Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, September 30, 2006
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Eleven races on an action-packed coast-to-coast card. Turfers in NY. 3YO fillies on turf in Maryland. And all kinds of fun at both Turfway and Oak Tree @ Santa Anita.
Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont, Race 2, Trading Star.
Laurel, Race 10, exacta box Amansara/Meribel.
Turfway, Race 9, Likely.
Santa Anita, Race 9, Pinata.
Santa Anita, Race 10, Surf Academy.

Belmont: Kelso BC Hcp G2 $250K

Art Master...Most of the field has some questions marks -- class, distance, layoffs... This one was running well in France -- but is very lightly raced. Question marks abound but we'll go with connections that can produce some talented runners.
Ashkal Way...Done little wrong since arriving stateside. On the improve and in good form. The one to beat.
Friendly Island...Might be a tough cookie if he takes to the grass -- and the last couple of works seems to indicate he will!
Meteor Storm.

Wager: $5 WP on Art Master.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Art Master over next three.

Laurel: Martha Washington BC $200K

Amansara...Lightly raced and numbers are improving. Just missed in stakes debut last time and jock dropped whip in the lane.
Meribel...Nipped top pick last time and looks like the one to beat again.
Delmarva...Overmatched last time.

Wager: $5 WP on Amansara.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Delaware: Kelso $100K

Smart Growth...Possible that he bounced after the big number win on 6/10. Looks to be rounding back to top form.
Auguri...Don't be bashful Mig... Could be tough to rundown if they take the initiative.
We Can Seek...Dropping out of graded company.
Malibu Moonshine.

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

Turfway: Turfway BC G3 $175K

Prospective Saint...Looks to fit well with this group and could be the one to catch.
La Reason...A little bit of an in-and-outer but she's another that should appreciate this company.
Beautiful Bets...Interesting on the stretchout.
Stop a Train.

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

Turfway: Ky Cup Sprint G3 $100K

Likely...Some real speed coming out of the inside posts and this guy has shown the ability to stalk and close which should serve him well here. Just missed last time and working well so he should be set.
Ghosttrapper...Another that has shown the ability to close.
Island Warrior...Solid start to career and then ran into the talented Latent Heat last time.
Four Sevens.

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

Turfway: Ky Cup Classic G2 $350K

Perfect Drift...An iffy pick but let's see if new jock can shake the ol' guy up. We're hoping for a repeat of the nice G1 Foster effort.
Premium Tap...Looks like the one to beat off of what looks like a wake-up this summer. But the track really played into that G1 Woodward win, so we need to see a verification today.
Good Reward...Has the talent -- but seldom gets it done.
It's No Joke.

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

Turfway: Ky Cup Juvenile G3 $100K

Native Ruler...This guy is very interesting. Won two turf sprints at Colonial, including a stake. Off since the end of July but fired a bullet work in prep for this. They can come back improved as youngsters. Add that and the stretchout off of the nice sprints wins and he's worth a shot.
Izzie's Halo...A maiden but improving and just missed in a stake last time.
Shermanesque...Has been facing the best in the division the last couple.
Indian Camp.

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

Turfway: Ky Cup Juv Fillies $100K

Whatdreamsrmadeof...Solid debut win at Saratoga -- but note it was against NY-breds.
Kauai Calls...We liked this gal in her two Spa starts and she should fit well here.
Cherokee Sheik...Showed speed and ran second to Kauai Calls. That speed could be interesting on the stretchout.

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

Santa Anita/Oak Tree: Yellow Ribbon G1 $400K

Wait a While...3YO faces elders for the first time but is undefeated on turf and last two have been smashing.
Three Degrees...Could be ready to pop in third start back after improving through first two.
Moscow Burning...Always in the hunt and likes this track.

Wager: $5 WP on Wait a While.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Santa Anita/Oak Tree: Clement Hirsch Mem Turf Championship G1 $250K

The Tin Man...Really looks like he'll have it his own way on the front-end.
TH Approval...A couple of solid G2 wins coming into this.
Artiste Royal...He's been in the mix recently -- and P Val might move him up.
Fantastic Spain.

Wager: $5 W on The Tin Man.
...$5 exacta box top two.

Santa Anita/Oak Tree: Oak Leaf G1 $250K

Pinata...2-2 so far including a $100K stake. Will need to step it up -- but often these youngsters come back from a layoff showing some improvement. We'll take a shot.
Point Ashley...Clearly very talented. Won G1 last time out at Del Mar. Goes two turns for the first time and must overcome outside post -- so she's no lock.
Back in the Shade...Showed big improvement in second start. Ships in from Calder.

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

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


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