Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, December 1, 2007
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Calder, Race 8, J'ray.
Calder, Race 11, Go Between.
Fair Grounds, Race 9, exacta box, Steve's Double/Crossword.

Aqueduct: Garland of Roses Hcp $75K

Oprah Winney...Much better than the clunker thrown at Monmouth. Expect better here.
Coli Bear...Should be prominent throughout leaving from the rail.
Control System...Lightly-raced but has shown promise. Third start back from layoff.
More Angels.

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

Calder: My Charmer Hcp G3 $100K

J'ray...Has disappointed last couple vs state-breds. We liked her in both of those and we'll stick one more time because we think she's better than those efforts.
Bayou's Lassie...Took the lead and was caught late in this race last year. Good try in dirt stake last time should have her primed.
Fantastic Shirl...Will be rolling late.
La Dolce Vita.

Wager: $5 WP on J'ray.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Calder: Three Ring $100K

Silk Ridge...Battle-tested with plenty of stakes experience -- including a win in a similar event here three back going wire-to-wire. Similar tactics today could prove fruitful.
Paint Me Red...Interesting stretching out off of two good sprints.
Calico Bay...Another proven stakes performer over this track.
Indy's Alexandra.

Wager: $5 WP on Silk Ridge.
...$3 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Silk Ridge over next three.

Calder: What A Pleasure $100K

Coal Play...Improved nicely when stretched to 1M in second start. Should appreciate the two turns.
Check It Twice...Already has stakes experience under his belt.
Dynhocracy...Won a turf stake last time and seems to be improving.
Victory Cafe.

Wager: $5 W on Coal Play.
...$4 exacta box top two.

Calder: Tropical Turf Hcp G3 $100K

Go Between...Won a turf stakes at La Downs two back. Followed with a G3 win on the KEE Poly last time. Getting good now.
Host...This group might be a little easier than he's been facing recently.
Ballast...Won this race last year. No wins in 2007 but he's usually in the hunt.
Minister's Joy.

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

Laurel: Jennings Hcp $60K

Digger...Impressive in last couple starts over this track -- but those were against state-breds. However, this bunch doesn't look much tougher.
Echo Quest...Another that has shown an affinity for this track. Should be prominent from the get-go.
Due...The top two both show speed and that might play into the hands of this one making a late move.
Evil Storm.

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

Fair Grounds: Tenacious Hcp $60K

Steve's Double...Last couple seem to indicate he's improved as 3YO season went on.
Crossword...Ran well over this track last season.
Tepexpan...Could be the one to catch.
Cielo Gold.

Wager: $5 WP on Steve's Double.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Hollywood: Bayakoa Hcp G2 $150K

Tough Tiz's Sis...Flopped in the BC slop but look for a rebound with return to SoCal. Has won over this surface in the past.
Sugar Shake...Frankel filly is likely the one to catch.
Romance Is Diane...Last was her best yet.
Grain of Truth.

Wager: $5 WP on Tough Tiz's Sis.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri key Tough Tiz's Sis over next three.

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


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