Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 21, 2005
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Three winners in eights race -- all at Fair Ground@LaDowns ($2.40, $8.80, $9.20). So we managed a profit in that category. Overall however the wagers wound up a little short -- but we were in the hunt for a profit all day, and that keeps the confidence high for next week!

WAGERED: $344.00
COLLECTED: $272.95

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 5, Bedford Falls... 2nd at 6-5 (xxx, 2.80, 2.40).
Gulfstream, Race 8, Lamor... 8th at 12-1.
Laurel, Race 9, See Alice... 3rd at 10-1 (xxx, xxx, 6.40).
Fair Grounds @ La Downs, Race 8, Fort Prado... WON ($9.20, 4.20, 4.40).
Santa Anita, Race 2, Gone Cattin... 3rd at 5-2 (xxx, xxx, 2.60).
Santa Anita, Race 9, Logician... 10th at 6-1.


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.

This week's matchup races Seth Merrow/Equidaily.com's Coast-to-coast Mike Watchmaker/DRF's Weekend Warrior
Aqueduct: Aqu Hcp 4th at 3-1/Colita WON/Happy Hunting (7.10)
FG at LAD: FG BC Hcp WON/Fort Prado (9.20) 4th at 4-1/GP Fleet
Gulfstream: First Lady 7th at 5-2/Maddalena 6th at 5-1/Lilah
This Week 3-1-0-0 3-1-0-0
YTD/win mutuel 9-1-0-0, $ 9.20 9-2-0-2, $14.70
(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.)

Aqueduct: Aqueduct Hcp G3 $100K

Happy Hunting 5-2
Evening Attire 5-2
Mr Whitestone 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Colita.
Ran 4th at 3-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $17.10 on the ex box ($34.20/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $59.25 on the tri box ($118.50/$2).

Colita...Had a decent 2004 campaign and then disappointed through most of 2005. But if last was a wake-up call he'll be tough today.
Mr Whitestone...Second to top pick last time after taking lead into the lane. Expect another good try in fourth start off a short break.
Evening Attire...8YO still has some punch left and won a G3 two back. Should be in the mix.
Happy Hunting.

Gulfstream: First Lady Hcp G3 $100K

Smokey Glacken 7-2
Kuanyan 37-1
So Much more 126-1

Wager: $5 WP on Maddalena.
Ran 7th at 5-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 5-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-5-7-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-5-7-8.

Maddalena...She tossed in her two best races coming off a layoff here last year. Tailed off some after showing that early promise but might appreciate return to favorite track.
Trickle of Gold...A spectacular summer/fall in the mid-Atlantic and then faltered when shipped to SoCal. Feeling here is that she's better than that last one.
Lunachick...Clearly the question mark is, what was she facing in NoCal. But the 6-3-3-0 record is too good to ignore.

Laurel: What A Summer $85K

Flame of Love 3-2
Spirited Game 11-1
See Alice 10-1

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

See Alice...Slight nod in a contentious race. She's had trouble in her last three starts over this track -- yet still maintains a 8-4-2-0 record here. Should be tough with top effort.
Evasive...Took to this surface winning a NW1 last time. A little bit of a step up technically -- but not sure if this group really rates that notion.
Spirited Game...Capable on best.

Fair Grounds @ La Downs: Lagniappe Ladies $100K

The Beter Man Can 1-5
Catlaan 19-1
Rasberry Wine 13-1

Destiny Calls scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on The Beter Man Can.
Collected $11.50 on the WP ($2.40, 2.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-5.

The Beter Man Can...Two huge efforts since making return. Hard to see past.
Destiny Calls...Third to top pick two back -- that was off a layoff. Good win last time.
Bonita's Reinbeau...Turf-to-dirt to run second to top pick two back at 26-1. Makes same surface-to-surface move today.
Tensas Star.

Fair Grounds @ La Downs: Crescent City Derby $100K

Nob Hill Deelite 3-1
Big Herm 22-1
Willtosucceed 4-1

Wager: $5 WP on Nob Hill Deelite.
Collected $38.50 on the WP ($8.80, 6.60).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-6-8.

Nob Hill Deelite...Only one hiccup in six races -- and that includes stakes win in last two. Stretches out today and that's the question mark here -- but looks good enough to meet the challenge.
Nowandforevermore...Maiden was a beaten fave in debut -- but have a feeling he might have enough talent to make some noise in here.
Desert Wheat...Stakes-placed against good open company. Ran second to Lawyer Ron last time and that one came back to win G3 Risen Star. Dangerous.
Wilma's Little Crisis.

Fair Grounds @ La Downs: Fair Grounds BC Hcp G3 $200K

Fort Prado 7-2
Onthedeanslist 8-1
Waupaca 10-1

Wager: $5 WP on Fort Prado.
Collected $33.50 on the WP ($9.20, 4.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $30.00 on the ex box ($60.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-8.

Fort Prado...Just missed this track and trip last time. Albarado back onboard and we wouldn't be surprised to see a little improvement off of that last effort.
GP Fleet...Won this race last year -- but, of course, that was over a different track. Only three races since last June so fitness is something of a question mark.
Onthedeanslist...Bested top pick last time and is likely to try and lead the way again today.
Ole Faunty.

Oaklawn: American Beauty $50K

More Moonlight 9-2
Josh's Madelyn 1-2
Immune to Gloom 9-2

True Tails scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Josh's Madelyn.
Collected $5.50 on the WP (xxx, 2.20).
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$2 tri key Josh's Madelyn over next three.
Ran 2/1-3.

Josh's Madelyn...Impressive last-to-first move in Lousiana stake last time. Looks like she's in top form right now.
Immune to Gloom...Faltered a little when moved into stakes company -- but this isn't a tough group and nice work on 1/15 says she's ready.
More Moonlight...Ran lifetime best Beyer winning a small stake over this track last year.
True Tails.

Santa Anita: Palos Verdes G2 $150K

Major Success 3-1
Jet West 3-1
Attila's Storm 3-2

Wager: $5 WP on Jet West.
Collected $11.00 on the WP (xxx, 4.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $18.40 on the ex box ($36.80/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $48.20 on the tri box ($96.40/$2).

Jet West...Has shown a liking for this surface and just missed in G3 last time with a nice closing move. Gets a little more distance to work with today.
Attila's Storm...Doubts we had about this one were erased with solid effort in G1 Malibu last time. The one to beat on the cutback.
With Distinction...Beat top pick in that stake last time.
Major Success.

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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