Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 3, 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 2, exacta box, Candy Heart/Boisterous/Friendly Wager... Ran 5-6-8.
Tampa: Race 3, Witch Town... Ran 10th at 45-1.
Tampa: Race 3, exacta box, Will Prevail/Witch Town/Joyce's Angel... Ran WON-4-10.
Tampa: Race 5, exacta box, Closeout/Scolara... Collected $15.80/$2.
Tampa: race 9, exacta box, Riversrunrylee/Picou/Allie's Event... Collected $49.20/$2.

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: Bay Shore G3 $200K

RESULTS: B-C-x... ex $10.20/$2

Raynick's Jet...Improved nicely in first start for Asmussen and a repeat can take this.
Eightyfiveinafifty/Castaneda... Eighty cuts back to a sprint. The one to beat if able to recapture talent shown in maiden-breaker. Castaneda has high early speed.
Hurricane Ike...SoCal shipper could show improvement in second start of 2010.
Wager: $5 WP on Raynick's Jet.
...$5 exacta box top two.

Aqueduct: Excelsior G3 $200K

RESULTS: Cd-A-x... [xxx, 2.40, 2.10] ex $11.60/$2
National Pride scratched.

Nite Light...Only one win over the last fifteen months so he's a tenuous pick -- but is capable on best for Pletcher/Velazquez.
National Pride...Might try to take them all the way.
More Than a Reason...Will be rolling late.

Wager: $5 WP on Nite Light.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Nite Light over next three.

Aqueduct: Wood Memorial G1 $750K

RESULTS: B-A-C-D... [xxx, 3.90, 2.60] ex, $11.60/$2... tri $20.00/$2

Jackson Bend...Could be interesting if he takes to Aqueduct the way he did to Calder.
Eskendereya...Clearly the one to beat off of the impressive G2 Fountain of Youth win. But it's possible he's better at Gulfstream.
Awesome Act...Impressed in return to this country.
Schoolyard Dreams.

Wager: $5 WP on Jackson Bend.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Jackson Bend over next three.

Aqueduct: Carter Hcp G1 $250K

RESULTS: C-B-A... [xxx, xxx, 2.10]... ex $26.40/$2... tri $41.60/$2

Munnings...Pletcher trainee in from nice score in Gulfstream G2.
Musket Man...4YO debut was good -- albeit a small Tampa stake. He could be ready to roll in this division.
Warrior's Reward.

wager: $5 exacta box top two.

Gulfstream: Skip Away G3 $125K

RESULTS: A-x-B... [5.60, 3.60, 2.40]
Timber Reserve scratched.

Arson Squad...Slightly disappointed as 4-5 fave at Tampa but might be ready to hit stride in third start back.
Helsinki...Barnmate to top pick has faced the likes of Quality Road in last two.
Secret Getaway...Big win with some class-relief last time.
Timber Reserve.

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

Keeneland: Ashland G1 $400K

RESULTS: A-x-B [12.60, 6.80, 4.40]

Evening Jewel...In from SoCal where she has run second to some good ones -- including Caracortado when she faced the boys.
She Be Wild...G1 BC Juv Filly winner flopped in 2010 debut -- but returns to what seems to be her preferred surface.
Negligee...Won a G1 on this track in Oct.

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

Hawthorne: Illinois Derby G3 $500K

RESULTS: A-B-C... [8.60, 3.80, 2.80]... ex $24.60/$2... tri $73.40/$2

American Lion...Could be the pace-setter and might take them all the way.
Yawanna Twist...Got some two-turn education last time and was runner-up to Awesome Act and that might turn out to be a good one.
Backtalk...3YO debut was impressive - but it was a 4-horse Delta Downs stake so it might look better than it actually was. We'll know more today.
Dave in Dixie.

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

Oaklawn: Oaklawn Hcp G2 $500K

RESULTS: C-A-x... [xxx, 3.00, 2.80]... ex $43.60/$2.

Win Willy...Likes this track and comes into this off of a nice prep win.
Dakota Phone...SoCal invader is talented -- the question-mark is dirt.
Duke of Mischief...Capable on best effort.
Delightful Kiss.

Wager: $5 WP on Win Willy.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Win Willy over next three.

Santa Anita: Arcadia Hcp G2 $150K

RESULTS: B-A-C... [xxx, 3.60, 2.40]... ex $16.20/$2... tri $28.00/$2

Fluke...Just missed in the G1 Kilroe.
Compari...Win-machine gets tested in open company.
Battle of Hastings...Just behind top pick last time.
Blue Chagall.

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

Santa Anita: SA Derby G1 $750K


Caracortado...Suffered first defeat last time but was a victim of the slow pace.
Lookin At Lucky...Only blemish on the record is the near-miss in the G1 BC Juvie.
Sidney's Candy...Beat top pick last time.
Thomas Baines.

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

Santa Anita: Potrero Grande Hcp G2 $150K

RESULTS: A-C-D... [5.20, 2.80, 2.40]... ex $15.20/$2... tri $59.60/$2

Ventana...Solid start to the 4YO season.
Rush With Thunder...Off since last summer but can contend of able to recapture that form off of the layoff.
Gato Go Win...Impressed in first start back.
EZ's Gentleman.

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

Santa Anita: Providencia G2 $150K


Cozi Rosie...Tires the turf but might have an edge on these.
Andina...Lightly-raced and might benefit from the stakes experience last time.
Warren's Jitterbug...Decent try in the G1 SA Oaks.
Antares World.

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

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