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Saturday, March 26, 2005
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Yeesh. This was just one of those days that -- luckily -- sits on the far side of the bell curve. Some days play almost completely to form. Some days -- like Saturday -- chaos reigns from start to finish. Most days sit somewhere in between. But, wow, this week was on the far side.

Our wagering template really relies on hitting the gimmicks -- so if we miss one of the top two finishers in any race, we're pretty much knocked out of that race. We were swimming upstream this week:

38-1 Interpatation wins the Palm Beach at Gulfstream. Could have been played on some improving form in first two starts of the year -- but let's face it, there were better looking plays than this maiden.

53-1 Hello Jery completes the exacta at Laurel. Perhaps playable with improving form through first four starts -- but was moving from MSW to stakes company and again, others looked much better.

30-1 Miriam L wins at Fair Grounds. OK, the heavy fave got beaten -- that's what makes horse-racing, but Miriam L had finished behind four others in here in her last two races.

75-1 Gallant Secret runs second in the Bourbonette BC at Turfway. She was coming off of two thirds and a fourth at Tampa and hadn't shown a lot over off-going.

38-1 Cat Shaker scores in the Rushaway at Turfway. Proud Accolade was over-bet at 2-5, but this guy would have been hard to back with much confidence with only one lifetime win under his belt.

And so it goes... It's not unusual that we'll have some nice prices in our mix for a few races on any given week -- but it's unlikely that we can grab the brass ring in race after race on a wacky week like this. Again, it was the far side of the bell curve, and that's just the way the cookie crumbles some days.

Just have to pick ourselves up, dust off, and head into next week.

WAGERED: $430.00

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets, 3/26/05
Gulfstream, Race 6, Exacta -- Isola Piu Bella over Pampered Princess... Ran 2-3.
Gulfstream, Race 10, Tadreeb... 2nd by a nose at 4-5 (xxx, 2.80, 2.40).
Turfway, Race 9, Magna Graduate... 4th at 5-1.
Fair Grounds, Race 8, Volobee... 3rd at 5-2 (xxx, xxx, 3.00).
Santa Anita, Race 9, High Standards... WON (6.40, 3.80, 2.60).

Nad Al Sheba: Dubai World Cup G1 $6 mil

Roses in May
Choctaw Nation

Wager: $5 WP on Congrats.
Ran 5th.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $13.50 on the ex box ($27.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-5-11.

Congrats...Has flourished since moving in with Mandella. Finished second to Rock Hard Ten last time and that one looks to be at the top of the class this season. Trainer has already proven to know how to get them ready for this race.
Roses in May...Disappointed a little when running second to Saint Liam last time after a great 2004 season capped by near-miss in BC Classic. But should be tough if ready in second start of 2005.
Chiquitin...Has been prepping locally and won a nice stake last time out.

Aqueduct: Distaff BC H'cp G2 $150K

Bank Audit 4-1
Sensibly Chic 2-1
Travelator 17-1

Wager: $5 WP on Cativa.
Ran 5th at 1-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $18.50 on the ex box ($37.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-5.

Cativa...Claimed in fall of 2003 and moving upwards ever since, winding up with a win in G2 last time. At the top of her game now.
Sensibly Chic...Second to top pick in stake last time -- and race prior to that was a doozy, repeat of that effort would make her tough.
Bank Audit...Has rounded into an impressive runner since autumn.

Gulfstream: Rampart H'cp G2 $200K

D'Wildcat Speed 5-2
Isola Piu Bella 3-5
Pampered Princess 9-2

Wager: $15 exacta Isola Piu Bella over Pampered Princess.
Ran 2/3.
...$5 exacta Isola Piu Bella over D'Wildcat Speed.
Ran 2/1-3.

Isola Piu Bella...S American import came through big-time in second start off of a long layoff. Hard to beat if able to repeat.
Pampered Princess...Second to top pick last time after setting the early pace -- and could be tough to catch today.
D'Wildcat Speed.

