Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, March 1, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 4, Barreling Home.
Gulfstream, Race 5, exacta box, Remoulade/Zulmin.
Tampa, Race 10, exacta box, Massaoit/Little Dovefeather.

Aqueduct: Stymie Hcp $75K

Daaher...Hmmm, what to do. We took a shot against him in the G1 Donn Hcp, pointing out that he still has some two-turn question marks. That still holds but he finds some soft competition here.
Evening Attire...The 10YO is certainly the sentimental choice shopping for a NY stakes victory at his age. Maintains good form.
Explosive Heat...Should be in the thick of it from the bell.
Kenta Kun.

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

Gulfstream: GP Hcp G2 $350K

Leonnatus Anteas...It's going to come down to the pace scenario in this small field. We're hoping Fairbanks and Kiss the Kid keep each other company early and this guy can pick up the pieces late.
Fairbanks...Either of these next two will be dangerous if allowed to sneak away.
Kiss the Kid.

Wager: $5 W on Leonnatus Anteas.
...$2 exacta box top two.

Laurel: Miracle wood $70K

Vanderkaay...Solid in his return from Florida.
Malibu Kid...On the improve.
Gattopardo...Hasn't missed the exacta yet.
Apple Special.

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

Santa Anita: China Doll $90K

Dajolie...Euro-import could make an impact in US debut.
Gorgeous Goose...Solid since switching to the lawn.
Carnival Queen...Could be ready to pop in second 2008 start.
Sweeter Still.

Wager: $5 WP on Dajolie.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Dajolie over next three.

Santa Anita: Sham G3 $200K

El Gato Malo...Convinced us he's for real last time.
Reflect Times...Should benefit from first stakes and two-turn try last time.
Colonel John...Monba flopped last weekend -- so we'll get more of a barometer on that G1 HOL Futurity here.
Coast Guard.

Wager: $5 WP on El Gato Malo.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key El Gato Malo over next three.

Santa Anita: Kilroe Mile Hcp G1 $300K

War Monger...Very solid 4YO debut for Mott/Desormeaux.
Out of Control...Very tough last summer and fall. Only knock today is the layoff.
Artiste Royal...Lightly-raced in 2007 and now is first-back from November trip to Japan. Tough if ready however.
Storm Military.

Wager: $5 WP on War Monger.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key War Monger over next three.

Santa Anita: SA Hcp G1 $1mil

Go Between...Turf star won convincingly over the synthetic last time. Capable of repeating here.
Champs Elysees...Regally-bred turfer from Juddmonte/Frankel will be tough if he takes to the surface.
Tiago...Will be rolling late.
Awesome Gem.

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

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