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Saturday, March 21, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

A half dozen stakes on our Coast-to-coast dance card this week -- highlighted by another step on the Derby Trail, the G2 Lane's End at Turfway.

We'll also try to keep things going in the right direction with this week's Best Bets -- which have provided nearly a 40% ROI so far in 2009.

Good luck.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 9, exacta box, Chasing the Prize/Big Red Hope.
Tampa, Race 2, exacta box, Melody Princess/Our Stormy Girl/Finally Remembered.
Tampa, Race 6, Playful Miss.
Tampa, Race 6, exacta box, Playful Miss/Chelly Graeme.
Tampa, Race 7, Flying the Flag.
Santa Anita, Race 6, Simple Kind of Man.

Aqueduct: Distaff Hcp G2 $150K

Secret Gypsy...Won a nice stake at Fair Grounds last time out -- but that was back in December. 3/10 work indicates she should be ready however.
Royale Michele...Brings in a four-race win-streak, including the G2 Fritchie last time.
Awesome Ashley.

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

Gulfstream: Pan American G3 $150K

Quasicobra...Will be running late but it might be too late.
Spice Route...Same scenario as top pick.
Presious Passion...And this is the one they'll have to catch. In this short field his early speed might prove too much to overcome but we're hoping either Buddy's Humor or South Handyman can provide some pressure.

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

Laurel: Private Terms $50K

Not for Silver...Improving through three starts including a nice stakes win in NY last time.
Tone It Down...Toss out the Philly start and this one is moving in the right direction.
Rock On Justin...Good stakes win over this track last time.
Monk's Creek.

Wager: $5 WP on Not for Silver.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.

Fair Grounds: Fortin Hcp $60K

Shytoe Lafeet...Better than last. Let's look for a rebound.
Tizaqueena...Lightly-raced 4YO has a solid record and won her turf debut last time.
Nans Joy...Will be rolling late.
Pretty Squall.

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

Turfway: Lane's End G2 $500K

Bittel Road...Fourth in last two behind some good ones in SoCal. Might find this crowd more to his liking.
AP Cardinal...Iffy selection. Showed speed before fading last time. Trainer blamed a dislike of the Tampa surface. We'll see.
West Side Bernie...Has a stakes win over this track.
Hold Me Back.

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

Santa Anita: San Luis Rey Hcp G2 $150K

Artiste Royale...Had some traffic trouble last time but could benefit from that outing.
Spring house...Nice win in a similar event last time.
Midships...Probably better than we've seen so far in the two US starts.
Medici Code.

Wager: $5 WP on Artiste Royale.
...$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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