Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 21, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Kind of quiet this weekend as things are starting to ramp up to Derby Day, which is two weeks from this afternoon. We'll see if we can rebound from last weekend. We started the month strong and then hit a bump in the road -- but we'll try to send April out like a lion.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct, Race 2, The Duke of Stanco.
Aqueduct, Race 7, Real Quality.
Keeneland, Race 6, Hawaii Calls.
Keeneland, Race 9, Soaring By.
Keeneland, Race 10, Don't Forget Mama.
Santa Anita, Race 2, exacta box, Ace High Hand/Kinsaler.
Santa Anita, Race 5, Pink Polkadots.

Aqueduct: Bed O Roses BC Hcp G2 $150K

Any Limit...Gulfstream races seem to indicate she's come back as an improved 4YO.
Swap Fliparoo...Expect she'll appreciate the return to sprinting.

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.

Pimlico: Tesio $125K

Etude...Has progressed nicely through sevens starts and stakes win last time shows he's in top form.
Saratoga Lulaby...He's typically in the hunt and was just behind top pick last time.
Xchanger...Hasn't won since last summer's G3 Sapling, but has been keeping good company.
Zephyr Cat.

Wager: $5 W on Etude.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Etude over next three.

Keeneland: Lexington G2 $325K

Soaring By...Toss the G2 La Derby that can be excused considering the gate trouble and this is another powerful Saturday afternoon 3YO from Pletcher.
Joe Got Even...Has a good closing kick and won on this track last fall.
Belgravia...Could turn out to be a good one -- but might need one coming off the layoff.
Forty Grams.

Wager: $5 WP on Soaring By.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Santa Anita: Santa Barbara Hcp G2 $200K

Naughty Rafaela...Frankel trainee comes out of a win this track and trip.
Flip Flop...Long time since she's sniffed the winner's circle -- but she's finally getting a chance to string a few together.
Solva...Beat top pick last time.
Live Life.

Wager: $5 WP on Naughty Rafaela.
...$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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