Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, March 28, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream, Race 9, BZ Warrior.
Gulfstream, Race 11, exacta box, Pickapocket/Vanquisher.

Aqueduct: Next Move G3 $100K

Bourbon Maid...Another race that will come down to the early pace. If Weathered sneaks away it could be all over -- but we're hoping Winning Point keep that one company and sets things up for this gal.
Weathered...Likely the one to catch.
Winning Point...Has shown some early speed in the past -- and will need it again today if this group doesn't want to hand it to Weathered on a silver platter.
Successful Sarah.

Wager: $5 WP on Bourbon Maid.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Bourbon Maid over next three.
...$1 tri key Weathered over other three.

Laurel: Johnson Memorial $50K

Bullsbay...Rebound last time indicates that he was simply over-matched two back.
Richard's Kid...Beat top pick two back -- before ambitious trip to New Orleans.
Ryan's for Real...Likes this track. Probably needed last.
PV Lightning.

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

Gulfstream: Swale G2 $150K

BZ Warrior...Lightly-raced and should benefit from his try against winners last time. Blinker on add to the interest.
This Ones for Phil...Clearly the key to the race. A repeat of the win two back makes him tough in here -- and even a repeat of the number from last time puts him in the thick of things.
Big Drama...Comes into this with a 5-race win-streak. Will be very interesting if he wins easily and gets back on the Derby Trail -- interesting in that: How would they pay off Ky Derby Future Pool 2 if he won the Derby???
Brave Victory.

Wager: $5 WP on BZ Warrior.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key BZ Warrior over next three.
...$1 tri key This Ones for Phil over other three.

Gulfstream: Florida Derby G1 $750K

Dunkirk...Superbly-bred and an expensive yearling purchase from win-early, win-big connections. Has lived up to all of that so far but gets tested today. Slight edge over the second pick due to the two-turn experience.
Quality Road... Was the number last time for real? How will he handle the two turns? The answer to those questions decides how you use this guy. Should be interesting.
Theregoesjojo...Looks like this one could still have some upside. Would be no surprise.
Toby the Coal Man.

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

Gulfstream: Appleton G3 $100K

Pickapocket...First time out for Wolfson and Gomez gets the mount.
Vanquisher...This runner from George Steinbrenner has been good to us a few times over the past couple of seasons and looks to be in good form now.
Kiss the KId...A couple of good starts this year -- the fourth behind Kip Deville last time was nothing to be ashamed about.
Bold Start.

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

Fair Grounds: Crescent City Oaks $75K

Warrior Maid...Moving in the right direction and looks like a good fit here.
Tensas Palmyra...Could appreciate the return to dirt.
Plea/Seven Seventythree...Plea is lightly-raced and could be good enough for this. Seven should contend on best effort.
Morning Memory.

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

Fair Grounds: Crescent City Derby $75K

Mr RBI...Lightly-raced but Beyers moving in the right direction.
Wing a Ding...Similar scenario to top pick.
Personal Velocity/Takin' the Bullet...Both halves will probably have to step it up a notch but come from capable connections.

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

Santa Anita: San Miguel $70K

Gotmymojoworkin...Debut showed promise but they were probably too ambitious last time. Works say he should be ready for this however.
Turk...Baffert trainee also showing promise and working well.
Charlie's Moment...Battle-tested and a stakes-winner -- and those attributes count for something.
Flashmans Papers.

Wager: $5 WP on Gotmymojoworkin.
...$5 exacta box top two.

Santa Anita: Tokyo City G3 $100K

Big Booster...Has show the ability to get the longer trip -- though not necessarily in a winning fashion. Also, the layoff is a concern. So, a tepid nod in a race where none seem to jump off the page as potential winners.
Stream Cat...Might have a class-edge on these and the mile work on 3/22 is interesting.
Zappa...Has shown enough ability on occasion to contend here.
Fire Wood.

Wager: $5 WP on Big Booster.
...$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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