Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 17, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 1, Stormy Lake... WON [3.80, 2.60, 2.20].
Gulfstream, Race 6, exacta box, Queenly Luck/House Guest... Ran 3-4.
Gulfstream, Race 10, exacta box, Bevy/Platinum Bride/Lovamor... Ran 4-7-9.
Tampa, Race 4, Lakeside Run... Ran 4th at 3-5.
Tampa, Race 8, exacta box, General Quarters/Musket Man... WON [$11.80/$2].
Tampa, Race 9, Cut for Luck/Nikkiandme/R Vicarious Girl... WON [$19.40/$2].
Fair Grounds, Race 1, Captain Cherokee... WON [4.40, 3.40, 2.60].
Fair Grounds, Race 1, exacta box, Captain Cherokee/Red Dagger... Ran 1-3.
Fair Grounds, Race 6, Nuclear Wayne... WON [3.40, 2.20, 2.10].
Fair Grounds, Race 8, exacta box, Map of the World/Dumar... Ran 1-3.
Fair Grounds, Race 10, Hightap... WON [3.00, 2.20, 2.10].
Santa Anita, Race 1/2, double, R1/Judge Kent, R2/Guns On the Table-Lit'sgoodlookngray... Ran R1/2nd... R2/WON-3rd.

Aqueduct: Evening Attire $65K

Barrier Reef 3-2
Broadway Producer 9-2
Brilliant Son 8-5

Barrier Reef...We've liked this guy since using him in the Whirlaway on this track last year. He hasn't yet lived up to that early promise but the last indicates he might have returned from a layoff as an improved 4YO.
Brilliant Son...Looks like Barcola might be the early speed -- and in a short field they can't let that one sneak away -- but this guy should be able to stay close and get first jump.

Wager: $2 exacta box top two.
...$5 exacta Barrier Reef over Brilliant Son.

Laurel: Fire Plug $50K

Suave Jazz 6-5
Yes It's the Truth 10-1
Springs Road 16-1

Suave Jazz...Long time since the last visit to the winner's circle -- but he's better than that record indicates. Should fit here.
Taint So...Rounded to form on this track last time.
Yes It's the Truth...Typically in the hunt for a top spot.
Cayman Condo.

Wager: $5 WP on Suave Jazz.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Suave Jazz over next three.
...$1 tri key Taint So over other three.

Fair Grounds: Truly Bound $60K

Rolling Sea 2-1
Bear Now 3-5
Adhrhythm 7-1

Rolling Sea...Likes this track.
Tammy's Victress...Also likes this track -- although she flopped in this race last year. Finally getting a chance to string a couple together though.
Bear Now.

Wager: $5 WP on Rolling Sea.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri box top three.

Gulfstream: Dania Beach $100K

Jack Spratt 14-1
Lime Rickey 17-1
Beacon Hill Road 39-1

Kopitar...Could be any kind.
Jack Spratt...Showed promise last year and could be even better off the short layoff -- but frankly, this pick might be folly from this post position. We'll see...
Rockin' Joe...Scenario here is much like that of Jack Spratt.
Duke of Homberg.

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

Gulfstream: Mr Prospector G3 $100K

Ikigai 7-1
Rollers 7-2
Black Seventeen 2-1

Rollers...Could be interesting here. NY-bred offered some promise as a 3YO -- and the 1/10 bullet might indicate he's better this season. Should offer a little bit of value and we'll take a shot.
He's So Chic...Nice second last time to the talented Fabulous Strike.
Black Seventeen...2-for-the-last-3 times he's shipped East.

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

Tampa: Gasparilla $65K

Rock Candy 4-1
Vicki'sprideandjoy 5-1
Market Vendor 23-1

Hooh Why scratched.

Hooh Why...Might benefit from the last -- a trip over the track -- as well as the extra furlong today.
Rock Candy...Improved greatly with the move to Tampa.
Pink Gloss...Toss the turf start and the $100K stake and this gal has a solid record. Should fit here.
Glacken Queen.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Ynez G2 $150K

Alpha Kitten 3-2
Evita Argentina 2-1
Nan 19-1

Alpha Kitten...Should appreciate the return to a sprint.
Pinkarella...Solid debut -- but gets tested today.
Empressive Lady...Off since a couple of G1 tries behind Stardom Bound last season. 1/9 work seems to say she's ready for the return.
Evita Argentina.

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

Santa Anita: San Rafael G3 $100K

The Pamplemousse 5-2
Square Eddie 3-5
Ryehill Dreamer 8-1

Square Eddie...Two US starts were both i mpressive. Tough if he's able to repeat -- very tough if he returns improved.
Ryehill Dreamer...Euro-import could be very interesting.
The Pamplemousse...Beyers on the improve and he appreciated his first try around two turns.
Brother Keith.

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

Santa Anita: San Fernando G2 $150K

Nownownow 18-1
Dakota Phone 17-1
Wishful Tomcat 17-1

El Gato Malo...Might prove interesting in his third start back from a layoff.
Slew's Tiznow...His last might signal some improvement -- we'll know more about that today. Even if he runs back to some of his other races however, he can contend here.
Madeo...Back to the main track after some good turf tries.

Wager: $5 WP on El Gato Malo.
...$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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