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Saturday, December 20, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

New York is dark and no stakes in Florida -- we're left with some minor stakes elsewhere, and... A very competitive G1 Hollywood Futurity.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Calder, Race 2, exacta box, Spicy Dubai/Outta Space.
Calder, Race 10, Anythingyouwant.
Calder, Race 11, Saint Spot.
Calder, Race 11, exacta box, Saint Spot/Mountain Myth.
Fair Grounds, Race 5, Linnea.
Tampa, Race 3, Turtle Bay.
Tampa, Race 3, exacta box, Turtle Bay/Southern Scoundrel.
Tampa, Race 7, Fundit.
Hollywood: Race 8, Hype.

Fair Grounds: Leteelier Mem $60K

Linnea...Second-time starter from Asmussen could prove interesting. Won debut -- now moves turf-to-dirt.
She's Extreme...Nice pattern of improving Beyers through first four starts.
Leigh McLovin...Looks to have some potential.
Hug It Out.

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

Fair Grounds: Woodchopper $60K

Macho Again...Should have a bit of a class edge on these if he takes to turf.
Jimmy Simms...Asmussen trainee has stepped it up since moving to grass.
Myboycharlie...G1 winner in Europe. The win last time might indicate that the US debut is a throw-out.

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

Fair Grounds: Sugar Bowl $60K

It Happened Again...Improved nicely in second career start -- but it was at Philly. Gets tested today.
Ask Joe...Won debut -- the ran an OK third in a stake. Back to proper NW1 condition last time, he whistled. Looks competitive here.
Special Heart...Beyers moving in the proper direction.

Wager: $5 WP on It Happened Again.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Laurel: Md Juv Filly Champs $50K

Heaven's Voice...Solid debut. Will probably need to bump the Beyer up -- but only slightly.
Prom Time...Showed some nice improvement start #1 to start #2 -- and should be set up to go two turns today.
Queen of Song.

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Heaven's Voice over next two.

Hollywood: Hollywood Futurity G1 $750K

Hype...We used this guy in the G3 Generous as the 'hidden' half of a Pletcher un-coupled entry. Ran an OK third that day -- and will need to step it up today, but we don't want to miss the train if this lightly-raced horse moves forward this afternoon.
Bittel Road...The other Pletcher runner that finished just ahead of the top pick in the G3 Generous. Like the top pick, this one has only turfed so far, but has trained well on the synthetic.
Pioneerof the Nile...Zayat runner moves from Mott to Beffart and has been working well.
Azul Leon.

Wager: $5 WP on Hype.
...$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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