Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 9, 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 1/2, double, R1/Whenthedealinsdone... R2/Lode of Gold.
...Ran... R1/WON [$2.60]... R2/3rd at 8-5.
Fair Grounds: Race 7, exacta, Desert Wheat over Nowandforevermore.
Off the turf - no play.
Fair Grounds: Race 7, exacta key, Desert Wheat over High Toned/Nowandforevermore/Lee's Spirit.
Off the turf - no play.
Santa Anita: Race 1/2, double, R1/Moonskipper/Warrens Moms Lake... R2/Multitasker.
Whoops -- blunder on our part as we meant to play Moonskipper/Extra Energy in R1 -- which would have resulted in a win of $17.00/$2 on the play. But, since readers of this page aren't mind-readers we have to take the loss. Sorry for the confusion in transposing our play from the printed page of PPs onto this webpage.
Ran R1/3rd @7-5, 7th @72-1... R2/WON [$6.00].

WAGERED: $6.00

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: Busanda $65K

RESULTS: D-C-x... ex $30.20/$2

Anchorage...Pletcher has been red-hot over the inner track and it's getting to be "Todd-time" -- ie, early in the 3YO season.
Summer Humor...Seemed to improve when moved to two turns.
Fuzzy Britches...On the other hand, this one faltered when stretched out -- but, that said, she wouldn't be a surprise.
Age Of Humor.

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

Gulfstream: Spectacular Bid $100K

RESULTS: D-C-B-A... ex $83.60/$2; tri $267.40/$2; super $622.80/$2

Discreetly Mine...As noted above -- it's "Todd Time" -- 3YO season. First time out for Pletcher here.
Westover Wildcat...Maybe over-matched in the G1 Hopeful in only his third start -- but otherwise has looked good.
Wildcat Frankie...Solid in career debut. Could be any kind.
A Little Warm.

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

Gulfstream: Sugar Swirl G3 $100K


Sailing Time...Could offer some value in a contentious field. Comes in with a 3-race streak and last was best of the bunch.
Thunders Dove...Disappointed a little bit last time -- but that was behind the ultra-talented Indian Blessing. clearly capable on her best.
D'wild Ride...Another carrying a solid win-streak into this.
Tar Heel Mom.

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

Gulfstream: Mr Prospector G3 $100K

RESULTS: Ac-Bd-x [A,B scr]... [4.00, 2.60, 2.10] ex $11.80/$2

Munnings...Talented Pletcher runner has done well -- but probably hasn't lived up to potential... Yet. Could kick off a good season here.
Gentleman James...Won nicely last time in first start for one of South Florida's top trainers.
Custom for Carlos...A legit stakes-quality sprinter can contend on best.
Past the Point.

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

Gulfstream: GP Turf Sprint $75K

RESULTS: x-A-D [xxx, 3.60, 2.40]

Hockeythehayman...Best until beaten.
TD Vance...A good turf sprinter. Has run well on this course.
Big Push...Has spent most of career on dirt -- but has done well in turf starts.
Little Nick.

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

Gulfstream: Old Hat G3 $100K

RESULTS: x-x-x

Female Drama...Another pletcher 3YO. Solid in undefeated two-race career.
Cuff Me...Also undefeated -- and impressively so.
Carphonic...Still another with two big wins in two starts -- including one of those salty Calder 2YO stakes.
Dances With Ashley.

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

Tampa: Pelican $65K

RESULTS: Aentry-x-Aentry-C-B [6.60, 3.20, 3.40]

War Fighter/Sneaking Uponyou...Ness entry is solid just on the fact of -- Ness.
Gentleman James...Back to Tampa for Wolfson -- won here earlier in the meet.
Chief Talkeetna...Runs well here.

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

Turfway: Wishing Well $50K

RESULTS: A-C-x... [$6.60, 3.40, 2.60] ex $29.20/$2

Proud Heiress...Won this race last year and is certainly not coming into this renewal looking as strong -- but won't be surprised to see improvement in second start back from layoff.
School Girl...This one is third start back and on the improve.
Mindy Queen...Sprinting is probably her game. High early speed.
Candy Cane.

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

Fair Grounds: Dixie Poker Ace $60K

RESULTS: Off the turf

Desert Wheat...Mott trainee typically runs well in these La-bred stakes and comes in off of two wins on the track.
Nowandforevermore...Second to top pick last two.
Lee's Spirit...Third to top pair two back and then never fired behind them last time. Expect better today.
High Toned.

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

Santa Anita: San Pasqual Hcp G2 $150K

RESULTS: A-x-x [12.40, 6.20, 4.00]

Neko Bay...Faded behind Furthest Land two back in G1 BC Dirt Mile -- but he's better than that.
Furthest Land...Repeat of the effort in the BC puts him right there.
Bold Chieftain...Twenty times in the exacta in thirty-two starts. Solid stakes performer.
Cherokee Artist.

Wager: $5 WP on Neko Bay.
...$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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