Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 18, 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, exacta box, Singing Rock/Seastate/Maddy's Crowd.
Gulfstream, Race 4, exacta box, Lacy's Luck/Golden Isle.
Gulfstream, Race 9, My Magic Moment.
Gulfstream, Race 9, exacta box, My Magic Moment/Ameribelle.
Tampa, Race 4, Awesome Charlie.
Tampa, Race 6, Topo Gigio.
Tampa, Race 8, Lord Louis.
Tampa, Race 8, Lord Louis/Luckman.
Keeneland, Race 7, She's Yummy.
Santa Anita, Race 6, Right One.

Aqueduct: Bed o Roses Hcp G2 $150K

Seattle Smooth...Layoff is a concern but certainly finished up 3YO season well after transfer to Tony Dutrow.
Lovely Isle...Frankel filly is clearly a contender on her best effort.
Distorted Passion...Beyers moving in the right direction.
Awesome I Am.

Wager: $5 WP on Seattle Smooth.
...$5 exacta box top two.

Keeneland: Lexington G2 $300K

Masala...Pletcher has not made as many trips to the winner's circle on this year's Derby Trail as in years past -- but we'll give this guy a chance to make amends.
Jeranimo...SoCal shippers have been doing well in the run-up to the Derby.
Omniscient...Asmussen trainee gets tested for class here but has looked good so far.
Square Eddie.

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

Gulfstream: Boynton Beach $50K

My Magic Moment...NY-bred was solid after moving to the turf last season. Will be tough if she comes back with any improvement.
Ameribelle...Beyers moving in the right direction.
Oilgonewile...Likely the one to catch.

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

Charles Town: Charles Town Classic $500K

Dry Martini...Better than last -- and Prado in for the ride.
Commentator...He'll be out winging and that could be beneficial on this oval -- but the layoff is a concern for this 8YO.
Ea...If there's too much speed in here this one could prove interesting late.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Barbara Hcp G2 $200K

Black Mamba...Has run well on this course in the past -- albeit without winning. Faced the boys last time, which was in December, so the layoff is the big question mark.
Magical Fantasy...Typically in the hunt and could be an improved 4YO.
Toque de Queda...Euro-import showed some stateside promise in Chicago last summer.

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

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