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Saturday, July 19, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Hard to beat last Saturday's race card -- but some nice stakes on the menu for this afternoon nonetheless. The first weekend at Del Mar -- and counting down to Saratoga...

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont, Race 2, Portable Alpha.
Belmont, Race 8, Sweet Ransom.
Monmouth, Race 5, exacta box, Kings Challenge/Military Major.
Monmouth, Race 6, Dangerous Diva.
Monmouth, Race 10, Angel Hearted.

Belmont: CCA Oaks G1 $300K

Music Note...G1 Mother Goose win tabbed her as a force in the division.
Acoma...Nice progression in first four starts.
Never Retreat.

Wager: $5 exacta Music Note over Acoma.
...$2 exacta Music Note over Never Retreat.

Philly: Greenwood Cup $250K

Evening Attire...OK, I'm a softie and I just have to give the nod to this 10YO veteran -- but he's been solid in a couple of marathons coming into this.
Barcola...Comes out of a third behind Curlin in a G1 -- that gives him an edge vs this bunch. The one to beat.
Three in the Bag.

Wager: $5 WP on Evening Attire.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Evening Attire over next two.

Colonial Downs: Virginia Oaks G3 $200K

Cherokee Queen...Up-and-comer gets tested today.
I Lost My Choo...Has done little wrong so far.
Namaste's Wish...Feel as though she's better than her finishing positions this year. Wouldn't be a shock to see her jump up and get it done.
Athena's Gift.

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

Colonial Downs: Virginia Derby G2 $750K

Gio Ponti...Lightly-raced but showing plenty of promise. Solid in seasonal debut.
Sailor's Cap...Big win in the prep stake over this course -- but do note that it was thunder-lightning-rain that day. Still might have something to prove on firm ground.
Court Vision...Promising along the Derby Trail earlier this year -- but flopped in the big event. Switched to turf and didn't show a whole lot last time. Suspect he's better than that however.
El Sultry Sun.

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

Del Mar: San Diego Hcp G2 $300K

Surf Cat...Longtime potential superstar has just never quite been able to get over the hump to attain that status -- but could be tough in here on best effort.
Rebellion...Probably will need to step it up a little -- but have to respect the confidence shown by trainer Motion making the return trip to SoCal.
Well Armed...Third behind the talented duo of Curlin and Asiatic Boy last time in the G1 Dubai World Cup. Solid season in SoCal just prior.

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

Del Mar: Osunitas Hcp $85K

Fleet Caroline...Running well and Beyers moving in the right direction.
Kris' Sis...Back on turf after facing Zenyatta last time.
Marzelline...Should appreciate cutback in distance.
I Can See.

Wager: $5 WP on Fleet Caroline.
...$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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