AGOS Horses to Watch – Oct. 18, 2016

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Belmont Park

10/8/16

Race #2 – #2 – California Swing – 1m turf

Irad Ortiz was up for Christophe Clement and this colt saved ground and started to show good interest. For the next 1/8th of a mile they were caught in traffic and Ortiz was forced to tap on the brakes many times. Once free he spun three-wide and finished with a strong late kick.

Race #4 – #3 – Nonna Mela – 1 mile dirt

The (G-1) Frizette was a tough race and this gal bobbled at the start costing her precious ground as a highly wagered player in the field. Give her a clean trip and the outcome may be a little different.

Race #6 – #6 – Sea Calisi – 1 1/4 turf

She did very little wrong except hook a monster on the improve off the shelf in Lady Eli, one of the best turf distaffers we’ve seen over recent y ears. Calisi tipped off the rail and looked prepared to mount a challenge but the winner had more in the tank. This was a very good “builder” race where she can be counted on for improvement.

Race #7 – #6 – Power Alert – 6f turf

Mike Smith is the new Eddie Arcaro.  Both rode about 1/3 the mounts of their counterparts and mainly tacked up in the big money races. – He set the pace under salty fractions and was bested in the shadow of the wire. The best is yet to come for this sprinter.

Race #9 – #10 Beach Patrol – 1 1/8 turf

Florent Geroux is in the ‘zone.” He did everything right and was bested by a fast closing Camelot Kitten who had clear sailing about four wide with no traffic. Geroux fits and she’ll give them fits next out.

 

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Keeneland

10/8/16

Race #7 – #2 – Tepin – 1 mile turf

For the sake of being master of the obvious, this gal has plenty in the tank and didn’t burn her up chasing the leader. The likely Breeders’ Cup Mile favorite closed with good interest and will be a monster next out. The hardest part will be the waiting. Barring any last minute hiccups, Tepin is just fine and received a great deal of work from this race. Just think, she’ll be dreaming every night of chasing a leader who stole the race by ten around the far turn. She won’t disappoint, just be patient.

Race #9 – #8 – Ironicus – 1 mile turf

Jose Ortiz got motoring late around the final turn and brushed a nudge with Mondialiste. This little bump may have cost her the race as she hit another gear at the 1/8th pole kicking in the after-burners. No worries, Ortiz will move just a little sooner next out.

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.

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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.

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AGOS Horses to Watch – April 6, 2016

Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill visitors

You’ll want to commit these runners to memory as they may offer up a bit of value next time they enter the starting gate.

Aqueduct

Japhir (AQU Race #2 – 3/26/16 – #5 – 1 mile 70 yards dirt) – Manny Franco in the saddle for Bill Mott, and they were settled in stalking behind a dawdling pace. When they turned 1:16.3 for 3/4, he looked to have his work cut out. – The slow fractions usually play against the closers, and he finished up gamely splitting runners trying to wheel in the chalk leader from the Pletcher barn. – Give him an honest pace, and he’ll stalk the leader and inhale them down the lane.

Gulfstream Park

Ousby (GP Race #5 – 3/26/16 – #6 – 1 mile on the turf) –  Nik Juarez up for trainer Marcus Vitali, and they have been the talk for awhile for the solid team they have become. This son of Shakespeare got himself a little tight at the 1/4 pole and had to shift over to the rail and await room. He finished with a solid effort, but a little cleaner lane would have been very welcome by the punters.

 Our Azure (GP Race #5 – 3/25/16 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the dirt ( Originally scheduled for the turf)) – Jockey Eddie Nunez struggled with his filly down the backstretch, and appeared to have trouble getting her to settle down. Once she got comfortable, she put in a very nice effort going past the chalk only to be bested late in the lane. She may be better suited with a solid gate break, and hopefully we’ll see a little better price.

What Power (GP Race #2 – 4/2/16- #8 – 1 mile on the turf)  Paco Lopez had the call, and he ran into trouble in the first turn and had to check up. Lopez saved ground and looked for a hole to make his charge and was all dressed up and no place to go with his mount. – Once he shook loose, he made a solid bid for minor awards. A clean trip may be just what the doctor ordered.

Songoficeandfire (Race #11 – 4/2/16 – #7 – 1 1/8 on the turf) –  Junior Alvarado had the call, and his mare settled out nicely and  saved ground along the rail. He looked to have his charge in a good spot when he waited for a seem to open at the top of the lane. Well, it never appeared in a timely fashion, and bottled her up until she finally saw daylight and exploded for a strong bridesmaid effort. – I’ll bet dollars to donuts she’ll tip off the rail nearing the 1/4 pole and give them fits down the stretch.

