Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, October 22, 2005
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

We managed to grab four winners on top in eleven races (Belmont, $3.40, 6.30; Santa Anita/Oak Tree, $5.00; Golden Gate, $4.00). However, although we picked up one cold exacta (Belmont, $18.60/$2) and one reverse ($36.20/$2), we struggled throughout with the gimmicks -- and when that happens our totals take a hit... On to next week.

WAGERED: $426.00
COLLECTED: $160.40

Turf wagers are turf only


Our Head-to-Head feature pits Coast-to-Coast's Seth Merrow against DRF's Weekend Warrior, Mike Watchmaker. Whenever the two columns make selections in the same race we'll tally the results for each.


Coast-to-coast and Weekend Warrior both picked up a winner -- but in different races. And Weekend Warrior got the price when Spite the Devil scored at 9-1.

This week's matchup races Seth Merrow/Equidaily.com's Coast-to-coast Mike Watchmaker/DRF's Weekend Warrior
Belmont: Empire Classic 4th at 7-2 WON ($20.40, 11.80, 7.00)
Golden Gate: Tanforan WON ($4.00, 2.40, 2.10) 6th at 8-1
This Week 2-1-0-0 2-1-0-0
YTD (from 9/10/05)/win mutuel 19-3-1-5, $29.00 19-3-1-2, $35.70
(Head-to-Head results above are only for those races which were common to both columns. Weekend Warrior might have tabbed other races not reflected in the results above.)

Best Bets

Eeked out a 23% ROI to keep chugging along.

Belmont, Race 7, Lady Bi Bi... 9th at 11-1.
Keeneland, Race 3, Safe Play... WON (3.40, 2.40, 2.20).
Golden Gate, Race 8, Adreamisborn... WON (4.00, 2.40, 2.10).

Belmont: Sleepy Hollow $100K

Sharp Humor 4-1
Parkhimonbroadway 5-2
Classic Pack 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Parkhimonbroadway.
Collected $11.00 on the WP (xxx, 4.40).
...$2 ex box top two.
Collected $36.20 on the ex box ($36.20/$2).
...$1 ex box top four.
Collected $18.10 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-5-9.

Parkhimonbroadway...Moving in the right direction Beyer fig-wise and has stakes experience: fourth in G1 Saratoga Special and a troubled third against state-breds last time.
Sharp Humor...Won a similar event at 7F last time (beating the top pick) and fired an AM bullet six days ago.
Building New Era...On the improve.
Trading Pro.

Belmont: Maid of the Mist $100K

Cinderella's Dream 3-5
Zippy Missy 19-1
Little Miss Zip 12-1

Wager: $5 WP on Cinderella's Dream.
Collected $15.75 on the WP (3.40, 2.90).
...$2 ex box top two.
Ran 1-6.
...$1 ex box top four.
Ran 1-5-6-12.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-5-6-12.

Cinderella's Dream...Maiden-breaker was impressive -- of course against NY-breds it's always hard to gauge just what that really means. We'll know more today.
How 'bout No...Another impressive last-out winner -- and that was her debut. Trainer good with second-time starters.
Widely Acclaimed...Still winless in two starts but looks to be improving.
Artistic Express.

Belmont: Iroquois Hcp $125K

Seeking the Ante 2-1
Travelator 5-2
Star Celebrity 52-1

Wager: $5 WP on Seeking the Ante.
Collected $23.75 on the WP (6.30, 3.20).
...$2 ex box top two.
Collected $18.60 on the ex box ($18.60/$2).
...$1 ex box top four.
Ran 1-2-6-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-6-7.

Seeking the Ante...Should appreciate return to state-bred company.
Travelator...Another hard-knocker that has shown talent against open-company. Will need to work a little harder from outside post.
Carlow...Hasn't missed an exacta all year.
Slew Motion.

Belmont: Ticonderoga Hcp $150K

Rahy's Appeal 5-1
The Lamp Is Lit 6-1
Sweeping Glance 5-2

Finlandia scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Lady Bi Bi.
Ran 9th at 11-1.
...$2 ex box top two.
...$1 ex box top four.
Ran 7-8-9.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 7-8-9.

Lady Bi Bi...Third start off a brief layoff and looks ready to pop.
Finlandia...3YO has been taking on her elders all year and hasn't missed the board since debut.
On the Bus...Seemed to take a couple of starts to round back into form but looks ready to go now.

