Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, May 23, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

The return of Zenyatta. Some fun grass stakes all around. Solid stakes action in Chicago. And in our Best Bets section we're using Desert Song -- a first-time starter out of the dam that produced Dreaming of Anna.

A fun day ahead...

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont: Race 9, exacta box, Criticism/Backseat Rhythm.
Monmouth: Race 1, exacta box, Sunday Dreamer/Brown Dirt Cowboy.
Monmouth: Race 9, exacta box, Fearless Eagle/March to Victory.
Churchill: Race 10, Spice Route.
Churchill: Race 10, exacta box, Spice Route/Thabazimbi.
Hollywood, Race 9, Desert Song.

Belmont: Sheepshead Bay G2 $150K

Criticism...Don't see much else in here to challenge her early.
Backseat Rhythm...Tossed in a little bit of a clunker last time -- but had some trouble. Expect a rebound.
Mushka...Took to the synthetic surface at KEE last time -- but has some OK turf form and can be part of the action here.
Colina Verde.

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

Monmouth: JJ Reilly Hcp $60K

Joey P...G3 Toboggan dud raises some questions -- but working well, likes this track and faces state-breds, should be enough to provide a place to rebound.
Unwritten...Good second in opening day stake after setting the pace. Should benefit from that effort.
Who's the Cowboy...Second in this race last year -- and that was off the bench. Has a start -- and a bullet work -- under his belt this season.
Luna Park.

Wager: $5 W on Joey P.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Joey P over next three.
...$1 tri key Unwritten over other three.

Monmouth: Elkwood $70K

Fearless Eagle...Looks best in here off of some solid races in Florida this year. Must overcome post however.
March to Victory...Will be rolling late.
Silver Tree/Classic Campaign...Both halves of entry look capable on best.
Carson Hall.

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

Churchill: Louisville Hcp G3 $100K

Spice Route...Last seems to indicate he's in career form.
Thabazimbi...Could be interesting. Won last but Beyer fig will need to step it up here -- but suspect we haven't seen his best.
Brass Hat...8YO is approaching $2mil in earnings -- but grass isn't really his game. Fourth in this race last year as the 2-1 fave.
Always First.

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

Arlington: American 1000 Guineas $200K

Consequence...She could be primed to run big in her third start of the season.
Obsequious...Better than last.
Afternoon Stroll...Big improvement with the move to turf.
Hot Cha Cha.

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

Arlington: Arlington Matron G3 $150K

Indescribable...Has shown a liking for synthetics -- including a win in this race last year.
Kiss With a Twist...Last couple seem to indicate she'll contend here.
Serenading...Typically part of the action.
Gloria Goodbody.

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

Arlington: Hanshin Cup Hcp G3 $100K

Vacation...Arguably three of his best races have been on synthetics.
Cherokee Artist...In good form now.
Dominican...Promising 3YO a couple of seasons back is capable of being competitive here.
Coragil Cat.

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

Arlington: Arlington Classic $150K

Golden Mexico...Undefeated in two starts. Gets tested here but could be the real deal.
El Crespo...Back on turf.
Giant Oak...Never quite lived up to 2YO promise while on the Derby Trail this year -- but did finish just behind the talented Musket Man last time. Back to grass and often these types wind up having a class edge on the dedicated turfers.
Southern Anthem.

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

Hollywood: Milady Hcp G2 $150K

Zenyatta...Champ simply looks best in here.
Life Is Sweet...Barnmate to top pick comes into this riding a 3-race win-streak.
Dawn After Dawn...Could make some noise late.
Bel Air Sizzle.

Wager: $5 exacta Zenyatta over Life Is Sweet, sub Dawn after Dawn underneath if scratch.

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


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