AGOS Horses to Watch – Jan. 12, 2017

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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.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Sept. 12, 2016

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Belmont Park

9/10/16

Race #5 – #6 – Afleet Martini – 6 1/2 f dirt

Stumbled badly at the start and Manny Franco recovered nicely and was roused to make a solid bid for 2nd money.

Race #9 – #2 – Data Driven – 7f turf

Joel Rosario saved ground for most of the race and tipped off the rail at the top of the lane. Six wide into the lane producing a late lick down the lane  for the Chad Brown barn.

9/11/16

Race #2 – #6 – Adulation – 1 mile dirt

Tracked under the guidance of Manny Franco and loomed boldly around the far turn. He turned in a top effort for the Ian Wilkes barn his rally was enough to show promise for his next outing.

Race #4 – #2 – Jamyson N Ginger – 6f dirt

Stumbled badly at the start, and recovered to uncork a rally showing promise for the next effort.

Kentucky Downs

9/10/16

Race #3 – #6 – Dahlia’s Foxy Lady – 1 mile turf

Florent Geroux’s mount was a first time starter who was off slowly and put in a bid to come up short down the lane. She’ll only get better off of this race and good things are just around the corner.

Race #6 – #2 – High Noon Rider – 1 mile turf

Joe Rocco’s mount came away from the gate in an awkward fashion and made a striking move at the 5/16th’s pole to finish a solid 4th place effort.

Race #8 – #1 – Fleet Bernie – 1 mile and 70 yards  turf

Brian Hernandez in the irons and he settled his mount to track nicely. Upon giving his cue for more run he was blocked badly and had to settle for 3rd money.

AGOS Horses to Watch – 6/30/16

Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com visitors

Here are some runners you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled. These runners had a compromised trip and they deserve a good hard look before making your next wager.  Put them in your Stable Alert or Stable Mail notification service.

Arlington Park

Montana Kid (AP 6/24/16 – Race #7 – #7 – 1 1/16 turf) –  Jose Valdivia had the call for Larry Rivelli and his mount bobbled at the start and was taken back to the end of the field.   He was so far back he looked in another zip code and I started thinking he had no chance. As the field rounded the 1/4 pole he kicked into an incredible strong gear and started weaving through traffic like the Indy 500.  He was on track to thread the needle and go right past when a quitting runner nudged and bumped him a little and detained his late run by a stride which caused him to not get his picture taken this day. He needs a better break, and there is no doubt that this runner who was coming off two wins in  and dropping in class will show much better next out.

Belmont Park

Wild Chatter (BEL 6/22/16 – Race #4 – #7 – 1 1/16 turf) –  A three-year-old filly going for three-in-a-row on the greensward, and she deserves a good play next time out. Junior Alvarado in the irons and his mount was shut off at the 1/8th pole and was forced to shift off the rail. Once he found clear sailing he finished up with a great late kick in the final stages.

T R Crew (BEL 6/22/16 – Race #6 – #2 – 1 1/16 dirt) –  Angel Arroyo had the call and he did a perfect job of stalking along the rail saving precious ground. He was in the second flight and shifted off at the 3/16th’s pole and had to battle between runners to find a gap for a few strides. Once he broke free he was drawing down on the leader and was beaten by a dirty nose.   A cleaner trip gets this runner right in the winner’s circle next up.

Guyana Cat (BEL 6/25/16 – Race #5 – #8 – One mile dirt)   Jose Ortiz returned from his suspension and came back ready to pick up his business. – His mount was bumped soundly at the break and dropped back to the rear of the field. He was forced to swing three-wide at the top of the lane and finished with a sense of purpose. If Jose Ortiz stays aboard next out bet early and often.

Belterra Park

R Dirteater (BTP 6/25/16 – Race #2 – #3 – One mile dirt) –  Marco Ccamaque had the mount and his runner was off slowly from the break and saved ground all the way around. Once he angled out for clear sailing he finished with good interest and should bring the heat next time to the races.

