Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, July 12, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Wow -- what a great day of racing.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Monmouth, Race 5, exacta box, Dragon Fi/Wild Jam.
Philly Park, Race 10, exacta box, Smart Account/Rectory Hill.
Hollywood, Race 6, Montia.
Hollywood, Race 7, Restless Soul.
Hollywood, Race 8, exacta, Colonel John over Two Step Salsa.

Belmont: Man o War G1 $500K

Curlin...2007 HOTY has lived up to those credentials this year. Tests turf but breeding indicates he'll be OK.
Red Rocks...Euro-invader won 2006 G1 BC Turf. Not as solid since -- but these kinds are always dangerous.
Grand Couturier...Seasonal debut looked good.
Better Talk Now.

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

Monmouth: Long Branch $150K

Atoned...Been chasing this one since he just disappointed us at 9-1 in G3 Tampa Derby. Last indicates he might be ready to validate that effort.
Goldsville...Interesting stretching out off of two sprints.
Hey Byrn...Disappointed in G1 Preakness after raising hopes in G3 Holy Bull. Should fit here.
Truth Rules.

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

Delaware: RG Dick Memorial G3 $300K

Rosinka...Solid last year and has a win in the 2008 debut that she should build off of.
Herboriste...Been running well this year.
Leap in the Sun...Think she's better than her finishing positions have been indicating.

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

Delaware: Carpenter Jr Memorial $100K

Kaufy Big Shot...Seems in top form over the last few.
Five Steps...Solid the last couple of seasons and likes this track.
Won Awesome Dude...Also rounding into good form now.

Wager: $5 WP on Kaufy Big Shot.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Kaufy Big Shot.

Delaware: Delaware Oaks G2 $500K

Proud Spell...Back quickly after G1 Mother Goose debacle. Should have an edge on these.
African Violet...Lightly-raced 3YO seems like an up-and-comer for Motion.
Shes All Eltish...Typically gets a piece.
Maren's Meadow.

Wager: $5 WP on Proud Spell.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.

Finger Lakes: NY Derby $150K

Tin Cup Chalice...Undefeated and returning to home court after taking the $100K Mike Lee at Belmont.
That'srightofficer...Could be rounding back into form promised at beginning of career.
Almighty Silver...Hasn't been off the board in seven career starts.

Wager: $5 WP on Tin Cup Chalice.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Tin Cup Chalice.

Calder: Azalea G3 $250K

Indyanne...3-3 in NoCal. Gets tested today but seems to have plenty of potential.
Dite Moi...Also undefeated and lightly-raced -- with lots of upside.
Dubai Majesty...Could be interesting turf-to-dirt and cutting back to a sprint.
Dancing Allstar.

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

Calder: Carry Back G2 $250K

Golden Spikes...Last might signal he's meant for sprints.
Lantana Mob...Last two would be enough to recommend -- but the recent barn switch leaves us wanting to see one.
Gentleman James...Solid since arriving at Calder.
Carson's Legacy.

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

Calder: Princess Rooney Hcp G1 $400K

Dream Rush...Super-solid 3YO season. 4YO debut was a good foundation to build on.
Miraculous Miss...Also capable of stepping it up in the second start of the season.
Looky Yonder...Last two have been improved.
Mistical Plan.

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

Calder: Smile Sprint Hcp G2 $00K

Benny the Bull...Sitting among the top of the sprint division.
Indian Chant...Hasn't missed an exacta this year.
Rockerfeller...Undefeated at Calder.
Man of Danger.

Wager: $5 WP on Benny the Bull.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Hollywood: Swaps G2 $350K

Colonel John...Our Kentucky Derby pick gets the chance to get back into our good graces. Should rebound with return to SoCal.
Two Step Salsa...Up-and-comer.
Madeo...Only four starts -- so there's still some upside potential from the Shirreffs/Moss/Smith team [Giacomo, Tiago] runner.
Tres Borrachos.

Wager: $5 exacta Colonel John over Two Step Salsa.
... $2 tri key Colonel John over next three.

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


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