Equidaily Racing Journal



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

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont, Race 2, Bold Hawk... WON [10.80, 3.70, 2.80].
Belmont, Race 5, exacta box, Jets Only/Refined Royalty... Ran 2-10.
Monmouth, Race 1, Conjugal Visit... Ran 2nd at 9-2 [xxx, 4.80, 3.40].
Monmouth, Race 5, exacta box, Rolling Grace/Marina Ballerina... Ran 1-3.
Monmouth, Race 10, Bonding... WON [17.20, 7.20, 4.40].
Colonial, Race 9, Circular Quay... Ran 6th at 9-5.

Belmont: CCA Oak G1 $300K

Octave 1-2*
Lear's Princess 4-1
Folk 7-2

Wager: $5 W on Octave.
Collected $7.50 on the W [$3.00].
...$4 exacta box top two.
Collected $17.00 on the ex box [$8.50/$2].
...$3 tri key Octave over Lear's Princess/Humble Janet.
Ran 1/2-4.
...$1 tri key Octave over next three.
Collected $7.30 on the tri key [$14.60/$2].

Octave...Pletcher goes to the bench and pulls out one that just looks better than the rest in here.
Lear's Princess...Lightly raced. Improving. Could be any kind.
Humble Janet...Claimed four back and Asmussen has had her on the fast track to graded stakes company.

Monmouth: Serena's Song $60K

Exchanging Fire 3-1
Ethan's Car 17-1
Lady Marlboro 8-5*

Wager: $5 WP on Lady Marlboro.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-5-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-5-6.

Lady Marlboro...Improving Beyers with each start. Good second in a G2 two back. Bravo onboard.
Exchanging Fire...Wired a similar stake here last time. Extra 70YD shouldn't be a problem.
Officer in Pursuit...Big win in a restricted stake at Belmont in latest.
Wine Diva.

Colonial: Va Oaks $200K

Dreaming of Anna 3-1
New Edition 25-1
Christmas Kid 5-2

Bees scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Bit of Whimsy.
Ran 4th at 2-1*.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-12.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-4-12.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-4-12.

Bit of Whimsy...Solid DH effort with talented Rutherienne in G3 Sands Point. That was only her third career start. She could be a good one.
Silence Dogood...Typically in the hunt.
Christmas Kid...Been knocking heads with good ones on dirt in most recent races -- but has run well on turf. Dangerous.

Colonial: Va Derby G2 $1 mil

Red Giant 37-1
Strike a Deal 9-2
Soldier's Dancer 22-1

Wager: $5 WP on Circular Quay.
Ran 6th at 9-5*.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-4-5-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-4-5-6.

Circular Quay...Works make it look like they've been pointing to this. A player in the division on idrt, might have a slight class edge here.
Strike a Deal...Closed to just miss in G3 Colonial Turf Cup, gets some added distance to work with here.
Summer Doldrums...Seems to have found a home on the grass.
Blazing Dynamo.

Del Mar: San Diego Hcp G2 $300K

Sun Boat 6-1
Awesome Gem 5-1
Salty Humor 37-1

Wager: $5 WP on Arson Squad.
Ran 6th at 7-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 6-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $39.60 on the ex box [$79.20/$2].
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-6-8.

Arson Squad...Off since the nice win in the G2 Strub but sports some nice works and will be tough if ready.
Buzzards Bay...Closing kick shown in last couple should play well here.
Awesome Gem...Should be a part of the action if he's on his game.
Sun Boat.

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


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