Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 29, 2006
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

WAGERED: $455.00
COLLECTED: $382.25

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct, Race 9, Pommes Frites... WON (7.20, 4.40, 3.20).
Calder, Race 11, My Lordship... 8th at 4-5.
Churchill, Race 5, Camp Riverside... 5th at 5-1.
Churchill, Race 8, Almost Innocent... WON (5.80, 3.80, 2.80).
Churchill, Race 10, Brilliant... WON (6.20, 4.40, 3.00).
Hollywood, Race 8, Red Fort... 4th @ 2-1


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: Beaugay WON at 5-2/Pommes Frites [7.20] 3rd at 5-2/Brunilda
Calder: Miami Mile DH - 2nd at 8-5/Old Forester DH - 2nd at 8-1/Spring House
Lone Star: Texas Mile WON at 2-1/Preachinatthebar [6.80] 7th at 2-1/Yes He's a Pistol
This Week 3-2-1-0 3-0-1-1
YTD/win mutuel 45-12-6-4, $84.90 45-4-7-8, $37.10
(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.)

Aqueduct: Withers G3 $150K

Bernardini 9-5
Doc Cheney 5-1
Luxemborg 3-5*

Wager: $5 exacta Bernardini over Luxemborg.
Ran 1/3.

Bernardini...Well-bred 3YO from Darley looks like he could be a good one in the making.
Luxemborg...Laid off after sixth in Saratoga debut behind Dr Pleasure. Has two big wins since and also looks to be promising.
Doc Cheney.

Aqueduct: Beaugay Hcp G3 $100K

Pommes Frites 5-2*
Naissance Royale 6-1
Brunilda 5-2

Wager: $5 WP on Pommes Frites.
Collected $29.00 on the WP ($7.20, 4.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $42.80 on the ex box ($42.80/$2).
...$1 exacta top four.
Collected $21.40 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $73.25 on the tri box ($146.50/$2).

Pommes Frites...Not sure anyone will challenge her early -- and, if not, she's gone.
Naissance Royale...Three good tries since arriving stateside, including alw win at Gulfstream last time as 1-2 fave in 2006 debut.
Brunilda...Typically in the hunt.

Calder: Ponche Hcp $100K

Nightmare Affair 1-1*
Kaufy Machine 7-1
Park Avenue Ball 5-2

Wager: $5 WP on Nightmare Affair.
Collected $17.50 on the WP ($4.00, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.

Nightmare Affair...We chased and chased this guy all year -- and he finally scored in a Tampa stake last time. Let's see if he can string a couple together.
Park Avenue Ball...Was a promising second-tier 3YO last season. Off awhile and not sure sprinting is his game so he's iffy even with some nice works showing underneath.
Universal Form...Big win in a G3 two back makes him too hard to ignore in here.
Paradise Dancer.

Calder: Miami Mile BC Hcp G3 $150K

Gigawatt 29-1
DH - Old Forester 8-5*
DH - Spring House 8-1

Dead-heat for second

Wager: $5 WP on Old Forester.
Collected $6.00 on the WP (xxx, 2.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta top four.
Ran 2-4-7-10.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-4-7-10.

Old Forester...Pretty solid at this G3 level for Mott. Won a stake in his only start over this track.
Icy Atlantic...Part of that super-solid 3YO turf class of 2004. Long-time since he visited the winner's circle but he's clearly capable.
TD Vance...One of the better turf 3YOs of last year. Off since November so he might need one or two -- particularly with his style.
Keep Cool.

Calder: Unbridled $100K

Electrify 3-1
Saint Augustus 3-2*
Rehoboth 7-2

Wager: $5 WP on Saint Augustus.
Collected $7.00 on the WP (xxx, 2.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $36.60 on the ex box ($36.60/$2).
...$1 exacta top four.
Collecteed $18.30 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $53.80 on the tri box ($107.60/$2).

Saint Augustus...Over-matched in the graded tries against the best of his generation -- but won a similar stake over this track last December.
Electrify...Was a smashing 2YO on this track last year. Win at Tampa last time could have him back in form.
Rehoboth...Last looks like an aberration. Expect a rebound.
Bushmills Best.

Calder: Hollywood Wildcat BC Hcp $150K

Potra Clasica 11-1
Formal Miss 8-1
Bright Abundance 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on My Lordship.
Ran 8th at 4-5*.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-8.
...$1 exacta top four.
Ran 2-3-4-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-8.

My Lordship...Brings in a three-race win-streak and last was her best yet.
Bright Abundance...SoCal trip last fall was probably a toss-out. Been on the bench awhile but Clement is OK in that area.
Formal Miss...Better than her record indicates over the last couple of seasons.
Go Robin.

Churchill: Derby Trial $100K

Record 5-1
Spotsgone 54-1
Mister Triester 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Noonmark.
Ran 6th at 9-5*.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 6-7.
...$1 exacta top four.
Ran 1-5-6-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-5-6-7.

Noonmark...Huge maiden-breaker last fall. Good win in 2006 debut at NW1 level. Just missed in the Swale.
Protagonus...Improving for Zito/Steinbrenner and looks ready for stakes assignment.
Record...SoCal invader from Baffert hasn't missed the board in four lifetime starts.
R Loyal Man.

Lone Star: Texas Mile G3 $300K

Preachinatthebar 2-1
Stockholder 9-1
Texcess 7-2

Wager: $5 WP on Preachinatthebar.
Collected $26.50 on the WP (6.80, 3.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-7.
...$1 exacta top four.
Collected $24.50 on the ex box ($49.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-7-10.

Preachinatthebar...Win in the SoCal stake last time seems to signal he's in top form now.
Yes He's a Pistol...Should find a lot of support off of triple-digit Beyer win last time -- but the number looks perhaps a little flukey. We'll know more today.
Stockholder...Solid gate-to-wire win in first start for Asmussen -- and that trainer is solid in Texas.
Mr Trieste.

Golden Gate: San Fran BC Mile G2 $400K

Charmo 2-1
Aragorn 7-5*
Place Cowboy 17-1

Wager: $5 WP on Aragorn.
Collected $7.00 on the WP (xxx, 2.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $12.40 on the ex box ($12.40/$2).
...$1 exacta top four.
Collected $6.20 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-6.

Aragorn...Solid, just-miss in Kilroe. P Val comes north for the ride.
Charmo...Sixth but close-up in Kilroe. Going well since late last year.
Adreamisborn...Always dangerous to ignore Hollendorfer/Baze in NoCal.
Sweet Return.

Hollywood: Inglewood Hcp G3 $100K

Willow O Wisp 3-2*
Artiste Royal 16-1
New Export 6-1

Wager: $5 WP on Red Fort.
Ran 4th at 2-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta top four.
Ran 1-4-6-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-6-7.

Red Fort...Iffy proposition off the long layoff. Just missed in this race by a nose last year. Best if ready and Drysdale has put in a steady string of works.
Willow O Wisp...Showed plenty of early speed and got caught late in Kilroe Mile. Should be set-up well for this.
Sarafan...Another from Drysdale. Second back from a long layoff last time and might be tighter today.
Senor Swinger.

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


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