Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, June 20, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Churchill: Races 1/2, double, R1/Cat Island... R2/Good Mon/Lone Cypress.
Churchill: Race 5, Eventful Storm.
Churchill: Race 7, exacta box, Frankie Cal/Letsgetitonmon/Buffalo Runner.
Churchill: Race 11, exacta box, Becky's Kitten/Successful Store/Louisvilleluminary.

Belmont: New York G2 $250K

Criticism...Doesn't look like anyone in here to go with her early.
I Lost My Choo...Good-looking NY-bred has been successful in open company and seems perhaps even better as a 4YO.
Dynaforce...Flopped in seasonal debut. Expect better today.
Colina Verde.

Wager: $5 WP on Criticism.
...$3 exacta box top two, sub next if scratch.
...$1 tri key Criticism over next three.

Monmouth: Coronado's Quest $70K

Gone Astray...Phipps/McGaughey runner finds some class relief in here.
Endymion...Comes off of a nice stalking win over this track last time.
Our Edge/Toby the Coal Man...Our Edge showed speed last time. Toby the Coal Man finds an easier group than last two.
In the Juice.

Wager: $5 WP on Gone Astray.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Gone Astray over next three.

Colonial: Colonial Turf Cup G2 $500K

Rescue Squad...Seems to be on the improve. Back on turf.
Lime Rickey...Last should have him set for a good run in here.
Battle of Hastings...Solid as a 3YO.
Take the Points.

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

Charles Town: Red Legend $250K

Great Love...Came from off the pace to win at Monmouth last time -- and that was part of a four-race win-streak. Has a win over this track.
Big Drama...The 'name' horse in this field having won a G2 at Gulfstream -- but the bullring can present problems.
Forty Thieves...Last indicates he might have returned as an improved 3YO.
Russell Road.

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

Hollywood: Affirmed Hcp G3 $100K

Cape Truth...Let's toss the last and look for this lightly-raced runner's improvement to continue with the return to synthetics.
Grazen...Also lightly-raced but has shown some promise in two 3YO starts.
Misremembered...And yet another without too much experience but expected upside potential.

Wager: $5 WP on Cape Truth.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Cape Truth over next three.

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


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