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Fair Grounds

Susie Bee (FG Race#6 – 3/26/16 – #10 – 1 1/6 on the turf) – top rider Javier Castellano in the saddle for Mike Maker. She was kept in under a hammer lock of a hold waiting for room down the backstretch. Once she shifted off the rail looking for a lane, she brushed against Christie’s Ready and never found full stride but managed to still show very good interest to finish up with good energy.

Eagle (Race #7 – 3/26/16 – #10 – 1 1/8 on the dirt) –  Javier Castellano settled near the back of the pack and brushed repeatedly with Storm Driver into the first turn. – He relaxed a bit and was forced wide to find running room, and Castellano gave a “pop of the crop” to give a strong hand ride to the wire not using all the gas in the tank. – Next up gets has him soaring down the lane.

 

Oaklawn Park

Scout Leader (OP Race #3 – 3/31/16 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the main track) –  Joe Rocco did an excellent job making up a heap of ground, and dove to the inside rail as the eventual winner started drifting out inside the 16th pole. He ran a very game effort, and 2nd money on this day was a good indication of efforts to come. – He’ll be the major danger next up.

Roxy Rocket (Race #4 – 3/31/16 – #9 – 1 1/16 on the dirt) –  Julio Felix in the irons, and he closed stoutly down the outside under soft fractions. She circled up wide and once she leveled out Felix gave a strong effort to the wire. I filed this one under “running out of real estate.”

Turfway Park

Hughhoofner (TP Race #1 – 4/2/16 – #8 -6f on the poly track) –  John McKee in the saddle for this speedster, and he broke out before the start and expended some well needed energy. McKee sent the Bill Connelly charge in the four wide path about the 3/8th’s pole. – I watched him warm-up, and he looked better than a shiny penny. – Speed balls need all of their energy, and he left most of his on the track with the premature gate break.

AGOS Horses to Watch – March 23, 2016

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes

The Kentucky Derby is only 47 days away.   I can feel the energy in the air. The roses, the atmosphere, and the red- hot betting action that may be some of the best all year long.   But just hold your horses and don’t get ahead of yourself. After we’re done tearing up our basketball brackets, we need to realize there is plenty of incredible Thoroughbred action coming our way. So sit back, enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for these ponies the next time they hit the track.

Gulfstream Park

Real Sugar (GP Race #9 – 3/20/16 – #9 – 5 1/2 on the dirt) – Jeffrey Sanchez was the pilot and is known for being a solid gate rider. His mount was bumped solidly leaving the starting gate and still opened up a 2 1/2 length lead going 22.2. – He established a clear margin and ended up a little leg weary at the end. In short sprints the gate break is ultra-important, and  his ability to stay focused and still open up is promising. – If he comes out without problems, I wonder what he would have done in the race ? – I  think we’re going to find out next time at a solid price.

She’s Dynamite (GP Race #5 – 3/16/16 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf) –  Led all the way around and sped up at the 3/4 to go 1:11.3 only to be bested in the shadow of the wire. She was making her second lifetime start on the stretch-out in distance, and catch her if you can next out. – Play close attention to how far she is going and unleash the bankroll from there.

Cape Carol (GP Race #6 – 3/16/16 – #4 – 1 1/16 on the turf) – Jockey Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Buff Bradley. This daughter of Cape Blanco was at the back of the pack and stayed glued right to the rail all the way around. She began to thread the needle at the 1/4 pole and looked like a winner. – The weaving in and out of traffic may have caused her to be a bridesmaid as the winner went right on past with a clean 3 wide move. – She’ll be looking for payback next out with a cleaner trip.

Oaklawn Park

Wolf Man Rocket (OP Race #6 – 3/19/16 – #6 – 1 1/16 on the dirt) –  Calvin Borel was aboard this beaten favorite who was in very tight at the start of the race. He had to go five wide on the second turn to get back into his best stride, and finished up gamely to get minor awards. Borel is not known for circling the field, and the mishap at the gate break was not the best beginning. – Love the “beaten chalk” angle next time back, and who knows, maybe we’ll get a much better price.

Santa Anita

Twirling Tiger (SA Race #1 – 3/17/16 – #6 – One mile on the turf) –  Santiago Gonzalez was in the irons and his mount was bottled up and headstrong down the backstretch. He was forced to wait behind a wall of runners and when the 1/4 arrived was forced to go three wide to find running room. – The trip was not the smoothest ride, but his late acceleration was very promising considering all of the factors.

 

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“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Feb. 25, 2016

At the time of this post there are just over 70 days until we’ll be watching the 142nd renewal of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports – the Kentucky Derby!   But don’t jump the gun just yet, here are some runners you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled the next time they take the track.

