Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 16, 2005
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

One winner in six races (Keeneland, $8.00). Otherwise the notable results on the afternoon were three of ours finishing in the top four in three of five races offering tri's -- but in the top four doesn't payoff! We need one or two of those tri's to come through for us to get over the hump and it just didn't happen Saturday.

WAGERED: $241.00
COLLECTED: $128.80

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets
Keeneland, Race 9, Bandini... WON (8.00, 3.80, 3.20).
Santa Anita 2. Shamoan... 3rd at 6-1 (xxx, xxx, 2.10).

Aqueduct: Comely G2 $150K

Acey Deucy 7-2
Seeking the Ante 15-1
Pleasant Chimes 2-1

Wager: $5 WP on Pleasant Chimes.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-7.

Pleasant Chimes...An OK fourth last time in stakes debut. Might find this bunch easier for a G2.
Acey Deucy...Hard to fault the 6-3-2-1 record so far.
Bright Mahogany...Impressive south of the border, will need to prove today that her talent translates.
Last Toots.

Keeneland: Commonwealth BC G2 $400K

Clockstopper 9-2
Gators N Bears 9-1
Silver Wagon 21-1

Gold Storm scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Lion Tamer.
Ran 5th at 2-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-5.
...$2 tri key Lion Tamer over next three.
Ran 5/2-4.

Lion Tamer...Defending champ might have needed one off of the layoff.
Sir Shackleton...Comes out of a couple of solid one-turn tries at Gulfstream.
Gators N Bears...Typically in the mix although this doesn't seem to be his favorite trip.
Gold Storm.

Keeneland: Blue Grass G1 $750K

Bandini 3-1
High Limit 5-2
Closing Argument 12-1

Wager: $5 WP on Bandini.
Collected $29.50 on the WP (8.00, 3.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $34.80 on the ex box ($34.80/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $17.40 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-5.

Bandini...Will have to move forward to take this but with only four starts there's still plenty of upside.
High Limit...Undefeated lifetime and impressive taking the La Derby first-time out for Frankel. But should have some company up front and remember Vicarge subsequently ran sixth in FL Derby.
Consolidator...Huge win last time. A stalking trip might be a good thing today.
Sun King.

Oaklawn: Arkansas Derby G2 $1 mil

Afleet Alex 2-1
Flower Alley 7-2
Andromeda's Hero 10-1

Wager: $5 WP on Greater Good.
Ran 5th at 5-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $18.00 on the ex box ($36.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-5-8.

Greater Good...Has show a clear liking for the surface. Can sweep the 3YO series here today.
Afleet Alex...Last was too bad to believe. Another chance.
Wild Desert...Looks ready to fire a big one.
Flower Alley.

Santa Anita: La Puente $100K

Chinese Dragon 2-5
Eastern Sand 5-2
Shamoan 6-1

Wager: $5 W on Shamoan.
Ran 3rd.
...$10 quinella top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$2 tri key Shamoan over next two.
No tri offered.

Shamoan...Won't get the 20-1 price we got when he ran a nice third last time but we'll stick with him in this fourth start off a layoff.
Chinese Dragon...Beat top pick last time and is the one to beat today.
Eastern Sand.

Santa Anita: San Juan Capistrano G2 $250K

TH Approval 5-1
Exterior 3-2
Fitz Flag 37-1

Wager: $5 WP on Exterior.
Collected $8.00 on the WP (xxx, 3.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $21.10 on the ex box ($42.20/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-6.

Exterior...US debut should have prepped him for this. Has a couple of good wins at ten furlongs in Europe.
All the Boys...Two daylight wins since moving to Mullins.
TH Approval...Could be rounding into top form.
Stanley Park.

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


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