Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, June 21, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont, Race 5, exacta box, Open Sleigh/Oceanography.
Belmont, Race 10, Bontempu.

Belmont: New York G2 $250K

Mauralakana...Looks best versus these.
Dynaforce...Euro-invaders are always dangerous.

Wager: $5 exacta Mauralakana over Dynaforce.

Monmouth: Dearly Precious $70K

JZ Warrior...Big promise in two 2YO start -- but somewhat inconsistent this year. If you toss the graded stakes starts she looks tougher in this spot.
Silk Thunder...Has looked pretty good over the synthetics in SoCal.
Overandabeauty...Like the top pick this miss has been a little inconsistent this season -- but should fit here.

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

Colonial: All Along G3 $200K

Rutherienne...Hard to knock that 9-of12 lifetime record. Third last time but that was after a cross-country trip.
J'ray...Better than latest.
Indescribable...Seems to have rounded into top form.
Sheppard entry.

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

Colonial: Colonial Turf Cup G3 $600K

Adriano...We've been high on this one since that big win at Gulfstream to start the season. Might appreciate the return to grass.
Sporting Art...Beaten at 3-5 last time but had some traffic. Expect better today.
Sailor's Cap...Lightly-raced -- so still some upside potential. Just missed to the talented Tizdejavu last time.
Nistle's Crunch.

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

Hollywood: Cinema Hcp G3 $150K

Liberian Freighter...Nice stalking style shown two and three back should prove fruitful here.
Ez Dreamer...Also should be stalking the early pace and running late.
Polonius...Likely pace-setter. The others can't let him sneak away early in a short field.

Wager: $10 quinella top two.

Coast-to-coast Archives...Picks, plays and results from previous weeks


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