Fair Grounds

Mo Tom (Race #11- 2/20/16 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the main track) – Jockey Corey Lanerie was in the saddle for Thom Amoss, and this race was on the minds of every horse player that watched the Risen Star Stakes. – This son of Uncle Mo was far back in the field and didn’t move too early. Lanerie had two graded stakes to his credit this day, and the best was yet to come. He received a little urging and came off the rail briefly to pass tiring runners and dropped right back over to the fence. – Saving ground was a perfect move as he was starting to accelerate when Bistraya drifted over causing the colt to swerve and check sharply. Once Lanerie was in the clear they were inside the 1/8th pole when his mount picked up his action and started to close strongly. – Distance shouldn’t be a problem, and if all things come back fine. He’ll learn from this effort and only get better down the road.

Gulfstream Park

Twenty in One (Race #3 – 2/15/16 – #2 – 7f on the dirt) – Closed very fast down the lane under the guidance of Rafael Hernandez in a 3/4 time of 109.2. – She caught a “speed fest” on this day, and anything that isn’t as salty should fit her like a glove for the Tomlinson barn.

Purely Bay (Race #7 –  2/15/16 – #11 – One mile on the turf) – J.J. Castellano had the call and his runner was making a “second off the layoff” run. Castellano knew he couldn’t catch the leaders as he weaved through traffic trying to save ground, but his dead last explosive run may be just what handicappers could expect next out. Looked like he had plenty in the tank wrapped up, and that may work out well for the punters.

 

Akron Gold (GP Race #5 – 2/21/16 – #8 – 1 mile on the turf) –  Joel Rosario was named, but was on the shelf due to an injury. – J.J. Castellano picked up the mount, and this three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro was pushed out going into the first turn. She settled nicely after the losing some ground, and spun around the field at the 5/16th’s pole three wide. She drew off and looked like a winner, but was bested in the shadow of the wire. – All said and done, losing ground on the first turn and going wide as they approached the stretch may have been just enough to get beat this day. Hard to fault the connections as they few mistakes, so I’ll file this one under bet with both hands next out.

SANTA ANITA

Fourth Watch (SA Race 3, 2/6/16,  6 1/2 furlongs turf)  This Tapit 3yo filly was very professional coming up inside in 6.5f turf debut to win going away.  You simply don’t see many first time starters win like this.  She’s got a bright future for Carla Gaines and owner Spendthrift Farms.

Lucy De (SA Race #1 – 2/15/16 – #4 -One mile mdn turf event) –  Santiago Gonzalez had the assignment for Mike Puype, and did absolutely nothing wrong. – This may be a case a running a “winner’s race” but not getting your picture taken. This was a very strong effort, and they were bested by the (1-2) chalk getting nailed at the wire by a head. – If Gonzalez stays aboard and Puype keeps to task, you’ll want to bet early and often when they enter.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Feb. 21, 2016

Horses to Watch

Before you sit back and wait for spring to arrive, here are some runners that will have you jogging to the windows the next time they hit the track.

Gulfstream Park

Songoficeandfire (GP Race #10 – 2/3/16 – #2 – 1 3/16 on the turf) – Jose Lezcano had the call for Bill Mott. This mare settled out nicely behind runners under the guided hand of Lezcano, and waited patiently for a seem. It just wouldn’t appear, and he finally had to “bull” his way over to get out as he had tons of runner. This move had him tap on the brakes, and when he finally saw daylight he ran out of real estate.  Lezcano and Mott are 37% ITM as team,  and I would look for some payback next up.

Dubai / Meydan

Famous Kid (Dubai Race #5 – 2/4/16 – #2 – 1 3/4 mile) – James Doyle had the assignment for Saeed bin Suroor, and this runner was locked in against the fence by State Empire. Once Doyle was able to guide his runner off the hedge he had a very strong late kick to finish up 3rd. Hoping to see a return later in the month for the Carnival.

Gulfstream Park

Who’s Your Drama (GP Race #8 – 2/6/16 – Race #8 – #8 – 1 1/16 on the turf) –  Javier Castellano in the irons for Todd Pletcher. This was the second effort off the shelf for the son of Big Drama, and had been working well at Palm Meadows.   Confidently handled and had the misfortune of running into some slow fractions. He closed up very solid after being 14th in this field.   An effort pretty much the same has him in the winner’s circle.

All Included (GP Race #12 – 2/6/16 – #4 – 1 1/8 on the turf) –  Luis Saez aboard for Todd Pletcher.  He was holding the rail most of the trip, and when called upon for his best stride was a little erratic trying to work off the rail. The connections team up to win 35% as team, and this son of Include looks to be on target for a great 2016.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Feb. 17, 2016

Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com visitors.

