Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, December 24, 2005
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Only two stakes offered on Saturday and we were right there but close wasn't enough to move us into positive territory. We had three of the top four in both races but couldn't pick up a winning triple. And the 1-3 finish in Louisiana kept us out of the exacta mix there. We were live in the lane but dead under the wire. But we live to fight on another day...

WAGERED: $100.00

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

A solid effort with the Best Bets. We had only five plays after two turf races in Louisiana were moved to the main track and thus knocked off of our playlist. Two winners on top for a 64% ROI. It could have been even better but King Cassia was caught right on the line.

Calder, Race 2, King Cassia... 2nd at 4-5 (xxx, 2.40, 2.10).
Calder, Race 6, Primetime Princess... 4th at 3-1.
Calder, Race 8, Prized Light... 11th at 8-1
Calder, Race 11, Super Reviewer... WON (12.00, 5.00, 3.20).
FG @ La Downs, Race 1, Six Iron... WON (4.40, 2.80, 2.60).
FG @ La Downs, Race 5, Run to the Border... Off turf. Scratched.
FG @ La Downs, Race 8, Tisket a Tasket... Off turf. 2nd at 1-1.


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.


The Warrior sat this one out -- so all totals remain the same...

. Seth Merrow/Equidaily.com's Coast-to-coast Mike Watchmaker/DRF's Weekend Warrior
YTD (from 9/10/05)/win mutuel 37-7-5-7, $49.80 37-8-3-5, $71.10
(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.)

Calder: GTOBA Debutante $50K

Prospect of Love 3-1
Survicat 9-2
Decisive Blow 10-1

Wager: $5 WP on Primetime Princess.
Ran 4th at 3-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $19.30 on the ex box ($38.60/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-9.

Primetime Princess...Showed marked improvement in her third career start and might be set-up for a good try stretching out off of a couple of nice sprints. Question mark is turf -- but breeding says she should handle it OK.
Survicat...Improved nicely in each of first four lifetime starts and took to turf -- but the dud last time is a concern, as is the low percentage jock.
Prospect of Love...A little inconsistent but capable on best effort.

FG @ La Downs: Truly Bound Hcp $75K

Private Gift 5-2
Freei 17-1
La Reason 5-2

Wager: $5 WP on Culinary, sub next if scratch.
Ran 7th at 2-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-7.

Culinary...Really took to this surface when turfer was moved to main track just last week. Looks capable of repeat in a relatively weak stakes field.
La Reason...Third start off the layoff and was facing better last time -- and most of the year. Dangerous.
Private Gift...Will be tough if able to repeat last -- when she beat the top pick -- but she can throw in a clunker with no warning.
Lucky Sabre.

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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