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Saturday, April 11, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Two more important steps along the Derby Trail this afternoon. And a smattering of other stakes from around the country...

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Tampa, Race 4, Runaway Sun.
Tampa, Race 4, exacta box, Count de Baran/Runaway Sun.
Tampa, Race 8, exacta box, Later Gater/Dawn Raider.
Tampa, Race 10, exacta box, Pyrite Personal/Cenzontle.
Keeneland, Race 2, exacta box, Bluegrass Princess/Candle Maker.
Keeneland, Race 9, Join in the Dance.
Gulfstream, Race 1, Caught in Action.
Gulfstream, Race 7, Flip the Coin.

Aqueduct: The Comely G2 $150K

Dream Play...Lightly-raced 3YO has plenty of room for improvement and might appreciate the stretchout to the one-turn mile.
Don't Forget Gil...Solid win last time could signal she's in top form now.
Laragh...Talented and could be the one to catch -- but note that she's never started on dirt.

Wager: $5 WP on Dream Play.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Dream Play over next three.

Keeneland: Commonwealth G2 $250K

Silver Edition...It's that time of year when horses shipping from Oaklawn seem to come to other venues with perhaps a fitness edge on the competition.
Rebellion...Won this race last year off of a layoff.
Eternal Star...Should be competitive with this bunch.
Storm Treasure.

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

Keeneland: Jenny Wiley G2 $200K

Forever Together...Won an Eclipse last year after putting together a solid campaign with the move to grass. Layoff is a concern but this field doesn't look super=strong.
Rutherienne...Probably better than the 2008 record indicates. Only win last year was in this race.
Visit...Frankel filly is another that is probably better than her record indicates.
Backseat Rhythm.

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

Keeneland: Blue Grass G1 $750K

Join in the Dance...Pletcher trainee just got nipped at 35-1 in G3 Tampa Bay Derby. That was his first around two turns. Could be interesting if able to get clear early.
Theregoesjojo...Another that could benefit from his two turn debut last time.
General Quarters...Had trouble in disappointing Tampa Bay Derby effort -- but a rebound wouldn't be a shock.
Hold Me Back.

Wager: $5 WP on Join in the Dance.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Oaklawn: Arkansas Derby G2 $1mil

Win Willy...The knock is going to be that he had a perfect set-up last time -- but in reality he's lightly-raced and the latest might just be an indication of his talent.
Old Fashioned...Undefeated streak was broken by the top pick last time. Could be primed for top effort in third start of 2009.
Papa Clem...Ran well in his first dirt try -- albeit on a sloppy track.
Danger to Society.

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

Santa Anita: La Puente $100K

Charlie's Moment...Been facing some good ones on the main track. Might have an edge on these turfers.
Smokey Lonesome...Solid effort last time.
Battle of Hastings...Could be the one to beat off of the 2009 debut.
Arden Park.

Wager: $5 WP on Charlie's Moment.
...$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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