Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 6, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow


Apologies for the late posting - technical difficulties... We're up just before 2pm ET -- which puts us well ahead of post time of all the races listed below... Except for the Whirlaway at Aqueduct which went off just before 1:30pm ET. Therefore we won't count that race in our results -- missing out on the SHOW play. Can't say we foresaw the far-turn meltdown by heavy fave Eightyfiveinafifty but he was making only his third career start and first around two turns so it seemed like a good place to take a shot against some potential bridgejumpers. As it turned out the bridgejumping was at a minimum anyway. So, the late start for us wasn't too painful.

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Oaklawn: Race 8, Silver Goblin... Ran 10th at 6-1.
Tampa: Race 11, exacta box, Dont Tell Kitten/Center Divider/Ready To Strike... Ran WON-3-10.
Fair Grounds: Race 4, Striking Arrival... Scratched.

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: Whirlaway $100K

No wager -- went off before we posted...
RESULTS: C-x-A [show prices: 7.70, 9.80, 5.50]

Three Day Rush...We'll look for a minor upset with this one shipping in from Florida. It's Derby Trail time and this guy is trained by Pletcher. 'Nuff said.
Eightyfiveinafifty...Logical fave coming out of the 1/9 blowout maiden-breaker. But tries two turns for the first time.
Peppi Knows.

Wager: $5 WP on Three Day Rush.
...$1 SHOW on ALL.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Three Day Rush over next two.

Tampa: Super $75

RESULTS: A-B-x [2.80, 2.40, 2.10... ex, $9.60/$2]
Grazettes Landing scratched.

Musket Man...Very promising 3YO last season. Went to the sidelines after a good third behind Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird in the G1 Preakness. Ran well here. Only question mark is the layoff.
Guam Typhoon...Tossed a clunker on synthetic -- but otherwise had been pretty solid since maiden-breaker. Likes this trip.
Conchacer...Hasn't missed an exacta in four starts on this track -- including a nice prep for this last time.
Grazettes Landing.

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

Gulfstream: GP Turf Hcp G1 $300K

RESULTS: A-x-C [3.80, 2.60, 2.10]
Take The Points finished 1st, DQ'd to 5th

Court Vision...Off since a good try in G1 BC Mile last time. A near-miss third in this race last year.
Take The Points...Showed some occasional promise as a 3YO. Might be interesting with some added maturity off of the layoff since November.
Le Grand Cru...Could be the one to catch.
Yate's Black Cat.

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

Gulfstream: Donn Hcp G1 $500K

RESULTS: A-B-x [2.80, 2.40, 2.10... ex, $17.80/$2]

Quality Road...Actually we're not totally convinced on this guy -- but he's certainly the one to beat on his best. Likes this track.
Dry Martini...Kind of inconsistent -- but will contend if he has his running shoes on today.
Past The Post...Another that can run well -- or toss a clunker. Not sure two turns is his best game. Hmmm...
Mambo Meister.

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

Gulfstream: Suwannee River G3 $125K

Lemonette scratched.

Long Approach...It's Sheppard/Augustin -- a sneaky-angle we always like. An OK fourth in this race last year.
Astrologie...Has yet to show potential since arriving stateside -- but has had enough chances by now. Off since Sept.
Cable...In the hunt more often than not.

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

Oaklawn: Essex Hcp $100K

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

Win Willy...Nice record on this track including a good prep for this last time.
Spotsgone...Second in this race last year.
Jonesboro...8YO likes this track. Last couple were clunker but this field might be easier.
Glamour Guy.

Wager: $5 WP on Win Willy.
...$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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