Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 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 9, Texas Wildcatter.
Hawthorne, Race 7, Atoned.
Oaklawn, Race 10, Fairbanks.
Santa Anita, Race 6, On the Virg.
Santa Anita, Race 7, exacta box, Daytona/Artiste Royale.
Santa Anita, Race 9, exacta box, Missit/Theodora.

Aqueduct: Bay Shore G3 $150K

J Be K...Should appreciate return to sprint.
Jockey Ridge...Maiden-breaker showed talent -- last two should provide good education.
Gattopardo...Significant improvement last time -- has he turned the corner, or was that an aberration? We'll know more today.
Go Go Shoot.

Wager: $5 WP on J Be K.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Aqueduct: Excelsior Hcp G3 $200K

Magna Graduate...Gets a tepid nod in a contentious affair because of what looks like a slight class edge here. Won this race last year.
Wafi City...Seems to have returned as an improved 4YO.
Nite Light...For a Pletcher runner with some very nice breeding, this one has taken a conservative career path -- note the win for a tag in the second career start. Still, hasn't missed the exacta since the debut and seems to be in peak form now.
Naughty New Yorker.

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

Aqueduct: Wood Memorial G1 $750K

Texas Wildcatter...We liked him in the G3 Gotham but he was caught in the shadow of the wire. One more shot.
Court Vision...Seasonal debut in the G2 FOY could have him set to run well today.
War Pass...Tampa flop just looks too bad to be true.
Tale of Ekati.

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

Aqueduct: Carter Hcp G1 $300K

Bustin Stones...Undefeated NY-bred passed test last time winning the G2 Gen George. Waters get slightly deeper here -- but still won't have to face any of the top horse in the sprint division.
Spring At Last...SoCal shipper comes out of a G1 win in Florida.
Lord Snowdon...Just missed catching Bustin Stones at Laurel.
Premium Wine.

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

Keeneland: Ashland G1 $500K

Proud Spell...Pro-tem leader in the division. The question mark here, of course, is the surface.
Country Star...Already has a win over the track -- so the question here is, fitness off the layoff.
Bsharpsonata...Hard to fault her current form.
Life Is Sweet.

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

Hawthorne: Illinois Derby G2 $500K

Atoned...Had him on top and he just got nipped at 9-1 in the G3 Tampa Bay Derby. Doh! We'll give him another shot -- although we won't get the price.
Denis of Cork...Undefeated and clearly eligible to keep that streak going.
Real Appeal...Might get overlooked coming out of the 3YO debut in Texas -- but showed some promise last year and that seasonal debut should have served as a solid tightener.

Wager: $5 WP on Atoned.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Atoned over next three.
...$1 tri key Denis of Cork over other three.

Oaklawn: Apple Blossom Hcp G1 $500K

Ginger Punch...Reigning divisional champ looked solid in first start of 2008.
Zenyatta...Lightly-raced 4YO has shown plenty of promise but gets a real test here.
Brownie Points...OK second in a prep for this -- which was her first off of a long break.

Wager: $5 W on Atoned.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$2 exacta box Ginger Punch/Brownie Points.
...$1 tri key Ginger Punch over next three.

Oaklawn: Oaklawn Hcp G2 $500K

Fairbanks...Unlike some of the top players in here this one has bona-fide, recent dirt experience.
Tiago...Beyers are moving in the right direction and he could be primed for a good one.
Heatseeker...Is running well right now and comes in off of a win in the G1 SA Hcp -- but be aware, he's never tried dirt.
Circular Quay.

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

Santa Anita: Potrero Grande Hcp G2 $200K

Surf Cat...Don't know if this one retains the talent that was promised early in the career -- but last indicates he's probably good enough versus these.
Peace Chant...Like the top pick -- showed promise earlier, now must recapture some of that form in second start back.
Greg's Gold...Just behind the top pick last time.
Sailors Sunset.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Anita Derby G1 $650K

On the Virg...We've just missed with Pletcher upsetters in at least a couple of these Derby Trail races over the past few weeks. This one is moving in the right direction and we'll take another shot.
El Gato Malo...Just couldn't get past Colonel John last time. But he might benefit from that effort.
Colonel John.

Wager: $5 WP on On the Virg.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Santa Anita: Arcadia Hcp G2 $150K

Daytona...Should appreciate the distance and a firm course.
Artiste Royal...Should be primed for a good effort in second start of season.
Golden Balls...Showed promised last year -- coming back off a long layoff however.

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

Santa Anita: Providencia G2 $150K

Missit...Decent form in the UK -- including a near-miss in a G2. Working well for first 2008 start.
Theodora...Interesting on the stretch off of two good sprints.
Starry Pursuit...Undefeated Hollendorfer filly could be any kind. Will have to work a little early though from the outside post.
Gorgeous Goose.

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

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