Infiltrate (BTP 6/25/16 – Race #8 – #4 – 1 mile and 70 yards dirt) –  John McKee was the reinsman and had a perfect trip saving ground. Once produced, he kicked into another gear and finished with a solid late kick. He was beaten by a head in the affair right at the wire, and the winner lost his whip in the direction of Infiltrate in the last 40 yards. That tiny distraction was enough to keep him out of the winner’s circle.

Upright Stuff (BTP 6/26/16 – Race #8 – #8 – 6f  dirt) –  Euclyn Prentice Jr. was in the irons and he was going for his 4th win on the card. – He tracked the speed and made a move at the 3/8th’s pole weaving in and out of traffic. Once they past the 1/4 pole he was attempting to go through a hole that closed very quickly on him forcing him to take off heels and shift to the outside finishing fourth.   Watch this runner next up as he won’t disappoint.

AGOS Horses to Watch – June 7, 2016

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes

As we close in on the final leg of the Triple Crown, there seems to be more focus on finding value than the usual talk of making history. Triple Crown winners don’t grow on trees, and this year has the interest of players with a chock-full card sure to offer up value.  The best part of Thoroughbred racing is the hope that awaits. The promise of things to come, and the beauty of majestic runners taking our breath away. Best of luck this Saturday with the Belmont card, and in the meantime. Here are some runners who deserve a good piece of your wagering bankroll.

Belmont

Mascarello (BEL 6/4/16 – Race #5 – #7 – 1 1/16 turf) –  Aaron Gryder in the saddle for H.J. Bond, and his runner saw every inch of the course this day. He was forced wide into the first turn and then even wider as the race progressed. If the field covered 1 1/16, he may have covered 1 1/8.   His mount lost by 3/4 of a length on this day and that is saying a great deal for his extended trip around New York.

Inca Saint (BEL 6/5/16 – Race #2 – #4 – 1 1/16 dirt) – jockey Javier Castellano in the irons on this day, and was checked immediately after the gate break almost coming to a full stop. Once he got his runner back on stride, he was forced out wide during other points of the race.   Give this race a pass and you’ll find a better trip next out.

Belterra Park

Too Cool (BTP 6/4/16 – Race #4 – #11 – One mile turf) –  Geovany Garcia in the saddle, and his mount relished the grass course. The rains were starting and the weeds had a little glimmer of water. Breaking from the outside post is no bonus, but when you find impressive turn of foot down the lane to win in a hurry. Sometimes you keep a gal like this on your list for a return play at the windows.

Altissimo (BTP 6/4/16 – Race #5 – #10 – 6f dirt) – rider Antioco “Coco” Murgia in the irons and his runner is a perfect 2/2 over the course. The interesting part is he came closing strongly over a course that has been favoring speed. He is slated to return on Friday 6/10, and he is a part of an entry that may have short odds. If you’re looking for value you’re going to have to work on multi-race wagers.

Churchill Downs

Casses Story (CD 6/4/16 – Race #1 – #1 – 5f dirt) – Miguel Mena in the saddle and his mount was soundly bumped after the gate break, and was put in tight quarters at the 5/16th pole. Troubled trips often give us a great wagering opportunity next out, and this guy fits the bill.

Kylers Song (CD 6/4/16 – Race #4 – #1 – one mile dirt) –  Jack Gilligan at the controls, and his mount broke tardy from the gate and to rush into contention.   Once settled, his charge caught my eye as a runner making up good ground very easily.

 

AGOS Horses to Watch – June 1, 2016

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Belmont

Howie’s Tiz (BEL 5/26/16 – Race #4 -#2 – 7f dirt) – Angel Arroyo had the call and settled his runner out nicely. He made a game move and tangled horns with the a bear from the David Jacobson barn who was the big chalk. He was forced to be second on this day, and next time out he’ll give them fits down the lane.

Belterra Park

Silent Secret (BTP 5/28/16 – Race #7 – #3 – 1 mile dirt) – jockey Geovany Garcia’s mount had his head turned in the starting gate and spotted the field about 20 lengths once the latch was sprung. It looked as if all hope was gone until he started flying down the backstretch and finished a quick finish third beaten only one length. The best part is he was facing a very tough speed bias and still overcame the poor start. He won’t be a secret at the windows next out.

