Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, June 24, 2006
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

One winner on top in five races [Monmouth, $3.00]. Had a nice boxed tri in the Belmont feature -- otherwise there was little to celebrate.

WAGERED: $194.00
COLLECTED: $105.45

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont, Race 1, Americaner... Off turf/Scratched.
Belmont, Race 3, Latent Heat... WON (2.40, 2.10, no show).
Belmont, Race 5, Waterville... WON (8.50, 4.00, 3.10).
Belmont, Race 9, Not On My Turf... 2nd at 9-5 (xxx, 3.30, 2.80).
Monmouth, Race 2, Crafty Brutus... WON (2.10, 2.20, 2.10).
Monmouth, Race 5, Fashion Club... 5th at 9-5.
Colonial, Race 9, Go Between... 3rd at 8-1 (xxx,, xxx, 7.20).
Churchill, Race 1, Tusin Tak... 3rd at 6-5 (xxx, xxx, 2.60).
Churchill, Race 3, Hayden Valley... 2nd at 8-5 (xxx, 3.00, 2.20).
Churchill, Race 5, Classify... 5th at 9-2.
Churchill, Race 8, Cachinnated... 5th at 2-1.
Churchill, Race 11, Miss Cady... 2nd at 1-1 (xxx, 3.00, 2.60).


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
Colonial: All Along BC 5th at 8-5*/Wend 4th at 10-1/Humoristic
Colonial: Turf Cup 3rd at 8-1/Go Between 4th at 6-1/Roman Dynasty
This Week 2-0-0-1 2-0-0-0
YTD/win mutuel 58-16-8-8, $103.70 58-7-9-10, $48.30
(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.)

Belmont: NY BC Hcp G2 $250K

Noble Stella 9-2
Angara 5-2
Argentina 9-5*

Wager: $5 WP on Asi Siempre.
Ran 4th at 7-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $23.00 on the ex box ($46.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $61.25 on the tri box ($122.50/$2).

Asi Siempre...Showed plenty of promise in her first three US starts last year. Needs the wake-up call as a 4YO but might get it today in her third start of the season and with the addition of blinkers.
Argentina...Second to the very talented Divine Proportions in last year's G1 French Oaks. Has yet to break-through on this side of the Atlantic -- but might prefer Belmont to the SoCal tracks.
Noble Stella...Talented -- but iffy for the top spot over the past couple of seasons.

Monmouth: Salvator Mile Hcp G3 $150K

Flower Alley 1-2*
Park Avenue Ball 5-1
Network 8-1

Wager: $10 exacta Flower Alley over Cherokee's Boy.
Ran 1/5.
...$4 exacta Flower Alley over Park Avenue Ball.
Collected $21.20 on the ex box ($10.60/$2).

Flower Alley...Looks like a good spot to make seasonal debut for 2005 Travers winner and BC Classic runner-up.
Cherokee's Boy...Could be very tough to reel in if able to sneak away -- but likely to be challenged early by Park Avenue Ball.
Park Avenue Ball...Likes this track and ran well to win prep for this.

Colonial Downs: All Along BC G3 $200K

Film Maker 8-5
Latice 6-1
Art Fan 20-1

Wager: $5 WP on Wend.
Ran 5th at 8-5*.
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-5.
...$2 tri key Wend over next three.
Ran 5/1-3-6.

Wend...Got the season off to a nice start with two wins and then had a little trouble on the Ky Derby undercard. Look for a rebound.
Film Maker... Millionaire has an impressive 19 in-the-money finishes in 23 lifetime starts. Only concern with this classy mare is the layoff but she won in her first start of 2005 off of a long break.
Joint Aspiration...Makes third start of 2006 and seems to be an improved 4YO.
Art Fan.

Colonial Downs: Colonial Turf Cup $1 mil

Showing up 5-2*
Kip Deville 28-1
Go Between 8-1

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

Go Between...Mott turfer has tow wins and two near-misses this season. Expect a big effort off of the short break.
Outperformance...Improving and looked good taking a G3 stake last time out.
Showing Up...Clearly talented but unproven at the trip or on the grass.
Roman Dynasty.

Delaware: Sussex $100K

Play Bingo 4-1
Pocomoonshine 3-1
Angelic Aura 6-5*

Moved off turf to main track.
Tiganello, TD Vance, Pulpit Talk scratched.

Sitcom...Returns to a track he favors and trainer Sheppard has been on a little bit of a tear lately.
Tiganello...Pletcher trainee has put together two improving starts since arriving in this country.
TD Vance...Won a minor stake here last time. Likely to be the one to catch.
Pulpit Talk.

Wager: $5 WP on Sitcom.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Hollywood: Beverly Hills Hcp G2 $150K

Memorette 8-1
Live Life 3-1
Moscow Burning 2-1*

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

Moscow Burning...Rally came up short last two -- should appreciate the stretchout.
Eternal Melody...Frankel turfer is better than her last.
Dalicia...Group winner in Germany looks set to be competitive in stakes event here.
Live Life.

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


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