Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 1, 2005
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

A mixed bag but not a bad start to 2005. We had four winners on top in eight races (Aqueduct, $4.90; Calder, 6.60, 4.40; Fair Grounds, 3.20 -- Santa Anita was a washout with the turf stake moved to the main track). So we wound up with better than a 19% ROI in the win-only category.

Otherwise, we scored big in the Happy New Year Stakes at Calder. Our top three boxed for the $340.00/$2 and our fourth pick completed the $1798.60/$2 super. We had a piece of the tri, as well as the $86.00/$2 exacta -- but unfortunately, we don't typically include super's in our mix. Another wager we might have had if we used it -- the all-stakes Pick 4 at Calder. We mentioned all of the winners in that $2687.60/$2 gimmick.

We nibbled the rest of the afternoon. Grabbing the cold exacta in the Tropical Park Oaks ($25.40/$2). And we ran first and third to miss exactas in three races.

Our wagers were cancelled at Fair Grounds and Santa Anita.

WAGERED: $322.00
COLLECTED: $317.95

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets, 1/1/05
RESULTS: Day One of our new feature got off to a good start as we went one-for-two and picked up a 65% win wager ROI...

Calder, Race 9, Exceptional Ride... Ran 9th at 2-1
Calder, Race 10, Dansetta Light... Won (6.60, 3.00, 2.20)

Aqueduct: Interborough H'cp $75K

Bank Audit 7-5
Mariakel 10-1
Belong to Sea 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Bank Audit.
Collected $19.75 on the WP (4.90, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-6-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-6-7.

Bank Audit... Returned from break a new animal. A repeat of either of two wins leading into this should be enough to take another.
Candybedandy...Last might indicate she's found a home on the inner.
Belong to Sea...Off since summer but can grab a piece if ready to roll.
Sweet Vision.

Calder: Tropical Park Derby G3 $100K

Lord Robyn 7-1
Fire Path 10-1
Crown Point 6-1

Drum Major scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Exceptional Ride.
Ran 9th at 2-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3-5-9.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-5-9.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-5-9.

Exceptional Ride...Has shown steady improvement since switching to turf -- culminating in a stakes win last time.
Medigating...Might rate this Euro-import higher if the trainer was a little more turf-meant.
Crown Point...Seemed to be rounding to form two and three back -- but flopped last time. Inconsistency is a concern but he belongs on best.
Drum Major.
Lord Robyn.

Calder: Tropical Park Oaks $100K

Dansetta Light 2-1
Dynamite Lass 5-2
Silver Stage 18-1

Brazilian, Dynamist scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Dansetta Light.
Collected 24.00 on the WP (6.60, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Collected $12.70 on the ex box ($25.40/$2).
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-2-5.

Dansetta Light...Found a home on the grass and is a stakes-winner so gets points on experience.
Brazilian...Pletcher filly broke maiden like a good one last time -- makes jump straight into stake.
Dynamist...Beat Brazilian in debut then followed with a second-place stakes effort. Must get in off AE list.
Dynamite Lass.

Calder: Stage Door Betty $100K

Personal Legend 6-5
Pampered Princess 8-1
Shady Woman 13-1

Wager: $5 WP on Personal Legend.
Collected $18.50 on the WP (4.40, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $18.00 on the ex box ($36.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-7.

Personal Legend...Frankel trainee won a nice G3 in NY last time.
Redoubled Miss...Usually gives a good effort on this track and is in top form now.
Pampered Princess...Might try to steal it on the front end.
Passing Shot.

Calder: Happy New Year $50K

Lady in Pink 9-1
Running Bobcats 3-1
Glittering Tax 8-1

My Kip ran 4th to complete 2687.60/$2 super.

Wager: $5 WP on Running Bobcats.
Collected $12.00 on the WP (xxx, 4.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $43.00 on the ex box ($86.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $170.00 on the tri box ($340.00/$2).

Running Bobcats...Good success sprinting. Will be tough if able to transfer that form to the grass.
Glittering Tax...Improving Beyers with each start.
Lady in Pink...Plenty of early foot.
My Kip.

Pimlico: Dancing Count $50K

More Smoke 4-5
Timely Impulse 6-1
Primal Storm 9-2

Wager: $5 W on Primal Storm.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 tri key Primal Storm over next three.
Ran 3/1-4-5.
...$1 tri key More Smoke over other three.
Ran 1/3-4-5.

Primal Storm...Got off to a precocious beginning early last year. Lightly raced which might indicate some problems and has been off since dull try in Monmouth stake. Finds what looks like a relatively easy stakes spot for return.
More Smoke...Two best so far have been over off tracks. Needs to show stuff on a 'fast ' track.
Seeyoubychance...Seems to be getting the hang of it.
Hesa Big Star.

Tampa Bay: Pelican $60K

Above the Wind 7-1
Ranger Chance 45-1
Sing Me Back Home 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on Built Up.
Ran 7th at 4-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-5-7-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-5-7-8.

Built Up...This group looks easier than some he's been facing lately on the other side of the state.
Sing Me Back Home...Capable on best.
Avid Skier...Return to Tampa was certainly impressive.
Tour the Hive.

Fair Grounds: Lettellier Memorial $50K

More Moonlight 3-5
Hot Storm 9-5
Steal the Show 12-1

Coronado Rose scratched.

Wager: $10 exacta Coronado Rose over More Moonlight.
...$5 exacta box top two.

Coronado Rose...Asmussen ships her in for this after running second in Turfway stake last Sunday.
More Moonlight...Stablemate to top pick ran third in a G3 at Aqueduct last time.

Santa Anita: San Gabriel H'cp G2 $150K

Truly a Judge 3-5
Star Cross 5-1
Continental Red 7-2

Race was switched from turf to main track and all four of ours scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Lundy's Liability.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.
Wagers cancelled. Race switched off turf to main track.

Lundy's Liabillity...Might steal this on the front end.
Epicentre...Barnmate to top pick has been off awhile but of course Frankel usually has them ready.
Grafton...Likes the track and should fit with this bunch.

Coast-to-coast Archives...Picks, plays and results from previous weeks


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