Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, May 8, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Churchill: Race 3, exacta box, G Mom/Moments Away/Adeline Rose... Collected $20.20/$2.
... (Three also combined for the $56.00/$2 tri].
Churchill: Race 3, exacta box, Moments Away/Adeline Rose... ... Collected $20.20/$2.
Churchill: Race 4, exacta box, Diplomatic Code/Tenpin Alley/Excitable Boy... Collected $14.60/$2.
Churchill: Race 6, Frontier Cat... Ran 5th at 3-1.
Delaware: Race 7: exacta box, Absolute Heaven/Stormy Relations/Ainamaa... Collected $20.20/$2.
Delaware: Race 7: exacta box, Absolute Heaven/Ainamaa... Ran 2-3.
Hollywood: Race 4, exacta box, Megastar/Distorted Economy... Ran WON-4.
Hollywood: Race 7, Pacific Avenue... Collected $17.40 [17.40, 7.40, 5.80].

BEST BETS keeps rolling...

It's been a nice ride through April into mid-May. The table below shows the results of the Coast-to-coast Best Bets during that period.

Week Wagered Collected ROI
May 8 $52.00 $92.60 78%
May 1 $4.00 xxx (100%)
April 24 $42.00 $57.40 37%
April 17 $36.00 $26.40 (27%)
April 10 $32.00 $135.50 323%
April 3 $42.00 $65.00 55%
TOTAL $208.00 $376.90 81%

Best Bets results are calculated on a $2 base wager (unless otherwise noted).
Example, a single horse is calculated as a $2-win wager.
A 3-horse exacta box is calculated as a $2 3-horse box -- cost $12.
And so on...

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

Belmont: Dwyer G2 $200K

RESULTS: B-A-C... [xxx, 2.40, 2.10]... ex $20.60/$2... tri $62.50/$2

Drosselmeyer...Missed a Derby start because of earning but this talented 3YO could be headed to the G1 Belmont Stakes off of a good performance here.
Fly Down...Lightly-raced Zito trainee had trouble last time. Expect better today.
Remand...Has faced the likes of Eskendereya, Eightyfiveinafifty and Hurricane Ike over the last two. Looks interesting.

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

Churchill: Unbridled Sidney $62K

RESULTS: A-x-B... [7.20, 4.60, 3.00]

Candy Cane...First off the claim for Dutrow. Proven turf sprinter. Gomez rides. A good try over the track. Things to like.
Selva...Might have a class-edge.
Knockout Bertie...Hot trainer. Has taken to turf sprinting.
Valentine Fever.

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

Lone Star: Lone Star Derby G3 $200K

RESULTS: B-C-A... [xxx, xxx, 2.40]... ex $10.20/$2... tri $16.60/$2.

Henshin Hero...Might take them all the way.
Game On Dude...Certainly showed promise early -- but last two, in stakes, not so much. We'll see...

Wager: $5 exacta key Henshin Hero over next two.
...$1 tri box top three.

Hollywood: Mervyn Leroy G2 $150K

RESULTS: A-C-x... [3.00, 2.60, 2.10]... ex $22.60/$2.

Rail Trip...Looks logical.
Dakota Phone...Should appreciate the return to the synthetic.
Sangaree...Stretches off of two sprints.
Slew's Tiznow.

Wager: $5 WP on Rail Trip.
...$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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