Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 7, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 7, exacta box, Sette E Mezzo/Separatist... Ran 3-4.
Oaklawn, Race 8, Aquinas... 3rd at 7-1 [xxx, xxx, 5.60].
Santa Anita, Race 6, exacta, Stardom Bound over Saucey Evening... Ran 1-3.
Santa Anita, Race 8, Bittel Road... Ran 4th at 6-1.

Santa Anita, Race 8, exacta box, Bittel Road/Pioneerof the Nile/I Want Revenge... Ran 1-3-4.
Santa Anita, Race 9, Gio Ponti... Ran 5th at 3-1.

Aqueduct: Whirlaway $100K

Haynesfield 2-5
Cellar Dweller 16-1
Mike From Queens 5-1

Haynesfield... Clearly appreciates two turns over this track.
Peace Town...Stakes winner's only dud was on a synthetic surface.
Mike From Queens...Has the early speed to be dangerous.
Cellar Dweller.

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.

Gulfstream: Tallahasee $75K

Vanquisher 8-1
Smooth Air 7-5
Ruff and Ready 7-2

Fearless Eagle...Second start back off a long layoff -- and the first was a lifetime best Beyer. Could be primed for a top effort. Must overcome the post position however.
Vanquisher...This one has been good to us in the past -- when running for Mott. Might need to step it up a little but off to a good start this year [other than the DQ, that is].
Ruff and Ready...Has run well on this track before. Should benefit from his first start of the season.
Smooth Air.

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

Tampa: Super $75K

Hypocrite 5-2
Paradise Dancer 7-1
Let It Rock 25-1

He's So Chic...Trainer has done well in limited starts at this meet and this guy ran well behind the talented Fabulous Strike two back.
Blind River Fox...Veteran Tampa performer won a stake here in his last start.
Hypocrite...Seemed to be improved in second half of 3YO season -- now comes back as a 4YO.
Island Warrior.

Wager: $5 WP on He's So Chic.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Laurel: Marshua $50K

Strut the Canary 4-5
Huge 42-1
Our Khrysty 5-1

Strut the Canary...Just shy of being undefeated -- and look to be improving.
Heaven's Voice...While this one is undefeated in two starts. Gets tested today.
Aspenglow...Decisive win in debut -- but those were state-bred maidens at Charles Town. Talent gets defined today.
Our Khrysty.

Wager: $5 WP on Strut the Canary.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Strut the Canary over next three.

Fair Grounds: Mineshaft Hcp G3 $125K

Honest Man 2-1
Good and Lucky 7-1
Brothers Nicholas 14-1

Honest Man...Might have a pace advantage on this bunch.
Grasshopper...Has shown flashes of being a top performer -- and won this race easily last year.
My Pal Charlie...Could prove interesting in his 4YO debut.
Good and Lucky.

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

Fair Grounds: Fair Grounds Hcp G3 $125K

Diamond Tycoon 7-2
Windward Islands 2-1
Corrupt 7-1

Corrupt...4YO season was perhaps a little disappointing but if this one is ready off of the layoff -- and admittedly that's a big

"if" -- he can be heard from in the lane.
French Beret [Windward Islands - entry]...Comes out of a nice stakes win here.
Jimmy Simms...Lightly-raced and obviously improved since switching to turf.

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

Fair Grounds: Silverbulletday G3 $150K

War Echo 9-2
Four Gifts 5-2
Just Jenda 1-1

Four Gifts...Asmussen filly was beaten 6-5 fave in prep for this. Might benefit from that education over the track.
Flying Spur...Interesting. She popped in an off-the-turfer -- so it's a guessing game: Is she that good? Or was she aided by the track and the turf-meant competition last time? We'll roll the dice and go with her today.
Just Jenda...Probably the one to beat off of the win here last time out.
War Echo.

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

Fair Grounds: Risen Star G3 $200K

Friesan Fire 5-2
Flying Pegasus 10-1
Uno Mas 12-1

Friesan Fire...Nice progression in first two starts of the season.
Au Moon...Should benefit from the stakes education he received last time -- although the post position is no bonus.
Flying Pegasus...Also must overcome an outside post -- but he could be primed to run well in his 3YO debut.
Giant Oak.

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

Oaklawn: Essex Hcp $100K

Prom Shoes 11-1
Golden Yank 9-5
Que Paso 28-1

Solar Flare...Could prove tough at this level on a dry track.
Golden Yank...Near-miss on turf could have him set for a good try today.
Spotsgone...Won this race last year and could prove formidable if able to sneak away early.

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

Santa Anita: Las Virgenes G1 $300K

Stardom Bound 2-5
Haka 12-1
Saucey Evening 9-2

Stardom Bound...The champ returns.
Saucey Evening...Looked good beating Cal-breds in first start of 2009. Will fit with this bunch.
African Skies...Group-winner in Europe is the x-factor in here.

Wager: $5 WP on Stardom Bound.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Stardom Bound over next three.

Santa Anita: Thunder Road Hcp G3 $100K

Matto Mondo 6-1
Global Hunter 6-1
Monba 5-1

Becrux...Needs to recapture top form from the past -- and not sure he's capable of that now, but we'll hope he still has it in him.
Dilemma..Another that is a possibility on his best.
Matto Mondo...On the improve in his four US starts and last was the best yet.

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

Santa Anita: Robert B Lewis G2 $200K

Pioneerof the Nile 8-5
Papa Clem 17-1
I Want Revenge 2-1

Bittel Road...We chased this one through his last three starts of 2008. Don't want to be on the sidelines if he pops today -- and that's always a possibility for these Pletcher trainees in Derby Trail races.
Pioneerof the Nile...G1 win at Hollywood stamped him as a contender in the division.
I Want Revenge...Just missed against Pioneerof the Nile last time.
Oil Man.

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

Santa Anita: Strub G2 $250K

Cowboy Cal 3-1
Blue Exit 19-1
Victory Pete 31-1

Gio Ponti...Solid turf performer transferred his talent to the synthetic surface last time.
Nownownow...Nice G2 win on this track last month.
Cowboy Cal...Also comes into this out of a G2 victory.
Wishful Tomcat.

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

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