Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, October 3, 2009
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont: Race 8, Moneycantbuymelove.
Belmont: Race 8, exacta box, Moneycantbuymelove/Clement entry.
Philly: Race 10, exacta box, Careless Jewel/Just Jenda.

Belmont: Beldame G1 $600K

Music Note...Not absolutely convinced that she's as invincible in here as the morning line indicates -- but in this field where else do you turn?
Unbridled Belle...Won this race in 2007 and she looks like the logical contender -- but that was some dud last time.
Copper State.

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.

Belmont: Vosburgh G1 $400K

Fabulous Strike...Classy stakes-level sprinter.
Kodiak Kowboy...Another tried-and-true stakes sprinter.

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.

Belmont: Flower Bowl Invy G1 $600K

Moneycantbuymelove...Euro-import wouldn't be a shock to run well in US debut.
Clement entry...Carribean Sunset preferred. Has run well since arriving stateside.
Dynaforce...Won the G1 Bev D in latest attempt.

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

Belmont: Hirsch Turf Classic Invy G1 $600K

Gio Ponti...Unless you foresee a regession for some reason he just looks best in here.
Grand Couturier...Won this race impressively last year -- but is probably better on soft turf.
Telling...Will comtend here if that last is a true indication of current form.
Al Khali.

Wager: $5 W on Gio Ponti.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Gio Ponti over next three.

Belmont: JCGC G1 $750K

Macho Again...Lifetime best Beyer when nipped by Rachel Alexandra last time.
Summer Bird...G1 Travers win was best yet but still is unproven -- and untested -- against older.
Quality Road...Another 3YO taking on older for the first time -- and is lightly-raced enough that we still don't quite know just how good he is -- or could be...
Dry Martini.

Wager: $5 WP on Macho Again.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Macho Again over next three.
...$1 tri key Summer Bird over next three.

Meadowlands: Cliff Hanger G3 $125K

Get Serious...Might not get any challenge early.
Pleasant Strike...Should be rolling late.
Vanquisher...Might have to step it up just a bit but has some back-class that indicates he should be able to.

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

Philly: Cotillion G2 $750K

Careless Jewel...Her G1 Alabama win placed her squarely in the second-place spot in the division -- just behind Rachel.
Just Jenda...Talented -- with an affinity for this track.
Cat Moves...Lighlty-raced and she tries two turns for the first time -- but she's eligible to contend here.
Bon Jovi Girl.

Wager: $3 tri key Careless Jewel over next three.

Thistledown: Ohio Derby G2 $150K

Gone Astray...Seems to have gotten good recently.
Join in the Dance...Just behind top pick last time.
Giant Oak...Hasn't lived up to 2YO promise -- but capable on best.

Wager: $5 WP on Gone Astray.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Santa Anita/Oak Tree: Cal Cup Classic $200K

Star Nicholas...Should fit well with this bunch.
Grazen...Back in with state-breds after having run well vs open company.
Lethal Heat...Filly has run well against males -- and Cal-breds.
Bold Chieftain.

Wager: $5 WP on Star Nicholas.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Star Nicholas over next three.
...$1 tri key Grazen over next three.

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


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