Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, May 10, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Churchill, Race 3, exacta box, Silvie's Lullaby/Misparkle Too.

Belmont: Bold Ruler Hcp G3 $100K

Executive Fleet...Absolutely in top form over the last three. Just missed in G1 Carter.
Lucky Island...The lightbulb went on two back and she's undefeated since.
Callmetony...Huge Beyer effort last time and returns to Belmont where he's run well before.

Wager: $5 WP on Executive Fleet.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Executive Fleet over next three.
...$1 tri key Lucky Island over other three.

Belmont: Peter Pan G2 $200K

Ready's Echo...Lightly-raced with plenty of upside. Will be rolling in the lane.
Cosmic...Conservatively brought along by McGaughey, this one is coming in off of a string of improving Beyers.
Golden Spikes...Been a competitive contender in the division this year. Seems noteworthy that Florida-based Wolfson ships in.
Mint Lane.

Wager: $5 WP on Ready's Echo.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Pimlico: Hilltop $50K

Fareena...Off since November but she's been working steadily and might take them all the way on the front-end.
Catmosphere...Also off since last year but showed some promise in two starts.
Hartigan/Inventive...Both halves look capable but Hartigan is preferred. Solid stakes performer moves over from dirt -- but has won on turf previously.
Whitepark Bay.

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

Lone Star: Lone Star Derby G3 $400K

Samba Rooster...Looks to have a pace advantage on these.
El Gato Malo...Tossed in a clunker last time but he's better than that. Look for a rebound.
Texas Wildcatter...Also has to be better than his latest.

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

Hollywood: Murray Memorial Hcp G2 $250K

Champs Elysees...Regally-bred Juddmonte/Frankel runner returns to turf and seems to be in top form now.
Boule d'Or...Speed in this short field is going to be very dangerous.
Church Service.

Wager: $4 exacta box top two.

Hollywood: Senorita G3 $100K

Sweeter Still...Has rounded into good 3YO form.
Bel Air Sizzle...Will be rolling late.
Gorgeous Goose...Another with a good closing kick.

Wager: $5 WP on Sweeter Still.
...$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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