Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, September 22, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

A nice day. Picked up a little something on all but one of the races. Had a clean sweep of the top four spots in the Schapiro at Laruel to score a cold super. And our top four boxed for the super in the Mass Cap as well.

WAGERED: $202.00
COLLECTED: $253.15

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Tread lightly and it paid off with a 70% ROI.

Suffolk, Race 10, Fairbanks... 2nd at 3-5 [xxx, 2.20, 2.20].
Fairplex, Race 12... Frank the Barber... WON [6.80, 3.80, 2.80].

Belmont: Gallant Bloom Hcp G2 $150K

Jazzy 5-2
Cuaba 5-2*
Pussycat Doll 3-1

Wager: $5 exacta Jazzy over Cuaba.
Collected $57.00 on the ex box [$22.80/$2].
...$2 exacta Jazzy over Princess Janie.
Ran 1-5.

Jazzy...If her turf form translates to dirt she should be rolling in the lane.
Cuaba...Disappointing fade-job last time -- but she's better than that.
Princess Janie.

Belmont: Brooklyn Hcp G2 $150K

Any Given Saturday 1-5*
Tasteyville 18-1
Helsinki 25-1

Wager: $5 exacta Any Given Saturday over Sightseeing.
Ran 1-5.
...$2 exacta Any Given Saturday over Awesome Twist.
Ran 1-4.

Any Given Saturday...Summer starts seems to indicate he's a new, more mature horse. We'll know more today.
Sightseeing...Capable when he tosses in a good effort -- and seems to like Belmont.
Awesome Twist.

Suffolk: Moseley Hcp $100K

Afrashad/entry 1-5*
Council Member/entry 1-5*
Roman Candles 12-1
Gold and Roses 3-1

Safe Play, Moon's Halo scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Godolphin entry.
Collected $11.50 on the WP [2.40, 2.20].
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1/2-4.
...$1 tri key Goldolphin entry over next three.

Godolphin entry...Afrashad should be primed off the OK turf sprint race that kicked off 2007. Council Member shows improving Beyers and looks to be in top form.
Gold and Roses...NY-bred looks to fit here.
Safe Play...Has early speed.
Moon's Halo.

Suffolk: Mass Hcp $500K

Brass Hat 4-1
Fairbanks 3-5*
Dr Pleasure 5-2

Evening Attire ran 4th and completed the $153.40/$2 super.

Wager: $5 WP on Fairbanks.
Collected $5.50 on the WP [xxx, 2.20].
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $10.80 on the ex box [$21.60/$2].
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $28.00 on the tri box [$56.00/$2].

Fairbanks...Looks a little better than these.
Dr Pleasure...Hasn't lived up to early potential but looked OK in seasonal bow and might move forward as a 4YO.
Evening Attire...The old boy is still showing some life at age 9.
Brass Hat.

Philly: Cotillion Hcp G2 $750K

Bear Now 8-1
Octave 1-5*
Talkin About Love 7-1

Wager: $5 WP on Octave.
Collected $5.25 on the WP [xxx, 2.10].
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-5.

Octave...She's the one to beat -- gut Pletcher barn is still on a cold streak and she's not an absolute stand-out.
Exchanging Fire...She could be scary on the front-end.
Moon Catcher...Likely to be closer to the early pace today.
Talkin About Love.

Laurel: Schapiro Memorial Hcp $100K

Stay Close 2-1
Jungle Fighter 2-1*
Bastille 8-1

Dreadnaught ran 4th and completed the $193.60/$2 super

Wager: $5 WP on Stay Close.
Collected $29.00 on the WP [6.80, 4.80].
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $21.80 on the ex box [$21.80/$2].
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $10.90 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $47.00 on the tri box [$94.00/$2].

Stay Close...Comes out of a couple of graded efforts. Should fit with these.
Jungle Fighter...In career form right now -- but last two were at Colonial so he'll have to prove it here.
Bastille...Won this race last year with a big effort.
Yate's Black Cat.
Sensational Humor.

Fairplex: Pomona Derby $100K

Frank the Barber 2-1*
Big Bad Leroybrown 4-1
Mr Nightlinger 4-1

Daytona [Ire] scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Frank the Barber.
Collected $26.50 on the WP [6.80, 3.80].
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4.

Frank the Barber...Has a closing kick that might not be suited to this track -- but looks to have a slight edge if able.
Mr Nightlinger...The one to catch.
Daytona (Ire)...This is US stakes debut. Could prove tough.
My Man Murf.

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