Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, September 15, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

A nice afternoon of stakes racing in NY -- four from Belmont, including the return of Rags to Riches. And a couple of other minor offerings rom across the country to round things out...

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont, Race 7, Pommes Frites.
Belmont, Race 7, exacta box... Pommes Frites/Fantastic Shirl.
Belmont, Race 10, exacta box... Secret Stocks/Lightning Larry.
Fairplex, Race 12... Royal Humor.

Belmont: Matron G2 $250K

Syriana's Song...Stretches to 7F which might not be conducive to that front-running style, except don't know if others are fast enough to challenge her early. We'll see...
Armonk...Behind top pick in career debut after having some trouble. Like the confidence shown by connections to spot her here.
Proud Spell...Already a stakes winners at Delaware.

Wager: $5 WP on Syriana's Song.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Syriana's Song over next three.

Belmont: Noble Damsel Hcp G3 $100K

Pommes Frites...Bayou's Lassie looks like the only stumbling block to a front-running victory. That one's been off since January so we'll give the nod here.
Fantastic Shirl...Saratoga win was her best yet. We'll need to see what happens today to know if she's in career form or just really liked the Spa.
Astronomia...Convincing in US debut. Could be this good.
Dance Away Capote.

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

Belmont: Futurity G2 $250K

Kodiak Kowboy...Asmussen trainee comes in off of three straight stakes victories, including a G2 at Saratoga.
Tale of Ekati...Impressive in debut -- followed with a good second in G2 Sanford. Talented.
The Leopard...$2.5 mil purchase earlier this year broke maiden in second start -- not quite sure how that field stacks up yet though.
Mythical Pegasus.

Wager: $5 WP on Kodiak Kowboy.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Kodiak Kowboy over next three.

Belmont: Gazelle G1 $250K

Lear's Princess...Lightly raced but clearly very talented she could be primed for a break-through today.
Rags to Riches...No doubt, if she's ready she romps. But after all her trials and tribulations of the past few months we're willing to take a shot against here.
Tough Tiz's Sis...Baffert filly is capable on best -- but has flopped in a couple of 3YO tries east of the Mississippi.
Dorm Fever.

Wager: $5 W on Lear's Princess.
...$5 exacta box top two.

Meadowlands: Formal Gold $65K

Indian War Dance...High early speed from the rail. Question is: How fast is the Charles Town shipper Confucius Say. A duel could muck things up -- but we'll lean here and hope he clears.
Five Steps...Might be the one to benefit is there's a scramble on the front-end early.
Sleek John...Interesting. Last was best yet and could indicate good form now. Also should be stalking behind early pace.
Confucius Say.

Wager: $5 WP on Indian War Dance.
...$5 exacta box top two.

Fairplex: Barretts Debutante $150K

Royal Humor...Expensive 2YO purchase earlier this year. Showed solid improvement in her second start and the early speed should play well on this track.
Ididntmeantoo...Overmatched in latest. Should fit here and also has some early foot which should be helpful from the rail.
La Mina...Been knocking at the door.
PSU Grad.

Wager: $5 WP on Royal Humor.
...$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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