Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 13, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Tampa: Race 5, exacta box, Texas Aggie/Doe Run/Everything Nice/Thank Heaven.
Tampa: Race 10, exacta box, Rule/Uptowncharlybrown.

Aqueduct: Busher $65K

Anchorage...Disappointed as our top pick last time -- but had trouble that day. Another chance.
Speightful Affair...Asmussen trainee seemed to appreciate the move to NY.
Dazzling Deborah...Philly shippers have been making an impression over the past few months.
EZ Passer.

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

Gulfstream: Hurricane Bertie G3 $125K

Warbling...Just-miss effort in stakes debut last time. Could benefit from that education.
Tar Heel Mom...Just behind top pick in latest.
Kays and Jays...Has shown some flashes of real ability on dirt.

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

Gulfstream: GP Sprint Championship G2 $150K

You and I Forever...Second to Quality Road last time. Cuts back to a sprint today.
Munnings...The one to beat if he has his running shoes on -- but, while he's only missed the tri once in ten career starts, he's also only won three of those -- so he's certainly no lock.
Solar Flare...Abbreviated start-and-stop 2009 campaign is a concern -- but he'll contend if ready.
Presto Change O.

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

Tampa: Suncoast $75K

Southern Truth...After a couple of mid-pack efforts in graded stakes she should find this group more to her liking.
Imaginary Saint...Pletcher runner took a little bit of time off at the end of 20009 and now makes second start back.. Seemed to appreciate her only previous two-turn try.
Diva Delite...In the exacta in 10 of 13 career starts -- including a stakes win on this track last time.
Mallory Square.

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

Tampa: Sam F Davis G3 $225K

Uptowncharlybrown...Convincing winner of first two, both over this track. Now tries two turns - but could be any kind.
Rule...Pletcher 3YO brings in a 3-race win-streak, including two stakes.
Middle of the Nite...Lightly-raced and still getting the hang of it but he should fit with this bunch.
Schoolyard Dreams.

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

Tampa: Endeavour G3 $125K

Lady Shakespeare...4YO has won over half of her starts. Just-miss last time at GP should have her set to go today.
Category Seven...Nice effort last time at FG.
Romacaca... Dead-heated with top pick in latest.

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

Santa Anita: Las Virgenes G1 $250K

Switch...Making only her third career start and could be interesting on the stretchout.
Blind Luck...Battle-tested and clearly the one to beat.
Crisp...Beyers improving with each start - including the G3 win last time.
Evening Jewel.

Wager: $5 WP on Switch.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Switch over next three.
...$1 tri key Blind Luck over other three.

Santa Anita: RB Lewis G2 $150K

Tiz Chrome...Baffert 3YO is undefeated in two starts -- but gets tested today.
American Lion...Like the top pick, tries two turns and could be any kind.
Dave in Dixie.

Wager: $5 W on Tiz Chrome.
...$5 exacta box top two.

Santa Anita: Santa Maria G2 $250K

Life Is Sweet...She was very tough against the girls last year - anytime she got away from Zenyatta, that is.
St Trinians...Undefeated and impressive since arriving stateside.
Mushka...Right behind the top pick in the G1 BC Ladies Classic.

Wager: $5 WP on Life Is Sweet.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Santa Anita: Strub G2 $200K

Misremembered...Lightly-raced 4YO from Baffert has finished in the exacta in seven of nine starts.
Smart Bid...We used him on top last time and he just missed -- he probably wins today just to spite us!
Massone...Gets a piece more often than not.

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

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