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Saturday, July 5, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Apologies for the delay in posting. Technical difficulties. However, we've posted at approximately 2pm ET -- well before the stakes racing action and about 30 minutes prior to the first of our Best Bets, Race 4 at Belmont.

Plenty of solid stakes action coast-to-coast. Speaking of coast-to-coast -- our namesake in the Best Bets section is more than a hunch play. We saw the debut and had the horse as a play that day -- looked like a good, educational first try. We'll look for some improvement in the second start.

We've also taken a shot a the huge Hollywood P6 carryover with a small budget play.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont, Race 4, exacta box, Paris Winds, Vacare.
Monmouth, Race 6, Misty Rose.
Churchill, Race 5, Coast to Coast.

Belmont: Prioress G1 $250K

Indian Blessing...Cutback to a sprint should be appreciated.
Tale of the West...Up-and-comer from pletcher.
Indian Way...Another lightly-raced contender showing some promise.
By the Light.

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

Monmouth: Salvator Mile Hcp G3 $300K

Indy Wind...Freaked in the latest -- which was over this strip and only second start of 2008. If able to repeat, he's the one to beat.
Honest Man...Lightly-raced 4YO ran best yet last time.
Gottcha Gold...Won this race last year upsetting heavy fave Lawyer Ron. Not sure he'll be able to sneak away as easily today.
Better THan Bonds.

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

Monmouth: United Nations G1 $750K

Champs Elysees...Has yet to really live up to his regal breeding but is clearly capable on best.
Strike a Deal...Seems to be an improved 4YO.
Equitable...Mott trainee will need to step it up -- but that seems possible for this lightly-raced 4YO.
Buddy's Humor.

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

Churchill: Bashford Manor G3 $150K

Segal...On Ok third on the synthetic in a stake last time. Should appreciate return to Churchill.
Lyin' Heart...Looking for an Asmussen exacta.
My Dominick James...Good debut.

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

Hollywood: HOL Juv Championship G3 $100K

Let'spickupthepace...Have a suspicion he might be primed for improvement.
Azul Leon...Debut was promising.
Nochangenweather...Beyers are moving in the right direction.

Wager: $5 WP on Let'spickupthepace.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Hollywood: Budget P6 Ticket
Carryover: $1.2 mil

Sequence starts with Race 6 [number in parentheses to be used in event of a scratch]:

R6/7 [1]... R7/5 [1]... R8/10-11... R9/9 [3]... R10/2-5... R11/7-9

1x1x2x1x2x2 = 8 x $2 = $16

Good luck

Hollywood: Vanity Hcp G1 $300K

Zenyatta...Best until beaten.
Tough Tiz's Sis...In the exacta more often than not.
Sealy Hill...In town for crafty Woodbine-based trainer.
Silver Z.

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

Hollywood: Cash Call Mile Invy G2 $750K

Diamond Diva...Euro-transplant has gone well since arriving stateside.
Lady of Venice...Won this race last year -- hasn't won since, but has been running well regardless.
Ventura...Big Beyer-fig win last time. An aberration -- or a signal of good things to come? We'll know more today.
La Tee.

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

Hollywood: American Oaks G1 $750K

Carribean Sunset...Close-up finishes last two in top 3YO filly races in Europe.
Satan's Circus...OK fifth in G1 French Oaks -- preceded by three straight wins.
Raw Silk...Should try to take them as far as she can.
Pure Clan.

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

Hollywood: Triple Bend Hcp G1 $300K

Street Boss...Could be a new face in the sprint division.
Desert Code...Interesting on the cutback.
Tropic Storm...Solid on this track.
Elite Squadron.

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

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


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