Gulfstream

Turkomani (GP 5/25/16 – Race #5 – #7 – 1 1/16 turf) –  Emisael Jaramillo had a nice runner ready to score. He moved his mount smartly along the rail to save ground and at the 1/4 and was forced to check sharply to avoid running up on heels. He found some daylight against the rail and dove over to save ground, but it was a little too late as the gap was slammed shut forcing him to take hold of his mount.

Indiana Grand

More Red Roses (IND 5/25/16 – Race #3 – #1 – 6f dirt) – Fernando De La Cruz in the irons for Denis Cluey, and they have a gal in their barn who needs a good bet next out. – She trailed the pack for 3/4 of the race and started making good headway around the far turn. She was moving very well along the rail and encountered a bit of trouble getting a clean trip. Next time out she’ll seal the deal !

Miz Liz (IND 5/25/16 – Race #4 – #8 – 1 1/16 turf) – James Graham was in from Chicago for Christophe Clement, and she was forced to steady sharply multiple times during the race. Once she looked be under way she was “smashed” in between quitting runners and forced her to take off heels. Bet with confidence next time to the races.

AGOS Horses to Watch – 5/28/2016

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Here are some runners you can keep watch to start building your Belmont Stakes bankroll.

Belmont

Don Camillo (5/8/16 – Race #7 – #3 – 1 1/16 on the inner turf) – Javier Castellano was aboard and he came out bumping like a pinball when they sprung the gate latch. Once settled, Castellano started making a solid move only to run completely out of gas. – Maybe a cleaner trip with a class drop may be just what the doctor ordered.

Irish Actor (5/18/16 – Race #4 – #8 – 6f turf) – Cornelio Velasquez in the irons for Linda Rice, and this daughter of Patriot Act was making her first start in 7 months. She was dead last and came weaving through traffic for a solid fourth place effort over the quick turf. Give her a little more ground or a cleaner trip and it could be just what the doctor ordered.

Promotional (5/18/16 – Race #8 – #5 – 1 1/4 turf)-  rider Junior Alvarado had the call for the “mad genius” Thom Proctor. She had the best of trips and came flying like a down hill train. Once she arrived at the 1/8th pole, she was forced to take up sharply taking away all momentum.

 

Churchill

Sugar Kate (5/21/16 – Race #5 – #7 – 1 1/16 on the main)- Channing Hill aboard for trainer Tim Glyshaw, and his mare was in tight and pinballed around at the start. Once she settled out and regained her momentum, she was forced to angle out and forced to steady once again. – Keep her in the clear and Team Glyshaw gets their picture taken.

Blast (5/6/16 – Race #2 – #2 – 6 1/2f) – Corey Lanerie in the irons for Eddie Keannelly and this ultra-tough runner was scooting right up the inside rail and was shut off. The rider did an excellent job keeping him rolling, but shut-off still the same. There was an objection into the race and this horse-for-the-course filly was a bridesmaid after the decision was made. Next up she’ll probably take a new path right to the winner’s circle.

Lewis Bay (5/6/16 – Race #11 – #3 – 1 1/8) – Irad Ortiz in town to ride for Chad Brown, and this gal looked like a sure fire winner staying on the rail waiting a glimpse of daylight. I would have doubled down on her if possible by looks alone, but when she had her seem. She just faded down the lane. I don’t know if she couldn’t match Cathryn Sophia, or it was just a bad day. Either way, she’ll get my bankroll play next out.

Harmonize (5/6/16 – Race#10 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf) – On the Kentucky Oaks undercard, Junior Alvarado was up for Bill Mott, and she stumbled badly at the start on this day. She made a nice four wide move to get minor awards, but the gate break took quite a bit of momentum away. – Look for a huge turf effort next time to the races.

 

Indiana Grand

Dynamite Stick (5/18/16 – Race #5 – #7 – 5f turf) –  Marcelino Pedroza  for Mike Lauer, and his mount tracked in the 2nd flight and had to take off heels at the top of the lane. He picked it up smartly and came rolling late to lose by a dirty nose at the wire.

