Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, March 15, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Tampa Bay, Race 7, Stay Close.
Tampa Bay, Race 12, Atoned.
Tampa Bay, Race 13, exacta, Paris Wind [AE] over Hurricane Nikki.
Santa Anita, Race 5, Jumpin Charlie.
Santa Anita, Race 9, Shediak.

Aqueduct: Cicada G3 $100K

Ready for Fortune...Successful despite some trouble in east coast debut.
Dill Or No Dill...Really only one clunker in seven career starts. Capable on best.
Throbbin' Heart.

Wager: $5 W on Ready for Fortune.
...$3 exacta box top two.

Tampa Bay: Hillsborough G3 $175K

Lear's Princess...Should benefit from first try of 2008.
Dreaming of Anna...Held of top pick last time. Extra half furlong to contend with today.
Maddy's Heart...Another that could be tighter in the second start of the season.
Lady Digby.

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

Tampa Bay: Florida Oaks G3 $200K

My Baby Baby...Good try in prep for this -- and should benefit from that first-go around two turns.
Calico Bay...Been competitive on a steady diet of stakes.
Elusive Lady...Expect she's better than the last.
Dee's Rose.

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

Tampa Bay: Turf Dash $75K

Lookinforthesecret...Won this race last year and comes into the race in good form.
Blue Pepsi Lodge...Has won seven of last nine.
Fort Prado...Decent fifth behind Euroears last time.
Around the Cape.

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

Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay Derby G3 $300K

Atoned...The near-miss with Texas Wildcatter in the Gotham last week showed once again that Pletcher is typically 'live' in these Derby Trail events. We'll go for an upset.
War Pass...Clearly the one to beat. Undefeated and pretty much untested.
Big Truck...NY-bred was a good second in the prep for this.
Dynamic Wayne.

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

Gulfstream: Skip Away Hcp G3 $150K

Better Than Bonds...First 2006 start should have him set-up well today.
Frost Giant...Two solid starts off the layoff.
Hunting...Trainer's horses have been ready at the meet.
Mr Umphrey.

Wager: $5 WP on Better Than Bonds.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Santa Anita: San Felipe G2 $200K

Shediak...Showed some real promise in France last year. Turfers tend to take to the synthetics.
Georgie Boy...Hard to fault the record thus far.
Bob Black Jack...Stretches -- but is going well.

Wager: $5 WP on Shediak.
...$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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