Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 24, 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 1, exacta box, Mighty Ego/Brad's My Hero... Ran 2-3.
Aqueduct: Race 2, exacta box, The Defense Rests/Biloxi... Ran WON-3entry-4entry.
Aqueduct: Race 1/2, doubles, R1... Mighty Ego/Brad's My Hero... R2... The Defense Rests/Biloxi... Ran R1/2-3... R2/WON-3e-4e.
Gulfstream: Race 4, exacta box, Chosen Empire/Smart Maneuver/Zurs Victory... Collected $13.80/$2.
Tampa: Race 7, exacta box, Silver Prism - Rising Barometer/Sweetdreamin Lacey/Awesome Vow... Collected $43.60/$2 [our three also completed the $129.60/$2 tri].
Churchill: Race 10, Miner's Reserve... Ran 7th at 7-1.

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: Withers G3 $150K

Most Happy Fella scratched.

D'Funnybone...Solid 3YO season so far.
Ibboyee...Second to top pick in last pair. Most likely challenger again today.
Most Happy Fella.

Wager: $5 exacta D'Funnybone over Ibboyee.
...%4 exacta box top two.

Gulfstream: Island Whirl $100K

RESULTS: x-x-x
Allie's Event scratched.

Allie's Event...Been showing good form across the state this season.
Mean Sax...A couple of good tries in last two.
Famous Patriot...Third start of season. Turf is the question mark.

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

Gulfstream: Capital Request $100K

RESULTS: A-D-B ... [3.80, 2.60, 2.10]... ex, $15.80/$2... tri $43.80/$2

Speak Easy Gal...Might take them all the way.
Amazing...Also has some early speed -- and a bullet work. Grass is the concern.
Granted Tiger...Should be rolling late.
Omega Cat.
Talented Princess.
Nina Springs.

Wager: $5 WP on Speak Easy Gal.
...$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.

Churchill: Derby Trial G3 $200K


Miner's Reserve...Ambitiously-placed last time. Should fit better with this bunch -- and appreciate the one-turn mile.
Pleasant Prince...Let's toss the Polytrack effort. Will be tough if able to recapture G1 Florida Derby form.
Eightyfiveinafifty...Speedy and talented but still unproven at the trip -- and a bit of a headcase.
Hurricane Ike.

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

Lone Star: Texas Mile G3 $200K

RESULTS: A-x-C [5.40, 4.00, 3.40]

Mythical Power...SoCal shipper from Baffert.
Star Guitar...A win machine -- but still needs to prove himself in open graded company.
Fifteen Love...Looks like there's plenty of speed that should help set things up for his kick.
Harlan Street.

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

Golden Gate: San Fran Mile G2 $150K


Massone...Brings in some SoCal stakes class. Capable on best.
Bold Chieftain...Has won five of last six including the last which was this track and trip.
Golden Balls...Been facing better. Will be rolling in the lane.
Kelly Leak.

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

Hollywood: B Thoughtful $150K

RESULTS: A-x-B [3.00, 2.40, 2.10]

U R All That I Am...Looks to be improving and could be interesting moving from turf.
Lady Alex...Needs to show more than last couple -- but cutback might help.
Witchy Meeting.

Wager: $5 exacta key U R All That I Am over next two.

Hollywood: Melair $150K

RESULTS: B-D-A [xxx, xxx, 2.10] ... ex $37.20/$2... tri $61.60/$2

La Nez...Should be heard from in the lane.
Camille C...Could be the one to catch.
Blind Optimism...Stretching out after a couple of nice sprints.
Salty Fries.

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

Hollywood: Snow Chief $200K

RESULTS: A-x-x... [3.40, 2.60, 2.10]

Alphie's Bet...Nice win in a G3 Derby prep -- but couldn't sustain that in the G1 SA Derby. Should handle these.
Self Made...Lightly-raced but undefeated after two.
Cahill Country...Likely to take them as far as he goes.
Warren's Kong.

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

Hollywood: Tiznow $150K


Liberian Freighter...Won this race last year. Needs to step it up off of first two starts of the season -- but should benefit from those efforts.
Star Nicholas...Second in this race last year. Seems to be in good form.
Rush with Thunder...Seems to like this track.

Wager: $5 WP on Liberian Freighter.
...$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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