure you have your own. But one is for sure, it’s only a matter of days until the best racing of the year will converge on Santa Anita. In the meantime, here are some runners you’ll want to keep your eyes and bankroll focused. They have an excuse, a bad break, or it just wasn’t their day. Either way, just follow them back and you may have a bumper payday.

Horses to Watch

Belmont Park

10/19/16

Race #3 – #7 – Bull – 7f turf

Had to check off heels at the 1/8th pole twice and was trying to close stoutly with Manny Franco in the irons. New York-bred son of Bluegrass Cat was put up for second after a little bumping and shutting off down the lane. With a little racing luck, he’ll be tough to handle next out.

Gulfstream Park West

10/28/16

Race #6- #1 – Our War Eagle – 5f turf

Edgard Zayas had the call for Eddie Plesa and this two-year-old by Unbridled’s Song came flying late in the lane. He missed by a nose in this maiden affair and I think we’ll be hearing from him down the road.

Keeneland

10/19/16

Race #4 – #4 – Pour Girl – 1 1/16 turf

This 50-1 shot with Declan Cannon in the irons was beaten a head for the whole enchilada. Cannon is 37% ITM on the green and made a huge move up the rail after shipping in from Indy Grand. She may reward her backers at a handsome price next out. By the way, this guy loves to ride on the greensward.

10/20/16

Race #9 – #5 – Scarf it Down – 6 1/2f dirt

Florent Geroux in the driver’s seat and he spotted the field about 8-10 lengths coming out of the gate. He made an exhilarating move around the far turn rushing up to be just two off the leaders. he seemed to fade a bit down the lane, and finishing 4th on a sloppy sealed track may have him looking to get right back in the game.

10/22/16

Race #2 -#4 – Wise Old Owl – 1 1/16 dirt

First time starter who was sent off the luke warm favorite and had the services of Julien Leparoux. He was starting to make up ground under the leading rider for the Mike Maker barn, and you can rest assured he’ll gain needed experience where the barn does well with second timers to the races.

Race #4 – #3 – Bird Street – 6f dirt

Shaun Bridgmohan in the saddle and his filly was bottled up and forced to steady mid-way around the final turn. She was shifting out to make up good ground but just ran out of time.