Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 12, 2005
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Bailed out on the last race of the day as we managed to grab our one winner on top in that stake from Santa Anita ($3.20).

Otherwise it was kind of a strange hit-or-miss day. We started things by just getting nipped at Aqueduct as 7-2 Naughty New Yorker closed well by came up a tad short. We moved on to a nice score at Gulfstream as our top three combined for the tri in the Appleton. But we ran a frustrating 1-2-4 in the next stake from Florida. Moving over to Fair Grounds, we were zapped in the turf sprint -- those races are always the bane of our handicapping existence. Followed that up with a struggling nothing in the 3YO filly stake. But then managed to get our top four over the finish line first in the Mineshaft. So we collected some nice gimmicks there. But we ended our day in Louisiana by running a frustrating first and third with a 10-1 and 6-1 in the Risen Star. And exacta there had the potential to amke the idfference between winning and losing on the day.

Finally it was out to SoCal where we had the top three in the La Canada -- but we made a stand in the short five-horse field and so we didn't collect. In the finale we keyed on Pussycat Doll so weren't alive after the scratch, although our move-up top choice gave us our winner on top on the day.

A couple of nice scores and a couple of close calls -- one of those days.

WAGERED: $308.00
COLLECTED: $221.00

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets, 2/12/05
Aqueduct, Race 8, Naughty New Yorker... 2nd at 7-2 (xxx, 5.00, 4.80)
Gulfstream, Race 10, Angela's Love... 2nd @ 2-1 (xxx, 3.80, 3.00)
Fair Grounds, Race 7, Enduring Will... 3rd @ 2-1 (xxx, xxx, 2.60)

Aqueduct: Whirlaway $75K

Sort It Out 19-1
Naughty New Yorker 7-2
Scrappy T 11-1

Wager: $5 WP on Naughty New Yorker.
Collected $12.50 on the WP (xxx, 5.00).
..$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-9.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-9.

Naughty New Yorker...Showing some nice Beyer improvement and was a solid second last time in first try against open company.
Galloping Grocer...Clearly the one to beat off of his first three big wins and then a just-miss behind Rockport Harbor in the G2 Remsen. Question is, will he be revved up for top effort first time off the layoff.
Scrappy T...Beat top pick in Count Fleet last time and could prove tough again today but outside post will make him work early to get position.
Diamond Wildcat.

Gulfstream: Appleton H'cp G3 $100K

Mr Light 6-1
Host 5-2
Millenium Dragon 2-1

Remind scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Host.
Collected $10.50 on the WP (xxx, 4.20).
..$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $22.60 on the ex box ($45.20/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $51.10 on the tri box ($102.20/$2).

Host...Finally found his way to winner circle since moving to this country. Can keep it going if ready off of brief layoff.
Millenium Dragon...Won this race last year in wire-to-wire fashion. Off since October however and that leaves some question marks on fitness today.
Mr Light...3-3 on the track including a nice prep for this on Jan 3.

Gulfstream: Suwannee River H'cp G3 $100K

Snowdrops 7-2
Angela's Love 2-1
High Court 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Angela's Love.
Collected $9.50 on the WP (xxx, 3.80).
..$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $12.40 on the ex box ($24.80/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-5.

Angela's Love...Don't see any early challengers for her -- making another wire job possible.
Honey Ryder...Will be rolling late but might have trouble catching top pick if that one is loose early.
Snowdrops...Capable of being part of the gimmick on best effort.
Galloping Gal.

Fair Grounds: Taylor's Special H'cp $100K

Wrzeszcz 6-1
Mighty Beau 8-5
Chosen Chief 3-1

Gold Storm scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Gold Storm.
..$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-5.

Gold Storm...Comes out of a nice stakes win over Clockstopper. Would likely boss these on dirt -- but grass is a little bit of a question mark. Two turf tries weren't bad however.
Chosen Chief...Consistently in the hunt since summer.
Mighty Beau...Ships in from SoCal for this assignment and is capable on best.
Worldwind Romance.

Fair Grounds: Silverbulletday G3 $150K

Summerly 3-2
Eyes On Eddy 14-1
Enduring Will 2-1

Wager: $5 WP on Enduring Will.
Ran 3rd.
..$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-5-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-5-8.

Enduring Will...Just missed in Tiffany Lass off 3+ month layoff. Will be tough if able to move forward off of that effort. Picks up top jock.
Private Gift...Last might signal she's returned to races as an improved 3YO.
Cee's Irish...SoCal invader brings in a three-race streak, including two stakes.

Fair Grounds: Mineshaft H'cp G3 $100K

Wanderin Boy 5-1
Pollard's Vision 3-2
Alumni Hall 5-1

Gigawatt ran fourth to complete the $373.20/$2 tri.

Wager: $5 WP on Pollard's Vision.
Collected $8.00 on the WP (xxx, 3.20).
..$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $17.30 on the ex box ($34.60/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $77.10 on the tri box ($154.20/$2).

Pollard's Vision...Seems to have found a nice G3 spot in which to make debut against older.
Alumni Hall...Second in a minor stake here in December. Followed up with a win in a $100K stake in Texas. Trainer having a good meet.
Gigawatt...Has improved nicely for new connections.
Wanderin Boy.

Fair Grounds: Risen Star G3 $150K

Scipion 10-1
Real Dandy 44-1
Storm Surge 6-1

Wager: $5 WP on Harlington.
Ran 6th at 6-5.
..$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 5-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-5-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-5-6.

Harlington...$2.8 mil yearling purchase from Pletcher/Melnyk gets first real test today. 2-2 so far -- but both were on off tracks. Working well for this at Palm Meadows.
Iced Out...Has looked like the real deal since moving in with O'Neill. Just missed last time vs the promising Spanish Chestnut.
Storm Surge...Has taken a liking to the track.

Santa Anita: La Canada G2 $200K

Tarlow 9-2
Sweet Lips 5-2
AP Adventure 4-5

Wager: $5 W on AP Adventure.
Ran 3rd.
...$5 exacta AP Adventure over Sweet Lips.
Ran 3/2.
..$5 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.

AP Adventure...Showed plenty of promise early in her 3YO season then went to the bench for an extended break. Like the two nice, improving efforts since return.
Sweet Lips...Stepped up to win Sunshine Millions Distaff.

Santa Anita: Las Virgenes G1 $250K

Sharp Lisa 3-5
Memorette 7-2
Charming Colleen 16-1

Pussycat Doll scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Pussycat Doll.
..$4 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Pussycat Doll over next three.

Pussycat Doll...Took a brief break and has returned improved. Second behind the 2YO filly champ last time.
Sharp Lisa...Only poor effort was BC Juv Fillies -- and that wasn't too bad.
Memorette...Might offer some value stretching out after two nice sprints.
Classic Elegance/Hot Attraction.

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