Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 11, 2006
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Two winners on top in seven events (Aqueduct, $2.60; Laurel, $2.40). Picked up a couple exactas but not much else -- although we ran 1-2-4 in three races to miss the tri...

WAGERED: $310.00

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 7, Tall Story... 2nd at 7-2 (xxx, 6.20, 4.00).
Tampa, Race 9, Nightmare Affair... 4th at 7-2.
Tampa, Race 10, Tungsten... Scratched.
Oaklawn, Race 9, Cougar Cat... 4th at 4-1.


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
Gulfstream: Appleton 5th at 5-1/Old Forester 4th at 5-1/Saint Stephen
Oaklawn: Essex 4th at 4-1/Cougar Cat 4th at 4-1/Cougar Cat
This Week 2-0-0-0 2-0-0-0
YTD/win mutuel 17-2-1-0, $14.20 17-2-0-2, $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: Whirlaway $65K

Achilles of Troy 1-5
One Way Flight 6-1
Rob'em Blind 23-1

Wager: $5 WP on Achilles of Troy.
Collected $11.75 on the WP (2.60, 2.10).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $8.20 on the ex box ($8.20/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $4.10 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-7.

Achilles of Troy...Took him awhile to get the hang of it -- but went straight from MSW win into a stake last time and simply ran away from them. A repeat takes this -- in fact he can probably drop ten Beyer points and still win.
One Way Flight...Finally put a blemish on the record last time -- but had some trouble.
Platinum Couple...Won state-bred stake two back. Third to top pick last time.
Psychotic Reaction.

Gulfstream: Appleton Hcp G3 $100K

Gulch Approval 15-1
Old Dodge 12-1
Drum Major 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Old Forester.
Ran 5th at 5-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 5-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 4-5-6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 4-5-6-8.

Old Forester...Slight nod in a contentious race. Been off for over three months but Mott OK off the layoff. Should stay close enough to the early pace to get the first jump at the top of the lane.
Host...Another off the layoff -- but also with a trainer that's good in that area. Just missed in this rac e last year.
Saint Stephen...Had trouble in his last two. Now makes third start of layoff and could be primed for top effort with a clean trip.
L'Oiseau d'Argent.

Tampa: Super $50K

Sir Shackleton 4-5
Purim 10-1
Above the Wind 7-1

Powerful Touch scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Nightmare Affair.
Ran 4th at 7-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $14.00 on the ex box ($28.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4.

Nightmare Affair...We liked him two back in the G3 Mr Prospector. He ran a decent fourth and probably needed it off the layoff. We liked him last time in the Sunshine Millions Sprint -- he was an OK fifth. Now stretches another furlong and has a stakes win on this track.
Powerful Touch...Big effort to win opt clm last time in second start after a long while on the bench.
Sir Shackleton...It's possible sprinting is his preferred game.

Laurel: Wide Country $75K

Celestial Legend 1-5
Cantora 20-1
Sea Pines 7-2

Wager: $5 WP on Celestial Legend.
Colected $11.50 on the WP ($2.40, 2.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.
...$2 tri key Celestial Legend over next three.
Ran 1/3-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.

Celestial Legend...Undefeated, and pretty much untested. Best until beaten.
Sea Pines...Solid comeback last time. Will be tough if able to move forward off of that effort.
Keep On Talking...Typically in the hunt.
Flirt for Fame.

Oaklawn: Essex Hcp G3 $100K

Rockport Harbor 1-1
Thunder Mission 14-1
Silver Axe 18-1

Wager: $5 WP on Cougar Cat.
Ran 4th at 4-1 ...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-7-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-7-8.

Cougar Cat...Euro-import has had three nice sprints to get acclimated to US. Could be a budding good one. We'll know more after today.
Rockport Harbor...Showed plenty of promise early in career. Coming off a very long layoff and that's enough to raise some questions and keep him out of the top spot for us.
Jonesboro...Like top pick, this lightly raced 4YO could be a good one -- but we'll have a better idea today.
Real Dandy.

Santa Anita: Santa Maria Hcp G1 $250K

Star Parade 5-2
Proposed 8-5
Hollywood Story 4-1

Sharp Lisa scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Proposed.
Collected $9.00 on the WP (xxx, 3.60).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $24.80 on the ex box ($24.80/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $12.40 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4.

Proposed...Has progressed nicely -- culminating in a G2 win last time this track and trip. P Val sticks.
Star Parade...Solid in last two dirt starts -- including a win in a G2.
Healthy Addiction...Won a small stakes last time and should contend here if able to improve off of that.
Sharp Lisa.

Santa Anita: Las Virgenes G1 $250K

Balance 5-2
Wild Fit 2-1
Itty Bitty Pretty 9-2

Wager: $5 WP on Wild Fit.
Collected $7.50 on the WP (xxx, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-5-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-5-6.

Wild Fit...Solid 2YO season capped by good second in BC Juv Fillies. Sometimes these youngsters return from time off with added maturity. She'll be tough if that's the case.
Itty Bitty Pretty...This one looks like she grabbed some of that added maturity -- winning a G3 in her comeback.
Diplomat Lady...Question mark here is: Can she get it done away from Hollywood?

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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