Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 10, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 5, Expansion... WON [5.20, 3.00, 2.60].
Gulfstream, Race 5, exacta box, Expansion/Find the Wire... Ran 1-8.
Tampa. Race 4, Cooltime... Ran 2nd at 3-1 [xxx, 5.00, 3.40].
Tampa, Race 4, exacta box, Cooltime/Royal Rascal... Ran 2-4.
Tampa, Race 5, Snow Lass... WON [4.00, 2.80, 2.60].
Tampa, Race 6, Quick to Charm... Ran 3rd at 1-1 [xxx, xxx, 2.40].
Fair Grounds, Race 6, exacta box, Secret Getaway/Honest Man... Ran 2-3.
Fair Grounds, Race 9, Professor Z... Scratched.

Aqueduct: Busanda $65K

Flashing...Well-bred Darley runner won at first asking last time. Steps up here -- and that debut might have been aided by an off-track. But looks promising.
Chocolate Pop...Beyers are moving in the right direction. Ran a good second in a stake last time despite some trouble.
Fitz Just Right...Undefeated in two starts out-of-town.
Miss Dartmouth.

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

Laurel: What a Summer $50K

Access Fee...Undefeated on this track.
Vicar's Vixen...Typically in the hunt.
All Giving...Better than last.
Hongkong Tour.

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

Gulfstream: Ft Lauderdale $100K

Kiss the Kid 11-1
Society's Chairman 8-1
AP Magic 32-1

Silver Tree...9YO from Mott seems to have a slight class edge -- but last two haven't been quite up to snuff. We'll give him another try on the return to Gulfstream, a track where he runs well.
Mambo Meister...Returned to the turf last time and woke up. We'll find out more today -- but might be this good.
Buddy's Honor...Could be interesting if able to make the lead from the outside post.
Pick Six.

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

Tampa: Pelican $65K

Blind River Fox 11-1
Ruby's Red Socks 9-1
Dukes Flying Tiger 8-1

Bold Start...Has shown some flashes and should fit with these.
He's So Chic...Drops 11-pounds off of a good second to the talented Fabulous Strike in the Fall Highweight.
Ruby's Red Socks...Trainer red-hot at the meet -- as usual.
How's Your Halo.

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

Fair Grounds: FW Gaudin Memorial $75K

Mutadda 5-2
Grand Traverse 12-1
Lanzera 10-1

Devereux...Last should have him set up to run well today.
Roi Maudit...Just barely behind the top pick last time.

Wager: $2 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Devereux over next two.

Fair Grounds: Louisiana Hcp $75K

Good and Lucky 9-1
Secret Getaway 3-1
Honest Man 9-5

Honest Man...Has taken a little break -- but the trainer is OK with that move. Chalk up the last to the surface.
Secret Getaway...Lifetime best Beyer when introduced to this surface last time.
Tend...Lightly-raced 4YO seems to be on the improve.
Stones River.

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

Fair Grounds: Leggio Memorial $75K

Classify 4-1
Lady Chace 7-1
Apple Martini 11-1

Classify...This one probably has to step it up -- although not too much. Might be able to get decent position and make a late run.
Kalookan Dancer...Has early speed and should be able to save some ground from the rail.
Game N Laughin'...Beyer last time looks like it might be slightly inflated -- but goes first-out today for Autrey.
Cocktail Attire.

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

Fair Grounds: Tiffany Lass $75K

Just Jenda 5-2
Selva 3-2
Four Gifts 6-5

Selva...Three improving performances -- all wins, two of them stakes.
Four Gifts...Asmussen trainee won a stake last time with a lifetime best Beyer when stretched to two turns.
Just Jenda...Probably better than last.

Wager: $2 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Selva over next two.

Fair Grounds: Lecomte G3 $100K

Friesan Fire 2-1
Patena 5-1
Au Moon 9-2

Professor Z scratched.

Professor Z...Asmussen 3YO jumped up in first try around two turns.
Friesan Fire...A little bit of a flop last time at 2-5 -- but might benefit from that effort.
Indygo Mountain...The big win on dirt indicates he might be special. Dangerous.
Big Push.

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

Santa Anita: San Pasqual Hcp G2 $150K

Cowboy Cal 5-2
Informed 28-1
Magnum 77-1

Well Armed...Won the G1 Goodwood on this track -- then flopped at 6-5 in the BC Dirt Mile. Let's look for a rebound. Needs to stalk and not get caught in an early duel.
Cowboy Cal...Pletcher turfer has shown some ability on synthetics. Tries older for first time.
Ball Four...If he can sneak away early he can be there late.
Past the Point.

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

Santa Anita: 'Budget' P6 ticket
Horse in parantheses is a sub if there's a scratch in a 'single' race

Race 4: Flip the Penny/Satellite... Ran WON-4th.
Race 5: Go Cory Go [Thornmark]... Ran 7th.
Race 6: Chimera Star/Rare Nugget... Ran WON-5th.
Race 7: Herr Mozart/Fiery Rebel... Ran 2nd-6th.
Race 8: Well Armed/Cowboy Cal... Ran WON-4th.
Race 9: Leavethegateopen [Laser Point]... Ran WON

$2 Ticket... 2x1x2x2x2x1 = 16 x $2 = $32

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