 

Santa Anita

Misdeed (5/8/16 – Race #8 – #7 -1 1/16) – Santiago Gonzalez was aboard, and his runner saw every inch of the track on this day. – He was three deep from the start, five wide on the second turn, and three wide down the lane. – Take away the extra 1/4 mile, and you will see a different runner.

 

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AGOS Horses to Watch – 5/18/16

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.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Jan. 20, 2016

Here are some runners that deserve a good hard look next time they hit the track.

AQUEDUCT

Between the Lines (Aqueduct – 1/16/16/ – Race 8 – #3 – 6f on the inner track) – Jock Harry Hernandez had the call and was finishing very nicely as they turned for home. – His mount was running green down the lane and was weaving in and out all the while making solid strides in 57.4 and 110.4. – I think a little better trip moves him up greatly, and he’ll rebound off the dreaded beaten favorite angle.

Kayleigh’s Road (Aqueduct – 1/14/16 – Race #2 – #3 – One mile inner track) – apprentice jockey Eric Cancel was aboard this filly, and she went down to her nose right out of the starting gate. The rider did a great job staying aboard, and in the comment section noted she bled. She had taken plenty of public backing, and with a clean break the results may shake out better.

Adestria (Aqueduct – 1/14/16 – Race #6 – #5 – 6f on the inner track) –  Jose Ortiz had the call for Mike Hushion, and she came out of the gate just a bit off, and picked up the bit immediately. She received a solid ride and butted heads with the eventual winner to be a bridesmaid on this day. – I liked her motion, and the way she professionally picked up her game gives me something to look for next out.

Panfila (Aqueduct – 1/15/16 – Race #4 – #1 – Panfila – 6f on the inner track) – Finger Lakes pro Jaime Rodriguez in the irons, and she duked it out with the leader down the backstretch. The rider was forced to take hold of his mount and drop over to the rail quickly. Once clear, he gave a good account of his mount and finished second. – I like to call this a “knocking on the door effort” and she should improve off this race.

GULFSTREAM PARK

Securitiz (Gulfstream Park -1/15/16 – Race #8 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the dirt) –  Javier Castellano had the call for James Jerkins. It appeared that all systems were go over the sloppy sealed track, when J.J. lost his whip while making the winning move. – Now who can say this caused him to lose, but it sure didn’t help as well. Scorch ( the eventual winner) dropped over to the rail and safely kept to task.  Son of Tizway was making a 1st off the layoff run, and had been working well in the mornings at PMM.   Look for the connections to get the job done next up.

SANTA ANITA

Agustina De Aragon (Santa Anita – 1/16/16 – race 6 #9 – 1mile turf) – First off the claim for trainer Doug O’Neill and reuniting with apprentice David Carlos Lopez, this mare ran a fine second for the new connections.  Rallied behind a gate to wire winner and was 2nd best in this competitive field of $40,000 claimers.

 

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AQUEDUCT

Fly Ash (Aqueduct – 1/7/16 – Race #4 – #11 – One mile inner track) – Rider Kendrick Carmouche had the assignment, and had everything going her way. She kicked out at the 1/8th pole and started to find her best stride and even had the lead for a jump or two.   However, she was bested by a late flying runner and wrapped up to keep gas in the tank.

Pushme Pullyou (Aqueduct – 1/7/16 – Race #5 – #6 – 1 1/16 inner track) – Manny Franco in the irons for Joe Orseno, and was checked up into the first turn and was bothered badly. She had to wheel out into the three or four path and lost a heap of ground. Once she got herself in order, there was a solid effort shown from the 3/8th’s pole to the wire.   A clean trip for this filly may have her in the catbird seat next time out.

Fox Rules (Aqueduct – 12/30/15 – Race #8 – #4 – 1 1/16  inner track) – Top Finger Lakes jock Jaime Rodriguez had the call and set the pace when the track was playing kind to stalkers and closers.   This guy shipped in from Finger Lakes and appeared to enjoy the inner track. He’ll rock them to sleep next out as the weather gets colder and the track tightens up.

