Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 14, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 3, Dame Ellen... Ran 2nd at 6-1 [xxx, 8.20, 6.20].
Gulfstream, Race 9, exacta box, Into My Soul/Tamborin/Lime Rickey... Ran 2-3-5.
Gulfstream, Race 10, WPS Ziegfeld... WON [34.60, 17.00, 8.80].
Tampa, Race 4, exacta key, Stumbling Block over Otis Ridge/Cryptogram/Onotheregostokyo... Ran 4/1-2-3.
Tampa, Race 6, Winter View... Scratched.
Tampa, Race 6, exacta box, Glen Wilding/Winter View... Scratched.
Fair Grounds, Race 3, Giant Shamrock... Ran 3rd at 7-5 [xxx, xxx, 2.40].
Fair Grounds, Race 8, Captain Cherokee... WON [4.80, 2.80, 2.40].

Aqueduct: Dearly Precious $65K

Dream Play 5-2
Chattertown 3-1
Liza Too 4-5

Liza Too...Has yet to miss the exacta. Makes stakes debut today -- but finds a cozy spot.
Dream Play...Finished behind top pick last time -- but that was the first start off a long layoff.

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.

Laurel: Campbell Hcp $50K

Richard's Kid 10-1
Bullsbay 4-5
PV Lightening 5-1

Bullsbay...Not sure what happened last time -- but he's better than that. A contender here if able to rebound.
Sharps Island...Likes this track.
Independent Banker...Going well since move into the new barn.

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

Laurel: Barbara Fritchie G2 $150K

Royale Michele 10-1
Seventh Street 4-5
Fascinatin' Rhythm 10-1

Seventh Street...Lightly-raced Darley 4YO has been impressive since the November return.
A Rose for You...Had some trouble last time. Wil contend with a rebound to prior efforts.
By the Light...Dutrow trainee has missed the exacta once in twelve starts.
Access Fee.

Wager: $5 WP on Seventh Street.
...$3 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Gulfstream: Richter Scale G2 $150K

How's Your Halo 47-1
Ikigai 9-5
Bold Start 6-1

Ikigai...Ran away and hid last time. Extra furlong today but it doesn't look like it will be a problem.
Tale of Ekati...Impressed in 3YO season finale. Will be heard from if that carries over to 4YO debut.
Bold Start...A contender on best effort.
Now a Victor.

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

Gulfstream: Hallandale Beach $125K

Duke of Homberg 3-1
Lime Rickey 7-2
Into My Soul 5-2

Into My Soul...Beyers improved with each start last year -- might be even better as a 3YO.
Tamborin...Appreciated the move to turf last season.
Lime Rickey...Near-miss last time should have him set for a good run today.

Wager: $5 WP on Into My Soul.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Tampa: Suncoast $75K

Rock Candy 4-1
Ameribelle 6-1
Don't Forget Gil 6-5

Rock Candy...Seems to have found a home on this track.
Don't Forget Gil...Already a stakes winner around two turns.
Ameribelle...Could prove interesting going turf-to-dirt.
Coffee in Bed/Boom Town Sally.

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

Tampa: Endeavour G3 $125K

Ballymore Lady 6-1
Elusive Lady 9-2
Sousaphone 45-1

Stormy West...Mott trainee solid this season at Fair Grounds. Tough if able to bring that New Orleans form to the west coast of Florida.
Ginger Brew...3YO filly champ in Canada last year, disappointed somewhat in 4YO debut. Might be tighter today.
Audacious Chloe...She's better than her 2008 record indicates. Re-unites with Johnny V.
Elusive Lady.

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

Tampa: Sam F Davis G3 $225K

General Quarters 13-1
Sumo 33-1
Musket Man 3-1

AP Cardinal...Showed much improved Beyer when finishing second to Danger to Society in 3YO debut.
Musket Man...Also improved in 3YO debut -- with the added bonus of that race being a win over the track.
Cliffy's Future...And still another that moved up in the first start of 2009.
Free Country.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Maria Hcp G1 $300K

Santa Teresita 13-1
DH - Model 5-1
DH - Marzelline 18-1

Visit...She faced some good ones and ran well in Group company in Europe. Her two US starts have been good -- now makes an interesting move to the synthetic surface.
Bsharpsonata...Stretches out after a couple of nice sprints to end 2008.
Leah's Secret...Seemed to show an affinity for this track last time.
Country Star.

Wager: $5 WP on Visit.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.

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


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