Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 2, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Eleven races on tap this afternoon -- highlighted by the stakes-laden card at Gulfstream which features the seasonal debuts of HOTY Invasor and the highly regarded 3YO Nobiz Like Shobiz.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 5, Cowtown Cat.
Gulfstream, Race 8, Naissance Royale.
Gulfstream, Race 8, exacta box, Naissance Royale/J'ray.
Tampa, Race 10, Rgirldoesn'tbluff.
Santa Anita, Race 7, Pirates Bounty.

Gulfstream: Deputy Minister Hcp G3 $100K

Sir Greeley...Comes in off of three second-place finishes but they were all solid, with improving Beyers. And has a couple of bullets works recently.
Kelly's Landing...Likes this track and won a G3 here a month ago.

Wager: $5 exacta Sir Greeley over Kelly's Landing.

Gulfstream: Swale G2 $150K

Cowtown Cat...Looks to have benefitted from the short break after the 2YO season. 2007 debut was solid.
Forefathers...Zito trainee is perfect since arriving stateside and sports two good works for this.
Storm Trust...Barnmate of top pick should prove interesting in seasonal unveiling off of a break.
Adore the Gold.

Wager: $5 WP on Cowtown Cat.
...$1 tri key Cowtown Cat over next three.
...$1 tri key Forefathers over other three.
...$1 tri key Storm Trust over other three.

Gulfstream: Canadian Turf Hcp G3 $100K

Miesque's Approval...Eclipse winner makes first start since G1 BC Mile triumph. Doesn't have a whole lot to beat in here.
Jet Propulsion...The last race was easily his best yet -- but was it an aberration? We'll know more today, but he might add some value here.
Jambalaya...Canadian invader was successful in a G3 in last trip south of the border.
Better Than Bonds.

Wager: $5 WP on Miesque's Approval.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$3 tri key Miesque's Approval over next three.

Gulfstream: Holy Bull G3 $150K

Nobiz Like Shobiz...Impressed as a 2YO. We find out today how he has progressed -- but if he's held steady or moved forward at all he should be tough here.
Scat Daddy...Beat Nobiz in the one-turn mile G1 Champagne.
Sam P...Barnmate of Scat Daddy might come back with some 2YO - to - 3YO improvement.
Drums of Thunder.

Wager: $5 WP on Nobiz Like Shobiz.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Gulfstream: Suwannee River Hcp G3 $100K

Naissance Royale...Unlucky in last couple but she should fit well with this bunch.
J'ray...Solid stakes performer as a 3YO. Looks capable of continuing success against older.
Brazilian...Interesting. Won a stake first-time out for Wolfson.
La Dolce Vita.

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

Gulfstream: Donn Hcp G1 $500K

Invasor...Reigning HOTY is clearly the one to beat.
Chatain...We've liked this guy from the get-go -- but didn't use him on top last time thinking he would need to step it up a little too much. Our mistake -- he did step it up. Probably needs to do so again this time -- but he's lightly raced, so there's plenty of upside.
Strong Contender...We'll give him another shot. He's probably better than his last which was coming off of a 3+ month break.

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

Laurel: Miracle Wood $90K

Place Your Bet...3-2-1-0 record and this one looks like an up-and-comer.
Roaring Lion...Brings in a three-race streak, including a Md-bred stakes win last time.
Saratoga Lulaby.

Wager: $5 W on Place Your Bet.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$3 exacta Place Your Bet over Roaring Lion.

Tampa: Manatee $60K

Rgirldoesn'tbluff...Got caught late last time. Makes her iffy going another furlong -- but she looks best.
Running Lass...Solid stakes performer on the opposite side of the state might give her a slight class edge -- but she's run third in her two tries over this track.
Summer Cruise...Beat the top pick last time -- but that one looks maybe a tad bit flukey. We'll see.
Sparkling Pink.

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

Fair Grounds: Pan Zareta BC $75K

Follow the Lite...Makes turf-to-dirt move and was a winner that last time that strategy was used. Also, won a stake the last time on dirt.
Annika Lass...2006 season was nice -- but not as good as 2005. Still, she's capable in here on her best effort.
Ada's Dream...Plenty of early foot and 2-2 over the track.
Wild as Elle.

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

Santa Anita: Sham G3 $100K

Pirates Deputy...Baffert trainee has a couple of nice tries over the track, including a Cal-bred stakes win last time which should serve him well coming into this.
Liquidity...Just missed at the wire in the G1 Hollywood Futurity.
Time Squared...Well thought of Biancone runner is still a maiden but should fit here.
Silent Soul.

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

Santa Anita: Strub G2 $300K

Midnight Lute...We liked him last time and he... just... barely... missed. Looks to make amends today.
Arson Squad...Little more than a length behind the top pick last time. Typically picks up a piece.
Brother Derek...Has yet to duplicate the early 3YO season form -- but running well enough that we can't dismiss.
Awesome Gem.

Wager: $5 WP on Midnight Lute.
...$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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