Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 5, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct; Race 4, Dadoway.
Aqueduct, Race 8, Barrier Reef.
Gulfstream, Race 2, exacta box, Stormy Miracle/Classic Lake.
Gulfstream, Race 5, High Rent.

Aqueduct: Count Fleet $75K

Barrier Reef...Improved when stretched to two-turns over this surface. Still plenty of upside potential.
Giant Moon...Undefeated, including a couple NY-bred stakes. Tests open company today but should fit.
Roman Emperor...Improving with each start. Dangerous.
Spanky Fischbein.

Wager: $5 WP on Barrier Reef.
...$5 exacta key Barrier Reef over next two.
...$1 tri key Barrier Reef over next three.

Gulfstream: Mr Prospector Hcp G3 $100K

Keyed Entry...Consistency is the question mark over the last eight or nine starts. A tiger when he's right -- but will that be today. Back from a long layoff. Adds blinkers. Bullet work. What tipped the balance for us was his solid record over this track.
Roi Maudit...An improved animal since summer time break.
Finallymadeit...Florida-based runner hits the exacta 62% of the time.
Grand Champion.

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

Gulfstream: Hutcheson G2 $150K

Halo Najib...Should appreciate the return to sprinting.
Smooth Air...Improved since the late summer break.
Cool Coal Man...Another that might like the cutback in distance.
Grand Minstrel.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Ysabel G3 $100K

Turn Away...Might have benefitted from the two-turn education last time.
Kazamira...From the Giacomo/Tiago connections -- it looks like she has some potential.

Wager: $5 WP on Turn Away.
...$5 exacta key Turn Away over next two.
...$1 tri key Turn Away over next three.

Santa Anita: San Pasqual G2 $150K

Heatseeker...Improved effort in latest. A repeat gets it done here.
Racketeer...Second to top pick last time. The main danger.
Molengao...Threat if able to recapture top form off the layoff.
Hello Sunday.

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

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


Note: Pages on this site are labelled with the equidaily.com logo. Some links are for information only and lead to pages at other sites. equidaily.com is responsible only for the pages on this site. equidaily.com assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Always check with official sources to verify info.

E-mail any questions, comments, or suggestions:

email button

Copyright 2008 equidaily.com