Belmont: Hudson Hcp $125K

Friendly Island 3-1
Introspect 15-1
Papua 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on Mayo Post.
Ran 4th at 3-1.
...$2 ex box top two.
Ran 4-5.
...$1 ex box top four.
Ran 1-4-5-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-5-8.

Mayo Post...Impressive 3-3 start to year after moving into new barn. Trouble last time.
Clever Electrician...Cuts back a furlong off of win in similar event last time -- but that shouldn't be a problem.
Show Boot...Picked up a tidy little check for running fourth as a 'rabbit' in G1 Woodward. Back where he belongs.
Friendly Island.

Belmont: Mohawk Hcp $150K

Win With Beck 8-5
Continental Reins 11-1
Chestertown Slew 5-1

Certifiably Crazy scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Chestertown Slew.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 ex box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 ex box top four.
Ran 2-3-10.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-10.

Chestertown Slew...Expect a rebound with return to NY-bred company. Nice work in prep for this.
Continental Reins...Hasn't missed a top-two finish since moving into Jimmy Jerkens' barn.
Certifiably Crazy...Won a similar stake last time. Dangerous.

Belmont: Empire Classic Hcp $250K

Spite the Devil 9-1
Organizer 13-1
Carminooch 8-1

Wager: $5 WP on Yankee Mon.
Ran 4th at 7-2.
...$2 ex box top two.
Ran 4-5.
...$1 ex box top four.
Ran 4-5-6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 4-5-6-8.

Yankee Mon...Sprint specialist might be able to surprise them on the lead with only one-turn to negotiate in this 9F event.
West Virginia...Upset the G3 Iselin last time and just missed in this race last year.
Naughty New Yorker...Capable -- particularly against NY-breds.
Galloping Grocer.

Meadowlands: Cliff Hanger G3 $150K

Hotstufanthensome 5-1
Icy Atlantic 2-1
Stormy Ray 30-1

Saint Stephen, Old Forester scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Saint Stephen.
...$2 ex box top two.
...$1 ex box top four.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 tri box top four.

Saint Stephen...Came into his own earlier this year and they tested him in a tough G1. Ran OK that day but has been off since. Layoff is a concern but trainer can have them ready.
Ballonenostrikes...Seems to be moving in the right direction.
Icy Atlantic...Pletcher/Velasquez runner is making second start off a break.
Old Forester.
Spruce Run.

Keeneland: Raven Run G2 $300K

For All We Know 8-1
Flying Glitter 8-1
Career Oriented 38-1

Wager: $5 WP on Leave Me Alone.
Ran 8th at 4-5.
...$2 ex box top two.
Ran 2-8.
...$1 ex box top four.
Ran 2-4-6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-4-6-8.

Leave Me Alone...Expect a good run with cutback to a sprint.
Flying Glitter...Has really rounded into top form.
Simply Because...SoCal shipper could prove to be very dangerous.
Hide and Chic.

Santa Anita/Oak Tree: Sunny Slope $75K

Within Reason 3-2
Bengal Lore 5-2
Say Tomorrow 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on Within Reason.
Collected $21.00 on the WP (5.00, 3.40).
...$2 ex box top two.
Ran 1-5.
...$2 tri key Within Reason over next three.
Ran 1/4-5-6.

Within Reason...Showed solid improvement start #1 to start #2.
The Thought Occurs...Won a stake (albeit in a DQ) last time and experience counts.
Hounddogman...Moves into Baffert barn after impressive madien-breaker at Pimlico. We need to see one from this kind before jumping on the bandwagon.
Funky Friends.

Golden Gate: Tanforan Hcp $100K

Adreamisborn 1-1
Noble Masterpiece 10-1
Secret Charm 5-2

Wager: $5 WP on Adreamisborn.
Collected $16.00 on the WP (4.00, 2.40).
...$2 ex box top two.
Ran 1-6.
...$1 ex box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-6.

Adreamisborn...Not sure the distance suits but it's hard to ignore a Hollendorfer/Baze runner in good form. Won a G3 here last time out.
Gallant...Steps up from a good try in a claimer at Del Mar but is graded-stakes placed.
Secret Charm...Was moving in the right direction peior to trip to NY. Could prove dangerous if able to rebound to that prior form.

If we are interested in both halves of an entry -- in event of a scratch -- it is noted that way. If only one-half of the entry is named, then we prefer that half and will move to our next pick listed in event of a scratch.
Scratches listed in our results reflect only horses that were part of our selections, not necessarily all the horses that were scratched. Check official results for complete information.

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


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