Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 24, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct, Race 2, Elusive Warning.
Gulfstream, Race 3, Wooden Stone.
Gulfstream, Race 4, A Song for You.
Gulfstream, Race 9, exacta box, Revved Up/Honey Ryder.
Laurel, Race 8, exacta box, Lexi Star/Katie's Love.
Fair Grounds, Race 9, J'ray.
Oaklawn, Race 10, Jay's Princess.
Santa Anita, Race 1, Sketch.
Santa Anita, Race 10, Go All In.

Aqueduct: Rare Treat Hcp $65K

Dina...She tossed in a pretty nice effort Beyer-wise three back in a G3. We're going to look for a top try today with the switch to Coa.
A Bit of Pressure...Has a real liking for the inner track.
Daytime Promise...Going well -- but the last three have going in the wrong direction which is a concern.
Fuego Grande.

Wager: $5 WP on Dina.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Dina over next three.
...$1 tri key A Bit of Pressure over other three.

Laurel: Md Racing Media Hcp $100K

Lexi Star...Last should have set her up nicely for this.
Katie's Love...Too far back last time. Expect her closer -- both early and late.
It's True Love...Certainly dangerous on her best stuff.
Raging Rapids.

Wager: $5 WP on Lexi Star.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Lexi Star over next three.
...$1 tri key Katie's Love over other three.

Gulfstream: Hallandale Beach $100K

Twilight Meteor...Best race was an off-the-turfer on the Keeneland Poly and he's been off since October. But showed plenty of promise last year, comes from the Pletcher barn and has Prado onboard.
Sedgefield...Seems to have turned the corner since arriving in the Sunshine state.
Soldier's Dancer...Has done little wring. Better since moving to turf. And last -- a G3 -- was best yet.
Rutledge Cat.

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

Gulfstream: GP BC G1 $300K

Revved Up...Check out his record as an 8YO last season -- only loss was on a "soft" course. A little leery off the layoff but we'll take a shot with the old warrior.
Honey Ryder...Frankly, she looks best on the numbers -- but this is a lady taking on the boys. They do it all the time in Europe however. Likes the track and the trip.
Jambalaya...Canadian-invader showed a liking for this track last time. Has done well going a distance of ground in the past.

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

Tampa: Tampa Bay BC $150K

Classic Campaign...Won a small stake at Gulfstream last time in his best yet. Gets top Tampa jock to pilot today.
Saint Stephen...Just missed behind top pick last time and will be tough again today.
Defer...Felt he might have a big future after watching some of his early grass efforts -- hasn't quite lived up to that but looks to fit well here.

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

Fair Grounds: Bayou BC Hcp G3 $150K

J'ray...Likely fave form Pletcher -- but price might be helped slightly by recent bout of seconditis. Just looks best though.
Royal Copenhagen...Pretty alw win in prep for this.
Baghdaria...Capable of a little bit of a surprise. She's been facing some good ones on dirt. Only one turf try -- but it was a win.
Elle Runaway.

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

Santa Anita: Las Flores Hcp G3 $100K

Hysterical Lady...Lightly-raced 4YO looked like something special on the horizon in a couple of mid-year starts last season. Off since flop in July but she's been working well and sprinting might be her preferred game.
Hello Lucky...That blazing fast work a week ago jumps off the page.
Nossa Cancao...Seems to be in good form right now with Beyers moving in the right direction.

Wager: $5 WP on Hysterical Lady.
...$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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