Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, September 8, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

We're back. After six week of daily, full-card handicapping at Saratoga we're ready to readjust our microscope and focus on the national stakes scene once again.

An interesting afternoon with most of the classy events being held at Belmont and Arlington -- but there's plenty of fun action elsewhere as well.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont, Race 1/2, double... R1/Tight Grip... R2/Zito entry
Belmont, Race 9, Sunriver.
Meadowlands, Race 8, Naissance Royale.
Arlington, Race 1, Indivia.
Arlington, Race 7, I's the Boy.
Arlington, Race 9, You Go West Girl.

Belmont: Garden City G1 $250K

Alexander Tango...Euro-invaders typically have an edge in these events -- but the dry summer in the northeast might compromise their chances due to the firm footing. Still, we'll take a shot with this gal having run a good second vs the boys in Ireland last time. Three back a decent fourth to the very talented Finsceal Beo.
Rutherienne...Bypassed a nice Saratoga stake to ship west and score convincingly in the G1 DM Oaks.
Missvinski...Close-up second in a French G1 last time.
Sharp Susan.

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

Belmont: Ruffian Hcp G1 $300K

Ginger Punch...In career form right now.
Take D'Tour...Likes this track.
Miss Shop.

Wager: $10 exacta Ginger Punch over Take D'Tour.

Belmont: Man O War G1 $500K

Sunriver...Might have a pace advantage in here. Might be allowed an easy lead in this turf marathon.
Shamdinan...Flopped in the G1 Irish Derby but rebounded nicely with a good G1 win in US debut.
Doctor Dino...Group winner in Europe was a good third in G1 Arlington Million.

Wager: $5 WP on Sunriver.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri Sunriver over next three.
...$1 tri Shamdinan over next three.

Meadowlands: Navajo Princess $60K

Naissance Royale...Comes off a spring-summer layoff but graded stakes winner should layover these if ready.
Sky High Flyer...More promise than winning-punch so far but she's got talent and should contend in here.
High Moment...Could be the one to force the issue.
Rasta Farian.

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

Delaware: Endine Hcp G3 $200K

G City Gal...Might find these a touch easier than she's been facing recently.
Sugar Swirl...Speedy and capable.
Sheets...6F might be her best trip.

Wager: $5 WP on G City Gal.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri G City Gal over next three.

Arlington: Arlington Matron Hcp G3 $150K

Round Heels...Was turfing in SoCal -- but ran well on the synthetic at Hollywood. Tough if ready off of the summer layoff.
On Safari...Ran best yet winning on this track in latest - but that was an off-turf event, so some questions still to be answered.
Eyes On Eddy...Asmussen trainee will contend if able to recapture form from earlier this year.

Wager: $5 WP on Round Heels.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri Round Heels over next three.

Arlington: Pucker Up G3 $200K

You Go West Girl...Solid in two turf tries and should have some pace to shoot at.
Pitmakan...Undefeated in 2007 for Mott. Could be in a tough spot though leaving from the outside and having to contend with Dreaming of Anna.
Dreaming of Anna...Not sure she's rebounded to the expectations of her 2YO season -- but she's clearly better on turf.

Wager: $5 WP on You Go West Girl.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Arlington: Arlington-Washington Lassie G3 $150K

Honest to Betsy...Decent fourth in the G2 Adirondack. Beyers moving in the right direction.
Wonderful Luck...Battle-tested from Asmussen.
Eat Pie...Won over Polytrack in England.
Pretty Persuasion.

Wager: $5 WP on Honest to Betsy.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Fairplex: PD Shepherd $65K

Guiding Hand...Speed gets it done on this oval.
C'Mon Tiger...Another that should be prominent early -- although loses the blinkers today.
Bravo Maestro...Should fit here.
Sensational Score.

Wager: $5 WP on Guiding Hand.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri Guiding Hand over next three.
...$1 tri C'Mon Tiger over next three.

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


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