Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, March 31, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

A fun afternoon. Three winners on top in seven races. Plus a solid group of gimmicks that moved us well into the black -- highlighted by the cold tri in the Aventura at Gulfstream ($327.20/$2). And our fourth pick completed the cold superfecta in that race ($1076.00/$2).

Fun stuff.

WAGERED: $230.00
COLLECTED: $424.50

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

We struggled a little bit -- but if Hotstufanthensome had gotten up at 5-1 it would have made a difference.

Aqueduct, Race 4, Gold and Blue Box... WON [4.40, 2.90. 2.20].
Aqueduct, Race 6, exacta box, Gentle Touch/Black Adonis... Ran 2-3.
Gulfstream, Race 6, Soaring By... WON [3.60, 2.60, 2.20].
Gulfstream, Race 7, Time On... 4th at 2-1.
Gulfstream, Race 7, exacta box Time On/Safari Queen... Ran 1-4.
Gulfstream, Race 9, Hotstufanthensome... Ran 2nd at 5-1 [xxx, 5.00, 4.20].
Gulfstream, Race 10, Stormello... 4th at 7-2.
Santa Anita, Race 6, Gone Cattin... 6th at 8-1.
Santa Anita, Race 9, After Market... 5th at 5-2.

Aqueduct: Next Move Hcp G3 $100K

Indian Vale 1-2*
A True Pussycat 6-1
Daytime Promise 17-1

Rahys' Appeal scratched.

Wager: $5 exacta Indian Vale over Lexi Star.
Ran 1-5.
...$2 exacta Indian Vale over Rahys' Appeal.
...$2 tri key Indian Vale over Lexi Star/Rahys' Appeal.

Indian Vale...Showed plenty of promise during her 3YO season. Ran only once last year and has now been off since May -- that's a huge concern and we wouldn't argue with anyone taking a stand against, but this looks like a field she should dominate if she's anywhere near her old-self.
Lexi Star...She's a toughie in Maryland and wire job last time was her best yet.
Rahys' Appeal.

Gulfstream: Orchid Hcp G3 $150K

Safari Queen 6-5*
Almonsoon 4-1
La Dolce Vita 7-1

Wager: $5 WP on Time On.
Ran 4th at 2-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 tri key Time On over next three.
Ran 4/1-2-3.
...$1 tri key Safari Queen over other three.
Collected $22.70 on the tri key ($45.40/$2).

Time On...G2 winner in France last season and Clement does well with these Euro-invaders.
Safari Queen...Pletcher trainee is the one to beat. Has speed to take the lead or can stalk as necessary today.
Almonsoon...'Hidden' half of Pletcher entry -- not really an entry but they're both from the same barn and this gal might get overlooked. Makes her stakes debut but hasn't missed the board in nine starts.
La Dolce Vita.

Gulfstream: Aventura $175K

Street Magician 5-2*
Yesbyjimminy 7-1
Our Sacred Honor 6-1

Green Vegas ran 4th to complete the $1076.00/$2 super.

Wager: $5 WP on Street Magician.
Collected $29.50 on the WP (7.00, 4.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $45.20 on the ex box ($45.20/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $22.60 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $163.60 on the tri box ($327.20/$2).

Street Magician...Trombetta trainee has shown plenty of promise in first tow, improving starts. Gives up a seasoning edge to most of these but recent works indicate he's holding good form.
Yesbyjimminy...Off since November but battle-tested in those tough Florida 2YO stakes last year.
Our Sacred Honor...Dangerous. From Pletcher and had an excuse for the dud in Arkansas.
Green Vegas.

Gulfstream: Pan American Hcp G3 $150K

Jambalaya 8-5*
Hotstufanthensome 5-1
Fri Guy 24-1

Wager: $5 WP on Hotstufanthensome.
Collected $12.50 on the WP (xxx, 5.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $26.00 on the ex box ($26.00/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $13.00 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-6-7.

Hotstufanthensome...Won stake at Tampa off the layoff. Nice 6F work in prep for this. Goes 8.5F to 12F but went 8.5F to 11F to win here last year.
Jambalaya...Canadian0invader clearly likes Florida cookin'. The one to beat coming out of nice win in G1 last time.
Revved Up...9YO won five of six last year. Capable on best but fade here in latest raises question about a possible dislike of this oval.

Gulfstream: Skip Away Hcp G3 $150K

AP Arrow 1-2*
Rehoboth 16-1
Political Force 5-2

Dry Martini scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on AP Arrow.
Collected $13.50 on the WP (3.00, 2.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $22.20 on the ex box ($22.20/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $11.10 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $26.30 on the tri box ($52.60/$2).

AP Arrow...Improved and improving since arriving in Pletcher barn. Good try last time should have him set up nicely for today.
Dry Martini...Took him six or eight starts to reach top form but now he's legit graded-stakes quality.
Rehoboth...Like Revved Up in the previous race, he's capable on best but we're not sure he really likes this track.
Political Force.

Gulfstream: Florida Derby G1 $1 mil

Scat Daddy 2-1*
Notional 3-1
Chelokee 8-1

Wager: $5 WP on Stormello.
Ran 4th at 7-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $10.70 on the ex box ($21.40/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-8.

Stormello...We liked him to pull of the upset in the G2 Fountain of Youth and until they developed the photo we thought he had. Second cross-country trip is a concern but Hollywood works indicate he's holding his form. We look for him to perhaps be a little tighter today in his second start of the season.
Scat Daddy...Just nipped Stormello last time with a good closing kick that proved he's the real deal.
Adore the Gold...Last was his first try around two turns and he should benefit from that education.

Santa Anita: Tokyo City Hcp G3 $100K

Fairbanks 4-1
Neko Bay 8-5*
Racketeer 7-2

Wager: $5 exacta Neko Bay over Racketter.
Ran 2-3.
...$2 exacta Neko Bay over Preachinatthebar.
Ran 2-4.
...$2 tri key Neko Bay over Racketeer/Preachinatthebar.
Ran 2/3-4.

Neko Bay...Lightly raced but showing plenty of promise. 2007 debut seemed to indicate he's back better than ever.
Racketeer...Frankel trainee finally returns to stakes company. Faltered in a couple G2s last year when they were on the Derby Trail, been facing conditional company since. Seems ready for the assignment after going well since last autumn.
Preachinatthebar...Won this race last year and it's possible he's a little classier than these. Dangerous.

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


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