Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, March 10, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Nine races on our dance-card this afternoon highlighted by the action at Fair Grounds.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct, Race 4, Shaami.
Aqueduct, Race 8, Cowtown Cat.
Gulfstream, Race 4, Port Royal.
Gulfstream, Race 8, Silver Charades.
Fair Grounds, Race 8, WP Octave.
Fair Grounds, Race 9, WP Zanjero.

Aqueduct: Toboggan Hcp G3 $100K

Kelp...Off of that last race at Laurel it looks like he might elect to play catch me if you can today.
Cavallo Pazzo...Has won four of last five. Gets tested today but looks capable.
Attila's Storm...Might take this bunch simply on his class -- but worth noting that he hasn't won in sixteen months.

Wager: $5 WP on Kelp.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri box top three.

Aqueduct: Gotham G3 $200K

Cowtown Cat...Pletcher trainee stretches off of a couple of Gulfstream sprints. Could be primed for the upset.
Summer Doldrums...The one to beat if able to repeat last.
Longley...Has displayed some potential in two starts.
Wollaston Bay.

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

Gulfstream: Forward Gal G2 $150K

Boca Grande...Liked her in the G2 Demoiselle last year where she scored a gutsy win with a rail move late. Off since then and cutting back to a sprint but capable if ready. No lock however.
Forever Together...These connections typically offer up good turfers -- not 3YO filly sprinters -- but it's hard to ignore her 2-2 record, including a stakes win last time.
You Asked...Improving Beyers in all four starts. Finished ahead of Dreaming of Anna last time.
Silver Knockers.

Wager: $5 WP on Boca Grande.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Boca Grande over next three.
...$1 tri key Forever Together over other three.

Gulfstream: Bonnie Miss G2 $150K

High Again...Re-united with Velasquez and should benefit from stakes experience last time.
Christmas Kid...The one to beat coming off of a nice score in the G2 Davona Dale.
Lost Etiquette...Gets tested here but could be a good one.
Fee Fi Fo Fum.

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

Fair Grounds: New Orleans Hcp G2 $500K

Master Command...Hard to ignore off of the big win in prep for this.
Patriot Act...Will be coming at the end if the speed collapses.
Liquor Cabinet...Was the last for real? We'll know more today.
Good and Lucky.

Wager: $5 WP on Master Command.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Master Command over next three.
...$1 tri key Patriot Act over other three.

Fair Grounds: Muniz Mem Hcp G2 $500K

King's Drama...Lightly raced over the past year but he's a past G1 winner and has fired most every time.
Einstein...Third start off layoff and looks in good form.
Naissance Royale...Lady taking on the boys but she's certainly capable.

Wager: $5 WP on King's Drama.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Fair Grounds: FG Oaks G2 $400K

Octave... We liked her in the BC Juv Fillies so we'll stay onboard for the 2007 debut.
Total...She might benefit from her first try around two turns last time.
Appealing Zophie...Clearly she wouldn't be a surprise after winning a similar stake her last time by daylight.

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

Fair Grounds: La Derby G2 $600K

Zanjero...Took the lead in the stretch last time and got caught -- will potent jock switch make the difference?
Liquidity...Trainer shipped barnmate in to win here last month. Wouldn't be shocked to see a big effort from this guy.
Circular Quay...Pletcher's 3YOs were firing last weekend and this guy is a member of the A-team.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Margarita Invy Hcp G1 $300K

Balance...Do note that she has yet to step outside of her age-group -- until today -- but win last time seems to indicate a return to top form.
Ermine...Pretty good second over the track last time should have her set for a good effort today.
Les Ry Leigh...Should be rolling late.
Ready to Please.

Wager: $5 WP on Balance.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Balance over next three.
...$1 tri key Ermine over other three.

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


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