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Saturday, September 19, 2009
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Apologies: Late-posting today. But we're up and running at about 2pm ET -- still well before post time of our first event.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont: Race 4, Rutherienne.
Belmont: Race 4, exacta Rutherienne over Grand Annee.
Belmont: Race 4, exacta box Rutherienne/Grand Annee.
Belmont: Races 8-9, double... R8/D'Funnybone... R9/Worstcasescenario.

Belmont: Noble Damsel Hcp G3 $100K

Rutherienne...Likely the best of this bunch.
Grand Annee...Should benefit from seasonal debut.
Social Queen...Threat on best.
Meadow Saffron.

Wager: $5 W on Ritherienne.
...$5 exacta Rutherienne over Grand Annee.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$2 exacta Rutherienne over Social Queen.
...$2 tri box Rutherienne over next three.

Belmont: Futurity G2 $250K

D'Funnybone...Looks to dominate here if the latest was any indication of his true talent.
Discreetly Mine...Took a few starts to figure it out -- but lived up to his breeding in the maiden-breaker.
Thiskyhasnolimit...Better than last time.
Successful Score.

Wager: $10 exacta D'Funnybone over Discreetly Mine.

Belmont: Matron G2 $250K

Worstcasescenario...Undefeated and impressive winning Saratoga G2 last time.
Speightful Lady...Decent debut win. Should fit with these.
Dashing Debby...Hmmm. Flopped as the chalky fave in Saratoga stake after super-impressive maiden-breaker at Calder. Which one shows up today? Tough call.
Touching Beauty.

Wager: $5 W on Worstcasescenario.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Ky Downs: Ky Cup Ladies Turf $50K

Unspoken Word...The one to catch?
Happiness Is...Looks like the one to beat.
Cure for Sale...Solid at Arlington.
Lady Carlock.

Wager: $5 W on Unspoken Word.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Ky Downs: Ky Cup Turf G3 $150K

Deal Making...Could be primed for a good effort today.
Cloudy's Knight...9YO millionaire could be overlooked off of the long layoff -- but we suspect Sheppard will have him ready.
Silver Mountain...We know he'll get the distance.

Wager: $5 W on Deal Making.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Louisiana Downs: Super derby G2 $750K

Massone...SoCal invader might prove interesting.
Soul Warrior...Seems to have come to life this summer.
Regal Ransom...Off since the G1 Ky Derby but Godolphin is on a tear right now.
Red Lead.

Wager: $5 W on Massone.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Fairplex: Barretts Debutante $$115K

Well Deserved...Stakes tested. Has early speed. Jock dominates here.
Repo...Another that is already battle-tested.
Shesoprovocative...Probably needs to step it up -- but that's not out of the question in second career start.

Wager: $5 W on Well Deserved.
...$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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