Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, June 18, 2005
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Three winners in fourteen races (Churchill, $3.80, 6.40; Hollywood, $4.80). Otherwise it was another day where we struggled to make something happen as we missed too many exactas and then got little value when we did manage to hit some gimmicks.

We did pull-off a cold exacta in the Regret at Churchill ($18.20/$2). We had a couple of reverse exactas as well (Churchill $15.20/$2; Delaware, $21.20/$2). And our top four boxed for all the gimmicks including the super ($198.40/$2) in the feature at Arlington.

WAGERED: $554.00
COLLECTED: $313.90

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets
We started the day with a fizzle among our Best Bets, but ended with a bang -- for a respectable 76% ROI.

Churchill, Race 3, Don'tcussthefiddle... 12th at 8-1
Churchill, Race 6, Gun Salute... 3rd at 8-5 (xxx, xxx, 2.20).
Churchill, Race 8, Rich in Spirit... WON (6.40, 3.20, 2.40).
Hollywood, Race 7, Me My Mine... WON (7.40, 4.40, 2.80).

Belmont: Phipps Hcp G1 $300K

Ashado 4-5
Society Selection 2-1
Bending Strings 10-1

Wager: $5 W on Society Selection.
Ran 2nd.
...$5 exacta Society Selection over Ashado.
Ran 2/1.
...$2 exacta Society Selection over Daydreaming.
Ran 2/4.

Society Selection...Didn't show much in seasonal debut but followed up with a big win last time and that seems to indicate she's in top form.
Ashado...Like the top pick her first of 2005 was a dud -- but follow-up showed improvement.
Daydreaming...Behind top pick in last.

Monmouth: Monmouth Beach $70K

Capeside Lady 6-5
Twist and Pop 4-1
Chrusciki 31-1

Becky in Pink scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Becky in Pink.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-7.

Becky in Pink...Win at Philly could indicate she's in top form right now.
Twist and Pop...The one to beat if able to duplicate 2004 form in seasonal debut.
Chrusciki...Beat the top pick three back. Threw in a dud last time.

Churchill: Jefferson Cup G3 $200K

Rush Bay 8-5
Big Prairie 5-1
Gun Salute 8-5
Mad Adam scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Gun Salute.
Ran 3rd.
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $13.00 on the ex box ($26.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $26.20 on the tri box ($52.40/$2).

Gun Salute...Added blinkers and lasix in latest and fired his best shot yet.
Rush Bay...Just nipped in first time on turf. Winner that day came back to post gutsy stakes win at Belmont last weekend.
Mad Adam...Improved on turf.
Big Prairie.

Churchill: Northern Dancer BC G3 $200K

Don't Get Mad 4-5
Unbridled Energy 9-1
Real Dandy 9-1

Wager: $5 WP on Don't Get Mad.
Collected $16.50 on the WP (3.80, 2.80).
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-6.
...$2 tri key Don't Get Mad over next three.
Ran 1/3-4-6.
...$1 tri key First Word over other three.
Ran 4/1-3-6.

Don't Get Mad...Dominating performance in the Derby Trial. Came back a week later to run well in the Ky Derby. Off since but looks well-spotted in this field.
First Word...Come out of wins in MSW and NW1 against older and sports a bullet work on 6/12. The one to beat.
Real Dandy...Has been competitive at this level.
Crimson Stag.

Churchill: Regret G3 $200K

Rich in Spirit 2-1
Sweet Talker 3-1
Royal Bean 9-1

Wager: $5 WP on Rich In Spirit.
Collected $24.00 on the WP (6.40, 3.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $18.20 on the ex box ($18.20/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $9.10 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-5.

Rich In Spirit...Seems ready for a good one and this trip should suit her. Post position is a concern but has a nice run to the first turn to work with.
Sweet Talker...Nipped top pick two back but that one gets the nod on stronger jock/trainer combo.
Cape Hope...Was undefeated on turf until last time. Tough if she rebounds to prior form.
Insan Mala.

Churchill: Fleur De Lis Hpc G2 $300K

Two Trail Sioux 7-2
Storm's Darling 6-1
Rare Gift 6-1

Wager: $5 WP on Shadow Cast.
Ran 5th at 7-5.
...$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.

Shadow Cast...Really seems to be rounding into good form now and comes into this off a G2 win over the track.
Island Sand...Behind top pick in that G2 last time and should be formidable again today.
Rare Gift...Typically in the mix and looks a little faster as a 4YO.
Two Trail Sioux.

