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Saturday, February 16, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Eight races coast-to-coast this afternoon. And some fun contests in the mix. The highlight is probably the Festival Preview card at Tampa Bay Downs. A solid field in the G3 Endeavour and a nice group of 3YOs in the Sam F Davis. Fun day of racing...

Apologies for the delay in posting this afternoon. Technical difficulties. But we're posting at 1pm ET -- well before post time of the races involved.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct, Race 3, Holidaze.
Gulfstream, Race 3, exacta box, Romagnola/Crafty Role.
Tampa, Race 4, Doryphar.
Tampa, Race 7, Drivingmaxandmitzi.

Aqueduct: Hollie Hughes Hcp $75K

Whistlin'...Two solid tries over the inner track so far this season.
Good Card...Behind top pick in last two but capable of picking up a piece here.
Gold and Roses...Hard-knocker not showing too many wins over past year -- but always seems to be in the hunt.
Seeking the Glory.

Wager: $5 W on Whistlin'.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Whistlin' over next three.

Gulfstream: Hallandale Beach $100K

Cowboy Cal...Done nothing wrong since moving to turf so we'll label him "best until beaten".
Why Tonto...Finished behind top pick/barnmate last time. Looks capable of doing it again.
Cannonball...Was behind top two last time -- but had an excuse. Dangerous.

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

Tampa: Suncoast $75K

Sunday Holiday...Might have a class edge on these after facing the likes of Indian Blessing last year. Tough if added maturity over the time off.
My Baby Baby...Solid in maiden-breaker -- but was that aided by the off-going?
Vaucluse...Like My Baby Baby, this one has impressed, but over wet tracks. We'll know more about her after today.
Ashley River.

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

Tampa: Endeavour G3 $150K

Lear's Princess...But for Rags to Riches this gal might have an Eclipse Award on her resume. Returns to grass which might be her preferred surface.
Dreaming of Anna...Meanwhile this one is an Eclipse winner (what a nice race). The beginning of her 3YO season was a little disappointing but she regained good form to end the year. Look for more of the same in her 4YO debut.
Meribel...A bona fide graded-stakes performer. Gets Gomez to ride.
Pretoria Light.

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

Tampa: Sam F Davis $200K

Smooth Air...Stretches out but will be tough if able to run back to nice off-the-pace effort in the G2 Hutcheson.
Z Humor...From the loaded Zayat team. Other than the G1 BC Juvie this one has been pretty solid right along.
Fierce Wind...Seems to have appreciated the stretch-out. Dangerous from Zito.
Wise Answer.

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

Laurel: JB Campbell Hcp $95K

Angliana...Convincing winner of a NY stake last time.
Naughty New Yorker...always tough NY-bred and interesting the NY-based trainer elects to go out of town.
Nite Light...Pletcher runner has figured it out -- but still needs to prove some things.
Tap Dancing Mauk.

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

Laurel: B Fritchie Hcp G2 $300K

Control System...Lightly-raced 4YO has been showing plenty of promise.
Oprah Winney...Defending champ in this race has been a little iffy recently. Needs to rebound to top form.
Golden Dawn...Nice win in a small NY stake last time.
For Kisses.

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

Santa Anita: San Carlos Hcp G2 $150K

Surf Cat...One of a few in here trying to restore their reputations. Finally gets to string a couple together and should be able to stalk a fast pace.
Johnny Eves...Upset the G1 Malibu this track and trip.
Circular Quay...Like top pick this one is trying to regain past glory. Working well for return and the 7F trip recalls his top effort in the G1 Hopeful in 2006.
Greg's Gold.

Wager: $5 WP on Surf Cat.
...$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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