Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, June 2, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

A 112.5% ROI on the day with $42.50 collected on $20 bet [$2 per win bet, $2 exacta box].

Belmont, Race 1, Truman's Gold.... 3rd at 2-1 [xxx, xxx, 2.10].
Belmont, Race 3, Garifine... WON [12.20, 5.40, 4.30].
Belmont, Race 8, Rutherienne... WON at 7-5/dead-heat [3.10, 3.00, 2.40].
Monmouth, Race 4, Judith Basin... WON [5.40, 3.20, 2.60].
Monmouth, Race 4, exacta box, Judith Basin/War Charm... WON $16.00/$2.
Delaware, Race 8, Time On... Scratched.
Churchill, Race 3, Cool Hero... 5th at 3-1.
Churchill, Race 4, Itsawonderfullife... 2nd at 8-5 [xxx, 3.80, 3.20].
Churchill, Race 6, Monshee Gold... WON [5.80, 3.20, 3.00].
Churchill, Race 9, Upcoming Story... 3rd at 5-1 [xxx, xxx, 3.80].

Belmont: Sands Point G3 $100K

Rutherienne 7-5* DH
Bit of Whimsy 10-1 DH
Classic Neel 9-5

Dead-heat for win.

Wager: $5 WP on Rutherienne.
Collected $15.25 on the WP [3,10, 3.00].
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-6.

Rutherienne...Improving Beyers in all four starts. Only one blemish on the record and even that was a good closing effort at 1M. Looks solid.
Classic Neel...Another with the Beyers moving the right direction. Has stepped it up since trying the turf.
Sharp Susan...G3 winner from Mott is undefeated on 'firm' turf.

Monmouth: Wolf Hill $60K

Smart Enough 1-1*
Mr Silver 6-1
Bingobear 2-1

Wager: $5 WP on Smart Enough.
Collected $17.50 on the WP [4.00, 3.00].
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $10.40 on the ex box [$20.80/$2].
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $27.70 on the tri box [$55.40/$2].

Smart Enough...Very solid turf sprinter. Only question mark is the layoff but the trainer looks OK in that department.
Bingobear...Nice return from the sidelines last time. Tough if able to move forward off of the effort.
Mr Silver...A little bit inconsistent but capable of being heard from on his best day.

Delaware: Rooney Mem $100K

Rosinka 6-5*
Palmilla/entry 2-1
Omeya/entry 2-1
Cozy Gain 9-1

Time On scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Time On.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $6.10 on the ex box [$12.20/$2].
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $19.80 on the tri box [$39.60/$2].

Time On...Group winner in Europe looks set-up to put in a good run in her third US start.
Omeya...Last couple haven't been much but cagey trainer could have her ready to improve. Entry-mate Palmilla is capable on her best effort.
Rosinka...She looks ready for this stakes assignment.
Cozy Gain.

Thistledown: Ohio Derby G2 $300K

Delightful Kiss 24-1
Moyer's Pond 7-1
Reporting for Duty 12-1

Wager: $5 WP on Forty Grams.
Ran 5th at 5-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-5.

Forty Grams...Hasn't quite gotten it done since moving into stakes company but hasn't been embarrassed either. Could be interesting on a fast dirt track. Might stalk and get first jump.
Reporting for Duty...Barn-mate of top pick has likewise shown some potential but hasn't been able to put it together in the big ones. Toss last on the sloppy, sealed track and a rebound to prior good form says he'll contend.
Cowtown Cat...Pletcher trainee is clearly the one to beat on his best effort -- but he doesn't look wildly better than the top two.
Moyer's Pond.

Churchill: Opening Verse Hcp $100K

Therecomesatiger 4-1
Icy Atlantic 6-5*
Go Between 9-5

Yate's Black Cat scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Icy Atlantic.
Collected $7.50 on the WP [xxx, 3.00].
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-4.

Icy Atlantic...Graded stakes winner from Pletcher is a cut below the best -- but should fit among this group nicely.
Free Thinking...Third start off the layoff -- and check back to 2006, also started in this race third off the bench, and finished third.
Go Between...Solid 3YO season last year. Toss last -- a G1 on 'yielding' ground -- and this guy looks very tough.
Yate's Black Cat.

Churchill: Dogwood BC G3 $150K

Lady Joanne 6-5*
High Again 5-1
Upcoming Story 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Upcoming Story.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-8.

Upcoming Story...Third start of brief layoff. Stretching to 1M off of two sprints. Like the setup.
Lady Joanne...Graded stakes winner on this track last year. Solid win in seasonal debut.
Silverinyourpocket...Graded stakes winner on this track this year -- and beat the top pick doing it!
Moonee Ponds.

Churchill: Aristides BC G3 $150K

Fabulous Strike 4-5*
Cougar Cat 23-1
Gaff 9-2

Saint Anndan scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Saint Anndan.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4.

Saint Anndan...Won a graded sprint stake here on the Derby undercard. No reason why he can't repeat.
Greg's Gold...SoCal sprinters always seem tough when they come east. Finished second to division's pro-tem leader two back.
Gaff...He's tough when he has his running shoes on -- just can't be sure when that will be.
Fabulous Strike.

Hollywood: Californian G2 $250K

Buzzards Bay 2-1*
Sun Boat 25-1
AP Xcellent 7-1

Wager: $5 WP on Boboman.
Ran 4th at 5-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-8-10.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-8-10.

Boboman...Hmmm, blinkers on and a bullet work. Obviously they want him closer -- but let's hope not too close because it looks like there will be some pace to shoot at, so a stalking trip could be a good set-up for him.
Kip Deville...Wheeled right back off of a sixth-place in Monday's G1 Shoemaker. Wouldn't be shocked to see him out fornt early.
Perfect Drift...8YO might not have liked the going last time -- of course we don't know how he'll like the artificial surface here either. Capable if able to rebound to form shown at KEE two back.
Buzzards Bay.

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