Churchill: Stephen Foster Hcp G1 $750K

Saint Liam 4-5
Eurosilver 12-1
Perfect Drift 7-2

Wager: $5 WP on Badge of Silver.
Ran 6th at 3-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-6-8.

Badge of Silver...Dicey proposition in here as this three in here -- including this guy -- seem to like the lead. But if we go back to the swiftly run Hal's Hope we see this can stalk if necessary. Let's hope Bailey can be patient onboard today.
Saint Liam...Another that likes the front-end -- hey, if we could find a closer that looked as classy as these two we'd jump on, but the fact is these guys look tough -- unless an early duel develops. We won't know that until the gate opens.
Perfect Drift...Could be the one to come running late -- but his bridesmaid status in top events last year leaves us leery of using him on top.

Churchill: Opening Verse $100K

Senor Swinger 2-1
GP Fleet 9-5
Seeking Answers 8-1

Wager: $5 WP on GP Fleet.
Collected $7.00 on the WP (xxx, 2.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $15.20 on the ex box ($15.20/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $7.60 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $45.30 on the tri box ($90.60/$2).

GP Fleet...Trouble in last couple but still managed to get up for the win last time.
Senor Swinger...Just edged by top pick last out. Won this race last year and likes the course.
Seeking Answers...Clearing improving and looks ready for stakes assignment.
Silver Traffic.

Delaware: Susan's Girl BC $175K

Pleasant Chimes 7-2
Dance Away Capote 2-5
Capitulation 13-1

Peski Bride scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Dance Away Capote.
Collected $5.50 on WP (xxx, 2.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $21.20 on the ex box ($21.20/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $10.60 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-5.

Dance Away Capote...Liking for this strip was emphasized by $100K stake win last time.
Pleasant Chimes...This group might be a little easier than she's been facing lately.
Kota...Off the board once in career.
Peski Bride.

Arlington: Chicago BC Hcp G3 $175K

Happy Ticket 5-2
Savorthetime 9-2
Injustice 7-1

My Trusty Cat completed $198.40/$2 super.

Wager: $5 WP on My Trusty Cat.
Ran 4th at 4-5.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $15.40 on the ex box ($30.80/$2).
...$1 tri key My Trusty Cat over next three.
Ran 4/1-2-3.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $53.10 on the tri box ($106.20/$2).

My Trusty Cat...Won tough G1 at Churchill at this trip in latest.
Savorthetime...Usually in the hunt but this might not be her best trip.
Happy Ticket...Undefeated in eight tries. This is her sternest test yet but she might be this good.

Lone Star: Dallas Turf Cup Hcp $200K

Sea Dub 53-1
Fullbridled 9-5
Major Rhythm 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Absent Friend.
Ran 11th at 5-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-11.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-4-7-11.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-4-7-11.

Absent Friend...Might have a little edge on these if he takes to the turf.
Waupaca...Third start of the layoff and nice improvement shown in first two starts.
Dynareign...Asmussen trainee is capable on best.

Hollywood: Quicken Tree $75K

Continental Red 7-5
Perfect Mode 6-1
Running Free 5-2

Wager: $5 WP on Continental Red.
Collected $19.00 on the WP (4.80, 2.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.

Continental Red...9YO still running well and should appreciate move in against Cal-breds.
Running Free...Also seems sharp when facing state-breds. The trip is a question mark.
Frankelstein...Wouldn't be surprised to see this one try and steal it.
Drake's Victory.

Hollywood: Californian G2 $250K

Lava Man 8-1
Anziyan Royalty 6-1
Skukuza 33-1

Keep On Punching scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Borrego.
Ran 4th at 5-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-4-7.

...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-4-7.

Borrego...Looks to be improving and ready to fire a big one.
Ace Blue...Edged top pick last time and is also in good, improving form.
Keep On Punching...Steps up class-wise but returned from a brief layoff running better than ever.
Anziyan Royalty.

Hollywood: Affirmed Hcp G3 $100K

Indian Ocean 5-1
Surf Cat 1-1
Dover Dere 11-1

Khyber Pass scratched.

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

Surf Cat...Brings in super sharp sprint form. Will be tough if able to transition to two turns.
Buzzards Bay...SA Derby winner off since an OK fifth in Ky Derby. The one to beat.
Khyber Pass..Should be motoring early.
Indian Ocean.

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