Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 16, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct: Race 6, exacta box, Money's Sweet/City Whisper with Evil Genius/I'm Hooked Up.
Ran 2-scr with 4-8.

Tampa: race 1, exacta box, Takamosa/Prince Repent/Cliff Cottage... Ran 2-3-4.
Tampa: Race 4, Mom's Image... Ran 6th at 9-1.
Tampa: race 5, exacta box, Philadelphiagamblr/Fortissi More/Steps Silver Halo... Ran WON-3-7.
Tampa: Race 8, Comic Marvel... Scratched.
Santa Anita: Race 1, Timbavati... WON [6.00, 3.20, 2.20].

WAGERED: $36.00

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: Evening Attire $65K

RESULTS: Aentry-Aentry-B-C [2.60, 2.50, 2.10... ex, $7.40/$2... tri, $14.60/$2]

Understatement/Well Positioned...Understatement was a just-miss second off the layoff last time for Pletcher. Well Positioned has improved markedly for Dutrow.
Storm Play...Could prove interesting in third start back.
Ah Day...7YO disappointed us at Laurel last time but is capable on best.

Wager: $5 exacta key Understatement/Well Positioned over Storm Play/Ah Day.

Gulfstream: Dania Beach $100K

City Trooper..Turf is the question mark but might be able to save ground from the rail.
Bim Bam...Won a nice $100k state at Calder in turf debut.
Our Champion...Has a nice closing kick.
Raging Wit.

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

Gulfstream: Marshua's River $100K

Belle Allure...Lightly-raced but looked good through 2009 season. Will contend if able to recapture that form.
Scolara...Off since Saratoga but gets into the mix more often than not and has run well on this track.
Nehantic Kid...NY-bred is trying open company here but has the talent to compete.

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

Tampa: Gasparilla $75K

RESULTS: Bc-Cd-x [ex, $19.40/$2]
Comic Marvel scratched.

Comic Marvel...Well-bred runner from Juddmonte won debut and takes a step up here -- but worth a shot given the connections.
Mallory Square...Huge win here last time is hard to ignore.
Diva Delite...Plenty of experience and has only missed the tri once in those twelve starts.
Datt Echo.

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

Tampa: Pasco $75K

RESULTS: A-D-x [3.40, 2.40, 2.20... ex, #20.00/$2]

Uptowncharlybrown...Solid debut win on this track and a nice work since.
Benestar...Hmmm, might be an anti-horse-for-course -- but he's got to be better than last.
Silver Craft...Only real clunker was a two-turn race.
Big Looie.

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

Oaklawn: American Beauty $50K

RESULTS: A-D-B [10.40, 5.20, 3.40... ex, $49.40/$2... tri, $220.40/$2]
One Smokin Lady finished 2nd, DQ'd to 4th

Northern Belle...Should sit a nice stalking trip.
Auspicious...Asmussen trainee should be set in second start back after a gutsy win last time.
Valid Code...Uncoupled Asmussen runner has compiled a solid record in the midwest.
Syriana's Song.

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

Golden Gate: California Derby $100K

RESULTS: x-A-B [xxx, 2.60, 2.40]

Connemara...Well-bred [half to the talented Lion Heart] runner from Pletcher. Won first two and looks capable of continuing.
Thomas Baines...Should match well with this bunch.

Wager: $5 exacta key Connemara over Thomas Baines/Shudacudawudya.

Santa Anita: San Rafael G3 $100K

RESULTS: A-x-B [2.60, 2.20, 2.10]

Conveyance...Stretches out be might lead them all the way.
Domonation...Moving in the right direction and ran a good second in his stakes debut.
Via Verde.

Wager: $5 exacta key Conveyance over Domonation/Via Verde.

Santa Anita: Santa Ynez G2 $150K


She's Funomenal...Undefeated in two starts and looks good enough.
Switch...Good looking debut win. Still has upside.
Seriously...Hmm, on a little bit of a good-bad alternating pattern -- and this would be a "bad" race, but maybe she's just getting the hang of it.
Amen Hallelujah.

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

Santa Anita: San Fernando G2 $150K

RESULTS: x-A-x [xxx, 5.80, 4.60]

Smart Bid...Third start off a layoff and stretching off of two sprints -- an angle we like.
Mythical Power...Clunker last time but he might be better at two turns.
Gallant Son...Big race on turf last time off of a long layoff. Should be set to run well today.

Wager: $5 WP on Smart Bid.
...$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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