Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 23, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream: Race 9, exacta box, Winslow Homer/Aikenite/Jackson Bend... Collected $32.20/$2.
Tampa: Race 1/2, double, R1/Kate C... R2/Lotta TLC/Carrtune Express.
Ran R1/7th - dreadfully last - at 3-5... R2/WON-3.
Fair Grounds: Race 1/2, double, R1/Seven Mile Bridge... R2/Written In Stone.
Ran R1/2nd at 3-5... R2/WON on DQ [$4.00].
Fair Grounds: Race 3, exacta box, Camp Bret/Siente El Trueno/Birman... Ran WON-6-7.
Fair Grounds: Race 5, exacta box, Laheen/Brickyard Helen/Smarty's Dream... Collected $47.40/$2.
[Note: The three horse we used in the exacta box also completed a $674.40/$2 tri].
Oaklawn: Race 5, Navajo Slippers... Ran 5th at 8-1.

WAGERED: $44.00

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: Paumonok $65K

RESULTS: A-D-x [7.30, 4.10, 3.30... ex, $36.20/$2]

Wall Street Wonder...Seemed right at home in first start over this track.
Laysh Laysh Laysh...Also runs well here.
Driven By Success...Certainly would not be a shock.
Mt Glittermore.

Wager: $5 WP on Wall Street Wonder.
...$5 exacta key Wall Street Wonder over next two.
...$1 tri key Wall Street Wonder over next three.

Gulfstream: Holy Bull G3 $150K

RESULTS: A-B-x ... [9.60, 4.60, 3.60... ex, $32.20/$2]

Winslow Homer...Tony Dutrow has already taken a Philly Park runner and won a stake at this meet. Back for more.
Jackson Bend...Undefeated since second career start -- including a sweep of the salty 2YO series at Calder. Dangerous.
Aikenite...Our top pick in the BC Juvie - ran an OK fifth that day. Interested to see how he comes back as a 3YO.

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

Laurel: Nellie Morse $70K

RESULTS: A-B-x [6.40, 2.80, 2.40... ex, $16.80/$2]
Heaven's voice scratched.

Northern Station...huge win on this track last time.
Weathered...The concern here is that no one will go with this one early -- if not, it's lights out.
Heaven's Voice...Usually in the hunt on this track.
Lucky You.

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

Fair Grounds: Col Bradley G3 $100K


Tybalt...His SoCal races showed obvious talent -- but he flopped off of the long layoff. We'll assume he needed that one, but, we'll see...
El Caballo...Off since June and that's a knock -- but capable if ready.
Tend...Yet another with question marks -- for this one it's turf. If he takes to the surface he'll be tough.
Swains News.
Princeville Condo.

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

Fair Grounds: Louisiana Hcp $75K

RESULTS: C-A-D-B [xxx, 3.80, 2.40... ex, $18.60/$2... tri, $42.40/$2... super, $76.20/$2]

General Quarters...Showed plenty of promise as a 3YO. Came back from long layoff to run a good one -- should be set for this.
Secret Getaway...Like the top pick, came back from a long layoff to run well here last time.
Friesan Fire...And, like the top pick, this one was a solid 3YO -- particularly on this track.
Good And Lucky.

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

Fair Grounds: Tiffany Lass $75K

RESULTS: x-x-x
Visavis scratched.

Visavis...Clearly steps up here and has something to prove -- but won huge in debut last summer and then was a promising near-miss in a stake here off the long layoff last time. Interesting on the stretchout.
Sheer Beauty...Just behind the top pick last time. Might appreciate the two turns -- having run well around two turns on turf.
Quiet Temper...Hasn't missed an exacta in five starts - including this track and trip last time.
Jackpot Joanie.

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

Fair Grounds: Leggio Mem $75K

Results: D-A-x [xxx, 4.80, 3.60... ex, $59.60/$2]

Coy Cat...Big win here last year going main track to turf. Similar move here and makes third start off layoff. Things to like.
Oculuna...Nice win this track and trip last time.
Overandabeauty...Can't ignore that her best race might have been her lone grass start.

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

Fair Grounds: Lecomte G3 $100K


Worldly..Has stakes experience and got some good education over this track last time.
Citrus Kid...Stakes winner in Delaware, followed with a fading third in the G2 Remsen. Should be interesting in the 3YO debut.
Letsgetitonmon...Asmussen runner just behind top pick last time and might be better on dirt.
Turf Melody.

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

Fair Grounds: Gaudin Mem $75K


Euroears...When he right he's a super-talented sprinter -- and he seems right.
Grand Traverse...Solid win sprinting here last time - on turf. But he clearly runs well on the main track.
Cash Refund...Lightly-raced but could be any kind.
Tempo Five.

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

Oaklawn: Pippin $75K

RESULTS: x-A-B [xxx, 3.00, 2.20]

Euphony...Off since late August -- but she can come back at 75% and still take this.
Be Fair...Just looking for a horse to complete the exacta -- we'll land here. Wasn't showing much at the end of last season, but might have a class edge on the rest in here and likes this track.

Wager: $5 exacta Euphony over Be Fair.

Santa Anita: Palos Verdes Hcp G2 $150K


Supreme Summit...His two wins have been over this track. Should be set up nicely coming out of the G1 Malibu.
Quietly Mine...Could be interesting on the turf-to-dirt move.
Dancing In Silks...Brings in a four-race streak -- last two on this track, last was the G1 BC Sprint.

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

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