Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, May 26, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

With a number of big stakes lined up for the Monday holiday, today's line-up is rather quiet. Just five stakes on our dance-card for this afternoon.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont, Race 2, Communicator.
Belmont, Race 7, A Song for You.
Belmont, Race 8, Cliffrose.
Monmouth, Race 10, Park Avenue Ball.
Churchill, Race 1/2, double, R1/Posse Valley R2/Best Years.
Churchill, Race 8, Ballet Pacifica.
Churchill, Race 10, exacta box, Hotstufandthensome/Cloudy's Knight.
Churchill, Race 11, The Color Red.

Belmont: Sheepshead Bay Hcp G2 $150K

Cliffrose...Solid -- but brief -- 2006 season in Germany. Looked live coming into the stretch in US debut at Keeneland but then didn't have much to offer. Should be tighter today and find this trip more to her liking.
Honey Ryder...Just missed beating the boys in Florida and then got dusted by the guys in Dubai. She's the one to beat if she's rebounded from the overseas trip -- which is always a question mark.
Safari Queen...She'll be forwardly placed -- in fact, in this field she might well be in front... And prove tough to catch.

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

Monmouth: Elkwood $60K

Park Avenue Ball...Solid graded stakes winner makes turf debut but might have a class edge on this bunch.
Host...Lightly raced over the past couple of seasons -- will that take its toll as this one is another from the Pletcher barn making first start back from Dubai.
Touched by Madness...Capable on best.

Wager: $5 WP on Park Avenue Ball.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Churchill: Louisville Hcp G3 $150K

Hotstufanthensome...Seldom not part of the action over the past couple of seasons. 2007 debut was very good and now Beyers have dipped in two since -- which is a concern. But we'll look for a top effort with a distance that is perhaps more to his liking than last time.
Cloudy's Knight...Has been running well since late last year and will be heard from in the lane.
Ramazutti...Could be the one to catch.
Always First.

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

Arlington: Hanshin Cup Hcp G3 $100K

Throng...Pletcher trainee looks set to run a good one coming off of two solid tries over the KEE Poly.
Gouldings Green...Second in this race last two years -- but comes into this one off of a long layoff.
Purim...Like him better on turf -- but is capable on dirt on best effort.
Buddy Got Even.

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

Hollywood: Alydar $75K

Cobalt Blue...Flopped in Chicago but they had legit G1 Ky Derby dreams prior to that. Should rebound vs these.
Level Red...Finished a decent third to top pick two back and drops blinkers off of G1 SA Derby dud.
Pirates Deputy...Baffert runner has had a steady stakes diet for awhile -- and he's done OK.

Wager: $5 WP on Cobalt Blue.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$2 tri key Cobalt Blue over next three.
...$1 tri box top four.

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


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