Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, May 30, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont: Race1/2, double, R1/Bad Action [on dirt Dantastic/Bad Action/Berning Blaze... R2/Ballythunder.
Belmont: Race 7, William Thomas.
Belmont: Race 9, exacta box, Gozzip Girl/Magical Affair.
Monmouth: Race 4... Lady Fingers.
Monmouth: Race 4, exacta box, Scholastic/Silly Me/Lady Fingers.
Churchill: Race 5, Biorra.

Belmont: Sands Point G2 $150K

Gozzip Girl...Solid on turf. Ran well on synthetic last time but should appreciate the return to grass.
Magical Affair...Another that improvement with the move to turf. Good second last time in stakes debut.
Bluegrass Princess...Seems improved as a 3YO and yet another that should appreciate the return to grass.
Fast Tigress.

Wager: $10 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Gozzip Girl over next three.

Monmouth: Spend a Buck $70K

Santana Six...Slight nod in a fun stake that is better than it's purse and ungraded status suggests. Flopped in a G3 last time but chased very fast fractions. Could rebound today -- but do take note that he wore fronts last time and it might be interesting to see if they're on or off today.
Pitched Perfectly...Has plenty of early speed which always plays well on this track.
Lord Justice...Another with some early speed. Should find these easier than the G1 competition he faced in latest.
It Happened Again.

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

Churchill: Dogwood G3 $100K

Hightap...Flopped badly at Oaklawn but it's possible she didn't like that track. Could rebound if she takes to Churchill the way she did to Fair Grounds.
Luster...Gets tested in stakes company today but is coming into this in good, improving form with a win last time on this track. The one to beat.
Affirmed Touch...Could be the one to catch.
Lady's Laughter.

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

Churchill: Aristides G3 $100K

Sok Sok...Lightly-raced over the past couple of seasons and a little inconsistent -- but when he's good, he's very good.
Semaphore Man...Comes of some good runs at Oaklawn but he seems best on that track.
Bold Start...Likes this track.
Premium Wine.

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

Hollywood: Gamely G1 $250K

Black Mamba...Near-miss last time and that should have her set up to run well in second start of 2009.
Toque de Queda...Just behind top pick last time despite some trouble.
Magical Fantasy...Beat both of the top two last time and will contend again today.
Diamond Diva.

Wager: $5 WP on Black Mamba.
...$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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