Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 31, 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, exacta box, Masala, Take the Points... WON [$46.80/$2].
Gulfstream, Race 3, Mighty Score... Ran 2nd at 2-1 [xxx, 4.20, 3.60].
Gulfstream, Race 6, Ace of Spades... Ran 4th at 7-2.
Gulfstream, Race 7, Idol Maker... Ran 10th at 7-1.
Gulfstream, Race 8, Allrightsreserved... Ran 2nd at 19-1 [xxx, 18.80, 9.60].
Tampa, Race 5, exacta box, Queen Joanne/Mysterious Jule... Scratched.
Tampa, Race 7, exacta box, Buffalo Man/Stay Close... Ran 5-6.
Fair Grounds, Race 7, exacta box, Patricia/Jambalaya Joy/Southern Ransom... Ran 2-4-7.

Aqueduct: Correction $65K

Distorted Passion $6.40 4.00 2.90
Blowing Kisses 8.30 3.90
Intentional Fever 4.00

A Rose For You...Been running well since moving into the Trombetta barn.
Intentional Fever...Last two have been sub-par -- but improving. Let's hope that improvement can take another step forward.
Distorted Passion...Won a similar stake here last month.
Coli Bear.

Wager: $5 WP on A Rose For You.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key A Rose For You over next three.

Laurel: Dancing Count $50K

Russell Road 3-5
Great Love 2-1
St John's Gospel 5-2

Mr Fantasy scratched.

Mr Fantasy...This half-sib to the nice NY-bred open stakes winner Tin Cup Chalice was ultra-impressive in his debut. The water gets slightly deeper here but he could be any kind.
Russell Road...Undefeated in five starts since a near-miss in his first try.
St John's Gospel...Stakes-winner is on the improve.
Great Love.

Wager: $5 W on Mr Fantasy.
...$2 exacta box top two, sub next if scratch.
...$1 tri key Mr Fantasy over next three.

Gulfstream: Holy Bull G3 $150K

Saratoga Sinner 12-1
Bear's Rocket 33-1
West Side Bernie 5-2

Idol Maker...Pletcher 3YOs on the Derby Trail are no surprise when they surprise -- if that makes sense! This one showed plenty of promise winning his career debut. Has run a couple of even fourths since. Cold benefit from the two turn education and might jump up today.
Danger to Society...Undefeated. Improving. And beat the top pick last time. Dangerous.
Beethoven...G2 winner might rate higher but gets hung outside which is a tough spot this track and trip.
Stately Character.

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

Gulfstream: Donn Hcp G1 $500K

Albertus Maximus 3-1
Finallymadeit 30-1
Einstein 3-1

Arson Squad...Obviously appreciated the return to dirt last year. Should be rolling late.
Albertus Maximus...Ran well for new trainer late last year. Now appears for yet another conditioner -- but he's working well and should fire... IF he appreciates the return to plain dirt.
AP Arrow...Kind of a dud last year -- except for a near-miss in this race. Goes out for a new trainer and might be in for a wake-up call.
Great Hunter.

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

Tampa: Manatee $65K

Rising Fever 3-5
Star Operator 6-1
Dee's Rose 5-1

Rising Fever...South American import just missed in her US debut behind the very talented Dream Rush.
Tar Heel Mom...Stakes winner has yet to miss the triple in seven starts.
Adrhythm...Yet another stakes winner -- they had to have a purpose to ship over from Fair Grounds.
Star Operator.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Monica Hcp G1 $300K

Ventura 1-5
Jibboom 9-2
She's Cheeky 10-1

Ventura...Hard to go beyond, assuming she can come close to the BC F/M Sprint win.
Jibboom...We're buying the report that Baffert won't run Indian Blessing which makes it a crap-shoot to complete the exacta -- but it could be an all-Frankel gimmick if this one can offer a top effort.
Wake Up Maggie...Also a contender if she can find her best today.
Tizzy's Tune.

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Ventura over next three.

Santa Anita: Wishing Well Hcp $70K

Dawn After Dawn 12-1
Christiana's Heat 9-2
Shermeen 14-1

Sharp Susan...Talented stakes-level turfer moves from Mott to Drysdale. 1/26 work seems to indicate she's primed for today.
Everlasting Beauty...Has responded since trying this course.
Christiana's Heat...In the exacta more often than not.
Society Hostess.

Wager: $5 WP on Sharp Susan.
...$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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