Equidaily Racing Journal



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

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Oaklawn: Race 1/2, doubles... R1/Storm Boot Larry/Tricky Mon... R2/Broken Tango/Tiz Dangerous/Smokin Star.
Oaklawn: Race 7, exacta box... Drink With Pride/Sonar/Warrior Poet, sub A Student if scratch.
Oaklawn: Race 8, exacta box, Decelerator/Beautician.

Aqueduct: Cicada G3 $100K

Liam's Dream...Lightly-raced 3YO from Anthony Dutrow is eligible to improve off of seasonal debut.
Fuzzy Britches...Has yet to miss a trifecta finish -- and might complete the Dutrow=Dutrow exacta.
Bickersons...Talented graded-stakes winner is probably the one to beat if she brings her A-game.
Romantic Hideaway.

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

Gulfstream: GP Hcp G2 $300K

Congressional Page...Two nice improving efforts since return. Last was a lifetime best Beyer running second to Munnings.
This Ones for Phil...Has some huge efforts over this track -- but distance is a question mark.
Cool Coal Man...Another with a bit of a horse-for-course angle at work.

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

Tampa: Hillsborough G3 $150K

Liberally...Pretty good effort going longer in US debut. Import should handle the ground if Friday's soaking leaves things less than "firm".
Lady Shakespeare...Will be rolling late.
Ainamaa...Probably needed the last. Expect better today.

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

Tampa: Florida Oaks G3 $175K

Diva Delite...Has two stakes wins under her belt already at the meet -- why not?
Cuff Me...Solid start to her career in NY. Faltered as the favorite last time but perhaps she didn't care for the track.
She Be Wild...2009 champ flopped in dirt debut making her a question mark in here. Clearly capable on her best though.
Imaginary Saint.

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

Tampa: Turf Dash $75K

Probation Ready...Seems to have found a home on this course for Ness/Centeno.
Hold the Salt...Likely to appreciate the return to 5F.
Turfiste...Better than last time.
Musket Man.

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

Tampa: Tampa Bay Derby G3 $300K

Super Saver...Looks to have a pace edge on these.
Odysseus...If the top pick falters this one could pick up the pieces.
Uptowncharlybrown...Could benefit from the two-turn education last time.
Schoolyard Dreams.
Tuvia's Force.

Wager: $5 WP on Super Saver.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Super Saver over next four.
...$1 tri key Odysseus over next four.

Fair Grounds: New Orleans Ladies $200K

Rachel Alexandra...They say she's not fully cranked -- but she won't have to be to beat these. But, she's not invincible off of the layoff and we'll toss a little SHOW wager into the mix in case something flukey happens.
Zardana...SoCal shipper looks second best.
Clear Sailing.

Wager: $5 exacta Rachel Alexandra over Zardana.
...$2 SHOW on ALL.

Oaklawn: Honeybee G3 $125K

Decelerator...Showed some life at 2 last year -- but really only at Churchill. However, seems to have taken to this strip as well.
Beautician...Drops the blinkers and could appreciate the return to dirt.
No Such Word...Steps up in class but seems to be an improved 3YO.
Tap Tap Tapping.

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

Oaklawn: Rebel G2 $300K

Dublin...Solid run in the seasonal debut should have him set to go well today.
Lookin At Lucky...Last year's champ returns. But, has been on the sidelines for awhile and is making his dirt debut -- might be vulnerable.
Noble's Promise...We took a little taste of this guy at 26-1 in Future Pool 2. We'll see today if that was a good move. Like Lookin At Lucky this one is coming off a layoff and trying dirt.
Cardiff Giant.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Margarita Hcp G1 $250K

Zenyatta...Workouts seem to indicate she's sharp. Look like there's very little speed in the race so she'll have to use her closing kick to her best ability -- but she's done it many times before. On the plus side, it doesn't look like there's anyone else in here that can take advantage of the lack of pace.
Gripsholm Castle...This gal might be sitting close enough to get first jump when the real running starts.
Floating Heart...Will be running late.
Pretty Unusual.
Striking Dancer.

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

Santa Anita: San Felipe G2 $150K

Caracortado...Best until beaten.
Dave in Dixie...Just behind the top pick last time.
Interactif...Interesting that Pletcher ships in with this turf stakes winner.
American Lion.

Wager: $5 WP on Caracortado.
...$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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