Monday Racing Picks: Presque Isle Mile
Ohio travels to its neighbor Pennsylvania to take Monday’s $200,000 Presque Isle Mile
After a slew of weekend stakes races, the $200,000 Presque Isle Mile takes center stage on Monday night in Erie, Pa.
A field of 12 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the Tapeta main track is slotted as race 6 of an 8-race card and post time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
#2, Ohio (BRZ), Tyler Gaffalione, 4-1
It’s hard not to like Ohio in this spot. The Brazilian-born Grade 1 winner, who has earned more than $500,000 in his career, is making his synthetic-track debut after most recently running on turf on the Southern California circuit for trainer Mike McCarthy. Ohio won the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile in March at Santa Anita, but has not finished in the top three in his last three outings including a 4th-place finish in the G2 Del Mar Mile in August. Gaffalione is aboard. The pick.
#7, Mr Ritz, Patrick Husbands, 9-2
The British-born Mr Ritz is coming off a ridden out 1 ¼ length victory in the $125,000 G3 Seagram Cup at Woodbine on August 11 with Patrick Husbands aboard. Mr Ritz has won three of his last six starts and Husbands has been aboard two. Guess who returns for tonight’s ride? Husbands. Only question is will he bounce? I say yes, but barely. Runner-up.
#10, High North, Joel Rosario, 8-1
High North returns after a six-month layoff since a fifth-place showing as the favorite on March 9. His last win came in the $250,000 Iowa Derby by a half-length at Prairie Meadows with Florent Geroux aboard. Since November 2017, he has races in six graded stakes races, including three Grade 2s (4-5-7) and three Grade 3s (3-3-4). What has happened? He draws Joel Rosario which is certainly a huge upgrade. Can Rosario be the flame to ignite High North? We shall see.
#9, English Minister, Ronald Allen, Jr., 6-1
The home favorite returns. English Minister has won four straight races, including the first two in the streak at Presque Isle by three lengths each. In both of those wins, Allen was aboard (the last two wins were on the turf at Laurel Park where Julian Pimentel was in the saddle). A jump in class and like his shot to be in the mix because of his prior starts here, which also includes a third in October of last season. In the mix.
By Lou Monaco