Aqueduct

Lilikoi (AQU Race #3 – 2/11/16 – #3 – 6f on the inner track) –  She tossed her head at the break and refused to run. She was backed by the public at (7-2) and when runners refuse to exit the starting gate, you can bet dollars to donuts the barn will have her in top order next time she heads to the paddock. She looked very good on the track, and we’ll just toss this as a “clunker” and move on to bigger and better things for this filly.

Gulfstream Park

Clear Status (GP Race #3 – 2/14/16 – #1 – 6f on the main track) – Jockey Luis Saez was the pilot, and he broke just a step slow and had to rush to find position. He was a “beaten favorite” on this day, and for handicappers this is bet back angle. Maybe a little better start will help his causes next out, and he’ll find some payback for his backers.

Adornment (GP Race #8 – 2/14/16 – #4 – 7f on the dirt) – Joel Rosario had the call and she has been working “lights out” at Palm Beach Downs. This daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro hails form the Todd Pletcher barn (29%), and she was bumped soundly on this occasion and struggled to get back on task. She has been working well in the mornings, and the connections are top-shelf. She’ll improve off this effort, and I think we’ll see a nice filly down the road.

Indy Artist (GP Race #8 – 2/13/16 – #5 – 6f on the dirt) –  Jockey Edgard Zayas was finding her best stride down the lane and seemed to waver just a tiny bit. As fast as she was closing, she had dead-aim on the leader and would have went past. Maybe the wrong lead for a stride, or just a little green.   Her acceleration was powerful, and I can’t wait until she goes back to the races.

Santa Anita

Bolo (SA Race 8 – 2/13/16 – 1 mile on turf) – This talented turf runner pulled off a solid victory by running down loose-on-the-lead favorite Obviously, who looked home free turning for home.   Bolo has a lot of back class on the grass and he should have a big future if the connections keep him on the sod.

Nodiac (SA Race #8 – 2/14/16 – #9 – 6 1/2f on the turf) –  Santiago Gonzalez did an excellent job getting her to settle and rate just off the leader. They just ran into a very quick runner from the Baffert barn on this day.  A three-year-old filly by Kodiak who did everything but get her picture taken on this day.   Looking forward to watching her mature. We’ll cash a few tickets on this gal in days to come!

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“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Feb. 9, 2016

Horses to Watch forAGameofSkill.com visitors.  Put these runners in your Stable Mail.

Dubai / Meydan

Naadirr (Dubai Race #2 – 2/4/16 – #3 – 5f on the turf) – World class rider Christophe Soumillion aboard for Marco Botti, and his runner closed very fast down the lane. It had the look of a solid prep, and the commentators made note he’ll be returning later for the reminder of the Carnival. Soumillon is one of the best turf riders in the world, and he waited patiently before giving a little gas and accelerated swiftly with no real urging.

Gulfstream Park

Island Saint (Race #3 – 1/30/16 – #4 – 7f dirt) – This filly by Speightstown was handled by John Velasquez for Todd Pletcher.  – The only scrape on race was facing a very talented gal by the name of Cathryn Sophia. Island Saint set the fractions, and appeared to be going very well. She was bested by a much better filly I think we’ll be hearing from down the road. She should e a very solid player going 6f – 7f, and hopefully against just a bit softer competition.

Life Imitates Art (Race #5 – 1/30/16 – #6 – 1 mile turf) – Top jock Joel Rosario for the Chad Brown barn.  This colt looked to have good movement and was pushed out strongly at the 3/8th’s pole very wide most of the race. He exited off a win in the G-3 Dania, and I’m going toss this race as a “clunker.”  The connections are red-hot, and with a little better trip it could be lights out down the lane.

Taste for Talent (GP Race #7 – 1/30/16 – #1 – 7 1/2f turf) –  Corey Lanerie up for Joe Sharp, and this colt was flying from the clouds. He did nothing wrong, and had dead aim on the leader. – He ran out of real estate and an effort anywhere close has him in the winner’s circle.

Fair Grounds

K’s Got a Notion (FG Race #1 – 1/30/16 – #1 – 1 mile main track) –  Mitchell Murrill in the saddle, and he was forced to check his mount sharply just as they were making the run down the backstretch. Once the rider got his mount under restraint, he made a well recovered effort to finish in the money. – He’s been going short, and look for a cutback in distance next out.

Santa Anita

Tannersmymuscle (SA Race #8 – 1/30/16 – #3 – 6f on the main track) –  Joe Talamo had the call for Ron Ellis, and the colt broke awkwardly from the gate. Once settled, Talamo did an excellent job of getting him into position where he was forced to wait for a gap. – He finished up with energy and should be a handful next time out. – This was a first time claim for the Ellis barn and they win 27% with new runners, and 24% with beaten favorites. Add in 3/4 ITM over the course, and you’ll want to be first in line to make a bet.