Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 2, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow


Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Fair Grounds: Race 5, exacta box, Southern Strike/My Cat Tale/Senorita Margarita... Ran 4-5-7.
Fair Grounds: Race9/10, double, R9/Twilight Ross... R10/Time to Reign.
...R9/WON [$5.40].. R10/4th at 1-2.
Santa Anita: Race 2, Ride Along... Ran 4th at 6-1.
Santa Anita: Race 2, exacta box, Alive for Six/Ride Along/Hot Damon... Ran 2-4-5.
Santa Anita: Race 4, Distorted Dave... WON [$22.20, 9.20, 5.40].

Wagered: $30.00
Collected: $22.20

A = top selection
B = second selection
C = third selection
D = fourth selection
Ab [or Bc, etc]... Move-up top pick [or second pick, etc] after scratches
x = not among our selections

Aqueduct: Count Fleet $65K


Ibboyee... State-bred tries open company but has been convincing in NY-bred stakes -- except for the flop in the slop. Ran a lifetime best Beyer when introduced to this surface last time.
Laus Deo...Ships in for Anthony Dutrow and looks to be on the improve.
Turbo Speed...Undefeated -- gets tested for class today.
Peppi Knows.

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

Laurel: Native Dancer $70K

RESULTS: B-De-A [xxx, xxx, 2.60] [C scr] ex, $19.20/$2 - tri, $51.60/$2

Ah Day...Fired a solid 101 Beyer winning on this track in latest.
Greenspring...Lightly-raced 5YO was a near-miss last time in his stakes debut.
His Greatness...Don't be surprised to see a good performance in first start for Dutrow.

Wager: $5 WP on Ah Day.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.

Tampa: Minaret $65K

RESULTS: B-C-x ex $95.00/$2

Lady Alexander...Proven stakes performer. Centeno onboard.
Perf...Solid win here last time should have her ready to roll.
Rate of Exchange...Ships over from the east coast for Wolfson. Typically gets a share.
Loving Vindication.

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

Fair Grounds: Furl Sail $60K

RESULTS: C-B-x [B DQ'd from 1st to 2nd] ex $205.40/$2

Much Obliged...Solid win in a similar stake here at the beginning of the meet. The one to beat if able to duplicate.
Never Retreat...Caught late by top pick last time. Another that well go well if able to repeat prior effort.
Category Seven...Third behind the top pair in that same stake. Was in an off-the-turfer in the meantime -- looks like grass is her preferred surface thought.
Love to Tell.

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

Santa Anita: San Gorgonio Hcp G2 $150K

RESULTS: Bc-Cd-x [A scr] ex $26.40/$2

Life Is Sweet...G1 BC Ladies Classic champ makes return. Her only defeats last year were vs the boys and Zenyatta.
Diamondrella...Capable of being heard from on her best effort.
Cat by the Tale...Beyers have been improving since autumn return.
Treat Gently.

Wager: $5 WP on Life Is Sweet.
...$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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