Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, June 30, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont, Race 5, Metro Meteor.
Belmont, Race 6, exacta box, William Tell/Borobudur.
Monmouth, Race 4, Cologne.
Monmouth, Race 5, My Confidante.
Monmouth, Race 7, You Asked.
Churchill, Race 5, Jet Black Rocket.
Churchill, Race 7, Winter Knight.
Hollywood, Race 2, Drill Down.

Belmont: Mother Goose G1 $250K

Octave...Hasn't missed an exacta in eight lifetime starts -- but far more seconds than firsts. Should have an edge against these three however.
Lady Joanne...Looked very good winning a G3 at Churchill last time.
Boca Grande.

Wager: $10 exacta Octave over Lady Joanne.

Belmont: Suburban Hcp G1 $400K

Corinthian...The loss in the G3 two back would be a concern -- but he had trouble. When trouble-free he's very good.
Political Force...Just behind top pick last time. Likely to be tough again.

Wager: $5 W on Corinthian.
...$5 exacta Corinthian over Political Force.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Corinthian over next two.

Monmouth: Boiling Springs G3 $150K

Rutherienne...Just seems to be getting better and better. Likely set to be a force in her division.
Sharp Susan...Mott filly was behind top pick last time -- but will contend on best.
Red Birkin...Competitive in all turf starts.
More THan a Feelin.

Wager: $5 WP on Rutherienne.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Rutherienne over next three.

Churchill: Firecracker Hcp G2 $250K

Remarkable News...Consistent Beyer-wise and looks to be in good form coming out of the G2 Dixie win.
Outperformance...Could be set to pop in third start back.
Tiganello...Won a minor stake at Arlington in latest and has shown some flashes in the past that indicate he can contend here.

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

Hollywood: American Invy Hcp G2 $250K

The Tin Man...9YO will have to contend with early speed from Lang Field and Willow O Wisp -- but was able to stalk last time and a repeat of that strategy should prove successful.
Becrux...Might benefit from a quick early pace.
Willow O Wisp...Quality speed should be there for at least piece at the end.
Right Special.

Wager: $5 WP on The Tin Man.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Hollywood: Landaluce $100K

Elocution...Asmussen has had success shipping fillies west for stakes wins.
Billie Bob...Beat state-breds to break maiden but the effort indicates she should fit here.
Treadmill...Similar to Billie Bob this one beat Cal-breds -- but place-finisher came back to win, flattering this one.
Set Play.

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

Hollywood: Hollywood Gold Cup G1 $750K

Molengao...Comes into this in career-best form.
Lava Man...We've got him second -- but he's our rooting interest in here. With the retirement of Invasor this guy is "live" for an Eclipse he so richly deserves.
AP Arrow...Needs his best.
AP Xcellent.

Wager: $5 WP on Molengao.
...$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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