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Saturday, June 25, 2005
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

We eeked out the most modest of profits -- but it had been a few weeks since we turned that corner so this was a breath of fresh air that will hopefully start a new streak of bigger and better scores.

Three winners on top in six races (Belmont, $6.60; Delaware, $14.80; Hollywood, $2.80). That makes for a smidge over 100% ROI in the win-only category.

Otherwise we had the cold exacta ($17.60/$2) and tri ($36.60/$2) in the Mother Goose at Belmont. And a decent cold exacta ($44.20/$2) at Delaware.

And don't let anyone tell you we don't appreciate it when the god's of racing look favorably upon us. Our nice score at Delaware was predicated upon a double-DQ -- a racetrack rarity. We only been the beneficiary of such an occurrence once before -- many moons ago, and to the best of our recollection it was a double-DQ in the Fall Highweight at one of the NYRA tracks, but we'd have to check the record books to be sure.

But on Saturday lady luck was looking our way and we moved up on the double-DQ into a cold exacta. However, we won't apologize for our good fortune because if you play with some consistency -- and we think we do -- as the saying goes, Some days you get the bear, some days the bear gets you... In other words, we were on the winning side today, but on other similar occasions we've wound up on the short-end of the stick. It all evens out in the end...

WAGERED: $230.00
COLLECTED: $235.15

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets
It was a successful week with the Best Bets. As you might have been able to tell, we had some opinions this week, and thus took eight whacks at it. We managed three winners in eight races and those three combined to give us a healthy 49% ROI on the day.

As noted above, we realize that our double-DQ win at Delaware is a little bit flukey, but as we said, over time these things even out so we don't feel the need to apologize for the win. We been on the other side of these things just as many times as not...

We have now officially passed the six-month mark with our Best Bet plays and have managed to reap an astounding 91% ROI over that time period. For a full scorecard of the past six months, including monthly totals and week-by-week archive, visit our Best Bets Six Month Update page.

Belmont, Race 9, Aaron's Classic... 2nd @ 8-5 (xxx, 3.80, 3.20)
Monmouth, Race 4, Dowry... WON (5.40, 3.40, 2.80).
Churchill, Race 3, Storm Thief... 4th at 8-5.
Churchill, Race 6, Key West Breeze... WON (3.60, 2.60, 2.20).
Churchill, Race 7, General Jumbo... 3rd at 2-1.
Delaware, Race 8, Seeking Slew... WON (14.80, 5.20, 4.80).
Colonial, Race 10, Classic Campaign... 4th at 9-2.
Hollywood, Race 4, Movie Buff... 4th at 3-1.

Belmont: Mother Goose G1 $300K

Smuggler 2-1
Spun Sugar 5-2
Summerly 6-5

Wager: $5 WP on Smuggler.
Collected $25.25 on the WP (6.60, 3.50).
...$4 exacta box top two.
Collected $35.20 on the ex box ($17.60/$2).
...$2 tri key Smuggler over next three.
Collected $36.60 on the tri key ($36.60/$2).

Smuggler...Blue-blood from Phipps/McGaughey could be coming into her own. Gutsy stretch-run in G1 Acorn where she came back late.
Spun Sugar...Proved she was stake-quality last time with convincing win in G2 Black-Eyed Susan.
Summerly...Should be winging on the front-end early and will be tough to catch if not pushed.
Lady Pegasus.

Monmouth: West Long Branch $65K

Travelator 5-2
Fortress Hill 3-2
Areek 5-2

Umpateedle scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Areek.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$2 tri key Areek over next three.
Ran 3/2-4-6.
...$2 tri key Fortress Hill over other three.
Ran 2/3-4-6.

Areek...Seems to be improving as a 4YO and last was a corker.
Fortress Hill...Pletcher filly was run down late last time in stakes debut.
Gill entry...Umpateedle preferred. Rounded to top seasonal form in last. Spring Rush also capable on best.

Churchill: Aristides BC G3 $150K

Kelly's Landing 11-1
Battle Won 6-5
Jet Prospector 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Battle Won.
Collected $7.50 on the WP (xxx, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$2 tri key Battle Won over next three.
Ran 2/3-4-6.
...$2 tri key Jet Prospector over other three.
Ran 3/2-4-6.

Battle Won...Went turf-to-dirt to dominate sprint stake at Churchill on Derby Day. Has a couple of turf works since -- so either they're trying to repeat the process, or they want turf. We'll go with the former today.
Jet Prospector...Capable on best.
Gators N Bears...Dud last time is a little bit of a concern but if able to rebound back to top form he'll be tough.
Bwana Charlie.

Delaware: Kent BC G3 $500K

Seeking Slew 6-1
Chattohoochee War 1-1
Spring House 8-1

Interpatation scratched.
Touched by Madness finished 1st, DQ'd to 4th.
Spring House finished 2nd, DQ'd to 3rd.

Wager: $5 WP on Seeking Slew.
Collected $50.00 on the WP (14.80, 5.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $44.20 on the ex box ($44.20/$2).
...$1 ex box top four, sub next if scratch.
Collected $22.10 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-2-6-7.

Seeking Slew...Very lightly raced Mott 3YO will need to step it up in stakes debut but big win last time could signal a good one in the making.
Chattahoochee War...Seventh but not far back as beaten fave in Churchill stake last time. Expect Frankel filly to rebound. P Val a plus.
Interpatation...Looks to be improving.
Crown Point.
Wallstreet Scandal.
Spring House.

Colonial: Colonial Turf Cup $500K

English Channel 2-5
Exceptional Ride 12-1
Interpatation 16-1

Crown Point scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Classic Campaign.
Ran 4th at 9-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 ex box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-4-6.
...$1 tri box, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-4-6.

Classic Campaign...Probably should have been moved up at least one spot after bump late in stretch last time. Running well now.
English Channel...Coming around for the Pletcher/Velazquez duo but trying a new trip today.
Mad Adam...Seems to have taken a real liking to the turf.
Crown Point.
Criminal Mind.

Hollywood: Beverly Hills G2 $200K

Megahertz 2-5
Winendynme 6-1
Halo Ola 7-1

Wager: $5 WP on Megahertz.
Collected $12.50 on the WP (2.80, 2.20).
...$2 exacta Megahertz over Uraib.
Ran 1/6.
...$2 triple key Megahertz over next three.
Ran 1/2-5-6.

Megahertz...2-2 this season and proven at the trip and on the track.
Uraib...Like top pick, proven at the trip.
Winendynme...Hmmm, short field going a distance -- this sprint type might be able to steal this if allowed.

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


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