Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 23, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct, Race 5, Trading Star.
Gulfstream, Race 5, Harpeth.
Santa Anita, Race 7, exacta box, On the Acorn/Spring House.

Aqueduct: Rare Treat Hcp $75K

Stage Luck...Lightly-raced but showing plenty of promise.
Aliysa...You have to decide if you think Wild Hoots can keep this one company early. If not, she could be tough to catch.
Wild Hoots...Solid since moving back to dirt.
Runway Rosie.

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

Gulfstream: GP Turf G1 $350K

Stream of Gold...Working well and looks setup for first US win.
Shamdinan...Disappointed a little after the big win in the US debut -- but looks capable of popping at any time.
Zann...Very consistent in SoCal. Dangerous.

Wager: $5 WP on Stream of Gold.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay $150K

Cosmonaut...Still not convinced about some of these runners that were moved out of the Biancone barn. But we just don't see much that will go with this one early in here.
Icy Atlantic...Inconsistent over the past year but certainly capable on best.
Soldier's Dancer...Will be rolling late.
Stay Close.

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

Santa Anita: San Luis Obispo Hcp G2 $150K

On the Acorn...Looks best -- but off since May and that adds some trepidation to the selection. Working well however.
Spring House...Been competitive in these marathon events since last summer.
Sudan...Not often you see a shipper from Sweden! This one is a G1 winner in Europe, Goes out first-time from Frankel today.

Wager: $5 WP on On the Acorn.
...$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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