Equidaily Racing Journal



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

Ten races on the dance card this afternoon as the 2006 racing season winds closer to conclusion...

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

We're going deeper this year with the Best Bets than we normally would -- but it's our last swing of the bat for 2006. So, swing away!...

Aqueduct, Race 4, Doctor Freud.
Aqueduct, Race 7, exacta box, Storm N Lightning/Karakorum Patriot.
Calder, Race 1, Charlie Cho.
Calder, Race 6, She's Not for Sale.
Calder, Race 10, J'ray.
Laurel, Race 4, Lemon Spray.
Laurel, Race 6, Bianchi's Boy.
Tampa, Race 2, Aleczanndar.
Tampa, Race 7, Investment Broker.
Tampa, Race 8, Foret.
Fair Grounds, Race 5, Willist.
Fair Grounds, Race 9, Storm Treasure.
Fair Grounds, Race 10, Money Marquet.
Santa Anita, Race 1, Rivera.
Santa Anita, Race 3, Kailee Rush.
Santa Anita, Race 5, Silver Light.
Santa Anita, Race 8, Bettarun Fast.
Santa Anita, Race 9, Seeking Answers.

Aqueduct: Gallant Fox Hcp $65K

Successful Affair...Contessa is red-hot and this one comes off of a nice stakes win at 12F.
Malibu Moonshine...Feel likes he's better than his last.
Win With Beck.

Wager: $5 W on Successful Affair.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri Successful Affair over next two.

Calder: Axthelm Hcp $100K

Steel the Glory...Kirk Ziadie winning at an eye-popping rate at the meet. And combining with J Bridgmohan for a lot of those. This one comes of a huge dirt sprint win and has gone well on turf before.
Outperformance...Solid on the turf and comes in from a fourth in a win-photo at Churchill.
Can't Beat It...A little dull last time - but back in with his own age-group today and he won big against 3YOs two back.
Thunder Pass.
Wager: $5 WP on Steel the Glory.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Calder: Chaposa Springs Hcp $100K

Toll Taker...A good second last time in what looks like a prep for this.
Annabill...Ten times on the board in eleven tries this year and going well now.
Grecian Lover.

Wager: $5 W on Toll Taker.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri Toll Taker over next two.

Calder: FA Genter G3 $100K

J'ray...Just missed with a lifetime best Beyer last time in second start off of a layoff. Should go well today.
Bayou's Lassie...Ran a solid second against older last time.
Amansara...Lightly raced and has some real flashes.
Dancing Band.

Wager: $5 WP on J'Ray.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Calder: Stage Door Betty Hcp G3 $100K

Take D'Tour...G1 winner won easily here last time with some class relief. Similar scenario in this G3.
Cursora...Numbers have been improving since summer.
Tiger Belle...Typically in the hunt.
Potra Clasica.

Wager: $5 WP on Take D'Tour.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Tampa: Sandpiper $60K

Foret...Trainer and jock both blazing-hot at the meet thus far and this one comes in off of three nice, improving races in Chicago.
Secretsoftheheart...Comes out of two nice stakes tries across the state and looks like the one to beat.
Runway Queen...Looks to be getting the hang of it.
Rolling True.

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

Laurel: Md Juv Champs $75K

Bianchi's Boy...Dale romans ships this guy in from Ky and this maiden might be finding some class relief here.
Digger...The one to beat if able to repeat last.
Gammy's a Winner...Showed speed but faded on turf in LRL Futurity last time. This bunch is easier.
Crypto Prime.

Wager: $5 WP on Bianchi's Boy.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top three.
...$1 tri Bianchi's Boy over next three.

Laurel: Md Juv Fil Champs $75K

Spectacular Malibu...Good second in a G2 last time and now back to Laurel where she's 2-for-2.
Welcome Inn...Hasn't done much wrong for trainer Motion so far.
Expected Pleasures...Toss the turf experiment last time and she fits.
Paying Off.

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

Fair Ground: Woodchopper Hcp $75K

Storm Treasure...We sniffed up a little interest for this guy on the Derby Trail early this year but he bombed in the Derby itself. Has been on the turf since and seems to have rounded into good from this fall.
Arbuckle Bandit...Nipped top pick last time and also comes into this in good form.
Stradivinsky...Has some early foot and might be the one to catch.
Creative Force.

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

Santa Anita: La Brea G1 $250K

Bettarun Fast...Third against older last time in G3 turf sprint. Back on dirt at a distance she's won a G3 at -- and back in against 3YOs.
Downthedustyroad...Comes in off of a string of second-place finishes but numbers have been improving and she's working well for this.
Balance...Topped this division earlier this year -- but now the question is whether she was just precocious and the rest of the class has caught up -- or can she rebound? We'll know more today.

Wager: $5 WP on Betarun Fast.
...$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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