Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 3, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

We put a solid exclamation mark on 2008 last Saturday and continued our winning ways to open 2009.

A decent profit showing on both the Best Bets and the Coast-to-coast action -- with the C2C plays being highlighted by the nice $91.60/$2 cold exacta and the tri box in the feature at Santa Anita...

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Scratches and races moved off the turf reduced us to just three plays.
[$2 base plays: Either straight win, or $2 multiples of gimmick action]
PLAYED: $12 + $4 + $2 = $18
ROI 54%

Aqueduct, Race 8, Smart Bid... Scratched.
Gulfstream, Race 9, exacta box, Bear Always/Tiger Tracks/Prospective Love... Ran 4-5-6.
Fair Grounds, Race 5, exacta box, Warn/Faithope... WON [$27.80/$2].
Fair Grounds, Race 7, exacta box, Mine Or Who's/Blue Angel... OFF TURF.
Fair Grounds, Race 9, Desert Wheat... OFF TURF.
Fair Grounds, Race 9, exacta box, Autobecat/Wildrally/Desert Wheat... OFF TURF.
Santa Anita, Race 4, Lunar Humor... Ran 7th at 13-1.

Aqueduct: Count Fleet $65K

Smart Bid...This one will need to step it up -- but, other than a repeat by Haynesfield, perhaps not too much. Seems on the improve. We'll look for the upset.
Haynesfield...Big win with improved performance last time -- off the layoff and trying two turns. Dangerous.
Pitched Perfectly/Bad Action...Both halves of entry look capable of competing here.
Smart Bid, Bad Action scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Smart Bid.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-5.
...$1 tri key Smart Bid over next three.
...$1 tri key Haynesfield over next three.
Ran 1/4-5.

Laurel: Native Dancer $50K

Southern Rainbow...Has been very impressive since returning to Maryland.
Lord Snowdon...Might find this group a little more to his liking.
Sharps Island...Seldom misses a piece of the tri.
Cave's Valley.

Wager: $5 WP on Southern Rainbow.
Ran 6th at 5-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $17.30 on the ex box [$34.60/$2].
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-6.

Turfway: Prevue $50K

Rudy Flyer...Tough if able to repeat -- much less improve off of -- the debut win.
Melo...Should fit with these.
Gimmeawinn...Undefeated in two starts at Mountaineer.
Back to Gold.
Gimmeawinn scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Rudy Flyer.
Ran 3rd at 2-5.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-6.

Gulfstream: Spectacular Bid $100K

Silent Valor...It's Derby Trail time and this is a Pletcher trainee -- perhaps, 'nuff said. But we'll add, this one should appreciate the return to dirt and sprinting.
You Luckie Mann...Seemed to really breakthrough last time -- and if that Beyer is for real he'll be very tough today.
Notonthesamepage...Has taken a short break since trying two G1s. Should appreciate the trip, and the company.

Wager: $5 WP on Silent Valor.
Ran 4th at 6-5.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $16.80 on the ex box [$33.60/$2].
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-6.

Gulfstream: Hal's Hope G3 $100K

Bribon...Seems in good form right now. Hung towards the outside -- but has plenty of backstretch to work with during this one-turn mile, a trip he has done well with.
Fearless Vision...Also has done well with this one-turn trip. Should be forwardly placed throughout.
It's a Bird...Last might have him set to go well here.
Now a Victor.

Wager: $5 WP on Bribon.
Ran 10th at 3-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 5-10.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 5-6-10-12.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 5-6-10-12.

Fair Grounds: Dixie Poker Ace $60K

Desert Wheat...Just caught in a similar race last time -- but this is a half-furlong shorter.
Autobeacat...Toss the clunker two back. This one is typically in the hunt -- regardless of surface.
Wildrally...Beat the top pick last time and should be heard from in the stretch again.
Star Guitar.

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

Santa Anita: Monrovia Hcp G3 $100K

Jibboom...Lightly-raced 5YO is perhaps on the improve. Should stalk and make a nice late run here.
Christiana's Heat...Has run well on this unique sprint turf course before.
Trouble Maker...NY-import would rate higher -- but trainer is showing only four wins for 2008.
Lethal Heat.

Wager: $5 WP on Jibboom.
Collected $22.00 on the WP [5.40, 3.40].
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $91.60 on the ex box [$91.60/$2].
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $45.80 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $218.20 on the tri box [$436.40/$2].

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


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