Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, December 2, 2006
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Nine races on a little bit of a lull of a weekend across America. The highlights are the four stakes at Calder and, perhaps, the G3 Underwood at Hollywood.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct, Race 2, Great Merit.
Aqueduct, Race 4, Cherokee Spirit.
Calder, Race 2, Queens Bench.
Calder, Race 4, Russian Wild Life.
Calder, Race 5, Samir.
Calder, Race 8, Naissance Royale.
Calder, Race 11, Ballast.
Fair Grounds, Race 6, Fongtastic.
Hollywood, Race 1, The Big One.
Hollywood, Race 3, Exchange Offer.
Hollywood, Race 7, Darkness Night.

Aqueduct: Coyote Lakes $65K

Malibu Moonshine...Speed was holding up Friday on this strip -- but there's plenty of it in here so perhaps a close-up stalking position is best. This guy can offer that and he has a wi at the trip.
Sinners N Saints...Has some closing punch -- in case the speed backs up -- and was 2-2 over the inner last winter.
Angelic Aura...One of those with early foot.

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

Aqueduct: Garland of Roses $65K

Stormy Kiss...Comes out of four graded events, running competitively in those. Might find some slight class relief here. Off awhile but has a bullet in the holster for this.
Getcozywithkaylee...Seldom misses a piece of the purse.
Magnolia Jackson...Wired 'em at the Meadowlands last time and that's a bonus over this strip.

Wager: $5 WP on Stormy Kiss.
...$5 exacta Stormy Kiss over Getcozywithkaylee/Magnolia Jackson.

Laurel: HS Mitchell $85K

Adore the Gold...Perhaps a little over-matched in G3 but should match-up well with these.
Keeneland Kid...Numbers improved off of the two month break. Picks up the track's top jock.
Moving On the Wind...Undefeated but vs claimers. Tested for class today.
Cahill's Touch.

Wager: $5 WP on Adore the Gold.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Calder:My Charmer Hcp G3 $100K

Naissance Royale...Has been facing some good ones and doing well since arriving stateside.
Dream Lady...Should be rolling late.
Brunilda...Back on her preferred surface.
My Lordship.

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

Calder: Three Ring $100K

Secretsoftheheart...Two solid wins so far and now stretches of off those two sprints.
Meditations...Huge improvement in career race #2. Also stretching after two sprints.
Adhrhythm...Flopped in BC Juvie Fillies but this bunch is easier.

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

Calder: What a Pleasure $100K

Green Vegas...Has been running well over last three -- and 2-2 around two turns.
Wonderous Glory...Also has appreciated two turns.
My Golden Opinion...NY-invader went directly from MSW into G1 last time -- ran OK fourth despite trouble. Dangerous.

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

Calder: Tropical Turf Hcp G3 $100K

Ballast...Too fast in G1 Woodbine Mile -- but solid otherwise since coming from Europe.
Classic Campaign...Will be rolling late.
Gun Salute...Could be the best in here -- but has been on the bench since February.
Drum Major.

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

Fair Grounds: Tenacious Hcp $75K

Tepexpan...Looks like the lone speed.
Kid Grindstone...Will be heard from in the lane.
Patriot Act...Hard-knocker is typically in the hunt.
Salic Law.

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

Hollywood: VO Underwood G3 $100K

Siren Lure...One the this season's top sprinters.
Turnbolt...Might be tough if able to move forward off of Oct comeback.
Premium Saltine...Working well for return.
Sailors Sunset.

Wager: $5 WP on Siren Lure.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri Siren Lure over next three.

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


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