Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, November 28, 2009
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Fair Grounds: Race 9, exacta box, Evolutionist/Southern Anthem.
Fair Grounds: Race 10, exacta box, Medal Round/Dr Hudson/Sacroc.
Hollywood: Race 5, exacta box, Ace of Aces/Bridgetown/Alfarabi.

Aqueduct: Demoiselle G2 $200K

Miss Afleet Alex...We'll take a shot with this invader from the midwest/south. Improving. Has stakes experience. And there should be enough speed to compliment her closing kick.
Protesting...Last could indicate she's gotten the hang of it -- or perhaps she likes the synthetics.
Tizabit...Invaded for the mid-Atlantic to toss a clunker in a G3 here -- but had trouble. Could rebound.
In The Rough/Profiteroles.

wager: $5 WP on Miss Afleet Alex.
...$2 exacta box on top two.
...$1 tri key Miss Afleet Alex over next three.

Aqueduct: Remsen G2 $200K

Homeboykris...Convincing winner of G1 Champagne after private purchase and shift to NY.
Buddy's Saint...Nice debut win -- followed by much improved effort to take the G2 Nashua. Could be any kind.
Citrus Kid...Interesting. Flopped in debut at Saratoga on turf -- but has two big wins on the Delaware dirt since. Wouldn't be a shock.
Peppi Knows.

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

Aqueduct: Gazelle G1 $300K

Flashing...Her win in the G1 Test says she might relish the return to dirt. Undefeated in two starts on this track.
Unrivaled Belle...Undefeated - and untested -- in three starts since near-miss debut. Interesting.
Stardom Bound...2008 2YO filly champ has run well this year -- but went to the sidelines after running third in an April G1. Leery of using her on top off of the layoff -- but barn can have them ready [note: listed trainer is R Dutrow's asst, subbing while Dutrow is on suspension].
Milwaukee Appeal.

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

Aqueduct: Cigar Mile Hcp G1 $300K

Vineyard Haven...Actually have to believe that this guy could put himself into the hunt for a sprint Eclipse with a win here [the division is light this year re: solid Eclipse resumes]. He's been solid since the summer return.
Pyro...Should rebound with return to dirt.
Kodiak Kowboy...Ran a good number but was still 5th in this race last year -- expect a better placing today.
Wager: $5 exacta box Vineyard Haven/Pyro.

Churchill: Grand Canyon Hcp $60K

Cat Park...Improved significantly when switched to turf last time.
Lost Aptitude...Solid win on this course.
Our Douglas...Second behind top pick last time. Must overcome outside post.
Kera's Kitten.

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

Churchill: Golden Rod G2 $150K

Upperline...She best the boys last time -- but, the place horse in that race [Vivid Colors, also in today] came back to run 4th in a filly stake here. Hmmm.
Sassy Image...Won a G3 on this track last time.
All Due Respect...Still a maiden -- but twice stakes-placed.

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

Churchill: Caressing Hcp $60K

Greeley's Rocket...Shown ability on three surfaces -- interesting that they ship in from Fair Grounds for this. If they in fact do that it demonstrates some confidence in this filly.
Orchestrator...Hasn't missed an exacta since the career debut.
Check The Label...Could have an affinity for this surface.
Lisa's Kitten.

Wager: $5 WP on Greeley's Rocket.
...$2 exacta box on top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Churchill: Ky Jockey Club G2 $150K

Super Saver...It looks like he'll be able to conserve some energy early vs this bunch.
Mr Saturdaynight...Invades from SoCal and might have some synthetic track fitness.
Callide Valley.

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

Fair Grounds: Woodchopper $60K

Evolutionist...Been a little bit of an in-and-outer but should be primed to run well with return to turf.
Southern Anthem...Pretty solid on turf, but -- stakes record in disappointing and off since July. But bullet best-of-90 a few days ago is encouraging.
Dakota Gypsy...Impressive -- outside of Chicago. And this ain't Chicago!

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

Hollywood: Generous G3 $100K

Ace of Aces...Mullins won this race in 2003 with Euro-import Castledale.
Bridgetown...Decent second in G2 BC Juvie Turf.
Alfarabi...Lone turf try was a nice win.
Summer Movie.

Wager: $5 WP on Ace of Aces.
...$2 exacta box on top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Hollywood: Matriarch G1 $300K

Ventura...Third start back from layoff and might appreciate return to turf.
Diamondrella...Have to figure she'll definitely like getting back on grass.
Tuscan Evening...Likes this course.

Wager: $5 exacta key Ventura over next two.

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


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