Gulfstream: Palm Beach G3 $100K

Interpatation 38-1
Tadreeb 4-5
Fishy Advice 25-1

Wager: $5 WP on Tadreeb.
Collected $7.00 on the WP (xxx, 2.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-4-5-8.
...$1 tri key Tadreeb over next three.
Ran 2/4-5-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-4-5-8.

Tadreeb...Looks to have come back as an improved 3YO. Second in a stakes last time to the very talented Dubleo.
Champagne Brunch...Might have needed one of a nearly two-month layoff.
Fire It Up...On the improve since moving to turf in second career start.
Dogwood entry.

Laurel: Private Terms $50K

Malibu Moonshine 3-1
Hello Jerry 53-1
Monster Chaser 8-1

Wager: $5 WP on Timely Bid.
Ran 8th at 9-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 7-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-5-7-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-5-7-8.

Timely Bid...Improving in three starts and could be ready for this assignment.
Legal Control...A good second in a stake over this track last time -- and expect him to be closer early today.
Malibu Moonshine...Won a stake here two back then followed with a decent fourth in $100K stake at Turfway.

Fair Grounds: Sarah Lane's Oates H'cp $100K

Miriam L 30-1
The Beter Man Can 3-5
Blueyed Lass 7-2

Wager: $5 WP on The Beter Man Can.
Collected $8.00 on the WP (xxx, 3.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-5.
...$1 tri key The Beter Man Can over next three.
Ran 2/3-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-5.

The Beter Man Can...Won open stake three back and has bossed state-breds in the past. Only question mark is the turf -- but class should help her make the transition.
Equestrian Girls...Solid in La-bred stakes -- except for last time. Perhaps she didn't like the hood last time.
My Foriels On...Took to the turf two back.
Blueyed Lass.

Turfway: Hansel $50K

Call the Lord 9-2
Eyeforglory 2-1
Carnival Show 2-1

Falcon's Peak scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Falcon's Peak.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-6.

Falcon's Peak...Lightly raced. Could be rounding into peak form.
Eyeforglory...4-3-1-0 so far and the one non-winning effort was behind a very good Snack.
Dogwood entry...Carnival Show preferred. Could flash some early speed. Departing Now also capable on best.
Summer Man.

Turfway: Bourbonette BC $150K

Dance Away Capote 7-2
Gallant Secret 75-1
Amazing Buy 8-5

Wager: $5 WP on Amazing Buy.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.

Amazing Buy...NY-shipper brings in a four-race streak, including three stakes.
Brett's Favrette...Improving in each of three lifetime starts. including stakes win last time.
Dance Away Capote...Talented 2YO. No we just have to believe that 3YO comeback was a throw-out. If she can revert back to prior good form she'll be tough.
Sweet Talker.

Turfway: Rushaway $100K

Cat Shaker 38-1
Daddy Joe 15-1
Catch Me 6-1

Pinpoint scratched.

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

Proud Accolade...Pletcher 3YO is perhaps better sprinting -- but could be talented enough for this field even at two turns.
Pinpoint...Zito trainee made an impressive move forward in second start. Should contend if able to continue that improvement.
Catch Me...Proven over the track.
Stormy Afternoon.

Turfway: Lane's End G2 $500K

Flower Alley 10-1
Wild Desert 6-1
Mr Sword 9-1

Wager: $5 WP on Magna Graduate.
Ran 4th at 5-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-9.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-6-9.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-6-9.

Magna Graduate...Won the prep stake over this track. Why not the main event?
Texcess...Typically in the hunt while contesting five stakes in six lifetime starts.
Spanish Chestnut...Will be tough to run down if able to sneak away early.
Flower Alley.

Santa Anita: San Pedro $75K

High Standards 2-1
Ransom Demanded 9-1
Talking to John 9-1

Wager: $5 W on High Standards.
Collected $16.00 on the W (6.40).
...$5 exacta High Standards over Chandtrue.
Ran 1-4.
...$2 tri key High Standards over next two.
Ran 1-2-4.

High Standards...Undefeated stakes winner finds a soft spot for another stakes score.
Chandtrue...Super through the summer as a 2YO. Comeback effort last time was unimpressive but might have needed one off the long layoff.
Ransom Demanded.

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


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