Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, October 11, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

After two or three absolutely blockbuster weekends, things slow down a little bit this week -- with the "main event" only fourteen days away...

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Keeneland, Race 9, My Princess Jess.
Keeneland, Race 9, exacta box, My Princess Jess/Backseat Rhythm.
Santa Anita, Race 8, Dawn Before Dawn.

Belmont: Athenia Hcp G3 $100K

Criminologist...Won this race last year and comes into this in good form.
Criticism...Euro-import has to overcome layoff.
Waquoit's Love...Just missed behind top pick last time.
Social Queen.

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

Keeneland: Perryville G3 $200K

I'm So Lucky...Lightly-raced but showing potential. Has run well on this track.
Fidelio...Better than last.
Hatta Fort...Have to believe he's better than his US record indicates -- but that's all we have to go on...
Amazing Results.

Wager: $5 WP on I'm So Lucky.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Keeneland: QEII G1 $500K

My Princess Jess...Expect improvement over last time. Perhaps the 'yielding' course wasn't to her liking.
Backseat Rhythm...On a little bit of a roll -- including a win over the top pick last time.
Sefroua...Has yet to miss the board and looked OK in US debut.

Wager: $5 WP on My Princess Jess.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$2 exacta box top three.
...$1 tri box top four.

Santa Anita/Oak Tree: Ramser Hcp G3 $100K

Dawn Before Dawn...Looks to have a pace advantage on this bunch and might be tough to catch late.
Solar Miss...Should be heard from in the lane.
Tasha's Miracle...Came from off the pace in lone turf try -- but has pressed before. Could be the key to the race.
Sweeter Still.

Wager: $5 WP on Dawn Before Dawn.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$2 exacta box top three.
...$1 tri box top four.

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


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