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Gabby’s Brown (Aqueduct – 1/1/16 – Race #9 – #7 – 6f inner track) –  Jose Ortiz in the irons for Michelle Nevin, and this gal was looking nice all the way around, and at the 1/4 pole she was locked in the box and hemmed in. She couldn’t shake free and had some give and take bumping. A cleaner trip with a glimpse of a seem and she’ll turn out the lights.

GULFSTREAM PARK

Grey Glory (Gulfstream Park – 1/7/16 – Race #6 – #5 – 6 1/2f main course) – Luis Saez had the call for trainer Thomas Albertrani, and they plain out hooked a monster on this day by the name of Deep Sea. Saez set the tempo and did an excellent job guiding his mount. Anyone but Deep Sea in the race, and this guy wins for fun.

Enchantress (Gulfstream Park – 1/8/16 – Race #8 – #3 – 6 1/2f main track) – Top jock Joel Rosario had the call for Todd Pletcher, and this gal was bumped soundly at the start. Rosario did an excellent job getting this gal to settle out and was all over the track trying to pick up steam down the lane. She looked a little green, and you can bet dollars to donuts Pletcher will have her all cranked up next up.

SANTA ANITA

Let’s Meet in Rio (Santa Anita – 1/9/16 – Race #6 – #3 – 6 1/2f  dirt) –  Kent Desormeaux handled the mount for Bob Baffert. He was in high gear rounding the final turn, and when he angled out was bumped soundly at the 3/16th’s pole. Give him pace and a clear path and it may be lights out.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – June 16, 2015

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Japan (Belmont, 6/6/15, Stakes) had a rough trip here as it appeared during the race that his two competitors from the Pletcher barn were going to “gang up” on him.   Japan is a very long and lean colt that needs racing room to reach full speed, and he should be well suited to races like the Travers in mid-August. 

Curalina (Belmont, 6/6/15, Stakes) was slammed at the start, forcing her to rally from last.  Fortunately the pace was hot, so she was able to catch up to the frontrunners.  What I liked was how straight Curalina finished down the stretch.  Take a look at the head-on.  That says she wasn’t tired and she can go on to longer races in the NYRA series for fillies. 

Tamarkuz (Belmont, 6/6/15, Stakes) really put in a fantastic run, making up many lengths and splitting horses in a race where no one else early put in a good effort.  May have moved too soon, or perhaps asking him to win the Met Mile off a 70 day layoff against a razor-sharp bunch may have been too much to ask.  He appears very well suited to seven furlong races like the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga over Labor Day weekend.

Psychiatry (Belmont, 6/10) If there is such a thing as running a winner’s race and finishing second. This runner fits the bill. He came from the #12 post under veteran reins man Jose Lezcano, and drew off down the lane to be attacked by a (34-1) long-shot coming from the clouds. The next trip has him in the winner’s circle.

Morning Star (Belmont, 6/13), this filly stumbled at the start with Javier Castellano in the irons. She was (5-1), and still finished a game second. Keep the connections in place, and she’ll get her picture taken next out. As far as (5-1), that may be a bit lower as her poor start was noted.

INDIANA GRAND

Chocolate Licorice (Indiana Grand, 6/10) Nice turf runner who came flying from the clouds. She came from dead last with Perry Ouzts, and maybe a change in turf riders may bump her value a few notches. With a clean trip and some early pace, she’ll bring the heat down the lane going 1 mile or longer.

SANTA ANITA

Toledo Eddie (Santa Anita, 6/14, turf)  this turf runner broke slowly and had to work to overcome the poor start. You can always count on the downhill course to get you ready for your next effort. I think you’ll see him much closer and ready to pounce once they cross the dirt. If Bejarano stays aboard, bet early and bet often.

Living the Life (Santa Anita , 6/14) Mike Smith had this gal rolling down the lane on the greensward in the Desert Stormer. She was three deep on the backside, and spun five wide as they turned for home. If she gets a better trip and Smith stays aboard, I’ll bet dollars to donuts she’ll be a player at a square price.