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Saturday, November 1, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Like "the week before", "the week after" is also kind of quiet. But there's always at least a little bit of action coast-to-coast to take a look at...

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Churchill, Race 9, Honchis'n Ponchis.
Churchill, Race 9, exacta box, Honchis'n Ponchis/Pretty Prolific.

Belmont: Long Island Hcp G3 $150K

Criticism...Good try in US debut. Another chance.
Shake the Moon/Astrologie...Both halves of entry come from Europe for the talented Andre Fabre. Dangerous.
J'ray...Clearly capable on her best -- it's just hard to know when you'll get that from this one.

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

Churchill: Pocahontas G3 $100K

Honchis'n Ponchis...Debut was promising.
Pretty Prolific..Dud at Arlington but let's look for a rebound to prior good form with return to dirt.
Selective...Looked good in first two and should still have some upside. Could be interesting on the front-end.
Rachel Alexandra.

Wager: $5 WP on Honchis'n Ponchis.
...$2 exacta box on top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Churchill: Iroquois G3 $100K

Capt Candyman Can...Impressed in Saratoga debut -- then flopped in follow-up, a G3 stake where he had some trouble. Expect better today.
Monty's Best...On the improve. Question mark is the surface switch.
Brave Victory...Over-matched in G1 Champagne? Might benefit from the stakes education however.
Casey's On Call.

Wager: $5 WP on Capt Candyman Can.
...$2 exacta box on top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Meadowlands: John Henry $60K

Picou...Young trainer having a pretty good meet here -- with limited starters, including this guy's nice win over the track last time.
Hotstufanthensome ...This guy has some back class and might find this bunch to his liking.
Dreadnaught...Been jumping for much of this season -- but also has some back class and should be heard from in here.

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

Hollywood: Sharp Cat $100K

Oro Blanco...OK third behind the ultra-talented Stardom Bound last time. That was her stakes debut and she could move forward off of that.
Ten Churros...Might be the one to catch in a small field -- which makes her dangerous.
Pamona Ball...On the improve.
Toro Bonito.

Wager: $5 WP on Oro Blanco.
...$5 quinella on top two.

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


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