Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 19, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Apologies for the late posting this week. Technical difficulties.

We are posting at about 1:45pm ET - which is well in advance of the first race we make a selection for [Best Bet in R3 at Gulfstream].

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 3, Silver Bayer.
Gulfstream, Race 9, exacta box, Peach Flambe/Prop Me Up.
Keeneland, R9, exacta box, Atoned/Behindatthebar.
Pimlico, R9, exacta box, Cave's Valley/Icabod Crane.
Delaware, R7, Sentebale.

Aqueduct: Bed O Roses Hcp G2 $140K

Sutra...Brings some 'Oaklawn conditioning' to the table.
Golden Dawn...Coming out of an authoritative score in the G2 Fritchie.
Rite Moment...Improved significantly over the inner -- question then is, will form translate to the main?
Lady Marlboro.

Wager: $5 WP on Sutra.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Sutra over next three.
...$1 tri key Golden Dawn over other three.

Keeneland: Ft Harrod $100K

Save Big Money...Has the ability to be close or sit back depending on the pace in this marathon event. Won here last year at this time going 9.5F.
Rathor...Frankel 6YO has been lightly-raced over past two seasons but looks capable if ready to fire a big shot.
Jade's Revenge...Won a G3 here last year and might appreciate return to this surface in third start back from layoff.
Successful Affair.

Wager: $5 WP on Save Big Money.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Keeneland: Lexington G2 $325K

Atoned...We just missed with him in the G3 Tampa Bay Derby at 9-1. Stuck to him for the minor flop in Illinois. We'll stay onboard again hoping that last week indicated Pletcher has turned the corner on the Derby Trail this season.
Behindatthebar...Lightly-raced so there might still be some upside. All synthetic surface races have been good. We're looking for a repeat of last week's Pletcher exacta.
Salute the Sarge...Only dud was the G1 BC Juvie over the sloppy track. Dangerous.
Riley Tucker.

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

Pimlico: Frederico Tesio $150K

Cave's Valley...3YO season hasn't quite lived up to promise shown early on in career -- but should fit well with these.
Icabod Crane...Debated about putting this guy on top -- NY-bred was an OK third in $100K open stake in only his third start. Back to dirt. Dangerous.
Regal Solo...Looks like the race last time might have been a little flukey in regards to the high Beyer. But he's capable of being heard from here regardless.

Wager: $5 WP on Cave's Valley.
...$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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