Equidaily Racing Journal



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

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont: Race 1, Separatist.
Calder: Race 6, Dreaming Prayers.
Arlington: Race 12, Just As Well.
Hollywood: Race 6, Lookin At Lucky.

Belmont: Man O War G1$500K

Midships...This guy ships in from SoCal where they specialize in these marathons on grass. Might take them all the way.
Gio Ponti...Seems to have developed into a top-level turfer.
Quijano...Euro-invader just missed on the ship-in last year.
Dancing Forever.

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

Finger Lakes: NY Derby $150K

Slevin...Might appreciate the stretchout.
Legal Consent...Held on over top pick to take Mike Lee -- the first leg of the Big Apple Triple.
Pocket Cowboys...Lightly-raced and making stakes debut -- but is usually part of the action.
Uncle T Seven.

Wager: $5 WP on Slevin.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Slevin over next three.
...$1 tri key Legal Consent over next three.

Monmouth: Long Branch $175K

Papa Clem...G2 Arkansas Derby winner should find this bunch easier than last two.
Santana Six...Solid effort on this track last time.
Lord Justice...Won a minor stake here in May.
Despite The Odds.

Wager: $5 WP on Papa Clem.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Papa Clem over next three.
...$1 tri key Santana Six over next three.

Calder: Umphrey Turf Sprint Champ Hcp $150K

Mr Nightlinger...Solid turf sprinter has been a little inconsistent through his last few -- but he likes the trip and gets reunited with Theriot.
Lord Robyn...Another dedicated turf sprinter -- back at the track he loves.
Ron Bob And Dave...In from SoCal and should be primed in second start of 2009.

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

Calder: JJs Dream $100K

Dreaming Prayers...Won debut convincingly -- but that was against claimers. Gets tested today but we suspect she's good enough.
Phone Marybe...This might be a little easier than that Churchill stake.
Miss Delite...2-for-2 and looking ready for this assignment.

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

Calder: Azalea G3 $200K

First Passage...Has done well since move to this side of the Atlantic.
Kays And Jays...Could appreciate cutback to a sprint.
Underground...Convincing winner in career debut and could be this good.

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

Calder: Carry Back G2 $200K

You Luckie Mann...Hasn't missed a triple finish -- and making third start off of a layoff.
Wall Street Wonder...Could be interesting trying the dirt.
Prince Joshua...Likes this track.
Not For Silver.

Wager: $5 WP on You Luckie Mann.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key You Luckie Mann over next three.

Calder: Princess Rooney G1 $350K

Dubai Majesty...Missed an exacta only once in eight tries at this trip.
Marina Ballerina...Undefeated on this track.
Jessica Is Back...Typically in the hunt.
Game Face.

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

Calder: Smile Sprint Hcp G2 $350K

Benny The Bull...Impressed in return from "retirement". Second that day -- but ran well and should be tighter for this one.
Ikigai...Back in Florida for Wolfson.
How's Your Halo...Hits the board more often than not on this track.
Wager: $4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Benny The Bull over next three.

Arlington: American Derby G2 $300K

Giant Oak...Impressed on this track in return to turf.
Oil Man...In from SoCal and seems to have rounded into top form.
No Inflation...Second behind top pick two back.

Wager: $5 WP on Giant Oak.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Giant Oak over next three.

Arlington: Arlington Hcp G3 $200K

Just As Well...Hasn't visited the winner's circle this year but has shown potential.
Thabazimbi...Likely to try to take them all the way.
Cosmonaut...Third start of the season and should be prompting Thabazimbi.
Stream Cat.

Wager: $5 WP on Just As Well.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Hollywood: Hollywood Gold Cup G1 $700K

Dakota Phone...We had him on top last time and he made a valiant effort. Should be heard from in the lane again today.
Big Booster...Another that should be rolling late.
Bullsbay...We expected a good run in the G1 Foster -- and he was solid at the top of the stretch. Has performed well on synthetics before.
Life Is Sweet.

Wager: $5 WP on Dakota Phone.
...$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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