Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, June 14, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Triple Crown fever subsides but racing continues -- and how! Plenty of good stakes action all around, highlighted by the 2008 US debut of the reigning HOTY Curlin at Churchill.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Monmouth, Race 6, exacta box, Bros Sis/Wild Ones Event.
Monmouth, Race 9, Medley.
Churchill, Race 9, Old Man Buck.

Belmont: Phipps Hcp G1 $300K

Ginger Punch/Spring Waltz... Defending divisional champ Ginger Punch has been a little light Beyer-wise in the last two, but they were both good efforts -- a third to the super-talented Zenyatta followed by a convincing win last time. She's still the one to beat. Entry-mate Spring Waltz on the other hand comes into this with a couple of solid-Beyer wins.
Golden Velvet...Seems to be improving with each start since arriving stateside.
Moon Catcher...Her best puts her in the thick of this.
Cowgirls Don't Cry.

Wager: $5 W on Ginger Punch/Spring Waltz.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Ginger Punch/Spring Waltz over next three.

Monmouth: Spend A Buck $70K

Atoned...Just missed for us in the G3 Tampa Bay Derby at 9-1 and then flopped next two. Might have benefitted from two month break.
Cool Coal Man...Won G2 Fountain of Youth then flopped in G1 Blue Grass and G1 Ky Derby. Should find this spot more to his liking.
Mr Universe...Lightly-raced. Last seems to indicate he's figured it out.

Wager: $5 WP on Ginger Punch/Spring Waltz.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Atoned over next three.

Monmouth: Eatontown Hcp G3 $150K

Medley...Seems to be an improved 4YO.
Miracle Moment...Off since November but might prove to be the speed to catch in here.
Beatrix Kiddo...Just missed in a solid closing effort first time in this country.
Social Queen.

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

Philly: Jostle $200K

A Rose for You...She could prove tough on the cutback to a sprint.
Dulce Realidad...On the improve and has done little wrong in first four starts.
Throbbin' Heart...Probably had excuses in the two clunkers -- stumbled and over-matched -- otherwise she's usually in the hunt.
Phantom Income.

Wager: $5 WP on A Rose for You.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key A Rose for You over next three.

Churchill: Fleur De Lis Hcp G2 $300K

Hystericalady...The distance is the question mark -- but if she's on her game she just might be better than these.
Peach Flambe...Expect her to be closer to the early pace today.
Kathleens Reel...If the top two duel this one might pick up the pieces.
Wager: $5 W on Hystericalady.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$2 exacta box Hystericalady/Kathleens Reel.

Churchill: Regret G3 $200K

Pure Clan...Been facing the best in the division on dirt -- should have an edge on these.
Magical Theater...Jumped way up in first turf try.
Zee Zee...Third start of 2008. Might be interesting if able to sneak away early.
Clearly Foxy.

Wager: $5 WP on Pure Clan.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Pure Clan over next three.

Churchill: Northern Dancer G3 $175K

Pyro...Has something to prove here after flopping in G1 Blue Grass and G1 Ky Derby. But it's hard to believe that the six nice races prior to those two were flukes.
Visionaire...Similar scenario to top pick.
Texas Wildcatter...Like Atoned at Monmouth today -- this is one that got squeaked out of a win for us early on the Derby Trail and subsequently flopped twice. Capable in here if able to recapture that prior good form.

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

Churchill: Jefferson Cup G2 $200K

Old Man Buck...Was solid on the turf as a 2YO. Makes belated 3YO debut today -- but if he comes back with some freshman to sophomore improvement he could prove tough.
Tizdejavu...Just held on in front-running style last time -- which was his first on grass.
Go West Bert...Should be rolling late.
Golden Yank.

Wager: $5 WP on Old Man Buck.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Churchill: Foster Hcp G1 $750K [$1mil?]

Curlin...Reigning HOTY is making first start back from Dubai and toting 128 -- but looks tough to beat.
Grasshopper...Flopped in the mud at Pimlico. Expect better today.
Einstein...Turf runner missed a start on the grass at Belmont due to licensing technicalities -- so they wind up here. Iffy selection for us. He's capable if he can transfer his turf form to dirt -- big "if" however.
Brass Hat.

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

Churchill: Mint Julep Hcp G3 $150K

Dreaming of Anna...Don't really see any others in here who can push her early.
Danzon...Third start of 2008 -- the first two haven't jumped off the page. Third in this race last year. Suspect she's primed to improve.
Street Sounds...Stretches out off of a couple of turf sprints.

Wager: $5 WP on Dreaming of Anna.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Delaware: Susan's Girl $175K

Never Retreat...She might be very tough stretching out off of a couple sprints.
Eagle's Song...Second in the slop in a prep for this. Trainer on fire at the meet.
African Violet...Won the prep for this. All dirt races have been solid.
Awesome Chic.

Wager: $5 WP on Never Retreat.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Delaware: Obeah G3 $150K

Unbridled Belle...Pletcher trainee has been off since BC last year but loves this course. Note however that she finished second in this race in her first start of 2007.
Lemon Drop Mom...Another that likes this strip and won a small stake here in latest.
Lexi Star...First couple this season have been good. Should go well again.
Adorable Jane.

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

Hollywood: Round Table Hcp $75K

Porfido...Distance no problem for this proven marathoner.
Cedar Mountain...Won at 12F last time and should be coming late.
Marsh Side...Uncoupled barnmate of Cedar Mountain from Drysdale might get overlooked.

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

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